Dr Lane Trotter

Dr. Lane Trotter
President and CEO


Dr. Lane Trotter joined Langara College as its third President and CEO on January 20, 2014. Since joining the College he has overseen the development of Langara’s first Academic Plan in 2014, a new Strategic Plan (2015), and a multi year integrated priorities plan (2016). As well, over this period Langara has successfully pursued an internationalisation strategy and is working to enhance its programs and services for first nations, aboriginal and indigenous students.

Prior to joining Langara he served as the Senior Vice President, Academic, at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario where he led a successful strategic enrolment management initiative, launching 26 new programs and two new degrees. He was also involved in the development and launch of several new campus locations including the Centre for Applied Transportation Technologies (2011), Centre for Digital and Performing Arts, and the Aviation Centre.

While he was in Ontario, he contributed his expertise to Colleges Ontario, the umbrella organization representing all 24 Ontario colleges, served as an expert panelist for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities’ visioning sessions for all 24 colleges and 20 universities, participated in the development of Colleges Ontario’s proposal to offer three-year applied and four-year honours degrees, and was one of the lead authors for the creation of a province-wide Ontario Online Institute.

Over his 24-year career Dr. Trotter also served as a Dean at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario. While at BCIT, he was instrumental in the development of the education and business plan for the Aerospace Campus, which opened in 2007. He also spent a number of years serving in different roles in BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education.

Dr. Trotter is the author of many papers and presentations on higher education administration, governance, academic freedom and comparative education systems. He has also been active in a variety of national committees and local, provincial, and national boards. He is currently the Chair of the Council of Presidents of BC Colleges and actively involved with the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

He earned his Doctorate of Education from Simon Fraser University (2010) and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria (1992).

Originally from Smithers, BC, Dr. Trotter has been married for over 27 years to his spouse Loretta, and they have two adult children.