About the UWC National Committee of Canada
The UWC National Committee of Canada (NCC) is a volunteer-powered organization responsible for the recruitment and selection of Canadian students wanting to attend UWC, including, but not limited to, Pearson College UWC in British Columbia. The NCC provides support and guidance to the Regional Chapters in Canada's provinces and territories who conduct selection across the country. The NCC serves as a hub to provide support to UWC students and their families while attending UWC and is a growing network for UWC alumni from and in Canada.
Canada first established a UWC national committee in the late 1960's to send students to the first UWC, Atlantic College in Wales. Members of that National Committee went on to help found the second UWC College in the movement - Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, in 1974. From the mid-70's to 2016, Pearson College served as the National Committee of Canada. In 2016, the UWC National Committee of Canada was re-established as a not-for-profit charity in Canada.
The UWC National Committee of Canada exists to seek out, engage, and support the people who make up the UWC community in and from Canada. We articulate and make relevant the UWC mission and values in the Canadian context.
- Equity and Inclusion: The NCC strives for equity of opportunity and active inclusion of diverse individuals and communities in its work.
- Transparency and Communication: The NCC is committed to transparent conduct in its activities. To this end, the NCC strives for clear communication (internal, with volunteers, applicants, families, UWC colleges, etc.) as appropriate.
- Value Relationships and Engagement: The NCC aspires to thoughtful and sustainable engagement with its stakeholders (e.g., volunteers, parents, regional chapters, alumni, etc.). The NCC seeks to be a good partner with Pearson UWC and other UWC colleges.
- Organizational Reflection: The NCC will draw on its past and change when warranted through institutional reflection at regular intervals.
- Financially Sustainable: The NCC endeavours to be sustainable with its resources, financial and otherwise.
Current Directors of the UWC National Committee of Canada
Davina is a graduate of Pearson College. She has over 15 years of marketing and communications professional experience. She currently works for the University of Toronto and holds a Chartered Marketer designation. Davina is the Chair of the Promotions & Partnership Committee. In addition to volunteering with the UWC Movement, Davina's passion for helping young adults also motivates her to volunteer as mentor locally in Toronto and internationally.
Bradley Chisholm (Chair)
Bradley is a governance and leadership professional currently serving as the Chief Officer, Strategy and Governance for the BC College of Nursing Professionals. Bradley served as the chief of staff to the Alberta Attorney General and the Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. He obtained his JD from the University of Calgary, and his BA Economics from McGill University. Bradley is a proud alumnus UWC-USA and an active member of the Law Society of BC. He serves in the Governance Committee and the Chair of the NCC.
Janis spent 11 years conducting UWC selection in Ontario and is a Project Manager with U of T’s Planning, Design and Construction Department. He is an alumnus of Pearson College. Janis is the co-Chair of the Selection and Nomination Committee. He is also a member of the Promotions & Partnerships Committee and the Fundraising Committee with the NCC. Janis is also volunteering as a selector with the Global Selections Program Pilot with the International Office.
Christie Gibson (Vice-Chair)
Christie works as an urban planning lawyer with a national law firm in Toronto, and was the inaugural chair of the Promotions & Partnerships Committee. She currently serves on the Governance Committee and Promotions and Partnerships Committee. She graduated from UWC Mahindra in 2006.
Previously the Chair of the Alberta Selection Committee, Paul is co-Chair of the Selection and Nomination Committee. He currently resides in Toronto, and is the Manager, Funding Policy and System Planning at the Ontario Ministry of Education. Paul graduated from UWC-USA.
Jamie Ronson (Vice-Chair)
Jamie is a graduate of UWC-USA. She is a macroeconomist currently working as a senior advisor with PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investors. She has previous career experience as an economist at Bombardier Aerospace, and the Department of Finance Canada. Her not-for-profit board experience includes the Canadian Association for Business Economists. Jamie’s fundraising experience with an intergenerational community food hub in Montreal will come in handy as she Chairs the Fundraising Committee of the NCC she also serves on the Governance Committee.
Laurence acts as the official liaison between the UWC Quebec Chapter and the NCC. She is a PC alumna (PC YR 38) from 2013 and is currently working on a M.Sc. at Université de Montréal with a focus on neuroimmunology research. Laurence serves on the Selection and Nomination Committee of the NCC.
Duncan graduated from Pearson College in 1994. He is the co-founder and principal of a small consulting firm that specializes in helping local governments develop effective climate change policies. He has been active in BC selections for many years, and has served on the nominations committee for the past two years prior to joining the board of the NCC. He has served on the board for a number of small community organizations, including a french-language preschool, a minor hockey association, and a car-sharing cooperative. Duncan is the Chair of the Governance Committee.
Luisa Vásquez Trujillo – NCC Executive Director
After working in Alumni and Community Engagement for Pearson College UWC, Luisa transitioned the role as the Executive Director for the NCC. Luisa is a dual citizen of Canada and Colombia. She has a Master's Degree from the United Nation's Mandated University for Peace in International Law and Conflict Resolution. She has worked in management positions in post-secondary institutions and in the non for-profit sector. She is inspired by the UWC movement and feels motivated by all the hard work the NCC volunteers put in to select the best candidates to become UWC students.