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Following an open recruitment competition, Farrington was selected as the successful candidate for board chair. She is the CEO of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and previously served as CEO of the Athabasca Tribal Council. In addition to her advocacy within the Indigenous community, she was a criminal litigator for several years, working as both an assistant Crown attorney and as a defence lawyer.

“Ms. Farrington’s demonstrated excellence in community-building and Indigenous issues, along with her extensive leadership experience, makes her the right person for the job. I’m confident she will serve the best interests of students, staff and faculty. I look forward to seeing Keyano College grow and prosper under her leadership and guidance.”

Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education

Public members on post-secondary boards play an essential role by providing leadership and representing the interests of Albertans. The chair represents the Board of Governors to the minister of Advanced Education. Post-secondary boards are responsible for guiding the future of the institution and are accountable for ensuring that public funds are used in a fiscally responsible manner.

“I believe that Keyano College plays an important role, not only in Fort McMurray, but in the region as a whole. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to help Keyano College move toward a bright future.”

Maggie Farrington, chair of the Board of Governors, Keyano College

“Keyano College and the entire Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will benefit from the leadership of Ms. Farrington. She is a dedicated community advocate who will work tirelessly to ensure our institution is focused on excellence.”

Trent Keough, president and CEO, Keyano College

Farrington has a wealth of volunteer experience and is a publicly elected director on the national board of Colleges and Institutes of Canada. She also serves as the chair of the Wood Buffalo Housing board of directors. Previously, she was vice-chair of the Wood Buffalo Wildfire Recovery Committee and director of Aboriginal and Rural Relations for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Farrington holds both a bachelor of arts and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto, and a master of arts in organization leadership from Gonzaga University. She has been designated as chair of the Board of Governors of Keyano College for a three-year term.

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