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, PhD

Anna Lippman is a 2013 Quest alum and postdoctoral fellow in the department of sociology at York University. Her question was: What is the relationship between law and morality?  Her current research looks at how young people engage in activism through art. Anna’s research critically examines the ways that race, gender, and class shape how young people see themselves and the world around them. Anna comes to this research after working in youth and homelessness services for almost ten years, starting in the Squamish community.

Anna has previously served as vice-chair of both the Squamish Public Library Board and Squamish Public Art Committee and non-profit boards including Family Services Toronto and the British Columbia Library Trustee Association. Anna is a grassroots community organizer and activist with Showing Up for Racial Justice. Anna currently resides in Toronto, but she always enjoys visiting the beautiful mountains in Squamish.

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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