Board of Governors

The Board of Governors acts on behalf of the public. As representatives from both the College and community, their role is to set and govern the College’s mission and strategic plan. The Board is empowered by the Yukon College Act.

Yukon College Board of Governors

2017-02 February 03 2017


Carol Geddes
Teslin
First Nations
Term Ends: December 01, 2018

Chris Milner
Whitehorse
Member at Large
Term Ends: June 22, 2020

Judy Gingell
Whitehorse
First Nations
Term Ends: May 24, 2020

Julia Salo
Faro
Community Campus Committee
Term Ends: June 30, 2019

Karen Barnes
Whitehorse
President (non voting member)

Mary Samolczyk
Whitehorse
Staff
Term Ends: July 04, 2018

Mike Burke
Whitehorse
Member at Large
Term Ends: March 28, 2018

Paul Flaherty (Chair)
Paul Flaherty
Member at Large
Term Ends: June 30, 2019

Shawn Allen
Haines Junction
Community Campus Committee
Term Ends: June 30, 2019

VACANT

Student
Term Ends: April 27, 2020

VACANT

First Nations
Term Ends: June 30, 2018

Vera Holmes
Dawson
Community Campus Committee
Term Ends: May 05, 2018

How to become a Board Member

Nomination to Yukon College Board of Governors: The provisions in the College Act provide for:

  • The Board of Governors consisting of 12 members, with the following representation:
    • First Nations - 3;
    • Community Campus Committees - 3;
    • Members-at-large - 3;
    • Staff -1;
    • Student -1;
    • President (non-voting member).
  • The Commissioner in Executive Council appointing Board members for terms not exceeding 3 years, although appointments may be renewed.
  • Board members being resident within the Yukon Territory for at least one year immediately prior to their appointment.

Time Commitment

  • The Board normally meets in Whitehorse once each month, excluding January, July and August.
  • Two or three hours are normally needed to prepare for each Board meeting.
  • Additional time may be required to attend College functions and participate in sub-committees.

Board Composition The individuals who make up the Board of Governors should collectively have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • Add value and provide support to management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities
  • Effectively monitor the performance of management
  • Account for the performance of Yukon College
  • Bring to the deliberations the wide diversity of Yukon cultural, economic and social perspective
  • Contribute to the overall image of Yukon College

Personal Attributes All members of the Board of Governors should possess the following personal attributes:

  • High ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings
  • Good business judgment
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Strong reasoning and advocacy skills
  • Able and willing to fulfill time commitments required to carry out responsibilities

Competencies Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • Strategic management and organizational change
  • Internal control and accounting
  • Labour relations
  • Risk management
  • Financial expertise
  • Legal expertise
  • Experience/knowledge/expertise in post-secondary education
  • Knowledge of government and public sector environments
  • Knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting Yukon College
  • Knowledge of the extensive geography of Yukon
  • Credibility with the wide diversity of interests from within Yukon
  • Previous Board experience
  • Knowledge, experience and familiarity with Yukon First Nations' issues, culture, traditions and land claims and self government agreements

Within the context of the Board Composition, Personal Attributes and Competencies, consideration must be given to the diversity of gender, cultural heritage and knowledge of the communities served by Yukon College . Benefits of Board Membership

  • Opportunities to develop skills through Board training sessions and attendance at workshops and conferences.
  • One tuition-free College course per year.
  • A daily honorarium and travel expenses for attending Board meetings.
  • Complimentary library card.

Appointment Process

The Commissioner in Executive Council appoints Board members for terms not exceeding 3 years, although appointments may be renewed. For more information about the appointment process check out www.eco.gov.yk.ca/yukon-college-board-governors.html