Experienced senior leaders assume chair and vice-chair of Durham College Board of Governors

The Durham College (DC) Board of Governors (Board) is proud to announce Gary Rose as the new Board chair and Dr. Gail Johnson Morris as vice-chair, effective July 1, 2022.

As chair of the Board, Gary Rose brings over 30 years of experience in Finance and Nuclear Project Management. Currently serving as the vice-president of the New Nuclear Growth team at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Gary works nationally and internationally to support nuclear as part of the solution to achieve net-zero climate goals by 2050. As a devoted leader in the Durham Region community, Gary spent eight years as a trustee on the Whitby Public Library Board. During this tenure with the Whitby Public Library Board, Gary served on all committees and held the position of vice-chair and chair of the Board. Gary is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and a Project Management Professional certification. Gary also has the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Gary first joined the DC Board in 2017.

As Board vice-chair, Dr. Gail Johnson Morris steps into the role with over 30 years of corporate experience, including c-suite and director roles at global finance services and health sciences companies. Today, Gail is the president and CEO of LeaderLink, a boutique strategy consultancy that supports boards and executive teams in building strategic capacity. Throughout her career, Gail has established herself as an advocate of practical, applied education and life-long learning. Gail earned her Bachelor of Arts from York University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Royal Roads University, and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Walden University. Sharing her passion for learning, Gail also serves as a respected educator in the MBA program at Athabasca University and has taught many proud DC alumni at Trent University’s School of Business. Gail first joined the DC Board in 2018.

The Board is responsible for the governance of DC and is accountable to the students, employees and communities the college serves, ensuring the institution is effectively and appropriately managed to achieve its mandate.

As chair, Gary will be responsible for ensuring the Board meets its responsibilities and established directives through collaborative leadership, openness and transparency. To learn more about the roles of chair and vice-chair of the DC Board, read the Board policy.

Please join DC in thanking Kristi Honey for serving as the 2020-2021 chair of the Board. Congratulations to Gary and Gail on their new appointments.