August 24, 2016: Capilano University welcomes four new members to its Board of Governors

      NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Nicholas Cartmell, Cherian Itty and Jessie Williams were recently appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council for British Columbia to Capilano University’s Board of Governors. Earlier this year, students elected Michelle Gervais as their representative to the Board of Governors for a one-year term.

      Nicholas Cartmell has spent 14 years at TELUS, most recently as the senior director of government relations, strategic initiatives and partnerships. Active in his community, Cartmell served as chair of the business and community engagement committee for the 102nd Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver. He was also a director for the Vancouver chapter of the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada. 

      Cherian Itty is a founding director of the Capilano University Alumni Association and past director of the Capilano Students’ Union. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Hospitality Management, a bachelor in Tourism Management from Capilano University and a master of Business Administration from Queen's University. His career experience includes working in hotel and cruise ship operations in India and the United States and serving as director of contracts and loans at Intrawest ULC.

      Jessie Williams is the acting department head of education for the Squamish Nation. She was the special project officer for the Four Host First Nations Society for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and a program officer for the Stitsma Employment and Training Centre. She holds a bachelor of Business from Capilano University and is currently completing a master’s degree in Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

      Michelle Gervais is a second-year Business Administration diploma student at Capilano University and a second-term member on the Board of Directors for the Capilano Students’ Union. Gervais spent six years as an English as a Second Language university professor in South Korea and also worked on HIV/AIDS prevention in Zambia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a master’s degree in Adult Education and Global Change from UBC. 

      A second student representative will be elected during the upcoming academic term. 

      “We thank both the outgoing and incoming members of the Board of Governors for their volunteer service to Capilano University,” says Soon Kim, chair of the Board. “The diversity of experience and perspective on the Board will help ensure ongoing good governance and stewardship of Capilano University.”

      The Capilano University Board of Governors directs the affairs of the University and sets policies in accordance with the University Act of British Columbia. The Board is responsible for the management, administration and control of property revenue, business and affairs of the University.

      The Board of Governors is composed of 15 members: the chancellor; president; two faculty members elected by the faculty; eight individuals appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of B.C. (two of whom are to be appointed from persons nominated by the alumni association); two elected students, and one person elected by non-faculty members.

      The term of the three new appointees ends December 31, 2017.

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,600 students each year, 8,300 in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations. 

      For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact: 

      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor
      Capilano University
      t: 604.983.7596
      c: 778.879.7119
      e: cherylrossi@capilanou.ca  
      www.capilanou.ca