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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Contacting the General Counsel and Secretariat


805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8


Phone: 250-828-5003
Fax: 250-828-5394

Organizational Chart

John Sparks

John Sparks

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Phone: 250-828-5002 | Email:

  • Acts as a principal legal officer to the university
  • Works closely with the senior management team to provide leadership in all matters with legal implications for the university
  • Responsible for the university secretariat

Scott Blackford

Scott Blackford

Legal Counsel

Phone: 250-852-6811 | Email:

  • General legal advice
  • Contract reviews, liability issues, insurance questions
  • Provides coverage when General Counsel is away
  • Oversees and monitors compliance with policies, practices and guidelines pertaining to copyright, trademarks and patents for all curricula and other physical and digital media
  • Copyright education and outreach
  • Assist the TRU community with copyright related questions and concerns

Hardeep S. Chahal

Legal Counsel II

Phone: 250-828-5222 | Email:

  • General legal advice
  • Contract reviews

Angela Biro

Coordinator, Office of General Counsel

Phone: 250-828-5003 | Email:

  • Support for General Counsel
  • Management of the university's contract administrative system
  • Maintains external counsel billing
  • Secretary to Senate steering committee

Charlene Myers

Manager, University Governance

Phone: 250-828-5318 | Email:

  • Oversee the coordination of the university governing bodies
  • Board of Governors and committees
  • Senate
  • Presidential search
  • Support for the chancellor
  • Policies and procedures
  • Board, Senate, and Secretariat websites

Lynda Worth

University Governance Coordinator

Phone: 250-852-6894  | Email:

  • Administrative support for the manager, university governance

Lily Shafikova

Privacy Assistant and Assistant to Legal Counsel

Phone 250-318-5157 | Email:

  • Administrative support for the Privacy and Acess Officer
  • Administrative support for Legal Counsel

Noah Arney

Policy Specialist

Phone 250-852-6892 | Email:

  • Policy review and development
  • Report jointly to the Provost and Vice-President Academic and General Counsel

Human Rights Officer


  • Harassment matters
  • Human rights inquiries
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