Board of Directors
Dr. George Davison
President of both the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) in BC and the National Union of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (NUCAUT), I hold a Ph.D in Canadian History from the University of Alberta. In addition to my doctoral work on pre-Confederation political and economic history, more recently I’ve focused on BC and labour history. I’m a former president, chief steward and chief bargainer of the Faculty Association of the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, where I taught Canadian History from 1990 to 2009. Before that, I taught history at Carleton, McMaster, the University of Alberta, McGill, Keyano College in Fort McMurray, and the University of Victoria. I’m a member of the BC Federation of Labour’s Executive Council, Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and sit on the Canadian Council. As a volunteer, I chair the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Campaign Labour Committee, as well as serve on the Campaign Cabinet and Board.
As an educator, facilitator, and curriculum developer, I have worked in a variety of educational settings both locally and internationally. Presently, I work as a Curriculum Consultant at the UBC Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology where I support departments and units to develop curriculum and related courses and materials. I also teach in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College. My formal education includes a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Curriculum as well as a Master of Arts in Society, Culture, and Politics in Education. I am currently completing a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC.
Currently doing project work at BCIT, I have over twenty years experience in BC’s post-secondary system, having worked as an English and English for Academic Purposes instructor, project lead, department head and board governor. I’ve taught English in northwest China, Vancouver Community College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the English Language Institute at UBC. I hold a B.A. (Queen’s) and an M.A. (McMaster) in English, as well as a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma (VCC) and a TESL Certificate (UBC). I’ve also completed the course work for an M.A. in Education from the Institute of Education at University College London. My educational interests include reflective practice and metacognitive strategies.
Dr. Michael Zlotnik
A retired educator, I am a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. I hold a Ph.D in Philosophy of Education from the Institute of Education of the University of London. I am writing a playbook for activists articulating strategy and tactics for strengthening democratic control over public education along the lines articulated in the Charter for Public Education. This includes freeing public education from anti-democratic oversight by governments serving a corporately controlled global order. I taught in public secondary schools in British Columbia for nine years. I served 26 years with the British Columbia Teachers Federation, 20 as Director of Professional Development and taught more than 500 teachers (pre-service and in-service) at UBC over a ten-year period. I served on the Peace Education Centre of organizing biennial “Youth for Global Awareness Conferences” to educate youth about the environment, social justice, human rights and peace in the 1980s-1990s.
Currently a Staff Representative with the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, I am also the Chair of the College Pension Board of Trustees and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the BC Pension Corporation. I have a BSc with a specialization in Chemistry from Concordia University and a Diploma in Education from McGill. I also hold an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Before working at FPSE, I was a high school teacher with the North Vancouver School District, where I taught science in the French Immersion program. I also served as president of the North Vancouver Teachers’ Association, as well as worked at the BCTF for four years as an Assistant Director in the Field Service Division.