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Bill Best - Cambrian College. Sudbury, ON, CA

Bill Best Bill Best

President | Cambrian College

Sudbury, ON, CANADA

A thought leader in post-secondary education. An advocate for how the exponential societal change relates to the current student experience.





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Bill Best is the president of Cambrian College.

He has worked in higher education for more than 20 years in a variety of progressive leadership roles, including Vice President Finance and Administration, Vice President Academic and Student Development, and Interim President and CEO at New Brunswick Community College in Fredericton.

Bill holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.

Industry Expertise (5)


Training and Development

Corporate Leadership


Information Technology and Services

Areas of Expertise (6)

Adult Education

Student Development

Educational Technology

Curriculum Development

Team Building

Leader Development

Education (3)

Acadia University: Bachelor of Business Administrative (B.B.A.), Business 1990

The University of Western Ontario: Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), Education 1993

Acadia University: Master's Degree, Education 2006

Media Appearances (12)

Bill Best Cambrian's new president

Northern Life  online


Bill Best has been appointed president of Cambrian College, succeeding interim president Sonia Del Missier, effective Aug. 5. “The board is pleased to welcome Bill Best to Cambrian College and to the Sudbury community,” said Eric Kohtakangas, chair of the college’s board of governors. “Bill brings a wealth of public and private sector experience to the role. He has a strong academic background, is a seasoned senior administrator, and has sound business acumen. Under his guidance, we are confident that Cambrian will be well-positioned for future growth as we approach our 50th year in the Ontario college system.”

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Cambrian College seeks feedback for school’s future from Island focus group

Manitoulin Expositor  online


“When Bill Best, our (Cambrian’s) new president came on board last summer he wanted to make a very different strategic plan. He felt that post secondary education itself hasn't changed very much, but the world has changed drastically and we (the school) need to change in a radical way. We set out with a goal to engage everyone, with everyone’s opinion equally important, and we created a multi-faceted approach in order to achieve this.”

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Bill Best, Cambrian College president, reflects on new role

CBC Sudbury  radio


A new face in the education community in Greater Sudbury is keeping a wide perspective on the college he serves. Bill Best, the new president of Cambrian College, comes to the school at a time when the province has signed an agreement with its colleges.

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New Cambrian president all ears

The Sudbury Star  online


Bill Best wants to hear from you. Cambrian College's new president, who officially took over from interim president Sonia Del Missier on Tuesday, plans to reach out to the community as part of creating a new strategic plan for the college.

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Don't get comfortable, Best tells Cambrian

The Sudbury Star  online


Cambrian College president Bill Best can trumpet his school's successes, but to ensure the institution will thrive in the years to come, he believes they'll need a whole orchestra. Speaking at a Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday, Best asked all members of the community for help in deciding Cambrian's future as the college prepares its new strategic plan. "We have to ensure that we have a first-class post-secondary system that people want to attend," said Best, hired as president this past spring.

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Cambrian College wants community input on new ideas

CBC Sudbury  radio


As Cambrian College in Sudbury starts its strategic planning process, it says it’s looking for ideas and feedback from everyone on the community, not just those connected to the school. “When you look at a community college, we are about the community,” Bill Best, Cambrian College President said. “No matter what I have experienced in my first three months [as president], I always find Cambrian College grads.”

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Cambrian College seeks input on new strategic plan

Manitoulin Expositor  online


“Cambrian has never attempted anything like this before,” agreed Mr. (Bill) Best. “The fact that we’re aiming to engage everyone is a testament to our desire to build strong connections with our community and be a world leader in changing the future of postsecondary education.”

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Students jump at chance of planning Cambrian's future

Northern Life  online


If Cambrian College officials were worried they weren't going to receive enough student feedback on what the strategic plan bringing the college through to the year 2020 should contain, they didn't need to be. The college had already engaged with about 1,000 people in the month preceding the strategic planning process' official launch in mid-November.

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No 150-page, 'paperweight' strategic plan for Cambrian

Northern Life  online


Arriving on campus just in time to plan Cambrian's future is an ideal situation for a new college president, he said. “I don't think it could be any better,” Best said. “I think the luxury of coming in and being able to have those conversations and dialogues ... it's kind of a special opportunity.”

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Cambrian to stress innovation

Sudbury Start  print


Bill Best, president of Cambrian College, believes his post-secondary school will be a leader in innovation in five years time. He made that much clear on Tuesday when the college unveiled its 2015-19 strategic plan.

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Cambrian vows to modernize campus and student aid

Northern Life  print


College's strategic plan outlines goals for rest of decade A thick, dust-gathering tome — that's the one thing Cambrian College president Bill Best didn't want in developing the college's 2015-2019 strategic plan. He wanted something that was memorable and repeatable. Ask, and you shall receive. The strategic plan, released Sept. 29, is encapsulated in a one-page document the folds up neatly, origami-style. “Whatever people would normally expect, we tried to do the opposite,” he said. “If you're going to get people's attention and get people out of their comfort zone, you have to have that in mind.”

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President Bill Best gets attacked by zombies

Cambrian College  online


Our President thought he was just doing a media interview. He was wrong.

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Event Appearances (2)

Sudbury Chamber of Commerce luncheon

President's Series  Copper Cliff, ON


Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association

Annual General Meeting  Dynamic Earth, Sudbury, ON