Calder new chair of North Island College board

Bruce Calder will chair the North Island College board of governors as it moves into the 2011-12 school year.
Calder, a Comox Valley community representative on the board and previous vice-chair, was acclaimed as board chair Wednesday during the board's first meeting of the school year.

Bruce Calder will chair the North Island College board of governors as it moves into the 2011-12 school year.Calder, a Comox Valley community representative on the board and previous vice-chair, was acclaimed as board chair Wednesday during the board’s first meeting of the school year.”Thank you very much for your support,” he said. “It really is a pleasure to be here. I’ve been on the board now for about three years, and it’s just a great opportunity for me. I hope to follow in some great footsteps in Judith (Round) and Chris (Gibson) before her.”Calder pointed out that he is the first male board chair in a while.”I may bring a slightly different perspective, but I promise you I won’t be the bull in a china shop that some males are sometimes,” he laughed.Calder is a retired former executive for Telus Corporation. His last assignment was as a consultant for Apparent Networks, preparing strategic plans for telecommunications industries. Previously, he was a vice-president and general manager with Telus Enterprise Solutions, managing the internal and external information technology subsidiary of Telus Corporation.Calder has also previously served as a director with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. David Kruyt, the community representative for Campbell River, was acclaimed as board vice-chair.Kruyt is the chief financial officer for a Vancouver Island-based insurance brokerage.Prior to moving to Campbell River, he was a vice-president and controller with an international trade finance company, worked in private practice as a forensic accountant and spent several years as the controller of a not-for-profit private club.Kruyt has been involved on numerous community and arts group boards in the past. Currently, he is a member of the Professional Conduct Enquiry Committee of the B.C. Certified Management Accountants Association and sits as a director on the board of the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

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