Christopher Seguin, Vice-President Advancement
A message from the president
I am deeply saddened to share with you the passing of Christopher Seguin, our colleague, our friend and Vice-President of Advancement at TRU.
A graduate of Kamloops High School, he earned a BA (Honours) in linguistics from Simon Fraser University while playing varsity football and making the Dean’s list for his work on Fijian culture. As an undergraduate, Christopher focused on international studies, and later worked as a cultural liaison in the SFU International Education department. Over the next 12 years, he established his expertise in a number of development positions at SFU, including statistician, development officer, and account manager. From 2001 to 2007, he was the Advancement Officer for athletics at SFU, playing a major role in several multi-million-dollar capital fundraising projects and grants.
In 2007, Christopher returned to Kamloops as Vice-President, Advancement and what a homecoming that would be. Christopher was immensely proud of his Kamloops roots and he was totally dedicated to the people of TRU and of Kamloops. Under his leadership, TRU set new fundraising records virtually every year of the last decade, generating millions of dollars for student awards, groundbreaking research and major buildings, notably the Brown Family House of Learning, the renovation of Old Main for the Law Faculty, the Industrial Training and Technology Centre (ITTC) and the soon-to-be-constructed Nursing and Population Health building. In addition, Christopher’s singular command and sophisticated understanding of government and public relations put TRU on the road to national recognition.
Christopher was inspired and motivated by stories of individuals conquering the odds and realizing their dreams. He was a generous mentor to dozens of students, faculty and staff, quietly helping them take their careers to the next level. A gifted writer and affecting speaker, Christopher easily persuaded others to join him in supporting his chosen community causes, including Rotary, Developing World Connections, TRUly United and the Kamloops Marathon, to name but a few. Christopher’s accomplishments as a community change-maker were recognized in 2015, when he received the BC Community Achievement award.
It helps me deal with his loss when I think of the thousands of students who were assisted and who will continue to be assisted in realizing their dreams for education and a career through the bursaries and scholarships that Christopher encouraged donors to create. And of the thousands of students, faculty and staff who have studied and worked and who will continue to do so in the buildings he dedicated himself to make possible.
Everyone who knew Christopher knows how much he loved his family, and of his joy and pride in his wife and sons. On behalf of the TRU community, I extend sincere condolences to Christopher’s family and to his friends and colleagues for their loss. His many friends and I share their deep sorrow. The Seguin family advises that, in lieu of flowers, honouring Christopher and his memory would be best expressed by donating to a trust fund for his children through any Kamloops CIBC branch.
President and Vice-Chancellor, Thompson Rivers University