Board of Governors


Vancouver Community College is a public post-secondary education institution. The Board of Governors administers the college, on behalf of the government of British Columbia and the Ministry of Advanced Education, and determines policy and reviews the college's performance as detailed in the College and Institute Act, Part 4, Section 19.

Members of the Board

Updated March 10, 2016


Pamela S. Ryan Pamela S. Ryan, Board Chair

Appointed: Term Ends: July 31, 2018

Pamela Ryan was appointed to the Board in November 2012 and began her term as Board Chair in November 2015.   Ms. Ryan is Managing Partner at Lucent Quay Consulting Inc., a Vancouver-based management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and community relations. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at Karyo Communications and a Senior Research Analyst at Canadian Facts. She also worked in Communications at BC Ferries. Active in her community, Ms. Ryan is past President of the Strait of Georgia chapter of WTS, an international professional association for women in transportation. Ms. Ryan holds her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. 


Peter Nunoda Peter Nunoda, President & CEO, Vancouver Community College

Ex Officio

Dr. Peter Nunoda was appointed President, Vancouver Community College in August, 2014. Prior to joining VCC, he held the position of Vice President, Academic and Research at Northern Lights College since August 2011. Dr. Nunoda has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University College of the North from 2007 to 2011, the Director of Access Programs at the University of Manitoba from 2002 to 2007 and as a Program Director for Aboriginal Focus Programs at the University of Manitoba from 2000 to 2002. Prior to his entry into academic administration, Dr. Nunoda taught for twelve years in the Departments of History and Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. His research projects include: reports on professional health education for Aboriginal People for Health Canada and HRSDC; an article on Japanese Canadian Perceptions of Canadian Citizenship; and a study of the retention of Aboriginal students at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Nunoda has worked internationally with the Indigenous Health Unit at James Cook University in Australia and nationally with Indigenous Student Services at the University of Western Ontario.


Sumit Ahuja Sumit Ahuja,

Appointed: Term Ends: July 31, 2018

Sumit Ahuja was appointed to the Board in March 2014.  Mr. Ahuja commenced his employment with Lindsay Kenney LLP in June 2014, representing clients in the areas of Family, Criminal and Immigration Law. After completing his secondary education in Surrey, BC, Sumit obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 2006 from the University of British Columbia. Sumit then obtained his Juris Doctor, Law from Bond University, in Australia. Upon his return to Canada, Sumit received his Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee of Accreditation. Since completing his Articles at a law firm in the Fraser Valley, Sumit has practiced primarily in the areas of Family, Criminal and Immigration Law. He was named Managing Associate at his former law firm and has been included among Surrey’s highly rated lawyers since 2011. He represented clients at high conflict and high net worth trials, appearing in both the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia. He has also assisted counsel in the BC Court of Appeal. Travelling into northern British Columbia, Sumit has successfully represented clients in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. He has also travelled out of province, successfully representing clients in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton, Alberta and at family law proceedings in Whitehorse, Yukon. 


Chloe Choi Chloe Choi,

Appointed: Term Ends: December 31, 2018

Chloe Choi was appointed to the Board in October 2014.  Ms. Choi is currently the Director of Financial Reporting and Corporate Controller for WesternOne Inc., a company focused on acquiring and growing businesses in the construction and infrastructure services sectors. She is a Chartered Accountant, and earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of British Columbia. Chloe articled with KPMG LLP where she led audit engagements for public corporations in the industrial and technology sectors. She brings to the VCC Board significant experience in financial reporting and internal controls.


Brenda Aynsley Brenda Aynsley,

Appointed: Term Ends: December 31, 2018

Brenda is United Way of the Lower Mainland’s (UWLM) VP of Resource Development. Brenda joined UWLM after having been the Executive Director of Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way for the past 11 years. In that role, she built strong partnerships with community, government, media and donors positioning United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo as a community impact organization.

Prior to working for United Way, Brenda was an area manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon. Brenda also has on the ground social service experience: she was a program director at Kamloops Youth Resources, and more locally, a supervisor and front-line worker at Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre in Burnaby.

Brenda has been honoured for her community work. She is a recipient of a Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service and a recipient of a City of Kamloops Pioneer Spirit Award. She is a current nominee for a RBC Women of Influence award.


Mike Tourigny Mike Tourigny,

Appointed: Term Ends: December 31, 2018

Mike practiced law in Vancouver as a corporate commercial litigator for over 30 years.  He holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of BC and was an active member of the BC Law Society Pro Bono legal advice program.

Mike worked with a major Canadian law firm, which through mergers became Lang Michener LLP in 1989 and latterly McMillan LLP in 2011.  Over the years Mike acted as counsel in numerous complex commercial disputes involving corporate governance matters.  During his tenure as a partner Mike spent over 10 years on the management committee of the Vancouver office of the partnership,  including 6 years as managing partner of the western division of Lang Michener LLP. 


Dee Dhaliwal Dee Dhaliwal,

Appointed: Term Ends: December 31, 2018

Dee Dhaliwal is General Manager & Publisher of Western Living and the Vancouver Magazine.  Ms. Dhaliwal was formerly the Publisher of The Vancouver Courier and Westender newspapers (Glacier Media) and before that worked as Director of Sales and Marketing with North Shore News. Earlier in her career, Ms. Dhaliwal was stationed in London, England working for a communications and publishing company.  Active in the community, she served as Chair of North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Business Excellence Awards, Director of Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, and Director of BC Chamber of Commerce and a Director of PCTIA.   Ms. Dhaliwal holds her Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Stirling University in Scotland.  Ms. Dhaliwal qualified as a  Sommelier from The Art Institute Vancouver and is a part time visual artist.


Stephen Kukucha Stephen Kukucha,

Appointed: Term Ends: December 31, 2017

Mr. Kukucha is a lawyer, business consultant, political advisor and entrepreneur.  He is the one of the Funding partners at Wazuku Advisory Group.  Previously he was President for Atla Energy.  Mr. Kukucha also spent over seven years with Ballard Power Systems as Director, External Affairs and Emerging Market Business Development.  Mr. Kukucha holds his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and his Bachelor of Law from the University of New Brunswick.


Howard Grant Howard Grant,

Appointed: Term Ends: December 31, 2017

Mr. Grant is currently the Executive Director of the First Nations Summit (FNS) and is also a long serving member of Council from his home community of Musqueam.  Mr. Grant has served and continues to serve on numerous First Nations committees, Federal Committees, Boards, Post-Secondary advisory committees, and public sector committees in the capacity of advisor and/or board member


Todd Rowlatt Todd Rowlatt, Education Council Chair

Ex Officio: Term Ends: December 31, 2017

Todd Rowlatt joined the Board on January 1, 2015 as the elected Chair of the Education Council. Mr. Rowlatt has worked at VCC as a librarian since 2006, and has been the Department Head of Library Public Services since 2013. He has been a member of Education Council (EdCo) since 2009; during that time, Todd has served four terms as the Vice-Chair of EdCo. He has also been a member of the Education Policy Committee since 2010, acting as the Chair for the last two years. Todd has a Master of Library and Information Studies from UBC, a Master of History from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts from UVic.


Garth Manning Garth Manning, Faculty Representative

Elected: Term Ends: October 31, 2017

Garth Manning began his career at Vancouver Community College in 1998 as an instructor with the ABE Youth Program. Garth spent the next 13 years working in this program with at-risk youth where he served as Department Leader for 6 years. In 2011, Garth became an Instructional Associate with the Centre for Instructional Development. Garth is currently the CID representative on Curriculum Committee. Garth has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, as well as a Provincial Instructors Diploma and a Online Teaching Certificate from Vancouver Community College.


Erin Klis Erin Klis, Support Staff Representative

Elected: Term Ends: October 31, 2017

Erin Klis began her career at Vancouver Community College working in the Circulation Department at Broadway Campus Library. She is currently working in the Information Services Department at Downtown Campus library as a Reference Assistant. Erin sits on three committees within the library and attends the Library and Learning Resources Management Group Meetings. Besides her involvement with the library, Erin also sits on the VCC’s Disability Services Committee and the Gender-Based Violence and Harassment Committee.


Janet Crawford Janet Crawford, Broadway Campus Student Representative

Elected: Term Ends: October 31, 2017

Janet is currently a student in VCC's ASL program.  Complete biography to follow.


Danica Kong Danica Kong, Downtown Campus Student Representative

Elected: Term Ends: October 31, 2017

Danica is currently a student in VCC's Hair Design program.  Complete biography to follow.



Government-appointed board members are appointed by the Province of British Columbia. For information on appointment processes and guidelines, please visit the B.C. Board Resourcing and Development Office (BRDO) website.


Board Committees

The Board of Governors has three standing committees, and Board members may sit on more than one committee. The standing committees are as follows:

Board Governance Manual

‌‌VCC Governance Manual February 2014


Mandate Letter

AVED 2017/18 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

AVED 2016/17 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

AVED 2015/16 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions



Agendas and meeting minutes

Board meetings are held on the dates listed below.  Unless noted otherwise, Board meetings commence at 5:30pm in Room 420, VCC Downtown Campus, 250 West Pender Street.

Please note: all persons or groups wishing to make a presentation must submit their request in writing at least 14 days in advance of the meeting date to Deborah Lucas, Executive Assistant to the Board of Governors at dlucas@vcc.ca.



Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions

Jun. 28, 2017


May. 31, 2017

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May. 11, 2017

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Apr. 5, 2017

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Feb. 15, 2017

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Nov. 16, 2016

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Sept. 28, 2016

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Jun. 29, 2016 

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Jun. 8, 2016

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May. 11, 2016

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Apr. 6, 2016 PDF 7,008 KB  PDF‌ 135 KB PDF 622 KB
Feb. 24, 2016 PDF 4,815 KB 
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Jan. 27, 2016 PDF‌ 3,753 KB PDF 251 KB PDF‌ 141 KB
Dec. 16, 2015 PDF v.2 13,073 KB PDF‌ 600 KB PDF 52 KB
Oct. 28, 2015 PDF 2,235 KB PDF 399 KB PDF 126 KB
Jun. 29, 2015 PDF 7,200 KB PDF 161 KB PDF 1,403 KB‌‌
May 27, 2015 PDF‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ 1,667 KB PDF‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ 246 KB PDF 685 KB
Apr. 29, 2015 PDF 2,866 KB PDF‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ 243 KB PDF 356 KB
Feb. 25, 2015 PDF 2,919 KB PDF 365 KB PDF 745 KB
Dec. 3, 2014 PDF 955 KB   PDF‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ 208 KB PDF ‌349 KB
Nov. 6, 2014 PDF 5,159 KB PDF 700 KB PDF 174 KB
May 28, 2014 PDF 3,014 KB PDF 171 KB PDF 87 KB
Apr. 30, 2014 PDF 2,551 KB   PDF 294 KB PDF 1,640 KB
Feb. 26, 2014 PDF 1,427 KB -- PDF 1,016 KB