Executive Leadership Team
Role of the College’s Executive Leadership Team
At College of the Rockies, our mission statement is to transform lives and enrich communities through the power of education. This statement is the guiding principle behind each and every consultative decision made by the College’s Executive Leadership Team which gives direction, leads strategy and priorities, and develops the annual operating and capital budget within the College community.
Executive Leadership Team Members
President and CEO
Vice President, Academic and Applied Research
“I believe that education has the power to transform individual lives, families and whole communities. In this time of rapid change in society and the nature of work, I’m proud to serve the needs of the East Kootenay region.”
Robin Hicks joined the College in September 2019 as Vice President, Academic and Applied Research. With a Master of Arts in Psychology and a College Administration and Leadership certificate, Robin brings extensive experience in post-secondary and the broader public sector to her role.
Vice President, External Relations
“I’m excited to enhance the College’s great reputation domestically and internationally, building partnerships in our own backyard and beyond. This year, as part of our two-year action plan for COVID recovery in our region, I’m focusing on leveraging the College’s unique educational offer and showcasing our Rocky Mountain brand.”
With 27 years of communications and marketing experience in the public and private sector, Deb Carty joined the College in 2019 as the Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, before taking on a new role as Vice President, External Relations. Under this portfolio, she oversees International education and International projects, Alumni and Donor Relations, Communications and Marketing, Continuing Education, contract training and community and government relations.
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services
“I feel honored and privileged to be part of Team College of the Rockies. We share a passion for helping people and communities build better futures through the power of education. Every day our students inspire us and provide us an opportunity to be Small College Proud.”
Dianne Teslak has been with the College since 1993 and in the role of Vice President – Finance and Corporate Services since 2006. Dianne holds a Bachelor of Management degree as well as a CPA, CGA professional designation.
Executive Director, Human Resources
“I am grateful to join the College and to be entrusted with the mandate to nurture a safe, healthy, respectful, inclusive, and thriving workplace. By forming meaningful relationships and working together with students, faculty, staff, managers, and community members, I am invested in creating excellent student and employee experiences as we seek to transform lives and enrich communities through the power of education. I am honoured to live and work in the unceded, traditional territory of the Ktunaxa People and am committed to being an active partner in reconciliation.”
Ariane Tennant joined the College in May 2023 as the Executive Director, Human Resources. Originally from Montreal, Ariane completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at McGill University, specializing in Human Resources and Labour Relations. Ariane brings almost 20 years of experience managing and leading human resources and labour relations in the post-secondary sector.
Executive Director Indigenous Strategy and Reconciliation
Dana Wesley (ᑌᓇ ᐧᐁᔅᓕ) joined the College in February 2022 as the Executive Director Indigenous Strategy and Reconciliation. Dana is a member of Moose Cree First Nation and grew up in her homelands in northern Ontario. She completed her Master of Arts in Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Dana brings extensive experience in the fields of reconciliation and indigenization to her role.