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Mike Bacchus appointed incoming Chair of NorQuest Board of Governors

May 5, 2022

The students, staff, and faculty of NorQuest College are pleased to welcome Mr. Mike Bacchus to the Board of Governors for NorQuest College. Mr. Bacchus will be taking on the role of Board Chair effective July 1, 2022, from outgoing Chair, Carla Madra.

“NorQuest is an important institution for Alberta’s post-secondary system, and one of the most welcoming and culturally diverse campuses in our province," said Hon. Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister, Alberta Advanced Education. "As a board chair, supporting a culture of engagement, building a vision, and creating partnerships are critical elements to success, and Mike Bacchus brings that and more to NorQuest and our post-secondary community in Alberta.”

The chair of the NorQuest College Board of Governors fulfills a vital role in supporting NorQuest’s ability to serve its learners and community, and advance the aims of the college’s new strategic plan, NorQuest 2030.

“NorQuest College is well known for the clear and vital role it fulfills in Alberta’s economy and in the lives of its students,” said Mike Bacchus, incoming chair of the NorQuest College Board of Governors. “I am honored and excited to help build upon NorQuest’s vision for a post-secondary experience that is inclusive of all and impactful across Alberta.”

The Board of Governors provides oversight of NorQuest College through the authority of the Post-Secondary Learning Act through effective governance structures and consistent processes. Board governed since 1998, NorQuest College operates under the authority of the Post-Secondary Learning Act and is responsible to Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education. The Board represents the public in its oversight and stewardship of the public resources provided to NorQuest College.

“We thank Carla Madra for her exceptional dedication to NorQuest College, and for her steady guidance and oversight of NorQuest’s Board of Governors,” said Carolyn Campbell, President and CEO of NorQuest College. "Mike Bacchus will be an outstanding chair and ensure a smooth transition from Carla Madra. We look forward to working with Mike to achieve the goals set out in NorQuest 2030 and ensure NorQuest continues to be a critical piece of Alberta’s economic wellbeing.”

Mr. Bacchus is the CEO at Optimum Talent, a division of Arthur J Gallagher, and is well-regarded for his long-time experience in executive roles and leadership development and his extensive board and community involvement.

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