Office of the Chancellor

Dr. Brian Minter, Chancellor
University of the Fraser Valley.

On October 27, 2008, Dr. Brian Minter was installed as the first Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley.

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The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the university, presiding over convocation and conferring UFV credentials (degrees, diplomas, and certificates). As a representative of the public interest at the university, the Chancellor also acts as an ambassador for UFV and is be called upon to represent the institution at major events both on and off campus. The role of Chancellor is voluntary and is held for a three-year term.

The ideal Chancellor for UFV is a person of warmth and distinction in the Fraser Valley community, someone who has an understanding and appreciation of the importance of a post-secondary education. Dr. Brian Minter is just such a person.

Dr. Minter was born in New Westminster in February 1947. He grew up to attend the University of British Columbia, where he graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours English.  He began sharing his passion for plants with BC’s gardeners when, in 1972, he and his wife Faye purchased Country Garden Store, a garden shop that had been part of the Chilliwack community since 1957. In 1994, the Minters moved the business to a much more accommodating 18 acres on Young Road North, where it thrives today.

In 1977, the Minters discovered a piece of land nestled beneath Mt. Cheam and by 1980, that passion for plants was transformed into the 32-acre, world-famous Minter Gardens that draws thousands of visitors each year.

Dr. Minter quickly became BC's go-to garden expert through his experience at both the garden centre and the display gardens. As such, he has hosted countless radio and television shows, is a frequent gardening columnist, and is the author of the Canadian best-seller, Brian Minter's New Gardening Guide - Fresh Approaches for Canadian Gardeners.

He is a horticulturist who speaks at garden and tourism shows in Canada, the US and abroad, gives seminars to local garden clubs, and serves on a number of association boards, all while managing the garden centre. His extensive service to the community includes being co-founder of Plant a Row, Grow a Row, an initiative that supplies food for Canadian food banks.

Dr. Minter’s work has been widely recognized, and he is the recipient of the BC Small Business Excellence Award, the Order of Canada, the Canadian Horticulture Science Award, and the BC Landscape & Nursery Association’s Outstanding Member Award, among others.

His connection to the University of the Fraser Valley began when he taught night school courses in horticulture at Fraser Valley College in the 1980s.

He was deeply involved in the growth and direction of the institution as chair of the Board of Governors when FVC was transformed into a degree-granting university college in 1991.

He is also a donor and a founding member of the UFV Foundation, which was created to encourage community financial support for the university.

Dr. Minter was granted an honorary Doctorate of Technology degree from UFV (then UCFV) in 2001.

The Minters have two children, Lisa and Erin, son-in-law Glen and two grandchildren, Katherine and Samuel.

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