McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Kent Highnam as Dean at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Kent will continue to ensure the school remains the premier education and training center in British Columbia and Canada. He will ensure sustainability through the development and implementation of relevant programs, credentials, and applied research to meet the needs of students, clients, and communities.

Kent brings 24 years of experience providing conflict and dispute resolution mediation, facilitation, and coaching services to private and public sector clients. Throughout that time, he grew in progressive leadership responsibilities and capabilities. His commitment and passion for the work of the Justice Institute of British Columbia will serve him well as Dean. 

As Canada’s leading public safety educator, the Justice Institute of British Columbia embraces its mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training, and research. The Institute provides exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development, and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide.

This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull Principal Alex Verdecchia, Director of Operations Heather Cameron, Senior Consultant Brittany Stansfield, and Research Associate Alina Ivanets.