Appointed and Elected
Doyin Agbaje is a student of Douglas College currently in her third year of studies in the BBA of Management program. She was formerly a student representative on Education Council prior to attaining this position as a student representative on the College Board. She is also an international student and she believes this will help her provide insight from a different perspective in Board discussions. Doyin has a passion for business and entrepreneurship which has driven her to seek knowledge and opportunities, hence her desire to be on the Board. She currently works as a sales specialist in the consumer technology industry. Doyin has been an active member on campus, actively volunteering with the DSU and the International Students Office. She was awarded the Living Big Student of the Year award for 2019.
Adel Gamar, is CEO and cofounder of Gamar Leadership Group Ltd., a boutique firm that specializes in leadership, strategy and change management. For the past 15 years, Mr. Gamar has advised and coached senior leaders of Fortune 500 companies, higher education, nonprofit organizations and governments worldwide. He served as Education Specialist at UNESCO in post-revolution Libya and Policy Fellow at Harvard Law School where his research focused on constitutional law. While at Harvard, Mr. Gamar taught leadership and co-facilitated the Think Tank on Global Education: Empowering Global Citizens. A native of Coquitlam, he serves on the Coquitlam Foundation Board of Directors and is actively involved with the Tri-Cities Female Ice Hockey Association. Mr. Gamar holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.Ed. from the University of Calgary.
Brian Haugen, Ministry appointed, works as a Director at International Union of Operating Engineers. He has many years of post-secondary education experience working both in the public and private sectors in British Columbia. Prior to his role as Dean of Trades and Technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, he worked as an instructor and department head at Vancouver Community College. Active in his community, he is the Chair of the BC Transportation & Transit Sector Advisory Group (SAG) and a Director with the Canadian Association of Fleet Supervisors. He is a past BC Director on the National Council of Deans of Technology. Mr. Haugen holds a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University, a Provincial Instructors Diploma from Vancouver Community College and graduated as a Red Seal Endorsed Heavy Duty Equipment Technician from British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Rebecca Jules, Ministry appointed, is Secwépemc from Adams Lake. However, over the past twenty years she has been a guest within the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples - sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations. Ms. Jules has focused on developing policy and programs that enhance organizational development, leadership, community engagement, education, justice and healthy living. Her favorite projects have included governance, capacity development, peer mentorship, rights education, culture, and outdoor education. Active in her community, she volunteers as a Field of Interest Advisory Committee Member for the Vancouver Foundation. Previously, she was a member of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council and Vice-President of the Urban Native Youth Association. Believing in lifelong learning, Ms. Jules has completed the Master of Public Policy program from the University of Regina and the Bachelor of Arts Criminology Honours program with an extended minor in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. In addition to being a Douglas College alumni, she has also completed the Extended Certificate in Child & Youth Human Rights from Mount Royal University.
Nikiel Lal, elected by students, is in his third year of studies in the sports sciences program. He was the former president of the Sports Science Student Council, and is currently serving as a Campus Representative on the Board of Directors of the Douglas College Students' Union. Nikiel works to advocate for all students focusing on equity, inclusion and affordability.
Ministry appointed, Kristi is a passionate believer in the power of Canadian entrepreneurship, focusing every day on driving and delivering positive change. Kristi has been providing mid-market businesses with relationship-focused, strategic financing and advice for more than twenty years. As Founder and former National Managing Director of First West Capital, a junior capital firm serving the Canadian mid-market, Kristi grew the business from start-up to a national junior capital firm that funded over $250 million to more than 100 businesses. Kristi is honoured to have been recognized by EY as the Pacific Region’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of Business Disrupter for this work. Kristi holds a Master of Business Administration from UBC, as well as the ICD.D designation. In addition to serving on the board of Douglas College, Kristi currently serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including that of Aisle (formerly Lunapads), LIFT Philanthropy Partners, Junior Achievement of BC and the Fulmer Foundation. Previously, she served on the boards of Espro, the Vancouver International Marathon Society, the Association of Women in Finance, the B.C. Provincial Child Care Council, and others. Kristi mentors for entrepreneurship@UBC and MaRS, and volunteers for the YWCA of Vancouver as a fitness instructor. In 2017, Kristi received the Canadian Venture Capital Association’s Ted Anderson Community Leadership Award.
Bobby Pawar, Ministry appointed, is currently self-employed as owner and President of Earth King Investments and Pawar Consulting Ltd. Prior to venturing into his own business, he was employed with the Government of British Columbia in the Law Enforcement field. Active in his community he is a Board Director for the B.C. India Business Network. Previously, he was a member of the Surrey Board of Trade, a Board President of PICS (Progressive Intercultural Society), a Board Director for Delta Chamber of Commerce, and a Board Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Delta. Mr. Pawar completed his Master in Business Administration at the University of Windsor and received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Prior to that he attended Douglas Collage where he received a Criminology Diploma.
Erin Rozman, elected by faculty, has been a Mathematics instructor at Douglas College since 1998. As a faculty advocate, Erin has been elected to the positions of Vice President Stewardship and President, respectively, of the Douglas College Faculty Association (DCFA) from 2011 to 2019. In addition to this service, Erin was an elected representative on the DCFA Executive Council for two terms, representing the Faculty of Science and Technology. Erin holds Baccalaureate degrees in both Political Science and Mathematics from UBC, and M.Sc. degrees in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education from Montana State University.
Dave Seaweed, elected by staff, is Aboriginal Coordinator at the College, a role he has filled for eighteen years. Dedicated to 600+ Aboriginal students per year, Mr. Seaweed was engaged in the planning process for the Aboriginal Gathering Place. A Diploma in Sports Science was the first of Mr. Seaweed’s three Douglas College diplomas, and he remains a passionate volunteer for Douglas College Athletics while continuing to pursue post-secondary studies. President of the Douglas Students’ Union (DSU) when the DSU building was constructed, Mr. Seaweed has also served as President of the College’s Alumni Association and in BCGEU-related capacities such as Health and Safety Committee member, Shop Steward and Union Observer Coordinator. An Employee Ambassador, Mr. Seaweed is a 2011 recipient of the Douglas College President’s Distinguished Service Award and a 2012 recipient of the Team Excellence Award.
Maureen Shaw, Ministry appointed, is a retired English instructor, having taught in the BC Post-Secondary system for many years. A union activist and officer, she was a President of the College Institute Educators' Association (now FPSE), Vice-President (Negotiations or Grievances) of the Kwantlen Faculty Association (KFA), founding President of the National Union of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (NUCAUT), and a Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress. She was also a member of the BC Labour Relations Board, the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer, and Chair of the Board of the Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology. Active in her community, she currently serves on a Board for union retirees, BC FORUM, and volunteers with a local organization helping the homeless. She holds a BA in Honours English from UBC and an MA in English from McMaster University.
Eileen B. Stewart
Eileen B. Stewart, Ministry appointed, is a senior human resources professional with extensive experience in all areas of human resource management in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Commerce and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Simon Fraser University. Ms. Stewart is a former full-time faculty member at a post-secondary institution in BC. Prior to that she was General Manager, Human Resources, for the City of Vancouver and held other executive level human resources roles at UBC and BCIT. She was also a Board member of the Crown Corporation, Community Living BC, where she served as Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee. Active for many years in the voluntary sector, Ms. Stewart just completed her term as Board Vice Chair for BC Women's Health Foundation as well as member of the Board for over 10 years. She is also a former president of the Human Resources Management Association.
Susan Todd, Ministry appointed, is President and Director of Solstice Sustainability Works Inc., which is devoted to building capacity in organizations for better management and oversight of environmental, community and other sustainability risks and opportunities. Ms. Todd began her career as a financial auditor with KMPG in Toronto and Brussels, becoming a senior audit manager. She leveraged her auditing expertise to become a Canadian pioneer in the new field of social auditing, which developed into sustainability reporting and assurance. Ms. Todd conducted some of the earliest work in Canada on sustainability reporting and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and contributed to global standards development. Her financial reporting background and sustainability experience have made her a valued advisor to business, government and non-governmental organizations that are seeking to integrate material business and sustainability issues, for both reporting and strategy purposes. Her recent work supports organizations in valuing natural capital and adapting to climate change impacts. Ms. Todd is a Visiting Lecturer in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and a former member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of CPA Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and a Master of Natural Resources Management from SFU. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Jodie Wickens, Ministry appointed, is a previous member of the Legislative Assembly for the Province of British Columbia. Prior to that venture, she worked as a behaviour therapist in many family homes throughout the Tri-Cities, and served as the executive director of the Autism Support Network, a not for profit organization that supplies support and resources to families with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Active in her community, Ms. Wickens was a former director of the Autism Education Society. She holds her Classroom and Community Support Diploma from Douglas College.
Graeme Bowbrick, elected by faculty, is a faculty member in criminology and legal studies and is currently the Chair of the Douglas College Education Council. At the College he has previously served two terms as the faculty member on the College Board as well as previous terms on the Education Council. Before coming to Douglas College he served as the MLA for New Westminster (1996-2001) and during that time held the cabinet portfolios of Minister of Advanced Education (2000) and Attorney General (2000-2001). Graeme is also a lawyer, and has degrees from SFU (Bachelor of Arts), University of Victoria (Bachelor of Laws) and University of British Columbia (Master of Laws).
Kathy Denton serves on the Board by virtue of her role as College President. Please refer to Dr. Denton's biography.