Frances Chandler Biography

Frances Chandler
Director, Ch'nook

Frances Chandler


Dr. Frances Chandler is the Director of Ch’nook Indigenous Education at the Sauder School of Business (UBC). In addition to her administrative duties, she is a published researcher who facilitates workshops on job search techniques, mentorship, leadership and collaboration, grant writing, and research methods. Dr. Chandler holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in Urban and Regional Planning (BES), a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd), a Master of Arts in Social Welfare Policy (MA), and a PhD in education with a focus on policy and leadership in higher education. She is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) who has lived in Northern and Southern Ontario, Ghana, China, Kenya, and Vancouver. During her 38 year career she has worked with Indigenous populations in Ontario and British Columbia. Previously employed by the federal government in job creation programs, she also started a business and been employed in the community planning, social work, and grant writing fields.  She has taught college and university courses and has held several director and associate director positions in higher education. In addition to her paid work, Frances has won awards for her volunteerism in Ontario and China, sat on several boards of non-profit agencies, and is currently the Immediate Past President of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators.