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.
Angela R. Bennett
Angela Bennett is a Capital Project Planner with the Fraser Health Authority. Previously, she was a Graphic Technologist with Craven Huston Powers Architects. Active in her community, Ms. Bennett is a past president of Chilliwack Fraser Rotaract Club and Past Treasurer of Student Architectural Society. Ms. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from University of Manitoba and a Diploma in Urban Land Economics for University of British Columbia.
As First West's senior vice-president, lines of business strategy, Barry Delaney is responsible for growing the credit union's wealth management, insurance and automotive lines of business through the development of new products, structures and sales strategies.
Barry joined Envision Financial at an executive level in 1997 after 10 years in senior leadership positions at CIBC and Household Financial Corporation. His accomplishments include leading the merger integration teams during Envision's first merger 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 & deploy the governance function and Risk Services department at the credit union. Barry holds an MBA from Queens University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. In addition to his experience in financial services, Barry worked for one year in Denmark at the LEGO toy company - the only professional achievement of which Barry's 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 South East Asia twice and Africa twice, where he's provided technical assistance to credit unions in Malawi, Ghana, Sri Lanka & Thailand. 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.
Stacey is the manager of web services with Prospera Credit Union and Insurance. 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 with co-operative education option. Stacey also holds her diploma in Business Administration with co-operative option from Okanagan University College (now called Okanagan College). Active in her community, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford, liaison to the Rotaract Club of Abbotsford, and hostess for the Abbotsford International Airshow, and volunteers her time at many other community events and causes. In the past, she has served as chair and vice chair of the UFV Alumni Association, past director on the UFV Foundation and Rotary Club of Abbotsford Boards. Ms. Irwin recently had the opportunity and honor to work as a team leader for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
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.
Henry Jansen is a partner in the accounting firm of Jansen DeWolde, Certified General Accountants. Previously, he was the controller at Span Valley Construction Ltd. and a staff accountant with Ridell, Stead Chartered Accountants. Within his community, he has been a director on numerous boards including: First West Credit Union, Credit Union Central of BC, and Credit Union Central of Canada. He is a former director of the Co-operators Insurance Group and board member of the Timothy Christian School. Mr. Jansen has his CGA designation.
Laurence R. Stinson
Laurence Stinson is a corporate lawyer and partner with Baker Newby LLP, a legal firm serving the Fraser Valley with offices in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Mr. Stinson obtained a BA from the University of Alberta and a JD degree from the University of British Columbia. He has been practising law since 1969. Larry's community involvement began with the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society, where he served as a director and member of the executive for a number of years. He acted as a director for the 2003 BC Seniors Games and has been voluntary general counsel to Chilliwack Community Services continuously since 1976. An active Rotarian, Mr. Stinson served as president of the Chilliwack Rotary Club in 2001/02 and as governor of Rotary District 5050 in 2008/09. Prior to his appointment to the UFV Board of Governors, Mr. Stinson was a director and Board Chair of the UCFV Foundation.
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.
Tim Cooper is currently teaching in the Physics department at UFV. He has an MSc and a PhD from the University of Alberta. Before joining UFV, he held research positions in Indiana, TRIUMF, McGill, and Surrey, and was an assistant professor at Ohio State University.Tim has been at UFV for 18 years and has served on various committees including the UCC (now Senate) and PAC. Tim has served two terms as Physics department head and was chairing the science curriculum committee when majors in math, physics, and chemistry were approved. During his six years on the FSA executive he served as president for two years. Tim's love is his teaching, but he has also published over 50 papers in the top referred journals in his field of intermediate-energy nuclear physics supported by an NSF Grant. Tim moved away from research several years ago when he realized the danger to his children of carbon dioxide building up in the atmosphere and has since given over 80 presentations on the science, economics, engineering, and politics of climate change in an attempt to head off disaster.
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.
Rupe Sunner is the Coordinator of the Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals at the University of the Fraser Valley. Prior to UFV, she was employed at Simon Fraser University where she was involved in policy writing and procedural fairness initiatives. Ms. Sunner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Arts from the University of the Fraser Valley. She has been at UFV for the past six years and is an active member of the community. Ms. Sunner teaches several workshops to educate faculty and staff on UFV policy and procedures about academic integrity, appeals and instructional complaints.
Nathan is a third year Business undergraduate student planning to graduate spring 2014 with an option in Accounting. He is equipped with previous governance experience as a former student representative on the University Senate, as well as a Senate standing committee focused on academic planning and prioritization. Nathan is also actively involved at the University of the Fraser Valley in other capacities such as new student orientation leadership with Student Life, president of the Business Administration Student Association, and a leader in the University Christian Ministries Club and International Friendship Club. All in all, he really enjoys taking on new opportunities to make an impact at the University, all the while meeting many students and others within the University community. Outside of academics, Nathan enjoys being actively involved in his church, serving in several volunteer capacities including sound technician. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, being in the great outdoors, playing golf and soccer.
Joe is the Business Manager at The Cascade student newspaper. He is also a second year Business student and a past graduate of UFV's Computer Information Systems Degree program. Having been involved at the University, as well as within the community, he has experience sitting on various Boards that range from the Cascade Journalism Societies Board of Directors to his political ties and being a member on an elections planning committee for a local provincial riding, where he is also the Communications Manager. His notable work experiences include data mining for the Vancouver Coastal Health authority, being a convocation photographer at UFV, and also having been with Abbotsford Nissan for over eight years. Joe has further past work experiences at UFV with Various work-study positions under the Visual Arts department. He lives with the idea that it is never a bad idea to be involved, and while he has personal time Joe enjoys the arts and photography.