Board of Governors

The Board of Governors acts on behalf of the public. As representatives from both the University and community, their role is to set and govern the University's mission and strategic plan. The Board is empowered by the Yukon University Act.

Board Members

 Jamena James Allen, Chancellor

James Allen
Chancellor
Term ends September 22, 2022

Carol Geddes

Carol Geddes
Vice-Chair
First Nations Representative
Term Ends: December 18, 2024

Chris Milner

Chris Milner
Public Representative
Term Ends: June 22, 2023

Judy Gingell

Judy Gingell
First Nations Representative
Term ends: September 30, 2023

Mark Wedge, Communities Rep

Mark Wedge
Rural Communities Representative
Term ends: September 30, 2023

Dr. Lesley Brown

Dr. Lesley Brown
President & Vice-Chancellor

Erica Bourdon, Faculty Rep

Erica Bourdon
Faculty Representative
Term ends: October 18, 2023

Vera Holmes

Vera Holmes
Vice-Chair
Rural Communities Representative
Term Ends: May 26, 2024

vacant position

Sarah Newton
Student Representative
Term Ends: January 31, 2023

Pearl Callaghan, First Nations Rep

Pearl Callaghan
First Nations Representative
Term ends: September 30, 2023

Tom Ullyett

Tom Ullyett
Public Representative
Term Ends: February 6, 2023

Kathleen Van Bibber, First Nation Rep

Kathleen Van Bibber
First Nations Representative
Term Ends: May 26, 2024

David Morrison, Board Chair

David Morrison
Board Chair
Term ends February 6, 2023

Joel Cubley, Senate Rep

Dr. Joel Cubley
Senate Representative
Term ends April 14, 2023

Jennifer Harkes, Staff Rep

Jennifer Harkes
Staff Representative
Term ends March 12, 2023

 Jason Bilsky, Public Rep.

Jason Bilsky
Public Representative
Term ends June 4, 2023

 Christine Mahar, Public Rep

Christine Mahar
Public Representative
Term ends: September 30, 2023

 Shawn Allen

Vacant
Rural Communities Representative

How to become a board member
University Act

Nomination to Yukon University Board of Governors: The provisions in the Yukon University Act (2019) provide for:

The Board of Governors consisting of 17 voting members as follows:

  1. the chancellor;
  2. the president;
  3. ten persons who are appointed by the Commissioner in Executive Council
    • at least three of whom must be appointed from among persons nominated by at least one Yukon First Nation, and
    • at least three of whom must reside outside Whitehorse, each in a different community;
  4. one member of the senate who is elected by the members of the senate;
  5. one faculty member who is elected by the faculty members;
  6. one employee of the university who is elected by and from employees of the university who are not faculty members;
  7. one student who is elected by and from undergraduate students and graduate students, if any;
  8. one person who is elected by the members referred to in paragraphs (a) to (g), and who is not a student or an employee or officer of the university.

In appointing members of the board under (c), the Commissioner in Executive Council must make a reasonable effort to ensure that the membership of the board reflects the cultural, regional and gender diversity of Yukon.

The Commissioner in Executive Council appoints Board members for terms not exceeding 3 years, although appointments may be renewed.

Board members who are elected under (d), (e), (f) and (h) hold office for a term of 3 years, although may be renewed.

The student who is elected by and from undergraduate students and graduate students holds office for a term of one year.

Time commitment
  • The Board normally meets quarterly over an annual cycle from September to June. Two meetings are in Whitehorse, and two are via Zoom. In addition, there is an annual retreat held over 1.5 days, generally in the fall.
  • There are five standing committees of the Board that meet four to six times annually, generally via Zoom. There may also be ad-hoc committees that meet as needed.
  • Two or three hours are normally needed to prepare for each Board meeting.
  • We ask that Board members sit on at least one Board committee, and that they try to attend some university events or functions to support staff and students when possible.
Board composition, personal attributes and competencies

    The individuals who make up the Board of Governors should collectively have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

    • Add value and provide support to management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities
    • Effectively monitor the performance of management
    • Account for the performance of Yukon University
    • Bring to the deliberations the wide diversity of Yukon cultural, economic and social perspective
    • Contribute to the overall image of Yukon University

    Personal Attributes

    All members of the Board of Governors should possess the following personal attributes:

    • High ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings
    • Good business judgment
    • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
    • Able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue
    • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others opinions
    • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
    • Ability to listen and work as a team member
    • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
    • Strong reasoning and advocacy skills
    • Able and willing to fulfill time commitments required to carry out responsibilities

    Competencies Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

    • Strategic management and organizational change
    • Internal control and accounting
    • Labour relations
    • Risk management
    • Financial expertise
    • Legal expertise
    • Experience/knowledge/expertise in post-secondary education
    • Knowledge of government and public sector environments
    • Knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting Yukon University
    • Knowledge of the extensive geography of Yukon
    • Credibility with the wide diversity of interests from within Yukon
    • Previous Board experience
    • Knowledge, experience and familiarity with Yukon First Nations' issues, culture, traditions and land claims and self-government agreements

     

    Within the context of the Board Composition, Personal Attributes and Competencies, consideration must be given to the diversity of gender, cultural heritage and knowledge of the communities served by Yukon University

    Benefits of board membership
    • Opportunities to develop skills through Board training sessions and attendance at workshops and conferences
    • One tuition-free University course per year
    • An honorarium and travel expenses for attending Board meetings
    • Complimentary library card
    Appointment process

    The Commissioner in Executive Council appoints Board members for terms not exceeding 3 years, although appointments may be renewed.

    For more information about the appointment process, check out www.eco.gov.yk.ca/yukon-college-board-governors.html

     

    Board of Governors Declaration on Indigenization and Commitment to Reconciliation

    The Yukon University Board of Governors shall work toward actively incorporating seven key Indigenous worldviews into the work the Board does.

    Download the complete declaration