Board of Governors


The Board's general role is to foster the Justice Institute of British Columbia's short and long-term success consistent with its mandated objectives and accountabilities. The Board oversees the affairs of JIBC, supervises management which is responsible for day-to-day operations, and (through the President), sets the standards of organizational conduct. The Board's primary accountability is to the Government of BC, through the Ministry of Advanced Education, as identified in the Letter of Expectations as well as the Taxpayer Accountability Principles - Mandate Letter.

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The Board is composed of eight or more persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and the President. Appointed members are eligible for a maximum of six years service, in one, two and three-year successive terms. Board members elect the Chair of the Board annually.

Board Member Biographies

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Dr. James Christenson, MD

Jim ChristensonDr. James Christenson is the Head of the University of British Columbia's Department of Emergency Medicine, as well as an Emergency Physician with Providence Health Care. Previously, Dr. Christenson was the Vice President of Medical Programs with the Emergency Health Services Commission with the Ministry of Health and an Emergency Physician with University Hospital in Shaughnessy.

Active in his community, Dr. Christenson volunteers his time as a Consultant with Public Access Defibrillation with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, a steering committee member with the Institute for Heart and Lung Health; as a Principal Investigator with BC Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium; and as a member of the Canadian Emergency Medical Services Patient Safety Council. Dr. Christenson holds his Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Ottawa. In addition, he completed his House Officer Internship at Waikato Hospital in New Zealand and his Special Competence in Emergency Medicine from the University of Calgary where he also completed his Emergency Medicine Residency.

Dr. Tina Dion - Vice-Chair

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Tina Dion is a lawyer in private practice with a focus on civil litigation, regulatory matters, Aboriginal law and administrative law.  Since being called to the bar in February, 1999, her legal work has included being the Managing Lawyer of a boutique law firm; serving 6 years as In-house counsel, and Director of Legal Services for the Tsawwassen First Nation; and, 7 years working with the civil litigation group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Active in her community, Ms. Dion has been a volunteer Judge for the First Year Student Moots, as well as serving as a long-time adjunct Professor at UBC Faculty of Law.  She is the Vice-Chair of the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum with the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch.  Ms. Dion holds a BA from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Laws from UBC and Doctor of Judicial Science degree from the University of Arizona.

Chief Stephen Gamble

Chief Stephen Gamble entered the fire service in 1978 as a volunteer firefighter with the Stephen GambleCity of Port Coquitlam and was hired as a full time career firefighter with the City on June 27th, 1980. He was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief of Operations and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the City of Port Coquitlam and in 2003 was appointed to the position of Fire Chief/Emergency Coordinator for the City of Port Coquitlam. In January 2011 Chief Gamble assumed his current position as Fire Chief with the Township of Langley.

Chief Gamble has over 12 years’ experience as an adjunct instructor with the Justice Institute of British Columbia and along with a number of certifications holds a Certificate in Municipal Management with Capilano University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice and Public Leadership with Simon Fraser University. He also retains two designations – Chief Fire Officer (CFO) with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and Fellow (FIFireE) with the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Ms. Jackie Gorton

Jacqueline Gorton

Jacqueline (Jackie) Gorton is the Vice President, Technology & Business Intelligence at Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. She has worked as a finance lead, a chief internal audit and risk management lead, and is now the head of the IT section at her current company.  Her career has spanned multiple industries and sectors, from retail, wholesale and gaming to the municipal sector. Ms. Gorton is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and Masters of Business Administration degree at Simon Fraser University.    


Mr. Robert G. Kroeker - Chair

2018_Rob_Kroeker_100x120Robert Kroeker is the Vice President of Corporate Security & Compliance for the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. He is also a Sessional Instructor at the University of Victoria's Graduate Programs. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Civil Forfeiture Office for the Ministry of Justice (Province of BC); he also served as Executive Director of the Crystal Meth Secretariat with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (Province of BC).

Mr. Kroeker is a member of many professional organisations, including the Law Society of British Columbia, the United States, State Department, International Leadership Program (Alumni), the Gaming Security Professionals of Canada (President), the National Liaison Committee on the Proceeds of Crime (past member) and the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration, Alumni Board (past member). Mr. Kroeker holds his Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) from Simon Fraser University (SFU), and both his Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.

Mr. Kehl Petersen

Kehl PetersenKehl Petersen is currently the Practice Lead, Innovation and Change for Advantage Partners Incorporated, and an Independent External Consultant for Arete Safety and Protection Incorporated. Previously, he has worked as an Independent External Consultant for various companies such as E-Comm 911, District of Squamish, and the Vancity Credit Union, to name a few.

Active in his community, Mr. Petersen was the past President of the First United Church Housing Society and a previous volunteer for HOPE International Development Agency, SOS Children's Villages International, and St. Augusta Food Shelter. He holds his Diploma of Technology in Building Technology from British Columbia Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Business and Liberal Studies. He is a designated Certified Human Resource Professional.

Mr. Robert (Bob) Quartermain

Robert QuartermainRobert Quartermain is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pretivm, a gold projects company.  He has over 38 years of experience in the mining industry.  In the past, Mr. Quartermain was the President of Silver Standard Resource Incorporated from 1985 - 2010. 

He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of New Brunswick.  Mr. Quartermain also holds a Master of Science (Mineral Exploration) from Queens University and a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of New Brunswick.

Mr. Bob Rich

Bob RichChief Constable Bob Rich has been a police officer since 1980. He became the Chief Constable for the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) in July of 2008. Prior to joining the APD, Chief Constable Rich was with the Vancouver Police Department where he served as the Deputy Chief Constable of the Operations Division which is responsible for patrol, traffic, community policing, and property crime investigations. Active in his community, Chief Constable Rich serves on the Organized Crime Agency of BC and is a member of the Abbotsford Rotary Club. He has served on the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and Organized Crime Agency, and has also been involved as a board member on the Covenant House Board of Directors. In 2008, he was invested as a member of the Order of Merit for Police Forces in Canada. Chief Constable Rich holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified Municipal Constable with the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Ms. Jagjit (Juggy) Sihota

Juggy Sihota

A telecom executive with more than twenty years of leadership experience, Juggy has led several emerging technology businesses and operations across TELUS, spanning service development and operations, as well as strategy and marketing.

Currently, as the Vice President of Customer Experience Strategy and Operations at TELUS Health, Juggy leads the national Customer Experience Operations team of 300 team members.

Juggy holds an MBA from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and has completed Executive Development programs at Harvard and INSEAD. Juggy currently serves on the Vancouver Board of Trade's Women's Leadership Council, as well as the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Board.

She received a "Forty Under 40 Award" in 2012 for her business achievements, inspirational leadership and community contributions, and was also one of seven women in Canada to be awarded the 2013 Leadership Excellence Trailblazer Award by Canadian Women in Communications and Technology (WCT).

Ms. Bernadette Spence

Bernadette Spence is from the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation located in Northern Manitoba. Bernadette SpenceShe actively participates in reclaiming ancestral knowledge through ceremonial teachings and incorporates traditional knowledge and practice within her work with individuals and organizations.

Since 1986, Ms. Spence has dedicated her professional work to the inclusion of the Indigenous perspective in the development of child welfare services for Aboriginal people. Most of her work is in the area of child and family services, both land-based and urban. She has extensive experience in community engagement, curriculum development, training, and program and policy development within an inter-jurisdictional context. The focus on her MSW research, completed in 1996, was on Social Policy Arrangements for First Nations on Reserve. Reinterpreting mainstream social work policy and practice for an Aboriginal context has been a significant focus of her work as the CEO of the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS). She serves on a number of boards as a volunteer, supporting community members through the reclaiming of ceremony as a healing process. 

Dr. Michel Tarko

Michel TarkoDr. Michel Tarko is President and CEO of the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Prior to his appointment as President, Michel served as VP Academic at JIBC since September 2009. He previously served in several capacities at Douglas College, including the position of Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. As Dean, he was actively engaged in building partnerships between post-secondary educational institutions inter-provincially related to graduate education in psychiatric nursing. He serves on a variety of committees with professional and regulatory bodies, as well as two international boards (European Psychiatric Nursing Advisory Board; and the Neuman Systems Model of Nursing, President, Executive Committee). Michel holds a Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Manitoba, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) from the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Sukhminder Singh Virk

Sukhminder VirkSukhminder Singh Virk is a Barrister and Solicitor and Sole Practitioner with High Point Law in Surrey, BC. Before launching his own practice, Mr. Virk worked with the law firm A.S. Mattoo & Associates. Before being called to the Bar, he articled with Phillips Paul in Richmond, and also with Shergill & Company, in Surrey. Mr. Virk has been actively involved with the Guru Nanak Education Society of BC, having served as a founding director for the Society, which launched a 500-student capacity school in the 2010-2011 academic year. He currently serves as a Director and Assistant Secretary to the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Society, to which he was elected in 2009. Mr. Singh is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of BC, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and the Surrey Chamber of Commerce. He holds his Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Simon Fraser University, and his Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Kingston University in London, UK.

Ms. Claire Wang

Claire Wang is the Director of Finance and Operations, Burnaby Hospital Foundation, Fraser Health Authority. Ms. Wang oversees all financial, accounting and corporate planning activities, risk management, HR, IT, and funding from private and public sources. Previously, Ms. Wang worked for School District No. 45 for over a decade and was responsible for managing $9 million annual revenues and more than 600 foreign students. Ms. Wang recently retired from her 2-year term as Chair of Finance, Audit and Investment Committee and Treasurer with SFU Childcare Society. She helped the non-profit organization achieve a substantial improvement in financial reporting, budgeting, internal controls and strategic planning. Ms. Wang holds a Certified General Accountants designation, as well as a Master of Business Administration Degree from Queen's University and Bachelor of Business Administration degree (major in Accounting) from Simon Fraser University.

Last updated July 9, 2018