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. Jim Johnson, 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
Dr. Jacqueline Holler, Vice President
History/Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Northern British Columbia
Jacqueline Holler is an 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 number: 250-960-6343
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. Doug Baer, Past President
Sociology, University of Victoria
Doug Baer is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria. With over 32 years’ teaching experience, Doug previously taught at the University of Western Ontario. He served as President of the UVic Faculty Association from 2012-2014, and Chief Negotiator for the Association during the 2008 and 2012 negotiations. Doug founded a Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at the UVIc and currently serves as the branch Academic Director. Doug teaches with the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research in Ann Arbor Michigan, and with the Global School in Empirical Research Methods at St. Gallen University in Switzerland. His research interests include social inequality, volunteering and voluntary associations, immigrant social and economic adaptation, and the comparative study of political party support. Office Phone: 250-418-5420 | Office Fax: 604-646-4677
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.
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Haida Antolick joined CUFA BC in July 2015. She has a background in student and union leadership. Most recently she 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.
Haida’s research interests include racialized affective labour, and the trope of testimony in survival narratives. Her non-research interests include cooking, long aimless walks, and catching up on all the books she didn’t have time to read in graduate school.
Office Phone: 604-646-4677
Office FAX: 604-646-4676