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Bill Best Stepping Down as President of Cambrian College in January 2023

Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2022

Bill Best
SUDBURY – After more than eight years at the helm of Cambrian College, President Bill Best has advised Cambrian’s Board of Governors that he will be concluding his term ahead of schedule to return to his home province of New Brunswick. Bill has accepted the role of Vice President Finance and Administration at the University of New Brunswick.

“It is with the utmost understanding and respect, though not without disappointment, that the Board of Governors has accepted Bill’s resignation,” said Jeff Smith, Chair of Cambrian’s Board of Governors. “The College has enjoyed unprecedented growth, investment and success under Bill’s guidance, all while maintaining a strong financial position for the organization. However, with elderly parents experiencing significant health issues last December that resulted in their inability to live independently, it is important for Bill to be closer to family. As such, on behalf of the Board, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Bill and wish him every success as he assumes his new role back home.”

Bill has led a strong and dynamic team at Cambrian, and under his guidance, the College has:

  • Established itself as a true, year-round global post-secondary institution featuring six intakes per year;
  • Launched over 25 new programs and became a degree-granting institution with the launch of a stand-alone Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree and, most recently, a Bachelor of Business Administration (HBBA);
  • Evolved into one of Canada’s leading applied research colleges and launched the Centre for Smart Mining – the first of its kind in the country;
  • Advanced meaningful action toward Truth and Reconciliation, and been recognized nationally for the College’s support for Indigenous learners;
  • Internationalized the College and community through the attraction of international students from 67 countries;
  • Stabilized the College’s built environment with over $40M invested in deferred maintenance, classroom equipment and campus modernization, solidifying the College for years to come; and
  • Established a sound fiscal framework, generating annual surpluses that have been reinvested into campus revitalization and enhancing the student, staff, and partner experience.

“It has been a true privilege to serve the Cambrian and Sudbury communities these past eight years, and I am most appreciative of the opportunity to lead an incredibly talented and dedicated group of people – it has been the highlight of my leadership career,” said Best. “As a team, we have made Cambrian a post-secondary destination for students and staff alike, solidifying our reputation not just in the North but across the province and globally. I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I will truly miss the faculty, staff, and students at the College. I have cherished my time at Cambrian and in Sudbury, but it is now time to put family first and for me to return home.”

Best’s impact in the local community is extensive, serving as the inaugural chair of the Kivi Park Community Foundation, as a director of the Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation and NORCAT, and as a volunteer competitive basketball coach. He is also active across the college sector and, among other things, served as a faculty member of the College’s and Institutes Canada (CiCan) Leadership Institute, and provincially as Chair of both the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association and the Ontario Colleges Library Services.

Best’s last day will be January 3, 2023, at which point Shawn Poland, Vice President External Partnerships, Strategic Enrolment, and Executive Director, Cambrian College Foundation will assume the role of Interim President.

“Bill has been an inspiring and influential leader whose steady hand has certainly left its mark on the College and the community. His Cambrian family will miss him,” commented Poland. “Thanks to our current strategic plan, and the skilled and passionate Cambrian team, we have the roadmap and people to ensure that the College is well-positioned to welcome our next President.”

Cambrian’s Board of Governors has begun the process of retaining an executive recruitment firm to assist in the search for a new President. Further information on the search process will be available in the coming weeks.


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Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2022

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