A new dean at Camosun College rings in the new school year.

“I am pleased to announce that Joan Yates accepted the position of Dean of our School of Business, effective August 1, 2009,” says Baldev Pooni, Vice President, Education and Student Services.

Yates holds a Master of Education from the University of Calgary in Adult and Workplace Learning, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina, and also has a professional designation from the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Yates has been very involved in educational development at Camosun and across Canada. In addition to faculty responsibilities at Camosun, she has taught marketing, corporate social responsibility, public relations and management courses at the university and college level.

Yates served two terms as Chair of Camosun’s Education Council; was a member of the Camosun Board of Governors until this summer; and was responsible for chairing and presenting at provincial and national conferences including the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).  Her work as a member of the program review and renewal team in the Education Support and Development area has been especially gratifying.

Yates is particularly committed to ensuring that the School of Business remains competitive by offering quality applied programs and by meeting the needs of the next generation of Victoria business leaders. “Students today face dramatic change including shifts in enterprise, the environment, technology and of course the economy,” says Yates. “Our challenge is making sure that they leave Camosun ready to adapt and to participate fully in what will inevitably be an exciting era.”

Yates joined Camosun College in 1991 as Manager, College Relations, which later became the Executive Director, the Camosun Foundation and Director, College and Community Relations, and held that position until 1999 when she left to pursue a career in the private sector.

While working as a partner and consultant for Indaba Communications and Training Inc., she stayed connected to the college by taking term teaching contracts within the School of Business and becoming a continuing instructor in the school in 2003.

Subsequently Yates became the Program Leader within the school for various programs, and in 2007 was instrumental in having Camosun qualify to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration-Marketing Communications Management major.

Prior to moving to Victoria, Yates held the position of Director of Communications, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation. Her industry experience includes marketing, communications and public relations management positions in Saskatchewan.

 “Joan’s appointment resulted after a lengthy, vigorous search process that attracted a huge pool of highly qualified applicants from across Canada as well as internationally,” says Pooni. We’re very pleased to have one of ‘our own’ in this important leadership role.”


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Media contact:


Baldev Pooni, Vice President, Education and Student Services

Camosun College    e: waterman@camosun.bc.ca

p: 250-370-4543


Joan Yates, Dean, School of Business

e:  sofbus@camosun.bc.ca

 p: 250-370-4565