Kwantlen Board of Governors re-elects chair and vice chair

Sun, Jul 8, 2012


Gord Schoberg Amrik Virk
Left: Gord Schoberg, chair, Board of Governors, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Right: Amrik Virk, vice chair, Board of Governors, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

For immediate release

July 9, 2012

Kwantlen Board of Governors re-elects chair and vice chair

(Metro Vancouver, BC) - Members of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Board of Governors re-elected Gord Schoberg and Amrik Virk as chair and vice chair respectively on Wednesday June 20, 2012.

Schoberg was appointed to the Board of Governors on July 31, 2008. For the last 33 years he has helped BC Hydro, and now Fortis BC, design electric and natural gas infrastructure, acquire rights of way and improve supply chain performance. For the past several years he has worked with Fortis BC to help employees work safely, minimize Fortis BC's impact on the natural environment, enhance public safety and now helps the company achieve its goals by strengthening its relationships with government, community and aboriginal leaders.

Since 1996 Schoberg has called Surrey home, with his three grown children and seven grandchildren all living within a 45 minute drive. When he’s not in the office, he can be found on a golf course, at the gym, playing squash, dining with family and friends, or travelling. Schoberg’s term on the board ends July 31, 2014.

Virk, vice chair, was appointed to the Board of Governors on July 31, 2008, and will complete his term in office July 31, 2013. Virk is an inspector with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and has held postings in Alberta, Surrey and now Langley. He recently completed a six-year term as a director with the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation. He has been a member of the Advisory Panel with the Community Outreach Advisory Board of Simon Fraser University (Surrey Campus), and a director with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement, and Diversity Network.

Virk holds a bachelor of arts in economics from SFU. He is married with three children, and also has a black belt in karate.

The Board of Governors of Kwantlen Polytechnic University is empowered by the University Act of British Columbia. The management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university are vested in the Board. No remuneration is paid to any member of the Board of Governors in respect of their service as a governor. For more information visit:

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 17,500 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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