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September 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kyman Chan, Chair of Board of Governors

New Board of Governors Chair Kyman Chan

Camosun College Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Board Chair, Mr. Kyman Chan, and two new Board Members, Mr. Thomas Siemens and Mr. Russell Lazaruk.

Kyman Chan, a member of the College’s board since 2007, was elected Chair at the inaugural meeting, September 12, 2011. He succeeds Ms Lynda Farmer, who served as Chair since Fall 2009. A dedicated member, he has served as Chair of both the Board of Governors Finance and Audit Committees. “I am both honoured and excited to accept the role of Board Chair and to work with colleagues who share such a strong passion for the learning environment at Camosun College,” says Chan.

“Camosun will be well served through the leadership of Mr. Chan,” says past Chair Farmer. “He has a long association with Camosun both as a former student and more recently as a board member. That, along with his strong connections to the college’s educational programs, gives him invaluable insight into the vital role Camosun plays in job and skills training in our community and beyond.”

Kyman Chan is a chartered accountant and partner in the Assurance and Business Advisory practice of Hayes Stewart Little & Co. His other current community activities include Advisory Council, BC Cancer Foundation (Vancouver Island); Finance Committee, St. Michaels University School; Director, Victoria CA Association; Volunteer Coach, Gordon Head Minor Baseball Association; and, Volunteer Coach and Manager, Victoria Racquet Club Minor Hockey Association. His past activities include Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, Treasurer, Royal and McPherson Theatres Society; Treasurer, St. Michaels University School Alumni Association; Treasurer, BC Schizophrenia Society; Volunteer Account Executive, United Way of Greater Victoria; and Volunteer Coach, Gordon Head Soccer Association.

The Camosun College Board of Governors is also pleased to welcome two new Board members, Mr. Thomas Siemens and Mr. Russell Lazaruk. “The appointments of Mr. Siemens and Mr. Lazaruk will expand the capacity of an already outstanding group of dedicated individuals who serve Camosun as members of its Board of Governors. I am confident that both Tom and Russ will have key roles to play as the college continues to evolve its pivotal educational role in our community,” says Farmer.

Tom Siemens currently serves as Vice-President, Commercial Services, with RBC Royal Bank. Since 1982, his career with RBC has encompassed roles across a broad range of disciplines and customer bases, in a wide variety of locales, including Winnipeg, Calgary, Toronto, Saskatoon and Victoria.

Siemens has served on the Patrons Council of the Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation and the Advisory Committee for Ballet Victoria and has been involved with both the United Way and Junior Achievement and was Chair of the United Way of Greater Victoria’s 2006 Campaign. He is a member of the Board of Advisors, Faculty of Business, University of Victoria; a board member of Pacific Opera Victoria, serving as Treasurer; and, a campaign cabinet member with the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. He holds an MBA from the University of Manitoba, together with designations from the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB) and the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI).

Russ Lazaruk is a Certified Investment Manager (CIM), a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) and is the Branch Manager and an Associate Director at Macquarie Private Wealth, Victoria. Previously he was an Investment Executive for ScotiaMcLeod (Victoria) and Branch Manager/Investment Executive at ScotiaMcLeod (Courtenay). He has worked in BC’s forest industry and operated a family farm on Salt Spring Island, and served in the British Army (1973-1978).

Non-profit organizations that have benefited from Lazaruk’s expertise include the Greater Victoria Public Library (Trustee), Pacific Tattoo 2012 and the Greater Victoria Art Gallery. He is currently a Director of the Garth Homer Society (Victoria), Treasurer of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (BC & Yukon), a Rotarian (President, Colwood), and a keen sailor, rugby player and bike rider.

For media inquiries:
Heather Martin
College Governance Executive Assistant
Camosun College
Tel: 250-370-3409

Last updated: September 14, 2011 5:15 pm

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