New, returning members join KPU Foundation board

Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Over $2 million in awards, bursaries and scholarships are awarded to Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students each year. Through the work of the KPU Foundation, and the generosity of individuals, businesses and charitable organizations, higher learning becomes more affordable and accessible for thousands of learners.

This week, five new directors and four re-elected members joined the foundation board, which held its annual general meeting on Sept. 15. Board chair Ken Hahn welcomed new members, including Steve Lewarne, who became the board’s CEO and KPU’s executive director of advancement in June.

The five new members of the KPU Foundation are:

  • Jorge Aragon, division director, Investors Group Financial
  • Michael Atkinson, vice-president, wealth management, G & F Financial Group
  • Kelly L. Finlay, senior accountant, BDO Canada LLP
  • Steve Lewarne, executive director, office of advancement, KPU (ex-officio)
  • Catherine Wang, associate, Pryke Lambert Leathley Russell LLP
  • Herb Jamieson, consultant and community volunteer

The four incumbent members are:

  • Christine Brodie, retired teacher consultant, Richmond School District
  • Marilena Fluckiger, business owner
  • Doug Pascoe, retired vice-president, commercial financial services, RBC
  • Peter Podovinikoff, retired president, Envision Financial

The above 10 members join the following directors, who continue to serve on the board:

  • Alan Davis, KPU president and vice-chancellor (ex-officio)
  • George Melville, KPU chancellor (ex-officio)
  • Gerry Atkison
  • Mike Matsuo
  • Wayne McKay
  • Gary Rodford
  • Clark Shewfelt
  • Alan Sung
  • Bill Wright

The board paid special thanks to outgoing directors Don Coulter, Marlyn Graziano, Craig Jones, Sandra Hoffman, Julie Liu, Ryan McAdams and Brian Williams for their service to the KPU Foundation.

The KPU Foundation builds community and corporate partnerships that benefit students, support faculty and enhance education. Its mission is to raise funds to create quality, life-long learning opportunities that allow KPU students to achieve personal, social and career success. Each year, millions of dollars in scholarships and awards are given to students across disciplines. More information on the KPU Foundation is available at

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 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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