Gill resigns from Thompson Rivers University board of governors

Former TNRD CAO at centre of spending controversy oversaw the university's finances from his position on the TRU board.

Thompson Rivers University says Sukh Gill has resigned from the university’s board of governors. References to Gill were scrubbed from the university website overnight on Feb. 23/24.

In an emailed statement to KTW on Wednesday morning, the university said: “Sukh Gill has resigned from the Board of Governors at Thompson Rivers University. The Board of Governors thanks him for his service over the last two years. No further comment will be provided on Mr. Gill’s resignation.”

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On Tuesday, KTW inquired about the former TNRD CAO’s involvement in overseeing university finances, following revelations of significant spending on the taxpayer dime prior to his unexplained departure from the regional district in February 2020.

Sukh Gill
Former TNRD CAO Sukh Gill.

More than a half-million dollars was charged to Gill’s taxpayer-funded credit card in the five years before he left the regional district under murky circumstances, including a large amount at restaurants, coffee shops and liquor stores.

Since Gill’s departure from the regional district, he had remained on Thompson Rivers University’s board of governors. The board of governors oversees legal and financial matters related to university governance. Gill was chair of three finance-related standing committees, including finance, audit and an advisory committee on investments. 

Some Kamloops residents called for Gill’s removal from the board prior to his resignation, via letters to the university and the province, which appointed Gill to the board. On Tuesday, TRU’s senior communications consultant Todd Hauptman said the university was “aware of the situation, but will not be offering comment at this time.” 

Gill was appointed to the board by the province. KTW reached out to the province, which could not provide comment on Tuesday. A followup call on Wednesday was deferred to Thompson Rivers University’s statement regarding Gill’s resignation.

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