Geoff Plant is a partner in the Vancouver law firm Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP, where he provides legal and public policy advice and representation to public and private sector clients, and works as a mediator and arbitrator. He was elected to the BC Legislature in 1996, and from 2001 to 2005 served as the Attorney General of BC and Minister responsible for Treaty Negotiations. He was the Minister responsible for the Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform and the New Relationship, the first-ever political accord between the BC government and the Province's three Aboriginal political organizations.
Geoff has undertaken a number of projects since leaving politics, including producing the report known as Access and Excellence: the Campus 2020 Plan for BC's Post-Secondary Education System. He has taught public law at the UBC and University of Victoria law faculties. Geoff obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and has law degrees from Southampton, Dalhousie and Cambridge Universities. Geoff is also the Board Chair the Canada West Foundation and vice-chair of BC Ferry Services.
Dr. Gillian Siddall was appointed President of Emily Carr in 2018, following a long career in academic leadership and the performing arts. She holds an Honours BA and MA in English from the University of Guelph and a PhD in English from the University of Western Ontario. She is also a jazz vocalist and co-founder of the Guelph Jazz Festival.
Gillian began her career as a sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph, accepting a tenure-track appointment at Lakehead University in 1998, where she went on to become the founding Director of the teaching and learning centre, and then Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities for six years. Her research area is Canadian literature, and she has published extensively on the subject of musical improvisation, both within and outside a literary context.
Prior to joining Emily Carr, Gillian served as Vice-President Academic and Provost at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) where she led the academic planning process. Gillian is an advocate of Indigenization and decolonization within the university sector.
(appointed July 31, 2015)
Kim is Principal of K2 Strategies, a business strategy and communications consulting firm, specializing in counsel on change management, stakeholder engagement, media strategy, and crisis and issues management.
Prior to starting her own consulting firm in 2015, Kim was general manager of Edelman Canada West, one of the largest communications marketing firms in Canada, and the world. Previously, she spent fifteen years working in publishing across every region in Canada. She was most recently Group Publisher for Transcontinental Western Media Group, overseeing their flagship titles, Vancouver magazine and Western Living. She has also served as Director of Global Marketing for Hootsuite, developing strategy to translate the Enterprise product throughout Europe, Latin America, and Australia.
Kim has taught, moderated, and spoken extensively on change management, leadership, and traditional and digital communications strategy. In 2015, she was named one of B.C.’s 50 Most Influential Women by B.C. Business magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from McGill University.
(appointed July 31, 2015)
Shauna Bryan is Vice President, New Business and Production Executive at Sony Imageworks in Vancouver. She was brought to Sony when they decided to move their studios from California to Vancouver. Prior to this, Ms. Bryan was Vice President and Executive Producer at Method Studios in both Vancouver and London. In 1992, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in film from UBC and upon completing her degree she then went to the Vancouver Film School.
(appointed July 31, 2016)
Scott Hawthorn is a co-founder, CEO and the Board Chair of Native Shoes based in Vancouver. Previously, Mr. Hawthorn was an equity derivatives trader for BNP Paribas in Tokyo. Active in his community, Mr. Hawthorn is a founder and board member for Design Build Research Institute, a not-for-profit organization for students. He was also a past Race Chair for Tour de Gastown. Mr. Hawthorn holds his Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University.
(appointed December 31, 2017)
Sonny Assu (Ligwiłda’xw of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations) was raised in North Delta, BC, over 250 km away from his ancestral home on Vancouver Island. Having been raised as your everyday average suburbanite, it wasn't until he was eight years old that he discovered his Liǥ wildax̱ w/Kwakwaka’wakw heritage. Later in life, this discovery would be the conceptual focal point that helped launch his unique artpractice.
Assu's artistic practice is diverse: spanning painting, sculpture, photography, digital art and printmaking. Sonny negotiates Western and Kwakwaka’wakw principles of art making as a means of exploring his family history and the experiences of being an Indigenous person in the colonial state of Canada. Having cut his teeth in Vancouver's art scene, Assu packed up and moved to Montreal to be with the love of his life. Five years later, along with his wife and beautiful daughter, Sonny moved back to BC,eventually settling back "home" in unceded Liǥ wildaʼ x̱ w territory (Campbell River, BC).
Assu received his BFA from the Emily Carr University in 2002 and was the recipient of their distinguished alumni award in 2006. He received the BC Creative Achievement Award in First Nations art in 2011 and was thrice long-listed for the Sobey Art Award. He received his MFA from Concordia University in 2017 and was one of the Laureates for the 2017 REVEAL - Indigenous Art Awards.
His work has been accepted into the National Gallery of Canada, Seattle Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Burke Museum at the University of Washington, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Hydro Quebec, Lotto Quebec and in various other public and private collections across Canada, the United States and the UK.
(appointed December 31, 2017)
Co-Chair of the Digital Technology Supercluster and Past-President & CEO of BC Tech, Bill has been actively involved in guiding the success of entrepreneurial companies as a founder, executive, investor, advisor and board member for the past 20 years.
He first joined BC Tech as a CEO-in-Residence with the Centre4Growth program, advising over 30 companies from startups to mid-stage technology firms. Prior to BC Tech, Bill was the CEO of EQO Communications, a mobile startup that created the first mobile Skype application.
Bill has held senior executive positions at AT&T, Rogers, Jones Cable, Infowave Software and Bell Canada. He currently lends his expertise as an industry advisor for BCNet, CDLWest, First Nations Technology Council, Simon Fraser University and UBC; and volunteers his time supporting students and aspiring entrepreneurs. Bill holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
(appointed July 17, 2018)
Esther Rausenberg is a photo-based artist who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, and Croatia and is a recipient of Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants. Esther is Co-artistic Director of Creative Cultural Collaborations Society and Founding Member and Executive Director of the Eastside Culture Crawl Society. Esther has volunteered on many boards and committees including: the CULTCH Capital Campaign; and, Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants. Esther has twice been appointed to the City of Vancouvers' Arts and Culture Policy Council and was the Co-vice Chair. She currently is a Trustee on the Vancouver Art Gallery Board. She holds a MA from University of British Columbia and a BA (Communications) from Simon Fraser University.
(appointed July 17, 2018)
Keith Reynolds is a semi-retired policy analyst and researcher working as a private consultant primarily in the area of privatization, governance and access to information. He has previously worked for all three levels of government, two public sector unions (the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Federation of Post Secondary Educators) and as a full-time consultant. He is on the Board of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association and was the first Freedom of Information and Privacy coordinator for an Ontario Board of Education. He has previously served on the executive of the national Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and as Treasurer/Vice Chair of the BC Office of the CCPA. He is a research associate and has published with the Columbia Institute and the BC CCPA. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Queens University and a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Regina.
(appointed December 04, 2018)
Keith Kerrigan is a full time, professional Haida artist working in precious metals, wood, paint and glass. He focuses mainly on Haida jewellery, working with the techniques of engraving, chasing and repousse. Keith’s training in the art has been through family as well as other artists and jewellers. He studied at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC and at the University of British Columbia obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce in 1989 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1992. He is a retired member of the Law Society of British Columbia and has experience in both running his own businesses and in advising businesses, having practiced law in Prince George from 1992 to 2013. His areas of work included representing small businesses, societies, and individuals in their day to day business in the areas of business law, wills, estates and real estate transactions as well as representing banks in commercial lending transactions. Keith has volunteered and acted as a director for many organizations in Prince George. He has spent the majority of his life in the Central Interior of British Columbia and offers a perspective from that of a professional artist that has experience in both law and business.
(elected November 22, 2014 / re-elected November 22, 2017)
As an educator, writer and artist, Randy Lee Cutler investigates the emergence of new cultural forms through an exploration of the intersections of gender, art, science and technology. She has a PhD in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art, UK, where she examined the subversion of the sciences in the surrealist enterprise. At present, her practice includes the exploration of alternative possibilities for being in and interpreting the world.
Whether through performance art, experimental video or creative/critical writing, Randy's practice explores the aesthetic of embodiment. Through photographs, recipes, collages or performances, her artwork takes up desire as its primary frame and reference.
Randy has performed and shown work at numerous venues including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery, VIVO, Artspeak, Access Gallery in Vancouver and Tate Modern (Turbine Hall) for the Western Front, Latitude 53 (Edmonton). Her videos have screened nationally and internationally.
(elected July 15, 2019)
(elected August 1, 2018 / re-elected August 1, 2019)
Selina Huang is currently pursuing a 3D Animation degree at Emily Carr and is hoping to stay active and involved in the Emily Carr community. She is the Design & Dynamic Media Representative at the Emily Carr Students’ Union and also is the student representative on the Board of Governors. For the following years to come, she hopes to connect with those in the Emily Carr community and help make positive change through art. She is very friendly so do not hesitate to stop by and say hi!
(elected August 1, 2019)
(elected May 1, 2019)
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