Who we are

The Institutional Communications team is an experienced and dedicated central resource providing strategic advice for communicating and promoting McGill’s leading institutional and academic research initiatives to the general public, partners, stakeholders and media all over the world, as well as to the entire McGill community.

What we do

  • We support McGill’s academic mission and strategic priorities through effective and impactful external and internal communication outreach initiatives;
  • We are McGill’s point of contact with the media. Representatives from the media can gain valuable access to McGill experts or find newsworthy stories about McGill’s research discoveries and events in our newsroom;
  • We manage and promote, news, events and announcements, including the McGill Reporter, McGill Dans la Ville, What’s New e-newsletters as well as through the University's main social media channels;
  • Provide media services to members of the community and media training to faculty and graduate students, provide advice about writing and placing op-eds, and counsel faculties and departments on social media best practices;
  • Manage McGill’s bank of photo images and respond to internal and media photo requests;
  • Assist film and TV crews with their requests;
  • Handle public relations for major announcements, news conferences and symposia;
  • Provide a daily (internal) news digest;
  • Share information with the McGill community, the media and public in emergencies and crisis situations


Contact us

Institutional Communications
James Administration Building
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4
info.communications [at]

pierre.boisseau [at] (Pierre Boisseau)
Senior Director, Institutional Communications
514-398-2018 cell: 514-943-9655

maria.naso [at] (Maria Naso)
Administrative Coordinator

rosalie.nardelli [at] (Rosalie Nardelli) (on leave)
guillaume.cossette [at] (Guillaume Cossette)

Senior Advisor, Executive Communications

Media Relations

cynthia.lee [at] (Cynthia Lee)
Associate Director, Media Relations
514-398-6754 cell: 514-793-6753

katherine.gombay [at] (Katherine Gombay)
Senior Communications Officer
514-398-2189 cell: 514-717-2289

shirley.cardenas [at] (Shirley Cardenas)
Media Relations Officer
514-398-6751 cell: 514-594-6877

claire.loewen [at] (Claire Loewen)
Media Relations Officer

frederique.mazerolle [at] (Frédérique Mazerolle)
Media Relations Officer
514-398-6693 cell: 514-617-8615



Communications contacts in the faculties:

Desautels Faculty of Management
rita.mcadam [at] (Rita McAdam)

Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
valerie.macleod [at] (Val Macleod)

Faculty of Arts
valerie.khayat [at] (Valerie Khayat)

Faculty of Dentistry
david.leblanc [at] (David Leblanc) / brenna.kaukonen [at] (Brenna Kaukonen)

Faculty of Education
Andee.Shuster [at] (Andee Shuster)

Faculty of Engineering
Antonella.Fratino [at] (Antonella Fratino)

Faculty of Law
Claire.Loewen [at] (K)karel.michaud [at] (arel Michaud)

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Diana.Colby [at] (Diana Colby) / jason.clement [at] (Jason Clement)

Faculty of Science
Fergus.Grieve [at] (Fergus Grieve)

McGill Library
merika.ramundo [at] (Merika Ramundo)

Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital
shawn.hayward [at] (Shawn Hayward)

School of Continuing Studies
David.Kynan [at] (David Kynan)

Schulich School of Music
annie.saumier [at] (Annie Saumier)

Internal Communications

james.c.martin [at] (James Martin)
Associate Director, Internal Communications

neale.mcdevitt [at] (Neale McDevitt)
Editor, McGill Reporter

richard.deschamps2 [at] (Richard Deschamps)
Communications Associate, McGill Dans La Ville


Social Media and Web News

laurie.devine [at] (Laurie Devine)
Social Media Manager
514-398-5929 cell: 514-891-5929

jessica.goodsell [at] (Jessica Goodsell)
Social Media Associate




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