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New members to St. Lawrence College Board of Governors welcomed


(Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston, ON) St. Lawrence College is pleased to welcome a new Chair, two new Vice-Chairs, four new community members, and an internal student representative to our Board of Governors for 2013-14. The St. Lawrence College Board of Governors consists of twelve community members, SLC President & CEO, and four members of the internal college community. The Board of Governors provides a vital link between the college and the community, as well as being responsible for establishing the college mission and overseeing the strategic direction of the College.

The new Chair, Marc Schaefer, a board member for the past five years, assumes the post previously held by Paul Fitzpatrick. Marc, a resident of Cornwall, retired from the Upper Canada District School Board as the Superintendent of Education in 1999, continues to work as a consultant in the field of education.

Vice-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 Heather Lawless, a resident of the Prescott area, is the Executive Director of the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation, based in Prescott and serving Grenville County.

The Board’s new external members are Anne-Marie Bonneau, Lynn Bowering, Bruce Tessier and Ken Watkin and the internal student representative is Steven Stewart.

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

Lynn Bowering, a resident of Kingston, has worked in the Ontario health system for more than twenty 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.

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.

Brigadier-General (Ret’d) 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.

Steven Stewart, born and raised in the Brockville area, graduated with the red seal for the automotive high skills major program from South Grenville District High School. Steven is currently in second year of the Police Foundations program.  Following graduation, he would like to pursue a career with CN Rail Security or Border Patrol. His hobbies include paintball, watching hockey, playing videogames and listening to music.

These new members join:

Michael Adamcryck, Brockville

Michael Adamcryck, a Brockville resident, is currently a Regional Vice President with the Royal Bank of Canada and is responsible for the retail banking network, financial planning and small business for the Kingston-Quinte region.

Kathy O’Brien, Kingston

Kathy O’Brien is the Executive Director, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, responsible for providing strategic and operational support to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). Kathy resides in Kingston.

Jennifer Fisher

Jennifer Fisher, a resident of Kingston, is a Chartered Accountant and a 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 Foundations

Heather Lalonde

Heather Lalonde is the Executive Director of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario Inc. Heather resides in Cornwall.

Glenn Vollebregt - Ex-Officio

Glenn Vollebregt is President & CEO of St. Lawrence College. Glenn resides in Kingston.

Bob Snelgrove

Bob Snelgrove is the President and Chief Technical Officer of GerrAudio Distribution, a company he founded in 1976. Bob contributes both his time and resources to the Brockville Arts Centre, United Way and many other local causes and needs. Bob is also a voted member of the Brockville and Area Music Hall of Fame.  Bob resides in Brockville.

Leslie Casson (Faculty Rep.)

Leslie Casson is a Communications professor and the Coordinator of the General Arts & Science program at St. Lawrence College’s Kingston campus.

Amanda Lacosse (Support Staff Rep.)

Amanda Lacosse joined the staff of St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus in June 2010 as Administrative Assistant to the Campus Dean.

Lynn Walker (Administrative Rep.)

Lynn Walker has been employed at St. Lawrence College for the past 25 years in various areas including the President's Office, Placement, Recruiting, and for the last 15 years, in Continuing and Distance Education.

"It’s an exciting year to have so many new board members to work with," said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College. "I look forward to working with all our members, who have such important links to the communities we serve. We have so much to share and learn from each other."