Ruth McGillivray

Ruth McGillivray

Executive Vice President


Ruth brings a 30-year marketplace career in competency-based learning and program design to Northwest, along with deep expertise in systems design and team leadership. 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 the three children she raised as a single mom, and is passionate about the contextual practice of theology, particularly equipping women to confidently occupy their space in the world. If her creative abilities don't impress you, perhaps her powerhouse blues/soul voice will!


  • 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


  • Hallmark Practices in CBE Assessment, Competency-Based Education Network, 2021
  • Competency-Based Theological Education: Origins of the Immerse MDiv at Northwest Baptist Seminary, 2020
  • Employer Engagement Best Practices Toolkit, Competency-Based Education Network, 2019
  • Northwest Seminary Quality Framework for Competency-Based Theological Education Programs, 2019
  • Reflections on Implementing a Competency-Based Theological Education MDiv Program, 2018
  • The Experience of Apprentices with Learning Disabilities in Online Learning, Thesis, 2011


  • Northwest College and Seminary, 2017-present
    • Executive Vice President, 2022-present
    • Interim President, 2021-2022
    • Chief Operations Officer, 2020-2022
    • Chief Innovations Officer, 2019-2020
    • Director of Competency-Based Education, 2017-2019
  • Consultant, 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
  • Instructional design for learners with learning disabilities and anxiety
  • Assessment design for prior learning and character formation
  • Feminist and trauma theology
  • Music – singing, writing, performing


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