Board Members' Biographies

Appointed and Elected

Doyin Agbaje

Doyin Agbaje

Doyin Agbaje, elected by students, is an international student at Douglas College currently in her fourth year of studies in the BBA of Management program. She was formerly a student representative on both the College Board and the Education Council prior to re-election as a student representative on the College Board. She is also the Director of College Relations on the Douglas Students’ Union. She believes these experiences provide her with a different perspective, which can be insightful in certain Board decisions. Ms. Agbaje has a passion for business and entrepreneurship which has driven her to seek knowledge and opportunities, hence her desire to be on the Board. She currently works as a Genius in the consumer technology industry.

Ms. Agbaje has been an active member on campus, actively volunteering with the DSU and the International Students Office. She was recently awarded the Living Big Student of the Year award for 2019.

 

Adel Gamar

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Adel Gamar, Ministry appointed, is cofounder and CEO of GLG Ltd., a boutique firm specializing in adaptive leadership, organizational strategy and change management. Mr. Gamar has advised senior leaders of Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and governments worldwide. He served as Education Specialist at UNESCO and Policy Fellow at Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he taught adaptive leadership and negotiation.

He is currently an Adjunct Professor at UBC Sauder School of Business where he delivers executive programs in adaptive leadership and collaboration. Mr. Gamar served on the boards of Coquitlam Foundation and Boston-based Knovva Academy. He is cofounder of Gamar Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to inspire, empower, and connect young people to enhance the public good in their communities. He holds an MPA from Harvard and a B.Ed. from the University of Calgary.

 

Brian Haugen

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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 the President of 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.
 


 

Arveen Kaur

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Arveen Kaur, elected by students, is an international student from Norway, currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts, Applied Psychology. She started her student life involvement by joining the future student’s office as a student ambassador volunteer as well as a mentor volunteer for the Strong Start Mentorship Program for the international office. She is currently a campus tour leader and course content peer tutor of psychology.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Natasha Knox

Natasha Knox

Natasha Knox, Ministry appointed, is the Principal for Alaphia Financial Wellness Inc., a boutique fee-for-service financial planning firm centred around holistic financial wellness. Currently, she is Chair of the Coquitlam Public Library Board.  Ms. Knox serves on the Board of Directors of the Financial Therapy Association as Chair of Business Development. The Financial Therapy Association is a transdisciplinary association dedicated to the advancement of mental, financial, and relational well-being.

Active in her community, she in the past has been a member of the Coquitlam Multicultural Advisory Committee and the Cultural Services Advisory Committee. She is also a regular volunteer with FP Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University. Ms. Knox is also a Certified Financial Planner Professional, Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner, a Certified Financial Behaviour Specialist, and has a graduate Certificate in in Financial Therapy from Kansas State University.

 

Kristi Miller

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Kristi Miller, Ministry appointed, is a passionate believer in the power of Canadian entrepreneurship, focusing every day on driving and delivering positive change.  Ms. Miller has been providing mid-market businesses with relationship-focused, strategic financing and advice for more than twenty years.  As Founder and former National Managing Director of First West Capital, a junior capital firm serving the Canadian mid-market, Ms. Miller grew the business from start-up to a national junior capital firm that funded over $250 million to more than 100 businesses.

Ms. Miller is honoured to have been recognized by EY as the Pacific Region’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of Business Disrupter for this work. Ms. Miller holds a Master of Business Administration from UBC, as well as the ICD.D designation. In addition to serving on the board of Douglas College, she currently serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including that of Aisle (formerly Lunapads), LIFT Philanthropy Partners, Junior Achievement of BC and the Fulmer Foundation.  Previously, she served on the boards of Espro, the Vancouver International Marathon Society, the Association of Women in Finance, the B.C. Provincial Child Care Council, and others. Ms. Miller mentors for entrepreneurship@UBC and MaRS, and volunteers for the YWCA of Vancouver as a fitness instructor.  In 2017, she received the Canadian Venture Capital Association’s Ted Anderson Community Leadership Award.
 

Bobby Pawar

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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.
 

 

Erin Rozman

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Erin Rozman, elected by faculty, has been a Mathematics instructor at Douglas College since 1998. As a faculty advocate, Ms. Rozman has been elected to the positions of Vice President Stewardship and President, respectively, of the Douglas College Faculty Association (DCFA) from 2011 to 2019. In addition to this service, she was an elected representative on the DCFA Executive Council for two terms, representing the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Ms. Rozman holds Baccalaureate degrees in both Political Science and Mathematics from UBC, and M.Sc. degrees in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education from Montana State University.

 

 

 

Dave Seaweed

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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.
 

 

Eileen B. Stewart

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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 was also a Board member of the Crown Corporation, Community Living BC, where she served as Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee. Active for many years in the voluntary sector, Ms. Stewart just completed her term as Board Vice Chair for BC Women's Health Foundation as well as member of the Board for over 10 years. She is also a former president of the Human Resources Management Association. 
 

Susan Todd

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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.
 

Ex-officio


Graeme Bowbrick

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Graeme Bowbrick, elected by faculty, is a faculty member in criminology and legal studies and is currently the Chair of the Douglas College Education Council. At the College he has previously served two terms as the faculty member on the College Board as well as previous terms on the Education Council.

Before coming to Douglas College he served as the MLA for New Westminster (1996-2001) and during that time held the cabinet portfolios of Minister of Advanced Education (2000) and Attorney General (2000-2001).

Mr. Bowbrick is also a lawyer, and has degrees from SFU (Bachelor of Arts), University of Victoria (Bachelor of Laws) and University of British Columbia (Master of Laws).
 

 

Kathy Denton

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Kathy Denton serves on the Board by virtue of her role as College President. Please refer to Dr. Denton's biography.