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Langara College Board of Governors

Appointed by the Province of British Columbia

Mary Lynn Baum

Mary Lynn Baum, Board Second Vice-Chair has a background in education policy, governance, and the arts. A founding member of the Gifted Children’s Association of BC, she was a long-time representative to the Vancouver School Board’s District Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee and the VSB/UBC/Ministry of Education Transition Program. Professionally, she currently provides clinical assistance with aspects of psychoeducational assessment to psychologists in private practice. For 8 years, from 2010 through 2017, Mary Lynn served as a trustee on the Vancouver Public Library Board, including three years as Chair of the Board. Her extensive history of volunteerism was recognized in 2015 with the City of Vancouver’s Award for Excellence (Civic Volunteer) and in 2017 with a nomination for a Woman of Distinction award. Mary Lynn also has a background in the performing arts, having formerly taught at Pacific Ballet Theatre School and served on the board of Theatre Terrific Society; she is now a member of the dance performance group, Razzmatap.

(Term of Appointment: December 31, 2018 - July 31, 2022)

Stacey Edzerza Fox

Krisha Dhaliwal, Board First Vice-Chair, is an immigration lawyer with Larlee Rosenberg in Vancouver. She has a particular interest in equality rights, anti-discrimination work and access to justice issues for immigrant communities, racialized people, and women. Ms. Dhaliwal sits on the board of the College of Physical Therapists of BC and also serves on the South Asian Bar Association of BC. She holds a JD from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the humanities from Simon Fraser University.

(Term of Appointment: August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2022)

 

 

Amardeep Singh Dhillon

Mr. Amardeep (Andy) Singh Dhillon, Chair, Audit and Finance, is a Principal of AD CPA Ltd.  Mr. Dhillon earned his CPA while working with Ernst & Young LLP, where he left from the role of a Manager prior to opening his own Public Practice firm.  Previous to being an Accountant, Mr. Dhillon was a Mortgage Specialist for RBC Royal Bank in areas of the Lower Mainland and Toronto. He completed his Diploma in Accounting from the Sauder School of Business at the University of BC and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

(Term of Appointment: December 2, 2016 - July 31, 2022)

 

 

Janelle Dwyer

Janelle Dwyer, Chair, Governance and Nominating, is currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and a lawyer for Mandell Pinder, LLP. Ms. Dwyer specializes as a business lawyer and provides advice to First Nations communities on commercial matters, real estate, financing and corporate structuring. Previously, she was a director for the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business, a director for Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society, and a lawyer for Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. Ms. Dwyer is active in the community currently serving as a member for the Aboriginal Finance Officers Association's Advisory Committee and a member for the Splatsin First Nation. Previously, she was appointed to the Federation of Law Societies, National Admission Standards Project Competencies Development Task Force and the Canadian Bar Association's Aboriginal Law Student Scholarship Trust, Fundraising Steering Committee. Ms. Dwyer holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature (Honors) and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.

(Term of Appointment: December 2, 2017 - July 31, 2023)

 

 

Michael Jaworski

Michal Jaworski, Board Chair, is a partner and co-chair of the higher learning practice group at Clark Wilson LLP, and a member of the Board of Directors of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. Active in the legal community, he was previously an adjunct professor for the Allard School of Law and Sauder School of Business. He currently volunteers as member of the executive of the charities and not-for-profit subsection of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and a mentor to first year law students. Mr. Jaworski completed his Bachelor of Laws and his Bachelor of Arts in psychology at UBC.

(Term of Appointment: August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2023)

 

Ian Mass

Ian Mass is a retired social worker. Most recently he was the Executive Director of the Pacific Community Resources Society.  Previous to that he was the Executive Director of the Vancity Credit Union Community Foundation; the Deputy Child, Youth, and Family Advocate for B.C; Provincial Coordinator for First Call; and Program Director for Family Services of Greater Vancouver.  Mr. Mass has experience as a child protection supervisor, frontline social worker, and reconnect street worker.  He has previous board experience with Vancouver Community College, the United Services Cooperative, and the Federation of Community Social Services in B.C. among others.  Mr. Mass attended the University of Windsor and holds certificates in cooperative economic studies and non-profit management from Simon Fraser University.

Presently he is a self-employed non-profit social service consultant.  He volunteers as a Board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in B.C. and is active in community journalism and various art organizations.

(Term of Appointment: December 31, 2017 - July 31, 2023)

 

Raza Mirani

Raza Mirani is a Secondary School Principal with the Vancouver School Board and currently Principal of Templeton Secondary School. He has previously served as Vice Principal of Windermere Secondary School and Vice Principal of Eric Hamber Secondary School. He has been an educator since 1997 and began his career teaching Math and Information Technology and then moved on to spend four years teaching Math and Science Montessori before moving into his field of Biology and becoming Head of the Science Department at Gladstone Secondary School. He is active in his community as the Vice President of Education Services for the BC Muslim Association and current chair of the BCMA Board of Education. He is a former President of the Pakistan-Canada Association and current General Secretary. He is also a founding member of the Pakistan Festival Committee. Mr. Mirani holds a Master’s of Education in Digital Learning and Curriculum from UBC and a Graduate Diploma from SFU in Educational Technology along with his Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees.

(Term of Appointment: August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2023)

Scott Murray

Scott Michael Murray is currently a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young LLP (EY Canada). Previously, Mr. Murray was a Senior Consultant with EY Australia. Active in his community, Mr. Murray volunteers as an Advisor with Science World and the Business Council of British Columbia. He is also involved in the UBC Saunder MBA Mentorship Program. Mr. Murray holds a Masters in Business Administration from Edith Cowan University, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia.

(Term of Appointment: July 31, 2020 - July 31, 2022)

Cole Rheaume

Cole Rheaume has over twenty years of experience working with non-profits, Indigenous groups and community based organizations facilitating dialogue. He has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker, a natural leader and an enthusiastic addition to any team seeking change and innovation for their projects and organizations. Cole has developed community programs, policies and initiatives through working collaboratively with boards, senior management and staff, community members, and various levels of governments. Cole works well with his clients to identify their needs and determine their priorities and strengths. He strives to ensure that the initiatives he’s involved with are culturally appropriate and led by the local communities. As the managing partner of Mi’kmwesu Management, Cole is currently working with:

  • Shaw and Bell-First Nations Community Engagement Advisor
  • BC Assembly of First Nations-Event Planning & Special Projects Advisor
  • Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business-Progressive Aboriginal Relations Verifier

(Term of Appointment: July 31, 2020 - July 31, 2022)

Elected

Maria Alonso

Maria de Jesus Alonso Villela, student-elected Board Member is a first year international student in the Associate's Degree of Arts in Health Science at Langara College. She participates in VOLT as an i-Guide mentor and in the GO Team event.  María also works at Langara College as a tutor and in the laboratories of the Biology department as a research assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Tec de Monterrey University in Mexico, and has published work in design of 3D printable biomaterials for implants. She has years of experience working in clinical, biotechnological and pharmaceutical/drug-testing research facilities in Mexico, as well as volunteering as a science teacher, mainly with children. Her professional goals are to dedicate her life to medical research, work in the private biotech industry, and serve in her community in any way she can. In her free time, she enjoys learning languages, playing the cello, painting in watercolor, watching anime and playing videogames.  Maria hopes that this experience gives her the opportunity to rightfully represent the voices of the student body of Langara College, by making sure our institutional needs are very well known and heard. 

(Term of Appointment:  October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022)

Rose Palozzi

Rose Palozzi, staff-elected, joined Langara College in January 2014 and works as a Financial Business Analyst.  She is a former member of Langara Council, an active member of the United Way committee and a Shop Steward.  She worked in finance in the private sector before joining Langara, and studied arts at the University of Toronto, and financial accounting at BCIT.  She enjoys ice hockey, cycling and volunteers running game nights at her local neighbourhood house.

(Term of Appointment:  October 15, 2019 - October 14, 2022)

 

 

 

Armor Corrales

Armor Corrales, Student-elected Board Member 

(Term of Appointment:  October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022)

Veda Roodal Persad

Melissa Roberts, faculty-elected joined Langara College in August 2011 and is a faculty member and the current department chair for Criminal Justice. In addition to teaching, Melissa is an active member of the Langara College community. She serves as a Langara Faculty Association representative, is an ambassador for the Langara Sexual Respect initiatives, and represents Langara on the Status of Women committee for the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of B.C. She has also been sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University and Columbia College and has been teaching Criminology in post-secondary since 2005.  Melissa holds both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, with her research focus being restorative and community justice, and research methodology. She has completed research projects evaluating restorative justice programming and most recently was the project coordinator for a study at SFU investigating the settlement of refugees in the City of Surrey. Melissa is an avid cook, loves to travel, and is a long-distance walker, having completed two half-marathons to date.

(Term of Appointment:  October 15, 2019 - October 14, 2022)

Ex-officio

Ryan Cawsey

Tess MacMillan, Chair of Education Council is

(Term of Appointment:  September 17, 2021 - April 30, 2022)

Lane Trotter

Dr. Lane Trotter, President and CEO, brings over 22 years of experience in higher education to the role, serving most recently as the Senior Vice President, Academic, at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.  His previous appointments include service as Dean, School of Transportation, at BCIT, and Dean, Academic Policy, at St. Clair College.  He also spent a number of years working in different roles with BC's Ministries of Advanced Education/Education, Skills, and Training.

His wealth of experience includes leading a successful strategic enrolment management initiative at Fanshawe College, with the launch of 26 new programs and two degrees, and leading the development of the education and business plan for BCIT's Aerospace Technology Campus (opened in 2007). 

He also contributed his expertise to Colleges Ontario, the umbrella organization representing all 24 Ontario colleges, serving as an expert panelist for the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities on plans for colleges to offer three-year applied and four-year honours degrees, and for the creation of a province-wide Ontario Online Institute. 

Dr. Trotter earned his Doctorate of Education from Simon Fraser University and his Master of Public Administration at the University of Victoria.  He is the author or co-author of many papers and presentations on higher education administration, and has served on a number of national committees and local, provincial, and national boards during his career.