President & Vice Chancellor

Portrait of Paul Dangerfield, president of Capilano University

"I enjoy working with students. I have always been impressed by their enthusiasm and determination to solve the problems of the world."
– Paul Dangerfield 

Paul Dangerfield assumed the role of Capilano University's third president and vice-chancellor on October 1, 2016.

In his role, Dangerfield is leading Capilano University forward in pursuit of its vision and mission as a regional university that promotes student success, career preparation and life readiness for graduates to contribute as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.

Previously, Dangerfield was the executive director and Vancouver campus dean of the New York Institute of Technology, and was dean of Capilano University's faculty of business and professional studies from 2006 to 2009. Prior to his role with the New York Institute of Technology, Dangerfield was the vice-president of Education, Research and International with British Columbia Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2014. From 1985, Dangerfield spent 20 years with the Canadian Forces in a variety of increasingly senior roles that included chief of staff, commanding officer and vice-president of human resources.

Dangerfield has served on a wide variety of boards, including current board chair of British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities, West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer and the B.C. Technology Education Careers Council. Dangerfield is also a volunteer community leader with the United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet, an executive committee member with the Business Council of British Columbia and a board member with Economic Partnership North Vancouver.

Leadership was Dangerfield's specialization when he completed a Master of Business Administration at Royal Roads University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Carleton University.