Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is Canada’s only polytechnic university, serving a large and densely populated region in the Metro Vancouver region of BC.  Our distinct campus experience is essential to understanding how community engagement functions in regions with increased immigration, an expanded International student context, and a rise in adult learners.  Almost 20,000 students annually take courses from a range of programs from arts to trades, and our adaptable organizational culture is evident in the rapid development of unique programs, and in our small class sizes.  Vision 2023, announced to the KPU community in 2018, speaks to our role as a progressive polytechnic university and includes a stated commitment to offer experiential learning opportunities in all programs.

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Alan Davis, President and Vice-Chancellor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Alan Davis

President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Alan Davis was appointed President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University September 1, 2012. A native of Reading, England, Dr. Davis has held leadership positions at renowned institutions in the United States and Canada, including roles at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College. Most recently, he served as President of Empire State College at the State University of New York.

Dr. Davis is a member of the Board of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and has served on various committees and commissions with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Council for Education. He is past President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and is on the Board of the Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research.

Stephanie Chu

Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning

As Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning, Stephanie values the potential influence that personal experiences and community engagement have on one’s learning and one’s practice, as well as on the broader community.  At the forefront of new initiatives, partnerships and programs, which best serve KPU and broader communities, she appreciates diverse perspectives and multifaceted approaches to enhance learning and growth.  An educational developer for almost three decades, prior to arriving at KPU in 2016, Stephanie served as the former director of Simon Fraser University’s Teaching and Learning Centre and continues to be an adjunct professor at SFU.  She roundly acknowledges that “everyone has complementary expertise to contribute towards a shared vision.”

Stephanie Chu, Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Marlyn Graziano, Vice President, External Affairs, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Marlyn Graziano

Vice President, External Affairs

Marlyn’s portfolio includes community engagement, stakeholder relations, government, media relations, corporate communications, issues management, alumni relations, marketing and recruitment and advancement.  She is responsible for managing and coordinating external relationships in all KPU communities and developing and maintaining government relationships at the local, provincial and federal levels.

Larissa Petrillo

Fellowship, Experiential Education and Community Engagement

Larissa Petrillo has been involved in experiential learning for a decade, beginning with the initial years of UBC’s Learning Exchange. Since that time, she has led more than a dozen community-engaged courses, most recently as the Coordinator of KPU's Certificate in NGO and Nonprofit Studies which sees regular collaboration with nonprofit partners. She currently serves a Fellowship in Experiential Education and Community Engagement at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and has co-developed KPU’s experiential learning website


Larissa Petrillo, Fellowship, Experiential Education and Community Engagement, Kwantlen Polytechnic University