BOWEN Group’s CEO Shannon Bowen-Smed to Become Bow Valley College’s Board Chair


Calgary (April 22, 2021) – Bow Valley College, a public, board-governed college operating as a comprehensive community institution under the Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta, today announced the appointment of Shannon Bowen-Smed as Chairwoman of its Board of Governors effective July 1, 2021. Shannon Bowen-Smed will succeed Dave Collyer, who has held the role of Board Chair since 2014 and will finish his term on June 30, 2021.

“I am truly honoured and humbled by the opportunity to assume the Board Chair position with Bow Valley College. As someone who has spent my career connecting great people with great jobs, I can say that Bow Valley College has been instrumental in helping employers source some of the world’s brightest,” says Shannon Bowen-Smed. “My deep appreciation to the outgoing Chair Dave Collyer, the Board of Governors and the Bow Valley College team for all the incredible work they have done. This College has and will continue to play a significant role as an economic lever to Calgary and Canada’s future, and I am thrilled to be part of that journey.”

Shannon is a proud Calgarian, bringing extensive workforce and industry knowledge to Bow Valley College and to the Calgary community. She has a deep understanding of the Canadian labour sector and is frequently recognized for her workplace and employment issues expertise. Shannon is a champion for competency-based education and work-integrated learning and is committed to strengthening and diversifying Alberta’s workforce. 

She has been honoured as a United Nations SHEInnovator and one of Canada’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs among many other industry awards for her entrepreneurial leadership. Shannon is a committed philanthropist and holds leadership positions in several key organizations in Calgary, including Calgary Economic Development.