Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team at University Canada West sets the strategic direction of the university and leads its implementation to achieve the university’s goals. The team is accountable for ensuring high standards of excellence across academics, programs, operations and student satisfaction.

Brock dykeman
Brock Dykeman, President

Brock Dykeman was named president of University Canada West in January 2019. Prior to that, he was VP Academic since September 2016. 

Previously, he had a career in state post-secondary institutions. He started his university career at Thompson Rivers University where he taught accounting; was BBA Program Coordinator, International Liaison for the School of Business and Economics; and Interim Dean of the School of Business and Economics.  

At Vancouver Island University, he was MBA Program Director and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Management and of the Faculty of International Education.  

Brock's career has been dedicated to bringing quality business education to underserved populations – with a strong emphasis on international education.  Brock has taught in China and has travelled on university business to many countries.  He has managed international partnership programs in China, India and the UK.

Cyndi Banks, VP Academic

Before joining UCW, Dr. Banks was the Associate Vice President of Student Success at Capilano University, where she built a centre for student success with centrally co-located learning and support resources for students.

Dr. Banks received her doctorate in criminology from the University of Cambridge. She spent 16 years as professor of criminology and criminal justice (now emeritus) at Northern Arizona University. She served roles including chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice and dean of University College.

Dr. Banks has worked in the Yukon, Alaska and overseas and has more than 25 years of experience in project implementation in developing countries in the fields of juvenile justice, probation, justice policy, women’s rights and children’s rights.

Dr. Banks worked for many years as a criminologist in Papua New Guinea, where she set up its Probation and Parole Service. She consulted on children’s rights and juvenile justice projects for the United Nations and other donor organizations in Bangladesh, Iraq, Kurdistan, Timor Leste, South Sudan and Myanmar.

She is the author of ten books and numerous articles, including Criminal Justice Ethics, 5th edition; Youth, Crime and Justice; Developing Cultural Criminology: Theory and Practice in Papua New Guinea; Youth & Justice; Reconstructing Justice in Iraq; Women in Transition; Alaska Native Juveniles in Detention; and Comparative, International, and Global Justice: Perspectives from Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Mary Ross
Mary Ross, Registrar

Mary was born, raised and educated in Newfoundland, Canada.

Beginning with the Marine Institute of Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mary has built a career as a registrar in post-secondary education, with university and college positions in both eastern and western Canada as well as the United States.

Mary’s areas of expertise include strategic enrolment management, strategic technology development and campus cultural transformation. While working in the United States, she spearheaded an initiative that resulted in the design of a one-stop enrolment centre for students that enabled a “wrap-around” system of services in a visible, easily accessible environment.

Student development and well-being are at the core of Mary’s leadership style, the focus of her decisions and her primary interest. In her leadership role, she has developed and practices a mentorship environment to encourage those around her to do their best work, develop their abilities and find their unique path to success.

In addition to her ongoing professional activities in post-secondary leadership, Mary published her first book in May 2019. Writing is her passion and self-confessed obsession. 

Sitora Azimova, VP Administration

Sitora has more than 15 years of experience in managing B2B commercial operations, both in the UK and internationally.

She has been with Global University Systems since its creation and has been instrumental in business transformation, expansion into new markets and the integration of GUS’ shared services.

Prior to working at GUS, Sitora worked extensively in the field of international executive recruitment.

UCW Herneet Dhillon
Herneet Dhillon, Director, People & Culture

Herneet is responsible for human resources and executive support at University Canada West.

She is a graduate of the University of East London, where she received a BA (honours) in Education and Community Studies.

After teaching at Thomas’s Preparatory School in London, UK, Herneet moved into administration at private equity firm Cabot Square Capital. She joined UCW in 2014.