Kwantlen Polytechnic University is moving forward in a partnership with Kinder Morgan, despite a number of students who have vowed to refuse the scholarships funded by the deal. A memorandum of understanding was signed between Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Kinder Morgan by Salvador Ferreras, Academic Vice-President and Provost of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, on June 23.
If Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project is approved, the company will donate $300,000 to Kwantlen. The money would be donated over a course of 20 years and would be put towards awards and funding for students in the trades and environmental protection program at Kwantlen.
Ferreras says the donation agreement would offer “advantages and opportunities to students who may not have access to a lot of scholarships.”
“Anything that helps with students is something that we would definitely want to be supporting.”
The MOU signed between Kwantlen and Kinder Morgan came as a surprise to many students and community members.
Allison Gonzalez, the Kwantlen Student Association president, says she was shocked.
“The KSA normally has a high level of communication with Kwantlen but we didn’t find out about the MOU until a couple of hours prior to KPU’s media release – we were quite surprised.”
“There was no consultation, there was no community outreach. It really wasn’t fair,” says Gonzalez.
The Kwantlen First Nations – whose land Kwantlen Polytechnic University resides on and Indigenous namesake the university carries – are not pleased with the partnership.