KPU celebrates its own at SBOT Women in Business Awards

Fri, Mar 6, 2015

Surrey, BC - Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) was well-represented at the Surrey Board of Trade’s annual Women in Business Awards, taking two of the top honours.

Dr. Jane Fee, KPU’s vice provost, students, won in the Professional category, while Hanne Madsen, who sits on KPU’s Board of Governors, won in the Corporate/Leadership category.

Fee has been a leader in the post-secondary education sector for more than three decades. Her expertise is in the administration of post-secondary learner-focused programs and services, and student success.  Her specialties include student affairs, new student transition to first year, student support, and program development. She has served on university and community-based boards at many operational and academic levels.

Madsen, who was appointed to KPU’s Board of Governors in 2014, is the chairwoman and facilitator of GroYourBiz, a peer-to-peer advisory board for women business owners, senior managers, and entrepreneurs. Madsen uses her more than 20 years of experience in financial analysis, strategic planning, operational and human resources management to assist women in overcoming challenges, leading them to develop innovative action plans and providing them with support, training, and expert advice.

The awards were presented during a luncheon March 5 with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau as keynote speaker. Read the full media release here.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, 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, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at


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