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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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Yves Galipeau (Vice-Chair)

Yves Galipeau (Vice-Chair)

Directeur général
Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Quebec
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Members of the Board

Jim Hamilton

Jim Hamilton

President
Okanagan College

British Columbia and Yukon
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Dr. Paula Burns

Dr. Paula Burns

President and CEO
Lethbridge College

Alberta and Northwest Territories
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Don Gnatiuk

Don Gnatiuk

President and CEO
Grande Prairie Regional 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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Dr. Dan Patterson

Dr. Dan Patterson

President
Niagara College

Ontario
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François Dornier

François Dornier

Directeur Général
Cégep de Rimouski

Quebec
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Don Bureaux

Don Bureaux

President
Nova Scotia Community College

Atlantic
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Chris Power

Chris Power

President and CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Elected Public Director
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Major-General (Retired) Eric Tremblay

Major-General (Retired) Eric Tremblay

Senior Product Manager - Product Management, Pratt & Whitney Canada

Elected Public Director
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Maggie Farrington

Maggie Farrington

Chief Executive Officer, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Elected Public Director
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Carmen Abela

Carmen Abela

Managing Director, WindReach Consulting Services Inc.

Elected Public 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.