BCIT School of Business welcomes new dean

Leelah Dawson

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is delighted to announce that Dr. Leelah Dawson has accepted the role of Dean, BCIT School of Business. Leelah will join BCIT on February 28, 2017.

Leelah will bring to her new role extensive experience in the post-secondary education system, having served as both an instructor and senior administrator. In her current role as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Management at Langara College, she expanded the Co-operative Education Department to launch Langara’s first career development centre.  Leelah’s advocacy has led to the creation of a third division within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Management, heightening the profile of the School of Management and attracting additional resources for this rapidly growing school.  Leelah was also deeply involved in developing and supporting Langara’s study abroad field schools, with a particular focus on the China Field Study program.

At Camosun College, where Leelah was an instructor and associate dean, she worked closely with the School of Business and other departments to launch Camosun’s first degree program: a BBA with three concentrations.

“Leelah’s personal philosophy of ‘open ears, open mind,’ paired with fervent advocacy for her school, makes her an excellent choice for leading the BCIT School of Business into the future,” says VP Academic Dr. Tom Roemer.

Leelah holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Toronto. She also holds a CPA, CMA designation.

“I’m so happy to be joining BCIT. It’s an amazing place and a very special institution,” said Leelah. “I look forward to working with the faculty and staff in the School of Business to make it an even more innovative environment for learning.”

About BCIT

BCIT is one of British Columbia’s largest post-secondary institutes, with five campuses and nearly 50,000 students each year. Our credentials range from certificates and diplomas to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in areas such as applied and natural sciences, business, engineering, and health sciences. BCIT students benefit from our unique applied education model that blends academic learning with practical hands-on training—a balance that ensures our students graduate with the skills and confidence to succeed.

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