Vice President - Strategic Planning, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
Toran Savjord joined Capilano University in August 2017 in the role of Vice President, Strategic Planning, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness. This position is designed to promote the implementation of the University's operational plan through sound administrative oversight and leadership of the planning, assessment and accreditation activities of the University – it will enhance our efforts to operate effectively as an institution, ensure our compliance with policy and legislation, and coordinate both the business planning and institution-wide change initiatives to strengthen our position as British Columbia's leading experiential University.
Toran's career began as an educator and administrator specializing in outdoor recreation and adventure tourism. His professional background includes leadership experience in academic planning, budgeting, corporate partnerships, facility operations, fundraising, government relations, marketing, registrar, athletics, and student life services. Toran's experience in post-secondary extends to program creation and developing certificates, diplomas and degrees for colleges and universities throughout B.C.
Toran has served as an organizational and leadership consultant to numerous educational institutions and comes to us from Cornerstone Developments and the Squamish Clean Technology Association, where he was the senior project manager working on the development of a large tech and engineering campus, research centre and business park. Prior to this, he was the vice president, operations and development/recreation and athletics for Quest University Canada. As a founding faculty member, Toran also contributed to the design of Quest's unique curriculum.
Active in community service, Toran has served on numerous boards and committees including the Squamish Sustainability Corporation; Tourism Squamish; Squamish Official Community Plan Advisory Steering Committee; Coast Mountain Academy; Quest University Canada Foundation and the Squamish Nordic Ski Club. He began his post-secondary education at Capilano University (then Capilano College) and completed his graduate work at the University of British Columbia. A proud father of four, Toran spends his free time coaching his children's sports teams as well as adventuring in the outdoors with them.
Toran's Capilano University employment connection dates back almost 20 years. He served as an instructor of outdoor recreation programs and adventure tourism program designer at Capilano College between 1998 and 2002. We are delighted to welcome Toran back to Capilano University as a member of the Executive Team.