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University - Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Requisition #2323164
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-Vancouver
Job StreamEducation
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open2
Posting Date05-Apr-2019
Expiry Date26-Apr-2019
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure


KPU is B.C.’s largest teaching university and only polytechnic university. KPU prides itself on providing an exceptional learning environment reinforced by small classes, engaged faculty, and hands-on interdisciplinary learning opportunities for all students. 


Located in Metro Vancouver, KPU has campuses in Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley that collectively offer over 145 programs in business, arts, science, design, health, trades, technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Most programs have multiple exit points, allowing students the ability to graduate with a certificate, diploma or degree. 


KPU currently serves over 19,000 students annually in a wide range of programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships.


The KPU experience consists of flexible learning options, supportive educational environments, and opportunities to work closely with peers and faculty that are committed to teaching as well as research. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on education through cooperative learning, community action research, practicum placements, international field schools, undergraduate research, and much more.  Our programs are relevant locally, nationally and globally.


The university’s dynamic and evolving research capacity not only responds to the needs of the region, but includes communities in the process. KPU has a 30-year history of building partnerships with community, industry, and other academic institutions that benefit students, faculty, and the public.


KPU’s tradition of combining practical hands-on learning with undergraduate research prepares students for success in graduate school and in their careers. The university’s research institutes and faculty receive a growing amount of support from both private and public funders. 


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Strategic Direction


KPU is a special purpose teaching university under the University Act.


The University recently completed a robust consultation process to create the second strategic plan: Vision 2023. The full plan can be viewed here: Vision 2023.


Mission: By thinking and acting together, we transform lives and empower positive change.


Vision: In 2023, KPU is a learning ecosystem rooted in a culture of sustainability, creativity and quality that inspires our people and our communities.


Goals: KPU’s 12 goals are organized into four interconnected themes:


A. Experience: We will


A1. Enhance the experience of our students


A2. Enrich the experience of our employees


A3. Delight our friends in their KPU experience




B. Sustainability: We will


B1. Embrace all cultures and promote a renewed, authentic approach to Indigenization


B2. Foster environmental sustainability through our offerings, research and operations


B3. Integrate planning to ensure KPU operations are aligned with our resources, thus sustaining quality and institutional health




C. Creativity: We will


C1. Increase the levels of activity, funding and intensity of research and scholarship


C2. Increase innovation in teaching, learning and curriculum


C3. Embolden creative problem solving across KPU’s operations




D. Quality: We will


D1. Ensure continuous improvement of all KPU programs and services


D2. Hold each other responsible for our promises and our expectations


D3. Be accountable to our partners, governments and communities


Vacant Position(s)


Experience and Qualifications


While previous experience as a director is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a board and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.


Part of the organization’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for new members.


Diversity and Inclusion


People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.


To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.




There are currently no vacancies on the Board.   Should one arise, the following are the attributes sought for the position(s) currently under consideration:


  • People with senior leadership experience in complex organizations and with a corporate real estate background.



Time Commitment


KPU’s Board meets 6 times each year, meeting on various campuses for approximately four hours (4:00-8:00 pm).


In addition. Board Members are expected to serve on two Board committees, which generally meet at the Surrey Campus (12666 72 Avenue, Surrey) and attend two annual one-day seminars. Board committees typically meet from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, four or five times a year.


Board Members also attend various KPU functions such as Convocation, Scholarships & Awards Ceremony, and Community Events, as representatives of the Board of Governors.


Board Members may also be required to serve on additional committees or task forces.




Under the University Act, a board member is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and holds office for a term up to three years. Appointed members of the board may be eligible for reappointment but must not hold office for more than six (6) consecutive years.






No compensation is paid to Order in Council members of the Board; however, approved expenses are reimbursed according to University policy FM5 - Business and Travel Expense Policy / Procedures.


Governance Structure


Kwantlen Polytechnic University is governed by the University Act of British Columbia which provides for two governing bodies: the Board of Governors and the Senate.


The Board of Governors’ primary responsibility is to oversee the strategic direction and management of the University and ensure that it carries out its mission. The Board of Governors consists of eight government appointed members, two elected faculty members, one elected professional support staff member and two elected student members along with the Chancellor and President. Other than the President, all Board Members are subject to a maximum of six years’ service.


The Board has four committees: Human Resources, Finance, Governance and Audit.


The Senate has responsibility for the academic programming of the University. In particular, it sets curricula, qualifications for admissions, criteria for awarding certificates, diplomas, and degrees, including honorary degrees, criteria for academic standing, academic standards and the grading system, and policies and procedures for appeals by students on academic matters.


Board Governance Policies are located at:     .


Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities




The Board’s role is that of:




  • Leader - set the strategic direction, and empowering senior management to implement Board direction;
  • Overseer - evaluate performance measures and hold senior management accountable;
  • Steward - provide stewardship for the effective delivery of the organization’s mandate; and;
  • Reporter - report to government, stakeholders, public, and others.




Board responsibilities fall into the following general categories:




Managing Board Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the board. This includes: monitoring and improving the quality of the board and ensuring appropriate board committees are in place; ensuring appropriate board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulating roles and responsibilities for the board, committees, and chair individual governors; defining board process and guidelines; evaluating the board, committees, directors and chair; and identifying potential director candidates.


  • Organization’s Mandate: Fully understand the organization’s mandate set by government, review, and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.
  • Strategy and Plans: Participate in the development, review and approval of the organization’s strategic plan to ensure consistency with the organization’s mandate as set by government.
  • Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the Chief Executive Officer (the President); oversee management succession and development.
  • Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems to ensure appropriate risk management systems, code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines are set in place.
  • Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.
  • Communications: Oversee organization’s communications policy.




In carrying out its work, the board operates within the broad policy direction and budget set by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The Board annually receives the Mandate Letter which provides Government’s annual strategic priorities and sets out key performance expectations. The Board works with Management to ensure that the organization meets the strategic priorities and performance expectations stated in the Mandate Letter. Annually, the Board approves the organization’s Accountability Report which highlights actions KPU has taken to address the priorities outlined in the Mandate Letter and fulfils the reporting requirements of the Taxpayer Accountability Principles.


Board Composition


The individuals who make up the Board should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:


  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • effectively monitor the performance of management and the organization; and
  • account for the performance of the organization.


Personal Attributes


All directors should possess the following personal attributes:


  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • may include personal attributes relevant to organization; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about the organization and the relevant sector or industry.




Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:


  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including:


    • strategic management and organizational change,
    • operations,
    • internal control and accounting,
    • technology,
    • communications,
    • public sector administration,
    • human resources,
    • labour relations, and
    • risk management.


  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization.


List of Current Governors and Senior Executives







Term Ends



Sandra Case/Chair

17 December 2015

31 July 2021

Vice President, People and Business Performance/Port of Vancouver

Michael McAdam/Vice Chair

09 June 2016

31 December 2019

President, Advanced Wire Products; Alumni Community Member

Hanne Madsen

31 July 2014

31 July 2020

Executive, Big Sisters BC

Doug Beaton

17 December 2015

31 December 2019


Mohammed Mahabub

31 December 2017

31 July 2021

CFO, Jysk: Alumni Community Member

Amandeep Singh

31 December 2017

31 July 2021

Singh Thind & Associates

Shelly Hill

31 July 2018

31 July 2019

CEO/Kekinow Native Housing Society

Amos Kambere

31 July 3018

31 July 2019

Executive Director/ Umoja Operation Compassion Society


Marc Kamspchuur

01 September 2014

31 August 2020


Kim Rose

02 September 2015

1 September 2021


Farhad Dastur

1 September 2018

31 August 2021


Akash Singh

1 September 2018

31 August 2019


Samuel Baroi

1 September 2018

31 August 2019


Ex-officio (if applicable)

Alan Davis

01 September 2012

31 August 2022

President and Vice Chancellor, KPU

George Melville

04 October 2014

04 October 2020

Chancellor, KPU


Senior Executives:


Provost & Vice President, Academic                                          Dr. Salvador Ferreras           


Vice President, Finance & Administration                                  Jon Harding


Vice President, External Affairs                                                 Marlyn Graziano


Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest


You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page. For more information on the board, refer to the Directory of Agencies website.


British Columbia Appointment Guidelines


Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.


Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at or by telephone at 604 660-0465.