Tara Clowes appointed KPU’s Vice President, Finance

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

A former executive director in the Finance department of the Northwest Territories government will join Kwantlen Polytechnic University as vice president, finance, on August 10.

Tara Clowes brings significant experience in strategic leadership positions, including roles with responsibility for human resources management, procurement, budget, project, contractor and asset management

Clowes spent 15 years in the Northwest Territories, first in professional accounting practice and then as the director, finance and administration, in the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, where she provided strategic direction over the corporation’s financial and administrative functions. 

Later, as executive director of financial and employee shared services in the Finance department of the Government of Northwest Territories, Clowes provided leadership and drove strategic change for the key central services agency in a multi-cultural unionized environment.

Clowes moved into the post-secondary sector in July 2019, serving as manager, budgets and financial planning, at Vancouver Island University. In addition to budget development and planning, her work focused on the preparation of multi-year forecasts and models. She prepared financial projections, costing and analysis to support decision-making, and she identified the financial impacts of operational changes and new programs and initiatives.

Raised in Nova Scotia, Clowes attained a masters of business administration degree with a major in international business at Dalhousie University, where she also gained a bachelor of commerce with a major in accounting. She is a chartered professional accountant and currently completing her doctorate of business administration at Athabasca University.