Linda Franklin is the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario, the advocacy association for Ontario’s 24 public colleges. In this role, she has focused provincial and national attention on the skills challenges facing the province and the country, and the role that colleges must play in producing a stronger workforce. She also initiated the sector’s first-ever system-wide marketing campaign highlighting the value of a college education.
Franklin was previously president of the Wine Council of Ontario, where she directed a multi-million-dollar marketing campaign for the domestic wine industry and developed a strategic plan for the sector, supported by $40 million in government and industry funding.
She began her career as a writer and communications specialist. She has served as the chief of staff for an Ontario cabinet minister, as the head of communications for a professional regulatory body, and as vice-president of a communications consulting company.
In 2005, she was named Niagara’s Business Person of the Year. She was also awarded the Queen’s Jubilee medal for her contribution to the advancement of the Ontario wine industry. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of Ontario Place, the Canadian National Exhibition Association, and the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance.
Franklin has a degree in English and history and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario.