Our Board

  • Lambton College is a community college whose staff, faculty, and administrators provide quality post-secondary education in Southwestern Ontario. Our mission is commitment to student and community success. 

    Nationally renowned for its ability to align programs with the needs of industry, Lambton Collge currently boasts the highest employer satisfaction rate in Ontario, according to the latest Key Performance Indicator (KPI) report and ranks third in Canada for Applied Research. These rankings reinforce what the College has worked hard to achieve: a supportive and innovative campus environment that bridges the gap between education and industry. 

    The college is governed by a volunteer Board of Governors that is responsible for setting policy, establishing strategic directions, and monitoring organizational performance. With the recent upgrade and renovation of the Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio Industrial Technology and the soon-to-be completed Athletics & Fitness Complex and NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre, there's never been a better time to be a part of the Lambton College team. 

    Board Meeting Updates

    Past Board Minutes can be found at: mylambton.ca/BOG/Past_Minutes/  

    Board Meetings

    The board meets up to eight times a year between September and June. These meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. and are located in the Board Room (B108).

    Meeting Dates

    • October 25, 2018
    • December 6, 2018 (9:30 a.m.)
    • January 24, 2019
    • February 21, 2019
    • April 4, 2019
    • June 6, 2019

    Sub-Committees

    • Finance and Property (major sub-committee - meet up to eight times per year)
    • Programs and Services (major sub committee - meet up to eight times per year)
    • Board Executive Committee (meet at the call of the Chair)
    • Nomination Committee (meet at the call of the Chair)
    • Executive Performance and Compensation Committee (meet at the call of the Chair)

    Meet the Board

    • Christy Bressette

      Dr. Christy Bressette

      External Governor

      Appointed to the Board in 2014, Dr. Bressette serves as a member of the Program and Services Committee and is a member of the Lambton College Aboriginal Education Council. At present, Christy is the coordinator of Aboriginal education at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, and advisor to the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, Aboriginal trustee (alternate) of the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB), the First nation representative of the LKDSB Special Education Advisory Committee and a member of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation Education Committee. Christy has earned a Ph.D in Education Studies, making her the first Aboriginal student at the University of Western Ontario to earn a Ph.D. Christy is an active supporter of programs designed to empower Aboriginal youth and increase parental engagement and community participation in education.

    • Carolynne Griffith

      Carolynne Griffith

      External Governor

      Appointed to the Board in 2013 and reappointed in 2016 for a second three-year term, Carolynne serves as a member of the Program and Services Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Advocacy Committee. Carolynne graduated from London Teachers College and later received a Canadian Securities Course Certificate. Carolynne pursued a career in farming with her husband creating together Art Griffith Farms Inc. and Griffith Seeds Inc. Carolynne also served as a Director and eventually the Chair of the Board for the Egg Farmers of Ontario. In addition, Carolynne served as Director to the Food and Farm Care Canada Foundation.

    • Heather Torres

      Heather Torres

      Internal Governor

      Appointed to the Board in 2017, Heather serves as a member of the Programs and Services Committee. Heather is currently a Data Analyst & Process Integration Specialist in the Registrar’s Office at Lambton College and is serving as the Internal Support Staff Governor. Heather has worked at Lambton College for over 12 years and is an advocate for Support Staff. As such, she has created a Support Staff Workplace Leadership Award, she has sat on the Support Staff PD committee for many years and was the Chief Steward of the Local 124 union. Heather has her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies as well as a Master of Arts in Workplace, Organization and Leadership. On a personal level, Heather has a passion for baking and is a member of the Brigden Fair as a chair for the Class 13 – Culinary Arts Department.

    • Susan Ferguson

      Susan Ferguson

      External Governor

      Appointed to the Board in 2017, Susan serves as a member of the Programs and Services Committee. Susan has over 25 years’ experience with the Lambton Kent District School Board as a math teacher, guidance counsellor and administrator. Susan is currently the Principal of Northern Collegiate in Sarnia. She has served on many board committees including the New Teacher Induction Program, the Tragic Events Response Team and most recently the steering committee of the Board Leadership and Development. Susan has been actively involved in the Ontario Principals’ Council and served on the provincial executive for four years in various capacities including Vice-President. Susan is a graduate from University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure Mathematics and Statistics. She also received her Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

    • Barry M. Hogan

      Barry M. Hogan

      External Governor

      Appointed to the Board in 2017, Barry looks forward to serving on the Finance and Property Committee. Barry M. Hogan is the current President of Gamble HUB Insurance and was previously the President of Gamble Insurance for 10 years until it sold to HUB International in June of 2015. HUB International is a world leading insurance brokerage providing a broad array of Person and Commercial Insurance, risk-management, life, health and employee benefit services across Canada, the United States. Barry attended Trent University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Barry and his wife Erika live in Sarnia with their seven children.

    • Dave Mitton

      Dave Mitton

      Internal Governor

      Appointed to the Board of Governors in 2018, Dave serves as a member of the Programs and Services Committee. Dave is the Lambton College Manager of IT Operations & Infrastructure and is serving as the Internal Administrative Staff Governor. Dave joined Lambton College as a Hardware & Software Support Technologist within the IT Department in 2002. Dave has been active in the college community including the Employee Relations Committee, Information Systems Steering Committee, and the Alumni Association. Last year, Dave left the College and worked at Snapchat as the IT Operations Lead building out a global team to support the fast passed tech company. Dave holds a Computer Engineering Technologist diploma from Lambton College and is currently working towards his BSC Computer & Information Systems at Athabasca University.

    • Michael Lapaine

      Michael Lapaine

      1st Vice Chair

      Appointed to the Board in 2014, Mike serves as the Chair of the Finance and Property Committee and a member of the Board of Governor’s Award Selection Committee. Mike is a Certified Professional Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration and a degree in English Literature. Additionally, Mike has completed the Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program from the University of Toronto. Mike joined Bluewater Health in 2008 as Vice-President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer with responsibilities including directing and overseeing various clinical and support services. In 2015, Mike was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Bluewater Health.

    • Sandy Marshall

      Sandy Marshall

      External Governor

      Sandy served as Chair of the Board from 2014-2017. Currently, as a member of the Board Sandy is part of the Finance and Property Committee and the Executive Performance and Compensation Committee. Sandy is a graduate of the University of Waterloo Chemical Engineering program. Sandy started his 30 year career in the chemical and polymers industry at Polysar Inc, moving through to research and process, product development and market development before moving into Operations and General Management. Sandy finished his corporate career as President and Managing Director responsible for Canadian Operations of Lanxess Canada. Sandy is the Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and is also a member of the Boards of BIOTECanada, Soy20/20 and BlueOcean Nutrascience.

    • Jim Wodham

      Jim Wodham

      External Governor

      Appointed to the Board in 2015, Jim serves as a member of the Programs and Services Committee. In 2017, Jim retired as the Business Manager of Local 1592 for the Millwright Regional Council of Ontario. Jim has years of experience in project management and project safety from his previous roles as a Millwright Superintendent, General Foreman, Foreman and Journeyman. Jim is a graduate of Fleming College in Forestry, as well as, a graduate of George Brown College, where he received a diploma in Construction Millwright.

    • Janice McMichael Dennis

      Janice McMichael-Dennis

      Chair

      Appointed to the Board in 2015, Janice is the Chair of the Board, serving on the Board Executive, the Executive Performance and Compensation Committee, the Finance and Property Committee, and the Programs and Services Committee. Janice is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bluewater Power (BP) Group of Companies. The BP group of Companies include the following: Bluewater Power Distribution, Bluewater Power Services, Electek Power Services, Bluewater Power Renewables, Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies and Bluewater Regional Networks. Janice holds a B.A. majoring in Economics and a M.B.A. with a Finance major.

    • Brian Lucas

      Brian Lucas

      External Governor

      Appointed to the Board in 2018, Brian serves as a member of the Programs and Services Committee. Brian is currently the Site Director (Plant Manager) of INEOS Styrolution, Sarnia Site. INEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. Brian participates as a Board member of the Sarnia Lambton Environmental Association and the Sarnia Lambton Industrial Education Co-operative. As well, he is a Panel Member of the Bluewater Community Advisor Panel. Brian is a Professional Engineer graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.

    • Alan Warren

      Alan Warren

      Internal Governor

      Appointed to the Board of Governors in 2013, Alan serves as a member of the Finance and Property Committee and the Nomination Committee. Alan is the Coordinator of the Mathematics & Physics Department at Lambton College serving as the Internal Academic Staff Governor. Alan joined Lambton College as a mathematics professor in 2007 and has been active in the college community including the College Advisory Council, Curriculum Committee, and Research Ethics Board. Provincially, he became a member of the Ontario College Math Council in 2008, chairing the council from 2013-2014. Alan holds a Masters of Mathematics for Teachers from the University of Waterloo, an Honors Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University.

    • Judith Morris

      Judith Morris

      President and CEO

      For the past five years, Morris has served as the President & CEO of Lambton College, helping to establish the College as a global leader in research, education and innovation. Judith is a passionate and innovative academic leader with more than 30 years of experience working in post-secondary education. Morris hails from Northern Ontario, where she got her start working as a supervisor for a group home for people with developmental handicaps. Shortly after, she landed a faculty position at Sault College, and was named Dean of Continuous Learning in 1996, a position she held for eight years before assuming the role of Vice President, Academic at Lambton College. Morris holds a M.A. in Adult and Continuing Education, a B.Ed Specialist in Special Education and an Hon. B.A. in Sociology.

    • Mark Hiseler

      Mark Hiseler

      2nd Vice Chair

      Appointed to the Board of Governors in 2012, Mark Hiseler is the 2nd Vice Chair and serves on the Executive Committee, chairs of the Programs and Services Committee, and is a member of the Executive Performance and Compensation Committee. Mark has been Vice President of the Suncor Sarnia Refinery since 2011. Prior to his current role at Suncor, Mark’s manufacturing experience includes Petro-Canada Lubricants, Clorox Canada, First Brands, and Union Carbide Canada. Mark holds a B.A. Sc. (Mech.Eng) from the University of Waterloo.

    • Michael Caverly

      Michael Caverly

      External Governor

      Appointed to the Board of Governors in 2016, Michael serves on the Finance and Property Committee. Michael is the Regional Vice President for RBC Royal Bank in the Lambton/Kent Market. Michael joined RBC in 2006 as the Manager, Financial Planning in Sarnia. Prior to joining RBC, Michael worked in the Financial Services industry for 15 years in a variety of roles through-out the province of Ontario. Michael has an undergraduate degree from Trent University and holds his Certified Financial Planner designation. Furthermore, he is currently completing his Executive MBA at Dalhousie University.

    • Liz Kenny

      Liz Kenny

      External Governor

      Appointed to the Board of Governors in 2015, Liz serves on the Programs and Services Committee. Most recently Liz has acted as Executive Director, Chief Privacy Officer, for the Bluewater Health Foundation. Prior to that Liz served as Executive Director, St. Joseph's Foundation in Sarnia and was previously employed at Lambton College as an Advisor to the Dean of Business. Liz has obtained a variety of Management designations including Canadian Hospital Association, Departmental Manager Diploma and CFRE, Certified Fund Raising Executive. Liz has also contributed volunteer time to Boards such as the Blue Water Bridge Authority and served as the Chair Sarnia Centennial Celebration Committee.

    • Prince Patel

      Student Governor

      Appointed to the Board of Governors in 2018, Prince serves on the Finance and Property Committee. Prince is a first year Chemical Production and Power Engineering –Accelerated program student. Prior to coming to Lambton College, Prince graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Ganapat University, Mehasana, Gujarat, India.

    Contact the Board

    For further board information visit mylambton.ca/BOG/Home/ or contact:
    Lianne Birkbeck
    519-542-7751 ext 3320
    lianne.birkbeck@lambtoncollege.ca

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