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Board Member Biographies

JohnJohn Kurjata, Board Chair

Appointed: November 30, 2011. Term ends: July 31, 2018.

John Kurjata, CPA, CA was appointed to the Board in 2011. Mr. Kurjata is a Partner at SKK Chartered Professional Accountants in Dawson Creek. Before beginning his current accounting career, Mr. Kurjata worked in the trucking industry as managing partner in a truck parts and repair business, and he also owned his own trucking company. Active in the community, Mr. Kurjata is a charter member and a Past President in the Rotary Club of Dawson Creek Sunrise, former member and Chair of the Board of Directors for Community Futures - Peace Laird, and is currently a director and Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for Lake View Credit Union. In 1998 Mr. Kurjata was admitted into membership in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (now the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC).

Sharon E. Miller, Board Vice Chair

Appointed: May 31, 2012. Term ends: July 31, 2018.

Ms. Miller is a retired educator, who is the former Chair of the South Peace Seniors Access Service Society's Board of Directors. Previously, she was the Adjunct Professor in Teacher Education with the University of Northern British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, in addition to serving as a School Administrator for many years in the Peace River South School District. Ms. Miller sat on the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Speed Skating Association, is a former member and former President of the BC Speed Skating Association, is a former member and President of the Dawson Creek Speed Skating Association. Ms. Miller holds a teaching certificate from the Regina Teachers' College, Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, and Master of Education in Administration from the University of Victoria. Sharon is also an author and since retiring has also written seven books.

Andy Ackerman

Andrew (Andy) A. Ackerman

Appointed: November 30, 2014. Term ends: July 31, 2018.

Mr. Ackerman is the President of Myriad Consulting Incorporated, a solutions management firm. Previously, he worked for the British Columbia Ministry of Environment for 37 years where he retired as the Regional Manager of Environmental Stewardship for the Peace Region. Mr. Ackerman is also Leader and Provincial Commissioner and Deputy Executive Commissioner, Western Canada for Scouts Canada. He is the President of BC Library Trustees Association, President of Fort St John Child Development Centre and Past President of the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the BC Emergency Managers Association. Mr. Ackerman holds his Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Victoria and his Diploma in Fish, Wildlife and Parks Management from the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Peta Best

Peta Best

Appointed: October 17, 2016. Term Ends: December 31, 2017

Peta Best was appointed to the Board in 2016. Ms. Best is an accountant and partner at Meyers Norris Penny LLP in Fort St. John. Previously, she held various financial positions with the Province of British Columbia. Ms. Best has provided income tax workshops for new settlement workers through SUCCESS, and has provided senior tax preparation for the Senior Citizen Society of Fort St. John. As well, she has served as a board director with the Association of Community Living. Ms. Best has a certificate in Business Administration from Camosun College, and her Chartered Accountant prequalification from Athabasca University.

Wayne Dahlen

Wayne Dahlen

Appointed: February 18, 2016. Term ends: December 31, 2017.

Mr. Dahlen is a former Mayor and Councillor with the City of Dawson Creek. Previously, he has held management positions with the BC Telephone Company (BC Tel) and Timberline Pontiac Buick. As well, he was the Executive Director with the Dawson Creek and District Chamber of Commerce, and served as former President with the Kinsmen Club, Dawson Creek Rotary Club, and Dawson Creek Canuck Hockey Club. Mr. Dahlen has also worked as the First Vice President of the Union of BC Municipalities. Mr. Dahlen has extensive board governance experience having served on the Oil and Gas Advisory Committee and University of Northern British Columbia.

  Sharon McLeod

Sharon McLeod

Appointed: December 14, 2016. Term Ends July 31, 2018

Sharon McLeod was appointed to the Board in 2016. Ms. McLeod is a Program Specialist – Aboriginal Employment and Business Development for BC Hydro. Previously, she was the Regional Manager for Northwestern BC for the BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association, and a regional office administrator for the Provincial Emergency Program. As well, she worked 14 years as a First Nations Support Worker with School District #73. Ms. McLeod currently is a director for Women in Mining. Ms. McLeod graduated wither her First Nation’s Studies certificate, her Teacher’s Assistant Certificate from Thompson Rivers University, and is currently completing an Executive Education Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of British Columbia.

Bud Powell

Bud Powell

Appointed: November 30, 2013. Term ends: July 31, 2018.

Mr. Powell is a retired Start-Up Coordinator for Mobil Oil Indonesia, with over 30 years of experience in the oil industry. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board for Community Future, is a Member of the Board for Northern British Columbia Tourism, and is the Chair of the Board for Alaska Highway Tourism. Previously, Mr. Powell served as a Councillor for the City of Dawson Creek and Vice President for the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Zeunert

Robert Zeunert

Appointed: November 30, 2011. Term ends: December 31, 2017.

Mr. Zeunert is a Partner at Callison Zeunert Law Corporation in Fort St. John. Currently, Mr. Zeunert also sits on the Board of Directors for the North Peace Cultural Centre. Mr. Zeunert holds his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of British Columbia. Previously, Mr. Zeunert worked as a lawyer in Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson, giving him ties to the major communities in northeast B.C., after graduating from Law School at the University of British Columbia.

BrynBryn Kulmatycki, President and CEO, Northern Lights College


Appointed: April 1, 2015. Term ends: March 31, 2020.

Dr. M. Bryn Kulmatycki was appointed President of Northern Lights College in April 2015. Prior to joining NLC, he held the position of Vice President, Academic, at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) in Prince George. Prior to his role at CNC, he served as a President, Vice-Chancellor and CEO at the Newman Theological College in Edmonton, as well as a Regional Superintendent of Schools and CEO both in Grande Prairie and Whitecourt. Dr. Kulmatycki holds a doctorate in Educational Research and Leadership and Bachelors of Education from the University of Calgary as well as a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Alberta.

Faisal RashidFaisal Rashid, Education Council Chair and Elected Faculty Board Member, Northern Lights College


Faculty Board Member Term
Elected April 1, 2013
Term ends: March 31, 2019

Ex-Officio Education Council Chair Term
Elected June 22, 2016
Term ends: August 31, 2018

Mr. Rashid is a Northern Lights College Faculty (Business Management) Member, and has been teaching at colleges for over 15 years. Mr. Rashid is also a board member and the vice president for Abbeyfield House Seniors Home; a team member at schools in PACs, and for the North Peace Seniors Housing Society in Fort St. John. He also hosts and produces a TV show for Shaw TV. In the past, Mr. Rashid has sat on similar boards to what he devotes his time to now, as he feels strongly about these topics. He holds his Master of Business Administration from Lakehead University.


KaylaKayla MacDonald, Support Staff Board Member

Elected: May 4, 2016. Term Ends: March 31, 2019.

Kayla MacDonald was elected to the Board in 2016. Ms. MacDonald is the Financial Aid Officer and Campus Clerk at the Northern Lights College Chetwynd Campus. Currently, she is also involved with the Health and Wellness Committee with Northern Lights College. In the past, she has sat on multiple committees, including the Policies and Procedures Committee, Health and Safety Committees and an Accreditation Committee. Ms. MacDonald has also sat on a Board of Directors as a management representative for a Child Development Centre. Ms. MacDonald worked at the Quesnel and District Child Development Centre, Helen Dixon Centre, and School District 28, after taking a year of Business Management.

FSJ campus for Hargun Jot Singh

Hargun Jot Singh, Student Board Member

Elected: September 29, 2017. Term Ends: August 31, 2018.

Hargun Jot Singh is a student in the Business Management Post Degree Diploma – Information Technology Specialization program at the Fort St. John campus.

DC campus for Shruti Mankad

Shruti Mankad, Student Board Member

Elected: September 29, 2017. Term Ends: August 31, 2018.

Shruti Mankad is a student in the Business Management Post Degree Diploma – Health Administration Specialization program at the Dawson Creek campus.

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