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.
Doug Owram, Vice-Chair
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.
Hugh Brock was born in Vancouver, grew up in the Okanagan, and attended the University of British Columbia. After obtaining his doctorate at the University of Oxford, and post-doctoral training at the Universities of Paris and Washington, Dr. Brock joined UBC in 1982 as a professor, and spent his career there. For the past 5 years Dr. Brock has worked on teaching and learning strategy and innovation, policy, and change management.
Verna has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development, a Master’s Degree in Arts Education and a Doctorate in Education Leadership. Currently, Verna is the Vice President of Learning Services at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) and is presently the Chair of the Indigenous Institutes of Adult Higher Learning (IAHLA), a consortium of
Private Aboriginal Post-Secondary Institutes of British Columbia. Previously, Dr. Billy Minnabarriet has held many volunteer positions, provincially, nationally and internationally in the education and economic development fields. Her focus is in "Community based education, Community Economic
Development" and the "empowerment" and “strengthening” of Aboriginal peoples through healing, education and training.
Laurel Douglas has been CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) since 2004. Under Laurel’s leadership, WEC has become recognized as the go-to place for women entrepreneurs in BC and a best practice internationally. From its offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria, WEC provides business loans up to $150,000, business advisory services, training, mentoring, export support, supplier diversity certification assessments, resources and a supportive community. Laurel has a passion for empowering women to their business success. She spent the first 20 years of her career in the financial services and technology sectors in Canada, France, Germany and the UK. She settled in BC in the mid 90’s and chose economic development as her vocation. Laurel has served on the board of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission since 2003, is a founding member of the National Taskforce on Women’s Business Growth and director of Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada. She co-founded the WEB Alliance in 2009, helped organize the BC Economic Forum and WE for SHE. Laurel serves on UBC Okanagan’s External Advisory Committee and the provincial Degree Quality Assessment Board. Nationally and internationally, Laurel speaks on the topics of women’s leadership, economic empowerment and diversity. She represented Canada at the W20 engagement group for the G20, and the 2011 APEC Summit. Laurel has been recognized for her contributions by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the BC Economic Development Association, the Kelowna Chamber, Small Business BC, the Professional Women’s Network and The International Alliance of Women.
Frank Pasacreta has more than 30 years’ industrial relations experience and is President of F.A. Pasacreta & Associates. Mr. Pasacreta currently serves on the Degree Quality Assessment Board. He retired in December, 2007 from the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) after 20 years with the organization. Frank left BCMEA as President and CEO and previously served as Executive Vice-President and Vice-President of Operations. From May, 2010 to June, 2012 Mr. Pasacreta was President of the Metro Vancouver Container Drayage Association (MVCDA). The Association, which has now been taken over by the BC Tucking Association, was focused on improving the operational performance of the container hauling sector through engagement with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and other key stakeholders in the container sector. Before joining the MVCDA and BCMEA he held a variety of senior human resources positons with the BC Ministry of Labour, BC Labour Relations Board, Construction Labour Relations Association of BC and Canada Post. In the past, Mr. Pasacreta volunteered as a United Way account executive and as a fundraiser for the Lions Gate Hospital 911 Relay for 10 years. He also served as a board member of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, Western Marine Community, Templeton Secondary School Education Foundation, Federally Regulated Employers’ Transportation and Communications, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Interprovincial Association of Apprenticeship Board Chairs.
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 Interim Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning at Trinity Western University (TWU). Prior to this role, she served the School of Education at TWU as Dean and Associate Professor, teaching in the areas of Curriculum Development and Assessment for Learning. Before joining TWU, Dr. Franklin was the Director of Instruction at Pacific Academy. She also served as Chair of the Association of BC Deans of Education (2015-2017). 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 consulting company that provides expertise to companies, government agencies, Indigenous communities and other clients. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. Dave is a well-travelled geologist with a private sector and government career that has taken him across Canada to numerous mines, quarries and mineral exploration properties. He uses this background to advise interested parties and to play an active role in explaining modern mining. A former Chief Geologist for British Columbia, he provided strong leadership at the provincial and national levels during this time. This included key roles in the provincial mineral potential assessment, British Columbia Mining Plan, Canadian trade missions to Asia and national geoscience committees and organizations. Throughout his career Dave has developed innovative and collaborative partnerships involving government, industry, academic and/or non-profit organizations. For example, he helped initiate Minerals North, Geoscience BC and the British Columbia Centre of Training Excellence in Mining. A life-long volunteer, he is currently active with Mining Sector Advisory Group for the Industry Training Authority, the Aboriginal Relations Committee of the Association for Mineral Exploration, and the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining. Dave has a master’s degree in geology from Queen’s University and a doctor of philosophy in geology from Carleton University.
Dr. Robert Fleming is the Executive Director & Co-chair of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT). Prior to being appointed BCCAT Executive Director and Co-chair in 2010, Dr. Fleming taught at various institutions in BC and served in faculty and administrative roles, including English department Co-chair, Dean of Humanities, and Associate Vice-President Academic. He is also one of several founding directors of the Pan-Canadian consortium on Admissions and Transfer, which was established in 2013 to further the work of credit transfer and student mobility across Canada. Over his career, he has contributed as a member of several provincial, national, and international post-secondary committees, organizations, and projects. His scholarship includes presentations and publications on literature and composition, curriculum development and review, post-secondary policy and systems, and organizational cultures. Dr. Fleming holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of British Columbia, and a Doctorate from Simon Fraser University.
Tony Loughran is Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.