Paul McCullough is Interim President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada’s premier polytechnic institution serving approximately 45,000 students annually. His focus is continuing BCIT’s commitment to delivering strategic workforce development to support British Columbia’s economic prosperity through an applied education model. Under Paul’s leadership, BCIT will continue to advance its provincial role to deliver high-quality education that is accessible and affordable, contribute to broad-based sustainable economic growth, and advance the objectives of Reconciliation.
Prior to his appointment as Interim President in July 2022, Paul served for eight years as Vice President Advancement at BCIT where he synthesised financial acumen and inclusive leadership to expand private sector engagement and fundraising, and balanced complex educational mandates with entrepreneurial deliverables. Through his leadership and strategic direction, the Advancement team were the architects for INSPIRE, the largest fundraising campaign in BCIT history. Through this campaign, BCIT has doubled the size of the Institute’s endowment fund and successfully raised over $100 million in private sector support for BCIT, its students, Indigenous programs, and capital projects.
From his diverse background, Paul brings a unique blend of private and public sector experience to BCIT, with over 16 years in global management in London, Dubai, and Hong Kong, and holding senior executive positions in three of the largest global business organisations. He gained experience at HSBC and Unilever before joining KPMG and becoming a Principal of the firm, where he served for over a decade providing governance advisory services to a large client portfolio of Mid-Cap and Large-Cap companies based in the UK, North America, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Paul has been actively involved in many local community organizations and boards over the years, most recently with the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, where he was also the chair of the Audit Committee. He currently sits on the national board of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada.
Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, an Accredited Director, and holds a Diploma in Business from the London Metropolitan University School of Business in the United Kingdom.