Gwen Burrows is Executive Director, International at the University of Toronto (U of T). As part of the executive team of the Office of the Vice President International, she is responsible for strategy development and for leading the implementation of U of T’s International Strategic Plan, working in close collaboration with partners across the University. Her portfolio includes both deepening international research partnerships as well as a focus on international students.
A senior leader in the research and health sectors, Gwen served in various leadership roles at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) before joining U of T in August 2017. From 2013-17, Gwen was the Executive Director, Communications, Public Affairs and Advocacy at SickKids, where she led executive communications, issues management, communications strategy development, and media relations. From 2006 to 2013, Gwen was Director of Strategic Projects at the SickKids Research Institute. In that role, working closely with the Chief of Research, she co-led the successful $227 million Canada Foundation for Innovation application to fund the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning and was a key contributor to the implementation of the vision for that research facility. She also led the development of SickKids’ International Qatar research strategy; the Research Institute’s strategic plan; and the development of multi-disciplinary Centres at SickKids.
Gwen began her career at SickKids in the Foundation’s National Grants Program – a Canada-wide funding program for child health research — in 1997. There she held the role of Director, National Grants Program for 5 years, where she set the strategic framework for the granting program which supported child health researchers across the country.
Gwen has been an active volunteer in the charitable sector, including as President for the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs from 2009-2011. Gwen holds a Masters in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins and a BA from McGill University.