Board of Governors

Meet the UFV Board Members

Appointed Board Members

Elections for officers of the board take place annually in June.

President & Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Joanne MacLean


Dr. Andy Sidhu


John Pankratz, Chair

John Pankratz is a Partner with Grant Thornton LLP  Chartered Professional Accountants working out of the firm’s Abbotsford office. Mr. Pankratz is a UFV alumni and previously served as Chair of the UFV Board of Governors from 2016-2019. 

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. Mr. Pankratz also served as Chair of the Public Practice Committee for CPA-BC and was an appointed member on the Auditor Certification Board for BC. Mr. Pankratz holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

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Adam Van Steinburg, Vice-Chair

Adam Van Steinburg is the International Representative for First District Canada of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). In this role he manages the IBEW jurisdiction and inter-local matters in all sectors. He is past Business Manager of the IBEW Local 213 where he provided leadership to the union, managed financial assets, and negotiated and administered collective agreements. Mr. Van Steinburg is also past president of the Bargaining Council of BC Building Trades Unions. He has served as an advisory committee member for the Industry Training Authority and the BC 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 BC, obtaining his Journeyperson (Electrical Construction and Maintenance) designation from the BC Institute of Technology.


Connie Swan

Connie is from the N’lakapamux Nation. Her mother is Thompson from Lytton, BC and her late father is Cree from Cold Lake, Alberta.

She has over 15 years of experience working for First Nations Education, with a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership K-12 from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Education from UBC, and a Bachelor of Arts from UCFV.  She was formerly a principal of Skeetchestn Community School, a First Nations Independent School located within the Secwepemc Territory. She served on the Skeetchestn School Board of Education during her time as a principal. She has extensive experience in teaching all grades ranging from K-7 within First Nations Education.

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Cristen Gleeson

Cristen Gleeson is a Managing Partner with Baker Newby LLP.  Previously Ms. Gleeson was a Project Coordinator for Pivot Legal Society and a Sole Practitioner and Barrister of Cristen Gleeson Law Office. Active in her community, she is Founder and Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Fraser Valley. Ms. Gleeson is also a Director of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. Previously she was a Director of the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre and Pivot Legal Society.  Ms. Gleeson holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Queen’s University.


Fran Vanderpol

Fran Vanderpol is the Chair of The Oikodome Foundation, a family foundation she and her husband Pieter founded more than 25 years ago and operate together with their children. Active in her community, she presently is a Director for Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association and is involved with the UFV Peace and Conflict Studies Program Community Advisory Committee and the vision of a Peace and Reconciliation Centre. Fran was a founding member of Character Abbotsford. Before selling the business to the next generation, Fran was owner and President of Vanderpol’s Eggs. She graduated from Hamilton Teachers College and has studied at McMaster University and Regent College.


Maxine Bouthot

Maxine Bouthot is a Branch Manager with Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, in Chilliwack.  With nearly 20 years of banking experience, her areas of expertise are leadership, mentorship, project management, and financial planning.

Maxine completed her BBA in 2007 through what was then University College of the Fraser Valley, returning in 2014 to serve on the UFV Alumni Association Board first as Treasurer and then later as Vice-Chair.

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Nash N.S. Gill

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.

Elected Faculty Board Members


Dr. Christine Slavik

Dr. Christine Slavik is Department Head and an Associate Professor in the Child, Youth, and Family Studies Department at the University of the Fraser Valley. Previously she was the Director of Child Life at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. She has been employed as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor and as a nurse in psychiatry/mental health. Christine teaches the Child Life and Community Health course as the foundation for the Child Life Specialization and is faculty liaison for the Child Life Internship.

Dr. Slavik holds a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry Facilitation and is a Certified Trainer of the Appreciative Leadership Development Program. 

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Dr. Shelley Canning

Dr. Shelley Canning is an Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of the Fraser Valley and a research associate with UFV’s Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (CERA) and the Health and Social Innovation Hub (CHASI). She completed her PhD in nursing at UBC as well as a BSc and secondary school teaching certificate at the University of Victoria. Dr. Canning's nursing practice background includes palliative oncology and community health. She is an applied health researcher with a focus on ageing and dementia. Her research aims at better understanding and supporting the quality of life for older adults especially those living with dementia. She is also an advocate for the creation of "age-friendly" initiatives both within UFV and neighbouring communities. Shelley has been a nursing faculty member at UFV since 2006 where she has participated in a wide variety of faculty and institutional committees. 

Elected Staff Board Member


Pierce Stoeckly

Pierce Stoeckly has worked at UFV since 2001 as a Program Technician in all trades program areas, and he earned his Automotive Service Technician Red Seal Journeyman designation from UCFV. Prior to that, Pierce worked as a Service Technician for a GM Dealership in Abbotsford.

Pierce has also been an active member of the Kent/Harrison Search and Rescue for the past 25 years.

Elected Student Board Members

Duman Binar

Duman Binar is a student in the Bachelor of Business Administration program and is serving his first year on the UFV Board of Governors.


Ishika Sethi

Ishika Sethi is a second-year student in the Bachelor of Science program and is serving her first year on the UFV Board of Governors.

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