Education Policy Committee

FPSE members care deeply about their work as educators and staff at BC’s post-secondary institutions.  The Education Policy Committee monitors institutional and government policy and recent trends in advanced education, developing recommendations for advocacy in areas that affect their ability to provide the highest-quality education to students, such as Adult Basic Education and English Language programs. From new technologies in distance learning to the challenges of indigenization in education, EPC helps guide FPSE’s work on behalf of all members. EPC members receive regular training and presentations on current issues and events, and FPSE’s AGM and Spring Conference offer additional professional development and skill-building opportunities to members.


Alan Rice (acting)

Staff Rep

Steve Kwon

Local Reps


Local 1

Capilano University Faculty Association
Barry Magrill

Local 2

Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association
Arleigh Bell

Local 3

Faculty Association of the College of New Caledonia
Candice Dyck

Local 4

Douglas College Faculty Association

Local 5

Kwantlen Faculty Association
Fabricio Telo

Local 6

College of the Rockies Faculty Association 
Sharon Demaine

Local 7

University of the Fraser Valley Faculty & Staff Association

Local 8

Vancouver Island University Faculty Association
Dana McFarland

Local 9


Okanagan College Faculty Association
Alan Rice (Acting Chair)

Local 10

Selkirk College Faculty Association
Ellen Strelaeff

Local 11

Academic Workers’ Union (Coast Mountain College)
Gordon Weary

Local 12

Camosun College Faculty Association

Local 14

Langara Faculty Association

Local 15

Vancouver Community College Faculty Association 
Alicia Copp

Local 16

North Island College Faculty Association

Local 17

TRU Open Learning Faculty Association
Allison Barnes

Local 19

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Employees’ Association

Local 21

Education & Training Employees' Association

Local 22

Emily Carr University of Art + Design Faculty Association
Patryk Tom

Local 24

Quest University Faculty Union


Chris Jaeger (FPSE VP2)
Sean Parkinson (FPSE Secretary-Treasurer)


Education & Training Employees' Association

  1. To advise the Presidents’ Council on education policy issues.
  2. To review the literature on post-secondary education and advise Presidents’ Council of emerging trends.
  3. To monitor the education policy of similar labour organizations: BCFL, BCTF, CLC, CUFA/BC, CAUT, ACIFA, etc.
  4. To analyze the initiatives of federal and provincial governments and to formulate necessary positions.
  5. To review the positions of faculty professional organizations.
  6. To review the activities of education organizations such as ACCC, AUCC, BCCAT, BCcampus, etc.
  7. To develop and recommend specific education policy to the Presidents’ Council as needed.

Reporting: Reports regularly to the FPSE President and the Presidents’ Council.

Composition: The Education Policy Committee will be composed of one designated representative from each local and the FPSE President or Secretary-Treasurer or designate. The Non-Regular Faculty Committee may appoint one person to the Committee.

A member will be appointed by the Executive Committee, with voice but without vote, to act as liaison between the Standing Committee, the Executive, and Presidents' Council. 

Term of Appointment: Committee members will normally be appointed for a term of two years.

Chairperson: The Committee shall elect a new Chairperson at the last meeting of the Committee held prior to the convening of the Annual General Meeting and Convention. The Committee shall endeavour to elect a Chairperson who has served on the Committee a previous term as a local representative.

The Chairperson or designate shall have observer status at meetings of the Presidents' Council with voice but no vote. The responsibility of the Chairperson includes attendance by the Chairperson or designate at the Presidents' Council meeting immediately subsequent to a meeting of the Committee or upon request of the FPSE President.

The Chairperson shall attend the Annual General Meeting and Convention. The Convention shall provide orientation and planning opportunities for Committee Chairpersons and facilitate their meeting as a group.

The duly elected Chairperson of the Committee must be the designated representative of a local to continue being Chairperson. 

Meetings: Such meetings as are required to fulfill its responsibilities, limited only by the funding allocated to the Committee. The Committee may substitute or include a workshop or conference for a meeting.

Observers: By invitation of the Chair.

Quorum: A majority of locals.

Voting: Positions adopted by consensus among designated representatives; otherwise by simple majority of those voting (By-Law #6).

Funds: As allocated in the annual budget.