Four women among six appointed to Canada’s global education school
VICTORIA, B.C. — Six Canadian leaders, four of them women – including the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson -- are joining Pearson College UWC’s international Board of Directors.
The Victoria, B.C.-based pre-university institution, Canada’s only United World College, confirmed these appointments at its recent annual general meeting in Vancouver:
• Stephen Huddart - President and CEO of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Montreal
• Francois Lecavalier - Senior Vice President, BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada), Montreal
• Gloria Metzger - Education consultant (semi-retired) with the B.C. Ministry of Education, Victoria
• Dr. Anne Pearson - Professor of Religious Studies at McMaster University (Hamilton) and granddaughter of Lester B. Pearson
• Lori Sterling - Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour, Government of Canada, and a Pearson alumna
• Kory Wilson - Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at the BC Institute of Technology, and a Pearson alumna
“Pearson College brings together students from across Canada and around the world who we believe are the young leaders who will create great and positive change in the world,” says Tony Macoun, Chair of the Board of Directors.
“We support these agents of change by making an extraordinary educational opportunity available, and that is only possible with the guidance and support of the thought leaders on our Board. I am very pleased to welcome these skilled and experienced individuals to our team.”
Macoun also thanked outgoing Board members Paul Frazer, Shamir Alibhai and Stephen Kakfwi, for their services to Pearson College UWC.
The College, located on Pedder Bay southwest of Victoria, is one of 17 UWC schools around the world dedicated to uniting cultures and countries through education. Named after former Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lester B. Pearson, the institution is a two-year, pre-university school where students live, study and learn together pursuing the International Baccalaureate and an outdoor-oriented experiential education.
“We welcome our new directors who will bring enthusiasm, knowledge and fresh perspectives to our Board,” says President and Head of College Désirée McGraw. “I’m confident they will help us further the mission of Pearson – to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
“We are embarking on an exciting new era at Pearson, one in which we are guided by a clear vision about our key priorities and how this institution can continue to be meaningful in shaping future leaders and change makers in Canada and around the world.”
In the last two years, Pearson College celebrated its 40th anniversary and welcomed the appointment of McGraw as its first female President. The non-profit institution is supported by individual, foundation and organizational donations. In the last full academic year, more than 90 per cent of students at Pearson received full or partial scholarships – all students are chosen to ensure cultural and socio-economic diversity.
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About Pearson College UWC:
Pearson College UWC is located southwest of Victoria, B.C. and is Canada’s most international school and the country’s only United World College — a movement encompassing 17 global schools dedicated to uniting cultures and countries around the world through education. Pearson is a two-year, pre-university school for students from over 100 countries who live, study and learn together pursuing the International Baccalaureate and an outdoor-oriented experiential education. More than 4,000 students have graduated from the College -- its alumni are determined to make a difference in the lives of others and the world.
About the New Pearson College Board of Directors:
For a complete list of Pearson College’s Board of Directors, please visit this link.
Stephen Huddart is President and CEO of The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation in Montreal, which played a leading role in developing and supporting social innovation and impact investing in Canada as a founding partner and funder of Social Innovation Generation (SiG). His newest program is Cities for People. Stephen’s career spans several fields and includes leadership positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He has led social enterprises, and been a documentary filmmaker, humane educator, geophysical observer, museum curator and natural food store manager. He serves on the advisory boards of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the McGill Initiative in the Social Economy, and the Canada Research Chair in Community Sustainability. He has a Masters of Management degree from McGill and is the son of Larry and Carol Huddart. Larry taught at Pearson College in its early years and Carol is a major donor and patron who is actively engaged with the College and alumni.
Fluent in four languages, François Lecavalier (Year 8/1983) is Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada). A senior executive, Lecavalier has more than 25 years of experience in banking and business development with a variety of sectors and multiple international markets. Prior to BDC, he was Vice President, Business Development at SNC-Lavalin Capital and has previously worked with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Economic Relations Division of the federal Department of Finance. He holds an Honours BA in Economics and Political Studies from Trent University.
Gloria is a semi-retired education consultant living in Victoria. Her experience in the public education field has included positions as a psychologist, teacher, principal and assistant superintendent. She was the first female principal of Victoria’s largest high school. Gloria currently works independently with the Ministry of Education as part the Independent Schools Branch and has been a member or Chair on the accreditation of over 60 schools. Gloria also has experience with leading harassment and complaint investigations, as well as labour negotiations. In addition to a strong educational sector HR background, she has served on several boards, including the Cridge Centre for the Family, Camosun College Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Dr. Anne M. Pearson teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University specializing in Hinduism and South Asian religions. She has a long-standing interest in and involvement with interfaith dialogue in Hamilton. Anne’s doctorate was in the field of Hindu religious history, and her research has focused on Hindu ritual and the construction of meaning. More recently, she has studied Hinduism in the diasporic context, especially as it relates to gender and religion. She teaches a variety of Religious Studies thematic courses which feature topics such as gender, ecology, nonviolence, and has supervised Arts & Science students’ theses in related areas. Anne is Lester B. Pearson’s granddaughter and the sister of former board members Michael and Hilary Pearson.
Ottawa-based Lori Sterling, a Pearson College alumna (Year 2/1977), is a Deputy Minister for the federal Ministry of Labour. Prior to this, she held several senior positions with the Ontario Cabinet Office and ministries of Aboriginal Affairs and Attorney General. Lori has also been Legal Director of the Crown Law Office-Civil, Legal Director (acting) for the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Culture and Citizenship, and Team Lead/Counsel in the Attorney General’s Constitutional Law Branch. She has provided legal advice on Aboriginal matters since 1988 and has litigated numerous Aboriginal and Charter of Rights cases in the Supreme Court of Canada. Lori sits on the Board of the Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy Institute and is the author of numerous published articles on Aboriginal law. She also teaches constitutional law at the University of Windsor Law School and at the National Judicial Institute. Lori holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Toronto Law School.
An alumnus of Pearson (Year 14/1989) Kory is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation (Quadra Island) and is Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach. Both nations are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, also known as the Kwak’wala speaking people. She was appointed Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships in January 2016 after positions with Vancouver Community College and Langara College. Kory is also Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and a Global Access to Post-Secondary Education Ambassador. With a law degree from UBC, Kory has more than 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal profession. Her passion lies “in ensuring success for Aboriginal Learners and other multi-barriered learners.” She maintains a deep commitment to education and has dedicated her working life to ensuring that under-represented learners succeed, both within learning institutions and the larger community.