Linda Franklin | President and Chief Executive Officer, Colleges Ontario
Current Position and Past Experience
Linda Franklin joined Colleges Ontario as President and CEO in 2007. She has spearheaded a system wide marketing campaign on the value of college education, brought public attention to the impending skills shortage and led advocacy efforts to improve pathways for students.
Previously, Linda was CEO of the Wine Council of Ontario. There, she worked with government on legislation that dramatically improved the economics of the industry, allowing the number of wineries to rise from 20 to almost 200 today.
Linda’s early career included time as a partner in a consulting company, the head of communications for a regulatory body and for government MPPs, and Chief of Staff to an Ontario cabinet minister.
Education, Honors and Achievements
Franklin earned her B.A. and her M.A. in English, History and Journalism from the University of Western Ontario.
Franklin was honored with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service to the wine industry as Niagara Businessperson of the Year.