Pete is partner, and President of the LSM Group of Companies in Grande Prairie. Celebrating 50 years in business, LSM employs over 100 trades and support staff in the Construction, Service and Manufacturing sectors. Pete is a past President of the G.P. District Chamber of Commerce, and the Swan City Rotary Club, but to name a few. He recently completed a 9 year term on the Board of Directors for Alberta Blue Cross including 2 years as Chairman of the Governance and Compensation Committee, and 1 year as Chairman of the Board.
Pete is presently serving a 3 year term as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) having served on the Board for over 5 years. Pete received his Institute of Corporate Directors designation in 2011, and is currently a member of I.C.D.
Married to wife Lori, with 2 sons, Spencer (24), and Carter (20), family time is spent at the lake cottage during summer months, and traveling abroad during winter months. When spare time permits, you can find Pete golfing or volunteering in his community with his many Rotary buddies.
Stewart Wilson, Vice Chair
Second Term - Appointed Until April 25, 2017
Stewart Wilson was born and raised in Stirling, Scotland, where he apprenticed and reached journeyman status as an armature winder. After four years of valuable experience in heavy industry, shipyards, oil rigs, mills and mines, he married his sweetheart Jackie, packed his toolbox and immigrated to Grande Prairie, Alberta in 1982. Stewart exercises his experience daily, from the shop floor, to the boardroom, to the political arena. He has served in many capacities as employee, vice president and co-owner of GPR Industries (sold business interest in 2013). He is now President/Co-Owner of the rapidly expanding Bear Creek Golf Club and Event Centre.
Stewart has committed much of his time and experience promoting the Peace Region and the Province of Alberta as a great place to grow, learn, work, live and play. Stewart has served as Chair - Grande Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce, Founding President - Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities/ Safety City, Director- Peace Region Economic Development Association, Director - Swan City Rotary Club, Vice Chair - Grande Prairie Regional College Board of Governors, Director - Travel Alberta Board of Directors, and Co- Chair (2014) Northwestern Alberta United Way Campaign. Stewart is proud to have been awarded, 2006 National Safe Communities Ambassador for Safety Award, 2010 Grande Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce Business Citizen of the Year and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.
Stewart sees GPRC as being a cornerstone in our communities and stewardship regions. He is committed to the GPRC mission statement of "Creating connections to knowledge, experience and community one life at a time". He is very excited about the future of GPRC, is enthusiastic to learn from the experience around the board table, is honoured to serve as a public member and will base his decisions on his values of balance, fairness and passion.
Don Gnatiuk, President & CEO
Don Gnatiuk and his wife JoAnn made Grande Prairie their home when Don joined Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) as President and CEO on May 1, 2007. Don brought to his new job the incredible energy, warmth and optimism for which he is now so well known. A people-centered leader, Don believes passionately in the importance of relationships; he believes that through strong relationships the impossible can become reality.
During his first year at the College, Don focused on establishing relationships with College employees and staff associations, the Board of Governors, the Government of Alberta, the community, and his post-secondary colleagues. Don has a gift for change management; the College’s “Mission, Vision and Values” were created by a large team led by Don. They are now embraced by the whole College community. Through Don’s hard work and enthusiastic personality GPRC became known as “easy to work with,” and “a truly committed member of our community” – whether that was the community of Grande Prairie, Fairview, or the community of Alberta post-secondary institutions. He has served the Alberta post-secondary system as Chair of the eCampus board and as a member of the Board of Directors of Colleges and Institutes Canada. Don has given back to his community both through his service on Rotary, as an Honourary Chair of the Grande Prairie and Region United Way from 2010-2012, and has been recently appointed to the Grande Prairie Airport Commission.
Leading the creation of a learner centered institution that strives first and foremost to serve the student has been of primary importance to Don; he frequently asks of decisions and initiatives: “How does this serve the student?” In 2010 GPRC was awarded “Employer of the Year” by the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce, and in 2015 Don Gnatiuk himself was awarded “Business Citizen of the Year.” In his typical fashion, Don was both surprised and abashed. These awards are recognition of Don’s commitment to working with the communities the College serves to ensure GPRC provides the learning opportunities required by citizens and the future employees required by area businesses.
Don is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D); his leadership and governance acumen are in high demand and he has participated in leadership programs and events for a variety of organizations including the City of Grande Prairie, Community Foundation, and Grande Prairie Rotary Clubs. Don is held in high esteem by his fellow presidents, as evidenced by the role he held as Chair of the Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes of Alberta Council of Presidents. During his tenure as Chair, the Council of Presidents transformed from a group of Comprehensive Community institution presidents to include all of the presidents of post-secondary institutions in the province – an incredible feat of collaboration! Don continues to lead GPRC on its journey “per gradus ad maius” – “steps to the greater!”
Patrick D. Coristine, Internal Appointment
First Term - Appointed Until July 31, 2016
Patrick D. (Pat) Coristine is the current Academic Staff Association representative on the Grande Prairie Regional College, appointed in August 2014. Pat, while born and raised in Southern Alberta, has roots in the Peace Country. His parents met in Hines Creek where his mother was the District Nurse and his father ran an Alberta Wheat Pool elevator. A Chartered Accountant, Pat came to Grande Prairie in 1986 to work for JH Bennion & Co. During his time in Grande Prairie, Pat has served as Chair of the Downtown Association, Vice President and President of Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association, Finance Director for Hockey Alberta and President of the Chartered Accountants of Grande Prairie. He also spent ten years as a hockey referee, working primarily with younger players.
Pat is married, with three adult children who have all attended GPRC. While at GPRC, Pat has taught accounting courses ranging from Introductory Accounting right on up to Advanced Financial Accounting with some Management Accounting, Taxation and Auditing courses in both the Business Department and as part of the Athabasca University/Grande Prairie Regional College Collaborative Bachelor of Commerce program. Pat finds his time on the Board of Governors very rewarding: it offers a great experience in governance, dealing with various stakeholders, and shaping the future of the College.
Carla Dodd, Internal Appointment
Second Term - Appointed Until June 30, 2016
Born and raised in the Grande Prairie area, Carla was a student at GPRC, and has been an employee of the College for over 15 years, maintaining several key positions in Student Services. Throughout her employment at the College, Carla has been involved in many activities close to her heart, including President of the Employees Association, President of Alberta Student Awards Personnel Association, and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
The mother of two believes that instilling core values in her children is accomplished by her actions and decisions every day. Serving as the non-academic staff representative on the GPRC Board of Governors further shows that her commitment to GPRC’s vision statement – “Creating connections to knowledge, experience and community one life at a time”.
Second Term - Appointed Until December 17, 2016
Drew Lamont grew up in Edmonton where he attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a B.A. in Economics and completing two years of research and graduate studies in the field of Community Development. He later attended the University of San Francisco, graduating with a Masters in Rehabilitation Administration in 1985. After several years of working for not-for-profit agencies, Drew moved to Grande Prairie in 1976 to begin a career with the Government of Alberta. Over the next 34 years, he worked in numerous capacities with six departments in roles that included environmental impact assessment, delivering services to persons with disability, and career planning and training. At the time of his retirement last year, he was a senior manager with Alberta Employment and Immigration.
Drew and his wife, Marvi, moved to the Beaverlodge area in 1981 where they still reside. They raised three children, two of whom spent several years at GPRC on their way to University degrees. Drew Lamont is committed to higher education and the positive change it can bring to individuals and to communities. He is enthusiastic about his opportunity to serve the residents of the Peace Region through his term as a member of the Board of Governors
Second Term - Appointed Until April 13, 2017
Doug has served over 35 years in the financial services industry in Grande Prairie. He is owner/manager of Morris Financial Group with agents under contract to Manulife Financial - Canada’s largest life insurance corporation. Doug also represents Manulife Securities and Investment Services - a mutual funds dealership. Doug is a past-president of the local chapter of his industry association, Advocis, and served 24 years on the executive committee. In keeping with his belief in the education of both his fellow professionals and the public, Doug is a founding member of the Estate and Financial Planning Institute. He has also held two terms as one of 12 individuals across Canada serving on Manulife Financial’s Life Advisory Board.In addition to his commitment to his profession, Doug has served as a volunteer in such roles as president of Badminton Alberta and board member of Badminton Canada. Doug has been involved with Holy Cross School, St. Joseph’s Church, and the 1995 Canada Winter Games.
Doug started at GPRC as a student-athlete in 1976, playing basketball, golf, volleyball and badminton, and served as Athletics VP on the Students’ Council. In 1978 and 1980, he was the badminton MVP and while still a player, he became head coach for the Wolves Badminton program (14 years) in 1979, and won three bronze medals (1988, 1989, 1992). He was named ACAC Badminton Coach-of-the-Year in four consecutive seasons (1987-1990) and was the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Badminton Coach-of-the-Year in 1986-1987. Doug is also a charter member of GPRC’s forerunner fundraising group - the Wolfpac Booster Club. For his contribution to programs and sport, Doug was honoured as a charter member of the GPRC Wolves Wall of Fame. He served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the GPRC Alumni Foundation Board and led the planned giving committee. In 2014, Doug Morris was named to the ACAC Hall of Fame at a gala 50th Anniversary event held in Edmonton to honour builders, administrators, coaches and student-athletes.
Thomas Petersen, Internal Appointment
Second Term - Appointed Until May 20, 2016
Thomas has been a student at GPRC since winter 2009. He completed my Grade 12 Equivalency Certificate in GPRC's Academic Upgrading Department in 2012, Computer Systems Technology Certificate in 2014, and is now working on his Political Science Degree. Thomas has been involved with the Students' Association since 2010 with various clubs and volunteer work when an instructor of his encouraged him to become the president of the SA. This decision led to him falling in love with policy. Thomas has now been an executive for the SA for three years with this being his second year as president and with the Board of Governors. He has had the distinct pleasure and privilege of working with some of the very best teams over these past three years. Thomas looks forward to completing his final term as president this year, and hopes to leave things "better than I found them while setting up future teams for success".
Second Term - Appointed Until April 25, 2017
Tab Pollock was born and raised in Grande Prairie. He, his wife Lori and both of his children have all attended GPRC. He hopes one day his granddaughter Piper will as well!
Tab has 22 years experience in the retail industry, 16 of them with Hi-tech Business systems in both sales and sales management roles. Tab owns and operates a small business in Grande Prairie - Signco Inc. - a commercial billboard company. Tab has been active in the Chamber movement for the past 10 years, locally as a Director, as well as each position on the executive including Chair of the Board. Provincially, Tab has also served as Treasurer, First Vice Chair , Chair and Past Chair of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce. He also Chaired the Policy committee with the Alberta Chamber of Commerce. Tab Served as a Director for 1 year on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board in Ottawa. An active Rotarian with the Swan City club, he is also a certified Dale Carnegie instructor and has provided the communications and human relations program for twelve years in Grande Prairie.
Tab is currently a Financial Advisor and Partner with Neil and Associates. Tab is the Program Chair and Director on the Local Advocis Board (Association of Financial Advisors). Tab Is Currently the Chair of the Compliance and Continuity Committee (CCC) of the GPRC Board. "I am excited about being a member of such a strong board that is focused on policy and governance," he says. "I believe that the success of our local economy and the future of our community is in the hands of our youth and post-secondary education and trades training are key components of that success."
First Term - Appointed Until July 22, 2017
Natalia Reiman was raised on a farm near Wanham, Alberta and attended Eaglesham School from Kindergarten through Grade 12. She went on to attend the University of Montevallo in Alabama on a golf scholarship. Natalia completed her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology while on an academic and golf scholarship at the Florida Institute of Technology. She returned to Canada and obtained her Law Degree from the University of Alberta in 2009. Following graduation Natalia returned to Grande Prairie to complete her articles of clerkship and continues to practice in Grande Prairie at the law office of Rigler & Reiman, Barristers & Solicitors. Over the course of her studies; Natalia was a member of numerous organizations including the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Forensic Psychology Students Association and completed her undergraduate degree as captain of the varsity golf team. She was also a member of the Theta Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi holding numerous positions including Treasurer and member of the Executive Board.
Since returning to Grande Prairie she has been the Treasurer of the Grande Prairie Bar Association, volunteered with the Rainbow Society of Alberta, and Grande Prairie Legal Guidance and assists in the junior golf program at Chinook Valley Golf Course. Natalia holds education in high regard, and she is excited to bring her passion for education to the GPRC Board of Governors. She believes the growth and development of our community and the Peace Region is positively influenced by a strong post-secondary institution. She is eager to work with GPRC and the opportunities for the region that will result in the coming years.