External Community Advisory Council
Professor Deborah Buszard is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus. Before coming to UBC in 2012, Prof. Buszard was a professor and member of the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. Prior to joining Dalhousie in 2006, she was Professor of Plant Science at McGill University and she served as Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal of the Macdonald Campus from 1996 to 2005. A plant scientist and strawberry breeder, Prof. Buszard is author of numerous refereed scientific and technical publications on agriculture, fruit physiology, breeding and management. Her current research interests include institutional innovation and sustainability.
Theresa Arsenault is a Partner at Pushor Mitchell LLP. In 2009, she was appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC), an honorary title to recognize exceptional merit and contributions to the legal profession. Among her many community service endeavours, Theresa served on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 1986-1989, was a founder (and chair) of Friends of Okanagan College, and served as Chair of the UBC Board of Governors and Vice Chair of the Okanagan University College Board of Governors. She is a UBC alumna (BA and Bachelor of Laws).
Nick Arkle is the Chief Forester of Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. He served as Co-Chair of the Okanagan Partnership Society, acting as a steward for forest industry interests. He has also served on the UBC Faculty of Forestry Advisory board. Nick is a UBC alumnus (Bachelor of Science in Forestry, 1984).
James Baker is the Mayor of Lake Country and serves as a Director on the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board. He spent approximately three decades as a professor of Anthropology at with Langara College and Okanagan College. In 2007, UBC’s Okanagan campus named Mr. Baker an Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology.
Colin Basran is the Mayor of Kelowna. He was elected in 2014 following one term on Kelowna City Council. Earlier he worked as a journalist at Global Okanagan and as a realtor. He is an alumnus of Okanagan University College.
Pat Bowen is a whole-plant physiologist and viticulture researcher at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC) in Summerland. An Associate of the UBC Wine Research Centre, Dr. Bowen’s research is on understanding vineyard ecology.
Laurel Douglas is CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre, which provides business loans, advisory services, resources, training and mentors to women business owners throughout BC. She was the founding Executive Director of the Science & Technology Council of the Okanagan (now Accelerate Okanagan). In 2017 she was named one of BC Business’ Most Influential Women.
James Eccott is a Director at Canterra Minerals Corp. and past President & CEO of Dia Met Minerals Ltd. He has sat on various corporate boards since he retired in 2001 including tenures as Vice Chairman of Sun-Rype Products Ltd. and Chairman of Northern Air Support. Jim is a UBC alumnus (BComm, 1955) and completed a six-year term on the UBC Board of Governors.
Amal Alhuwayshil is President of the UBC Students Union Okanagan (UBCSUO), a TEDx speaker, and a fourth year Management student.
Doug Findlater is the Mayor of the City of West Kelowna. He representing West Kelowna on the board of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and is a Director to the Okanagan Basin Water Board. Doug served as a Councillor on the first Council when West Kelowna was incorporated in December 2007.
Dick Fletcher is a partner in the Kelowna offices of Urban Systems Ltd. As co-chair of the Okanagan Partnership, Engineering Advisory Committee, Dick was instrumental in assuring that the newly formed Okanagan campus of UBC developed full-degree engineering programs.
Mal Griffin is the VP Human Resources for the Interior Health Authority. Prior to his appointment in 2016, he served as Interior Health’s VP and Chief Information Officer. Mal has experience in a variety of areas of health care including laboratory, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, staffing services, and clinical and business information management and technology.
Corie Griffiths is Manager of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. Originally from California, Corie emigrated to the Okanagan in 2002 and joined COEDC as the Marketing and Research Assistant in 2006, moving to Business Development Officer in 2010, and taking on the lead role of Manager in 2015.
Andrew Jakubeit is the Mayor of Penticton. He was elected in November 2014 following two terms on Penticton City Council. Prior to his election, he and his wife operated the Grooveyard CD and clothing company in Penticton and started Groove-V Productions, a video production company.
Al Klar operates R&R Plastics Ltd., Klar Global Distribution Inc., and is part of the chain of Canopy West Truck Accessories. He manages a family orchard in Keremeos and is a Principal in Top Five Developments Inc. Al is a former President of the Summerland Chamber of Commerce and a Director for the Okanagan Partnership, South Okanagan.
Douglas Manning is a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of Bridges Transitions Inc. In 2006, he left his post as Bridges President in order to invest greater time as an Educational Consultant. In 2017 he was a nominee for the Kelowna Top Forty Over 40.
Lorraine McGrath is a consultant and past president of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. She co-founded the Okanagan Innovation Fund and has served on the Okanagan College School of Business’s Advisory Board. In 2007 she was awarded the Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award as Kelowna’s Woman of the Year.
Trace Medve is the President of Kelowna Flightcraft. Earlier she served as the President of Canadian North Airlines and has been involved in the aviation industry since 1985. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Fortis BC.
Akbal Mund is the Mayor of Vernon. He was elected in November 2014. Prior to his election Mr. Mund operated a Wendy’s franchise. He has been involved in a variety of community organizations, including as a board member of VantageOne Credit Union, President of the Vernon Soccer Association and President of the Greater Vernon BC 2012 Winter Games.
Jason Neale is the past CEO of Accelerate Okanagan and founder of OmniGlobe Networks. His career spans wireless, software, security, telecommunications, cellular, satellite, networking, protocols, broadcasting and Internet. In 2009 he was honored at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year.
Edna Terbasket is the Executive Director of the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, a non-profit organization working with and for First Nations people and the Okanagan community at-large. She also serves on School District #23’s Aboriginal Education Committee.
Renée Wasylyk is the CEO of Troika Group, a Western Canadian organization of development projects and construction companies including Troika Developments and CorWest Builders in Kelowna and TroiWest Builders in Edmonton. Renée was recognized in 2017 as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.