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As of May 26, 2020, date of the Special meeting of members, CICan adopted new by-laws to govern its board of directors. The new by-laws introduced a new category of directors called At-Large directors. This change was introduced to transition the board towards a more skill-based operating board, as opposed to completely regional based. This shift towards a more skills-based board aims to strengthen CICan’s governance by promoting competency-based leadership, while still ensuring that members from across the country have a voice in governing their association.

There are two categories of At-Large directors: At-Large directors from heads of member institutions and public At-Large Directors. The At-Large Directors are appointed by the Class B member, which is the chair of the board. They are appointed on recommendation of the board of directors. Since the At-Large Directors are appointed by the Chair of the Board on recommendation of the board, members are not required to vote to elect them. It is worth noting that members are still required to vote for Regional Directors when such positions are opened on the board.

There are two categories of directors: regional directors and At-Large directors. CICan’s board has 6 Regional Directors representing the 6 regions in Canada: British-Columbia and the Yukon, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic region. The board is also composed of two types of At-Large directors: At-Large directors from heads of member institutions and public At-Large Directors. The At-Large Directors are appointed by the Class B member, which is the chair of the board. They are appointed on recommendation of the board of directors. Since the At-Large Directors are appointed by the Chair of the Board on recommendation of the board, members are not required to vote to elect them. It is worth noting that members are still required to vote for Regional Directors when such positions are opened on the board.

Executive

Nathalie Vallée

Nathalie Vallée

Director General
Collège Ahuntsic

Quebec
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Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson

President and CEO
College of New Caledonia

British Columbia and Yukon
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Alice Wainwright-Steward

Alice Wainwright-Steward

President and CEO
Lakeland College

Alberta and Northwest Territories
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Ray Karasevich

Ray Karasevich

President and CEO
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut
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Pierre Zundel

Pierre Zundel

President and CEO
Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

Atlantic
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Don Bureaux

Don Bureaux

President
Nova Scotia Community College

At-Large Director from head of an institution
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Don Lovisa

Don Lovisa

President
Durham College

At-Large Director from head of an institution
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Nada Semaan

Nada Semaan

Former Public Sector Deputy Minister / Semi-retired Professional

Public At-Large Director
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Marlene Floyd

Marlene Floyd

National Director, Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Canada

Public At-Large Director
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Carmen Abela

Carmen Abela

Managing Director, WindReach Consulting Services Inc.

Public At-Large Director
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Dr. David Ross

Dr. David Ross

President
SAIT

At-Large Director from head of an institution
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Professor Asha Kanwar

Professor Asha Kanwar

President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning

Public At-Large Director
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André Gobeil

André Gobeil

Director General
Cégep de Chicoutimi

At-Large Director from head of an institution
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Rebecca Jamieson

Rebecca Jamieson

President and CEO
Six Nations Polytechnic

At-Large Director from head of an institution
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Ajay Patel

Ajay Patel

President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

At-Large Director from head of an institution
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According to Colleges and Institutes Canada’s By-Laws, the Board of Directors has responsibility to provide leadership to the Association for all of its programs, facilities, and resources. Members of the Board have a responsibility to ensure that the views of their region are made known, while recognizing that as a member of a national Board they must vote according to the best interests of Canadian post-secondary education.