Foundation Board

The CMTN Foundation Board members are comprised of individuals from the communities that are impacted by Coast Mountain College. Each must have:

  • A stated commitment to the organizational mission, vision and values.
  • An absence of conflict of interest.
  • High personal integrity.
  • The commitment and time required fulfilling member responsibilities.

Board Members


Herb Pond

Herb Pond
Mayor of Prince Rupert and former Administrator of Lax KwÂalaams Band

Herb Pond is a former Administrator of Lax KwÂalaams Band. Previously, Mr. Pond was the Mayor of Prince Rupert and prior to that, Chief Executive Officer of Port Edward Historical Society. Active in his community, Mr. Pond was a member of the North West Regional Hospital District Board, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation, and the Northern Development Trust. Mr. Pond studied Forestry at the University of British Columbia.

Vice Chair and Secretary


Khalie Genereaux
Deputy Director of Finance, City of Terrace

Khalie Genereaux started her career in accounting in 2004 after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Economics at SFU. In 2008, Khalie moved back to Terrace, where she was raised, to be the Business Manager of Progressive Ventures Group of companies. In 2012, Khalie graduated with honours from the Certified Management Accountants program and her role changed to Finance Manager and then again later to Controller. Khalie holds her CPA, CMA designation and is presently the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Terrace. 

"I like what the Foundation does for the community and I want to be a leader in an organization that helps others.  I am a strong proponent for continued education and believe that everyone should have access to it if they want it to be part of their future."



Nicole Halbauer

Nicole Halbauer
First Nations Health Authority

Nicole Halbauer is currently employed by the First Nations Health Authority, involved in community engagement. She was previously the general manager at Kalum Kabs Ltd. in Terrace, B.C.

Nicole Halbauer is also the current board chair of the Kitsumkalum Economic Development Board. She has also been a school board trustee for the Coast Mountains School District and a member of the Kitsumkalum Band Council for health and education portfolios.

Nicole Halbauer holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Northern British Columbia (Prince George) and an Associate Degree specializing in criminology from Coast Mountain College.

Sandra JonesSandra Jones

Sandra Jones grew up in Melbourne, Australia, obtaining her teaching degree at the University of Melbourne.  Love brought her to Prince Rupert in 1981 where she worked for SD52 as a teacher, counsellor, school administrator, and finally Superintendent, retiring in 2017  Sandra obtained her M.A in Counselling Psychology from UBC in 1996.   

Last year, she returned to SD52 for 8 months as interim/associate Superintendent and has recently returned to retirement where she enjoys swimming, running, and walking.  She has been active in her community, serving on the Lester Centre Board and the Rupert Runners executive in the past, and currently serves as the President of the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council and the UNBC Community Development Advisory Committee. 

“I am excited to work with others to enhance educational opportunities for students in the north." 

Ken Veldman
Vice President of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Prince Rupert Port Authority

Ken is responsible for leading PRPA’s teams and strategies related to sustainability, environment, communities, governments, and relationships with Indigenous Peoples. His focus is on ensuring PRPA maintains the careful and innovative approach to stewardship that is required to keep growing trade and creating prosperity for our First Nations, our communities, and Canada.
Ken has been a member of the PRPA team since 2011. He has over 25 years of experience in economic development, including senior roles in Terrace, Prince George, Vancouver, and BC’s 2010 Olympic Games Secretariat.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Ken has a degree in Finance and Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Kapil Verma

Kapil Verma is a CMTN Alumni who completed the Post-Graduation Business Administration Diploma at the Terrace CMTN Campus. Kapil came to Canada as an International Student from India, where he had previously studied mechanical engineering. Since his CMTN graduation Kapil has established his own business and is a partner in a second. He has a strong desire to help other students, particularly international students facing the same barriers he had and has put this desire into action creating the Uppal Appliances Ltd. Award.  

Clarence Martin

Clarence Martin is a CMTN Alumni and lifelong learner.  He has studied Early Childhood Education, child psychology and ran a daycare, then power engineering, refrigeration and ice making, along with a heavy haul driving license.  Today he is the General Manager of the Upper Skeena Recreation Center in Hazelton.  Known as “Uncle Clarey” to 30+ nieces and nephews, he is an anchor in the community.  His hunting, fishing and foraging supports many local families. Clarey also enjoys golfing and making tik tok videos with his wife Bertha.    

“Joining the CMTN Foundation Board is one more way I can contribute to my community, helping and encouraging others to go to school to get where they need to go.”    

Steve Bakker

Steve Bakker is a CMTN Alumni, Personal Financial Planner and Personal Financial Counsellor. He worked at Scotiabank for over thirty years, with his last position being the Bank Manager for Scotiabank Terrace Branch. Steve participated in the original concept investigation for the creation of the CMTN Foundation and recognized early on the value CMTN Foundation is to the communities it serves.  

“I have been impacted by the stories I have been told by the beneficiaries of the CMTN Foundation, and knew that this was something I wanted to be part of in my retirement. The Skeena Valley is my home. I love the outdoor recreational activities this area has to offer and want to help others be educated close to home.” 

George Whitehead

Taryn Foundation

Taryn Cutler
Office and Community Affairs Manager
Seabridge Gold

Taryn Cutler is the Community Liaison and Office Manager of Seabridge’s Smithers BC office. She joined the company in 2011 and has steadily expanded her role and responsibilities since then.

In addition to her full-time job with Seabridge, Taryn has a young family while also currently enrolled in the General Studies Program offered by Thomson River University.

Ms. Cutler belongs to the Wolf Clan of the Tahltan Nation and she is an active participant in the life of her community.  Her commitment to life-long learning, her willingness to work tirelessly and her insights into northwest BC communities have greatly helped Seabridge develop and maintain its “social license to operate” at KSM and its other BC and Yukon projects. She is a role model for young women looking to enter the mining industry.  

Laurie Waye Message from the Interim PresidentLaurie Waye
President and CEO, Coast Mountain College

Message from the President