Capilano University’s Board of Governors welcomes three new members

Capilano University is pleased to announce three new appointments, Ash Amlani, R. Paul Dhillon and Patricia Heintzman, to its Board of Governors.

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Ash Amlani is an engagement specialist with a strong track record of working with communities and stakeholders to advance public policy. She previously served as the West Coast policy advisor to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, supporting efforts to improve environmental protections, marine safety and reconciliation with B.C. and Yukon First Nations. Prior to this, Amlani was the harm reduction epidemiologist at the BC Centre for Disease Control, where she led the expansion of the Take Home Naloxone program in response to the growing opioid overdose crisis. Amlani is passionate about building healthy, thriving communities and inclusive organizations. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science (honours) in biotechnology from the University of British Columbia and British Columbia Institute of Technology (joint degree).  

R. Paul Dhillon is an award-winning journalist, screenwriter, producer and director. He has written, produced and directed several short- and feature-length films, including his debut feature Sweet Amerika. He has also written numerous scripts including his The Fusion Generation, which is to be released in theatres in 2019. Dhillon's music documentary The Bhangra Generation and Sweet Amerika were acquired by CBC for airing on their specialty channel BOLD! CBC’s Documentary Channel also purchased his documentary Moe Sihota: Feared & Desired. Dhillon wrote and directed a 13-part music documentary series called Bhangralicious and another documentary series called REFLECTIONS for airing on Rogers OMNI Television. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and in film from Simon Fraser University.

Patricia Heintzman has been involved in many aspects of local government, including four years as mayor of Squamish and three terms as a councillor there. She was a director of the Squamish Lillooet Regional District and the Sea to Sky Regional Hospital District for 10 years and served as both chair and vice-chair of both governments during that time. During her 13 years in local government, Heintzman chaired the BC Mayor's Caucus, served as a board member of the Union of B.C. Municipalities, the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (president), the Municipal Insurance Association of BC and the Fraser Basin Council. Heintzman was also president of Squamish Helping Hands Society, which operates the homeless shelter, food and drop-in services in Squamish. Heintzman holds a Bachelor of History from McMaster University.

Amlani, Dhillon and Heintzman will serve on the Board of Governors until July 31, 2020.

“We are pleased to welcome these new members,” says Soon Kim, chair of the Board of Governors. “Together, we will continue to uphold the good governance and stewardship of Capilano University.”

Capilano University thanks outgoing Board members Christopher Doll, Cheryl Nex and Jessie Williams 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.

Submitted by: Cheryl Rossi