Victoria Friday, May 18, 2018 11:30 AM

Michael J. Prince, the Lansdowne professor of social policy at the University of Victoria, has been appointed chair of Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) by Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

CLBC was created in 2005 to support services for people with disabilities.

The appointment of a new chair provides an opportunity to reimagine the future of community inclusion.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Prince to the CLBC Board,” said Simpson. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, decades of experience, and a commitment to improving policies for people with disabilities. Our government is focused on improving services for people in our province and his expertise will help guide our decisions and advance our work.”

As a social policy advisor, Prince has helped governments and organizations develop policies and actions that further inclusion and accessibility, and has made substantive contributions to the understanding of disabilities in Canada.

He has served as a member of the social policy committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and was a policy fellow of the Broadbent Institute. He is a recipient of a President’s Award from the Canadian Association of Community Living, in recognition of his contribution to Canadians’ understanding of public policy that builds an inclusive and accessible Canada.

Prince’s three-year term as board chair will begin on July 1, 2018. Prince is replacing chair Tom Christensen. Simpson’s statement, regarding Christensen’s term as chair, is available online:

CLBC funds supports and services for adults with developmental disabilities. The board of directors oversees CLBC’s operations within the overall policy, mandate and budget set by the provincial government. The board works with management to establish an overall strategic direction for the organization, and to ensure appropriate community consultation.

A backgrounder follows.

Biography for Michael J. Prince

Michael J. Prince joined the University of Victoria (UVic) in 1987, and served as associate dean, and then as dean, of the faculty of human and social development from 1997 to 2005. Prior to this, he was a faculty member at Carleton University for several years, teaching in the school of public administration.

At UVic, Prince teaches courses in disability, public health, social policy, and public administration. His research interests include trends in social policy over the past 50 years and the next generations, federal-provincial relations, Indigenous governance, disability politics and policy issues.

Prince is also a member of the National Inclusion and Accessibility Committee and Council of Canadians with Disabilities.

Prince has over 250 publications, including 19 books (authored, co-authored and edited), 40 articles in scholarly journals, 60 monographs and research reports and 75 chapters in books. He has published over 60 articles and opinion editorials in newspapers and professional periodicals.

As a policy consultant, Prince has been an advisor to various federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal government agencies; four royal commissions; and to a number of parliamentary committees federally and provincially.

Prince’s curriculum vitae:

This on BC Govt Website click here


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