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Name Representing Location Bio
Herb Pond - Chair Community Member Prince Rupert Herb Pond is a former Administrator of Lax KwÂalaams Band. Previously, Mr. Pond was the Mayor of Prince Rupert and prior to that, Chief Executive Officer of Port Edward Historical Society. Active in his community, Mr. Pond was a member of the North West Regional Hospital District Board, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation, and the Northern Development Trust. Mr. Pond studied Forestry at the University of British Columbia.
Paul Bjorn Community Member Terrace Paul Bjorn is presently the Branch Manager of McElhanney Consulting Services Limited, an engineering and land surveying field. Previously he was a Plant Civil Engineer of Alcan Primary Metal BC and Owner of Bjorn Consulting. Mr. Bjorn is presently a Director for the Northwest Science and Innovation Society and Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Terrace-Skeena Valley. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. He holds his Certificate in Sustainability from Simon Fraser University and his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Victoria.
Donny van Dyk - Chair, Finance and Audit Committee Community Member Kitimat Donny van Dyk is the Manager of Coastal Aboriginal and Community Relations for Enbridge Northern Gateway. Previously, he was the Chief Administrative Officer of the District of New Hazelton, a post he held for four years. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Northwest Community College and Chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. Mr. van Dyk holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Northwest Community College, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Northern British Columbia, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA).
Ernie Dusdal Community Member Terrace Ernie Dusdal has been with Carlyle Shepard & Co., Chartered Professional Accountants, since 1982 and became a partner in the firm in 1992. Ernie received his diploma in Business Administration from Camosun College in 1982. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. He has also been on the Boards for Northwest Airport Society and the Dr. R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation.
William Parmar Community Member Prince Rupert Bill was born and raised in a small village in northern Punjab, India. In 1970 he immigrated to Prince Rupert, Canada at the age of 21. He moved to Canada while attending his 3rd year Punjab University, where he was trained in (CTED) Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. After 33 years in business Bill decided to change his career and joined RCMP Victim Services Unit. He is presently the Assistant Manager for Prince Rupert Victim Services. Bill's love for Community Service is incontestable; he is a member of the Rotary Club of Prince Rupert for 20 years and International projects Chair. Bill's previous roles include: Assistant District Governor, Chair of the Community Future of the Pacific Northwest, Past President of Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce, area representative for the BC Transport Society and several other organizations.
Christine Speidel Elected Support Member Terrace Christine has been involved in the education field for over 20 years.  She worked in multiple capacities with School District 82 providing service to students, to schools and to the district as a whole.  She is currently employed as Facilities Assistant at NWCC, but in the past two years has worked in a number of other roles at the college.  Christine has significant experience working with non-profit boards and locally has been involved at the executive or committee level for Terrace Minor Lacrosse Association, Terrace and District Arts Council and the Terrace Community Band Society.  Christine holds a Diploma in Justice Administration from Mount Royal University as well as significant training in software applications.  
Catharine White Education Council Chair Terrace Catharine White is currently the NWCC Education Council Chair, elected in April 2017.  She has been with the College since 2010, and teaches biology and ecology courses and field schools in the University Credit program.  Catharine graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a PhD in Microbiology, with minors in Biochemistry and Plant Science.  Before joining NWCC, she worked as a post-doctoral associate at the Institute for Genetics and Microbiology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany; and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Barbara McRae First Nations Council Chair    
Ann Marie Merkel  Elected Faculty Member Terrace  
Reilly Walker Student Representative -  University Credit Program Terrace  
Adelle Jonker ​ Student Representative - SSW Program Terrace  

Board meetings are held approximately every six to eight weeks from September through to June of the school year.

Please refer to the meeting schedule section for the current meeting dates and locations.

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Students, staff and the general public are welcome to attend public portion of the meetings.