Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
March 5, 2018

Members Appointed to Memorial University Board of Regents, College of the North Atlantic Board of Governors

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced appointments to Memorial University’s Board of Regents and joint appointments to the Board of Regents and College of the North Atlantic’s Board of Governors.

The seven appointees to the Board of Regents are Robert Bishop, Frederick Cahill, Doug Letto, Kelvin Parsons, Catherine Rowsell, George Saunders, and Dennis Waterman. The three joint appointments serving on both the Board of Regents and Board of Governors are Mark Bradbury, John Gibbons, and Donna Rideout. Joint appointments facilitate collaboration between the province’s public post-secondary institutions.

Biographies are provided in the backgrounder below.

The Board of Regents is the corporate body of Memorial University. The management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of Memorial University are vested in the Board of Regents.

The Board of Governors is College of the North Atlantic’s corporate body responsible for overseeing, managing and directing the college including its financial operations and academic programming.

These appointments were recommended though the merit-based Independent Appointments Commission. Members of the public interested in opportunities to serve on provincial agencies, boards and commissions are encouraged to complete an application at www.iacnl.ca external link icon.

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“Our government’s commitment to ensuring affordable and accessible post-secondary education remains strong. I am very pleased to see these highly qualified individuals step forward and offer their experience and expertise in service to our public post-secondary institutions.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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Learn More
College of the North Atlantic Board of Governors - www.cna.nl.ca/about/Board-Of-Governors.aspx external link icon

Memorial University Board of Regents - www.mun.ca/regents/ external link icon

Independent Appointments Commission – www.iacnl.ca external link icon

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Media contact
Ryan Crocker
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
709-729-1795, 725-9595
RyanCrocker@gov.nl.ca

BACKGROUNDER
Biographies of Appointees to Memorial University Board of Regents and joint appointments to the Board of Regents and College of the North Atlantic’s Board of Governors

Robert Bishop
Robert Bishop served as the Deputy City Manager-Finance of the City of St. John’s and has experience in governance, policy and planning, and environmental issues. He served previously as a member of Memorial University’s Board of Regents until the expiry of his last term in December 2017.

Mark Bradbury
Mark Bradbury is President of MGB Professional Services Ltd. and previously worked with Nalcor. He has served previously as a joint Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic board member, and has experience in governance and finance.

Frederick Cahill
Frederick Cahill is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cahill Group of Companies. He has experience in human resources, finances, construction and engineering. He currently serves as Chairperson of Memorial University’s Genesis Centre and Vice Chairperson of the Resource Development Corporation.

John Gibbons
John Gibbons has worked with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as well as the Canada Revenue Agency and has experience in governance, project management, policy and planning, community development, and finance.

Doug Letto
Doug Letto is the owner of Doug Letto Consulting and worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 30 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Memorial University and is an active member of the St. John’s Board of Trade.

Kelvin Parsons
Kelvin Parsons worked as a lawyer for 30 years and has experience in law enforcement, education, governance, policy and planning, and social issues. He served as a Member of the House of Assembly from 1999 to 2011, including as Minister of Justice and Attorney General from 2000 to 2003.

Donna Rideout
Donna Rideout is a chartered accountant and financial planner who has worked as a partner with Waiters Hoffe Chartered Accountants for offices in Gander, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Clarenville. She has served extensively on boards, including the Gander International Airport Authority and Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce.

Catherine Rowsell
Catherine Rowsell is Vice President, Human Resources and Labour Relations, with NARL Refining LP. She has worked with Fortis, Suncor, Fircroft, Nalcor, and Rio Tinto. She has experience in organizational effectiveness, human resources and labour relations.

George Saunders
George Saunders is a former Mayor of the Town of Bishop’s Falls and currently works as a planning consultant. He has experience in governance, health, education, policy and planning. He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Memorial University.

Dennis Waterman
Dennis Waterman has served as Memorial University’s Director of Administration and Finance, Grenfell Campus, as well as Associate Chief Executive Officer of the Western Health Corporation. He is currently a board member of the Business Investment Corporation and has experience in governance, education, human resources, and finance.

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