Vice-President, Community Engagement, University of the Fraser Valley
Susan Mide Kiss recently joined the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) as the Vice-President, Community Engagement. Prior to her new role at UFV, Susan worked at the University of Calgary (UCalgary) for 15 years, most recently as the Senior Director, Community Engagement. Earlier in her tenure at UCalgary, Susan held a leadership role with a health research initiative in the Cumming School of Medicine.
Susan’s professional background spans more than two decades and includes a number of health charities and public sector organizations both in British Columbia and Alberta. She is deeply committed to working in a good way and exploring wise and ethical engagement practices with Indigenous and other equity-deserving communities. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, a graduate certificate from the American University (Washington D.C.) and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University (RRU). Susan is working towards a Doctorate of Social Sciences with the College of Interdisciplinary Studies at RRU.
Susan was an active member of the Aligning Institutions for Community Impact (AICI) Working Group in the CFICE project and joined the Community Campus Engage Canada (CCEC) Steering Committee in May 2019. An enthusiastic volunteer, Susan served on the Board of Directors of Youth Singers of Calgary from 2011 to 2018 and is a strong supporter of United Way. After living and working in Calgary and raising her two children in Treaty 7 Territory in Southern Alberta, Susan is grateful to return home to the Fraser Valley, to the land of the Stó:lō (people of the river).