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Press Release

Norquest College Announces New President and CEO

Edmonton -- June 2, 2020 -- 

Optimum Talent is pleased to congratulate Carolyn Campbell on her recent appointment, a recruitment led by Tricia Mullen, Tracy Presisniuk and Stephanie Vogelaar.

After an extensive recruitment campaign, the NorQuest College Board of Governors has chosen Carolyn Campbell as the new President and CEO. Ms. Campbell will be joining NorQuest on July 20, 2020. Optimum Talent is extremely honoured to have partnered with NorQuest on this important mandate. As an organization, Optimum Talent believes that great leaders are a building block to strong and supportive communities, and they are delighted to have helped place another great leader within a great organization.

“Carolyn’s passion for education, leadership style, and strong community connections were among the many outstanding factors that stood out for the Board,” says Carla Madra, Chair of NorQuest’s Board of Governors. “We are thrilled to have Carolyn join NorQuest College as our new President and CEO and we’re confident she is the right fit at the right time for NorQuest”.

Campbell has served as a Deputy Minister with the Government of Alberta, a Deputy City Manager with the City of Edmonton, and an Associate Dean of the University of Alberta School of Business. She comes to NorQuest College having been the most recent Chair of United Way of the Alberta Capital Region and Vice-Chair of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She has two undergraduate degrees in Art and an MFA from the University of Alberta, is a practicing artist, and has considerable strategic, operational, and crisis management experience.

Campbell is no stranger to the city. Growing up in Edmonton, she has seen NorQuest grow into a comprehensive community college that is a key player in the post-secondary sector. The College now offers more than 30 programs and serves over 19,000 students across its downtown and regional campuses.

Campbell is thrilled to lead NorQuest College and describes this as her dream role. She recalls her first time walking into NorQuest’s newest downtown building, the Singhmar Centre for Learning. “I was absolutely captivated by the energy and the sense of belonging here and remember thinking ‘this is where I want to be.’ NorQuest is a special place where you can hear languages from every corner of the world being spoken – it represents a truly global community.”

“I’m really looking forward to starting the role and working with the incredible team of people at NorQuest – the faculty, the students, staff, and stakeholders. We’re difference makers at NorQuest, and we have a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact not only on Alberta’s economy but on our citizens’ quality of life,” says Campbell.

“We are fortunate that the College has attracted remarkable leaders and we are extremely grateful for Joan Hertz’s leadership as interim CEO during the past five months,” says Madra. “Joan has led us through these unprecedented times and made a lasting impact on the College.”

Joan Hertz, who stepped in as interim President and CEO, will continue the interim presidency until July 20, 2020.


About Optimum Talent

Optimum Talent enables organizations to achieve success through people. We collaborate with leading organizations to recruit, develop, engage, retain, and transition talent. The result for our clients is a stronger employer brand and a team of talent with the capability to achieve their business goals.

With origins dating back over 40 years, Optimum Talent has grown to over 260 colleagues operating in 14 offices from coast to coast. We provide expertise in Executive + Mid-Management Search, Leadership, Assessment + Development, and Career Transition + Outplacement.

About NorQuest College
NorQuest College is Edmonton’s community college serving over 19,000 students annually throughout the province with full-time, part-time, online, and face-to-face learning options. NorQuest helps learners with diverse educational backgrounds complete or further their studies through foundational programs. Our post-secondary diploma and certificate programs and continuing education options offer rewarding career paths in health, community studies, business, environment, technology, hospitality, firefighting, and diversity and inclusion training. Our suite of customized and corporate training options ensures organizations and their workforces are prepared for the demands of the future. By collaborating with business, industry, government, and communities, we ensure our learners receive workforce relevant, inclusive, and transformative educational experiences.


Media Inquiries:

Kim Hirsch
Director, Marketing + Communications
Optimum Talent
403.261.8080 ext. 4310

Mike Reeves
Media Relations Consultant
NorQuest College