Ijade Maxwell Rodrigues
Chief of Government and Community Relations & Protocol
York University
Whitby, Ontario


Ijade is currently the Chief of Government and Community Relations & Protocol at York University, one of Canada’s largest and most diverse universities. Prior to this role, she served as Chief of Staff to the President at York University for almost ten years. Ijade has over two decades of experience in the areas of: strategic planning, community engagement, issues management, reputation building, finance, human resources, communications strategy, risk management stakeholder engagement, event management and protocol.

Ijade holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from York University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. Ijade is an avid volunteer and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Lakeridge Health in Durham Region and as Vice-Chair for the Government Relations Officers Network (Canada) and Vice Chair, COU Government Relations Officers Committee.