The Central Communications team provides a range of communication services and skills to the university including media relations, community engagement, internal communications, publications, and crisis and communications/ issues management.
Central Communications can provide advice and assistance in communicating to both the Toronto Metropolitan University community and outside of campus to the public and media when the need arises.
Central Communications works closely with University Relations, which includes our Marketing team.
The Media Relations team builds profile and enhances the reputation of Toronto Metropolitan University by encouraging media coverage of the successes and achievements of the university community. The team engages print, broadcast, online and other digital media to help tell the Toronto Metropolitan University story to potential students, the public, government and other stakeholders. The goal is to increase awareness of and support for the university.
Media Relations sources stories within the Toronto Metropolitan University community – about students, faculty, alumni and staff – and works to engage media interest in telling those stories through print, broadcast and digital outlets. The team also promotes university initiatives, including academic and capital developments, senior appointments, major awards and other stories to ensure that stakeholders are fully informed of key institutional developments.
The team makes a strong effort to promote faculty as expert commentators in the media by continually scanning media coverage for opportunities to have Toronto Metropolitan University faculty speak publicly about matters of public interest and concern. As a result, Toronto Metropolitan University faculty frequently appear in local, national and international media with their expert opinions and analysis.
The team provides a daily email news clipping report to senior staff at the university.
Media Relations Contacts
Jessica Leach, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
416-979-5000 ext. 554282
Jess supports: Faculty of Community Services, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Athletics, Future of Sport Lab, Brampton Initiatives and the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst
Lindsey Craig, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
416-979-5000 ext. 552126
Lindsey supports: The Creative School, Brookfield Institute, the Innovation Boost Zone, Social Venture Zone, Science Discovery and Transmedia Zones
Irina Vukosavic, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
416-979-5000 ext. 557926
Irina supports: Faculty of Science, Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Future Skills Centre, and the Biomedical and Legal Innovation Zones
Karen Benner, Associate Director, University Communications
416-979-5000 ext. 553494
Dawa Ngodup, Communications & Administrative Coordinator
416-979-5000 ext. 557134
The team produces publications for audiences on campus and beyond to inform readers about the achievements of Toronto Metropolitan University’s students, faculty, alumni and staff, and the university’s initiatives. Key themes in publications highlight Toronto Metropolitan University’s role as an urban, innovative university delivering relevant, career-focused education, with faculty who conduct exceptional research focused on real-world challenges. The goal is to inspire the support of the internal and external communities for Toronto Metropolitan University’s mission and mandate.
416-979-5000, ext. 557000
416-979-5000, ext. 557926
Issues Management and Leadership Communications
If your school, department or unit is handling a situation that requires communications expertise, help is available. Central Communications can provide advice and assistance in communicating to both the Toronto Metropolitan University community and outside of campus to the public and media when the need arises.
For communications assistance or advice:
- Johanna VanderMaas, Associate Director, Leadership Communications
416-979-5000 ext. 554630
- Arianne Persaud, Manager, Communications and Issues
- Michael Forbes, Chief of Staff & Executive Director, Communications
416-979-5000 ext. 556638