Board of Governors

Chair

 Bill Chisholm

Bill Chisholm
"Having graduated from Mohawk myself over 38 years ago, the wonderful experience provided by the school gave me the education and preparation I needed to help me achieve my career ambition.

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Looking forward, I now welcome the opportunity to work with the Board of Governors on the ongoing evolution of this great school and in helping others achieve their own career ambitions."

William (Bill) T. Chisholm Bill Chisholm is President and CEO, of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited.

Bill has spent his entire career in the steel industry. Prior to joining Samuel, Bill was with Dofasco and then ArcelorMittal. From 1980 to 2001, he served in a number of increasingly senior operations roles at Dofasco, which culminated in his appointment as President, Tubular Products Division. Soon after, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, ArcelorMittal Tubular Products, where he integrated the North American operations of Dofasco with the assets of Mittal Steel. He was responsible for three business units, employing more than 10,000 people and operating 26 plants in 13 countries on four continents. From 2009, until mid 2013, Bill served as Chief Executive Officer for ArcelorMittal, Mexico. He was responsible for the largest integrated steel mill in Mexico, producing four million tons of products for the global market.

Bill is a graduate of Mohawk College in Chemical Engineering Technology, and has continued his education at both McMaster University and the Ivey School of Business. 

Vice Chair

Anna Filice

Anna Filice
As Chief Administrative Officer for the Hamilton Police Service (HPS), Anna oversees the corporate services division with a portfolio that includes Human Resources, Information Technology,...

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...Finance, Records Management, Fleet, Facilities, and Crime Analytics. 

"Having partnered with Mohawk College for various initiatives over the years, I look forward to working directly with the Board and the College's leadership team to further advance the priorities of the College, and to support its continued positive contributions to the community".

A York University graduate, Anna holds an Honours BA in Linguistics and French, a post-graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, and a Masters of Business Administration.

Prior to joining the HPS, Anna served as a senior Human Resources Director with the City of Hamilton. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.


Governors

Wayne Collins

Wayne Collins
"It is a privilege to have a career in education and I consider myself very fortunate to be a small part of the great history of Mohawk College. Education is a lifelong journey,...

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... and I would like to thank my students and co-workers for helping me grow as a human and continue to learn. It is a pleasure to be able to leverage these experiences as a member of the Mohawk College Board of Governors."

Wayne has been a full-time faculty member in Computer Science and Information Technology at Mohawk College since 1998, and has served as the program coordinator for Networking Systems students since 2014. A third-generation Hamiltonian, Wayne holds a bachelor of science from McMaster University, and both a diploma and a post-graduate certificate from Mohawk College. He is currently completing a Masters in Education with Central Michigan University.

Wayne believes that the student experience outside the classroom is very important. He has served as head coach of the college’s Varsity Cross Country Team and as a judge with the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair. He is currently assembling a team of students to compete against US Colleges and Universities in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

The proud father of four grown kids, Wayne is an avid runner with an impressive resume that includes four Boston Marathons and two Ironman races. When he is not in the classroom, you find Wayne running the trails of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area.

 

Keeleigh Donkervoort
“My interest in law began at a young age. It became my mantra to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. I believe that that...

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... coincides with being part of the Board as well. This gives me an opportunity to utilize and grow my advocacy skills, in being a voice for all Mohawk Students.”

Keeleigh is a recent honours graduate from Niagara College’s Law Clerk program and is currently enrolled in Mohawk College’s Paralegal program. Keeleigh works as a Real Estate/Trademarks Law Clerk for Scarfone Hawkins LLP, and is an active member of the college’s Wellness Student Representative Committee.

Keeleigh is a recent honours graduate from Niagara College’s Law Clerk program and is currently enrolled in Mohawk College’s Paralegal program. Keeleigh works as a Real Estate/Trademarks Law Clerk for Scarfone Hawkins LLP, and is an active member of the college’s Wellness Student Representative Committee.

Keeleigh is active in the community, devoting her free time to volunteer with groups such as Amnesty International.

Brian Henry

Brian Henry
"As a proud alumnus of Mohawk College, I am honoured to serve on the Mohawk College Board of Governors. Mohawk College was...

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... influential in shaping me as a leader, so it is with great gratitude that I give back to the institution that was critical to my education and development."

Brian Henry joined Bird Construction as Chief People Officer in February 2020. With more than two decades of experience in Human Resources Management with leading organizations like SC Johnson, Dell Technologies and Yum Brands, Brian is committed to nurturing a safe, professional, and progressive culture for people to grow and thrive.

Brian is a strategic and influential business executive with the reputation for leading transformational change, designing best-in-class workplace cultures, fostering organizational trust and building high performance teams.

He holds a Business Administration Diploma from Mohawk College and obtained his Human Resources certification at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University. He is a Master Practitioner for Heartstyles, which is a program designed to develop character and drive effective behaviour in leaders. Brian is also a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association Executive Advisor Council.

 Lisa Knap

Lisa Knap
"After almost 20 years of classroom experience, including teaching here at Mohawk, I am honoured to use this knowledge to help the College continue its journey into an exciting future."

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Lisa is an Educational Counsellor at Barclay Educational Services, a private guidance counselling firm for high school and postgraduate students located in Hamilton, Ontario.

Prior to joining Barclay, Lisa spent nearly 20 years teaching journalism at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level at Mohawk College and at Sheridan College in Oakville. Before beginning her teaching career, Lisa worked as a TV news reporter at various stations across the province including CHCH TV in Hamilton, and as a National News Writer for CTV.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Lisa holds a Masters in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She also studied Political Science and English at McMaster University, before studying journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.

 Kathy Lerette

Kathy Lerette
I always credit my Mohawk College education for giving me the technical foundation that has powered my career. I am honored to be part of the Board of Governors...

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... and utilize the experiences from my 40 year career in the energy sector to help shape the strategic direction of the College.

Kathy served as Senior Vice President, Business Transformation at Alectra Utilities, the largest municipally-owned electric utility in Canada. She also served as VP Utility Operations for Horizon Utilities, overseeing all aspects of Engineering, Construction & Maintenance, and Supply Chain Management divisions. She retired in October 2021, concluding a 40-year career in the energy sector.

Kathy holds a C.E.T. designation from the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists and was inducted as a Fellow of the Association in 2019. She is Chair of the Electricity Human Resources Canada Board of Directors, and is an influential and leading voice for removing barriers to women in the energy sector.

Kathy holds two Mohawk College diplomas: Electrical Engineering Technician – Power (1994) and Electrical Engineering Technologist - Control (1997). She was named a Distinguished Fellow and Distinguished Alumni of Mohawk College in 2019.

 Sheri Longboat

Sheri Longboat
Dr. Sheri Longboat is member of the Mohawk Nation of the Six Nations of the Grand River; born and raised in east Hamilton. Sheri has a passion for education, commitment to student success,...

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... and significant experience in educational programming and services, particularly those that support Aboriginal learners and their communities. As an educator and first-generation post-secondary graduate, Sheri is well aware of the challenges and opportunities students face in achieving their educational goals and career aspirations.

For 20 years, Sheri has worked with First Nations communities in land and resource management, and community-based education and training. She is an Adjunct Professor in Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development where she conducts research and instructs Water Resources Management, Contemporary Aboriginal Issues, and Aboriginal Community Planning. She has held a number of educational positions including manager of Aboriginal Programs and Services at Niagara College, and program developer and coordinator with Six Nations Polytechnic.

 Rocco Passero

Rocco Passero
"I am honoured to have this opportunity to give back to the Mohawk College community. As an alumnus and now…

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... a Governor. I am very excited about our collective success in contributing to the path forward and supporting the college to continue to excel in a positive and engaged student and community experience."

Rocco is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the Land and Resources I&IT Cluster for the Ontario government. He is a recognized leader with extensive experience in business and information technology. Rocco champions change within the organizations he serves, leveraging partnerships to successfully drive service efficiencies, modern delivery models and employee inclusion.

Rocco graduated from the Mohawk College Engineering Technology program in 1990. He became a Mohawk College Alumni Award of Distinction in 2015, receiving the award in the Technology category. A lifelong learner, Rocco has continued his education at both the Ivey School of Business and the Queens Public Executive Program.

Rocco currently lives in Hamilton with his wife Connie and together they have two wonderful children, Alessandro and Julia.

 Mila Ray-Daniels

Mila Ray-Daniels
"It is a privilege to support Mohawk because collaboration, partnerships and community leadership align so well...

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...with my own personal values and because I believe that the College is well-positioned to deliver on its commitments to student and graduate success at home and abroad." - Mila Ray-Daniels

Mila is the CEO of Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario (HIRO), one of Ontario's foremost rehabilitation organizations serving people with mild to catastrophic brain injuries. She is an experienced leader with a background in health care, strategic communications and stakeholder relations. Her professional interests include collaboration between individuals and among organizations to better meet the needs of clients and families. Mila has a Masters in Leadership, Health, a Bilingual BA and also holds an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications. She has been involved in the governance of several national and local organizations including Hamilton Health Sciences and the YMCA Hamilton Burlington. She and her husband, three children and dog Stanley, call Hamilton home.

 Tracey Richardson

Tracey Richardson
"As an employee, alumnus and now a member of the Board of Governors, I believe that positive change can only...

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...be achieved through participation, collaboration and accountability. I am excited for the opportunity to give back to a college and community that I have been proud to serve these past 23 years."

Tracey Richardson has been with Mohawk College for almost 23 years and for the past 11 years has supported students as a Student Success Advisor. Tracey is a proud graduate of the Television Broadcasting program. Tracey continues to upgrade her skill set and values the importance of life-long learning by completing and graduating with Honours from the Workplace Leadership and Counselling Techniques Certificates through Continuing Education.

As an enthusiastic, collaborative and active participant on various college initiatives and Student Success projects, Tracey feels that building strong relationships with our current & potential students, faculty, college resources and our community partners is vital to the success of the college. She believes it is the responsibility of every member of the college community, to engage, to connect and to be committed to the overall success of Mohawk College which is truly an investment in our future going forward. As an employee, alumnus and now a Board of Governor, she believes that ‘positive change' can only be achieved through participation, collaboration and accountability and is excited about giving back to a college and community that has she has grown within over the years.

Tracey currently lives in Dundas with her husband Phil and together they have four wonderful children.

 Matthew Schnarr

Matthew Schnarr
"I am a strong believer in collaborating with others. My experience as both an employee and a former student...

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... leader enables me to bring a strong and unique voice to the Board of Governors, where I am committed to being an advocate for students and colleagues alike."

Matthew is the Supervisor, Athletics and Community Engagement at Mohawk College where he provides guidance and leadership to student athletes both in and out of the classroom, on the court and in the community. He has also served as head coach of the college’s badminton and men’s volleyball teams, and is currently the head coach for the women’s volleyball team.

In addition to his role with college’s athletics organization, Matthew is active in the province’s athletics community serving as a coach with Team Ontario Volleyball for the Canada Summer Games, and as a volunteer coach with youth in the community as well as the CANUSA gams.

Prior to joining the college as an employee in 2007, Matthew served for four years as a student leader with the Mohawk Students’ Association and the now retired Students’ Athletics Committee. He graduated from the college’s Recreation, General Arts and Business program in 2007.

 Steven Stipsits

Steve Stipsits
"Each encounter I have with the College leaves me impressed by its innovation, energy and care for the community."

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Steve Stipsits is the president and owner of Branthaven Homes, a Burlington-based homebuilding company active in the GTA and South Western Ontario. Supporting local charities and leading fundraising campaigns. Mr. Stipsits and Branthaven Homes have a drive to give back to the communities that support them.

As a graduate of the Architectural Technology Program at Mohawk College in 1984, Steve worked in construction Europe for two years, before joining the family business Branthaven. Steve has leveraged his custom home building background into a highly successful company that leads the industry in custom-inspired production homes. Branthaven has won numerous sales and marketing, design and service awards, including the building industry's highest achievements – The Ernest Assaly Customer Service award and both Project, Community, and Builder of the Year designations.

Steve has served as past president of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders' Association and member of their Hall of Fame, Steve is also in the Burlington Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.


President and CEO

Ron McKerlie

Ron McKerlie
Since 2014, Ron has served as President of Mohawk College and Mohawk College Foundation in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Previously Ron served 10 years in the Ontario Public Service as Deputy Minister Open Government, Interim President of Orange Air Ambulance, Deputy Minister, Government Services and, Corporate CIO and Chief Strategist for Ontario.

Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Ron's career spanned 25 years in the private sector where he held senior executive positions with Rogers Communications and Bank of Montreal.

Ron holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie University, an ICD.D designation from Rotman, is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

Mr. McKerlie is a member of the Board of Directors for ORION and former Chair of the Board for World Vision Canada.


Contact Us

Trish Loomis
Executive Director, Office of the President
Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 2434
Email: trish.loomis [at] mohawkcollege.ca