Selkirk College, Attn: Neil Coburn
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
Born and raised in Hamilton Ontario, I moved to Waterloo and completed undergraduate and graduate work in mathematics and in computer science at the University of Waterloo. I also completed a degree in education at Western University. Along the way, I have had a variety of professional experiences as a bank management trainee, teaching high school math, as a research professor, and in software development. In the mid-1990s I moved, with my wife and three sons, to the Nelson area and began working at Selkirk College.
Selkirk has provided me with many opportunities for growth and development; as an instructor, Department Head, Dean and, since 2011, as Vice President Education.
I think community colleges play a vital role in the health and well-being of their communities; especially in rural regions like ours. I am excited to help provide meaningful, rewarding learning opportunities for those in our region and beyond. We have a richly diverse population of students and employees: from our local region, with an indigenous heritage, from across Canada, and from more than twenty countries around the world. I hope to find even more ways to integrate our programs, services and initiatives to support the economic, cultural and environmental sustainability of West Kootenay/Boundary communities.