Board of Governors

The Board of Governors has the sole responsibility for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, expenditures, business and affairs of the institution.

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

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Two students, elected by the students, who shall each serve a one-year term and may be elected to further terms;
  4. 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;
  5. The President; and
  6. The Chair of Education Council

Members of the Board of Governors

Chair Gloria Morgan

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, 2020 (appointed)

Vice-Chair Juliette Cunningham

Juliette Cunningham was previously a Councillor in Vernon and the 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, 2021(appointed)

Andrea Alexander

Term:  Aug. 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021 (appointed)

Andrea Alexander is a Councillor for Westbank First Nation. Prior to being elected, Ms. Alexander was the Executive Assistant to Westbank First Nation Council.  Previously she was a Junior Researcher in Intergovernmental Affairs for Westbank First Nation. Active in her community, Ms. Alexander sits on the First Nation Policing Program Stakeholder Panel and the Okanagan Nation Alliance Syilx Indian Residential School Committee Representative.  She also represents Council on the Westbank First Nation Economic Development Commission and the Sensisyusten School Board. Ms. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from the University of British Columbia Okanagan.  She also holds certificates in Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence – Indigenous Women in Leadership and Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence Leading Teams: Governance for Indigenous Councils and Boards from the Banff Centre.

Marcel Beerkens

Term: March 31, 2020 - July 31, 2021 (elected)

Marcel Beerkens joined Okanagan University College in 1998 and transitioned to Okanagan College in 2005. For many years, Marcel and his wife have been pleased to host a number of Okanagan College International Education students. Until recently, Marcel served six years as the BCGEU Support Staff Bargaining Unit Chairperson. Well versed in labour relations and occupational health and safety, he continues to apply his knowledge, skills and abilities on various committees both internally and externally.

Marcel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina with a major in Psychology and received a technical designation from CompTIA in 2001 and a TESL Certificate from Okanagan College in 2004. In the pursuit of life-long learning, Marcel has enrolled in many of the annual professional development opportunities as offered by his employer and union.

Sanya Choudhary

Term: November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021 (elected)

Sanya Choudhary, is an exchange student currently enrolled in BBA (Finance and Accounting) and is in her third year of the OSB. Sanya is originally from Jammu, India. She loves traveling, performing, and aims to start her own business soon. In addition to being a member in Okanagan College Board of Governors, Sanya is the President in OCAC for the 2020/2021 academic year. She believes that life is all about three C’s - Choices, Chances and Changes. “You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change”.

Shelley Cook

Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2021(appointed)

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.

JoAnn Fowler

Term:  Aug. 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021 (appointed)

JoAnn Fowler is a Mentor for new Social Workers for the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). Previously Ms. Fowler was a Delegated Social Worker with MCFD. During her career at MCFD, she worked in Child Protection, with Adults with Disabilities, Children with Special Needs, in Youth Services and in Guardianship. Ms. Fowler also was Seconded as a Resource Social Worker and Director of Child Welfare Department for the Splatsin Band.   Active in her community, she is President of the Shuswap Children’s Association, Treasurer for the Enderby and District Community Resource Centre, and a Member of the Ashton Creek Riverside Community. Previously Ms. Fowler was Chairperson and Shop Steward for the BC Government Employees’ Union Local 605. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria. 

Jim Hamilton

Ex officio

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

Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2021 (appointed)

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.

Christopher Newitt

Term: June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2020

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. 

Devin Rubadeau

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

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. 

Dale Safinuk

Term: July 31, 2019 to July 31, 2020 (appointed) 

Dale Safinuk is a retired Financial Services Executive with TD Bank and most recently served as District Vice President.  In this role he was responsible for overseeing TD's retail operations and developing strategic partnerships throughout the southern interior of BC.  His career at TD Bank Group spans over 20 years in a variety of diverse roles including: Call Centre Management, Credit Centre Management and he has also worked in Branch Banking and Commercial Banking.

Dale has previously served on the Advisory Board for Ch'nook Indigenous Students Education at UBC; as Co-Chair of TD's Diversity Leadership Council for Indigenous people; was a member of TD's National Committee for Indigenous people; and served as Board Member with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. He is a past Director (Vice Chair) for the United Way of Kamloops and past Director (Treasurer) for United Way of Trail.  Other community organizations include: Kelowna Minor Hockey, Derrick Figure Skating Club (Edmonton), along with Rotary clubs in Kamloops and Trail. 

Karley Scott

Term: July 31, 2019 to July 31, 2020 (appointed) 

Karley Scott is a Member of the Parole Board of Canada and also works as the principal of Karley Scott Consulting where she provides facilitation, mediation, strategic planning, and governance planning services; with a particular focus on supporting Indigenous communities.  Karley has served on the boards of the Metis Community Services Society and the local and provincial John Howard Society.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary, and is a Qualified Arbitrator.

Nicolette Thiel

Term: November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021 (elected)

Nicolette Thiel is a fourth-year honours student at Okanagan College. She has worked for the school for 3 years in the athletics and rec department as a student assistant. In 2020, she was asked to represent the school at the Queens competition in the ethics division. Nicolette has a passion for helping others and plans to become a lawyer once she is done at OC. Her passion for helping others started to grow when she decided to volunteer for local organizations. Her current volunteer experience is at Launch Kelowna. There she helps design financial material that relates to low income people and helps recruit people for free online financial classes offered by the non-profit.

Meeting schedule


Board Meeting:
January 26
To be held via Zoom


Board Meeting:
February 23 (if required)
To be held via Zoom


Board Meeting:    
March 30
To be held via Zoom


Board Meeting:    
April 27 (if required)
To be held via Zoom


Board Meeting:
May 25
To be held via Zoom


Board Meeting:
June 22
To be held via Zoom






Board Meeting:
September 28
To be held via Zoom


Board Meeting:
October 25-26
PD Sessions - In Camera
To be held via Zoom


Board Meeting:
November 30
To be held via Zoom



Board of Governors – policy consultation

To review and comment on draft policies please click on the policy below. You will be directed to a Moodle page where you will need to enter “review” as the enrolment key. No personal identification is required to submit feedback on the policy. Accordingly, you will not receive a response regarding your comments.


There are no policies currently under review

President search process

In October 2020, the Okanagan College Board of Governors was pleased to announce that they had successfully completed the search for a new President.  Thank you to all members of the community who participated in the search. View the news release here.

President recruitment process update

Since January of 2020, the President's Search Committee (appointed by the Board of Governors and representing a broad cross-section of the College community) has met a number of times and is pleased to provide the College community with the following update:

  • More than 70 applications have been received for the position, many with outstanding skills and experience;
  • All candidates have gone through a multi-layered screening process;
  • The Search Committee has narrowed the candidate pool to four short-listed candidates; and
  • Interviews will be held with the short-list candidates in the coming weeks.

The committee, chaired by the Chair of the Board of Governors, Gloria Morgan, is responsible to make a recommendation to the full Board on candidate selection. At this point, the process is on schedule and a recommendation to the Board is expected in the fall.  

The search for Okanagan College’s next President was prompted by news of current President Jim Hamilton’s plans to retire at the end of January 2021.

Recruitment process

While the Board is responsible for overseeing the search process and selecting the final candidate for appointment, a President Search Committee has been established to recruit, evaluate and recommend suitable candidates. The recruitment process is governed by the President Selection Policy and Terms of Reference established by the Board of Governors for the Search Committee.

Search committee

The President Search Committee was established by the Board of Governors in March, 2020 and is chaired by Gloria Morgan, Chair of the Board of Governors. The committee is comprised of Board of Governors members, employees and students:

  • Gloria Morgan, Board Chair
  • Juliette Cunningham, Vice Chair, Board of Governors
  • Shelley Cook, Board of Governors
  • Tina Lee, Board of Governors
  • Tim Walters, Education Council
  • Alex Starker, Student
  • Stephanie Leask, Student
  • Cam McRobb, BC Government Employees Union (Instructional)
  • Lynn Sinclair, BC Government Employees Union (Support)
  • Sharon Mansiere, Okanagan College Faculty Association
  • Allan Coyle, Associate Vice President, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives
  • Donna Potter, Comptroller

Search consultant

The Board of Governors has engaged Leaders International Executive Search to assist with the search process. The role of the search firm is advisory, guiding the Search Committee to ensure a consistent, comprehensive, and transparent process is followed.

With more than 30 years of history exclusively focused in executive search, Leaders is one of Canada’s leading executive search firms with a particularly strong history in the post-secondary sector.

Lead search consultant Greg Longster, is a founding partner in the Vancouver office of Leaders. His professional experience, dedication and passion for executive search have helped him build a reputation for delivering excellence. Leveraging 18 years of experience in executive and management positions, Greg works with many of Canada’s top employers on their leadership search needs.

Milestone dates (dates are tentative) 

January - March                    Position profile developed, approved and posted 
April – June                              Candidate applications received
July – August                           Preliminary assessment of candidates conducted
August - September            Interviews with Search Committee occur
October – November         New President selected and announced

Candidate profile

The candidate profile can be found on the Leaders International website.

Questions or comments

If you have any questions on the process or would like to provide a comment please contact Joanna Campbell, Manager, Executive Office.