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Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team includes the President, the Vice President of Research and the Vice-President of Academic and Student Services, and provides regular updates to the Board of Governors, provides oversight to College operations, and strategizes on significant College-wide initiatives.

Dr. Karen Barnes – President & Vice Chancellor

Karen was appointed President in July 2011. She joined Yukon College in 2008 as Vice-President Academic. Prior to this, Karen spent six years with Lethbridge College as Dean of Applied Arts and Science, and 17 years with NorQuest College as instructor, project manager and program chair.

Karen’s focus is ensuring the College effectively meets the education and training needs of Yukon through engaging in strategic consultation with the public, industry, government, students and staff. Since joining the College, Karen’s outreach to Yukon’s tourism and mining industries has led to stronger partnerships and the creation of several new programs tailored to provide students with key skills in these industries.

“Our students are the heart and soul of the College. My goal is to build a true community of learners - where Yukon College is not only recognized as the best next step for Yukon’s high-school students, but where people of all ages, from anywhere in Canada or around the world, can embrace a commitment to life-long learning.”




Dr. Deb Bartlette - Vice President Academic & Student Services

Deb has worked for 15 years in post-secondary education, in a variety of roles. Prior to this, she was very active in the non-profit sector, serving on regional, provincial and national boards and doing consulting and organizational development with non-profits. She has had some unique experiences, such as being the Director of Recruitment at a ‘start up’ university in BC (the Technical University of BC, now SFU Surrey). She worked seven years at Simon Fraser University, first in fundraising and co-op, then as a faculty member in Education, where she was the Dept Head for off-campus M.Ed programs. In 2007, she moved to University College of the Fraser Valley as Director of the Career Centre/experiential learning, and was part of transitioning that institution to a university.

Deb came to Yukon College in July 2010 as Dean of Applied Arts. Currently she's a Visiting Graduate Professor in the Master of Education program at Athabasca University and an Adjunct Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, in addition to her current role at Yukon College.