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Doug Kobayashi appointed to Royal Roads’ Board of Governors

July 30, 2018
Doug Kobayashi

An experienced aerospace engineer, military veteran and management consultant has been appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Royal Roads University Board of Governors effective July 31, 2018.

Doug Kobayashi leads Think Strategy, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, business diagnostics, product development and performance management systems. Previously, he was an aerospace engineering officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force. After 20 years of military service, he worked as a professional engineer and senior executive in the aerospace industry for almost three decades.

“I am thrilled to welcome Doug to Royal Roads’ Board of Governors,” says Kathleen Birney, Royal Roads chancellor and chair of the Board of Governors. “Doug’s diversity of experience in military and in industry will be a wonderful asset as we continue to further our commitment of being a financially sustainable, high-performance organization.”

Kobayashi is a director of the Victoria Conservatory of Music and a member of the board for Green Transit Partners. His volunteer activities have included acting as chair of the advisory council to the Royal Roads University School of Business, as a director for the United Way and as executive director of the Edmonton International Air Show. Kobayashi has also served as president of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce and of the West Shore Rebels Football Club. He is the recipient of the Canadian Merit Award, Canadian Decoration, and the Canada 125 Medal.

“As an ex-cadet of Royal Roads Military College and a successful West Shore business leader, Doug has a deep commitment to both our university and our community,” says Royal Roads President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Cahoon. “His experience, expertise and enthusiasm will be a valuable addition to the board and its governance.”

Royal Roads offers a heartfelt thanks and bids farewell to former board member Liz Bicknell whose term is ending. Bicknell served as a Royal Roads University board member from July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2018.