UFV Board Members
Randy Bartsch is the Chief Executive Officer of Ecotex Healthcare Service Group. Ecotex provides contract laundry and linen services including uniforms and reusable surgical textiles to acute care hospitals, care facilities and medical clinics. He has been involved with the family business since 1978 and was pivotal in altering the company's focus toward the healthcare sector in the early 80s.Within his first five years, he spotted the opportunity to transform the family company, Act One Uniform Rentals, which provided clean, fresh work wear and apparel to employees of gas stations, auto repair shops and supermarkets, into the modern day healthcare linen company that is Ecotex. Now at the helm, Mr. Bartsch has grown the family business into a multi-million dollar company, and has expanded operations into the United States. Mr. Bartsch is also very involved in the world of sports, having himself competed on the World Cup Freestyle Ski circuit in the 1970s and 1980s. During the Vancouver 2010 Olympics he served on the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association's board of directors. He is also a board member of the BC Cancer Foundation. Mr. Bartsch holds an Executive Education Certificate in General Management from the University of British Columbia.
As a seasoned executive in the financial services sector, Barry served for 17 years with Envision Credit Union at an Executive level. Barry joined the credit union after serving in senior leadership positions with CIBC and Household Financial Corporation. His accomplishments include leading the merger integration teams during Envision’s biggest merger to-date in 2001, leading the development & launch of Envision’s successful Redfrog mortgage product (he considers himself Chief Executive Frog) and creating Envision’s highly profitable leasing business. Barry has also worked to create governance and Risk Services departments at the credit union. Barry holds an MBA from Queens University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. Further, Barry worked for one year in Denmark at the LEGO toy company—the only professional achievement of which his children are proud. He is a retired commissioned officer in the Canadian Forces Reserves.
A strong supporter of international development through the Canadian Cooperative Association (CCA), Barry has traveled on assignment to provide technical assistance to credit unions in Malawi, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia and most recently in Peru. Barry serves on the board of the CCA and is the past board Chair for the Foundation at the University of the Fraser Valley. He has also served on the Providence Health Care Board committee for St. Paul's Hospital and is the past Chair for the Langley Homeless Shelter taskforce. An avid runner and reader, he is also a commercial pilot. Barry lives with his wife Ramona, in Abbotsford with their seven children.
Mr. Hemeon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UFV in 2004, majoring in criminal justice and minoring in applied ethics and political philosophy. During his time at UFV he studied the theories of politics and public policy, but also put them into practice by serving on the Student Union Society and the university-college council. His experiences at UFV, along with some encouragement from his professors, led to a move across the country to earn a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Currently a senior aboriginal advisor for TransCanada Corporation in Calgary, Hemeon has also been senior procurement advisor for BC Hydro, where he took a lead role in implementing BC Hydro’s aboriginal procurement policy and strategy. While building a career in administration and aboriginal affairs, Hemeon has concurrently been developing as an artist, gaining growing acclaim as an aboriginal carver.
Stacey is the Manager, Web Services responsible for the strategy and management of the
online and mobile services delivery channel for Prospera Credit Union. Prior to her many years of work in the financial services industry, she was employed in the newspaper, forestry, and tourism industries. She has held positions in marketing, management, accounting, public relations, project management, and human resources.
Ms. Irwin is a graduate and alumna of the University of the Fraser Valley, where she completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Financial Management with Co-operative Education Option and her Canadian Securities Course. Stacey also holds her diploma in Business Administration majoring in Marketing with Co-operative Education Option from Okanagan University College (now called Okanagan College).
Active in her community, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford, member/hostess for the Abbotsford International Airshow, and volunteers her time at many other community events and causes throughout the Fraser Valley. In the past, she has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the UFV Alumni Association for which she is a founding member, past director on the UCFV Foundation Board and past director on the Rotary Club of Abbotsford Board. Ms. Irwin also had the opportunity and honor to work as a team leader for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
In recent years, she has received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary and the Ron Sweeney Community Champion Award for her commitment to community.
Elyssa L. Lockhart
Elyssa Lockhart practices as Associate Counsel with McQuarrie Hunter LLP, working primarily in wealth preservation and corporate law. Ms. Lockhart is also a Director of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Economic Development Committee for the District of Mission and recently acted as Director of Protocol for the 2014 BC Winter Games Society. As well, she has in the past been on the executive of the Rotary Club of Mission (Mid-Day) and a Director of the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Law Society of BC, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and the Canadian Bar Association. Ms. Lockhart holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations from St. Mary's University, as well as a Diploma in Public Sector Management and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria.
Ms. O’Mahony is a Former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) where she was the Critic for Skills Training and deputy Advanced Education critic. Before that, she worked with the Bethesda Association for 18 years as a Community Support Worker, a Food Service Specialist, and a New Employee Mentor. Active in her community, Ms. O'Mahony sits on the Board of the Chilliwack Supportive Housing Society, and she volunteers with the Chilliwack Vedder River Clean-Up Society. She has also volunteered with Emily's Recycle a Dream Foundation, with the Bethesda Bike-A-Thon Fundraiser, and with the Northview Community Church Guatemala Outreach Program. Ms. O'Mahony holds her Bachelor of General Studies from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).
John C. Pankratz
John Pankratz is a Partner at Friesen Pankratz & Associates LLP, a certified general accounting and business advisory practice in Abbotsford. He entered public practice in 1986 and enrolled in the Certified General Accountants (CGA) Association of British Columbia professional studies program. He received his CGA designation in 1988. During this time, Mr. Pankratz served as a volunteer for the Royal Life Saving Society, the Canadian Red Cross Society as well as his local church. He has been an active member in the CGA organization, serving on the local chapter board from 1988 to 1997 as well as numerous provincial boards and committees. He has served as Chair of the Public Practice Advisory Group of CGA-BC, Chair of the Chapter Advisory Group of CGA-BC and Chair of the Practice Review Committee of CGA-BC. In 2005, Mr. Pankratz was elected to serve on the board of governors. In 2010, he served as the President of the Certified General Accountants' Association of BC and has also served on some committees and the board for CGA Canada. He is currently the chair of the Audit Committee for CGA Canada. In 2011 Mr. Pankratz was appointed as a member on the Auditor Certification Board for the Province of British Columbia. Mr. Pankratz joined the board of the Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association in 2011 and currently serves as the treasurer.
Mr. Pankratz attended courses at University College of the Fraser Valley, Columbia Bible College and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Terry-Lynn Stone is the executive director of the Kamloops Brain Injury Association. Previously, she was the editor in chief of alive magazine and editorial director of Teldon Media. Terry-Lynn is active in her community and has volunteered for several nonprofit organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Editors’ Association of Canada, the Canadian 4-H, and the United Way. She is a Rotarian and a member of the Stephen Lewis Foundation -- Grandmother to Grandmother group. Terry-Lynn graduated from the University College of the Fraser Valley (now the University of the Fraser Valley) with a Bachelor of Arts in 1996, and was awarded the Governor General’s silver medal and the Outstanding Arts Student award upon graduation. She served as the first elected student representative to the Board of Governors; she was the founding chair of the UCFV Alumni Association and winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. She also holds her Print Futures Professional Writing diploma from Douglas College.
Chris Bertram is currently the Head of the Kinesiology and Physical Education department at UFV. Chris earned his BSc (1995) and MSc degrees (1997) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, before completing a PhD at Simon Fraser University in 2002. In 2003, Chris received UFV's Outstanding Initiatives Award for his work as founding Director of the Human Performance Centre and continues to have an active research program with a major focus on cognitive and motor development in children with developmental disabilities. In 2011, Chris also received UFV's award for Teaching Excellence. Outside the classroom, Chris has worked as head coach for UFV's hugely successful Cascades golf program since 2005 and has twice been named PACWEST Coach of the Year.
Sean Parkinson has earned a B.A. in economics from Simon Fraser University (1995), an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario (1996), and completed the coursework for a PhD in economics from Queen's University with fields in econometrics and labour economics. An instructor at UFV since 2000, Sean has taught courses in economic principles at the introductory and intermediate levels as well as upper-level courses in the economics of health care policy, environmental economics, money and banking, and law and economics. Previously, he taught courses in the economics of health care policy at Simon Fraser University and introduction to scientific computing for graduate students in the Economics department at Queen's University. Sean has served on various committees at UFV including Academic Standards, Arts Curriculum and Library Advisory. Additionally, Sean has been Secretary Treasurer for the Faculty and Staff Association since 2009. Sean lives in the White Rock area with his wife Michelle, son Brad, and daughter Silvia.
Whitney Fordham coordinates student housing in the Residence Services department at the University of the Fraser Valley. She graduated from UFV with a Bachelor of Business degree, minoring in Economics and with a concentration in Marketing. Whitney has been at UFV for nearly ten years, first as a student and then as a staff member. As a student, she was a new student orientation leader with UFV Student Life, a UFV student ambassador with the Marketing & Communications department and was the marketing chair for the Business Administration Student Association. She grew up and resides in Chilliwack. Active in her community, Whitney fundraises for the Canadian Cancer Society, is past president of the Chilliwack 4-H Dog Club, and has volunteered for the Abbotsford Food Bank and the SPCA. In her spare time, Whitney plays fast-pitch and soccer, is an avid organic gardener and enjoys the outdoors.
Sukhi Brar is currently a third year undergraduate student studying Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley. Over the course of her undergraduate career, Sukhi has gotten involved in all aspects of student leadership and governance at UFV. Her governance experience includes past appointments as a student representative on the Student Leadership Board of the Coast Capital Savings Student Leadership Institute and the UFV Senate Standing Committee for Student Appeals. Sukhi is currently a student representative on the UFV Student Union Society Board of Directors and the UFV Senate Standing Committee for Academic Planning and Priorities. In addition to her governance experience, Sukhi is also an active student leader at UFV. She is the founder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: UFV Chapter, president of the Baker House Residents’ Association, and a mentor for new students through the UFV Connects Program. In her community, Sukhi volunteers for the City of Abbotsford’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture department and serves as the current co-chair of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Abbotsford/Mission Relay for Life. In her spare time. Sukhi is a self-confessed foodie who enjoys running, hiking, and adventure.
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