Three new members join Royal Roads University Board of Governors

January 30, 2018

Royal Roads University welcomes three new members to the university’s Board of Governors.

Nelson Chan, Lydia Hwitsum and Lori Simcox have been appointed by the provincial government, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

“Our new board members bring a wealth of varied and valuable experience to Royal Roads’ governance,” says Chancellor and Board of Governors Chair Kathleen Birney. “I look forward to working with these distinguished and diligent professionals.”

Nelson Chan is the chief financial officer for the Capital Regional District, Capital Regional Hospital District and Capital Region Housing Corporation. He has extensive experience in strategic investment, business transformation and tactical implementation in the public and private sectors. Chan is a board member of the Government Finance Officers Associations of BC and the Natural Capital Lab. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Lydia Hwitsum is a principal for Hwitsum Consulting and board chair of the First Nations Health Authority. She has previously served as the chief of the Cowichan Tribes and as the BC representative for the Assembly of First Nations National Women's Council. She is a past board member for the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development and the BC Land Title and Survey Authority.

Lori Simcox, a member of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation, is a Certified Management Consultant. She has led consulting projects for the federal government and private business. Simcox has worked as an internal management consultant for the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and volunteered with Startup Canada. A graduate of Royal Roads’ Master of Business Administration program, Simcox served on the Four Host First Nation’s Olympic Secretariat and the board for the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC.

“Nelson, Lydia and Lori are very welcome additions to the board at Royal Roads,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Cahoon. “They bring a range of experience and skills that that will be helpful to us at this exciting time in Royal Roads’ history.”

Royal Roads bids a fond farewell to former board member and chancellor Wayne Strandlund, who leaves the board after more than six years of exemplary service.