Liz Bicknell appointed to Royal Roads University Board of Governors

A communications specialist with a thirty-year career in the British Columbia public service has been appointed by the provincial government to the Royal Roads University Board of Governors effective July 31, 2016.

Before retiring in 2015, Liz Bicknell provided advice and issues management counsel at the most senior levels of the provincial government, working in public engagement, community outreach and strategic planning positions. Her expertise extended to numerous departments, including the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

“Liz brings invaluable skills to the board that will benefit our team,” says Chancellor Wayne Strandlund. “Her wealth of experience is a welcome asset.”

Before coming to Canada in 1984, Bicknell served with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Africa, working in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya in a position that held full diplomatic privileges. During her six-year tenure with UNHCR, Bicknell assisted with negotiations during a hostage-taking incident at Entebbe Airport, Uganda, and helped Mother Teresa establish the Missionaries of Charity orphanages in Ethiopia.

“We are delighted to welcome Liz to the board at Royal Roads,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Cahoon. “Her significant expertise in the public sector along with her extensive international work will be very helpful as RRU develops its plans for the future.”