Chancellor's Office


Geoff Plant, QC

Geoff Plant is a partner in the Vancouver law firm Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP, where he provides legal and public policy advice and representation to public and private sector clients, and works as a mediator and arbitrator. He was elected to the BC Legislature in 1996 and from 2001 to 2005 served as Attorney General of BC and Minister responsible for Treaty Negotiations. He was the Minister responsible for the Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform and the New Relationship, the first-ever political accord between the BC government and the Province's three Aboriginal political organizations.

Geoff has undertaken a number of projects since leaving politics, including producing the report known as Access and Excellence: the Campus 2020 Plan for BC's Post-Secondary Education. He has taught public law at the UBC and University of Victoria law faculties. Geoff obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and has law degrees from Southampton, Dalhousie and Cambridge Universities. Geoff is also Board Chair of Providence Health Care, the BC Land Title & Survey Authority, the Canada West Foundation and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. In 2012, he was named one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada" in the "Changemaker" category by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Chancellor Emeritus

John (Jake) C. Kerr, CM, OBC, LL.D

Jake Kerr is the founding Chancellor of Emily Carr University and our first Chancellor Emeritus. He is Co-Chair of the Emily Carr Campaign Cabinet, a Director of the Bank of Nova Scotia and Past Chair of the Vancouver Foundation. In 2009, he established the John C. Kerr Chancellor Awards to reward the academic and creative achievements of the top design, media and visual arts undergraduates at the university's annual convocation. Jake is Majority Owner and Managing Partner of Vancouver Professional Baseball LLP. Jake, along with his business partner, Jeff Mooney, acquired the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club in 2007.

Prior to 2005, for 35 years, Jake was Chair and CEO of Lignum Limited, one of Canada's largest private forest products companies. He was previously with the International Paper Company in New York and was active in the advertising business at Botsford Advertising in San Francisco.

Jake is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia in recognition of his significant contributions to the province and country. In 2014, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from Emily Carr and in 2000, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from SFU. He was educated at UBC and received his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. Jake is a member of the Chief Executive Organization and Past Chair of the International and BC Chapters of the Young Presidents' Organization.