November 1, 2007: Capilano’s petition for regional university designation presented to Legislature

      Thursday, November 1, 2007
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Joan McIntyre, MLA for West Vancouver-Garibaldi, presented Capilano’s regional university designation petition with 11,711 signatures to Legislature on October 31. The petition received the support of all MLAs in Capilano’s region, including Daniel Jarvis, Ralph Sultan, Katherine Whittred and Nicholas Simons.

      “We would like to express our sincere thanks to Joan and all the MLAs, and to everyone who signed our petitions and provided us with their backing over the last six months,” said Capilano president, Dr. Greg Lee. “The strong show of support for this initiative has been incredibly heartening, especially as we continue to move forward with our campaign.”

      The economy of Capilano’s vast region is closely intertwined with programs and activities at its three campuses. The North Shore, Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast communities also benefit from the $20 million injected annually by Capilano’s international students and from the financial spin-offs generated by student spending as a whole.

      To remain a key economic player, Capilano must assure its students and potential students that they will receive university-level programs and degrees with college-quality teaching and student support. The institution firmly believes that having its designation changed from a college to a university college or regional university will instil that confidence.

      For more information, please visit the campaign website at