University of Guelph president Charlotte Yates in campus hallway
U of G president Dr. Charlotte Yates

A Toronto Star Opinion piece counted U of G president Dr. Charlotte Yates among a group of women leaders who have been leading Canada through the pandemic “in the very best ways.”

The piece, written by the vice-president of communications and external relations at Digital Research Alliance of Canada, examined the many examples of Canadian women university presidents who have shown strong leadership and who have put post-secondary education “at the heart of the pandemic recovery.”

The piece noted that Yates credits the diversity of her team for creative leadership, which allowed U of G to welcome the local community to campus for a vaccination clinic, “advanced Indigenization by creating spaces for knowledge sharing, and adapted outdoor learning spaces while also respecting public health measures.”

Yates began at U of G in 2015 as the University’s provost and vice-president (academic) and became president and vice-chancellor in 2021.