Vice-President Communications & Advancement

VP Communications & Advancement Katharine Harrold

Katharine Harrold (on leave)

Katharine Harrold is vice-president of communications and advancement at Royal Roads University. Prior to joining Royal Roads in March 2015, she was vice-president of resource development at the United Way of the Lower Mainland. At the United Way, she was responsible for raising $30 million annually. From 2009 to 2011, Harrold was director of advancement for the faculty of environment at Simon Fraser University. She launched the Nature Conservancy of Canada B.C. Region’s first Campaign for Conservation, as the organization’s director of philanthropy from 2001 to 2009. With her latest appointment, Harrold returns to her roots at Royal Roads University. As campaign manager for the university from 2000 to 2001, she led Royal Roads’ first fundraising effort.

AVP Susan Gee

Susan Gee (acting)

Susan Gee is the acting vice-president of communications and advancement at Royal Roads University. She brings to Royal Roads more than twenty years’ experience in communications, government and community relations. Her experience includes senior communications work for some of the provincial government’s most pressing issues (including director of communications for the Ministry of Finance and Provincial Revenue). She has served as communications and development director for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, and vice-president of Acumen Communications Group, where she worked with a broad base of clients from government, the private sector, the post-secondary sector and beyond.

She is an accredited public relations professional (APR) and holds an MBA from the University of Victoria. Gee is committed to strategic communications and collaboration, and shares the team’s passion for writing and storytelling.

The vice-president communications and advancement provides leadership in the following areas:

  • Communications
  • Community and Government Relations
  • Advancement
  • Alumni Relations
  • Campus Services
  • Indigenous Relations
  • Operations