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Senior Management Team (SMT)

The Senior Management Team (SMT) consists of the President, 3 Vice-Presidents and 5 Associate Vice-Presidents (see below). Administrative support for SMT is provided by the Executive Assistant to the President, Laureen Dailey.

Members are:

Thor Borgford – Vice President Academic and Provost

Dr. Thor Borgford

Thor Borgford is Vice President Academic and Provost, and serves as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. In this position, Thor is responsible for academic programming and program quality, business development, and academic partnerships.

Thor joined the College in 2009 as Dean of Science and Technology, became Executive Director of Research in 2013, and was appointed Vice President Academic in 2015.  Previously, Thor was the Founder, President, and CEO of Twinstrand Therapeutics Inc. He was also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Chemistry at Simon Fraser University from 1994 to 2002.

Thor obtained his PhD and BSc degrees from the University of Manitoba and undertook postdoctoral studies in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College, and Department of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta. He maintains a strong interest in pure and applied research, drug development and the applications of Science and Technology for the benefit of Canadians. Thor is the author or co-author of publications in the areas of enzymology and protein engineering and inventor on five core patents regarding ricin-like therapeutic proteins.

Tracey Szirth – Vice President, Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Tracey Szirth

Tracey Szirth is Vice President, Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer, and serves as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. In this position, Tracey is responsible for financial management, risk management, facilities and ancillary services, operational and capital planning, and information technology. Tracey also leads the Training Group as the contract-training arm of the College.

Tracey joined the College in 2013 as Vice President, Finance and Administration. Her previous roles include Vice President, Finance and Administration at the Justice Institute of BC, CFO of Helitech Support Services, Director of Finance and CFO of B.C. Biomedical Laboratories Ltd., as well as many years of public practice in the assurance and business advisory areas with Grant Thornton LLP.

Tracey is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University.

Guangwei Ouyang – Vice President, International Education and Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Guangwei Ouyang

Guangwei Ouyang is Vice President, International Education and Strategic Partnerships, and serves as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. In this position, Guangwei oversees all activities of international engagement at Douglas College, including international student enrolment and studies, domestic student participation in exchanges and field schools, and international partnerships. Guangwei also helps develop applied academic programs for both domestic and international students.

Guangwei joined the College in 1996 as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and later served as the Chair of the department. Guangwei has also served Executive Director and Associate Vice President of International Education. Previously, Guangwei taught philosophy and law in Shanghai, Edmonton, Michigan and Vancouver.

Guangwei was born in Shanghai and received his BA at Nanjing University and his MA at Fudan University in China. He then came to North America to continue his education and graduated with a second MA and a PhD from the University of Alberta.

Sarah Dench - Associate Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs

Sarah Dench

Sarah Dench is the Associate Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs, and serves as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. In this position, Sarah works closely with the VP Academic supporting the academic and operational goals of Douglas College, and has overall responsibility for Learning Resources, the Registrar’s Office, and Student Affairs and Services.

Sarah joined the College in September 2016, with over 25 years of experience in public post-secondary education. Previously, she was the Executive Director, Simon Fraser University International, providing strategic leadership in the development of international partnerships, initiatives, projects and programs. She also served as the Director, University Curriculum and Institutional Liaison, in the office of the Vice President Academic at SFU. Sarah began her career in Student Affairs, and held roles in those areas at both SFU and the University of B.C., working in planning and policy, student retention and academic affairs, and strategic projects.

Sarah received a BA (Psychology) from the University of Victoria, an MA (Women’s Studies) from Simon Fraser University. Her thesis work focused on the strategic enrollment management of women in engineering.

Dave Robert Taylor – Associate Vice President, Public Affairs

Mr. Dave Taylor

Dave Robert Taylor is Associate Vice President, Public Affairs, and serves as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. In this position, Dave is an advisor to the President, providing strategic leadership in community, media, and governmental relations, as well as local, national and international marketing, internal and external communications and student recruitment.

Dave joined Douglas College in 2010 as Director of Marketing and Communications. In 2014, he was appointed Associate Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Communications. Prior to joining Douglas, Dave was an award-winning writer and journalist specializing in cause-based marketing and communications. He was the creative director for the Liberal Party of Canada’s 2008 federal election advertising campaign and previously served as director of communications for the David Suzuki Foundation.

Dave holds an HBA in Philosophy and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing from the University of Victoria.

Keith Ellis – Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Keith Ellis

Keith Ellis is the Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, and serves as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team.  In this role, he provides leadership to Institutional Research and provides relevant data and analysis to all levels of management, promoting effective, evidenced-based decision making.

Keith joined the College in 1993 as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and has served in a variety of roles at the College, including Educational Technology Coordinator from 2000-2005, Interim Dean of Science and Technology in 2008 and Special Projects Officer from 2012-2014. Keith’s background in Strategic Management is an asset in aiding in the development and implementation of the College’s strategic plan.

Keith’s holds an HBSc (Chemistry & Biochemistry) from the University of Western Ontario, a PhD (Organic Chemistry) from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA (Strategic Management) from the University of British Columbia.

 

Rebecca Maurer - Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Rebecca MaurerRebecca Maurer is Associate Vice President of Human Resources, and serves as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. Rebecca provides senior-level human resources and labour relations advice to the College and oversees all HR operations, including advisory services, systems and compliance, organizational development, compensation, recruitment, labour relations and disability management. Rebecca works closely with the HR team to ensure HR practices and priorities support the needs of employees and clients and align with the objectives of the College's Strategic Plan and Human Resources strategy.

Maurer joined Douglas College in January 2016. Previously, Rebecca worked for 17 years at the Health Sciences Association of BC, first as Director of Strategic Communications and then as Director of HR and Operations. She served two years on the Langara College Board of Directors and four years on the Municipal Pension Plan Board of Trustees; she has been an active member of several community organizations, including the New Westminster Police Department, BC Chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Planned Parenthood BC (now Options for Sexual Health), as well as a volunteer with Royal City Youth Soccer, Burnaby District Metro Soccer, Parents for Public Education New Westminster and Partners in the Horn of Africa

Rebecca is a designated Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). She studied HR management at Queen's University School of Business and holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University.

Brian Mackay - Associate Vice President, Technology and Chief Information Officer

Brian Mackay is Associate Vice President, Technology and Chief Information Officer, and serves as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. In this position, Brian leads the Centre for Educational and Information Technology and supports all aspects of the College’s digital ecosystem including academic technology, software applications, IT infrastructure, client services and information security.

Brian joined the College in 2018. He has extensive experience leading IT in both the B.C. post-secondary system and the private sector. Brian’s previous roles include 14 years as Associate Vice President, Digital Strategies and CIO of Thompson Rivers University, as well as CIO of Open Learning Agency, board chair of BCNET and board member for the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers.

Brian is a graduate of BCIT and holds an Advanced Diploma in Management and a MBA from Athabasca University. He is a designated Project Management Professional (PMP) and has Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certifications.