Current Board Members
Nicholas Rubidge, Chair
Nicholas Rubidge recently completed a term as interim President, Northern Lights College. Upon his retirement from the presidency of the College of the Rockies was appointed president emeritus. Rubidge serves as chair of the Province of British Columbia's Degree Quality Assurance Board and prior to his appointment to DQAB he was chair of the BC Post-Secondary Employers Association. He is presently a member of the Board for the Ontario Colleges Quality Assurance Service. He has more than 40 years' experience in the post-secondary system. Before joining the College of the Rockies, Rubidge served 23 years in various capacities in the Provinces Ministry of Advanced Education, lastly as director of the colleges and institutional planning branch at the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Training and Technology in Victoria and as vice-president of Royal Roads University. In 1975, Rubidge was one of the educational administrators hired to create a multi-campus college for the East Kootenay region. That college became East Kootenay Community College and was later renamed College of the Rockies. He has represented the province and Canada at various national and international venues, such as the council of Canadian ministers of education, the commonwealth ministers of education and meetings of the south east Asia ministers of education. His educational background includes a master's degree in agricultural economics and a doctorate in adult education from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Science degree from London University in England.
John Stubbs, Vice-Chair
John Stubbs is a professor emeritus of history and past president and vice-chancellor of Simon Fraser University. A long-time university executive and educator, Stubbs has served as president and vice-chancellor of Trent University, associate dean of arts at the University of Waterloo, governor of Sir Sandford Fleming College, and a member of the executive of the Council of Ontario Universities. He has taught politics and history at Trent University and history at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of articles and papers on British political history and the history of journalism. Stubbs is a former director of BC Hydro and the Laurier Institution. In the past, he served as a director for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Vancouver Board of Trade, and the Business Council of British Columbia. He also served as a director of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation from 1999 to 2010. Stubbs holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto, a master of science from the London School of Economics, and a doctor of philosophy from Oxford University.
Doug Owram is a Canadian historian who was educated at Queen’s University (B.A. , M.A.) and the University of Toronto (PhD). He joined the University of Alberta in 1976 and became full professor in 1985. He served in several administrative positions, becoming Vice-President (Academic) in 1995. As such he was senior vice-president of the university and its chief operating officer. His term was completed in 2003. In 2006 he was recruited to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. He completed his term on June 30, 2012. Professor Owram has authored or edited nine books and many articles. In recognition of his scholarship he was made a member of the Royal Society of Canada (1990) and won the university’s research prize in 1995. Major external roles include the Presidency of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002-2004) and the founding Chair of the Campus Alberta Quality Council (2003-2006), Alberta’s accreditation body.
Dr. Kathy Denton is the President of Douglas College. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and is a postdoctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Denton has worked at Douglas College since 1993, first as a faculty member, then in a sequence of administrative positions: Chair of Psychology, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vice President Academic and Provost. As VP Academic and Provost, Dr. Denton was responsible for all educational programs at the College, as well as the professional development and research activities that enable faculty to stay current and engaged. Her responsibilities also included external partnerships related to educational programs and research. Dr. Denton played a key role in developing and implementing an innovative degree partnership program with SFU. She also introduced a first year program that enables students to explore their interests before making a commitment to a specific area of study. These and other initiatives reflect her commitment to student mobility, flexible curriculum, and system-wide planning and cooperation. Although Dr. Denton has spent most of her career in administrative roles, she has continued to stay active in research. She is interested in social processes that support people’s misrepresentations of themselves, including their failures, personal limitations, and moral transgressions.
Barry Hogan joined the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 2002, and has held progressive positions across the Institute; he was appointed Dean of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance for the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 2013. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing at Mark Anthony Group. In his community, Dr. Hogan serves as Member of the Seymour Power Squadron and has served as a Member of the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education Expert Council on Quality, Chair of the Education sub-committee for the BCIT Sustainability Committee, Vice Chair of the BCIT Education Council, and Head Coach for North Vancouver Minor Hockey. He holds his Doctor of Education from Simon University, Master of Business from the University of Toronto, and Bachelor Commerce from the University of Windsor.
Laurel Douglas has a background in technology, finance and economic development, and an interest in post-secondary education. She spent 15 years in senior underwriting, strategic planning and business development positions at Chubb Insurance, Alcatel NV, Nortel and JP Morgan in Toronto, Paris, London and Frankfurt. After almost 10 years in Europe, she moved to BC in the mid 1990’s, entered the economic development field, and held leadership roles in the Okanagan technology community from 1997 to 2004. She was the founding Executive Director of the Science & Technology Council of the Okanagan (now Accelerate Okanagan). Since 2004, Laurel has been CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre, which provides business loans, advisory services, resources, training and mentors to women business owners throughout BC, from its offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria. The Centre was the winner of the 2012 national Startup Canada ‘Canadian Mentorship Challenge’. Douglas serves on numerous boards, including Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada and the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (since 2003). She received the ‘Order of Entrepreneurship’ in 2008 from Small Business BC, a silver medal for ‘Economic Developer of the Year’ from the Economic Development Association of BC in 2009, and was named one of the ‘World of Difference 100 Award’ winners by The International Alliance of Women in 2011. She spoke at the 2011 Summit of APEC nations on the topic of access to capital, and has provided keynotes and presentations on leadership, mentoring and women’s entrepreneurship at national and international academic and industry conferences. Laurel has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University (1983), an MBA from INSEAD (1987), and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development from SFU (1995).
Don McKendrick resides in Maple Bay on Vancouver Island and currently works as an independent management consultant. His career spans almost 40 years in the pulp and paper sector. Don has worked in senior level positions in operations and corporate services for various companies in BC and Ontario. Most recently, he provided leadership support for the start-up of a world-class pulp mill in Rizhau, China. Previous to this, Don was VP of Operations at Canada’s largest paper complex in Crofton BC. Don’s academic background includes a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a diploma from the Banff School of Advanced Management, a Coaching Certificate from the Learning Institute of Seattle and a diploma from the Centre for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Frank Pasacreta has over 30 years of experience in Industrial Relations. Prior to his retirement in December 2007 he spent 18 years with the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), most recently as President and CEO, and before that as Executive Vice-President and Vice-President of Operations. As CEO he was responsible for all of the BCMEA activities including, Health & Safety, Collective Bargaining, Labour Relations, Recruitment and Training, Claims Management, Information Services, Payroll & Benefits, Legislative Advocacy and the Longshore Despatch Centres. Prior to joining the BCMEA in 1987 he held a variety of senior positions in the Human Resources field with the Provincial Department of Labour, BC Labour Relations Board, Construction Labour Relations and Canada Post. Frank, who lives in Kelowna, has served as a fundraiser for the Lions Gate Hospital 911 Relay for 10 years and volunteers as an account executive for the United Way. Pasacreta currently serves as a Director and Chair of the Board of the Industry Training Authority and as Director of the Templeton Secondary School Education Foundation. He is a former Director of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, Western Marine Community and Federal Employers Transportation & Communications (FETCO).
Trevor Toone has been the Principal of Columbia College since 1999. In the past, he was the Vice Principal of Columbia College and a chemistry instructor for Columbia College. Prior to that, he was a research association for the chemistry department in the University of BC. He is a member of the Transfer and Articulation Committee of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals. Mr. Tonne holds his Doctorate (Ph.D) in Physical Organic Chemistry and his Master of Science, both from the University of East Anglia in England. He also holds his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Sussex. Mr. Toone completed his post-doctoral fellowship in chemistry at York University and the University of BC.
Kimberly P. Franklin is Associate Professor and Dean of the Trinity Western University (TWU) School of Education. Prior to her role as Dean, she was the Director of Professional Programs and taught Language Arts: Curriculum and Pedagogy, Curriculum Development, and Assessment for Learning. Before joining TWU, Dr. Franklin was the Director of Instruction at Pacific Academy. Currently, she is the Chair of the Association of BC Deans of Education. She holds her Doctorate in Education from Simon Fraser University, her Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and her Bachelor of Education from the University of BC.
David Lefebure is the Principal of Lefebure GeoLogic Ltd, a geological consulting company. He was recently a director for C3 Alliance Corp. Mr. Lefebure has over 30 years of experience as a geologist for various organizations. Previously, he was the Chief Geologist for the Province of BC and worked as a Manager and District Geologist for the BC Geological Survey. He was a Project Geologist for the Corporation of Falconbridge Copper. Active in his community, he is the Chair of the BC Centre of Training Excellence in Mining Advisory Council, an adjunct professor for the University of Victoria, a member of the Mining Sector Advisory Group for the Industry Training Authority and a member for several Association of Mineral Exploration BC Committees. He was a director of the Minerals North Conference Association board. Mr. Lefebure holds his Doctorate (Ph.D) in Geology from Carleton University, his Master of Science in Geology and his Bachelor of Science in Geology, both from Queen’s University.
Rob Fleming is the Executive Director and Co-chair, British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer. The mandate of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer is to facilitate admission, articulation and transfer arrangements among institutions, public and private, that are members of the BC transfer system. The Council provides information and assistance to private institutions that are seeking baccalaureate degree approval and that anticipate articulating their courses for transfer credit. The Council's collaborative approach to the planning and administration of policies, practices and projects helps to ensure an accessible and responsive system.
Claire Avison is Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Advanced Education. Claire Avison joined the BC Public Service in 2001, working at the Ministry of Health for five years in the health promotion area before moving to the Ministry of Education in 2006 and assuming responsibility for a broad range of policy matters. The work at the Ministry of Education included a two year term as the Executive Director responsible for the national Consortium for School Health, bringing together senior policy makers from provincial and territorial ministries of health and education along with the Public Health Agency of Canada to work more effectively together on areas of common interest, and, subsequently a lead role in the promotion of healthy schools, the expanded community use of schools and support for vulnerable students. In 2010, Claire began working with the Deputy Minister and ministry executive to ensure policy alignment within the K-12 sector's transformation initiatives. In 2011, Claire was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Governance, Legislation and Regulation. Her responsibilities included governance and legislation, teacher regulation, international education, independent schools and labour relations. Claire was also a member of the Board of the BC Public Schools Employers Association and the Board of the BC Council for International Education and served as the government representative on the BC Teachers’ Council. In November 2013, she joined the Ministry of Advanced Education in the capacity of Assistant Deputy Minister with the Governance, Legislation and Strategic Policy Division. She oversees governance and quality assurance, strategic policy and planning, labour relations as well as post-secondary audit and accountability. Claire brings a wide range of experience in policy alignment, governance, legislation and labour relations to her role with the Ministry of Advanced Education.