New, returning faces in KPUAA directorship

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s alumni association (KPUAA) has elected two new directors to its board, and appointed veteran director Harpreet Bains as board chair at the KPUAA's fifth annual general meeting.

KPU graduates Kaitlyn Cook and Hassib Hasanzadeh are the newest additions to the board, which represents over 43,000 alumni. They will each serve two-year terms.

Cook graduated with a KPU public relations diploma in 2011 before completing her bachelor’s in professional communications at Royal Roads University. She has been actively involved in the Vancouver Board of Trade since 2009, and brings over four years of marketing, communications and public relations experience to the alumni association, as well as a vision to help drive alumni efforts forward.

Hasanzadeh has spent a decade pursuing post-secondary education in five different disciplines, at three different institutions. He holds a Juris Doctor, a master of business administration and a bachelor of arts in criminology, the latter from KPU. He was student council president at the University of Victoria, where he was also employed as a business development manager during his final year of study for his MBA. He is currently articling at a mid-sized law firm. Hasanzadeh has a passion to be a distinguished humanitarian through his career and volunteer efforts.

Bains has served as a KPUAA director since 2010. She co-chaired the university’s 30th anniversary gala in 2012, which ran in conjunction with that year’s distinguished alumni awards. Bains is also the alumni representative on KPU’s senate, and was a member of the institute’s strategic planning task force, which led to the creation of Vision 2018 – the university’s five-year plan. She is a 2013 graduate from KPU with a bachelor of arts in psychology.

Directors Sandra Hoffman and Ayanthi Samarasinghe have both been re-elected to the board for two-year terms. Kelsey Filion, a 2009 entrepreneurial leadership graduate and KPUAA director for the past four years, will serve the board as vice-chair. Kristan Ash, a 2003 entrepreneurial leadership graduate, will be the board’s past-chair, and Brandy Dudas, who graduated in 2009 with a degree in accounting, will serve as the association’s treasurer. Jeff Norris, KPU’s chief advancement officer, will continue to serve as executive director of the KPUAA.  

“I believe in the importance of alumni forging together, while maintaining a connection with the institution they came from, and with the community they will empower,” says Bains, when asked about her latest appointment. Over her four years spent as a director, Bains has seen the alumni association grow, and says she is excited to continue to expand initiatives that engage alumni with KPU.

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Caption: Harpreet Bains, KPUAA board chair.

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