Skills Canada British Columbia

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

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John Haller
Okanagan College



David Kalaski

Past President

Kelly Betts
Coordinator, South Vancouver
Island School District Partnership
Camosun College


Dawn Minty

Sandra Bitz

Allan Bruce

Sabine Just
Director of Training
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association

Adrien Livingston
Training Co-ordinator

Doug J. MacLaren

Glynis Steen
Associate Dean
Vancouver Island University

Cory Williams
Lead, Program Standards
Industry Training Authority

Abigail Fulton
Vice President
BC Construction Association

Dr. Mark Salopek
Thompson Rivers University

Larry Richardson
Director of Training

Shawn Boyd
Regional Manager
Houle Electric

Jason Jung
AScT Manager, Professional Practice & Development


Executive Director – Elaine Allan, BA, MBA

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.

Director of Operations – Rene Ragetli, B.Ed, MA

Rene joined Skills Canada BC in November 2012.
For many years Rene worked in the construction industry. He then spent 12 years teaching high school before returning to construction. Prior to joining Skills he managed a structural steel and mobile welding company. Rene has considerable experience in community development, serving on the board of two community groups. He holds a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from UBC. He and his wife Janet have six children.

Program Coordinator – Bill Yang

Bill joined Skills Canada BC in January of 2008. Bill is responsible for all aspects of Skills Canada BC’s IT needs.
He graduated from BCIT in 2007 as a Software Systems Developer. Bill also has a Bachelors in Engineering Science from Shanghai University.

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