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College of the North Atlantic - Board of Governors


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Section 10 of the College Act, 1996


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The Board of Governors is vested with the management of administration and academic affairs at College of the North Atlantic through the duties and powers of the Board outlined in the College Act, 1996 (Sections 15 and 16). The Board is concerned with the governance of the College including: providing and operating facilities for program delivery; approving, authorizing and providing programs that meet the labour market demands of the province; and, making policies to govern the organization, administration and operation of the College including personnel policies. The Board also assigns duties to the President (Section 8). 

The Board of Governors' role includes: policy formulation to direct priorities and directions to be achieved by the institution; ensuring accountability through assessment of institutional performance; facilitator to the College and its stakeholders; and, support to, and assessment of, the performance of the President. 

The Board's committees for provincial operations include:

  • Executive Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Audit Committee


The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint not less than 9 and no more than 18 members (Section


  • One may be a departmental representative nominated by the Minister (Section 10(2));
  • Three members cross-appointed under section 22 (2)(c) of the Memorial University Act and Section 10(2.1) of the College Act;
  • One may be a faculty member of the College nominated by the faculty association (Section 10(3));
  • Two shall be students of the College nominated by the students association (Section 10(4)); and,
  • The President shall be a non-voting member (Section 10(6)).

Under section 11(3) of the College Act, a member of the Board whose appointment has expired continues to be a member of the Board until a successor is appointed.

Competency Profile:

Those who make up the Board of Governors should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  • Finance/investment
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Governance
  • Accounting/Auditing
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Senior Leadership
  • Facilities Management.


Members of the Board of Governors should possess the following personal attributes:

  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • 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 skills.

Time Commitments:

Members of the Board of Governors should be available to meet six times per year. The cross-appointed members should also be available to meet six times per year for meetings of Memorial University's Board of Regents. Meetings are typically held during normal working hours. 

Attendance at Board meetings will be in person unless exceptional circumstances exist and a member needs to attend via electronic means and such means are available. 

Each Board member will attend a minimum of 50% of regularly scheduled meetings in a year.

The Board will designate one meeting per year as an Annual General Meeting and notice of such meeting shall be provided at least 30 days in advance. 

Meetings of committees of the Board of Governors occur at the discretion of the Chair. 

Board members may also be expected to spend additional time to review materials and prepare for Board and Committee meetings.

Some travel may be required.


LGIC appointed members serve three-year terms (Section 11(1)), with the exception of faculty and student representatives who serve two-year terms (Sections 10(3(b)) and 10(4(b)). The President continues to serve as a non-voting member for the duration of employment. 

A member of the Board is eligible for re-appointment to the Board, but after two consecutive terms on the Board that person is no longer eligible for re-appointment until the expiration of three years from the time he or she was last a member of the Board (Section 11(2)).

Vacancy Profile:

The College of the North Atlantic Board of Governors is seeking to fill four board member positions. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of regional and demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Adams, Mr. PeterMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-10-022021-10-01
Bradbury, Mr. Mark GeraldJoint MUN/CNA memberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Brake-Patten, Ms. DebbieMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2019-04-122022-04-11
Departmental RepresentativeMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-01-032021-01-02
Gibbons, Mr. JohnJoint MUN/CNA memberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Gordon, Mr. Ianstudent representativeLieutenant Governor in Council2018-01-032020-01-02
Hollett, Mr. BrucePresident and Member: non-votingBy virtue of position2017-07-26
Kelleher-Flight, Ms. BrendaMemberMinisterial2018-10-022021-10-01
Kelly, Mr. KevinMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2019-04-122022-04-11
Lane-McCarthy, Ms. Bonita MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-11-022018-11-01
Lundrigan, Mr. DominicMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-11-022018-11-01
Newhook, Mr. ChrisMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2019-04-122022-04-11
O'Rielly, Mr. AlastairChairpersonLieutenant Governor in Council2017-06-302020-06-29
Penwell, Mr. Charles MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-11-022018-11-01
Pinhorn, Mr. Wade Member - faculty representativeLieutenant Governor in Council2009-08-132011-08-12
Rideout, Ms. DonnaJoint MUN/CNA memberLieutenant Governor in Council2018-02-212021-02-20
Roberts, Ms. Whitneystudent representativeLieutenant Governor in Council2019-01-252021-01-24
Scott, Ms. Beverly MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-11-022018-11-01
Synard, Mr. SamMemberLieutenant Governor in Council2019-04-122022-04-11

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