February 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the February President’s Report. You’ll find some great updates since the last report, including a visit from Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education Skills and Training, to announce funding for our new Bachelor in Software Engineering. She spent time with staff and students from the Engineering Transfer program as they showcased some of their projects.

Additionally, we marked a milestone on Feb. 2 with the announcement of our next chancellor, Nathan Matthew. He delivered an emotional speech, noting on the honour of being the first individual of Indigenous ancestry to hold such a high office at TRU. We were also thrilled to have both our first and current chancellors Nancy Greene Raine and Wally Oppal present for this occasion. Please read the full story!

Our world-class undergraduate research opportunities received another boost this month—nine of our students received grants to conduct independent research projects this summer, thanks to the increasing number of federally-funded faculty members. Read about these students’ projects below.

I hope you enjoy these highlights of TRU community news, publications, accomplishments and upcoming campus events. If you would like to share a publication, presentation, external award or other recognition from within the past six months, please send the details to president@tru.ca. This report covers up to Feb. 16; the deadline for submissions to the next report is Mar. 8.


Alan Shaver, President and Vice-Chancellor 


TRU moves forward with Bachelor in Software Engineering

Moving forward with Bachelor in Software Engineering

Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education Skills and Training, announced provincial funding on Jan. 16 for a new Bachelor of Software Engineering program at TRU, building on the current two-year Engineering Transfer program. 

“One of the key features of this program will be the required co-op terms, through which students will be able to obtain relevant paid workplace experiences as they put their education to work and build their careers,” said Dean of Science Tom Dickinson

The first intake of third-year students is planned for fall 2019. Read more

Tech funding has spinoffs for Interior university coalition

Minister Mark's announcement for TRU was part of a broader provincial announcement that will create more than 500 new seats in technology-related programs in the Interior—and create more opportunities for the new Interior University Research Coalition (IURC) to pool resources for research and innovation. Read more

Artist's conception The Reach

First revenues from The Reach

The closing of the first lease by the The Reach—with CAPE Developments (Creston House)—has generated the first proceeds for the TRU Community Trust (TRUCT). TRU and the TRU Foundation will receive over $1.5 million to fund student support and research activities. Read more

Nathan Matthew TRU's newest Chancellor

Welcome to our next chancellor

The Board of Governors has selected Nathan Matthew (at right), chief of the Simpcw First Nation of Chu Chua and former executive director of TRU’s Aboriginal Education office, as our third chancellor. He will be formally installed at Convocation in June.

“Nathan Matthew’s commitment to create a better future for others embodies all that we are at TRU and makes him the right choice as chancellor,” said Board of Governors chair Jim ThomsonRead more

Commission affirms candidacy status

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has approved TRU’s continued status as a candidate for institutional accreditation, following our self-study report and the evaluation team site visit in 2017. In the Jan. 31 letter affirming TRU’s status, evaluators provided several commendations and recommendations, which can be viewed on the Accreditation website. Our next interim candidacy report and site visit will be in spring 2019. Read more

Steady research growth brings student opportunities

Steady research growth brings student opportunities

Nine exceptional undergraduate students have been awarded Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) grants this year, an increase due to the steady growth of NSERC-funded faculty.

Receiving grants of $4,500 are Tanna Lauriente, Madison Oud and Colton Stephens, Biology; Adrian Batista and Lavraj Lidher, Chemical Biology; Kyle Booker (shown at right) and Christopher Kwiatkowski, Computing Science; Rachel Lobay, Mathematics and Statistics; and Alexis Wilson, Psychology. Read more

WolfPack brings home the cup 

President Alan Shaver accepted the Presidents’ Cup for TRU for 2017/18—in both the women’s and men’s titles—in the annual rivalry between the WolfPack and UBC Okanagan Heat soccer, basketball and volleyball teams in the Canada West conference. Shown here with Shaver are players representing the three teams and UBCO Principal Deborah Buszard.

Canadian Human Rights Commissioner visits

During a three-day visit to Kamloops (facilitated by TRU Law), Chief Commissioner Marie-Claude Landry gave a public lecture on Jan. 31 to about 100 law students and had an intimate round-table discussion with several law student groups about their work on human rights and equity issues. Read more

School of Nursing Adopted Bears with University President Alan Shaver

Bearing witness at Senate

The School of Nursing and Nursing Undergraduate Society have adopted two stuffed bears as part of an initiative to enact and uphold the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and Jordan’s Principle. The bears—Kenkeknem and Ckenmim’elt—were special guests at the Dec. 11 Senate meeting. Read more

Donald Lawrence named Artist of the Year

Mayor’s Gala recognizes TRU artists

Visual Arts faculty member Donald Lawrence (at right) was recognized for his contributions to the Kamloops arts community as Artist of the Year at the 2018 Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, and arts alumnus Andrew Cooper, artistic managing director of Chimera Theatre, won the Emerging Artist Award. Read more

2017 Training House Project students

Training House two-for-two at local Keystone Awards

A huge round of applause goes out to our School of Trades and Technology faculty and students and their partners on the 2017 Training House for winning in two categories this year—Best Single Family Detached Home: $350,000 to $500,000 and Best Public/Private Partnership at the 2018 Keystone Awards. Read more

Career Night in Canada puck drop

An impressive lineup of co-op students faced off at a hockey-themed event hosted by Career Education on Jan. 16 to celebrate the valued employer partners who support and mentor TRU students.

“We recognize the countless hours they’ve invested in the students through our programs, and want to show them that it’s valued and appreciated,” said co-op coordinator Sarah LaddRead more

Open textbooks reach a milestone

Five years ago, John Belshaw decided to rewrite history. More specifically, he aimed to write a textbook for his TRU Open Learning course on Canadian history and make this textbook free and open for anyone to use.

“The introduction of technology into the classroom has been a long slog,” he said. “But I believed that if we provided a good framework, and if people could adapt it, then we’d wind up with textbooks that served learning in the classroom rather than publishers’ bottom lines.” Read more

Faculty, students tackle community challenges

Faculty, students tackle community challenges

Social Work faculty member Natalie Clark is one of four researchers supported by TRU’s Community-Driven Research Fund to find solutions for challenges faced by community groups and organizations, and provide students with opportunities to conduct community-engaged research. Read more

Privacy and security in the digital organization

TRU's annual Privacy and Security Conference is making a name for itself. Now in its fourth year, the conference drew approximately 250 participants in the fields of information security, privacy, risk and audit from across BC on Jan. 31. Presenters included TRU’s privacy and access officer Laurel Wale; faculty members Musfiq Rahman (Computing Science) and Craig Jones (Law); and digital panel moderator Hugh Burley, TRU’s information security manager and organizer of the conference.

An evening of gratitude

The TRU WolfPack thanked athletics donors and honoured Ken Olynyk, retired director of Athletics and Recreation, with a court-side celebration on Feb. 10 at the Tournament Capital Centre. Among the presentations was a City of Kamloops jacket from Mayor Ken Christian. Shown here, Olynyk walks through a tunnel of WolfPack players.

On January 31st Let’s Wear Blue TRU!

TRU blue for Bell Let’s Talk Day

The Wellness Centre encouraged the TRU community to wear blue and talk about mental health on Bell Media’s Let’s Talk Day, Jan. 31. Events included an emoji-making station on Student Street and campfire outside Old Main, followed by a Bell Let’s Talk dinner at The Den. Read more

ESL Research and PD Colloquium

English as a Second Language held its third annual ESL Research and Professional Development Colloquium on Dec. 13, with presentations covering topics such as strategies to build engagement and success, employment considerations and learner curiosity. Faculty member Karen Densky was recognized with the department’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Mother Language Day on campus

International Mother Language Day celebrations at TRU on Feb. 16 included a public rally; a discussion forum on mother language and cultural identity; and a cultural showcase and dinner. The event promotes multilingualism and linguistic and cultural diversity. Read more

Lunch with the President

A full table of students engaged in conversation and networking at a Lunch with the President for Students on Jan. 30.


Dustin Melan, a fourth-year Natural Resources Sciences student, has won the Student Leadership Award from the Invasive Species Council of BC, recognizing his leadership and dedication to reducing the impact of aquatic invasive species on BC's freshwater ecosystems, through his honours research on invasive yellow perch. Read more

Keith Webster, Open Learning, received a Designing with Open Education Resources (OER) Fellowship from the Open Education Group at Brigham Young University from October 2017 to April 2018. The program aims to increase instructional designers’ capacities to design effective and engaging learning experiences with OER.

The WolfPack Curling club—Corryn Brown, Dezaray Hawes, Erin Pincott and Samantha Fisher—won the Western Canada Women’s University Championship on Feb. 11, and will be going to the U Sports national championship in March. Read more

Joel Wood, Economics, has been appointed as a research fellow with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.

Let’s Remember

Margaret (Marg) Spina was a Kamloops city councillor, Rotarian, volunteer and community champion. Her leadership and commitment in roles with the Thompson Valley Crisis and Counselling Centre, the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism, the Kamloops Food Bank and municipal government made a difference in the lives of British Columbians for over 40 years. For her selfless service to others, including advocacy for the most vulnerable members of the community, she was nominated for a TRU honorary degree, which was duly recommended by the Senate and approved by the Board of Governors last year for presentation at the June 2018 Convocation. Sadly, this was not possible. The degree was presented posthumously at her memorial service on Jan. 20.


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. Thank you!


Hasnat Dewan, Economics

Bo, Li, et al. “Migration Patterns among the Elderly in China: Influence of Health Condition, Medical Insurance and Other Factors.” Proceedings of the 15th Asian Business Research Conference, BIAM Foundation, 22-23 Dec. 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Winner, Best Paper Award.

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

Ng, Alex, Randall K. Kimmel, and Li Zhang. “Do Cross Country Institutional Factors Influence Corporate Social Responsibility? An Examination of United Nations Global Compact Members.” 2017 Cross Country Perspectives in Finance (CCPF) Conference, 15-17 Dec. 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Melissa Schuurman, Program Delivery, and Andrea Crane, Curriculum Services, Open Learning

Schuurman, Melissa, and Andrea Crane. “Grow Up! A Case Study for Analytics Maturity in Distance Education.” Sixteenth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, 4-7 Jan. 2018, Honolulu.


Lyn Baldwin, Biological Sciences

Baldwin, Lyn. “Form Follows Function.” The Goose, vol. 16, no. 2, 2018, article 30.

Angus Duff, Human Enterprise and Innovation

Duff, Angus. “Dress for Distress: The Challenge of Clothing-Related Legislation in 2017.” Canadian HR Reporter, 11 Dec. 2017.

Duff, Angus J. “Compromising Innovative Behaviour with Work Shame.” International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, vol. 8, no. 4, 2017, pp. 249–268. 

Belayet Hossain, Economics

Aziz, Nusrate, Belayet Hossain and Irfan Mowlah. “Does the Quality of Political Institutions Affect Intra-Industry Trade within Trade Blocks? The ASEAN Perspective.” Applied Economics, 26 Jan. 2018, pp. 1–15.

Chris Hunt, Law

Hunt, Chris D. L. Book Review of Privacy Revisited: A Global Perspective on the Right to Be Left Alone, by Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr. Canadian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 6, no. 4, 2017, p. 197.

Chris Hunt and Micah Rankin, Law

Hunt, Chris D. L., and Micah B. Rankin. “R v Bradshaw: The Principled Approach to Hearsay Revisited.” International Journal of Evidence and Proof, vol. 22, no. 1, 2018, pp. 68–78.

Samira Keivanpour, Management, Information & Supply Chain

Keivanpour, Samira, and Daoud Ait Kadi. “Strategic Eco-Design Map of the Complex Products: Toward Visualisation of the Design for Environment.” International Journal of Production Research, 13 Oct. 2017, pp. 1–17.

Keivanpour, Samira, Amar Ramudhin, and Daoud Ait Kadi. “The Sustainable Worldwide Offshore Wind Energy Potential: A Systematic Review.” Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, vol. 9, no. 6, November 2017. 

Michelle Seibel and Florriann Fehr, Nursing

Seibel, L. Michelle, and Florriann Carissa Fehr. “‘They Can Crush You’: Nursing Students’ Experiences of Bullying and the Role of Faculty.” Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, vol. 8, no. 6, 2018, pp. 66–76.


Farima Hakem Zadeh, Human Enterprise & Innovation

Hakem Zadeh, Farima, and Keiwan Wind. "Towards Health-Creating Management." Unleashing a Pandemic of Health from the Workplace: Believing is Seeing, edited by Alejandro R. Jadad et al., Beati Inc., 2017, pp. 153-178.

Wind, Keiwan, and Farima Hakem Zadeh. "An Evolving Conceptual Framework: Taking Advantage of the Power of Self-Assessed Health in the Workplace." Unleashing a Pandemic of Health from the Workplace: Believing is Seeing, edited by Alejandro R. Jadad et al., Beati Inc., 2017, pp. 101-129.

The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy


Chris Hunt and Micah Rankin, Law

Hunt, Chris D. L., Lorne Neudorf, and Micah Rankin. The Annotated Guide to the British Columbia Interpretation Act. Carswell, 2017.

Jeff McLaughlin, Philosophy, History & Politics

McLaughlin, Jeff. The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy. BCcampus, 2017.


Honouring our Elders Luncheon 2018

Feb. 27

Celebrate Aboriginal elders, their wisdom, stories and what they continue to teach us, and enjoy music and traditional dancing. Read more

Aboriginal Awareness Week: Bannock Bake-Off

Feb. 27

Think you’ve mastered your bannock? Bring your best recipe and have it judged by a panel of bannock professionals. Read more

Freedom to Read

Feb. 27

The TRU Library and TNRD Library System present a TNRD Talks panel discussion on issues of censorship and intellectual freedom. Moderated by Shelley Joyce of CBC Daybreak Kamloops. Read more

Startup Academy: Crafting the Perfect Pitch

Feb. 28

TRU Generator workshop presents real-world examples and a template with seven steps for building a compelling pitch. Read more

Aboriginal Awareness Week: fashion show

Feb. 28

Following the week's theme, Reconciliation through Art, this event features the creations of local designers Jill Setah, Dinah Guichon and Ashley Michel, a performance and a talk on what reconciliation means to the Chilcotin Nation. Read more

Consultations on mental health and wellbeing – 1

Feb. 28

The President’s Task Force on Mental Health and Wellbeing invites you to participate in a consultative meeting to share your feedback on the work generated thus far, to inform the working groups' recommendations. 3:30 – 4:15, TRUSU Boardroom.

Arts Colloquium: memories as evidence

Mar. 1

Heather Price, Canada Research Chair in Culture and Communities: Children and the Law, will discuss developments in the study of memory as evidence in the justice system, and questions about the application of memory research to the law. Read more

Science Seminar: Our journey in vet medicine

Mar. 1

TRU alumni Rebeccah Stewart and Tara MacKay present their perspective on preparing for veterinary school and their careers as vets. Read more

Environmental Science Seminar: MSc Showcase

Mar. 1

Hear four-minute presentations about the research that Master of Science in Environmental Science students are conducting. Read more

Live theatre: Twelfth Night

Mar. 1–3, 8–10

The year is 2018—stranded on a mystical island, a young woman protects herself by dressing as a man. Be immersed in Shakespeare’s great wit and bawdy humour. Directed by theatre faculty member Heidi VerweyRead more

Consultations on mental health and wellbeing – 2

Mar. 2

The President’s Task Force on Mental Health and Wellbeing invites you to participate in a consultative meeting to share your feedback on the work generated thus far, to inform the working groups' recommendations. 11:30 – 12:15, OL127.

Law Career Fair 2018

Mar. 2

Current TRU Law students network and learn more about a variety of law firms and the legal profession. Read more

TEDx TRU: Growing Through Our Truths

Mar. 3

Eight speakers address a variety of topics to foster conversations centred on this theme. TEDxTRU is a student-led event for TRU, Kamloops and all regions within Secwépemc territory. Read more

IDays presents: Food, Feminism, Fun and All the Other Fs

Mar. 5

See Mary Walsh, Canadian comedienne of This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame, in a special performance for IDays 2018—Food, Feminism, Fun and All the Other Fs: An Evening with Mary Walsh, Marg Delahunty and Mrs. Eulalia. Read more

IDays 2018 and professional development

Mar. 5–9

Human Resources is offering a week of PD sessions for employees in conjunction with IDays. View the IDays Schedule to sign up for your choice of sessions. Some have limited seating, so sign up early. Get your HR IDays Passport on Mar. 5.

IDays 2018: food for thought, food for life, food for fun

Mar. 5–9

IDays 2018 uses food to explore culture, sustainability and the local-global connection, highlighting four of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

Business Kickstart Speaker: Robyn Larsen

Mar. 6

Former nuclear engineer turned front-end developer, entrepreneur and mentor Robyn Larsen shares her experiences and advice. Read more

Biology and Chemistry Speed Networking

Mar. 6

Mentors with education and/or careers in biology and chemistry share their experiences with students during this event. Read more

Job Fair 2018

Mar. 8

Students meet organization representatives and learn about opportunities in health, information technology, finance, accounting, tourism, trades and more. Read more

Environmental Science Seminar: Permafrost microbial communities

Mar. 8

Alumnus Eric Bottos presents Resolving Ecological Controls on Permafrost Microbial Communities and Responses to Thaw. Read more

Science Seminar: Analytical chemistry in the cannabis industry

Mar. 8

Valens Agritech Ltd. president and director Rob O’Brien presents The Role of Analytical Chemistry in the Cannabis Industry. Read more

TRU Powwow

Mar. 10–11

Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture and knowledge through music and dance with participants from BC, Alberta and the US. Details to come

Startup Academy: Accounting 101 with KPMG

Mar. 14

At the TRU Generator, Michelle Broadway from KPMG covers a variety of topics from an accounting perspective when starting a business. Read more

Live at TRU: Brain

Mar. 15

Spoken word artist, musician and theatre artist Brendan McLeod brings his monologue Brain to the Alumni Theatre for this free performance. Watch the trailer

Arts Colloquium: Gloria Ramirez

Mar. 15

Education faculty member Gloria Ramirez presents. Topic to be announced

Trades and Tech Thursday

Mar. 15

Learn more about opportunities in trades and technology; get answers directly from people in the know. Read more

Long Night against Procrastination

Mar. 15–16

The overnight study event at the main Library offers students study sessions, tutoring and wellness activities, midnight pizza and a Survivor’s Breakfast, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Read more

TRU Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Mar. 20

TRU’s fifth annual 3MT competition challenges graduate students in their second year of study to present their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience—in three minutes or less. Come cheer on our students! Read more

Undergraduate Research & Innovation Conference

Mar. 23–24

Students from across campus share their work through posters or 15-minute lectures at TRU’s 13th annual celebration of undergraduate research. Read more

Science Seminar: when swimming pool research goes viral

Mar. 29

PhD student Lindsay Blackstock of the University of Alberta talks about the health risks of urine in swimming pools and the international media frenzy when her study was published. Read more

Environmental Science Seminar: Climate change and oil sands 

Mar. 29

Andrew Leach of the University of Alberta presents Would Action on Climate Change Strand the Oil Sands? Read more

Arts Colloquium: What is Going to Happen Next

Mar. 29

English faculty member Karen Hofmann presents a literary reading and Q&A on her latest novel, What is Going to Happen Next (NeWest Press, 2017). Read more

Closure for Good Friday and Easter Monday

Mar. 30, Apr. 2

TRU is closed for Easter on both Friday and Monday. If you require assistance on campus on these days, contact campus security at 250-828-5033.