Board of Governors

Arthur Willms, B.Ed, BA, MA

Arthur Willms is an educator, economist, and businessman with over forty years of experience.

Arthur taught in the public school system in Alberta, lectured economics at a university and spent thirty years in the global energy sector at Westcoast Energy Inc, where he spent his last nine years as President before his retirement.

Art is an experienced board member, having served in numerous capacities on a variety of public, private, and non-profit boards.

He earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Education along with a Master’s degree in Economics, all from the University of Calgary.

He is a passionate supporter of educational, arts and cultural institutions.

Chief Dale Harry, Chancellor

Chief Dale Harry (Pekultn Siyam) was announced as Quest’s 5th Chancellor in April, 2022. He is also Quest’s longest serving board member.

He has served as Negotiator on the Squamish Nation Council for fourteen years.

Along with a certification in the Governance Essentials Program for Directors for Not for Profit Organizations from the University of Victoria, Chief Harry’s educational background includes studies in Business, Criminology, Political Science, and Geology.

Chief Harry has a deep connection to the Squamish community as demonstrated in the many boards and organizations he has been associated with, including Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Squamish Credit Union, Squamish Nation Peacekeepers, Aboriginal Education Council School District #48, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and Squamish Valley Development Corporation.

Chief Harry was born and raised in Squamish and resides on the Squamish Reserve. He also serves as a consultant for Aboriginal Economic Solutions Inc.

Peter W. Webster

Peter W Webster is a businessman, philanthropist, and community leader with considerable governance experience in the private and public sectors across the nation and internationally.

Over the last five decades, he has served in a governance role as a director, trustee and, often, in a leadership position as chairman, of numerous companies, foundations, not-for-profit organizations and public sector agencies.

He served as Chancellor of Quest University from 2017 to 2022. He also served on the Board of Governors of Acadia University in Nova Scotia and on the board of the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Mr. Webster also served as Chair of the University of British Columbia Investment Management Trust.

In the community, he has served as Chair of Greater Vancouver Transit Police Board and was Vice Chair of the Vancouver Police Board.

He currently serves as Chairman of the R. Howard Webster Foundation in Montréal.

Mr. Webster was granted an Honourary Doctorate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Anna Lippman, BA, MA

Anna Lippman is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at York University.

Her research interests look at how street-involved youth in Toronto form resistance identity through hip-hop culture while navigating social institutions such as homeless shelters and drop-in programs.

Anna’s research critically examines the ways that race, gender, and class shape how young people living in precarity see themselves and the world around them.

This project seeks to provide insight into how these institutions both assist and hinder street-involved youth, and how to improve youth targeted social services in order to make them more equitable and inclusive.

She has previously served on boards for several non-profits and municipal services in Squamish and Toronto.

Rodney Bergen, BCom, FCPA, FCA

Rod Bergen has significant experience in professional practice, the business and charitable sectors and has served for over 40 years in various capacities on numerous boards in business, education, health care, charities and foundations.

He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC in 1977, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979 and was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC in 2008.

Rod was Tax Partner in Charge of the BC tax practice for one of the largest professional accounting firms in Canada.  He spent 14 years with the Jim Pattison Group as Managing Director, Tax and Financial Analysis and retired in March 2021 after serving 6 years as President of Power to Change, a large Canadian charity.

John Matthews

John Matthews serves as President of Matthews West Ltd, a Squamish based development company that strives to enhance the environmental, social, and economic opportunities of the communities where it works. Matthews is currently managing several projects in British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Corridor including the 60-acre master planned development of the Squamish Oceanfront, the 200-acre single family master plan community in Brackendale, and assorted smaller projects in partnership with the Squamish First Nation. Additionally, he is the President of the Board of the Dallas Wetlands Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit that develops and maintains urban wetlands.

Prior to his work in Canada, Matthews specialized in financial modeling and project management at Matthews Southwest in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex where, among other projects, acquisitions, and dispositions, he led a 60-acre brown-field development south of downtown Dallas.

Quest University Canada is suspending regular academic programming following
completion of the current academic year in April 2023.

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