The Inaugural PBSN/PNPA Post


Welcome to the PBSN/PNPA’s blog.

Douglas College, BC  - New Westminster Campus

Douglas College, BC – New Westminster Campus

Cue the drum roll as we launch this blog for members of the PBSN/PNPA.

If you’re familiar with the acronym, you’re likely a member. If not, welcome to the public portion of our blog, and read on to learn more.

The PBSN/PNPA represents a network of individuals contributing to Canadian colleges and institutes as board professionals and/or as presidents’ assistants.

The Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN) was founded in 1995 as a peer network and professional development body for people contributing in such governance capacities to Canadian colleges and institutes.

In 2011, in recognition that participation in PBSN meetings and conferences increasingly included peers whose primary or dual responsibility related to Presidents’ offices, members expanded the scope of their meetings and a new, lengthier acronym was born. Today, the latter part of this group’s name represents the Professional Network of Presidents’ Assistants (PNPA).

The PBSN/PNPA meets annually, typically at conferences hosted by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), and members stay in touch and share best practices by means of a listserve.

Members’ Login – Password-Secured Section for PBSN/PNPA Members

If you are key to governance or CEO support at your public post-secondary college, institution or CEGEP, check for a PBSN/PNPA listserve message providing you log-in access to the Members Only areas of this blog. Here, we’ll post conference agendas, minutes and other resources – and we’ll encourage you to contribute.

How Do I Join?

If you hold a role as described above but aren’t receiving messages from the listserve, just click on the speech bubble near the top of this post to reply/comment and tell us who you are. We – one of your 2013-14 PBSN/PNPA Co-Chairs – will be back in touch.


7 thoughts on “The Inaugural PBSN/PNPA Post

  1. What a great idea. I look forward to staying connected with everybody through this great tool. Cheers from the Maritimes … Christabell Pinchin, Executive Assistant, Board of Governors – Nova Scotia Community College

  2. Hi all, another Maritimer logging in!

    I noticed the article regarding this new site in the Inside ACCC newsletter. I agree that this is a great addition to the PBSN group. I look forward to receiving the listserv posts, and access to the members only section.

    Sandi White, Senior Executive Assistant, President’s Office and Board of Governors, Holland College, Prince Edward Island

    • Sandi,

      Hi, and greetings from one coast to the other!

      Kudos to Gail Mulhall and the folks at ACCC for sharing word of our new website, and thanks for writing.

      Please consider your membership confirmed, and watch for a separate email regarding listserve address and access to the members’ section of this site.

      Will we see you in Ottawa for our AGM and the ACCC conference? It would be lovely to meet again; I remember what great hosts you and Holland College were back in … was it really 2009?


  3. Hi,
    My name is Edith Hunt, I am the Executive Assistant to the Board of Governors and General Counsel, College of the North Atlantic. I would like to join the pbsn!

    • Edith,

      Belated greetings from Vancouver, and please consider yourself warmly welcomed to the PBSN/PNPA! Please watch for an email from Langara’s Diana Falcon, who graciously maintains our listserve.

      With regards,

  4. Hello! My name is Geneviève Clément and I’m the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO at Red River College in Winnipeg, I would love to join the pbsn group! I have registered for the session on Sunday! Thank you! have a wonderful evening!

    • Geneviève,

      Greetings, and welcome to the PBSN/PNPA! We will look forward to meeting you on Sunday, and would love to welcome you to Saturday’s social if you’re interested. Diana Falcon, who maintains our listserve, will likely be enroute to Ottawa shortly, so let’s discuss your inclusion in the listserve in person at the conference. In the interim, please don’t hesitate to email me (see the co-chairs’ page for address) for password information for our website.