Northern College Board of Governors Approves Annual Report, Appoints New Members

Northern College News and Events

TIMMINS, ON: Northern College’s Board of Governors has unanimously approved the college’s latest Annual Report, to be submitted to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The college has also announced the appointment of three new board members.

Northern College’s 2013-2014 Annual Report details the college’s progress in achieving the goals of its strategic and business plans throughout the last fiscal year. Northern started the year with over 50 tactical objectives, and has achieved results in 88 per cent of these objectives.

Several major academic achievements are detailed in the report. The college established four online courses through OntarioLearn, making it possible for students throughout the province to earn a Pre-Health Science certificate entirely online. An innovative partnership with the Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut, saw Northern delivering a Welding Trade Readiness program in the community.

The college also reached a number of goals which have improved college services and student life. Major achievements for the year included providing onsite student health services at the Haileybury Campus, an expansion of after-hours support services at the Timmins Campus, and the hosting of the college’s first annual Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Week.

“Without a doubt, things at Northern College have changed and our sights have been set higher,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “The college has always evolved to meet the needs of our learners, employers and communities, but this past year saw an unprecedented uprising. This really comes as no surprise, as our 2013-2016 Strategic Plan dares us to think differently about programming, recruitment, retention, partnerships and the way we do business.”

Northern College is also pleased to announce three external appointments to the Board of Governors; F. William Allan of Iroquois Falls, George Pirie of Connaught and Donna Seary of Moose Factory.

Allan has over 30 years of experience in education, having worked as a principal, vice-principal and guidance counsellor in the Cochrane-Iroquois Falls Board of Education. He has also held leadership roles in civic and industrial capacities, and holds a lifelong commitment to the north and its culture.

Pirie has worked in an executive capacity in the mining industry for over 15 years. He has experience in finance, operations, asset optimization, and strategic, corporate and business development. He brings to the board his strong ties to the local, national and international mining community.

Seary is the current executive director of Mushkegowuk Council, and is a two-time Northern College graduate and former instructor. She has ten years of senior management experience, and extensive knowledge of First Nations education, governance and culture.

“Our newest board members bring a wealth of experience to the table,” says Gibbons. “Their unique experiences, skills and perspectives will help us reach our goals, and continue to evolve as an institution.”

Completing their terms with the board are First Vice-Chair Denis Bérubé, Administrative Representative Cheryl Carbone and Student Representative Scott Molson.

Northern College’s Board of Governors is responsible to govern effectively to ensure that the college is successfully managed, to achieve the college’s mandate, and to remain responsive to community need and emerging opportunity. The Board of Governors is accountable to students, employees, employers and the communities the college serves. The board is also accountable to the citizens of Ontario because the college is publicly funded.

Northern College’s 2013-2014 Annual Report, 2014-15 Business Plan, and 2013-2016 Strategic Plan are available at


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