Board of Governors


The Northern Lights College Board is empowered by the College and Institute Act of British Columbia to manage, administer and direct the affairs of the institution. Under the Act, the Board is required to make bylaws PDF for the orderly conduct of its affairs.

  Tyler J. Holte

Tyler J. Holte

Board Chair: August 22, 2018 - July 31, 2019
Appointed: December 31, 2017. Term End Date: December 31, 2018

Tyler Holte is currently an associate lawyer for Callison Zeunert Law Corporation. Previously, he was an articled student for Callison Zeunert Law Corporation, a poverty law advocate for South Peace Community Resources Society, and a research assistant for the University of Victoria.

Active in his community, Mr. Holte is currently serving as a member for the Moberly Lake Community Association. His previous community involvement includes acting as a shop steward for the BCGEU Local 310, a member for the University of Victoria Tax Law Club, and a first and second year representative for the University of Victoria Intellectual Property, Information and Technology Law Club. Mr. Holte holds his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and his Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria.

 

Andrew (Andy) AckermanAndrew (Andy) A. Ackerman


Board Vice-Chair: August 22, 2018 - July 31, 2019
Appointed: November 30, 2014. Term ends: July 31, 2020.

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).

 

Bryn KulmatyckiBryn Kulmatycki

President and CEO, Northern Lights College
Ex-Officio
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.


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Lorraine (Lori) Audrey Archibald

Appointed: July 31, 2018. Term Ends July 31, 2019. 

Lorraine Archibald is the CEO of Lake View Credit Union. Previous to this, she was the Senior Finance Lead for the Office of the Public Guardian & Trustee. As such, she is a key resource to the board members of the Credit Union Audit, Finance and Governance Committee. Lori is a past-President of the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta and former Treasurer for the Festival of Trees at the University (of Alberta) Hospital Foundation. Ms. Archibald holds a Chartered Professional Human Resources designation from the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, British Columbia and Yukon and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.


Olu Donald Fajemisin

Olu "Donald" Fajemisin

Appointed: December 31, 2017. Term ends: December 31, 2018.

Donald Fajemisin is currently a licensed educator in the B.C. public school system, teaching for School District #60. Mr. Fajemisin is passionate about science and education, and has worked in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

Mr. Fajemisin holds a Master of Education (Leadership) from the University of Alberta and graduated from a post-degree program in education from the University of Victoria. He has also obtained a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Lagos.


Judy Fox-McGuire

Appointed: July 31, 2018. Term ends: July 31, 2019. 

Judy Fox-McGuire is the Senior Probation Officer at Community Corrections in Fort St. John. She is an alumni of Northern Lights College and was a Sessional Instructor in Criminology and Sociology for Northern Lights College. Ms Fox-McGuire is active in her community with the NDP regional riding and was previously involved with the Rocky Mountain Rangers Cadet Parents Association, Red Dragon Taekwondo Parents Association, North Peace Gymnastics and Totem Preschool. Presently, she is the Vice President of the BC Government Employees Union - Social, Information and Health (Component 6). Ms. Fox-McGuire has a Bachelors in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.

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Michael Neil Gilbert

Appointed: July 31, 2018. Term Ends July 31, 2019.

Mike Gilbert is a Regional Development Officer for the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. He was formerly the Executive Director for the Fort Nelson First Nation. Mr. Gilbert has been involved in education at the Post Secondary and K-12 levels for over 35 years as an Instructor, Teacher, Administrator and School Trustee (SD #81), and has worked with Northern Lights College in a number of capacities including Instructor (power engineering upgrading, humanities/social sciences, business management and IT), Student Services Counsellor and Acting Campus Administrator. He is very active in his community as the First Nations Reconciliation representative of Hillcrest United Church, Charter Member of the Fort Nelson Refugee Committee, and has served as a former Regional Councillor in the Northern Rockies. Mr. Gilbert holds a Masters in Education (Organizational and Administrative Studies), a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University.

  Kayla MacDonald

Kayla 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.

  Sharon McLeod

Sharon McLeod

Appointed: December 14, 2016. Term Ends July 31, 2020.

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 with her 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.

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Karen Louise Mason-Bennett

Appointed: July 31, 2018. Term ends: July 31, 2019.

Karen Mason-Bennett is the Executive Director of the Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) and co-owner of Cool Beans Cafe. She is active in her community as the Chair of the North Peace Cultural Society, Vice-Chair of the Child Development Centre and a Director at the Recycling Council of British Columbia. She has a Masters in Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelors in Comparative Development Studies and Anthropology from Trent University.


Bud Powell

Bud Powell

Appointed: November 30, 2013. Term ends: July 31, 2019.

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.


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

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.