Don Gordon of Midland is the new Georgian College Board of Governors chair. Gordon joined the board in September 2013 and served as vice-chair for two years before being elected as chair by colleagues on the board.
He has made exceptional contributions to the board as chair of both the finance and audit committee and the advancement committee. Gordon has also been a member of the executive committee and the recognition committee.
“It has been rewarding to see Georgian evolve over the past few years,” said Gordon. “With seven campuses and our new Advanced Technology Centre, Georgian is positioned to not only meet the educational needs of students but also to help support business and industries with employees who bring the most current skills and expertise to help strengthen and diversify our regional economy.”
Gordon is a retired manufacturing executive and graduate of the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. Before launching his business career, he went to teachers’ college and taught at a public school in Scarborough. Following that, he worked in financial services and for a cattle import company before spending more than 40 years in the concrete industry. Over the years, he served on the boards of several associations linked to the concrete masonry industry. That included five years as a board member and three as Masonry Canada chair and eight years as a board member and one year as chair for the National Concrete Masonry Association. He retired in 2015.
His passion for education and serving others extends beyond Georgian. Gordon is a trustee of the Weber Foundation, which has donated more than $20 million to the Simcoe County community over the last 10 years. He is a member of the patient advisory committee for the new cardiac facility at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and is very involved with the Midland Cultural Centre as member of the finance, ambassador, fundraising and governance committees.
Also new this year as a community member to the board is Margot Ballagh, a lawyer and former vice-chair and administrative law judge for the Social Security Tribunal of Canada.
“There’s tremendous diversity on the board in terms of experience and a wealth of leadership capability,” noted Gordon. “Our shared goal is to optimize each student’s experience at Georgian. And as a resident of Midland, I’m proud Georgian serves all of our communities across the region.”
2018-19 Board of Governors
- Chair Don Gordon (Midland)
- Vice Chairs Brian Davenport (Owen Sound) and Paul Larche (Barrie)
- MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College president and CEO
- Marilynn Booth of Wasaga Beach
- Richard C. Gauthier of Sharon
- David Johnson, Georgian College administrative representative
- Ali Khonsari of Barrie
- Margot Ballagh of Barrie
- Angela Lockridge, Board secretary-treasurer and Georgian College vice-president, corporate services and innovation
- Andrea Lovering, Georgian College faculty representative
- Jeff Czetwerzuki, Georgian College student representative
- Dianne Martin of Barrie
- Lyn McLeod of Alliston
- Angelo Orsi of Orillia
- Teresa Snelgrove of Shanty Bay
- Eric Jerome, Georgian College support staff representative
- Kevin Wassegijig of Wiikwemkoong