John Pankratz is a Partner at Friesen Pankratz & Associates LLP, a Chartered Professional accounting and business advisory practice in Abbotsford. In 1988 Mr. Pankratz received his CGA (Certified General Accountants) designation, now the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants), and throughout his career has been an active member in the legacy CGA organization serving on its Board and as Chair of the Public Practice Advisory Group, Chapter Advisory Group, and Practice Review Committee.Read more
Chief Constable Len Goerke joined the West Vancouver Police Department August 5, 2014 after a twenty-seven year career with the Abbotsford Police Department where he retired as Deputy Chief Constable. Len is the past President of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police. He has served as a sessional faculty member at the University of the Fraser Valley in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.Read more
Justin P. Goodrich has been a full-time public affairs practitioner since 2008. From working in community media as a columnist, radio host, and television host to working in professional politics as an advisor, strategist, and legislative communications officer, Justin has become a trusted counsellor to various organizations as well as numerous elected officials. Moreover, he is also an accomplished public speaker and has addressed hundreds of audiences throughout Canada, the United States, and internationally.Read more
Adam Van Steinburg is currently a business manager and financial secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213. In this role, he provides leadership to the union, manages financial assets, and negotiates and administers collective agreements. Mr. Van Steinburg is also the president of the Bargaining Council of B.C. Building Trades Unions. He has served as an advisory committee member for the Industry Training Authority and the B.C. Safety Authority. Prior to taking on various leadership roles, Mr. Van Steinburg worked as an electrician on commercial and industrial jobs throughout the lower mainland. He earned his red seal for the Province of B.C., obtaining his Journeyperson (Electrical Construction and Maintenance) designation from the B.C. Institute of Technology.
Andrew Mercier is the currently an articled clerk for Teamsters Local Union No. 213, working towards becoming a practicing lawyer in B.C. In the past, he was a summer intern for Teamsters Local Union No. 213, a route sales representative for Unifirst Canada Ltd., and a material handler for Gordon Food Service. Active in his community, Mr. Mercier is a member of the Nomination and Elections Committee for Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (VanCity). In the past, he has been a part of the Health and Safety Committee for Unifirst Canada Ltd. Mr. Mercier has also been a distress line volunteer for the Vancouver Crisis Centre. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at Dalhousie University, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick.
Leslie Castellani is the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Affairs at First West Credit Union, British Columbia’s third-largest credit union. Leslie leads the team responsible for strategic initiatives and planning, corporate governance and government relations.Read more
Nash Gill is a barrister and solicitor, notary public, and member of the Law Society of British Columbia. He practices as a sole practitioner in Abbotsford, B.C. Prior to starting his own practice at Nash Gill Law Office Barrister and Solicitor, Mr. Gill was a lawyer with Nyack and Persad Barristers and Solicitors in New Westminster. He has experience in the fields of criminal law, family/divorce law, personal injury litigation, property conveyancing and mortgages, wills and estates, and immigration law. Mr. Gill is also involved in his community, as the founding member/director and former president of the Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Rhonda Snow received her Ph.D in Psychology at Simon Fraser University in 1994. She began teaching in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Fraser Valley in 1995. Rhonda has served as the Psychology Department Head, member of Presidents' Council and Status of Women representative for the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, and President of the Faculty and Staff Association. Rhonda currently teaches courses in lifespan and social psychology.
Dr. Zoe Dennison received her Ph.D, in psychology at the University of Western Ontario in 1993. She taught at Mount Allison University before coming to UFV (then UCFV) in 1993. Currently Zoe teaches courses in brain and behaviour, gender, language, assessment and the psychology of music.Read more
Kara Bertram has been a member of the UFV International team since 2007 after completing her Master of Science from the University of Alberta. As the Manager of Global Engagement, she oversees International Contract Training, International Mobility, as well as Internationalization and Global Engagement Programming.
Andrew Stahl is in his fifth year of studies at UFV completing two undergraduate degrees in Criminology and History. He has served for two years on the Student Union Society Board, this year as the elected representative for the College of Arts.Read more
Thanh Ma is completing her final year in the Bachelor of General Studies program with a triple minor in Criminal Justice, Business Administration, and Communications. During her time at UFV she has actively engaged in out-of-classroom leadership and volunteer roles on Senate, the Senate Committee for Student Appeals, and Student Life. Last year she served the Student Union Society as the elected Vice-President External, Equalities Officer, and member of the Board of Directors. In her community, Thanh volunteered as a coordinator for the Aldergrove-Langley Alzheimer’s Society of BC and now she tutors students in a number of diverse subjects. She enjoys spending time near the water, fishing, and exploring her palate by sampling different cuisines.