Board of Directors
2015 Board of Directors
Back row L to R: Warren Olson, Keith Walker, Harvey Adrian, Dan Boehr, Carson Chute, Graham Thiessen, Stan Fergusson, Greg Menzies
Front row L to R: Melody Mitchell, Shannon Stewart, Glen Werner (Board Chair), Glen Hildebrand, Brian Lofgren, Larry Wilson
The governance of Briercrest College and Seminary is vested in the Board of Directors who ensure that operational policies contribute to the guidance, empowerment, growth, and direction of the senior leadership and staff, while ensuring the health and mission of the schools.
Board Member Profiles
Harvey Adrian, Diploma, BA
Harvey Adrian's life work for 39 years has been with McDonald's restaurants from which he retired in 2008. Harvey is proud to have served the church through many years of board work, and has faithfully served on the board of Briercrest since 1994.
Dan Boehr, Diploma
Dan Boehr proudly represents Watrous, Sask. Dan is a co-owner of a retail lumberyard and has been a journeyman carpenter and general contractor for 33 years. Dan has been actively involved in camp ministry, youth ministry, church leadership, as well as serving on numerous other ministry boards. Dan has served on Briercrest's board since 2003.
Carson Chute operates a grain farm north of Moose Jaw, Sask. and has been in the farming business for the past 30 years. Carson has been involved in leadership with the local church. Carson along with his wife Carol (nee Mcleod) have both had a relationship with Briercrest which spans over three generations. Carson has served on the Briercrest's board since 2002.
Stan Fergusson, DD (Hon.)
Stan Fergusson has been the president and owner of Stan Fergusson Fuels Ltd. for 28 years and resides in Belleville, Ont. Stan is a specialist in criminal law and spent 18 years with the Ontario Provincial Police. He also spent four years as vice-president of a bookbinding company in Toronto and has been a fundraiser for hospitals and served on numerous boards. In 2004 Stan received an honorary doctorate from Briercrest. Stan has served on the board of Briercrest since 2009.
Glen Hildebrand, BRE, BA, MEd
Glen Hildebrand is currently using 28 years of experience as a teacher and administrator by serving as the principal in an Abbotsford secondary school. Briercrest is able to take advantage of Glen's knowledge of the educational landscape, problem solving and conflict resolution experience and various positions he has held including chair at Seven Oaks Alliance Church. Glen has served as board member with Briercrest since 1996.
Brian Lofgren is from London, Ont. and has been a business owner since 1983. Brian has served on two different church boards for a total of 12 years, also serving as board chair for Christian Elementary and High School in London for six years as well as serving on the board for Landscape Ontario Show Committee for seven years and as board chair for four years. Brian has served on the Briercrest board since 2005.
Greg Menzies resides in the Lower Mainland of B.C. Greg's business history has involved various industries including electrical, oil field, military, marine, high tech, and agriculture/food. His roles, revolving around sales, marketing and senior business management, have taken him to many regions of the world, giving firsthand knowledge and experience in international trade, market channels, and building strong international business relationships. Greg has served as a board member with Briercrest since 2009.
Melody Mitchell, BEd, MBA
Melody currently serves as the Early Learning Consultant for Prairie South School Division, supporting early learning programs across the division. Melody has worked in various capacities in business and education. She has taught in several provinces throughout Canada and an international school in the Middle East and managed a British Council English Language Training Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While living overseas, Melody assisted in the development of the Child Rights Advocacy Network (CRAN), a non-profit community organization with multidisciplinary participation.
She joined the board in 2012.
Warren Olson has been the CEO of Olson & Sons Electric in Monticello, Minn. since 1999 and managed Olson's Electrical Apparatus Service Center for 22 years. He has served the electrical industry for 38 years, and holds a Class "A" master electrician's license. He has been an instructor and special speaker in area colleges and has authored training curriculum and has served as chairman and trustee on many local and state boards including the Rotary Club and local church. Warren is also a triathlete and musician. Warren has served as a board member with Briercrest since 2003.
Graham Thiessen is currently a partner at Buchanan Barry LLP Chartered Accountants in Calgary, AB. Graham has served private and not-for-profit companies for over 9 years, providing advisory, assurance, accounting and tax services. Before joining Buchanan Barry LLP he commenced his articles with a national accounting firm before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2008. After qualifying as a chartered accountant Graham worked overseas specializing in hedge fund and insurance captive assurance until 2010. After returning to Canada Graham started his own public accounting firm which he recently merged with Buchanan Barry LLP in 2014. Graham has been actively involved in church leadership as well as serving on other ministry boards. Graham joined the Briercrest board in 2015.
Glen Werner, BSc, MAg
Glen Werner is an active professional agrologist and has over 35 years of experience with the government of Alberta, which includes over 20 years in senior executive management positions. Glen has served Briercrest as the chairman of the board (2008-present), member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee, board vice-chair (2002-2008) and also chair of the Presidential Search Committee (2003-2005). Glen has served as a board member with Briercrest since 1999.
Larry Wilson, BRE, DD (Hon.)
Larry Wilson pastored the First Nations Community Church of Winnipeg for 16 years before accepting the role of national director of the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada in 2004. Larry is working to attain a MDiv at Providence Theological Seminary and received an honorary doctorate from Carey Theological College in 2008. Wilson served on the board of Promise Keepers Canada and presently serves on the boards of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Youth for Christ, and he is the chair of Rising Above, a ministry dedicated to helping First Nations people address abuse, pain, and victimization. Wilson has served as a board member with Briercrest since 2009.
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