Kathy Kinloch joined the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in January 2014 and is its first female president. She joins the institute at a key moment in BCIT’s history as it celebrates its 50th anniversary and launches a new strategic direction. Kathy’s mandate is equip the organization for the next 50 years by broadening and deepening BCIT’s impact with business, industry and community and create a flexible, dynamic, student-centered institution. Her first order of business was to establish the Motive Power Centre of Excellence on Annacis Island. This collaborative teaching centre, will train and graduate students for the many industries identified as a priority for B.C. (including mining, oil and gas, shipbuilding, aerospace and the LNG sector).
Prior to joining BCIT she served as President of Vancouver Community College (VCC) where she oversaw a renewal of that college. Her work led to significant increases in enrolment and substantial process improvements and savings. Before VCC, Kathy held the role of Dean, BCIT School of Health Sciences. She was instrumental in leading a ‘turn-around’ to re-engage and increase BCIT’s relevance in addressing health sector needs.
In addition to the post-secondary sector, Kathy’s career includes senior leadership positions in health – both at provincial government and health authority levels. In those roles she successfully led strategic initiatives such as health service reconfigurations and the provincial surgical wait-time strategy.
Kathy has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), a Master’s in Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching and is Associate Faculty Royal Roads University. She is a member of the boards for: Coast Mental Health Society; Chair Academy Presidents International Advisory Board; BC Immigrant Employment Council; and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation. Kathy is an active member of the BC Business Council and is a past Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Public Sector nominee.