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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Colleges and Institutes Canada is composed of 12 college and institute presidents from across the country. Up to 6 additional directors may also be invited to join the board (up to 2 from among college and institute presidents, and up to 4 from outside the college system).

The governance structure empowers the Association to advocate strategically at the national and international levels as well as support its member institutions as they address challenges and opportunities in the post-secondary education sector. The composition of CICan’s board contributes to effective governance and reflects the skills, experience, and qualities required of a board of directors under the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.

Executive

Dr. Michel Tarko (Chair)

Dr. Michel Tarko (Chair)

President and CEO
Justice Institute of British Columbia

British Columbia and Yukon
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Members of the Board

Dr. Paula Burns

Dr. Paula Burns

President and CEO
Lethbridge College

Alberta and Northwest Territories
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Mark Frison

Mark Frison

President and CEO
Assiniboine Community College

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut
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Riel Bellegarde

Riel Bellegarde

President & CEO
Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut
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Nathalie Vallée

Nathalie Vallée

CEO
Collège Ahuntsic

Quebec
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Don Bureaux

Don Bureaux

President
Nova Scotia Community College

At-Large Directors from head of institutions
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Mary Butler

Mary Butler

President and CEO
New Brunswick Community College

Atlantic
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Don Lovisa

Don Lovisa

President of Durham College
Durham College

At-Large Directors from head of institutions
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Josée Ouellet

Josée Ouellet

President
Collège d’Alma

At-Large Directors from head of institutions
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Sherri Bell

Sherri Bell

President
Camosun College

At-Large Directors from head of institutions
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Nada Semaan

Nada Semaan

President and CEO, Financial Transactions Reports Analysis Center of Canada (FINTRAC)

Elected Public Director
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Marlene Floyd

Marlene Floyd

National Director, Corporate Affairs of Microsoft Canada

Public At-Large Director
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Carmen Abela

Carmen Abela

Managing Director

Public At-Large Director
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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.