Julie Cafley, PhD

Julie Cafley, PhD

Senior Vice-President, Policy and Partnerships


613-238-7858 Ext: 229


Julie Cafley joined Canada’s Public Policy Forum as Vice-President in 2010.  Julie leads the membership strategy for the Forum and also manages projects in the areas of public sector governance and innovation, such as a series examining First Nations, Inuit and Métis’ participation in economic development opportunities, agility in government, and a project examining innovation in cities.

Previously, as the senior staff member to two presidents of the University of Ottawa, Julie Cafley played a key role in enhancing the profile and visibility of the University. As Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at the University of Ottawa, Julie worked closely with the President to develop and implement strategic initiatives. Julie led the student recruitment and liaison office before her time in the President’s office.

Julie holds a PhD in Educational leadership from the University of Ottawa. Her thesis focused on higher education leadership through the lens of unfinished mandates of Canadian university presidents. She also holds a MEd, BEd and BA. Julie's thesis is available online:

Leadership In Higher Education: Case Study Research of Canadian University Presidents with Unfinished Mandates

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the delegates for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.  And, in 2010, she was honoured as one of the Ottawa Business Journal's top 40 under forty for her business achievement, expertise and community involvement.

Julie is very passionate about the advancement of women in the workplace and has championed initiatives such as the University's Women and Leadership Series.  She sits on the Advisory Board of Informed Opinions and was the inspiration behind the Cafley Committee website (cafleycommittee.org), a website designed to encourage the nomination of female leaders for external prizes and recognition.

Deeply committed to the well-being of the community around her, she played a key role in implementing Ottawa's first ever Project Homeless Connect, a special one-day event that assists the homeless on the road to permanent housing and self-sufficiency and for the past 20 years, has organized an annual holiday stocking drive for children and families in need. Julie has served on the boards of her sons' school in Chelsea, QC and is an active Board member with the Parkinson’s Society of Canada. She and her husband Luc have two children, Zacharie and Théo.