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Camosun College

Board of Governors

Camosun College is a public post-secondary institution. The Board of Governors administers the college on behalf of the government of BC and the Ministry of Advanced Education, as legislated by the College and Institute Act.

Ron-Rice

Mr. Ron Rice Chair

Ron Rice was appointed to the Board of Governors on July 31, 2013.  He began in the elected role of Chair on January 1, 2018, after serving as Vice Chair since September, 2015.  Ron is Chair of the Board Executive committee, and is a member of the Board Audit and Finance committees.  He was the Chair of the past Board Award for Innovation sub-committee and External Relations committees, and served on the Foundation Board of Camosun College since 2013. 

Ron Rice is a member of Cowichan Tribes and has lived in Victoria on and off for over 25 years. Working in Japan, Korea, China and Hawaii taught him to consider the cherished value of his own culture in a new and meaningful way. He currently works as the Executive Director of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. 

Previously, he worked at the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and is a strong supporter of the Arts. He considers event planning to be a hobby but takes great pride in the many high profile events and ceremonies he has planned like the Opening Ceremonies for the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games.

Sherri Bell

Ms. Sherri Bell President

Sherri Bell is a passionate educational leader who began her tenure as the President of Camosun College on July 1, 2015. 

Sherri began her career in academics as a teacher in Calgary followed by positions as Vice-Principal and then Principal in the K-12 system in BC. For four years, Sherri worked as a full-time sessional instructor and administrator at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC, teaching a variety of third and fourth year Faculty of Education courses in a University of Victoria satellite program. She also worked as a contractor with the Ministry of Education where she supported school districts across the province implementing new curriculum and assessment practices. 

For the past 19 years, Sherri has worked in the Greater Victoria School District in various administrative capacities, most recently as Superintendent of Schools/Chief Executive Officer.

Mitchell Auger-Langejan

Mr. Mitchell Auger-Langejan

Mitchell was elected to the Board of Governors Lansdowne student seat on November 1, 2017. Mitchell is a university transfer student studying biology at Camosun. Topics concerning access to education such as affordable housing, the cost of tuition and the cost of textbooks are a primary interest to him. During his time as a member of the Board of Governors, Mitchell hopes to learn more about how policy functions at the college and to become a more active member of his community.

Tim Ayers

Mr. Tim Ayers

Tim Ayers joined the board on February 22, 2017.  He is a member of the Board of Governors Award for Innovation sub-committee. After spending 15 years in the Information Technology industry, Tim has found a home, for the past 15 years, at Camosun College. Tim is the Engineering Bridge Coordinator for the School of Trades and Technology. He is very active in curriculum development and sits on the Trades and Technology Curriculum committee, the Integrated Curriculum committee and is the current chair of the Education Council.

Stephen Chang

Mr. Stephen Chang

Stephen Chang was appointed to the Board on July 31, 2014. He is the liaison to, and member of, the Board of Directors for the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE).Stephen is a builder and business owner operating in the Capital region. Active in the community he and his wife Astrid are involved with many local charities and community groups around the Capital region. He is currently a Director on the board of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, where he chairs the Facilities and Ecosystems committee.

After pursuing an education in Business at Camosun College and the University of Victoria, he went on to serve as Special Assistant to David Anderson, M.P. for Victoria and Minister of the Environment. While there he worked on the Species at Risk Act (SARA), Fisheries conservation, and the Gulf Island National Park. Following his time in Ottawa, Stephen returned to Saanich to start his own construction company and focus on his young family. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, fishing and golf in his spare time.

Cindy Choi

Ms. Cindy Choi

Cindy Choi was appointed to the Board on October 28, 2013, and is the Chair of the Board Finance Committee. She is a member of the Board Audit and Executive committees. Cindy Choi is a Partner at Chan Choi & Company, Chartered Professional Accountants. Active in her community, Ms. Choi has served on the CGA-BC Board of Governors from 2007 to 2015. In 2012, she served as Chair of CGA-BC which represents over 10,000 members and nearly 5,000 students in BC.

Ms. Choi was awarded the Life Membership Award in 2014 from CGA-BC and the Fellowship designation in 2011 from CGA Canada in recognition of her achievements and leadership to the Association, accounting profession and public. In addition she has served on the boards for the Small Business Roundtable, Junior Achievement BC and CGA-Canada. Ms Choi received her CGA designation in 1997 and her Bachelor in Accounting Science in 2002. Ms Choi graduated from Camosun College in 1993.

Joanne Cumberland

Ms. Joanne Cumberland

Joanne Cumberland joined the Board of Governors on August 1, 2016 as the Support Staff representative. She is a member of the Board Finance committee. Joanne worked in Student Services at Camosun College for over a decade, in the areas of Financial Aid and Academic Advising. She served on Education Council for four years, ending her term in 2015. Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, a Master of Science from Kansas State University, and an Arts diploma and a Business Certificate from Camosun College.

Stefan Fletcher

Mr. Stefan Fletcher

Stefan Fletcher has been a physiotherapist in Victoria for over 25 years and is the co-founder of RebalanceMD MSK Care. RebalanceMD is a comprehensive integrated orthopaedic business with orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, sports medicine physicians, peri-operative physician teams, and a comprehensive team of allied health professionals. The establishment of RebalanceMD has positively impacted wait times in Victoria. During Stefan's career as a physio, he has travelled with multiple international sports teams, worked with professional athletes, and spent many years as a mentor and teacher of post graduate specialization in physiotherapy in Canada and in the USA.

In business Stefan has managed a local successful clinic and has opened multiple clinics. Under his leadership he grew a large network of clinics throughout the province with acquisitions and startups. Stefan has a passion for quality improvement initiatives in healthcare, and efficiency in systems to improve the experience for patients.

Stefan was born in New Zealand and came to Canada in 1987. He is married with three great children with whom he spends as much time as he can with. He enjoys time with his family, walking his dog, gardening, curling, golfing, coaching soccer, and has a passion for food and wine.

William (Bill) Gyles

Mr. William (Bill) Gyles

William (Bill) Gyles was appointed to the Board in June 2014. He is the Chair of the Board Audit Committee and is a member of the Board Executive committee. He is the current Board Chair of Kinetic Construction Ltd., General Contractors & Construction Managers, based in Victoria, BC with branch offices in Vancouver and Courtenay. Kinetic is a well-established construction firm involved in institutional, commercial, industrial, multi-unit residential, and civil construction, employing 140 people in British Columbia. Bill co-founded Kinetic in 1984 following 12 years experience working for General Contractors in Victoria and consulting Quantity Surveyors in Winnipeg.

Bill is a Professional Quantity Surveyor with construction industry recognition as LEED Accredited Professional and Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal holder. He served on several industry boards including Canadian Construction Association, BC Construction Association (served as Board Chair), Vancouver Island Construction Association (served as Board Chair), and Construction Association of Victoria, as well as numerous Task Forces and Committees. He also served on Camosun College Civil Engineering Technology Advisory Board and the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal Citizens’ Advisory Group.

Bill was born and raised in Winnipeg, and moved to Victoria in 1979. He has been married for 42 years and has two daughters and three grandchildren. Bill enjoys golfing, curling, boating, skiing, wine tasting, and his grandchildren. Bill has a family cottage at Cowichan Lake where he enjoys spending warm summer days.

Al van Akker

Mr. Albert (Al) van Akker

Al was elected to the Board of Governors faculty seat on November 1, 2017. He completed his four-year Carpentry Apprenticeship at Camosun in 1996. As a carpenter he worked for Knappett Projects on a number of sites, gaining experience in the construction of concrete and wood-frame buildings, as well as highway bridge layout and construction. In 1998, Al was promoted to Foreman and led crews on several projects. He has been teaching apprentices and Foundation students here at Camosun since 2000. Since becoming an instructor, Al has earned his BC Provincial Instructor’s Diploma, and a Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University. When he’s not at Camosun, Al is a Petty Officer with HMCS Malahat, Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division. In his free time, Al likes to race his sailboat with his wife and son, and recently finished building his first guitar.

Laylee Rohani

Ms. Laylee Rohani Vice Chair

Laylee Rohani was appointed to the Board on July 31, 2014.  She held the role of Vice Chair since January 1, 2018.  She is a member of the Board Executive and Finance committees.  Born in Victoria, Laylee graduated with a B.A. from the University of Victoria in 1999 and with an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2003. Laylee was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2004 and is currently a lawyer with Cook Roberts LLP. Laylee practices in the areas of corporate/commercial law, commercial and residential real estate including commercial lending and development work, and estate planning and administration.

Laylee has served on the Board of Directors for Island Community Mental Health (formerly Capital Mental Health Association), Silver Threads Service and Pacific Montessori Society.

Phil Venoit

Mr. Phillip Murray Venoit

Phil Venoit was appointed to the Board of Governors on December 31, 2017. For the past 22 years Phil has worked within the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 230 and serves currently as the Business Manager/ Financial Secretary. Phil has also worked as a construction electrician for various electrical construction contractors and a marine electrician for Yarrows Shipyard. He has served on various training institutional boards such as the Industry Training Authority's Maritime Sector Advisory Group, the Western Joint Electrical Training Society and Camosun College’s Electrical Program Advisory Committee.

Phil has served in various capacities in many other boards in labour, quasi-judicial in government and charitable organizations. He has received Camosun College's Distinguished Alumni Award in the spring of 2017. Phil holds Red Seal Construction Electrician designation from Camosun College and his Negotiation and Mediation certificate from the British Columbia Justice Institute.

Laylee Rohani

Ms. Melanie Winter

Melanie Winter joined the Board of Governors on August 1, 2017 as the Interurban student representative. She is currently in her final year of BBA HR. She has been studying full-time while working at NEED2, a local non-profit in suicide prevention.

In 2011, Melanie graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant and soon realized it was not the career path for her. She has a passion for mental health well-being and spent a lot of time trying to raise awareness and provide support at the college through her role as Student Wellness and Access Director and Coordinator of the Student Wellness Club. She has been heavily involved as a student during her time at Camosun. Melanie is excited to be a student representative as a member of the Board of Governors.   

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