Ann McArthur

Ann was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. She has four children — three boys and one girl — all of whom have flown the nest. Ann graduated in Honours Physics from the University of Birmingham, England, followed by a post-grad year at the University of Cambridge. Many years later, Ann graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master’s Degree in Higher Education. She is also a graduate of the Chair Academy for Leadership and Development.

Ann’s career has spanned both teaching and education administration. After leaving England, Ann was employed as the head of Physics and Chemistry at the Bishop’s School, La Jolla, California, responsible for the design and teaching of the curriculum in Physics and Chemistry at Grades 11 and 12 levels. After a year in La Jolla, Ann visited her Cambridge friend, then living in Vancouver, and fell in love with the city. She applied for a position at BCIT and was successful in obtaining it the following year.

Ann taught physics in several diverse technology programs in the engineering, wood products and health fields at BCIT. In the early 1990s, Ann was asked to spearhead BCIT’s initiative to become a degree-granting institution. This involved writing a discussion paper and subsequent proposal to government. The initiative was successful, and Ann moved into education administration as Associate Dean, Degree Development and Academic Planning, where she developed and headed the quality assurance process first for new degree programs and subsequently for all new programs except trades at BCIT.

Over her working life, Ann has served as chair, Education Council, BCIT; member, Board of Governors, BCIT; member, Carter Commission on Governance in Post–Secondary Education; member, BC Council of Admission and Transfer; president, American Association of Physics Teachers, BC Section; president, Deep Cove Rowing Club. Currently she is on the Board of Directors of Athletics for Kids and is a volunteer in Palliative Care, North Shore Hospice and Lions Gate Hospital.

Ann’s greatest interest has always been sports. Initially, she played tennis and squash, but 12 years ago, she began rowing and four years ago took up cycling. Ann has participated in the Ride for Cancer from Vancouver to Seattle twice.

Currently Ann is a member of the Patient Services Committee and is eager to contribute further in any and every way to raise awareness of this disease and to promote further research.