Capilano University’s Board of Governors welcomes new board members and a new board chair

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NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Capilano University is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Joe and Rodger So to its Board of Governors, and the election of Cherian Itty to the role of Board Chair.

Barbara Joe is a financial management and governance consultant with an expertise in serving self-governing First Nations communities. She delivers training and shares her experience in building management capacity with staff and elected officials. Joe began her career as a Registered Social Worker and later started a computer consulting business. Recognizing a need for improved technology and finance capacity in her community, she pursued accounting and is now a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager. Joe worked with the Finance Department of the Sechelt First Nation over 20 years and was quickly promoted to the full time position of Chief Financial Officer. In 2006, Joe returned to Sechelt First Nation and served as Chief Administrative Officer until 2014. Barbara is Kaska Dene and lives in Sechelt, British Columbia.

As a Tax Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, Rodger So coordinates and executes tax planning, compliance and reporting activities. He has over 12 years of experience in public accounting, serving domestic and international entities primarily in the financial services and retail sectors. Based in Vancouver, So serves as the Tax Account Leader for his clients and works with all of Ernst & Young’s service lines. He previously served six years as a director, including four years as treasurer, of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society. So is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC and a Master of Arts from UVic.

Rodger So and Barbara Joe will serve on the Board of Governors until July 31, 2020. Cherian Itty, who has served on this Board since 2016, was elected Chair of the Board of Governors at the June 18, 2019 board meeting.

"We are pleased to welcome both Rodger So and Barbara Joe to the Board," says Cherian Itty, chair of the Board of Governors. "We look forward to the knowledge and contributions each will bring to the Board in serving and delivering good governance for Capilano University."

Capilano University thanks outgoing Board members Soon Kim and Carleen Thomas for their service to Capilano University.

The 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 (two of whom are to be appointed from persons nominated by the alumni association); two elected students; and one individual elected by non-faculty members.

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 enrols more than 10,150 students each year and offers 95 programs, including bachelor's degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. 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 Lil'wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

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

Linda Munro, Senior Communications Officer
Capilano University
t: 604 983 7596
c: 604 220 8937
e: mediarelations@capilanou.ca

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