Kwantlen President launches own investigation into scandal that includes his own contract

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University has launched a review into how certain contracts are issued at the school, in the wake of a scandal that implicates a man now in Premier Christy Clark’s cabinet.

A government report released last week found that Kwantlen staff failed to properly disclose information about senior executives’ salaries.

That included Amrik Virk, who was chair of the school’s human resources committee at the time, and who is now B-C’s Advanced Education Minister.

Virk denied allegations last spring that he funnelled $100,000 dollars from Kwantlen’s bursary money to top up the school’s incoming president’s salary.

That president, Alan Davis, now says he’s going to review the issue himself.

He says in a statement he is “very troubled” by the situation.

Davis says the results will be shared with the public later this summer.


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  1. The revelation that others at KPU received compensation in excess of public sector guidelines might suggest that this practice is widespread. If there is a will, there is a way to get around obstacles….

    There needs to be more oversight at other advanced public educational institutions-but it would be poor optics if it were conducted under the present minister.