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About the President
Ajay Patel was confirmed as president of Vancouver Community College (VCC) on January 24, 2020. He first joined VCC in May 2019 as Vice-President, Enterprise and International Development.
Ajay has over 20 years of post-secondary experience, and has consistently distinguished himself for his strategic leadership and for his inspiration and support for students, employees, and the whole community.
Prior to joining VCC, Ajay served as Vice President, External Development at Langara College. In that position, he was responsible for Langara’s College Advancement and the Langara Foundation, as well as for Communications and Marketing, Continuing Studies, Institutional Research, and International Education.
Born in Fiji, Ajay moved to Canada in 1975 at age 6, and grew up in East Vancouver. He graduated from VCC’s Human Performance program in 1992, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.
Following his education, Ajay had a distinguished and award-winning career in British Columbia’s amateur and competitive sports community. Ajay was Chief Executive Officer first of Badminton BC then Gymnastic BC, and for 12 years he served as Chef de Mission of Team BC for the Canada Winter and Summer Games. During this period, Ajay also served on the Sport BC Board, the BC Recreation and Parks Association, Vancouver Sport for Life, the Vancouver Active Communities Network Steering Committee, the BC Athlete Voice Board of Directors, the Coaching Association of British Columbia, the 2010 BC Wheelchair Basketball World Championships Bid Committee, the British Columbia Sport and Recreation Leadership Council, and as a director for SBC Insurance. Additionally, Ajay was the Chair for the Vancouver Sport Strategy and sat on the City of Vancouver Healthy City for All Leadership Table.
In 2001, Ajay moved into the post-secondary world as a kinesiology instructor at Langara College, where he rose through a series of increasingly influential positions over the next two decades. These included Chair of the Kinesiology Department, Division Chair in Health Sciences, Dean of International Education, Associate Vice President, International and External Development and, finally, Vice President, External Development.
As a provincial leader in the international education sector, Ajay played a key role in securing the University Mobility in Asia Pacific (UMAP) International Secretariat at VCC from 2021 to 2026. He recently completed his term as Board Chair for the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in December 2022, and will continue as a Past Board Chair and board member until the end of 2023. He also represents BC Colleges on the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE), and sits as Board Vice Chair and on their Finance and HR Committee. Ajay was appointed to the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan) Board of Directors as an At-Large Director from head of an institution.
Ajay’s ongoing commitment to International Education across the post-secondary sector was recognized in 2019 with the BC Council for International Education Distinguished Leadership Award.
Ajay has received numerous other awards including the City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer of the Year, the Sport BC President’s Award, and the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award in 2021.
In 2022, Ajay was appointed to the Multicultural Advisory Council of BC. The Advisory Council is appointed by Lieutenant Governor in Council and is to advise the Minister for Multiculturalism on issues respecting anti-racism and multiculturalism. Beginning in January 2023, Ajay will serve as a member on Metro Vancouver’s ‘Invest Vancouver Management Board’. He also sits on the Creative Technology Education Committee for DigiBC.
At VCC, one of Ajay’s priorities is to lead the college into a promising future by implementing the Strategic Innovation Plan, including a Campus Master Plan designed to guide VCC’s development over the next 10 years.
VCC announces Ajay Patel as permanent President and CEO of Vancouver Community College.
Executive Assistant to the President