New Leaders Appointed to BCCIE’s Board of Directors

The BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) has welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors. With diverse experience in education and a long-standing tradition of community service, Paul Dangerfield and Dr. Geoff Payne bring valuable insight and experience to the BCCIE board.

BCCIE’s Board of Directors oversees the organization’s mandate in advancing the international education interests of the government and people of British Columbia.

Paul Dangerfield is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Capilano University. In his role, Paul is leading Capilano University forward in pursuit of its vision and mission as a regional university that promotes student success, career preparation, and life readiness for graduates to contribute as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.

Previously, Paul was the Executive Director and Vancouver campus dean of the New York Institute of Technology, and was Dean of Capilano University’s Faculty of Business and Professional Studies from 2006 to 2009. Prior to his role with the New York Institute of Technology, Paul was the vice-president of Education, Research, and International with British Columbia Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2014. From 1985, Dangerfield spent 20 years with the Canadian Forces in a variety of increasingly senior roles that included Chief of Staff, Commanding Officer, and Vice-President of Human Resources.

Paul holds a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Carleton University. 

Dr. Geoff Payne is the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia. A founding faculty member at the Northern Medical Program, Geoff came to UNBC in June 2004 to teach Physiology following a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and John B. Pierce Laboratory.

He is also currently a Professor with Division of Medical Sciences in the field of Vascular Physiology. During his time at UNBC, Geoff has served in several leadership roles including the inaugural Assistant Dean for Education and Research between 2009-2015 and the founding Director of the UNBC Health Research Institute.

He holds a PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland in the field of Cardiovascular and Renal Physiology. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience and his Master of Science in Neuroscience and Pharmacology from Memorial University.


Randall Martin, Executive Director, BCCIE

“We are honoured to welcome Paul and Geoff as new members of BCCIE’s Board. Their core values and leadership experience will help guide BCCIE in advancing international education in BC and will bring a new depth of commitment and expertise to our organization. Their strategic commitment to enhancing the student experience will be vital in these times. I look forward to working with both in their new roles.”