Board of Governors

The Board of Governors acts on behalf of the public. As representatives from both the College and community, their role is to set and govern the College’s mission and strategic plan. The Board is empowered by the Yukon College Act.

Board Members

Jocelyn Curteanu

Jocelyn Curteanu
Member at Large
Term Ends: June 11, 2021

Carol Geddes

Carol Geddes
First Nations Rep
Term Ends: December 01, 2021

Chris Milner

Chris Milner
Member at Large
Term Ends: June 22, 2020

Judy Gingell

Judy Gingell
First Nations Rep
Term Ends: May 24, 2020

Julia Salo

Julia Salo
Community Campus Committee Rep
Term Ends: June 30, 2022

Karen Barnes

Karen Barnes
President (non voting member)

Ernie Prokopchuk

Ernest Prokopchuk
Staff Rep
Term Ends: July 5, 2021

Vera Holmes

Vera Holmes
Vice Chair
Community Campus Committee Rep
Term Ends: May 05, 2021

Eric Kim

Eric Jun Hyeok Kim
Student Rep
Term Ends: January 17, 2021

Shawn Allen

Shawn Allen
Haines Junction
Community Campus Committee Rep
Term Ends: June 30, 2022

Tom Ullyett

Tom Ullyett
Board chair
Member at Large
Term Ends: December 31st, 2021


Kathleen Van Bibber
First Nations Rep
Term Ends: May 1, 2021

How to become a board member
College Act

Nomination to Yukon College Board of Governors: The provisions in the College Act provide for:

  • The Board of Governors consisting of 12 members, with the following representation:
    • First Nations - 3;
    • Community Campus Committees - 3;
    • Members-at-large - 3;
    • Staff -1;
    • Student -1;
    • President (non-voting member).
  • The Commissioner in Executive Council appointing Board members for terms not exceeding 3 years, although appointments may be renewed.
  • Board members being resident within the Yukon Territory for at least one year immediately prior to their appointment.
Time commitment
  • The Board normally meets in Whitehorse once each month, excluding January, July and August
  • Two or three hours are normally needed to prepare for each Board meeting
  • Additional time may be required to attend College functions and participate in sub-committees
Board composition, personal attributes and competencies

    The individuals who make up the Board of Governors should collectively have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

    • Add value and provide support to management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities
    • Effectively monitor the performance of management
    • Account for the performance of Yukon College
    • Bring to the deliberations the wide diversity of Yukon cultural, economic and social perspective
    • Contribute to the overall image of Yukon College

    Personal Attributes

    All members of the Board of Governors should possess the following personal attributes:

    • High ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings
    • Good business judgment
    • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
    • Able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue
    • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others opinions
    • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
    • Ability to listen and work as a team member
    • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
    • Strong reasoning and advocacy skills
    • Able and willing to fulfill time commitments required to carry out responsibilities

    Competencies Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

    • Strategic management and organizational change
    • Internal control and accounting
    • Labour relations
    • Risk management
    • Financial expertise
    • Legal expertise
    • Experience/knowledge/expertise in post-secondary education
    • Knowledge of government and public sector environments
    • Knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting Yukon College
    • Knowledge of the extensive geography of Yukon
    • Credibility with the wide diversity of interests from within Yukon
    • Previous Board experience
    • Knowledge, experience and familiarity with Yukon First Nations' issues, culture, traditions and land claims and self government agreements

    Within the context of the Board Composition, Personal Attributes and Competencies, consideration must be given to the diversity of gender, cultural heritage and knowledge of the communities served by Yukon College

    Benefits of board membership
    • Opportunities to develop skills through Board training sessions and attendance at workshops and conferences
    • One tuition-free College course per year
    • A daily honorarium and travel expenses for attending Board meetings
    • Complimentary library card
    Appointment process

    The Commissioner in Executive Council appoints Board members for terms not exceeding 3 years, although appointments may be renewed.

    For more information about the appointment process,  check out