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April 29, 2016

NBCC appoints new Vice President – Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement


FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) welcomed Rachel Gillespie as the new Vice President - Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement on April 19, 2016.

Rachel GillespieThrough her experiences as Director of Student Services at Cambrian College, a former College instructor at George Brown College, and a senior leader in a number of health and social services organizations in Ontario, Rachel has successfully led significant strategic change initiatives.

Her most recent success was leading Cambrian College’s one-of-a-kind strategic planning initiative from concept to delivery. Through her leadership, more than 9,500 engagements were captured using a multi-faceted engagement strategy - online platforms, social media and innovative in-person events - with a focus on student, parent, alumni, staff, Aboriginal, industry and community stakeholder involvement.

Rachel brings experience and skill in the implementation of performance measures, delivery-of-service standards and operational management efficiencies. She is a respected and influential strategic leader with a track record for raising the bar in terms of personnel development, innovative engagement strategies and mutually beneficial community partnerships.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University and a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University in New Orange, New Jersey.

She was actively involved in her community as a member of the Board of Directors of Community Living in Greater Sudbury and as a volunteer at Genevra House, a home for abused women.

The role of Vice-President – Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement is an evolution of the former Vice-President of College and Community Development role. It is a recognition that NBCC’s future sustainability and vitality depend on our strategic and entrepreneurial spirit and know-how – on our ability to innovatively seize opportunities and nurture relationships to make extraordinary things happen for students and our communities.


With over 90 programs and six campuses across New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a provincially-recognized, public post-secondary institution reputed for producing skilled, knowledgeable graduates who are contributing to the Province’s socio-economic prosperity. NBCC offers students one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs. Find out more by visiting:

Media contact:
Michelle Willcott
Communications Officer, NBCC
Phone: 506.453.8194 | Cell: 506.440.9105