October 2017 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the October President’s Report. I hope you enjoy these highlights of TRU community news, publications, accomplishments and upcoming campus events.

If you would like to share a recent (within the last six months) publication, presentation, external award or other recognition, please send the details to The deadline for submissions for the next President’s Report (for the Nov. 27 Senate meeting) is Nov. 2, 2017. Keep the good news coming!


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor


Dr. Sherman Jen with TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver

University gift is largest ever

Dr. Sherman Jen of Maple Leaf Educational Systems gave TRU its largest individual private donation ever—$5 million—on Oct. 5. His gift contributes to student awards, research and new labs in the soon-to-be-built Nursing and Population Health building and Industrial Training and Technology Centre. Read more

Pioneering entrepreneur honoured

An entrepreneur who has brought international attention and tourism to BC's Okanagan region was recognized with a TRU honorary degree on Oct. 13. Award-winning wine magnate Anthony von Mandl addressed graduates from across all faculties and schools at Fall Convocation 2017. Read more

Research that builds community

TRU's fifth annual report on research, released on Sept. 27, showcases the world-class work of our faculty across all departments. Building Community Through Research highlights the growing contributions of researchers and their students in community-driven projects. Read more

Putting higher education in its place

Putting higher education in its place

A new Green Guide by Lyn Baldwin and Nancy Flood, Biology, Kim Naqvi, Geography, Ginny Ratsoy, English, and Elizabeth Templeman, Supplemental Learning, launched on Oct. 3. The book is a toolbox to incorporate place-based learning methods into curriculum. Read more

TRU, UBC team up to explore useful bioproducts found in cannabis

Exploring useful bioproducts of cannabis

Chemistry faculty member Bruno Cinel has teamed up with other researchers to explore the vast range of bioproducts that can be made from the plant—such as pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, and industrial fibre. Read more

Institutional accreditation evaluation

A team of seven evaluators from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) visited TRU from Oct. 10 to 12 for an accreditation evaluation. Open fora for students, faculty and staff were held in Kamloops and Williams Lake to provide an opportunity to meet the evaluation team and ask questions. Read more

Orange Shirt Day: every child matters

Orange Shirt Day: every child matters

The TRU community expressed a spirit of reconciliation and hope at Orange Shirt Day, held on campus on Sept. 29. The event included honour songs and a round dance. Read more

Pride Parade 2017

Marching with pride

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff marched proudly in the sixth annual TRUSU Pride Parade on Sept. 28. Many of them had also participated in the city's first downtown march in August. Watch the "What pride means to me" video

Presentation to new BC government

TRU hosted new members from the province's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services on Oct. 12. The annual visit to campus is an opportunity to highlight TRU's funding priorities for the year, and showcase current capital projects.

Academic excellence recognized

The president met with 40 TRU students on Sept. 19 at the President's Reception for Scholarship Students, including SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR recipients, entrance scholarship winners, Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program students, Grunert Scholars, and athlete-scholars.

Convocation Fall 2016

Convocation Fall 2017

More than 300 graduates celebrated their achievements with about 400 guests at Fall Convocation on Oct. 13 at the Tournament Capital Centre. Read more

Funds raised for athletes

Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy of the Respect Group gave the keynote address at the WolfPack Athletic Scholarship Breakfast on Sept. 28, which raised over $230,000 for student athletes.

Parking update and info session

On Oct. 12, students, faculty and staff joined Matt Milovick, VP Administration and Finance, and Glenn Read, Executive Director of Ancillary Services, for a discussion to clarify details about parking and transportation at TRU, and respond to concerns put forward by CUPE.

Tourism celebrating 20 years with one-day event

Tourism celebrates 20 years

The Bachelor of Tourism Management program celebrated its 20th birthday with a range of events on Sept. 22, including speed-networking to connect BTM students with dozens of alumni. Read more

Graduate programs launch

The School of Business and Economics officially launched the Master of Environmental Economics and Management (MEEM) and the Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Management (MScEEM) on Oct. 3, welcoming 11 students.

Lunch with the President

Faculty and staff attended a Lunch with the President on Sept. 22. A Lunch with the President for Students was held on Oct. 3.


Jim Gudjonson, Sustainability, was invited to speak at the 2017 Livable Cities Forum: Advancing Low Carbon Resilience in Victoria, Sept. 18 to 20, on the topic, "Exploring Post-Secondary Leadership in Climate Action.”

Karen Hofmann, English faculty member, published her latest novel, What is Going to Happen Next, on Sept. 15, and is already receiving stellar reviews. Read more


Congratulations to faculty and staff who received their master’s or doctoral degrees in the past six months. If you know someone who has achieved theirs, please email the name of the recipient, title of degree and institution to

Sherri King, TRU World: Master of Arts in Social Media, Birmingham City University

Let's Remember

Christopher Seguin joined TRU in 2007 as Vice-President of Advancement and since then was totally dedicated to the people of TRU and of Kamloops. Under his leadership, TRU set new fundraising records virtually every year of the last decade, generating millions of dollars for student awards, groundbreaking research and major buildings—notably the Brown Family House of Learning, the renovation of Old Main for the Faculty of Law, the new Industrial Training and Technology Centre and the soon-to-be-constructed Nursing and Population Health building. Christopher helped thousands of students in realizing their dreams for education and a career through the bursaries and scholarships he helped donors create. He will be missed.


Note: These citations follow MLA Handbook (8th edition) format. We respectfully ask that you please format citations for your work in MLA prior to submitting them for inclusion in the President’s Report. 


Hasnat Dewan, Economics

Dewan, Hasnat. “Sustainability Assessment and Optimum Sustainable Development Trajectories.” Keynote speaker. Australia and New Zealand Business, Law and Social Science Conference, 18-20 August 2017, Novotel Sydney Central, Australia.

Dewan, Hasnat. “Sustainable Development – Issues, Challenges and the Way Forward.” Tianjin University of Technology (TUT) Research Symposium, 24 June 2017, Tianjin, China.

Dewan, Hasnat. “Use of TOPSIS and Other Sustainability Assessment Methods to Find the Optimum Sustainable Development Path.” ANI Conference, 12-13 August 2017, Melbourne, Australia.

Avninder GillManagement, Information & Supply Chain

Jagoda, K., et al. “Vendor Evaluation in the Canadian Retail Sector: a Case Analysis.” Proceedings of Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference, 28 May - 1 June 2017, Montreal.

Randy Kimmel and Raymond CoxAccounting & Finance

Kimmel, Randall K., et al. “A Proportional Hazard Model for Bank Failures: Empirical Evidence.” International Academy of Business Disciplines Conference, 6-8 April 2017, New Orleans. 

Randy Kimmel, Accounting & Finance, and Derek Pyne, Economics

Kimmel, Randall K., and Derek Pyne. “The Research Presented at the Main North American Economic Conferences.” Western Economics Association International Conference, 25 – 29 June 2017, Marriott Marquis & Marina, San Diego. 

Moses Msiska, MBA student, Alex Ng and Randy Kimmel, Accounting & Finance

Msiska, Moses, et al. “The Investment Performance of United Nations Global Compact Companies: Asset Pricing of Climate Change Champions.” 5th International Symposium on Environment and Energy Finance Issues (ISEFI-2017), 22-23 May 2017, IPAG Business School, Paris.

Alex Ng, Accounting & Finance

Cheng, Quan and Alex Ng. “Partial Privatization and Political Economic Performance.”  Proceedings of the 10th China Finance Review International Conference (CFRIC), 10-11 June 2017, Shanghai.

Ng, Alex and Di Zheng. "Disagreement and Environmental Tastes as Substitutes for Financial Performance in Energy Firms.” 5th International Symposium on Environment and Energy Finance Issues (ISEFI-2017), 22-23 May 2017, IPAG Business School, Paris.

Alex Ng, Randy Kimmel and Raymond Cox, Accounting & Finance

Ng, Alex, et al. “The Performance Effect of Social Responsibility, Members of the United Nations Global Compact.” Proceedings of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference, 28 May - 1 June 2017, Montreal.

Alex Ng, Randy Kimmel and Li Zhang, Accounting & Finance

Ng, Alex, et al. “Do Cross Country Institutional Factors Influence Corporate Social Responsibility? An Examination of United Nations Global Compact Members.” Cross Country Perspectives in Finance (CCPF) Conference - A special issue of Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (JIFMIM), 23-25 June 2017, Chengdu, China.

Nancy SouthinManagement, Information & Supply Chain

Snider, Brent, and Nancy Southin. “Inquiry-based Intermodal Shipping Competition.” 24th International Annual European Operations Management Association Conference, 1-5 July 2017, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK. Winner, Nigel Slack Teaching Innovation Award.


Kelvin Booth, Philosophy

Booth, Kelvin J. “Dewey’s Embodied Logic.” Pragmatism Today, vol. 8, no. 1, Summer 2017, pp. 28-44.

Raymond Cox and Randy Kimmel, Accounting & Finance

Cox, Raymond A. K, et al. "Drivers of US Bank Failures during the Financial Crisis."  International Journal of Business and Management, vol. 12, no. 8, 2017, pp. 19-36.

Cox, Raymond A. K, et al. "Proportional Hazards Model of Bank Failures: Evidence from USA." Journal of Economic and Financial Studies, vol. 5, no. 3, 2017, pp. 35-45. 

Avninder Gill, Management, Information & Supply Chain

Gill, Avninder. “A Costing Model for Out-Sourced Versus in-House Product Storage.” International Journal of Management and Applied Science, vol. 3, no. 2, 2017, pp. 60-64. 

Gill, Avninder. “Activity Based Job Order Costing in Product Storage.” International Journal of Management and Applied Science, vol. 3, no. 2, 2017, pp. 46-49.

Gill, Avninder. “Green Sustainable Operations: A Case from Service Industry.” International Journal of Services and Operations Management, vol. 26, no. 4, 2017, pp. 411-427.

Charis Kamphuis, Law

Kamphuis, Charis. “Litigating Indigenous Dispossession in the Global Economy: Law’s Promises and Pitfalls.” Brazilian Journal of International Law, vol. 14, no. 1, 2017, pp. 165-225.

Randy Kimmel and Shahriar Hasan, Accounting & Finance

Kimmel, Randall K., et al. “Investor Perception and Business Method Patents: A Natural Experiment.” Economic Analysis and Policy, vol. 54, June 2017, pp. 26–48.


Lyn Baldwin and Nancy Flood, Biological Sciences, Kim Naqvi, Geography, Ginny Ratsoy, English, and Elizabeth Templeman, Supplemental Learning

Baldwin, Lyn, et al. Place-Based Education: An Inter and Multidisciplinary Approach. Green Guide #15, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2017.


Peter Tsigaris, Economics

Tsigaris, Peter, and R.S. Schemenauer. The July and August 2017 Wildfire Smoke Events in Kamloops, BC. Kamloops Physicians for a Healthy Environment Society, 2017.


TRU Health and Wellness Fair

Oct. 24

Staff and faculty are invited to learn about available health benefits, and on-campus and local wellness options, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mountain Room, CAC.

Creston House groundbreaking

Oct. 24

Representatives from TRU, Cape Group and TRU Community Trust (TRUCT) invite you to a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. at the Creston House site north of Old Main to mark the start of construction on the first residential development at The Reach.

Arts Colloquium Series: The graphic novelization of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Oct. 24

Journalism, communication and new media faculty member Jason Bermiller presents "Adaptation Theory and Transmedia Adaptations: The Graphic Novelization of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Read more

Films for Change: Tomorrow

Oct. 25 

The Sustainability Office hosts a screening of Tomorrow. The documentary encourages communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet. Read more

Join global Q & A on Al Gore's film sequel

Oct. 26

By worldwide video-conference, the former US vice-president will give a Q & A after TRU screens his new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Read more

Science Seminar Series: Fungal mitochondrial inheritance

Oct. 26 

Dr. Jianping Xu, Department of Biology, McMaster University, presents "Fungal Mitochondrial Inheritance: From Natural Population Surveys to Laboratory Investigations and Back." Read more

Environmental Science Seminar Series: Agricultural fungicides

Oct. 26 

Dr. Jianping Xu, Department of Biology, McMaster University, presents "Agricultural Fungicides and Clinical Drug Resistance in the Human Pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus." Read more

Environmental Science Seminar Series

Nov. 2 

Presenter to be announced.

Career networking – all students

Nov. 2

Students from all areas on campus are welcome to attend the largest networking event of the 2017/18 year. Read more

Long Night Against Procrastination

Nov. 2

The sixth annual all-night event runs from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. at the TRU Main Library, featuring writing, research, studying and wellness presentations and workshops. Read more

Town Hall

Nov. 7

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in an open dialogue and share ideas of possible opportunities for the year ahead. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the discussion from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall.

Arts Colloquium Series: Regulating foreign investment for human rights

Nov. 7

Law faculty member Charis Kamphuis presents "Regulating Foreign Investment for Human Rights?: Canadian Mining Abroad, Normative Problems and Pragmatic Trade-offs." Read more

TRU Remembrance Day ceremony

Nov. 9 

Honour fallen, retired and still serving members of the different forms of Canada's military. The ceremony will include speeches, a reading of In Flanders Fields and more. 

Remembrance Day closure

Nov. 13

Most of TRU will be closed in observance of the Remembrance Day statutory holiday on Monday, Nov. 13.

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series: What I saw while fighting fires

Nov. 16 

Dr. Ken Day, UBC, presents "Hints at Resilience: What I Saw while Fighting Fires." Read more

Arts Colloquium Series: Maximizing Entry to Practice

Nov. 21

Nursing faculty member Judy Boychuk Duchscher presents "Maximizing Entry to Practice: Preparing New Graduates for the Real World." Read more

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series: industrial agri-food systems

Nov. 23 

Dr. Nathan Pelletier, UBC-O, presents “Sustainability as (Re)organizing Principle and Moving Target: Considering the Past, Present, and Future of Industrial Agri-food Systems.” Read more

Live Theatre: Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star 

Nov. 23 - Dec. 2

All Vietnam War veteran Roy has left are memories of his glory days, his adoring younger brother, his wife Elizabeth, and his beloved 1959 pink Thunderbird. Directed by theatre faculty member Robin NicholRead more