Board of Governors

Meet the UFV Board Members

Appointed Board Members

President & Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Joanne MacLean


Dr. Andy Sidhu


John C. Pankratz, Chair

John Pankratz is a Partner at Friesen Pankratz & Associates LLP, a Chartered Professional accounting and business advisory practice in Abbotsford. In 1988 Mr. Pankratz received his CGA (Certified General Accountants) designation, now the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants), and throughout his career has been an active member in the legacy CGA organization serving on its Board and as Chair of the Public Practice Advisory Group, Chapter Advisory Group, and Practice Review Committee. 

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Len Goerke, Vice-Chair

Chief Constable Len Goerke joined the West Vancouver Police Department August 5, 2014 after a twenty-seven year career with the Abbotsford Police Department where he retired as Deputy Chief Constable. Len is the past President of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police. He has served as a sessional faculty member at the University of the Fraser Valley in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Justin P. Goodrich, Vice-Chair

Justin P. Goodrich has been a full-time public affairs practitioner since 2008. From working in community media as a columnist, radio host, and television host to working in professional politics as an advisor, strategist, and legislative communications officer, Justin has become a trusted counsellor to various organizations as well as numerous elected officials. Moreover, he is also an accomplished public speaker and has addressed hundreds of audiences throughout Canada, the United States, and internationally.

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Adam Van Steinburg

Adam Van Steinburg is currently a business manager and financial secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213. In this role, he provides leadership to the union, manages financial assets, and negotiates and administers collective agreements. Mr. Van Steinburg is also the president of the Bargaining Council of B.C. Building Trades Unions. He has served as an advisory committee member for the Industry Training Authority and the B.C. Safety Authority. Prior to taking on various leadership roles, Mr. Van Steinburg worked as an electrician on commercial and industrial jobs throughout the lower mainland. He earned his red seal for the Province of B.C., obtaining his Journeyperson (Electrical Construction and Maintenance) designation from the B.C. Institute of Technology.

Andrew Mercier

Andrew Mercier is currently an articled clerk for Teamsters Local Union No. 213, working towards becoming a practicing lawyer in B.C. In the past, he was a summer intern for Teamsters Local Union No. 213, a route sales representative for Unifirst Canada Ltd., and a material handler for Gordon Food Service. Active in his community, Mr. Mercier is a member of the Nomination and Elections Committee for Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (VanCity). In the past, he has been a part of the Health and Safety Committee for Unifirst Canada Ltd. Mr. Mercier has also been a distress line volunteer for the Vancouver Crisis Centre. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at Dalhousie University, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick.


Connie Swan

Connie is from the N’lakapamux Nation. Her mother is Thompson from Lytton, BC and her late father is Cree from Cold Lake, Alberta.

She has over 15 years of experience working for First Nations Education, with a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership K-12 from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Education from UBC, and a Bachelor of Arts from UCFV.  She was formerly a principal of Skeetchestn Community School, a First Nations Independent School located within the Secwepemc Territory. She served on the Skeetchestn School Board of Education during her time as a principal. She has extensive experience in teaching all grades ranging from K-7 within First Nations Education.

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Nash Gill

Nash Gill is a barrister and solicitor, notary public, and member of the Law Society of British Columbia. He practices as a sole practitioner in Abbotsford, B.C. Prior to starting his own practice at Nash Gill Law Office Barrister and Solicitor, Mr. Gill was a lawyer with Nyack and Persad Barristers and Solicitors in New Westminster. He has experience in the fields of criminal law, family/divorce law, personal injury litigation, property conveyancing and mortgages, wills and estates, and immigration law. Mr. Gill is also involved in his community, as the founding member/director and former president of the Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.


Ritu Mahil

Ritu is a Partner at Lawson Lundell specializing in labour, employment and human rights law. She is a former Vice Chair of the BC Labour Relations Board. She is skilled at collective bargaining negotiations and mediation. Ritu is a Director with the Burnaby Children’s Centre Society. She previously was the President of the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund as well as a member of the University of Victoria Board of Governors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Law (LLB) and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Victoria.

Elected Faculty and Support Staff Members


Dr. Rhonda Snow

Dr. Rhonda Snow received her Ph.D. in Psychology at Simon Fraser University in 1994. She began teaching in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Fraser Valley in 1995. Rhonda has served as the Psychology Department Head, member of Presidents' Council and Status of Women representative for the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, and President of the Faculty and Staff Association. Rhonda currently teaches courses in lifespan and social psychology.


Shelley Canning

Shelley Canning is an Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of the Fraser Valley and a member of UFV’s Centre for Education and Research on Ageing. She is a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing at UBC where her dissertation research explores issues of engagement, meaning, and quality of life for older adults with advanced dementia. Shelley’s BSN (hons) and MSN were obtained from UBC, and she completed a BSc and secondary school teaching certificate at the University of Victoria. Shelley’s nursing practice background includes palliative oncology and community health. She has been a nursing faculty member at UFV since 2006 and is involved in a variety of faculty and institutional committees. 


Kara Bertram

Kara Bertram has been a member of the UFV International team since 2007 after completing her Master of Science from the University of Alberta. As the Manager of Global Engagement, she oversees International Contract Training, International Mobility, as well as Internationalization and Global Engagement Programming.

Elected Student Board Members


Andrew Stahl

Andrew Stahl is in his fifth year of studies at UFV completing two undergraduate degrees in Criminology and History. He has served for two years on the Student Union Society Board, this year as the elected representative for the College of Arts.

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Harsimran Gill

Harsimran Gill is a fifth-year business student majoring in accounting. He plans to obtain his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and pursue a career in public accounting. Currently, he works as an accounts manager for a local transportation company and, as a volunteer, manages the Accounting Students of the Fraser Valley (ASFV) club. ASFV connects accounting students with potential employers and provides information about the CPA program.

Previously, Harsimran was president of UFV’s Business Administration Student Association (BASA) supporting students from all business majors. Harsimran is passionate about rugby and football. He played both sports for numerous years and for one year was a volunteer coach at Rick Hansen Secondary School.

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