Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board and Hearing Panels

The Teachers Act sets up a Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board (DPCB), which provides the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation with a group of individuals who can serve on disciplinary hearing panels. The DPCB consists of nine members of the BC Teachers' Council, five of whom must be non-BCTF members from other education partner groups.

The Commissioner may also select members from a public (non-DPCB) hearing panel pool to a sit on disciplinary hearing panels. The public hearing panel pool provides input from persons outside the school system to strengthen public confidence in the hearing process. The public hearing panel pool consists of eight members who were appointed following a public invitation for applications.

Learn more about public hearings and the hearing process.
Apply to be a member of the public hearing panel pool.

Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board Members

The following council members have been appointed to the DPCB. They will serve for the terms indicated.

Matthew Cooke - Term expires April 2018
Matthew has been a teacher for 18 years. He worked in Burnaby and is currently teaching in School District No. 54 (Bulkley Valley). He has been on the Bulkley Valley Teacher’s Union Executive for the last four years. During his three years as a Faculty Associate at SFU he took the opportunity to complete his Masters of Education in Ecological Education. Teaching part time allows him to be a Practicum Supervisor with the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria faculties of education. Matthew is committed to mentoring beginning teachers and advocating for a teacher evaluation process that is well defined and supports professional growth.

Fred Robertson - Term expires April 2018
Fred has taught on Vancouver Island since 1989. He is retired from full- time teaching and is currently working as a teacher on call and with the program design of a Forestry Academy. Prior to this, Fred taught in Northern Manitoba, Nunavut and Brazil. Fred has served as the Local President of the Vancouver Island North Teachers' Association. Fred is also actively involved in his community. He has worked as a minor hockey coach and manager and has served on the minor hockey executive for over 10 years. He was recently elected to the District of Port Hardy Municipal Council. Fred holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg. He did his teacher training and library education at the University of Victoria. He holds a Masters in Curriculum and Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Rebecca Blair - Term expires April 2017
Rebecca is currently a local president for the Creston Valley Teachers’ Association, on leave from her job as a teacher at Prince Charles Secondary School. Previously, she taught at Lakes District Secondary School in Burns Lake, Quesnel Secondary School in Quesnel, and Kwaleen Elementary School in Williams Lake. Rebecca is a member of the BC Teachers' Federation, and she is currently a member of the Working Learning Bargaining Advisory Committee of the BCTF. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University and a Masters in Leadership from Gonzaga University.

John Hall - Term expires April 2017
John has been a teacher for 16 years, currently at Whistler Secondary. He serves as a local BCTF representative for School District No. 48 (Sea to Sky). For the past eight years, he has also been an elected member of the provincial Judicial Council of the BCTF. Previously, he spent three years as president of the Sea to Sky Teachers’ Association. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Education in General Curriculum from the University of Victoria.

Peter Van Huizen - Term expires April 2017
Peter brings over 40 years of teaching and administrative experience to his role. He spent 25 years in Ontario and 15 years in BC. He has been a teacher, principal and educational leader in the independent school sector. He is completing eight years of service as the Executive Director of the Christian Teachers’ Association of BC, which focuses on teacher professional development and working conditions.

Ted Riecken - Term expires April 2017
Ted is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria where he is currently the Dean of Education. He has served as Dean for eight years and is a past president of the Association of British Columbia Deans of Education and the Association of Canadian Deans of Education. His research interests include teacher education and large scale educational reform.

Jeffrey Jones - Term expires April 2018
Jeffrey is currently Superintendent for School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake). Previously, Jeff worked for the Calgary Board of Education in various roles including Director of People Development and Human Resources. Jeff is a member of the BC School Superintendents Association and serves as the Kootenay Boundary Branch Membership Chair. Previously, he was Director of Calgary Youth Interpretive Centre and Chair of Calgary Board of Education Secondary Review Steering Committee. Jeff holds his Masters of Arts in facilitating organization responses to change and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary.

Teresa Rezansoff - Term expires April 2018
Teresa is currently the President of the BC School Trustees Association. Teresa has served as an elected public school trustee in British Columbia for 15 years, 11 years as Board Chair for School District No. 51 (Boundary), and ten years on the BC School Trustees Association. She has served as Vice-President of the BC Education Leadership Council. Teresa holds a diploma in Public Administration from the BC Institute of Technology.

Susan Wilson - Term expires April 2019
Susan’s biographical statement will be available soon.

Public (Non-Board) Hearing Panel Pool Members

The following eight members of the public were appointed to the Public Hearing Panel Pool. They will serve for the terms indicated.

Michel Bourassa - Term expires August 2018
Michel has over 10 years of experience as litigation counsel and 25 years of experience as a Judge presiding over criminal, civil and family court trials of all kinds. He has also been actively teaching for over 15 years working with experts, technicians, scientists and law enforcement professionals on how to give effective testimony. In addition, teaching advocacy skills to lawyers through the Law Society of BC Continuing Legal Education program. As Chief Judge he was responsible for the supervision, training and discipline of over 120 Justices of the Peace. Lately he has been participating on Karate BC's Disciplinary Panel.

Meg Gaily - Term expires August 2018
Meg currently sits as a panel member and chair of the Employment & Assistance Appeal Tribunal, and most recently worked as the research counsel for the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the decline of the Fraser River sockeye. Previously, she worked as the law officer to the BC Court of Appeal.

Howard Kushner - Term expires August 2018
Howard is a practising lawyer in Vancouver. He is a member of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Alberta. Howard has extensive experience in administrative law, having taught at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia and the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta and practiced in the area for over 15 years. Howard was the first Chief Legal Officer of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Deputy Executive Director – Regulation with the Law Society of Alberta. Prior to that, Howard was the Ombudsman for the Province of British Columbia. He is currently a member of the Property Assessment Appeal Board and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia.

Sarah R. Levine - Term expires August 2018
Sarah is a lawyer who practices in the area of estate litigation and mediation in Vancouver. She was recently Research counsel to the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the decline of the Fraser River sockeye salmon. She is extensively involved as a volunteer in the community.

Jay Mitchell - Term expires August 2018
Jay retired from the Ministry of Finance in June 2012 after 24 years with the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. From March 2002 until her retirement she was the Deputy Superintendent of Real Estate and Deputy Registrar of Mortgage Brokers. From February 2005 until the fall of 2011 she was also the Deputy Superintendent of Credit Unions and Trusts. In both roles she was responsible for the regulation of these industries and the administration of the governing legislation. This is her first appointment to a tribunal.

Karen Nordlinger - Term expires May 2017
Karen is a family law lawyer, arbitrator and mediator and has been engaged in the practice of family law since 1975, and as a neutral in labour arbitration since 1995. Karen has extensive experience in complex property division and disputes about support, custody and access. She is a former Bencher and Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of British Columbia. Karen is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Canadian Bar Association's Family Law Section.

Erin Shaw - Term expires August 2018
Erin is a policy lawyer with over 25 years’ experience working on justice and law reform issues. She has worked for both government and the non-profit sector on legislation and policy projects, many of them aimed at increasing access to justice. Erin has mediation training and experience in dispute resolution design.