UFV’s Alumni Association elected a new Chair at their AGM in September. Nav Bains, 2013 graduate of the Bachelor of Business Association, and a marketing specialist for G&F Financial Group took the reins from Nik Venema, 2012 graduate of the Bachelor of Business Association, and an associate advisor at RBC Dominion Securities. Venema will continue to work with the association as chair emeritus.
“I am excited to start working with our board of directors, alumni association, valued partners, and the community of UFV. We are in a phase of transition, and we look forward to building on the momentum that past Chair, Nik Venema, created for the Alumni Association,” Bains said in an email.
Venema said the association has known for a little over two years that Bains would carry on as Chair. The association’s bylaws outline a succession plan for Chair: when the Vice-Chair is elected, they also become Chair-Elect. Once the Chair has finished their last term, they are expected to remain in an advisory capacity.
At the September AGM, Ali Siemens was elected to the role of Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect.
“It’s been an absolute privilege to serve my alma mater and my fellow alumni for the past several years as Chair, and for the last half decade on the board in other roles,” Venema said.
Chair Emeritus is an ex-officio board member, and expected to advise the incoming Chair, as well as build partnerships and strengthen relationships for the association.
“In addition to these things, I’ll continue my efforts as a proud alumnus to support the establishment of new endowed leadership awards, bursaries, and scholarships at UFV to help our current students… and future alumni,” Venema said.
“[Nav is] an incredible leader, a man of character, and I can tell you he cares deeply about our university. I have the utmost confidence in Nav and his team.”