BCIT announces new Chair and appointments to Board of Governors

Jack Davidson, Chair, BCIT Board of Governors

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is pleased to announce Jack Davidson, President and Chief Operating Officer of the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, as the new Chair of the BCIT Board of Governors.

“We’re delighted to have Jack Davidson as the incoming board chair,” said Kathy Kinloch, President, BCIT. “His dedication and leadership will benefit the BCIT community immensely. We are fortunate to have such passion and diversity of skills and perspectives across all members of BCIT’s Board of Governors.”

Davidson has served as an appointed member of the BCIT Board of Governors since July 31, 2014, and began his new role on July 31, 2016.

“I’m honoured to chair the Board of Governors of one of the world’s leading polytechnic institutes,” said Jack Davidson, Chair, BCIT. “I’m committed to advancing the Board’s ongoing work to support BCIT’s educational excellence and to expand successful partnerships with industry to strengthen BC’s and, increasingly, Canada’s economy.”

In addition to his years of service on the BCIT Board of Governors, Davidson has served as board director for numerous not-for-profit organizations. He has also won numerous prestigious awards including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He holds a Certified Association Executive designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives, where he previously served as president and director, and a Diploma of Technology in Technical Management from BCIT. His full bio is available here

BCIT also welcomes Kok-Jin Koh, Asifa Samji, and Colin Earl Smith to its Board of Governors following recent appointments by the Province of BC.

Kok-Jin Koh held senior executive positions at United Overseas Bank in Canada and the U.S. prior to his recent retirement. Asifa Samji is Vice President and Business Leader with Stantec’s Environmental Services Group for Western Canada. Colin Earl Smith has held senior private-sector positions with major international mining companies, and has 15 years of leadership experience in public service initiatives and major infrastructure projects.

Previous Chair Adam Pion successfully concluded his role in July 2016, as did Kitty Chan, Laurie Sterritt, and M.J.  Whitemarsh.

“I would like to thank Adam for his leadership and commitment over the past five years and Kitty, Laurie, and MJ for their time and dedication to BCIT,” said Kinloch.

Full bios of all BCIT Board of Governors members are available here.

About the British Columbia Institute of Technology

For over 50 years, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has been a leader among post-secondary institutes, offering a unique applied education model that serves both students and industry. BCIT offers degrees, diplomas, and certificates in a variety of polytechnic studies, educating 48,000 full and part-time students annually.

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