Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

New members named to Yukon U’s board of governors

Required number of board members now up to 17

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months.

In a Jan. 15 statement, the university noted that under the Yukon University Act, which came into effect in 2020 as the school was transitioning from a college to a university, the required number of board members increased from 12 to 17 “to better represent key stakeholder and rights holder groups.”

Aan Goosh oo Mark Wedge, Gàndałêch Pearl Callaghan, and Christine Mahar were the most recent appointments in November to the Yukon University Board of Governors.

Wedge is a citizen and former Khà Shâde Héni (chief) of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. He belongs to the Deisheetaan (Beaver) Clan of the Yeitl (Crow) moiety.

Wedge is also a former executive director of the then-Council of Yukon Indians (now the Council of Yukon First Nations) and has acted as a negotiator for a number of First Nations in land claim agreements. He’s also had dispute resolution experience in both Canada and the U.S.

He is currently a trustee of Carcross Tagish Dánna Jíli Trust and director of the First Nation Bank of Canada Board and Trust.

Callaghan is a citizen of the Teslin Tlingit Council (TTC), member of the Dakl’áweidi (Eagle) Clan of the Gooch (Wolf) moiety and sits on the TTC Elder’s Council.

Throughout her career, Callaghan has held a number of leadership positions in Yukon First Nations governments and non-government organizations. She practises her culture and heritage and recently graduated with honours from YukonU’s First Nations Arts certificate program, it’s noted.

Mahar is a chartered public accountant who has spent all but eight years of her life in the territory. She is currently wrapping up a 32-year career with the Yukon Government, most recently as assistant deputy minister of finance.

Jason Bilsky joined the board in September, as an elected member under a provision that allows the board to elect one member who is not a student at the school or university employee.

Bilsky is the CEO of the Yukon Hospital Corporation and former chief financial officer and vice-president of corporate services at Northwestel. He is also a board member of HealthCareCAN and president of Basketball Yukon as well as a former volunteer vice-president of sponsorship for the 2012 and 2020 Arctic Winter Games.

Dr. Joel Cubley, Erica Bourdon and Jennifer Harkes also recently joined the board as senate, faculty and staff representatives.

Cubley chairs the school of science and is a geology instructor, with Bourbon working as co-department head of the student success division and as an instructor with the school of academic and skill development. Harkes is a coordinator with continuing studies who also serves as the shop steward with the Yukon University employee’s union.

Also on the board are Jocelyn Curteanu, Carol Geddes, Judy Gingell, Maggie Matear, Vera Holmes, Tom Ulyett, Kathleen Van Bibber, David Morrison and chancellor James Allen who have been in their positions for some time.

“We welcome our new members and appreciate their willingness to place their experience and perspectives in service of Yukon students as we embark on hearing from Yukoners and developing a new five-year strategic plan for Canada’s first university north of 60,” Morrison, who chairs the board, said in a statement, going on to acknowledge the work of outgoing members Julia Salo and Shawn Allen “who both represented the interests of rural communities for many years. Their guidance and wise council have served Yukoners well during our transition journey.”

Contact Stephanie Waddell at stephanie.waddell@yukon-news.com

Yukon University

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fines for contravening the fire ban start at $1,150 and could go as high as $100,000. File photo
Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)
Yukon campgrounds to open early

Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. The early opening… Continue reading

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The aesthetics and economics of highway strips

One of the many cultural experiences you enjoy while driving from Whitehorse… Continue reading

Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone.
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone. (Submitted)
Yukon kids express gratitude for nature, pets and friends in art campaign

More than 50 children submitted artwork featuring things they are grateful for

Team Yukon skip Laura Eby, left, directs her team as Team Northern Ontario skip Krysta Burns looks on at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary on Feb. 22. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)
Team Yukon reports positive experience at Scotties

Team Yukon played their final game at the national championship in Calgary on Thursday afternoon

A sign indicating a drop-off area behind Selkirk Elementary school in Whitehorse on Feb. 25. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Parking lot proposal for Selkirk Elementary criticized

Parents and school council are raising concerns about green space and traffic woes

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

Most Read