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Board of Governors Competencies

A critical factor in building an effective board is a member’s commitment to governance and understanding of the responsibilities of VIU Governors.

The Board Resourcing and Development Office (BRDO) is responsible for establishing guidelines for all provincial board appointments to agencies. The following lists key skills and experience that the BRDO feels are important to the governance of the institution as a whole:


  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Financial Expertise
  • Governance & Board Expertise
  • Human Resources
  • Investment Management
  • Labour Relations
  • Legal Expertise
  • Marketing
  • Previous Leadership experience
  • Public Sector: Knowledge of how government operates
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management
  • Tourism Industry
  • Regional issues and opportunities

In addition to the competencies above, the BRDO requests that all persons serving on the Board also possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • good judgment;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • ability and willingness to raise potentially controversial issues and questions in a manner that encourages dialogue and resolution;
  • ability to be flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the director’s responsibility to the organization; and
  • strong reasoning skills.

For information on individual Board members, please see the Board Member Biographies.

For additional information regarding Board competencies, please visit the Board Resourcing and Development Office at http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/BRDO/.