Jennifer Vornbrock, Executive Director, Community and Government Relations, Simon Frase University
Jennifer Vornbrock joined the University of Victoria as its new Executive Director, Community and Government Relations in April 2016. The Community and Government Relations department in UVic’s External Relations division provides strategic direction and advice on all community and government relations for the university.
Previously, Jennifer held the position of Vice President, Knowledge and Innovation at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Located in Ottawa, Jennifer worked very closely with the federal government, provincial governments and a wide range of stakeholders in community and corporate sectors. Prior to joining the Mental Health Commission in 2013, Jennifer worked for more than a decade at Vancouver Coastal Health in various operational and strategic roles. Most notably was her work as Director, Strategy Deployment on Vancouver’s Second Generation Health Strategy on the Downtown Eastside and the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy.
Jennifer started her career as a legislative intern in 2000 in the British Columbia Legislature where she took on the role as a Senior Policy Analyst on the Vancouver Agreement. Strongly committed to public service, Jennifer has led a number of value driven, innovative strategic plans and projects on important social issues such as homelessness, mental health and addiction, primary care, early childhood and seniors. Jennifer holds a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University.