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Board of Governors

The Board of Governors (BOG) was created to enhance the education and administrative capacity of VPC as well as to enhance the quality of its educational programs and services. The BOG is responsible for providing oversight on performance and works collaboratively through and with BOG Standing Committees and Education Council in advising the Board of Directors on a wide range of governance, administrative and operational matters. The Board of Governors (BOG) is the senior advisory body to the Board of Directors and provides input on a range of administrative, policy, education, government, community and stakeholder issues.

The Board of Governors is comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Board of Directors. Two of the appointed members are representatives of ownership while the remaining five members, including the President, are appointed in accordance with their knowledge and experience in higher education or similarly complex public or private sector management enterprise. The Chair is appointed by the Board of Directors while the Vice Chair is elected from the independent members. Each of the BOG members will also provide their expertise to its Standing Committees. All BOG members will be able to vote on motions with the  exception of the President and Chief Executive Officer who are ex officio (non-voting) members. The Board of Governors conducts its business through its four Standing Committees: Executive Committee; Finance and Audit Committee; Governance and Nominating Committee; and, Planning and Strategy Committee.

Board of Governors Standing Committees

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee assists the Board of Governors by acting in the place of the BOG between regularly scheduled BOG meetings and in emergency situations as circumstance may require. This committee also addressing a wide variety of issues or special projects as the Board of Governors may deem appropriate.

Finance and Audit Committee
The Finance and Audit Committee provides financial and audit oversight which includes: financial reporting processes; systems of internal controls and risk management; and, internal and external audit processes while also enhancing communication between the auditors, administration and Board of Governors.

Governance and Nominating Committee
The Governance and Nominating Committee provides advice with respect to its approach to good governance, governance framework, and overall board stewardship, including succession planning and processes to support and evaluate the effectiveness of the BOG, Standing Committees, and Ad Hoc Committees as may be formed.

Planning and Strategy Committee
The Planning and Strategy Committee provides advice with respect to the 5-Year strategic plan; identifying key programs for future development and securing articulation and partnership agreements with private and public institutions, industry and business.

Board of Governors Members

The Board of Governors has the responsibility to provide oversight with respect to institutional performance and works collaboratively through and with its Standing Committees, Education Council, executive administration and department heads to advise the Board of Directors on governance, academic and operational matters.

Sam Shaw, MSc, MBA, PhD, C. Dir, BOG Chair
Chair, Executive Committee

Dr. Sam Shaw has had more than 20 years of experience in the executive leadership of progressive post-secondary educational institutions in Canada and UAE. During his 14-year tenure as President and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Dr. Shaw transitioned NAIT into one of Canada’s leading Polytechnic Institutes inclusive of completing plans and raising funding for the construction of NAIT’s Centre for Applied Technology, a 555,000 SF state-of-the-art polytechnic teaching and learning facility. As Deputy Vice Chancellor at the Higher Colleges of Technology (UAE), Dr. Shaw led the restructuring of HCT, secured national and international accreditations while also creating two innovation centers. Dr. Shaw received his PhD from the University of Toronto and his Chartered Director Designation from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. He is owner and Board Chair of Allwest Furnishings Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta.

Lyle Oberg, MD, BOG Vice Chair
Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee

Dr. Lyle Oberg is a medical doctor who has had more than 15 years of experience as the Minister Responsible for Learning, Finance, Infrastructure and Transportation and Social Services in Alberta. As the Minister of Learning, Dr. Oberg oversaw Alberta’s Commission on Learning and implemented many of its recommendations including the reduction of provincial class sizes. As Minister, Dr. Oberg also began the second language initiative in Alberta schools to give students an edge in the world marketplace and initiated the daily physical activity program to improve student health. Dr. Oberg has significant business experience having served as a director on the boards of businesses engaged in medical and DNA research, mental health, financial services, asset management and resource development. Dr. Oberg is currently Chief Executive Officer of Mynd Lifesciences Inc., a leading mental health sciences company located in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Nina Leemhuis CPA, CGA, C. Dir.
Chair, Finance and Audit Committee

Nina Leemhuis is a chartered board director, strategic organization leader and financial management professional with more than 15 years of senior and executive management experience in public sector management and postsecondary education. As Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the District of West Vancouver, Nina provided leadership to a complex and diverse municipal organization within an engaged community, ensuring corporate and divisional alignment with Council’s priorities. She also developed and implemented corporate objectives related to organizational best-practice in human resource management, emergency preparedness, corporate and fiscal sustainability, asset management and community engagement. Previously, as Chief Financial Officer for the District of West Vancouver, Nina provided financial and organizational leadership on a range of municipal issues and matters. Earlier, as Chief Financial Officer of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Nina provided leadership in the area of financial planning, management and affairs for BC’s most prolific and impactful employer and jobs-oriented post-secondary educational institution which, was responsible for training and educating more than 50,000 students and employing 2,300 full time employees.

Kevin Ong, Founder
Ownership Representative

Kevin Ong is the Founder of Vancouver Premier College and has enjoyed more than 20 years of success as its Chairman and President. An entrepreneur, business visionary and investor, Mr. Ong first entered BC’s post-secondary education system by establishing Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management in 1998. After more than 20 years as VPC Chairman and President, Mr. Ong initiated a corporate restructuring while also making a significant investment to enhance VPC’s educational and administrative capacity. Central to this initiative was the establishment of two additional, specialized colleges in 2019 which offer qualified students access to Arts, Science, Business and Management programs through two locations in Vancouver and Richmond. Through additional investments in educational administration, faculty and teaching and learning space, management systems and technology, he has positioned VPC to provide enhanced levels of quality post-secondary education programming in the future. As General Manager of KT PAK International (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., KT PAK International (Thailand) Co. Ltd., and KT Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in Taiwan, he continues to support VPC’s strategic and operational plans in his capacity as Vice Chairman and Corporate Secretary of the Board of Directors. He received his formal postsecondary education from Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland as well as from Columbia College in Vancouver.

Leanne McCarthy, BSc (Hons), MA, DBA
Chair, Planning and Strategy Committee

Dr. Leanne McCarthy has had more than 15 years of senior and executive management experience in post-secondary education and municipal governance. Dr. McCarthy brings significant post-secondary education experience as a past director of both student recruitment, and student services as well as being Executive Director of Continuing Education for a large Canadian polytechnic. Subsequently, Dr. McCarthy gained significant experience in public administration and municipal governance as Branch Manager, Integrated Strategic Development and later as Deputy City Manager, Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development for the City of Edmonton. Dr. McCarthy currently serves in the capacity of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of North Vancouver where she is providing leadership with respect to the City of North Vancouver’s strategic planning processes.

Albert Wang, B.Eng, M.Eng
CEO and Ownership Representative

Albert Wang is an educator, business developer and active investor in private and public business and industry sectors including but not limited to computer science, information and communication technology, engineering and post-secondary education. An Engineer by formal education and training, Mr. Wang provided leadership in progressively more senior management positions in a number of Shanghai-based  manufacturing, technology and computer firms prior to joining Vancouver Premier College in 2008. Since joining VPC, Mr. Wang has provided leadership in operational and administrative capacities, and, was promoted to Executive Director in 2012 and to President and co-majority shareholder in 2016. In 2020, as part of VPC’s corporate re-organization in 2020, Mr. Wang assumed the Chairmanship of the Board of Directors and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, positions which he has maintained through VPC’s recent institutional expansion. Mr. Wang is a graduate from the Master Program of Management Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and, earned his Bachelor of Engineering with a Major in Computer Application from Shanghai University of Science and Technology.

Kevin Nagel, MA, MSt., PhD, ICD.D
President and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Kevin Nagel has had more than 20 years of senior leadership, teaching, institutional development and consulting experience across Western Canada’s post-secondary education systems. Dr. Nagel served as President and CEO of Keyano College from 2011-2016. Previously, he was Dean, JR Shaw School of Business, Faculty of Undergraduate Studies and Department of Liberal Arts at NAIT and Director of the Bachelor of Management and Centre for Research in Professional Studies at Concordia University of Edmonton. Previously, as a consultant. Dr. Nagel contributed to the creation of UNBC (Prince George) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic (SIAST) and participated in the review and consolidation of Technical University and Okanagan University College with SFU and UBC. Dr. Nagel became President and Chief Academic Officer of Vancouver Premier College as part of VPC’s reorganization and expansion that was initiated in 2020.