Ruth McGillivray

Ruth McGillivray

Interim President

Chief Operations Officer


Ruth brings her competence in CBTE design, administrative leadership, and team building to leading our Northwest team. She cares about you as a person before anything else and takes time to learn about your life. She loves her role as mom to her adult children. If her abilities in the office don't impress you, perhaps the five octaves that she can sing while her husband rocks it on soul guitar, will. And they will impress.


  • M.A., Learning and Technology, Royal Roads University, 2011
  • Certified Q-Test Administrator, a non-language-based, culture-fair assessment of general cognitive ability and trainability, 2015
  • Provincial Instructor Diploma, Vancouver Community College, 1997
  • Data communications, project management and leadership, Motorola, 1990-1997
  • Training, Marketing & Management, BCIT, 1991-1993
  • Theology & Liberal Arts, Ontario Bible College, 1980-82


  • Competency-Based Theological Education: Origins of the Immerse MDiv at Northwest Baptist Seminary, 2020
  • C-BEN Employer Engagement Best Practices Toolkit, 2019
  • Northwest Seminary Quality Framework for Competency-Based Theological Education Programs, 2019
  • Reflections on Implementing a Competency-Based Theological Education MDiv Program, 2018


  • Northwest College and Seminary, 2017-present
    • Chief Operations Officer, 2020-present
    • Chief Innovations Officer, 2019-2020
    • Director of Competency-Based Education, 2017-2019
  • Consultant, Design of learning and assessment solutions, 2015-2020
  • Industry Training Authority, Province of BC, 2010-2015
    • Director, Standards and Assessment, 2013-2015
    • Manager, Quality Assurance, 2010-2013
  • Consultant, Instructional Design, Technical Writing, Project Management, 2000-2010
  • Customer Training Manager, Training Project Manager, Motorola Canada Limited, Wireless Data Group, 1989 – 1998


  • Competency based education; designing innovative, sustainable solutions to meet strategic learning and assessment needs
  • Music – singing, writing, performing


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