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Ken Hodgson - Acting Chair
Coming from Big River, Ken joined the Board of Governors in 2009. Founder of White Bear Construction with over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, Ken brings his entrepreneurial experience and his highly developed financial literary to the NWC Board of Governors. Like many Saskatchewanians, Ken loves his prairie summers and enjoys his Arizona winters. Along with his position as Acting Chair of the Board, Ken sits on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
Carey Baker has proudly represented his hometown of Unity on the NWC Board of Governors since 2014. Committed to rural cultural and economic development, Carey also serves on both the Heartland Health Regional Authority Board and the University of Saskatchewan Senate advocating for rural opportunities and representation. A member of the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute and the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Unity, Carey brings his expertise in rural development and industry engagement to his work at North West College. Carey also sits on the Board Bylaw and Policy Review Committee ensuring that our governing documents are of the highest quality.
Gaetan Couture joined the Board of Governors in 2014. Hailing from Victoire, Gaetan and his wife Rita find their most relaxing time at the lake during the summer seasons. This bilingual speaker is a 3rd class Steam Engineer with nearly 40 years’ experience in specialty chemical production for ERCO Worldwide. Gaetan brings his experience as a successful college graduate and skilled tradesperson to the Board. Gaetan is also a standing member of the Finance Committee.
Originally from Battleford, Ann has been employed at Battlefords Interval House for the past 35 years – 25 years as Assistant Director and 10 as Executive Director. Ann provides valuable corporate memory gained over ten years as an NWC Board member. Ann first joined the Board in 2000 and served as Chair between 2004 and 2008. She returned to the Board in 2013 and currently also sits on the Bylaw and Policy Review Committee. A graduate of Battleford Collegiate Institute and the University of Saskatchewan, Ann is a trained educator and former college instructor who is committed to experiential learning in the Battlefords. Whether sitting on various boards in the community or watching her grandchildren playing hockey, figure skating or highland dancing, Ann’s diverse community involvement enriches the Arts, Culture and Sports of our region. She brings management experience, mental health expertise and a background in community services to her work at the College.
Byron Merkosky - Acting Vice-Chair
Byron Merkosky comes from the Village of Edam. He is a University of Saskatchewan graduate, trained educator and seasoned public servant. Byron served as Mayor of Edam for 13 years and is currently the Assistant Program Manager for the First Nations Student Success Program coordinated by the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC). Byron joined the Board in 2013 and marks the second generation of his family to work with North West College. Byron’s father, Ed Merkosky, served as a longtime Literacy Coordinator at the Battlefords Campus prior to his son’s appointment. Byron brings to the Board his experience as an educator, government leader, and cultural witness of indigenous teachings. Byron is also a standing member of the Finance Committee.
Wayne Pike joined the NWC Board of Governors in 2014 and is the Board’s preverbal ‘Jack-of-all-trades’. In his long and distinguished career, Wayne has served as human resource manager for Millar Western Forest Products, acted as vice principal in the Meadow Lake area, and held the post of Chief of Staff within a provincial ministry. On top of these diverse experiences, Wayne and the Pike family were admitted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in May of 2015. Four generations of the Pike family have been heavily involved in the sport with Wayne playing and coaching on several provincial championship teams in the course of his sporting career. Family is exceptionally important to Wayne and his wife Jane, who enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. As a North West College Board member, Wayne brings his experience as a provincial government employee and his industry knowledge in forestry and the oil & gas sector. Wayne also serves on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of the Board.