Board members

Nicole Halbauer - Chair

Representing: Community Member
Location: Terrace

Nicole Halbauer is currently employed by the First Nations Health Authority, involved in community engagement. She was previously the general manager at Kalum Kabs Ltd. in Terrace, B.C. Ms. Halbauer is also the current board chair of the Kitsumkalum Economic Development Board. She has also been a school board trustee for the Coast Mountains School District and a member of the Kitsumkalum Band Council for health and education portfolios. Ms. Halbauer holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Northern British Columbia (Prince George) and an Associate Degree specializing in criminology from Coast Mountain College.


Dr. David Try - Vice Chair

Representing: Community Member
Location: Terrace

David Try retired as Dean of Instruction from Coast Mountain College where he served in many capacities for a decade. He has been the Director and co-owner of Bevan-Try Management Consulting Inc. since 2008 and also serves as a Director of the Kitselas First Nation Development Corporation. Mr. Try is an active member of his community; currently involved with the Terrace & District Community Service Society and previously with the Terrace-Kitimat Airport Society, Terrace Public Library, Terrace Hospice Society and St. Matthews Anglican Church. He holds a PhD in Management from Warwick University, UK and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. He is a Certified Management Consultant.


Shannon McPhail

Representing: Community Member
Location: Hazelton

Shannon McPhail is the founder and executive director of Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition. Ms. McPhail is involved in many community organizations, acting in roles such as member of the Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee, vice president of Canadian Parents for French in Hazelton, and involvement with communications for the Telegraph Trail Saddle Club and the Kispiox Valley Rodeo Club. She teaches workshops across the Province on community organizing and is a former recipient of the northern BC Community Enrichment Award and the North American Conservation Leadership Award. She is also a member of the Gananooxxum (Mothers & Grandmothers) - a Gitxsan-settler women’s leadership group. Ms. McPhail is an alumnus of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology where she was enrolled in Chemical Technology and later completed her Welding apprenticeship. She is currently pursuing a certificate in community economic development from Simon Fraser University.


Paul Bjorn

Representing: Community Member
Location: Terrace

Paul Bjorn is presently the Branch Manager of McElhanney Consulting Services Limited, an engineering and land surveying field. Previously he was a Plant Civil Engineer of Alcan Primary Metal BC and Owner of Bjorn Consulting. Mr. Bjorn is presently a Director for the Northwest Science and Innovation Society and Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Terrace-Skeena Valley. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. He holds his Certificate in Sustainability from Simon Fraser University and his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Victoria.


Ernie Dusdal

Representing: Community Member
Location: Terrace

Ernie Dusdal has been with Carlyle Shepard & Co., Chartered Professional Accountants, since 1982 and became a partner in the firm in 1992. Ernie received his diploma in Business Administration from Camosun College in 1982. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. He has also been on the Boards for Northwest Airport Society and the Dr. R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation.


David Smith

Representing: Community Member
Location: Prince Rupert

David Smith retired from Canada Post after 32 years of service. He continues to serve his community as the President of the Prince Rupert Unemployed Centre Society and formerly as a Member of the Prince Rupert Airport Authority and Prince Rupert Labour Council. Mr. Smith studies photography and design at Sheridan College.


Mary Denton

Representing: Community Member
Location: Prince Rupert

Mary Denton is currently an account executive for CFNR Radio Network, a Canadian First Nations radio station for Northern Native Broadcasting. She previously worked with Nikita Marketing and Communications and owned Urban Colours Inc. which worked to improve efficiency in commercial rental management. Mary is actively involved in her community; she is a Director on the Community Futures Pacific Northwest board and was on the Prince Rupert Tourism board, Kaien Island Trail Society and Friends of Shames. She is also an active presenter invited to numerous communications sessions and annual regional marketing seminars.


Diane McRae

Representing: Community Member
Location: Terrace

Diane McRae has worked in administration and finance since 1990. She is currently the Executive Director of the Giksan Government Commission. Diane has her certification in accounting, land management, mediation and conflict resolution. She obtained her designation for financial management in 2006 and most recently obtained her Master’s Certification in Project Management through the University of Northern British Columbia. In her spare time, Diane volunteers for many community events/organizations. She is a member of the Gitanmaax Band Council and has been a participant/Director of the ‘Ksan Performing Arts dance group since 1996.


Jolene Wesley

Representing: Community Member
Location: Terrace

Jolene Wesley is the Program Director for the Kermode Friendship Society and was previously a First Nations Access Coordinator at Coast Mountain College. Ms. Wesley is actively involved in a variety of community activities including the Rural and Remote Advisory Board with the BC Rural and Remote Homelessness partnering Strategy and the Ksan Society Volunteer Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Northern British Columbia.


Catharine White

Representing: Education Council Chair
Location: Terrace

Catharine White is currently the CMTN Education Council Chair, elected in April 2017. She has been with the College since 2010, and teaches biology and ecology courses and field schools in the University Credit program. Catharine graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a PhD in Microbiology, with minors in Biochemistry and Plant Science. Before joining CMTN, she worked as a post-doctoral associate at the Institute for Genetics and Microbiology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany; and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.


Karmen Smith

Representing: First Nations Council Chair


Chris Gee

Representing: Elected Faculty Member
Location: Terrace


Vivek Rana

Representing: Student Board Member Elect
Location: Terrace


Lovepreet Singh Ghuman

Representing: Student Board Member Elect
Location: Terrace


Board meetings are held approximately every six to eight weeks from September through to June of the school year.

Please refer to the meeting schedule section for the current meeting dates and locations.

Information can be obtained by emailing: kquibell@nwcc.bc.ca

Students, staff and the general public are welcome to attend public portion of the meetings.