Board of Governors

The Board of Governors consists of the following representatives, in accordance with the College and Institute Act:

a) Eight or more persons appointed by the provincial government’s Lieutenant Governor in Council who shall  determine the length of their term and any renewals thereof;

b) One person on the faculty of the College and elected by the faculty members, who shall serve a three-year term and may be elected to further terms;

c) Two students, elected by the students, who shall each serve a one-year term and may be elected to further terms;

d) One person who is part of the support staff and elected by the support staff, who shall serve a three-year term and may be elected to further terms;

e) The President; and

f) The Chair of Education Council

Members of the Board of Governors

Chris Derickson 3
Chair - Christopher Derickson has been involved in his community, Westbank First Nation (WFN) for the past 20 years working with youth, serving on boards, commissions, and is currently serving in his third term on Council. Chris is also a Partner at Alderhill Planning Inc. where he oversees business development and operations.

Chris is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops on the topic of Indigenous planning, governance, and economic development. He is a lecturer at the Simon Fraser Beedie School of Business and is on faculty at the University of Arizona's Native Nations Institute.

Aside from his professional commitments, Chris is serving in his second term as Chair on the Okanagan College Board of Governors.

Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Sciences from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He is also the recipient of several academic awards and the prestigious Business in Vancouver Forty Under 40 award. 

Term: July 31, 2014 to December 31, 2019 (appointed) 

Vice Chair Gloria Morgan

Vice Chair - Gloria Morgan was a Chief of the Splatsin Indian Band from 2001 to 2005.  Her career achievements include being an RCMP officer, a criminal defence lawyer, and a Crown Prosecutor.  Gloria was the President of the Enderby and District Chamber of Commerce, a member of the RCMP's "E" Division Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and served on the board of the Provincial Community Co-ordination for Women's Safety. 

Gloria was appointed to the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council and has served on the BC Patient Care and Quality Review Board.  Recently, Gloria was the recipient of the Community Leader Awards - Community Builder Award 2016, North Okanagan.

Term: June 30, 2016 to July 31, 2019 (appointed)

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Phone: 250-862-5472

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Blake Edwards is currently the Kelowna Recruiter working in the Office of the Registrar. Before starting at Okanagan College, Blake was President of the Students’ Union of UBCO. He often presented to the UBC Board of Governors on student concerns, international tuition hikes, and institutional development. Blake has been a member of the Okanagan Senate (UBC’s equivalent of Education Council) and has sat on the Board of Directors for a number of local organizations. Blake’s education is tied to Political Science and Canadian Policy with research focused in environmentalism in the Okanagan and gender, social media and politics.

Term: August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2021 (elected) 


Shelley Cook
is an Okanagan College alumnus and has more than 20 years’ experience working with disadvantaged populations in institutional and community-based settings in BC and Ontario. She has a Master’s Degree in Human and Social Development from the University of Victoria and is currently completing her PhD in Community, Culture and Global Studies at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan. Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Cook was Executive Director of John Howard Society in Kelowna for 11 years. In 2017, Cook received a national award for innovation and urban sustainability (Dr. Alex Aylett Scholarship) related to her community-based research efforts. She was the candidate for the BC NDP- Kelowna-West in the 2017 General Election and the 2018 By-election.

Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2019 (appointed)

Juliette Cunningham is a current City of Vernon Councillor, Vice-Chair of the Regional District of the North Okanagan, Vice-Chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board as well as a business owner. She also has an extensive history of working with non-profit Boards such as the Women’s Centre, Junction Literacy, People Place, Museum and the Early Years Council.

Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2019 (appointed)


Charity Gerbrandt is the VP of Brand and User Experience for Carebook Technologies, a Montreal based company on a mission to give people the tools they need to take control of their health and the well being of their loved ones.  Prior to Carebook, she spent 10 years working for the Walt Disney Company, focusing on creative product development and team culture, while building the world's largest virtual world for children.  Charity currently lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, where she is completing her Executive MBA at Royal Roads University. 

Term: July 31, 2013 to July 31, 2019 (appointed) 


Jim Hamilton (ex officio) has been the President of Okanagan College since 2004. His professional association with the College dates back to 1980 when he arrived to teach English at the Vernon campus. Currently, he serves as Chair of the BC Council for International Education. He has also served as Chair of the Trades Training Consortium of British Columbia and Chair of BC Colleges. Additional posts include his position as Board member of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, member of the British Columbia Council for Admissions and Transfer, and Director of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. He holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Queen’s University.

Tina Lee is an experienced communications and strategy professional from Penticton whose human rights and development work has spanned six continents and has ranged from influencing United Nations activity to developing municipal community engagement processes.

Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2019 (appointed)

Raghav Mahajan is an International undergraduate student currently studying in the Business program at the Okanagan College Kelowna Campus.  As a member of the Board, and as a member of the Okanagan College Student Union, Raghav's goal is to advocate on behalf of student issues and concerns and to work towards a diversified, inclusive campus community.

Term: February 25, 2019 to October 31, 2019 (elected)

Robert McGowan is retired and resides in Kelowna, B.C. During his professional career he has served as Chief Financial Officer of two publicly-trades companies and is a former Board member and Audit Committee Chairman of a publicly-traded company in the software industry. he is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a B.Sc. degree in mathematics and is a Chartered Accountant (BC) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba (FCA). Bob has served on the board of several not-for-profit organizations and is a former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba.

 January 31, 2013 to July 31, 2019 (appointed)

Christopher Newitt 
(ex officio) is in his second term as Education Council Chair. Chris attended Simon Fraser University before pursuing a Masters and PhD in Psychology at UBC. He started with Okanagan College in 2008 and took over as the department chair of Psychology in 2012. 

 June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2019 

David Porteous has been a business owner and involved in community non-profits for over 30 years. His professional business career has focused on educating clients and public in all matters relating to employee benefits and other insurance related issues. In the past ten years he created a one-day and a one-week course on employee benefits structure, costing, workings, claims and how the insurance industry works. This course is offered to both Employer HR departments and Unions that negotiate benefits for their members.

Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2019 (appointed)


Devin Rubadeau
is a Business Professor at the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College, where he specializes in the areas of Strategic Management, Marketing, and Project Management.  Devin is heavily involved in student activities, acting as a Faculty Advisor for the Enactus Team, the Marketing Club, the Debate Club, and numerous other student projects.  Outside of Okanagan College, Devin is a professional sailing and windsurfing coach and Sailing Director of the Central Okanagan Sailing Association.  Devin sits on several regional and national boards and is the current Chair of Pacific Sport.  Devin is currently pursuing his PhD with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility.  

Term: August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2021 (elected) 


Shakti Shekhar Singh is an International business student currently studying post-baccalaureate in marketing at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College.  His passion to serve society was enhanced when he served as Captain for two years at his previous school and joined Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) India.  NGOs India is a national level social network committed to social justice, sustainable development and human rights.  Inspired by his interactions with his peers, Shakti also participated in mainstream student politics. Prior to attending college, Shakti worked for Jeep India as a sales consultant.

Term: November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019 (elected)