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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, Skills and Training (AEST) 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 May 5, 2020

Joey Hartman Joey Hartman, Chair

Appointed Member Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2023

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 and Pacific Blue Cross. She holds a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Capilano College.


Ajay Patel, President & CEO     Ex-Officio

Ajay Patel was appointed President, Vancouver Community College, effective May 26, 2020, however, he has been leading the College in the interim position since September 2019.  Previously, Mr. Patel held the position of VP, Enterprise and International Development. He came to VCC with 15 years’ of nonprofit experience in amateur sport and recreation sector.  Additionally, he has 17 years of post-secondary experience, where he rose through the ranks in several positions, from an instructor to the VP, External Development. In the VP role, Mr. Patel provided strategic leadership, and contributed to the development of community relations and partnerships that supported the college's vision and priorities. Raised in Vancouver, he is a longtime eastside resident, and the product of the college system. Mr. Patel holds a Master of Human Kinetics, Coaching Sciences, from the University of British Columbia.


Libby Davies, Vice Chair    Appointed Member    Term:  July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2021

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.


Elle Ting, Education Council Chair    Ex Officio Member   Term:  January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020

Elle Ting joined the Board of Governors on January 1, 2019 as the elected Chair of the Education Council. She commenced her second term on Jan 1, 2020.  Ms. Ting joined VCC as an English instructor in 2004 and was department head of Humanities for four years before becoming an Instructional Associate with the Centre of Teaching, Learning, and Research in 2015.  An erstwhile career student, she completed a B.A. and an M.A. in English (UBC), a B.Ed. in Secondary English Instruction (UBC), and a Ph.D. in Media Studies (UWO). She has chaired VCC's Research Ethics Board (REB) since 2015.


Mahin Rashid   Appointed Member   Term:  July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2021

Mahin Rashid is a strategic leader, dedicating her career to organizations that create a positive impact in community. Currently, she is the Director of Business Planning and Performance at Vancity. Her previous roles include an Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant for the Presidents Group, a network of BC business leaders working to recruit and retain diverse talent, and a Director of Revenue Development at United Way, an organization focused on poverty alleviation and community development.

Mahin is a long-standing and active volunteer with a variety of organizations such as Big Sisters of Canada and the Vancouver Foundation. She has a passion for social and economic inclusion.


Mike Tourigny    Appointed Member  Term:  September 21, 2015 to July 31, 2021

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.

Mr. Tourigny 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 he acted as counsel in numerous complex commercial disputes involving corporate governance matters.  During his tenure as a partner Mr. Tourigny 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   Appointed Member
  Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2022 

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. Nadia was the proud recipient of the 2019 Arbor Award from University of Toronto recognizing her dedication to enhancing the experience of its students.


Rene-John Nicolas    Appointed Member  Term: December 31, 2017 to July 31, 2021

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.


Seung Oh    Appointed Member  Term: February 25, 2019 to July 31, 2022

Ms. Oh is an experienced advisor for local business owners and managers and is currently the sole proprietor of Seung Oh Ltd. chartered accounting firm in Burnaby. She is an experienced director and CFO for Canadian public companies and a seminar speaker for the Korean Canadian Business Community on business and tax related matters.


Shobha Rajagopalan    Appointed Member   Term:  July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2021

Shobha 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). Ms. 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.


Sue Hammell     Appointed Member   Term:  July 31, 2019 to July 31, 2022

Sue Hammell recently retired as a Member of the BC Legislature. She was re-elected as the MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers in May 2013. She was first elected in 1991, and then re-elected multiple times. She serves as Opposition Spokesperson for Mental Health and Addictions. Ms. Hammell served in a number of cabinet positions as MLA, including Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Co-operatives, and Minister for Women’s Equality. In addition, she was government caucus chair and was active on several legislative committees. Ms. Hammell also worked with the Surrey Aboriginal Society as their Executive Director, where she developed the society into a modern urban centre for aboriginal people with an annual budget of over $2 million. She has been working with the Washington, D.C.-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) for many years. With NDI she travelled to the Middle East five times to work with emerging political parties and female candidates. She is also a founding member of the Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women, initiated in 1999 to provide funds for projects that will assist women to realize their potential and to create a safe place for them to live and work in British Columbia. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia, she taught in Verdun, Quebec, Courtenay and Surrey.


Erin Klis, Support Staff Representative     Elected Member   Term: November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2020

Erin Klis began her career in the Library at Vancouver Community College in 2010, where she is currently working in the Public Services Department. Ms. Klis has a diploma in Library Information and Technology from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. 


Garth Manning, Faculty Representative     Elected Member   Term: April 30, 2015 to 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, he became an Instructional Associate with the Centre for Instructional Development. Mr. Manning is currently the CID representative on Curriculum Committee. He 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.


Navreet Kaur Thind, Student Representative (Downtown)    Elected Member   Term: November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020

Ms. Thind was elected by her peers to this position. She is currently a VCC student in the Canadian Business Management program.

Contact us

For questions relating to Board Governance at VCC, please contact Executive Assistant, Deborah Lucas at 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
  • 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 2019)

Mandate Letter

AEST 2020/21 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

AEST 2019/20 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

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



 2018-19 Appointed Board Member Remuneration Disclosure Statement

Agendas and meeting minutes

Public Board meetings are held on the dates listed below.

IMPORTANT:   In response to COVID-19, unless noted below, Board meetings commence at 5:30pm and are conducted using the Zoom video conferencing service. The meeting link will be located on the agenda.

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


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Jun. 30, 2021      
May. 27, 2021      
Mar. 31, 2021      
Feb. 10, 2021      
Nov. 25, 2020      
Sep. 30, 2020   NEW START TIME: 6:00PM PDF 3 MB    
Sep. 9, 2020 PDF 6.5 MB Approved Sep. 30 PDF 296 KB
Jun. 24, 2020 PDF 8 MB

Approved Sep. 30

PDF 1.2 MB
May. 27, 2020 PDF 3.8 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 379 KB
Mar. 25, 2020

PDF 3.4 MB

PDF 339 KB PDF 329 MB
Feb. 19, 2020 PDF‌ 9.1 MB  PDF 1 MB PDF 1 MB


The Board breaks during the summer and meetings resume in September.  The Board will approve the September 2021 - June 2022 meeting schedule in May 2021


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Nov. 27, 2019 PDF 5.7 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 772 KB
Sep. 25, 2019 PDF 15 MB PDF 1 MB PDF 397 KB
Jun. 26, 2019 PDF 5.2 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 311 KB
May. 29, 2019 PDF 7.2 MB  PDF 631 MB PDF 301 KB
Apr. 10, 2019 PDF 4.5 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 251 KB
Feb. 13, 2019 PDF 1.3 MB PDF 948 KB PDF 250 KB

Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Nov 28, 2018 PDF v.2 3 MB PDF 170 KB 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 

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