Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Paul Dangerfield assumed the role of Capilano University’s third president and vice-chancellor on October 1, 2016.

In his role, Dangerfield is leading Capilano University forward in pursuit of its vision and mission as a regional university that promotes student success, career preparation and life readiness for graduates to contribute as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.

Previously, Dangerfield was the executive director and Vancouver campus dean of the New York Institute of Technology, and was dean of Capilano University’s faculty of business and professional studies from 2006 to 2009. Prior to his role with the New York Institute of Technology, Dangerfield was the vice-president of Education, Research and International with British Columbia Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2014. From 1985, Dangerfield spent 20 years with the Canadian Forces in a variety of increasingly senior roles that included chief of staff, commanding officer and vice-president of human resources.

Dangerfield has served on a wide variety of boards including West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer and the B.C. Technology Education Careers Council. Dangerfield is also a volunteer community leader with the United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet, an executive committee member with the Business Council of British Columbia and a board member with Economic Partnership North Vancouver.

Leadership was Dangerfield’s specialization when he completed a Master of Business Administration at Royal Roads University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Carleton University.  


Leader in the post-secondary education in BC, Michel Tarko has a particular interest in the community, public safety training, and building partnerships with business and industry.

Métis from the Cree Nation, Tarko studied criminology and psychiatric nursing in Manitoba before coming to the University of British Columbia to pursue a PhD in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. He graduated in 2002, at which point his academic career shifted from teaching psychiatric nursing (forensic and acute psychiatric) to leadership roles at Douglas College, where he served as associate dean and then dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. He later served as vice-president academic for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) from 2009 to 2012. In 2012, the JIBC Board of Governors appointed Tarko to a five-year term as president and chief executive officer and was reappointed in 2017 for a second five year term.

In his current role, Tarko led the development of the new JIBC 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, and strengthened partnerships between JIBC and other public post-secondary educational institutions across Canada and internationally. He created opportunities for student and faculty exchanges, joint research initiatives on public and community safety, and worked with business and industry to find solutions to key public priorities.

Tarko is a member of the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia. He served as vice-chair of the board of directors for the Post-Secondary Employers Association, and is currently chair on the board of directors for Colleges and Institutes Canada, a national association representing more than 135 community colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnic teaching universities. He currently sits on the External Advisory Board for the Dean of the UBC Faculty of Education, the British Columbia Council for International Education representing the President’s group of the British Columbia Association for Institutes and Universities, and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. 

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