Rhiannon Bennett, Community Member
Rhiannon Bennett (she/her/hers) is a much-sought-after speaker and is well known for asking tough questions in a manner that encourages engagement and dialogue. She is actively working to create a more equitable world for all. Rhiannon is Musqueam and was raised in Ladner with deep roots in the community with some ancestors living on land since the first sunrise and others who were part of the new fishing community arriving in the early 1900’s.
She has been working with children, youth and families for over 20 years in a variety of roles. Professionally, she has worked with Indigenous youth and families with overarching themes of her work being decolonization and reconciliation.
In 2014, she was the first Indigenous person elected to the Delta Board of Education. As a Trustee, she focused on repairing and building stronger relationships with education partners along with ensuring a decolonization lens was applied to all board work. She is the co-founder of Hummingbirds Rising Consulting and works with a vision to create a society that understands the violence of colonization, its other impacts and is actively reconciling and working towards decolonization. They offer services for students, educators, and policy makers who are working on learning more about decolonization and reconciliation.
Kim Baird, Chancellor
Sandra Case, Chair, Community Member
Ms. Case is responsible for people, project management and process improvement at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. She joined the Board of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2015. Ms. Case has more than 20 years of management and legal experience and began her career as a corporate litigator. She additionally worked at the University of British Columbia handling bargaining and management exempt issues and led a sectoral people and stakeholder relations portfolio as the Community Social Services Employers' Association as director, human resources and labour relations services. Ms. Case holds a Juris Doctor of Law, Honours, from the University of British Columbia and has completed graduate studies in management and leadership with Royal Roads University and has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. Ms. Case acts as an advisor for British Columbia Institute of Technology's academic programs and actively participating in the Canadian Bar Association's volunteer speaker and mentorship programs. She has also served as faculty for the Justice Institute and on the Board of the Vancouver Writers' Festival.
Ivy Chen, Community Member
Appointed to the KPU Board in 2020, Ivy Chen has financial and management experience working with business leaders in the consumer packaged goods manufacturing (CPG) and construction industries over the past 16 years. Most recently, Ivy has served as Vice President of Finance and Administration of FG Deli Group and Freybe Gourmet Foods. During her role with FG Deli, Ivy led multi-disciplined project teams implementing best practices in Finance and Operations across geographically dispersed facilities.
As a former international student and an immigrant to Canada, Ivy recognizes the value of higher learning and active mentorship. She believes in higher education as a path to personal enrichment and equality, strongly advocating for its availability to all. Ms. Chen is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University.
Farhad Dastur, Faculty Representative
Farhad Dastur is the 2018-2021 faculty representative on the Board. Farhad obtained a PhD in experimental psychology from Dalhousie University. He has been a KPU faculty member for 18 years where he teaches evolutionary psychology, perception, cognitive ergonomics, and the Interdisciplinary Amazon Field School. He has served as Chair of Psychology, Coordinator of Asian Studies, Chair of the Research Ethics Board, Associate Dean, Senator, and Dean of Arts (pro temp). He has conducted research into sensory perception in pregnant women, the determinants of intersection collisions, the role of anxiety in pattern perception, and the efficacy of open education resources. In 2008, Farhad founded Connecting Minds, North America's largest undergraduate research conference in psychology. His teaching, scholarship, and leadership have been recognized with a National Institute of Staff & Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award, a Chair Academy Exemplary Leader Award, an International Society for Human Ethology Best Poster Award, a 2016-18 Open Education Resources Research Fellowship, and a 2018 KPU Teaching Fellowship in Experiential Learning. Farhad has presented at TEDxKPU, the City of Surrey PechaKucha, and the KPU/Science World Speaker Series. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers of Vancouver.
Dr. Alan Davis, President and Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Alan Davis was appointed President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University September 1, 2012. A native of Reading, England, Dr. Davis has held leadership positions at renowned institutions in the United States and Canada, including roles at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College. Most recently, he served as President of Empire State College at the State University of New York.
Dr. Davis is a member of the Board of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and has served on various committees and commissions with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Council for Education. He is past President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and is on the Board of the Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research.
Aside from his extraordinary academic contributions through publications and presentations, Dr. Davis is also a published playwright. Dr. Davis has devoted his career to higher learning and continues to be passionate about the success and achievements of individuals taking it upon themselves to earn an education.
Bob Davis, Faculty Representative
Bob Davis is the 2020-2023 faculty representative on the Board. He holds a Millwright Interprovincial Red Seal Qualification and has been a faculty member for 27 years in the Faculty of Trades and Technology.
He is the past President of the Kwantlen Faculty Association where he held the role of President and Vice-President Negotiations for 13 years. Bob has represented faculty nationally; Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), provincially; Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, BC Federation of Labour and locally in various roles and positions.
Bob has been appointed to the Industry Training Authority Board of Directors and is currently the Vice-Chair. He has served as Chair of Millwright dept, Interim Associate Dean of KPU Tech, and continues as a Senator. Bob has volunteered for Skills Canada BC and is very active sailing community. He is also an alumnus of KPU.
Amos Kambere, Community Member
Amos Kambere is the Executive Director of Umoja Operation Compassion Society, a not-for-profit organisation that works with newcomer immigrants and refugees living in Surrey BC. He was formerly with Canada Post and a Member of Parliament with the Uganda National Assembly. Mr. Kambere is a member of the Surrey Board of Trade. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Diploma in Education from Makerere University Kamplala, Uganda and Certificates from Vancouver Community College and British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Mohammed Mahabub, Community Member
Mohammed Mahabub is currently the chief financial officer for JYSK where he oversees strategic planning, development and leadership for a multi-million dollar furniture and home retailer. For over twenty years he had extensive experience working with board of directors, financial institutions and suppliers. Previously, he was a director of finance for The Internet Marketing Center, a financial controller for Flight Center, and a senior financial analyst for Overwaitea Food Group. Mr. Mahabub holds his Financial Management Diploma from Kwantlen University College and earned his Certified General Accountants designation in 2001.
Michael McAdam, Vice Chair, Community Member
Appointed to the KPU Board in 2016, Michael McAdam is the President of Advance Wire Products (AWP). AWP is the leading designer and manufacturer of innovative merchandising solutions for markets such as retail grocery, pharmacy, and custom construction. AWP serves markets throughout North America. Prior to AWP, Michael was the President of Bloomstar Bouquet, Canada's largest importer of fresh cut flowers into retail chains from coast to coast.
Michael has been granted a designation by the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2014, after successfully completing the Director's Education Program by Rotman's School of Business. He has recently served 7 years on the Board of Governors of the CGA-BC association, after a historic merger with the two other accounting associations forming the new CPA-BC association. During this transition, Michael sat on the joint CPA Board of BC.
Kim McGill, Professional Support Staff
Elected to the Board as of September 1, 2015 for a three-year term of office, Kim McGill is currently the Manager of Communications and Technologies in the Future Students' Office. Kim has worked at KPU since November 2001, and has served on a variety of Faculty and KPU committees over the years. Kim brings a wide range of experience from both KPU and her community work to the Board. Kim recently completed a 3 year term as a KPU Senator representing Professional Support Staff and as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Policy Review. She looks forward to contributing to the Board during her term.
David Piraquive, Elected Student Board Member
David Piraquive is a fourth-year student finishing his double major in History and Political Science. Before joining the Board of Governors, David was elected to the Kwantlen Student Association as the Arts Representative for three years.
In 2018, the board of directors at the KSA appointed him to be the Vice President, Student Life, and in 2019 he was appointed to be President and Vice President, External Affairs.
In his three terms, David focused on outreach and advocacy. He ran many successful campaigns on campus, such as the Yes-UPass campaign that ensure students get affordable access to transit. He also ran a voter drive campaign that collected about 2000 pledges.
David also has experience lobbying the government on student-based issues. With the Alliance of BC Students, they have successfully lobbied the government to remove interest on BC student loans, the reintroduction of needs-based grants, and more mental health services for post-secondary students.
Jack Wong, Community Member
Jack Wong recently retired as CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. and was formerly the assistant managing director and CFO with the Vancouver Board of Trade. Jack has been involved in local development projects including with campus planning and development at the University of British Columbia, the Crystal complex in Burnaby, International Village in Vancouver, and the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion.
A life-long Vancouverite, Wong attended Kitsilano Secondary and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Jack is a certified professional accountant and was granted the FCPA designation in recognition of his service to the profession and community. He has served on numerous volunteer community boards including the Richmond Museum and the Vancouver Police Foundation. Jack currently sits as a board member of the Immigrant Services Society of BC, Brightside Community Homes Foundation, and the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation for Community Revitalization.
Jack believes post-secondary institutions have a role in community well-being and sustainability by providing an accessible and relevant post-secondary system, incorporating innovative learning for students in the spirit of reconciliation and responding to the skill needs of British Columbians.