Kwantlen Foundation Appoints New Chair

Sun, Nov 6, 2011

For immediate release

Kwantlen Foundation Appoints New Chair

METRO VANCOUVER, BC – (November 7, 2011) At its Annual General Meeting, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation's Board of Directors announced, the appointment of Ken Hahn as Chair. Hahn, who has served on the Foundation Board since 2004, succeeds Christine Brodie, the Foundation's long-serving Chair.

Hahn was appointed to Kwantlen's Board of Governors on October 18, 2001, and completed his six-year term on July 31, 2008. He brings excellent leadership expertise as a community volunteer and executive. Now retired, Hahn was the former senior vice president of human resources for Coast Capital Savings and was the vice president of the Richmond Savings Credit Union. Previous to those positions he was with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for over 20 years. Hahn serves on the BC Credit Union Employees' Pension & Benefits Trust and formerly served as a director of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce and Board of the BC Human Resources Management Association. Hahn will build on the success of the Foundation, leading or contributing to new fund raising opportunities that will give support to individuals pursuing post-secondary education.

The Foundation Board also elected Wayne McKay as a new Board Director for a three-year term. McKay has spent more than four decades in the credit union system in British Columbia. Having been employed by two of the largest credit unions in the province, McKay has held mostly senior executive roles, including operations, human resources, marketing, and technology. As well, he has consulted for numerous credit unions on a wide variety of projects including mergers, sales, governance, marketing, communications and production of history books. He has served on many boards and committees and spearheaded various charitable endeavours. McKay has a long association with the marketing of amateur and professional sports. He will be at the helm of the 2012 Kwantlen Foundation Golf Committee, and will bring much expertise and passion to organizing next year's event.

The following Directors continue to serve on the Board and look forward to advancing the Foundation's mission "to raising funds to create quality, life-long learning opportunities for Kwantlen students to achieve personal, social and career success":

  • Christine Brodie, Past Chair
  • Arvinder Bubber (ex-officio)
  • Don Coulter, Vice Chair
  • Marilena Fluckiger
  • Ken Hahn, Chair
  • Craig Jones
  • Julie Liu
  • Wayne McKay
  • John McKendry (ex-officio)
  • Hargo Mundi
  • Jeff Norris (ex-officio), Executive Director & Secretary
  • Steve Paul
  • Peter Podovinikoff
  • Clark Shewfelt, Treasurer
  • Bill Wright

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,000 students annually have a choice from 200 programs, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


Photo 1 Caption: Ken Hahn, new Kwantlen Foundation Chair

For more information about Kwantlen Foundation, contact:
Jeff Norris
Executive Director
Tel: 604.599.2264

For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Joanne Saunders
Director, Marketing and Communications
Tel: 604.599.2243