Leslie Courchesne began her role as Executive Director, University Relations at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2014. She first joined UFV in 2011, serving as Director, Marketing and Communications.
Couchesne's portfolio includes advancement, communications, institutional events, marketing, student recruitment, community and government relations, and alumni relations, including UFV's partnership with the UFV Alumni Association.
As a member of the President's executive, Courchesne attends in-camera and public meetings of the Board of Governors, and chairs the board's Betty Urquhart Community Service Award committee. She serves on UFV's Administrative Council, Committee for University Risk Assessment, Honorary Doctorate Selection Committee, University IT Steering Committee, Convocation Oversight Committee, and the UFV–Student Union Society joint executives meetings. She also serves as an emcee for UFV's Convocation ceremonies. In 2013-14, Courchesne led UFV's 40th Anniversary Steering Committee.
Externally, Courchesne chairs the United Way Fraser Valley Campaign Cabinet, is a provincial appointee to the Port Moody Police Board, and serves as a mentor with The Cmolik Foundation.
Prior to UFV, Courchesne served as communications officer and then manager in BCIT's marketing department for seven years, leading an award-winning team responsible for marketing strategy and corporate communications. She spent the first 10 years of her career in the BC Government, as communications officer, issues manager, and assistant director in the Vancouver-based Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism and Immigrant Settlement.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Science in Marketing from Heriot Watt University.
Courchesne lives in Port Moody with her husband, two children, and very hairy Siberian Husky.