Former President of BCIT
Kathy Kinloch most recently served as President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Canada’s premier polytechnic institution which serves approximately 50,000 students annually, a position she held January 2014 up to her retirement in June 2022.
Kathy broadened and deepened BCIT’s globally relevant connections with business, industry and community within B.C., across Canada and globally during her tenure, and led significant and strategic change during a time of rapidly evolving technology, a reinvention of work and life-long learning, and the global pandemic.
Kathy is recognized for leading organizational renewal by empowering people in complex environments. Through a series of senior leadership and executive roles, she has spearheaded successful strategic change initiatives in the post-secondary as well as government and health care sectors.
Acknowledgements of Kathy’s accomplishments include a Power 50 list citation and Most Influential Women in Business acknowledgement from BC Business magazine; Influential Women in Business Awards, Business in Vancouver magazine; Woman of Distinction, YWCA Metro Vancouver; Top 100 Hall of Fame and Top 100 Public Sector Leaders, Women’s Executive Network (WXN). Kathy was also honoured as “Canada’s Most Admired CEO of 2018” and BCIT as one of “Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures for 2019” in the Broader Public Sector categories by Waterstone Human Capital.
Kathy holds a Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science (Nursing, with Distinction) from University of Alberta, a Master of Arts in Leadership (Chancellors Award) and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. She has also received ); and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University, and an Honorary Doctorate from Kwantlen University.
Kathy’s board positions include the World University Service of Canada; Business Council of BC; Invest Vancouver; Surrey Hospital Foundation; the Public Policy Forum and TELUS Corporation. She is also a member of the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council of the Asia Pacific Foundation, and chaired the Province’s Emerging Economy Task Force.