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John Evans, Ministry appointed, retired in 2011 after many years in the human resources profession. His most recent position was Senior VP and CHRO for BCAA, where he served as an executive team member since 1993. Previous experience involved diverse public and private sectors, including Pacific Vocational Institute, Expo 86 Corporation, the provincial health care sector, and Federated Co-Operatives Limited. As a long term member of the Human Resources Management Association, he took a keen interest in mentoring students seeking careers in the HR profession and also served on BCIT's Human Resources Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2010. Mr. Evans graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1978 with a BA in Economics and Commerce.
Adel Gamar, is CEO and cofounder of Gamar Leadership Group Ltd., a boutique firm that specializes in leadership, strategy and change management. For the past 15 years, Mr. Gamar has advised and coached senior leaders of Fortune 500 companies, higher education, nonprofit organizations and governments worldwide. He served as Education Specialist at UNESCO in post-revolution Libya and Policy Fellow at Harvard Law School where his research focused on constitutional law. While at Harvard, Mr. Gamar taught leadership and co-facilitated the Think Tank on Global Education: Empowering Global Citizens. A native of Coquitlam, he serves on the Coquitlam Foundation Board of Directors and is actively involved with the Tri-Cities Female Ice Hockey Association. Mr. Gamar holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.Ed. from the University of Calgary.
Brian Haugen, Ministry appointed, works as a Director at International Union of Operating Engineers. He has many years of post-secondary education experience working both in the public and private sectors in British Columbia. Prior to his role as Dean of Trades and Technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, he worked as an instructor and department head at Vancouver Community College. Active in his community, he is the Chair of the BC Transportation & Transit Sector Advisory Group (SAG) and a Director with the Canadian Association of Fleet Supervisors. He is a past BC Director on the National Council of Deans of Technology. Mr. Haugen holds a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University, a Provincial Instructors Diploma from Vancouver Community College and graduated as a Red Seal Endorsed Heavy Duty Equipment Technician from British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Rebecca Jules, Ministry appointed, is Secwépemc from Adams Lake. However, over the past twenty years she has been a guest within the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples - sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations. Ms. Jules has focused on developing policy and programs that enhance organizational development, leadership, community engagement, education, justice and healthy living. Her favorite projects have included governance, capacity development, peer mentorship, rights education, culture, and outdoor education. Active in her community, she volunteers as a Field of Interest Advisory Committee Member for the Vancouver Foundation. Previously, she was a member of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council and Vice-President of the Urban Native Youth Association. Believing in lifelong learning, Ms. Jules has completed the Master of Public Policy program from the University of Regina and the Bachelor of Arts Criminology Honours program with an extended minor in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. In addition to being a Douglas College alumni, she has also completed the Extended Certificate in Child & Youth Human Rights from Mount Royal University.
Marissa Martin, elected by students, completed her Hon. B.A. in Applied Psychology at Douglas College this past summer, and is now in her second year of the Associate of Science Degree program. She has been re-elected for 4 consecutive terms on the College Board, and served as the liaison to the Foundation Board. Employed in the Douglas Students' Union and the Student Engagement Department, Ms. Martin also volunteers as a Student Ambassador, a Crisis Line call taker, and as a committee member for events through the Canadian Cancer Society. After completing her pre-requisites at Douglas College, Ms. Martin plans to earn an MD-PhD with a specialization in Neurosurgery.
Bobby Pawar, Ministry appointed, is currently self-employed as owner and President of Earth King Investments and Pawar Consulting Ltd. Prior to venturing into his own business, he was employed with the Government of British Columbia in the Law Enforcement field. Active in his community he is a Board Director for the B.C. India Business Network. Previously, he was a member of the Surrey Board of Trade, a Board President of PICS (Progressive Intercultural Society), a Board Director for Delta Chamber of Commerce, and a Board Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Delta. Mr. Pawar completed his Master in Business Administration at the University of Windsor and received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Prior to that he attended Douglas Collage where he received a Criminology Diploma.
Telka Pesklevits, elected by students, is in her fourth year of studies in writing and anthropology. She has worked in several different departments within the college including most recently in Aboriginal Student Services, she is currently serving as the Director of College Relations at the Douglas Students' Union, and was recently elected as the Services Coordinator for the British Columbia Federation of Students. Telka works to advocate for students from diverse backgrounds, especially focusing on equity and inclusion.
Dave Seaweed, elected by staff, is Aboriginal Coordinator at the College, a role he has filled for eighteen years. Dedicated to 600+ Aboriginal students per year, Mr. Seaweed was engaged in the planning process for the Aboriginal Gathering Place. A Diploma in Sports Science was the first of Mr. Seaweed’s three Douglas College diplomas, and he remains a passionate volunteer for Douglas College Athletics while continuing to pursue post-secondary studies. President of the Douglas Students’ Union (DSU) when the DSU building was constructed, Mr. Seaweed has also served as President of the College’s Alumni Association and in BCGEU-related capacities such as Health and Safety Committee member, Shop Steward and Union Observer Coordinator. An Employee Ambassador, Mr. Seaweed is a 2011 recipient of the Douglas College President’s Distinguished Service Award and a 2012 recipient of the Team Excellence Award.
Maureen Shaw, Ministry appointed, is a retired English instructor, having taught in the BC Post-Secondary system for many years. A union activist and officer, she was a President of the College Institute Educators' Association (now FPSE), Vice-President (Negotiations or Grievances) of the Kwantlen Faculty Association (KFA), founding President of the National Union of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (NUCAUT), and a Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress. She was also a member of the BC Labour Relations Board, the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer, and Chair of the Board of the Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology. Active in her community, she currently serves on a Board for union retirees, BC FORUM, and volunteers with a local organization helping the homeless. She holds a BA in Honours English from UBC and an MA in English from McMaster University.
Wesley Snider, elected by faculty, has taught at Douglas College since 1993. He is an instructor in the Department of Mathematics, where he has twice served as Department Chair. Mr. Snider has served on various Faculty and College-wide committees, including Education Council and the Standing Committee on Educational Policy. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Lethbridge, and M. Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of London.
Eileen B. Stewart, Ministry appointed, is a senior human resources professional with extensive experience in all areas of human resource management in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Commerce and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Simon Fraser University. Ms. Stewart is a former full-time faculty member at a post-secondary institution in BC. Prior to that she was General Manager, Human Resources, for the City of Vancouver and held other executive level human resources roles at UBC and BCIT. She is also a Board member of Community Living BC, where she serves as Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee. Active for many years in the voluntary sector, Ms. Stewart is Board Vice Chair for BC Women's Hospital Foundation and a former president of the Human Resources Management Association.
Susan Todd, Ministry appointed, is President and Director of Solstice Sustainability Works Inc., which is devoted to building capacity in organizations for better management and oversight of environmental, community and other sustainability risks and opportunities. Ms. Todd began her career as a financial auditor with KMPG in Toronto and Brussels, becoming a senior audit manager. She leveraged her auditing expertise to become a Canadian pioneer in the new field of social auditing, which developed into sustainability reporting and assurance. Ms. Todd conducted some of the earliest work in Canada on sustainability reporting and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and contributed to global standards development. Her financial reporting background and sustainability experience have made her a valued advisor to business, government and non-governmental organizations that are seeking to integrate material business and sustainability issues, for both reporting and strategy purposes. Her recent work supports organizations in valuing natural capital and adapting to climate change impacts. Ms. Todd is a Visiting Lecturer in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and a former member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of CPA Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and a Master of Natural Resources Management from SFU. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Jodie Wickens, Ministry appointed, is a previous member of the Legislative Assembly for the Province of British Columbia. Prior to that venture, she worked as a behaviour therapist in many family homes throughout the Tri-Cities, and served as the executive director of the Autism Support Network, a not for profit organization that supplies support and resources to families with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Active in her community, Ms. Wickens was a former director of the Autism Education Society. She holds her Classroom and Community Support Diploma from Douglas College.
Ivanna Cikes, serves on the Board by virtue of her election as Chair of Education Council, the Board's co-governing body. Dr. Cikes is a faculty member in the Department of English. After completing her BA and B.Ed at the University of British Columbia, she spent five years in the former Yugoslavia as a human rights activist. She then received a Master’s Degree in Cultural and Gender Studies from Central European University in Hungary and a PhD. in British and American Literature from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. She is dedicated to creating space for the individual while stressing one’s responsibility to cooperative, community engagement. In the classroom, Dr. Cikes has developed English courses that range from explorations of deviance in 19th and 20th century literature to portrayals of the female hero in film and fiction; she also teaches the introductory course to the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. As a travel enthusiast, she has taken part in the Wales Field School and is an advocate for international studies.
Kathy Denton serves on the Board by virtue of her role as College President. Please refer to Dr. Denton's biography.