President's Cabinet

The AUArts President’s Cabinet is the strategic leadership body of Alberta University of the Arts advising the President + CEO on all issues related to delivering academic excellence.

Cabinet is a standing committee responsible to the President, composed of Vice Presidents and Directors who have full budget authority for their respective programs and departments and who have significant leadership and planning responsibilities. Cabinet works within the context of AUArts’s mandate to advance all priority directions with respect to business related matters and the academic experience at the university.

Terms of reference

Current President's Cabinet Members

  • Dr. Daniel Doz, President and CEO
  • Dr. Alex Link, Interim Dean, Academic Programs
  • Jill Brown, Vice President Administration
  • Kim Neutens, Dean of Students
  • Nicole Hamilton, Dean, Innovation, Learning and Development
  • Jamie Leong-Huxley, Vice President Advancement
  • Carissa Cameron Matthews, Director, Academic Resources
  • Andrea Power, University Secretary

President's Cabinet Members Bios

Dr. Alex Link, Interim Dean, Academic Programs

Alex Link has served Alberta University of the Arts in a wide variety of capacities since joining as a faculty member in 2005, including School Chair, Academic Council Chair, Faculty Association President, and Interim VP Academic Affairs. He maintains an active research practice in the study of comics and popular culture, with over a dozen scholarly articles appearing in internationally recognized journals and book publications, a complete list of which can be found here.

Jill Brown, Vice President Administration

As Vice President, Administration, Jill provides leadership and overall management of the business and corporate affairs of Alberta University of the Arts, with responsibility for the areas of financial services, human resources, computing and technical services, facilities management, risk and campus operations. Within this large portfolio, Jill helps the University pursue its strategic direction by working collaboratively with the leadership team to promote and foster innovation and continuous improvement.

Jill joined AUArts in 2014 as the Director, Human Resources and was appointed Vice President, Administration in January, 2017. She has a varied career in higher education spanning nearly two decades. She has worked both domestically and internationally with experience in start-up and global operations.

Jill is a Calgarian and alumna of both the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Haskayne School of Business, and maintains a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

Kim Neutens, Dean of Students

As the Dean of students, Kim provides strategic and operational leadership to key aspects of the student experience at AUArts: undergraduate recruitment & admissions, student services, counseling and the Registrar’s Office. 

Kim has over 20 years experience in post-secondary education, with senior-level experience in recruitment, admissions, international student services, program management and student development. Kim was deeply involved in the Calgary innovation community for a number of years, supporting academic and professional entrepreneurial skill development and pathways to commercialization for student-led new business ventures. 

Kim holds a Bachelor Arts (Honours) from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and spent a semester abroad at the Copenhagen Business School.  Her lifelong learning has covered design & integrative thinking, educational strategy, entrepreneurial leadership, internationalization and personal wellness.

Nicole Hamilton, Dean, Innovation, Learning and Development

Nicole Hamilton has 20 years experience in higher education.  She has served as a National Vice President Academics and Board Chair for the Canadian Institute of Management, and in several executive roles and directorships in private and entrepreneurial education,  trades and apprenticeship, and at one of the country’s oldest mid-western comprehensive universities, the University of Manitoba.   As a seasoned senior leader, Nicole has launched a variety of strategic initiatives aimed at growth and innovation including the development of centres for teaching and learning, program development and innovation, and internationalization. She has successfully secured more than $2 million in funding for one-of-a-kind proposals that have won unanimous approvals with funders.  Nicole is passionate about setting expectations that obligates quality assurance at a provincial and institutional level.    Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts, a  Masters’ in Business with “summa cum laude” distinction, and a Master’s in Education earned with distinction.  She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Calgary.

Jamie Leong-Huxley, Vice President Advancement

As Vice President, Advancement, Jamie provides leadership and overall management of the communication, marketing, government relations, fund development, alumni engagement and community relations areas. As a member of the President and CEO’s Cabinet team, and the University’s Leadership team, she also contributes to the strategic success of the organization.

Jamie joined AUArts in September 2018. She has enjoyed a wealth of career experiences in corporations, non-profits and consulting firms, having worked in almost every sector including innovation, technology, energy, agriculture and travel.

Previously she worked with Zinc Ventures on the creation of a new regional innovation centre designed to advance Calgary in the digital age and build a better ecosystem for innovation. With the same firm, she helped with legislative changes and education that made payday loans less harmful.   

As a fourth-generation western Canadian, Jamie has made significant community contributions. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts (AFA), sits on a grant committee at Calgary Arts Development (CADA), grant committees at Calgary Foundation, and the Tomorrow's Chinatown Advisory Committee, was a founding board member of the National Music Centre, and was a founding partner of Social Venture Partners that brought venture philanthropy to our community. 

Jamie holds an MBA from Queen’s University, and a Diploma in Public Relations and Certificate in Gerontology, both from Mount Royal University. She has professional designations in advertising (CAAP), public relations (APR), and is just one of 100 Canadians to achieve a Fellow of the Canadian Public Relations Society. She has received international, national and local awards for her work, and was a Top 40 Under 40.

Carissa Cameron Matthews, Director, Academic Resources

As Director, Academic Resources, Carissa provides leadership to academic affairs, studio technical resources and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta University of the Arts. She has twenty years of higher education experience holding a variety of roles in academic programs, theatre management and senior administration. With almost a decade of experience at AUArts, Carissa continues to work collaboratively with academic and administrative leadership to incorporate high-impact practices into everyday operations including the development of an institutional data analysis program to support academic planning and innovation.

Carissa is an alumna of the University of Waterloo studying Drama and Theatre Arts focusing on performance and costume construction. Her professional career has focused on leading initiatives in arts management, strategic planning and academic enterprise development.

Andrea Power, University Secretary

As the inaugural University Secretary for AUArts, Andrea is a senior leader providing governance advice and strategic direction to the AUArts Board of Governors and General Faculties Council. As the Secretary, Andrea demonstrates exceptional judgment and strategic intellect as well as having the presence and superior interpersonal skills to act as a trusted member of and advisor to the senior leadership team at AUArts.  As Secretary, she is also the repository for information on all matters relating to these bodies and is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Board of Governors and of the General Faculties Council, and their various committees. Andrea is also the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Coordinator and the Legislative Compliance Officer for AUArts.

Andrea has a demonstrated history of working in higher education and other business organizations and, over the years, she has earned numerous certificates in addition to her Business Foundation Computer Systems Diploma, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Public Administration.

Andrea has a passion for Not-for-Profit organizations; assisting them to move forward to be successful. She is currently Past Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Lung Association and previously served as the Chair, Board of Directors, Lung Association of Nova Scotia.