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St. Lawrence College welcomes new members to the Board of Governors for 2014-15

2014-09-16, 10:30 AM

St. Lawrence College is pleased to welcome a new Chair, Vice-Chairs, three community members, and four internal members to our Board of Governors for 2014-15. The St. Lawrence College Board of Governors consists of twelve community members, SLC President & CEO, and four members of the internal college community including one student, one academic, one administrative and one support. The Board of Governors provides a vital link between the College and the community, as well as holding responsibility for setting the vision, mission, and strategic direction of the College.

The new Chair, Steve Thompson, brings over 35 years of experience working closely with Boards of Directors, Trustees, and Municipal Council Members in senior management and strategic planning roles in both the private and public sectors. Steve resides in the Kingston area.

Vice-Chair, Michael Adamcryck, is currently a Regional Vice-President with the Royal Bank of Canada and holds responsibility for the retail banking network, financial planning and small business for the Kingston-Quinte region. Michael resides in Brockville with his family.

Vice-Chair, Anne-Marie Bonneau, is co-founder, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of two start-up biotech companies, Opus Dermacare and AnexChem. In addition to teaching part of the graduate Biotechnology Management course at McGill University, Anne-Marie presents at numerous high schools, introducing students to the scientific career.

New members this year are:

Marg Hogan

Marg has worked at SLC for six years as Manager of Student Services in Brockville and Cornwall. Marg has lived in the Cornwall area for over 30 years and has been involved with the Cornwall Rotary Club, the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation Board and numerous other organizations.

Denis Martel

Denis, born and raised in Cornwall, attended Ecole Secondaire La Citadelle where he later taught from 1986 to 2011. Retirement has allowed Denis to spend more time with his family and to increase his involvement in the community.

Lacey Monk

As well as being a graduate of SLC, Lacey has worked at the College since 2007 in both academic and advancement support roles. Lacey, a resident of Kingston, is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Alumni and Development department as well as Secretary to the St. Lawrence College Foundation Board of Directors.

Bill Chafe

Bill is a Communications professor on the Brockville campus, as well as Coordinator for the General Arts and Science program and the Career/College Prep program. He also works as a community literacy advocate and sits on the Board of Directors for Literacy Link of Eastern Ontario.

Stephen Dobie

Stephen is currently the plant manager of the Shell Lubricants facility in Brockville. He sits on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Leeds and Grenville and is an Executive Committee member. 

Andrew Oosterman

Andrew is a recent grad of the Accounting program and is currently completing SLC’s BBA program. He is also currently serving on the operations team as Manager of Student Affairs for the Student Association in Kingston.

Abdollah Vakily

Abdollah lives in Cornwall and is a long-time community leader and educator. He is a founding member and director of the Dar-ul-Ihsan Centre for Islamic Education and Muslim School in Cornwall and a member of the Cornwall Interfaith Partnership.

The following members continue to serve on the board:

Heather Lawless is the Executive Director of the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation, based in Prescott and serving Grenville County. Heather resides in Spencerville.

Lynn Bowering worked in the Ontario health system for more than 20 years, including eight years as the Executive Director of two District Health Councils. Lynn has served on several boards in the non-profit health and social services field, and as a Provincial appointee to two Provincial agencies. She is a resident of Kingston.

Bruce Tessier is a Certified Financial Planner and Associate Portfolio Manager with BMO Nesbitt Burns. Bruce has served as President for the Heart and Stroke Foundation Cornwall, fundraiser for the major gift campaign of the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation, as well as College’s “The Difference We Make” campaign. He is currently a Director on the St. Lawrence Foundation Board representing the Board of Governors.

Ken Watkin, QC served 33 years in the Canadian Forces, four years as the Judge Advocate General, the senior military legal advisor and superintendent of the military justice system. In 2002 he was appointed to the Order of Military Merit, by the Governor General of Canada and Queen’s Counsel in 2006 by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council of Newfoundland.

Kathy O’Brien is the Associate Vice-Principal, International at Queen’s University. Kathy resides in Kingston. She began her career at Queen’s University in 2003 within the Advancement portfolio.

Jennifer Fisher is a Chartered Accountant and partner of Wilkinson & Company, LLP.  Jennifer is on the Board of Directors of the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Providence Care Foundation. Jennifer resides in Kingston.

Glenn Vollebregt is President & CEO of St. Lawrence College. Glenn is committed to the College’s mission of student success, academic excellence and leadership in our communities, and brings a broad range of senior administrative experience, a deep passion for student success and a proven financial background to this leadership role.

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About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 7,000 full-time students, and more than 80,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually.

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451
ltulchinsky@sl.on.ca