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New five-year term to provide leadership to 2027

The Board of Governors of the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is pleased to announce the re-appointment of President and CEO, Dr. Michel Tarko. Dr. Tarko will continue in this executive role for a third, five-year term, ensuring continuity of leadership for the Institute until June 30, 2027.

Dr. Tarko became JIBC’s fifth president and CEO on October 1, 2012, and is currently in the fifth year of his second term. His re-appointment follows a thorough process that the Board carried out through annual performance reviews governing the renewal of the presidential term.

Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC President and CEO
Dr. Michel Tarko has been re-appointed for a third, five-year term as JIBC President and CEO.

Dr. Tarko has spearheaded several critical new programs over the past five years, including post-baccalaureate diplomas in law enforcement and disaster management and a new Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Analysis. He has also led the development of the JIBC strategic plan looking out to 2027 and championed the opening of the Aboriginal Gathering Place and the raising of the Indigenous Welcome Post at the Institute’s New Westminster campus, underscoring JIBC’s commitment to Indigenization.

As we look toward the future, the Board of Governors understands that the world is a very different place than it was just 18 months ago. We have appreciated how the JIBC team has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic under Dr. Tarko’s leadership. We remain proud of their role in educating and training those who serve B.C. communities through public safety, justice, and social justice programs.

The Board has complete confidence in Dr. Tarko in meeting the challenges ahead. He is a values-based and forward-thinking leader surrounded by a team of committed staff and faculty who continue to work diligently and collectively to ensure JIBC's success.


Dr. Stephen Gamble,
Chair, Board of Governors


For more on Dr. Michel Tarko visit his bio.



Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.