Kwantlen Polytechnic University conducts its own review of controversial payments

President launches university review of payments flagged in provincial government review.

Alan Davis is president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced its own review of executive compensation after a provincial government review declared the university broke the rules by making two pre-employment payments of $50,000 each to president Alan Davis and former vice-president Anne Lavack.

The announcement was made by Davis, who said “the recipients, including myself, were unaware that these contracts might be non-compliant in some way with B.C. public sector regulations.”

Davis said it was clear that before he became president “there was an established pattern of issuing pre-employment consulting contracts to people being hired to senior positions” and other such contracts were issued before the two that attracted government attention.

“I am therefore conducting my own review of these issues, using independent external resources as required,” Davis said in a written statement released by the university.

Davis said the results and recommendations of his review “will be shared with the KPU Board and, to the extent allowed by legal and privacy regulations, with the broader KPU community and the public later this summer.”

A report by assistant deputy minister Rob Mingay found “failures by Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) to disclose as required” and to make a detailed disclosure.

Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk, a former Langley RCMP inspector until he was elected to the legislature last May, was on the university’s board when the payments were made.

The report did not suggest penalties for Virk or the university but called for rewritten compensation reporting guidelines “emphasize that transparency is the overarching intent of the guidelines.”

The opposition New Democrats complained the payments were not included in the reported salaries of the two executives, but were recorded instead as payments to suppliers of goods and services. They have also called for Virk’s resignation from cabinet.

Just Posted

Fort Langley wakes up to a flower bombing

A team from a village floral shop wanted to do a beautification project.

Abbotsford mom stuck in Africa over adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran have been waiting four weeks to bring son home

Township mayor Jack Froese talks short- and long-term goals for third term

Tree bylaw, pot sales among topics that will need attention in coming months

Used election signs could serve as emergency shelters, candidate says

Langley council hopeful wants to build one-person foul weather shelters for homeless

ELECTION: Langley School Board a mix of incumbents and newcomers

Seven people were elected to oversee the public schools of Langley.

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

Aldergrove men’s soccer action photos

Aldergrove United Soccer Club’s Div. 4 Rovers in action versus the visiting Wakanda FC .

Most Read