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JIBC Board poised to implement 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) welcomes the two newest appointees to its Board of Governors, Mary Thorburn and Helen Allen, effective July 31.

“We are pleased to have the benefit of the professional and leadership experience of Ms. Thorburn and Ms. Allen on the JIBC Board of Governors,” said Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC’s President and CEO. “I’d like thank departing Governor Claire Wang for her years of service on the Board, which included helping to guide us through our most recent strategic planning process.”

Mary Thorburn, a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, has been appointed to the JIBC Board of Governors.
Mary Thorburn, a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, has been appointed to the JIBC Board of Governors.

Mary Thorburn is currently interim Chief Financial Officer of Nexii Building Solutions and works as a finance consultant. Previously she was Vice-President of Finance for Great Panther Silver Limited and Chief Financial Officer with Eco Oro Minerals Corporation. She has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of corporate governance, financial and regulatory reporting and capital market transactions.

Ms. Thorburn holds the designations of Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Helen Allen, an experienced post-secondary educator and administrator, has been appointed to the JIBC Board of Governors.
Helen Allen, an experienced post-secondary educator and administrator, has been appointed to the JIBC Board of Governors.

Helen Allen is an experienced post-secondary educator and administrator. She most recently served as Director of the Social Work program at Algoma University.

Ms. Allen’s previous experience includes serving as Director of Field Education in social work at McGill University and at the University of British Columbia. She has held the positions of Dean at both Thompson Rivers University and Sheridan College, and Vice-President, Education and Student Services at Vancouver Community College. She has also taught English in Bautou, Inner Mongolia, China. Her research and publications have focused on field education, experiential education and refugee settlement and sponsorship.  

She holds a Masters of Social Work from McGill University and an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Laurentian University.

They join Laurel Douglas as the newest members of the Board of Governors. Ms. Douglas was appointed in December 2019 and is currently the CEO of the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust. Previously, she was the longtime CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre, an award-winning economic development agency providing business loans, advisory services, training and export support to women entrepreneurs.

JIBC Governors Dr. Stephen Gamble, fire chief for the Township of Langley, and Maria Preovolos, associate general counsel at TELUS Communications, were recently re-elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board respectively.

“I look forward to working with all of JIBC’s Governors as we implement the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and make strides towards achieving the goals designed to meet the needs of the Institute’s students, clients and stakeholders,” Dr. Tarko said.


ABOUT JUSTICE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.