September 4, 2008: Capilano University announces its first chancellor

      September 4, 2008
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Pat Dejong, board chair for Capilano University, today announced that Peter Ufford has been appointed as the University’s first chancellor.

      “We are absolutely delighted and honoured that Mr. Ufford has accepted the position of Capilano’s inaugural chancellor,” Dejong said. “His strong leadership record, his significant involvement in community service, along with his obvious understanding and appreciation for British Columbia’s education system made him the ideal candidate for this important role.”

      Over a long and successful career, Ufford has held a number of key leadership positions in British Columbia. He is a current member of the Canadian Olympic committee and its Audit committee, and is a director of Wall Financial Corp, the Terminal City Club, the Rick Hansen Foundation, and numerous other organizations. He is a past director of the Vancouver Olympic Bid Corporation, the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, and is a founding director of Quest University.

      “I am extremely grateful that Peter has accepted this new challenge to serve the University’s communities in the capacity of chancellor,” said Capilano president, Dr. Greg Lee. “I know that his many leadership successes, as well as his lifelong dedication to education and to serving a variety of communities across Canada will inspire our students and enrich Capilano’s learning environment.”

      From 2000 – 2008, Ufford was president of the Sea to Sky Foundation, working to establish the campus of Quest University Canada in Squamish. From 1988 to 1999, he was the vice-president of external affairs and business relations at the University of British Columbia, and from 1977 to 1987, he worked as a management and fundraising consultant to the Vancouver Aquarium and the United Way of Canada, among others.

      He graduated in 1969 from the Teachers College in Ontario (now part of the University of Windsor) and worked as an instructor before starting a business career with the Robarts Group. Today, in semi-retirement, he and his wife of 34 years, Theresa, operate their own family holding company and continue to be active through community volunteer activities. They have four adult children.

      Capilano’s new chancellor will be installed at a ceremony to be held at the University’s North Vancouver campus on Monday, November 24.