Kwantlen Board of Governors elects chair, vice-chair and announces new board members

Mon, Jan 26, 2009


Scott Nicholl   Bob Attfield   Shane King   Kim Richter
(Left to right) Scott Nicholl, Bob Attfield, Shane King and Kim Richter

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January 27, 2009

Kwantlen Board of Governors elects chair, vice-chair and announces new board members

(SURREY, B.C.) At a regular meeting of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Board of Governors held Wednesday, January 21, 2009, the members elected Scott Nicoll as chair and Bob Attfield as vice-chair.

In addition, the Provincial Government appointed Shane King as a new community board member. King's two-year term started in December, 2008, ending in December, 2010. Elected to the board as a faculty representative was Kim Richter. Richter's term began in January, 2009 and it will end in August, 2011.

Appointed to the Board of Governors in April 2006, Scott Nicoll is a partner in the firm of Hamilton Duncan Armstrong & Stewart, LLP. He is a native of South Surrey/White Rock and graduated from St. George’s School in Vancouver, and obtained his bachelor of arts honours degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Additionally, Nicoll has a master of arts degree from University of British Columbia and a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Victoria. He was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1994. His practice focuses primarily on business litigation and risk management, including insurance, construction and secured transactions disputes, among others. Nicoll has also acted in the past for aboriginal groups in a variety of matters, including the B.C. Treaty Commission's comprehensive claims process. He is active in his community and is a member of a number of local community and professional associations.

Appointed to the Board of Governors on December 31, 2007, Bob Attfield has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in addition to a diploma in business administration from Vanier College in Montreal. From 1986 to 2000, he acted in several capacities with TD Securities, the investment dealer division of the TD Bank. One of his responsibilities as vice-president and director was establishing one of Canada’s first web-based foreign exchange transaction platforms. Attfield has held numerous board positions, including director of Signal 9 Solutions Inc., and director of Surrey White Rock Home Care Association. He is currently a director of a private company, SystemSkills Computing Technology Canada Ltd., and an executive on contract with South Fraser Home Support Society and Cornerstone Care Society. These Societies work closely with community partners to identify means through which to improve the delivery of health-care services to people of all ages in the community. Attfield is a resident of Surrey.

Shane King was appointed to the Board of Governors on December 31, 2008 for a term ending December 31, 2010. King obtained his Financial Management Diploma in 1992 from Kwantlen. He then joined KNV Chartered Accountants LLP in 1993. He received his designation as a chartered accountant in 1999 and completed the CICA In-depth Tax Course in 2001. King was admitted as a partner of KNV on January 1, 2005. He enjoys working with clients to implement strategies that will improve their business’ profitability. In 2008, King was recognized for achievement in the field as he received the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. Early Achievement Award.

King is currently chair of the Kwantlen University Alumni Association. As a director of the Kwantlen Foundation, he was instrumental in the creation of an alumni committee that formed the basis of the inaugural Alumni Association. King was an executive member of the Kwantlen Foundation from 2003 to 2008.

Kim Richter is a faculty member of business management in Kwantlen’s School of Business, with over 14 years of teaching experience at Kwantlen. Richter has both a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree, and a master of health administration degree. She previously served two consecutive terms on the Board of Governors, from September 2000 until August 31, 2006. She has served three terms on the Greater Vancouver Regional District’s Waste Management Committee and was the first chair of the South Fraser Regional Health Board. Richter is also a Langley Township councillor, who has served multiple terms.

Kwantlen’s Board of Governors would also like to thank outgoing chair, Kathleen Casprowitz, as well as past vice-chair, Rebecca Darnell, for serving so capably in this capacity in their two-year terms. Under their leadership and guidance, the board has matured into a cohesive and high functioning body. Their contributions and commitment to the board are much appreciated by the university and the Kwantlen community.  Kathleen Casprowitz completed a seven-year term on Kwantlen's Board on December 31, 2009 and Rebecca Darnell remains on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Board of Governors as a member-at-large until the completion of her six-year term on July 31, 2010.

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