EMPLOYMENT: Partner, PSE Information Systems; Vice President, Academic and Student Engagement, Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology; Vice President of Students, Mohawk College; Associate Vice President, Students and External Relations, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Director of Student Life, University of Toronto.

EXPERTISE: Strategic planning; higher education administration; university partnerships; project management; policy analysis; strategic enrollment management; academic reviews.

Dr. Catherine Drea is a partner in PSE Information Systems, Toronto, Canada. She has extensive and wide-ranging experiences in colleges, universities and provincial government in the fields of academic, strategic enrolment management and student engagement. Her broad skill set and experience provides clients with expertise and service in the following areas:

  • Strategic planning and analysis
    • Institutional planning and start-up, academic reviews and positioning, strategic enrolment management
  • Partnerships
    • College – University partnerships
    • International education and development
  • Project management
  • Policy development


Catherine has held leadership positions in 4 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology and 2 Universities. Catherine has been the Vice President Academic and Student Engagement at Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Vice President of Student Engagement at Georgian, Vice President Students at Mohawk College, Associate Vice President Students and External Relations at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Dean of Continuing Education at Durham College, Director of Student Life at the University of Toronto and Founding Project Manager at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

In addition, Catherine brings significant Ontario provincial government experience in policy and program development, including experience from her role as Director, Service Delivery Branch and Apprenticeship, Employment Ontario in the former Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

She holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. Her doctoral thesis focused on the government’s role in student accessibility in colleges. She has authored numerous articles, is a member of the School of Graduate Studies at OISE/University of Toronto and teaches for Central Michigan University.