CUFA BC’s work is directed and undertaken by a rotating team of faculty members from our member associations, four elected officers, and two staff members.
CUFA BC’s highest level of governance is Council, which meets several times per year to discuss shared concerns, and set priorities for the organization. Day-to-day work is carried out under the direction of the Executive Director and the President, with support from the Resource Coordinator.
Dr. Jacqueline Holler, President
History/Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Northern British Columbia
Jacqueline Holler is Associate Professor in the Department of History, and Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies Programs at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is a specialist in the history of the sixteenth-century Spanish world and colonial Mexico, and also has research interests in current gender issues. She served as Vice-President (2007—2009) and President (2009—2015) of the UNBC Faculty Association; she is also a member of the CAUT Executive Committee (2014—2017) and Co-Chair of the CAUT Equity Committee. Office Phone: 250-960-6343
Dr. Dan Laitsch, Vice-President
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
Dan Laitsch is an associate professor with the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and a Director on the SFU Faculty Association Executive Committee. He is a researcher with the SFU Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy and his primary teaching area is Educational Leadership. He co-edits the open access peer reviewed International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership and is active in the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Research Use. Dr. Laitsch has worked with the Joint Consortium for School Health and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development on school health issues in BC and across Canada. Dr. Laitsch’s research examines the use and misuse of research in teaching, policy-making, and issue advocacy; the impact of neoliberal policies on educational systems; and school health approaches to systemic education reform. He earned his doctorate from American University, in Washington, DC.
Dr. Julian Christians, Secretary-Treasurer
Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Julian Christians joined the Department of Biological Sciences at SFU in 2006. He studies the genetic and physiological mechanisms that contribute to diversity within species, and is particularly interested in bone and placental physiology.
Dr. Jim Johnson, Past President
Economics, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Jim Johnson has been a member of CUFA BC Council since 2006. He currently holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Economics at UBC, a position he has held since 2005. Previously he held academic appointments at Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University, the University of Saskatchewan, and Okanagan University College. He has extensive experience in bargaining, having served as chief negotiator for the UBC Faculty Association in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 rounds and having served as chief negotiator for the Okanagan University College Faculty Association for five years. Provincially, he has served on the BC Federation of Labour’s legislative and research committee and BC Ministry of Skills Training and Education’s Standing Committee on Evaluation and Accountability and Key Performance Indicators Working Group. Office Phone: 250-807-9391
Michael Conlon joined CUFA BC as its Executive Director in December 2014. Prior to his appointment with CUFA BC Michael was the Executive Director of the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS) at UBC. AAPS is the recognized bargaining agent for over 4000 staff at UBC. In addition to serving as Chief Negotiator for three rounds of bargaining, Michael managed the day-to-day labour relations of the organization, including a number of complex arbitrations. Prior to his tenure with AAPS, Michael served as Professional Officer Policy and Government Relations with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Michael also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities in Ontario.
Michael holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Victoria and worked as a sessional instructor for five years at UVic. Michael also has numerous refereed publications and conference presentations on an array public policy issues, including: student financial aid, collegial governance, and collective bargaining.
When not working, Michael is an avid cycle commuter and enjoys hiking the North Shore mountains.
Office Phone: 604-646-4677
Haida Antolick joined CUFA BC in July 2015. She has a background in student and union leadership. She has served as an SFU student senator, on multiple university committees, on the Executive of the Graduate Student Society at SFU, and as Treasurer of the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU). In 2011, Haida finished her BA with majors in Anthropology and English, and in 2014 she completed her SSHRC-supported MA project in the Department of English at SFU.
Office Phone: 604-646-4677