President's Cabinet

The AUArts President’s Cabinet is the strategic leadership body of Alberta University of the Arts advising the President + CEO on all issues related to delivering academic excellence.

Cabinet is a standing committee responsible to the President, composed of Vice Presidents and Directors who have full budget authority for their respective programs and departments and who have significant leadership and planning responsibilities. Cabinet works within the context of AUArts’s mandate to advance all priority directions with respect to business related matters and the academic experience at the university.

Terms of reference

Jill Brown, Vice President | Administration

As Vice President, Administration, Jill provides leadership and overall management of the business and corporate affairs of Alberta University of the Arts, with responsibility for the areas of financial services, human resources, computing and technical services, facilities management, risk and campus operations. Within this large portfolio, Jill helps the University pursue its strategic direction by working collaboratively with the leadership team to promote and foster innovation and continuous improvement.

Jill joined AUArts in 2014 as the Director, Human Resources and was appointed Vice President, Administration in January, 2017. She has a varied career in higher education spanning nearly two decades. She has worked both domestically and internationally with experience in start-up and global operations.

Jill is a Calgarian and alumna of the University of Lethbridge. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration with the Haskayne School of Business (candidate 2020) and holds her Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

Nicole Hamilton, Executive Director | Continuing Education
+ Professional Development

Nicole Hamilton has almost 20 years’ of experience in higher education and has held a variety of roles as a senior administrator working to direct strategic growth and position institutions for national and international recognition.  In her most recent appointment as the National Vice President of Education, with the Canadian Institute of Management, Nicole worked with businesses and post-secondary institutions from across the country and most recently directed the development of a groundbreaking partnership to fortify the sustainability of the institute.  Nicole has several years’ experience in practical and applied learning environments and entrepreneurial education.     She has been successful in evaluating market competitiveness and responding with innovative programs and services designed to enhance the student experience, and provide educational pathways that fortify both the personal and professional interests’ of the students.  

 
Nicole has a Bachelors’ of Arts, a Masters’ in Business and a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Adult Education.  Nicole has a personal interest in art which comes from the advocacy that she has provided to burgeoning artists.  Nicole is also inspired by the wide range of opportunities that is currently available within the field of creative art and design and wants to bring new learning opportunities to AUArts, for a diverse range of student audiences.

Jamie Leong-Huxley, Vice President | Advancement

As Vice President, Advancement, Jamie provides leadership and overall management of the communication, marketing, government relations, fund development, alumni engagement and community relations areas. As a member of the President and CEO’s Cabinet team, and the University’s Leadership team, she also contributes to the strategic success of the organization.

Jamie joined AUArts in September 2018. She has enjoyed a wealth of career experiences in corporations, non-profits and consulting firms, having worked in almost every sector including innovation, technology, energy, agriculture and travel.

Previously she worked with Zinc Ventures on the creation of a new regional innovation centre designed to advance Calgary in the digital age and build a better ecosystem for innovation. With the same firm, she helped with legislative changes and education that made payday loans less harmful.   

As a fourth-generation western Canadian, Jamie has made significant community contributions. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts (AFA), sits on a grant committee at Calgary Arts Development (CADA), a grant committee at Calgary Foundation, was a founding board member of the National Music Centre, and was a founding partner of Social Venture Partners that brought venture philanthropy to our community. 

Jamie holds an MBA from Queen’s University, and a Diploma in Public Relations and Certificate in Gerontology, both from Mount Royal University. She has professional designations in advertising (CAAP), public relations (APR), and is just one of 100 Canadians to achieve a Fellow of the Canadian Public Relations Society. She has received international, national and local awards for her work, and was a Top 40 Under 40.

Dr. André Plante, Vice President | Academic Affairs + Provost

Dr. Plante arrives to AUArts after serving as Associate Vice President, Corporate Planning, Facilities and Sustainability at Sheridan College in Ontario. Over the last seven years, he worked to create a stewardship approach to Academic Resources and Learning Spaces in order to align the university needs with the strategic plan and better control the institution’s fast-growing footprint. Previously, as Dean of Academic Planning and Development, he lead a cross-disciplinary team involved in Curriculum and Faculty Development, Quality Assurance, Learning Technologies, Policies, Strategic Planning and Institutional Research.