Board of Governors update

The UVic Board of Governors is one of two primary governing bodies of the university (the other being the Senate). The board is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue and business affairs of the university.

The board consists of the chancellor, the president, two elected faculty members, one elected staff member, two students elected from the university’s undergraduate and graduate student bodies and eight members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. More info about the board can be found at We welcome the newly appointed chair and vice-chair and newly elected student members to the 2018–2019 board.

Beverly Van Ruyven

Chair, order-in-council Beverly Van Ruyven holds a BA from UVic and completed the Executive Management Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She was the deputy CEO and executive vicepresident, customer care and conservation at BC Hydro, retiring from that position in 2011. Prior to her 15 years with the utility she held several senior management roles at Canada Post. Van Ruyven is the past chair of the Western Energy Institute and has served on the boards of Accenture Business Services for Utilities, Fraser Basin Council, Downs Syndrome Research Foundation, Science World and was a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Women’s Leadership Circle. In 2009 and 2010 she was named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women–Top 100. Van Ruyven currently serves on the board of InnerChange Foundation. She served on the UVic Board of Governors from 2009 to 2015; her current appointment is effective until July 2020.

Cathy McIntyre

Vice-chair, order-in-council Cathy McIntyre is principal of Strategic Initiatives, a Victoria marketing research firm. Her background includes more than 25 years of sales, marketing and communications, and consulting experience, and more than 15 years of board service. A chartered director (C.Dir), McIntyre currently serves on the boards of directors of First West Credit Union, Consumer Protection BC, Peninsula Co-op, CADTH and the Canadian Arthritis Society. She is a former director of United Way Greater Victoria, the United Way of Canada, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and the CMA Society of BC, among others. She is a past president of the UVic Alumni Association and has served as a convocation senator on UVic’s Senate.

She was acknowledged as one of UVic’s “50 Alumni Who Made a Difference” in 2013 and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. McIntyre has served on the UVic Board of Governors since 2015; her current appointment is effective until December 2018.

Andrea Mellor

Elected student member Andrea Mellor grew up northwest of Calgary and entered the social dimensions of health program at the University of Victoria in 2016. Mellor received her MSc in hydrogeology and BSc in geology from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Calgary. Prior to coming to Victoria, she worked as a consulting hydrogeologist and research scientist in the groundwater resource sector in Alberta and British Columbia.

Mellor brings a multi-science approach to her research, including integrating geosciences and social dimensions of health to support relationship building between people and the environment. Her research program explores the effects of natural resource development on the lived experience of Indigenous youth and will, in partnership with an urban Aboriginal child and family services organization, work to co-construct resources to support (re)connecting youth with culturally appropriate coming-of-age teachings.

Pierre-Paul Angelblazer

Elected student member Pierre-Paul Angelblazer is a third-year anthropology student in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Born in Montréal to Russian immigrant parents, and then raised all over British Columbia. Angelblazer graduated from l’École Victor-Brodeur in Victoria with both his Dogwood and Cornouiller diplomas as well as International Baccalaureate certificate. Angelblazer has held multiple leadership roles such as being the Regimental Sgt. Major of his cadet corps as well as being active in several clubs and local community organizations. In the non-profit sector, Angelblazer has held the elected position of Director of Outreach and University Relations at the UVSS since September 2017, and has worked to improve governance at the UVSS.


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Keywords: administrative, staff

People: Beverly Van Ruyven, Cathy McIntyre, Andrea Mellor, Pierre-Paul Angelblazer

Publication: The Ring

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