Karen Keilty joins Quest University Canada’s Board of Governors

SQUAMISH, BRITISH COLUMBIA, August 28, 2014 – The Board of Governors of Quest University Canada has announced the appointment of Karen Keilty, CPA, FCA to Quest’s Board. Keilty’s appointment expands the Board to eight members who oversee all aspects of the University's operation as it continues to expand its impact on Canadian higher education.

“We are delighted to add Karen's business acumen and wealth of experience in not-for-profit governance to our Board,” states David Helfand, President and Vice Chancellor for Quest University Canada.

Keilty brings over 30 years of experience in audit and advisory services. An accomplished auditor experienced in conducting large, complex audit engagements, Keilty spent 30 years at Deloitte including 20 years as a partner. Keilty recently served as Leader and Director of Operations of Deloitte’s Audit practice in British Columbia with the responsibility for the organizational leadership and management of a team of 200 professionals delivering audit and advisory services to many private and public sector clients throughout British Columbia.

“I have been impressed with what Quest has achieved to date by focusing on its core values and finding ways to innovate,” says Karen Keilty. “I look forward to working with the Board to assure Quest's future success.”

With a strong commitment to community and BC, Karen serves as a commissioner for the BC Utilities Commission and as a corporate director. She is a past president and a counsel member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, a past Director of the BC Paraplegic Foundation, Past Chair of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, past board founding member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Past Director of the BC Chamber of Commerce, and a Past Chair of Women’s Addiction.

About Quest University Canada:

Quest University Canada, the country’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular university, opened its doors in September 2007 in Squamish, British Columbia. Its vision was to build a new kind of university focused on excellence in undergraduate education. Quest’s simple philosophy is that education, in its truest sense, comes not from providing the right answers, but from learning how to ask insightful questions. This philosophy has driven the development of a campus and a curriculum focused on producing broadly educated individuals with an informed perspective on the problems of the twenty-first century, and the integrative abilities to address them. Quest’s unique approach to learning offers: all seminar classes with a maximum of 20 students, a Block-Plan style of learning in which students focus on just one subject at a time for a month, unprecedented access to faculty mentors, a rigorous Foundation program that spans the arts and sciences, and the requirement that each student shape his or her course of study by posing a unique “Question” that directs the final two years of work. For the last four years, Quest has been ranked first in Canada in all five measures of educational excellence in the National Survey of Student Engagement. 

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