Kwantlen Polytechnic University is welcoming to its Board of Governors two new community members with extensive career experience in finance. Ivy Chen and Jack Wong are joining the board until July 31, 2021.
“We look forward to welcoming Jack Wong and Ivy Chen to the board here at KPU,” says Sandra Case, chair of KPU’s Board of Governors. “They bring with them different backgrounds, expertise and diverse voices that will help us tackle issues and new ideas as we move forward at the university”.
Wong is a certified management accountant and former chief executive officer of the Real Estate Foundation of B.C. He has also been the assistant managing director of finance and administration with the Vancouver Board of Trade. Wong has been involved in campus planning and development at the University of British Columbia, the development of the Crystal tower in Burnaby and the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion.
“As the former CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., I have admired KPU’s contribution to an accessible and relevant post-secondary system, incorporating innovative learning for students, and responding to the skill needs of British Columbians,” says Wong.
“I believe that all post-secondary institutions have a role in community well-being and sustainability. I hope my experience with working with communities throughout the province will support KPU’s future goals and objectives in the spirit of innovation and reconciliation.”
A life-long Vancouverite, Wong attended high school in Kitsilano and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He has volunteered in various roles with the Richmond Museum, Richmond RCMP, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and many more.
“It is a privilege to have an opportunity to participate with the leadership group at KPU to carry forward the university’s strategic plans and priorities.”
Chen is the vice president of finance and administration of FG Deli Group and Freybe. She is a chartered professional accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University.
Immigrating to Canada over 20 years ago she recognizes the value that higher education has contributed to her growth, both professionally and culturally.
“My post-secondary education has played a significant role in my integration to Canada, and an important foundation for me to complete my professional accounting designation,” says Chen.
As a supporter of continuous education and personal development, Chen is excited to support the education community of BC and the Lower Mainland.
“I am honoured to have this opportunity to contribute to the KPU governance team. I look forward to applying my experience in finance & admin., and strategic risk assessment to aid the KPU board in delivering high standards for reporting, accountability and social governance.”
Both board appointment terms begin on July 31, 2020. Current board member Rhiannon Bennett has been reappointed for a two-year term starting on the same date.