To All Members of the Carleton Community,

It is our pleasure to announce that Prof. Chantal Trudel has been appointed as the inaugural director of Carleton’s new Centre for Community Engagement. This important Centre, located under the portfolio of Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Planning) Lorraine Dyke, will strategically align and support community engagement efforts across the university.

Chantal Trudel

Prof. Chantal Trudel

Community engagement is at the heart of our institutional history and operations. It is part of our founding story and central to a large number of important initiatives that are currently undertaken across all of Carleton’s Faculties and portfolios. Notably, a commitment to further enhance community engagement is a key strategic direction of our new Strategic Integrated Plan.

The Carleton Centre for Community Engagement will provide the appropriate infrastructure to support this priority. It will lead the development of Carleton’s first community engagement strategy and of the corresponding support systems required for implementation. Serving as a focal point for strategically aligning community engagement across the university and with partners, the centre will collaborate with key stakeholders, including community partners, Carleton’s Community Engagement Steering Committee and senior leadership.

Prof. Trudel is an Associate Professor in Carleton’s School of Industrial Design, cross-appointed to the School of Information Technology and a faculty member in the Human Computer Interaction program. She is an industrial designer and human factors professional with several years of industry experience in product design, architectural design and healthcare planning. Her research supports a continuum of health and wellness and she is part of the READ Initiative’s community of researchers.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Factors from the University of Nottingham, as well as a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Carleton and a Bachelor of Arts Philosophy from University of Ottawa.

Please join us in welcoming Chantal to this exciting new role! We look forward to seeing the new Carleton Centre for Community Engagement begin its important work that will undoubtedly have a significant impact on our institution and the partnerships we pursue with purpose.


Benoit-Antoine Bacon
President and Vice-Chancellor

Jerry Tomberlin
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)