Irene Chanin has joined Capilano University in the role of executive director, development and university communications.
She will be responsible for the development of fundraising programs, leading the University’s communication and public relations strategy and working with the board, executive, foundation and alumni boards, and other stakeholders.
“Irene’s strategic leadership and expertise will be instrumental in strengthening the links between the University, our primary stakeholders, and valued corporate and community partners,” remarked Kris Bulcroft, president and vice-chancellor of Capilano University. “Such partners will play an increasingly important role in the University’s success and the success of our students as we go forward in fulfilling our vision of creating a learner-centred learning environment.”
Chanin joins Capilano University from SAIT Polytechnic (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) in Calgary where she held the role of associate director, alumni and development , overseeing the alumni relations program for more than 190,000 alumni worldwide; and donor stewardship and communications for the College’s recently achieved $100 million capital campaign.
Before moving to post-secondary, Chanin was a management consultant for nearly a decade developing stakeholder relations strategies for a variety of public and private sector clients, in industries ranging from health care to environmental protection. Clients of note include the Rick Hansen Foundation, Fraser Health Authority, University of Victoria, British Columbia Buildings Corporation and the Government of British Columbia.
Prior to starting her consulting practice, Chanin served as leader of public affairs at the Capital Health Region (now Vancouver Island Health Authority) in Victoria; NOVA Corporation in Calgary; and the Alberta Special Waste Management Corporation in Edmonton. She began her career in advertising and public relations firms, working in Toronto and in her home town of Winnipeg.
In 2007 she obtained a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Victoria. She also holds a Creative Communications Diploma from Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Manitoba.
“I have great admiration for the role Capilano has played, these past 45 years, in the lives of many North Shore residents, as well as students from across Canada and internationally,” Chanin commented. And I’m inspired by the University’s mission to support people in their pursuit of knowledge and their desire to contribute as responsible citizens of the global community. Cap feels like a place of possibility, and I’m delighted to be able to play a part.”
Irene Chanin, her husband and daughter are getting reacquainted with the West Coast and looking forward to spending more time with their son, who lives in Victoria.
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