MacEwan University has appointed Myrna Khan as the institution’s ﬁrst vice-president, University Relations. In this new role, Myrna will oversee government and community relations, alumni and development, marketing and communications, and sustainability initiatives.
A community leader and relationship builder, Myrna brings 25 years of experience in stakeholder engagement, external relations, corporate sustainability, strategic planning and change management to the position. An early leader in corporate sustainability, she spent more than a decade providing guidance on community relations and stakeholder engagement to some of Canada’s largest companies.
“We’re looking forward to the leadership and vision that Myrna will bring to this new position,” says MacEwan president Deborah Saucier of the appointment. “Her role will be key to supporting the university's strategic priorities, including answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action and deﬁning what it means to be Edmonton’s downtown university.”
In her previous role as vice-president, Resource Development at the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, Myrna realigned and led the organization to one of their most successful fundraising achievements to date: $75 million over three years.
Since 2016, Myrna has been at the City of Edmonton as the head of External Relations, the ﬁrst municipal external relations function in Canada. She was charged with building and leading a team responsible for stewarding and strengthening the city's relationships with business, post-secondary institutions, government and non-proﬁt organizations.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve MacEwan University, an extraordinary institution. In these times, inclusion, access to knowledge and a collaborative spirit are more important than ever,” says Myrna. “MacEwan is uniquely positioned to be that kind of leader in Edmonton, in Canada and around the world. I look forward to working with President Saucier, my fellow administrators and the entire MacEwan community in amplifying our advancement, external relations and sustainability eﬀorts.”
Myrna will assume her role at MacEwan University on September 1, 2018.