Dr. Julie Cafley is a creative, strategic leader and an accomplished academic with expertise in in public policy, governance and higher-education leadership. She is the Vice-President, Communications and External Relations at the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO). She is helping to lead an innovative vision to build the organization from the ground-up and develop its brand as a world-class start-up funding tomorrow’s technology.

Previously, she worked as Executive Vice-President at the Public Policy Forum (PPF). Julie built bridges and enhanced the profile and visibility of the PPF while directing its communications, external partnerships, membership and learning teams. In her previous role as Chief of Staff to two presidents at the University of Ottawa, Julie worked closely with the senior executive team to develop and advance strategic initiatives.

Julie holds a PhD in education leadership from the University of Ottawa and has sought-after expertise in university presidential mandates. Her thesis focused on higher education leadership and governance through the lens of unfinished terms of Canadian university presidents.

Julie is an active community builder, a committed advocate for women and leadership, and a tireless champion for diversity initiatives. Julie is a collaborative change maker and an inclusive connector.