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 November 1, 2018

Jocelyn (Joey) Hartman Jocelyn (Joey) Hartman, Chair

Appointed: Term Ends: July 31, 2020

Joey Hartman retired as President of the Vancouver & District Labour Council in February 2018.  She is recognized as a community and social justice activist and serves on a number of boards including the Council of Canadians, BC Labour Heritage Centre, Pacific Northwest Labour History Association and is a member of the Metro Vancouver Alliance. She holds a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Capilano College.


Elizabeth (Libby) Davies Elizabeth (Libby) Davies, Vice Chair

Appointed: Term Ends: July 31, 2019

Libby Davies was a Member of Parliament for Vancouver East from 1997 – 2015. During that time she served as House Leader, Deputy Leader (2007-2015), and Official Opposition Spokesperson for Health. Ms. Davies is invited as a guest lecturer on a variety of topics related to government, situation related to drugs and HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.


Dr. Peter Nunoda Dr. 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.


Todd Rowlatt Todd Rowlatt, Education Council Chair

Ex Officio: Term Ends: December 31, 2018

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.


Chloe Lau Chloe Lau

Appointed: Term Ends: December 31, 2018

Chloe Lau (formally Choi) was appointed to the Board in October 2014.  Ms. Lau 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 Aynsley 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.


Mahin Rashid Mahin Rashid

Appointed: Term Ends: July 31, 2019

Mahin Rashid is an Accessibility and Inclusion consultant for the President’s Group, a network for business leaders working to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities in BC. She was previously a Director with the United Way. Ms. Rashid is an active community volunteer working with Big Sisters of Canada (Big Sister), Friends of the Vancouver Public Library (Board member) and the Vancouver Foundation (Grants Committee member). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.


Mike Tourigny Mike Tourigny

Appointed: Term Ends: December 31, 2018

Mike Tourigny 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. 


Nadia Belokopitov Nadia Belokopitov

Appointed: Term Ends: July 31, 2020

Nadia Belokopitov is a status member of the Haida Nation, House of Yuuglaanas, Raven Clan. She is the owner of the Cedar Root Gallery, the only 100% owned and operated Indigenous retail store in Vancouver. Ms. Belokopitov was previously a Federal negotiator with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and is an activist with the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s Inquiry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.


Rene-John Nicolas Rene-John Nicolas

Appointed: Term Ends: December 31, 2018

Rene-John is currently an advocacy staff representative for the BC Government & Service Employees' Union. In the past, he was a labour relations staff representative for the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, an articled student, and an associate lawyer for Victory Square Law Office LLP. Prior to those ventures, Mr. Nicolas worked as a research assistant for the University of British Columbia.  Active in his community, he served as a past director for Tulayan, the BC Employment Standards Coalition, the Kaya Community Society, and the West Coast Domestic Workers' Association.  Mr. Nicolas is involved with a number of organizations focused on migrant workers and youth in the Filipino-Canadian community.  He holds his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia.


Shobha Rajagopalan Shobha Rajagopalan

Appointed: Term Ends: July 31, 2019

Shobha Rajagopalan was a Program Manager with the Native Education College and an Anatomy & Physiology Instructor with the Canadian health Care Academy and Langara College before that. Ms. Rajagopalan is a Director with the Society for Women Empowerment and was the Chair of the Joint Family Court & Youth Justice Committee. She holds a Masters in Science (Biochemistry) from the Kasturba Medical College (India) and a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from the Kerala University (India).


Erin Klis Erin Klis, Support Staff Representative

Elected: Term Ends: October 31, 2020

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.


Garth Manning Garth Manning, Faculty Representative

Elected: Term Ends: October 31, 2020

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.


Armor Valor Corrales Armor Valor Corrales, Student Representative

Appointed: Term Ends: Oct 31, 2019

Armor Valor Corrales, is currently a Culinary Student at VCC, and he is the SUVCC Downtown Representative on the Board of Governors. He hopes to bring his experience in committee politics, community building, and his fresh ideas to the Board of Governors.

Armor is a former Student Leader for the Engaged Immigrant Youth Program (EIYP) which is run by the Vancouver School Board, helping newly immigrated youth integrate and engage in Vancouver Society. 


Contact us

For questions relating to Board Governance at VCC, please contact Executive Assistant, Deborah Lucas at dlucas@vcc.ca or 604.871.7000 Ext. 8313


Government-appointed board members are appointed by the Province of British Columbia. For information on appointment processes and guidelines, please visit the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office.

Board Committees

The Board of Governors has three standing committees:

  • Governance Committee
    • Chair, Garth Manning, Todd Rowlatt, Mahin Rashid, Nadia Belokopitov, Rene-John Nicolas 
  • Finance and Audit Committee
  • Human Resources Committee


Board Governance Bylaws

The following bylaws were approved by the Board of Governors on February 7, 2018 and replace the Board Governance Manual:

‌‌G.1.0 Board Conduct
G.2.0 Board Governance
G.3.0 Board Honoraria & Expenses

Election Rules

Election Rules (Version September 2018)

Mandate Letter

AEST 2018/19 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

AEST 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. 26, 2019      
May. 29, 2019      
Apr. 10, 2019      
Feb. 13, 2019      
Nov 28, 2018 PDF v.2 3 MB  APPROVED FEB. 13 PDF 279 KB
Sept. 26, 2018 PDF 3.4MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 335 KB
Jun. 27, 2018 PDF 5.9MB PDF 187 KB PDF 266 KB
May. 30, 2018 PDF 6.5MB PDF 980 KB

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Apr. 4, 2018

PDF 3.13 MB

PDF  919 KB

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Feb. 7, 2018 PDF 1.92 MB PDF 263 KB PDF 199 KB

 The Board breaks during the summer and meetings resume on September 26, 2018.

Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Nov. 15, 2017 PDF 3,000 KB  PDF 216 KB 

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Dec 18-17 Consent Resolution - Revised A.3.2 335 KB

Se‌pt. 27, 2017 PDF 4,000 KB PDF 234 KB PDF 193 KB 
Jun. 28, 2017 PDF 3,466 KB PDF 251 KB  PDF  244 KB 
May. 31, 2017 PDF‌  6,293 KB PDF 259 KB PDF 203 KB
May. 11, 2017

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Apr. 5, 2017 PDF V.2‌  2,767 KB PDF‌ 147 KB PDF213 KB
Feb. 15, 2017 PDF5,487 KB PDF155 KB PDF‌ 211 KB


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
 Nov. 16, 2016  PDF3,471 KB  PDF‌ 181 KB   PDF174 KB
 Sept. 28, 2016  PDF V.27,360 KB  PDF258 KB  PDF310 KB
 Jun. 29, 2016  PDF3,156 KB  PDF174 KB  PDF216 KB
 Jun. 8, 2016  PDF V.2‌ 8,000 KB  PDF344 KB  PDF189 KB
 May. 11, 2016  PDF‌  568 KB  PDF‌ 196 KB  PDF173 KB
Apr. 6, 2016 PDF‌ 7,008 KB  PDF‌ 135 KB PDF‌ 622 KB
Feb. 24, 2016 PDF4,815 KB  PDF189 KB PDF 159 KB
Jan. 27, 2016 PDF‌ 3,753 KB PDF‌ 251 KB PDF‌ 141 KB


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Dec. 16, 2015 PDF v.213,073 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


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
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