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Board of Governors

Vancouver Community College is a public post-secondary education institution. The Board of Governors administers the college, on behalf of the government of British Columbia and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST) and determines policy and reviews the college's performance as detailed in the College and Institute Act, Part 4, Section 19.

Board of Governors

Vancouver Community College is a public post-secondary education institution. The Board of Governors administers the college, on behalf of the government of British Columbia and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST) and determines policy and reviews the college's performance as detailed in the College and Institute Act, Part 4, Section 19.


Members of the Board

Updated July 2021

Joey Hartman Joey Hartman, Chair

Appointed Member Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2023

Joey Hartman retired as President of the Vancouver & District Labour Council in February 2018.  She is recognized as a community and social justice activist and serves on a number of boards including the Council of Canadians, BC Labour Heritage Centre and Pacific Blue Cross. She holds a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Capilano College.


Ajay Patel, President & CEO     Ex-Officio

Ajay Patel was appointed President, Vancouver Community College, effective May 26, 2020, however, he has been leading the College in the interim position since September 2019.  Previously, Mr. Patel held the position of VP, Enterprise and International Development. He came to VCC with 15 years’ of nonprofit experience in amateur sport and recreation sector.  Additionally, he has 17 years of post-secondary experience, where he rose through the ranks in several positions, from an instructor to the VP, External Development. In the VP role, Mr. Patel provided strategic leadership, and contributed to the development of community relations and partnerships that supported the college's vision and priorities. Raised in Vancouver, he is a longtime eastside resident, and the product of the college system. Mr. Patel holds a Master of Human Kinetics, Coaching Sciences, from the University of British Columbia. 


Libby Davies, Vice Chair    Appointed Member    Term:  July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2024

Libby Davies was a Member of Parliament for Vancouver East from 1997 – 2015. During that time she served as House Leader, Deputy Leader (2007-2015), and Official Opposition Spokesperson for Health. Ms. Davies is invited as a guest lecturer on a variety of topics related to government, situation related to drugs and HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.


Elle Ting, Education Council Chair    Ex Officio Member   Term:  January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021

Elle Ting joined the Board of Governors on January 1, 2019 as the elected Chair of the Education Council. She commenced her third term on Jan 1, 2021.  Elle joined VCC as an English instructor in 2004 and was department head of Humanities for four years before becoming an Instructional Associate with the Centre of Teaching, Learning, and Research in 2015.  An erstwhile career student, she completed a B.A. and an M.A. in English (UBC), a B.Ed. in Secondary English Instruction (UBC), and a Ph.D. in Media Studies (UWO). She has chaired VCC's Research Ethics Board (REB) since 2015.


Jeffrey Yu   Appointed Member   Term:  July 12, 2021 to July 31, 2022

Jeffrey Yu brings significant experience in governance and community service. He is the principal owner of REL Technology Inc., He is also Board President for the New Vista Society, a Member of the Chinese Canadian Community Advisory Committee, and the Board Chair of Trustees for the Burnaby Public Library.


Mahin Rashid   Appointed Member   Term:  July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2024

Mahin Rashid is a strategic leader, dedicating her career to organizations that create a positive impact in community. Currently, she is the Director of Business Planning and Performance at Vancity. Her previous roles include an Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant for the Presidents Group, a network of BC business leaders working to recruit and retain diverse talent, and a Director of Revenue Development at United Way, an organization focused on poverty alleviation and community development.

Mahin is a long-standing and active volunteer with a variety of organizations such as Big Sisters of Canada and the Vancouver Foundation. She has a passion for social and economic inclusion.


Nadia Belokopitov   Appointed Member  Term: July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2022 

Nadia Belokopitov is a status member of the Haida Nation, House of Yuuglaanas, Raven Clan. She is the owner of the Cedar Root Gallery, the only 100% owned and operated Indigenous retail store in Vancouver. Ms. Belokopitov was previously a Federal negotiator with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and is an activist with the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s Inquiry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. Nadia was the proud recipient of the 2019 Arbor Award from University of Toronto recognizing her dedication to enhancing the experience of its students.


Rene-John Nicolas    Appointed Member  Term: December 31, 2017 to July 31, 2023

Rene-John is currently an advocacy staff representative for the BC Government & Service Employees' Union. In the past, he was a labour relations staff representative for the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, an articled student, and an associate lawyer for Victory Square Law Office LLP. Prior to those ventures, Mr. Nicolas worked as a research assistant for the University of British Columbia.  Active in his community, he served as a past director for Tulayan, the BC Employment Standards Coalition, the Kaya Community Society, and the West Coast Domestic Workers' Association.  Mr. Nicolas is involved with a number of organizations focused on migrant workers and youth in the Filipino-Canadian community.  He holds his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia.


?Seung Oh    Appointed Member  Term: February 25, 2019 to July 31, 2022

Ms. Oh is an experienced advisor for local business owners and managers and is currently the sole proprietor of Seung Oh Ltd. chartered accounting firm in Burnaby. She is an experienced director and CFO for Canadian public companies and a seminar speaker for the Korean Canadian Business Community on business and tax related matters.


?Shobha Rajagopalan    Appointed Member   Term:  July 31, 2018 to July 31, 2024

Shobha Rajagopalan is a Director with the Society for Women Empowerment and was the Chair of the Joint Family Court & Youth Justice Committee. She holds a Masters in Science (Biochemistry) from the Kasturba Medical College (India) and a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from the Kerala University (India). Ms. Rajagopalan was a Program Manager with the Native Education College and an Anatomy & Physiology Instructor with the Canadian health Care Academy and Langara College before that.


Sue Hammell     Appointed Member   Term:  July 31, 2019 to July 31, 2022

Sue Hammell recently retired as a Member of the BC Legislature. She was re-elected as the MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers in May 2013. She was first elected in 1991, and then re-elected multiple times. She serves as Opposition Spokesperson for Mental Health and Addictions. Ms. Hammell served in a number of cabinet positions as MLA, including Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Co-operatives, and Minister for Women’s Equality. In addition, she was government caucus chair and was active on several legislative committees. Ms. Hammell also worked with the Surrey Aboriginal Society as their Executive Director, where she developed the society into a modern urban centre for aboriginal people with an annual budget of over $2 million. She has been working with the Washington, D.C.-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) for many years. With NDI she travelled to the Middle East five times to work with emerging political parties and female candidates. She is also a founding member of the Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women, initiated in 1999 to provide funds for projects that will assist women to realize their potential and to create a safe place for them to live and work in British Columbia. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia, she taught in Verdun, Quebec, Courtenay and Surrey.


Dr. Paul Yeung, Support Staff Representative     Elected Member   Term: November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023

Dr. Paul Yeung was elected by the Support Staff group in October 2020.  Dr. Yeung has been working as a VCC support staff since 2011. He has held various positions in academia, government and the not for profit sector. In academia, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at UBC, SFU, and Brock University and is currently treasurer of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), as well as a board member for the Private Practitioner Chapter. In government, Dr. Yeung was a researcher to the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (CCDPC) for the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Dr. Yeung has authored articles in refereed journals and presented at conferences in Canada and abroad.


Karen Brooke, Faculty Representative     Elected Member   Term: November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023

Karen Brooke was elected by the faculty group in October 2020.  Ms. Brooke has been an instructor at Vancouver Community College since 2004, first with the English as an Additional Langauge department and now with the School of Instructor Education. She has been proud to serve the college on a number of committees. She is interested in the history and mission of community colleges.


Sahil Arora, Student Representative (Downtown)    Elected Member   Term: November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021

Sahil Arora was elected by the student group in October 2020. Mr. Arora was born and raised in Punjab, India. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce before coming to Canada in September 2020. He has an interest in event management and has organized a number of youth oriented events in India, with the focus being education. Mr. Arora has worked with many organizations for the purpose of fundraising and supporting public welfare matters in India, which created opportunities to work with MP's and MLA's and gain knowledge of different fields.  He has hosted events for Thapar University and study abroad consultants, ESS Global. Sahil's interests and work experience also includes acting and modelling.


Ladan Sahraei, Student Representative (Broadway/Annacis Island)    Elected Member   Term: November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021

Ladan Sahraei was elected to the Board of Governors by VCC students in October 2020.  Ms. Sahraei was born and raised in Tehran, Iran.  She completed her Associate Degree in physical education and was studying graphics before coming to Canada in July 2014.  She is the first deaf filmmaker in Iran, where she has made several short films, as well, two feature documentaries made in Canada.  Ms. Sahraei has received awards and honors for her work. Filmmaking is her passion.  She studied American Sign Language (ASL) for 10 months before commencing her studies in VCC’s Basic Education program, where she has been a student for 6 years.  Ms. Sahraei is a very engaged student at VCC and has been a volunteer peer helper  for the past 6 years.  She also has board and committee experience since 2016.


Contact us

For questions relating to Board Governance at VCC, please contact Executive Assistant, Deborah Lucas at or 604.871.7000 Ext. 8313



Government-appointed board members are appointed by the Province of British Columbia. For information on appointment processes and guidelines, please visit the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office.


Board Committees

The VCC Board of Governors has three standing committees:

  • Governance Committee
    • Mahin Rashid (Chair), Rene-John Nicolas, Sue Hammell, Karen Brookes, Paul Yeung
  • Finance and Audit Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
    • Joey Hartman (Chair), Libby Davies, Nadia Belokopitov, Shobha Rajagopalan


Board Governance Bylaws

???G.1.0 Board Conduct?
G.2.0 Board Governance?
G.3.0 Board Honoraria & Expenses?


Election Rules

??Election Rules (Version September 2019)


Mandate Letter

AEST 2021/22 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

AEST 2020/21 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions?

AEST 2019/20 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

AEST 2018/19 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

?AEST 2017/18 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

AVED 2016/17 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions

AVED 2015/16 Mandate Letter for Public Post-Secondary Institutions



 2018-19 Appointed Board Member Remuneration Disclosure Statement


Agendas and meeting minutes

Public Board meetings are held on the dates listed below.

IMPORTANT:   In response to COVID-19, unless noted below, Board meetings commence at 5:30pm and are conducted using the Zoom video conferencing service. The meeting link will be located on the agenda.

Please note: all persons or groups wishing to make a presentation must submit their request in writing at least 14 days in advance of the meeting date to Deborah Lucas, Executive Assistant to the Board of Governors at


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Nov. 24, 2021      
Sep. 29, 2021      
Aug. 11, 2021 PDF 7.7 MB APPROVED Sep. 29 PDF 254 MB
Jun. 30, 2021 PDF 10.9 MB  APPROVED Sep.29 PDF 260 KB
May. 27, 2021 PDF 3.2 MB PDF 355 MB PDF 280 KB
Mar. 31, 2021 PDF 6.3 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 1.1 MB
Feb. 10, 2021 PDF 2.1 MB PDF 1 MB PDF 800 KB
Nov. 25, 2020 PDF 3 MB PDF 355 MB PDF 400 KB
Sep. 30, 2020 
PDF 3 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 329 KB
Sep. 9, 2020 PDF 6.5 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 296 KB
Jun. 24, 2020 PDF 8 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 1.2 MB
May. 27, 2020 PDF 3.8 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 379 KB
Mar. 25, 2020

PDF 3.4 MB

PDF 339 KB PDF 329 MB
Feb. 19, 2020 PDF? 9.1 MB  PDF 1 MB PDF 1 MB


The Board breaks during the summer and meetings resume in September.  The Board will approve the Jan to Dec 2022 meeting schedule in June 2021.


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Nov. 27, 2019 PDF 5.7 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 772 KB
Sep. 25, 2019 PDF 15 MB PDF 1 MB PDF 397 KB
Jun. 26, 2019 PDF 5.2 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 311 KB
May. 29, 2019 PDF 7.2 MB  PDF 631 MB PDF 301 KB
Apr. 10, 2019 PDF 4.5 MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 251 KB
Feb. 13, 2019 PDF 1.3 MB PDF 948 KB PDF 250 KB

Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Nov 28, 2018 PDF v.2 3 MB PDF 170 KB PDF 279 KB
Sept. 26, 2018 PDF 3.4MB PDF 1.1 MB PDF 335 KB
Jun. 27, 2018 PDF 5.9MB PDF 187 KB PDF 266 KB
May. 30, 2018 PDF 6.5MB PDF 980 KB

PDF 293 KB

Apr. 4, 2018

PDF 3.13 MB

PDF  919 KB

PDF 199 KB 
Feb. 7, 2018 PDF 1.92 MB PDF 263 KB PDF 199 KB 

Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Nov. 15, 2017 PDF 3,000 KB  PDF 216 KB 

PDF 167 KB 

Dec 18-17 Consent Resolution - Revised A.3.2 335 KB

Se‌pt. 27, 2017 PDF 4,000 KB PDF 234 KB PDF 193 KB 
Jun. 28, 2017 PDF 3,466 KB PDF 251 KB  PDF  244 KB 
May. 31, 2017 PDF‌  6,293 KB PDF 259 KB PDF 203 KB
May. 11, 2017

PDF‌  2,000 KB

PDF‌ 163 KB PDF144 KB
Apr. 5, 2017 PDF V.2‌  2,767 KB PDF‌ 147 KB PDF213 KB
Feb. 15, 2017 PDF5,487 KB PDF155 KB PDF‌ 211 KB


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
 Nov. 16, 2016  PDF3,471 KB  PDF‌ 181 KB   PDF174 KB
 Sept. 28, 2016  PDF V.27,360 KB  PDF258 KB  PDF310 KB
 Jun. 29, 2016  PDF3,156 KB  PDF174 KB  PDF216 KB
 Jun. 8, 2016  PDF V.2‌ 8,000 KB  PDF344 KB  PDF189 KB
 May. 11, 2016  PDF‌  568 KB  PDF‌ 196 KB  PDF173 KB
Apr. 6, 2016 PDF‌ 7,008 KB  PDF‌ 135 KB PDF‌ 622 KB
Feb. 24, 2016 PDF4,815 KB  PDF189 KB PDF 159 KB
Jan. 27, 2016 PDF‌ 3,753 KB PDF‌ 251 KB PDF‌ 141 KB


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Dec. 16, 2015 PDF v.213,073 KB PDF‌ 600 KB PDF‌ 52 KB
Oct. 28, 2015 PDF 2,235 KB PDF‌ 399 KB PDF‌ 126 KB
Jun. 29, 2015 PDF 7,200 KB PDF 161 KB PDF‌ 1,403 KB‌‌
May 27, 2015 PDF‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ 1,667 KB PDF‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ 246 KB PDF 685 KB
Apr. 29, 2015 PDF 2,866 KB PDF‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ 243 KB PDF‌ 356 KB
Feb. 25, 2015 PDF 2,919 KB PDF 365 KB PDF 745 KB


Date Agenda Minutes Certified Resolutions
Dec. 3, 2014 PDF 955 KB‌   PDF‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ 208 KB PDF ‌349 KB
Nov. 6, 2014 PDF‌ 5,159 KB PDF‌ 700 KB PDF 174 KB
May 28, 2014 PDF 3,014 KB PDF 171 KB PDF 87 KB
Apr. 30, 2014 PDF‌ 2,551 KB   PDF 294 KB PDF 1,640 KB
Feb. 26, 2014 PDF‌ 1,427 KB -- PDF‌ 1,016 KB