Board Members
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PURCELL COLLEGIATE SCHOOL

ADVISORY BOARD

With the support and guidance of our Advisory Board, Purcell Collegiate School is working towards accreditation by the BC Inspector of Independent Schools and memberships to the Independent School Association BC and the Canadian Association of Independent Schools.

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DAVE BYNG, BOARD CHAIR

Dave Byng is the former Deputy Minister of Education for the Province of British Columbia, a position he held from 2014 until 2017. During his tenure, he oversaw BC’s $6.5 billion K-12 education system, including implementing a new globally recognised curriculum.

Dave has over a decade of experience in senior executive roles with the Province of British Columbia, including positions in the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the British Columbia Railway Company, the British Columbia Public Service Agency, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.

He currently provides strategic advice to corporate, public sector and not-for-profit clients. He also serves on Royal Roads University’s Board of Governors and as a Special Advisor to the President and chairs its Finance and Audit Committee.

Additionally, Dave represents the Government of Japan as an Honorary Consul General in Victoria, BC, Canada. He holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, a Certificate of Intercultural Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate of Advanced Project Management from Stanford University.

He is a recipient of the Premier’s Award of Excellence and the Royal Roads University Founder’s Award.

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DIANNE TURNER

Dianne Turner is a former Official Trustee for the Vancouver School District, where she was responsible for setting education policy. She has been a Special Advisor with the Vancouver School Board, a position she held until 2018. In 2016, Dianne was appointed by the Ministry of Education as the first Chief Educator for the Province of British Columbia.

Dianne has held positions as the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent to the Delta School District. She is a former high-school science teacher and department head with experience as a Vice-Principal and Principal at several Vancouver School Board schools.

Dianne currently provides educational leadership advice to the BC Ministry of Education, school boards, superintendents, and numerous educational organizations.

Dianne holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University and is currently in the dissertation stage of the SFU Educational Leadership Doctoral program.

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PETER FROESE

Peter is an internationally recognized educator and administrator who has provided leadership in the public, independent, and post-secondary sectors in British Columbia. He completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at UBC in 2010 and is a contributing author of a book entitled, What Every Teacher Needs to Know: Topics of Inclusion, published by Wipf and Stock, 2017.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg, a Teacher Certification diploma from UBC, a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Victoria and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from UBC.

His experience in education includes 20 years in the public sector with the Richmond and Abbotsford School Districts, as well as four years as teacher and administrator with the Department of National Defense in Lahr, Germany.  In 1997, he was recruited to become Superintendent of MEI Schools in Abbotsford, where an elementary and middle school were established under his leadership.

From 2010-2018 Peter was the Executive Director of the Federation of Independent Schools (FISA) in British Columbia, advocating on behalf of 310 independent schools and 83,000 students.  In 2018, Peter was recruited as Superintendent of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems, where he served for three years.  He was responsible for 15 BC certified schools in China, enrolling 8,000 students and supported by 400 teachers and support staff.

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PIETER LANGSTRAAT

Pieter Langstraat has over 30 years of experience in public education. Since 2018, he has worked as a Special Advisor to the BC Ministry of Education in three school districts to conduct evaluations and assist school boards with educational, financial or community matters.

He also works with the BC Ministry of Education as an Offshore Schools Inspector and Sector Liaison, Framework for Enhanced Student Learning, and was a member of the Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 Response Team.

He is formerly the Superintendent of Schools and CEO for the Red Deer Public School District, overseeing 10,350 students, 1100 employees, and a $110 million budget. Pieter also worked for the Greater Victoria School District, where he was responsible for the education of 22,500 students, 2000 employees, and an annual budget of $220 million.

Pieter holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Educational Leadership and Administration. He is the recipient of the Province of Alberta’s EXL Award for Exemplary Leadership in Education and its Excellence in Teaching Award.

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CORPORATE BOARD

Purcell Collegiate’s board of directors includes the key founders and initial funders of this paradigm-shifting, sector-evolving project. Their energy, enthusiasm, and expertise have been indispensable to the project’s progress to date.

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JARET THOMPSON, BOARD CHAIR

Jaret is an entrepreneur at heart. He started his first company at 24, in his hometown of Fort St. John, BC. His initial entrepreneurial efforts were successful enough to enable the purchase of his employer, a service company in the Natural Gas industry.

Under his direction, the company expanded across the country and worked internationally. Jaret has ten years of experience as an elected Trustee and Board Chair for the Board of Education. He was appointed to the Advisory Board with BCPSEA and later elected to serve as a Director with the Board.

Jaret continues to be involved in numerous business pursuits, most recently Central & Watkins – a development of residential and commercial units in the heart of Kimberley, BC. Jaret brings his business and school district experience to Purcell Collegiate School.

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ARTHUR LUK

Arthur is CEO of AQG Education, an international education consultancy firm based in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Arthur has extensive experience in the global insurance industry with a substantial portfolio in Asia. He founded AQG with his wife, Wendy NG, an MBA graduate from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Working together, they developed AQG into one of the top education consultancies in China, successfully facilitating international education programs and placements for more than 500 Chinese students at high schools, colleges, and universities in Canada, the USA, and the UK.

Arthur is the visionary behind the “MOU Model”, an engagement framework for school districts and post-secondary institutions in BC and Alberta to pursue international education opportunities with partner public education bureaus in Guangdong under their respective sister-province relationships.

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CHIEF JOE PIERRE

Joe Pierre was raised in the community of ʔaqʾam (formerly known as the St. Mary’s Indian Reserve) and is a citizen of the Ktunaxa Nation.   Joe served as a Councillor for the ʔaqʾam Community (St. Mary’s Indian Band) for eight years.  In the Fall of 2016, Joe was elected back to the ʔaqʾam Council, this time in the capacity of Chief Councillor.  In February 2021, Joe was reelected to a second term as Chief.

Joe is a member of the Board of Directors for the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC).  FNESC works at the provincial level to provide services in the areas of research, communications, information dissemination, advocacy, program administration and networking to promote and support the provision of quality education to First Nations learners in BC.  Joe also previously served as a member of the Board of Governors for the College of the Rockies. He  works for School District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay) as an Aboriginal Education Coordinator.

Joe attended the University of Calgary in Fine Arts.  At the U of C, Joe met several other First Nations people interested in theatre and they collaborated to form the Crazy Horse Theatre Company.  The company mounted several productions in Calgary, all of which were written by Aboriginal writers.  Joe also worked for a season with the CBC production “North of Sixty”.  Joe was a storyteller at the very first Proctor Storytelling Festival and he has presented at several other festivals throughout the Kootenays.

Joe, his wife Jennifer, and his son Jude live in Cranbrook.  Together they are known as “Triple J”.

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GEORGE BERRY

In 1998, George founded Berry Architecture + Associates. He has filled the roles of CEO, president, and senior partner. As an architect and chief designer, George is involved in Berry projects from design to drawing and production.

He uses his experience to challenge the design team to expand possibilities and enhance the built environment. He has decades of expertise related to sustainable design, environmental issues, and affordable housing.

George regularly shares his knowledge as an invited speaker at conferences across North America. His goal is to challenge the image of architecture and inspire architects to be more mindful of sustainability and the environment.

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ANDREW CETINSKI

Andrew has over 30 years of experience in project management for the oil and gas sector. His expertise includes contract negotiations, developing and executing project tenders, developing safety procedures, work scope preparations, project and client relations, including identifying potential customers and initiating sales.

Andrew has also owned and operated a successful company where he oversaw all aspects of operations.

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CORY JODOIN

Cory has been with JEN COL, an Edmonton-based commercial construction company with extensive experience building schools in BC and Alberta, since 1998.  He became President & CEO in 2013. He is responsible for the overall vision and strategy of the company. Cory’s extensive experience—both on-site and in management—allows him to bring an innovative and progressive leadership approach to motivate and inspire his team.

Cory’s believes success is derived by combining talented people with a clear purpose in a positive culture. He brings that same vision and leadership to the board of Purcell Collegiate with the goal of creating an organization that is sustainable and enduring.

Giving back to others and helping develop talented future leaders is Cory’s passion. He is the Industry Chairman of the Program Advisory Committee for NAIT’s Construction Engineering Technology program and a Board Member for Compete to Contribute—an organization that inspires and empowers youth to engage in creating a healthier community.

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DUNCAN MACLEOD

Duncan has over 25 years of experience in the international education sector as an educator, author, curriculum designer, program coordinator, administrator, and entrepreneur. In his most recent position as the International Education Manager for School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain), Duncan cultivated relationships with a global network of international education agencies, service providers, teachers, and government officials.

During that time, he established a reputation for innovation and leadership that will directly benefit Purcell Collegiate through the work done to elevate and distinguish the Rocky Mountain International Student Program (RMISP) on the global stage as it raised the profile of both Duncan as an industry leader and Kimberley as an international student destination.

Duncan is also President/Director of Purcell Golf and President/Director of Purcell Preschool + Daycare.