2017 Board of Directors
The Skills Canada BC Board is made up of volunteer Directors, who are elected on to the Board at the Annual General Meeting. Directors hold a two year position on the Board with the option for re-election after their term has finished. In keeping with Board policy on good governance, individuals interested in being nominated to the SkillsBC Board are required to submit a letter of intent, a current CV and Skills Matrix prior to the annual deadline determined each year.
Skills Canada BC Board of Directors
Okanagan College Foundation
F. Abigail Fulton, B.A. LL.B.
Construction Foundation of BC
Advisor, Program Standards
Industry Training Authority
Coordinator, South Vancouver
Island School District Partnership
Director of Training
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association
Doug J. MacLaren
Vancouver Island University
Dr. Mark Salopek
Thompson Rivers University
Director of Training
AScT Manager, Professional Practice & Development
Elaine Allan, BA, MBA – Executive Director
Making sense of big data and managing the bottom line.
Elaine Allan is a non-profit executive who has created training and learning opportunities for thousands of frontline workers throughout the province of British Columbia.
By making sense of big data and leveraging new technology Ms. Allan has led non-profit organizations through phases of unprecedented growth.
Ms. Allan has hosted regional and provincial roundtables to help standardize service delivery for vulnerable populations.
Ms. Allan has held key leadership positions with: Shelter Net BC, the John Howard Society, the Salvation Army and Correctional Service Canada.
Kim Steckler, CPA, CGA – Accountant
Kim began her post-secondary education by earning her Accounting Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 1989. She then completed her CPA, CGA accounting designation in 1993. Kim is responsible for the financial accounting and reporting for Skills Canada BC.
Kim has over 24 years of accounting experience including 13 years of accounting and auditing in public practice and government, plus over 11 years of not-for-profit accounting experience.
Past employers include Ernst & Young, EPR North Vancouver, and the Province of BC. She also works part-time for another not-for-profit society, the B.C. Association for Crane Safety.
Michelle Skelly, BA – InSPIRE Program, Special Projects
Michelle joined Skills Canada BC in November of 2014 and is responsible for overseeing the Inspire Program in addition to the Skilled Trades and Technology Conference for Women and other Special Projects. Michelle is also involved with the Regional, Provincial and National Skills Competitions.
Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in Communications and Events positions. Prior to Skills Canada BC, Michelle worked as Communications Manager/ Youth Initiatives with the Resource Training Organization promoting apprenticeship and trades.
Michelle has served on various committees including the South Fraser Trades Advisory Committee, Mining HR Diversity Committee and Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Committee.
Michelle holds a BA, Communications, from Simon Fraser University.
Bill Yang – Competitions, IT Services
Bill joined Skills Canada BC in January of 2008 and is responsible for all aspects of Skills Canada BC Competitions Registration, Alumni, & IT Administration.
Bill graduated from BCIT in 2007 as a Software Systems Developer and earned a Bachelors in Engineering Science degree from Shanghai University.