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Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of Cambrian College

The role of the Board is to provide the College with strategic leadership and direction that is in the best interests of the institution.

This role includes overall goals and outcomes at Cambrian, such as approving the annual budget and report; assessing attainment of corporate goals, outcomes and effectiveness; hiring the President of the College, and evaluating their performance.

The Board is comprised of 17 individuals: 12 external Governors who reflect various sectors of the community, and 4 internal governors representing students, faculty, support and administrative staff, plus the President. With the exception of the President, members of the Board sit as volunteers.

Governors serve a three-year term (commencing September 1 through to August 31) with eligibility for consideration for a second term.

View Official Board of Governors List

Upcoming Board meetings:


Contact the Board

Melanie Cacciotti
Manager, Office of the President
705-566-8101, ext. 6834

Meet the Board of Governors

Bill Best

Bill Best

Meet Bill

Bill Best has served as Cambrian’s President since August 2014. Prior to joining Cambrian College, Best spent eight years at New Brunswick Community College, in various senior executive positions, including Interim President and CEO, Vice President Finance and Administration, and Vice President Academic and Student Development.

Bill is an active volunteer. He is Chair of the Ontario College Athletic Association, and President of the Ontario Colleges Library Service. In the Sudbury community, Bill is Board Chair for Kivi Park, a Director with NORCAT, and has recently joined the Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation Board of Directors.

Bill has demonstrated a keen interest in the integration of technology into the teaching and learning experience of post-secondary education, evolving policy board governance, and the advancement of polytechnic education opportunities for students.  He is committed to leadership development, both through formal and informal mentorship.

Paul Pedersen

Paul Pedersen

Meet Paul

Paul Pedersen has been at the helm of the Greater Sudbury Police Service since May 5, 2014. He came to Sudbury from the York Regional Police Service. During his 35 years in policing, he has moved through progressively senior leadership positions, including Investigative Services and Community Services.

Paul holds a Master of Public Administration from Western University, as well as a diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University. He has taught at Sheridan and Seneca colleges.

Since assuming his new position, Paul has embraced Sudbury and has been an enthusiastic supporter of many community organizations. He is vice-chair of the Sudbury Food Bank, on the Board of St. John Ambulance and the St. Joseph’s Foundation, a member of the Rotary Club and has participated in countless community events and fundraising initiatives, including the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.


Maureen McLelland
Vice Chair

Meet Maureen

Born and raised in Sudbury, Maureen is a graduate of Cambrian College’s Registered Nursing Program (1986). She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from Ryerson University and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. Over the past 30 years, Maureen has worked as an RN in both Toronto and Greater Sudbury. In 1991, she led the development of northeastern Ontario’s first HIV clinic. During her time at Health Sciences North in Greater Sudbury, Maureen has taken on numerous leadership positions. In 2015, she was named an Associate Vice President responsible for many of HSN’s clinical services. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at with Laurentian University’s School of Nursing. Maureen is an active volunteer, serving on the boards of local, provincial, and national organizations in the fields of mental health and addictions, palliative care and HIV-AIDS care.

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Kati McCartney
Past Chair

Meet Kati

A former Cambrian College professor, Kati is the President at FROSKR. She brings to the Board a solid knowledge of sustainability and the environment.

Her previous positions include Laurentian University’s first Manager of Energy and Sustainability and Special Advisor, Strategic Initiatives, as well as with Vale Canada Limited as Section Leader, Quality Assurance Coordinator and Senior Environmental Analyst. She has also helped develop two courses at Cambrian: Air Pollution Abatement and Air Quality Monitoring.

Kati has a Bachelor of Science – Honours Chemistry degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master of Science – Chemical Sciences degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Laurentian University.

Kati is highly involved in the Sudbury community, and also holds a volunteer position on the Science North Business Affairs Committee.


Janneke Nicholls

Meet Janneke

Since 2007, Janneke has held the role of Director of Facilities Management, managing among things health and safety, maintenance, campus modernization, and capital projects. This role has provided Janneke with an institutional-wide perspective through her involvement in key strategic initiatives pivotal to academic delivery and overall College service delivery.

Her passion for learning and stretching herself to reach new personal growth goals prompted Janneke to take on new challenges over the past year. She took on a new role, from September to this past January, as the Interim Chair for the School of Skills Training.  This opportunity served to ignite her commitment to provide services and facilities that first and foremost support the student learning experience and student success.

Prior to working at the College, Janneke worked for Imperial Oil in numerous roles including Senior Sales Executive, working primarily with the Mining, Forestry, Construction, Nuclear and Auto Industries. At Imperial Oil, she also held positions in Environmental & Safety, Project Management, and Six Sigma Re-engineering. Prior to that, Janneke worked for a Civil Engineering company in Engineering Design of water/wastewater systems.

Janneke completed her Engineering degree at the University of Guelph and her MBA at Schulich School of Business – York University.

Bruce Bichel

Bruce Bichel

Meet Bruce

Bruce Bichel is responsible for Vale’s Production Services and Support operations in Ontario. In his role, he oversees the Central Engineering, Divisional Shops, Transportation, and Capital Project Execution for Mines and Surface Plants.

He began his career in 1989 as a metallurgist in Flin Flon, MB at the HBM&S’s Smelter and over the next 7 years progressed through various production related roles. In 1996, he joined INCO working in various refinery and smelter operations and project roles. Bruce and his family relocated to Indonesia from 2005 – 2009 to work at Vale’s nickel operations. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for the Ontario Smelting and Refining operations. Bruce currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT).

Bruce has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1989) and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.


Jason Bubba

Meet Jason

Jason is a graduate of Cambrian’s Advertising Program (1995), and achieved the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.

As NORCAT’s Director of Training and Development, Jason is responsible for the management and implementation of large-scale training programs and innovative delivery mechanisms to provide skills development and health and safety solutions across a variety of industries.  He has provided customized health and safety programs and solutions to clients in government, healthcare, education, mining, construction, oil and gas, among many other sectors. Jason is an active volunteer. He currently serves as Chair of Cambrian’s Animation Program Advisory Committee, and is a past president of the United Way Centraide Sudbury and District.

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Lori Gauthier

Meet Lori

Lori has been a full-time faculty member in the Justice, Community Services, and General Studies department for 14 years.

During that time she has taught a variety of English, Psychology, and program courses, and has taken secondments as the Chair of General Studies and the Chair of the Teaching and Leaning Innovation Hub. In her former life, she worked primarily in children’s mental health and child protection.

Lori has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and English; a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Focus area: work, organization, and leadership); and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Learning. She is presently working on a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Lori is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Lori has participated on a number of committees at Cambrian College, including College Council and Academic Advisory.


Sonia del Missier

Meet Sonia

Sonia is a graduate of Laurentian University, holding an Honours Bachelor of Languages and Master of Business Administration. Sonia recently retired from Cambrian College, after a career of 39 years. During her time at Cambrian, Sonia served in numerous leadership capacities, including Chair of Continuing Education, Dean of Academic Support Programs, Vice President Community and International Development, Vice President, International, Applied Research, and Business Development, and Vice President Academic. In addition, she served as Interim President from October 2013 to August 2014.  An active community member, Sonia is a Governor for both Laurentian University and the Alzheimer Society – Sudbury-Manitoulin, North Bay & Districts. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Sudbury- Sunrisers and an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Jeanne Naponse

Meet Jeanne

Jeanne Naponse is an educator and proud community member, Elder, and former Chief of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, where she is a knowledge keeper of the Anishnawbek history, customs and traditions.

Jeanne is a graduate from Central Michigan State University where she received a Master’s Degree from the Department of Educational Leadership.  She is a former faculty member and academic dean at Cambrian College. During her time at Cambrian, Jeanne was an advocate for community-based delivery and was instrumental in bringing programming to Indigenous communities, through community partnerships.

Jeanne has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Union of Ontario Indians, Mamaweswen (North Shore Tribal Council), Northern Ontario School of Medicine, University of Sudbury, Social Planning Council of Sudbury, Shkagamik-kwe Health Centre, and the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (representing 23 participating First Nations).

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Philip Potgieter

Meet Philip

Philip Potgieter is the Finance Director at Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations since 2018. He has more than 10 years of combined experience in the areas of Auditing, Accounting, Finance, Procurement and Business Development.
Philip joined Glencore in 2012 where he was responsible for Glencore’s Manganese Assets and based in Baar, Switzerland. Prior to joining Glencore, he worked at Ernst & Young in their mining and industrial products focus group in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Born and raised in South Africa, Philip is a South African Chartered Accountant and holds a B.Com. Honours Accounting degree from the University of Johannesburg. Philip has recently been appointed as a Board Member for Cambrian College, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.


Jeff Smith

Meet Jeff

Jeff is Executive Vice President of the Manitoulin Group of Companies.  Jeff graduated from Western University in London in 1985, with a degree in Economics. After university, he joined the family business, Manitoulin Transport and Manitoulin Group of Companies, moving frequently within Ontario while managing several facilities. Jeff has particular expertise in the fields of continuous improvement, quality management, and environmental systems. Jeff is quite involved in the community, serving as a director of the Sudbury Food Bank, Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association, Montessori School, and Sudbury Christian Academy.

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Jessica Valiquette

Meet Jessica

Jessica Valiquette is a Buyer in the Purchasing Department at Cambrian College.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Laurentian University), Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Designation (IFEBP/Dalhousie University) and is currently working toward her Certified Public Procurement Professional designation.

Jessica started at Cambrian College in 2009 as a part-time clerk in the IT Department, before assuming the full-time Buyer role in August 2017. Jessica currently sits on the College Council and the Working Group for Strategic Initiative 6.3.

Jessica is the Communications Director for Opera Gala…Opera for a Cause, a charity event in which she also performs as an orchestra member. She has previously served as Vice-President of Business and Professional Women Sudbury, and was an inaugural executive member of the Ward 8 Community Action Network. When not participating, Jessica continues to volunteer at various fitness events in the community including the Northern Cancer Foundation’s Trek for Cancer, the Hypothermic Half Marathon, and the SwimRun Challenge.

Hayley Hill

Meet Hayley

Currently enrolled in the Advanced Care Paramedic Graduate Program, Hayley had been working as a paramedic in the north prior to attending school with ORNGE and Cochrane District EMS. While attending the Primary Care Paramedic program Hayley was the vice president for her school’s Rotary Club. She was involved in her school’s community as well as brought education to her fellow students about the importance of working together as a team for a common purpose to reach different goals in our community.

Prior to her paramedic schooling, Hayley studied Athletic therapy and also spent a year living in Thailand, completing her TEFL course to Teach English as a Foreign Language and also became a Divemaster.


Gianni Grossi

Meet Gianni

Gianni has significant experience (20+ years) in the areas construction/supervision/project execution/estimating and project delivery. The range of his expertise is primarily related to the mining industry, including flash furnaces, electric furnaces, blast furnaces, fluid bed roasters, converters, top blown rotary furnaces and converters, fluid bed and rotary dryers and rotary kilns for application in nickel sulfide/PGM smelting and converting, copper smelting and converting, lead and zinc smelting and refining, primary iron.  Mr. Grossi’s experience also extends to steelmaking and specialty stainless steel production, cement production and pulp and paper.

In addition to the direct construction experience working in the trade, Gianni has for the past 15 years been either the guiding principle, sponsor, project manager or construction manager for major projects executed with Vale in Thompson and Sudbury, Glencore in Sudbury, Algoma Steel, Stelco,

Dofasco, Anglo Platinum, ILVA Steelworks, in Taranto, Italy, as well as several projects located in the Rustenburg PGM belt, South Africa.

Under Gianni’s leadership, Anmar has played a major role in the modernization of today’s mining industry. Today, mining is more efficient, profitable and lean, and Anmar plays a key role in delivering on those expectations. Grossi’s business has helped one of the world’s largest mining companies, Vale, reduce downtime during its required maintenance periods. In what used to be a requisite repair and refresh each year for a minimum 4-5 weeks (meaning no mining or production), has turned into a once every 2.5 years cycle lasting between 9 and 12 days. This efficiency is directly attributed to the insight, experience and expertise Anmar offers.

Anmar and its’ subsidiaries contribute greatly to the global economy and growing skilled workforce. He employs nearly 350 people year-round, increasing the workforce to nearly 700 during shutdowns at various plants throughout Ontario. Gianni lives by the company’s core values, each and every day…safety, service, teamwork, responsibility, diversity and integrity.

In addition to Gianni’s significant professional contributions, Anmar has played a significant role in philanthropy in the Greater Sudbury community and beyond through a variety of generous donations to organizations such as the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian University, Ducks Unlimited and the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

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Michael DiBrina

Meet Michael

Entrepreneurial and driven, with 30+ years of leading industry expertise, Michael has the experience and know-how to guide clients to take control of their financial future.

Michael is the Area President for Gallagher’s Benefit & HR Consulting Practice, Ontario region. He and the team provide specialized consulting expertise to businesses and individuals in the areas of employee benefits, retirement plans, human resource management, tax and estate planning and insurance.

Born and raised in Sudbury, Michael graduated from Laurentian University in 1989. Upon graduation, he started his career with London Life. In 1997 Michael formed DiBrina & Associate’s & Sure Benefits Consulting.

President and founder of the DiBrina Group of companies, Michael, along with his partners, grew the company to over 90 employees with 3 locations – Toronto, New Liskeard and head office in Sudbury.

In 2017, a testament to Michael’s strategic planning and execution and visionary leadership, the DiBrina Group was acquired by Gallagher. Michael and his partners, acted upon an opportunity to elevate the company, including staff and the city of Sudbury, to an international stage and global market presence.

His entrepreneurial achievements and dedication to his clients and community have been continually recognized throughout his career. Michael is a facilitator and builder of ‘word class’ management and product development teams.

In fact, his entrepreneurial achievements were recognized in 2013 when he received the Bell Excellence Award for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’. Michael is a lifetime member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table and qualifies annually for the Top of the Table which is a level of performance reached by less than .5% of financial advisors worldwide. He holds a unique designation of Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP), along with the highest honours and recognition that can be awarded to a Life Underwriter.

Michael is internationally recognized as a leader in the industry. Over the years, Michael’s business interests have gone beyond this industry. He has expanded and branched out to other facets both in Canada and the United States.

Michael is a strong believer in reinvesting in the community. He has devoted his time to many initiatives including his participation on many boards including the United Way, local hospitals, the hospice, the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, universities and the Cancer Centre.

Michael is distinguished as an extremely visible and approachable leader in the community. He is described as a man of tremendous integrity, and as such has earned the respect of his employees, clients and industry colleagues across Canada, and abroad.

Board policies

The Board oversees several key policies at Cambrian College. These policies range from codes of conduct, to governance, to evaluation of Cambrian’s President.

View Board policies