New chairs named to NLC board

John Kurjata

Northern Lights College has a new pair of leaders in the boardroom.

The college announced this week long-time Peace Region residents John Kurjata and Dennis Armitage have been elected as chair and vice-chair of its board of directors, respectively.


Kurjata replaces outgoing chair Karen Simposon, who held the post since 2012. Kurjata was appointed to the board in 2012, and was previously vice-chair.

“The board chair is an interesting and dynamic position and I’m excited to be a part of the team that will drive this institution forward progressively,” Kurjata, a partner in the Schilds Kurjata Kelly accounting firm in Dawson Creek, said in a statement.

Before receiving his chartered professional accountant designation, Kurjata owned a trucking company and was a partner in a truck parts and repair business, according to the college.

Armitage takes over the vice-chair post from Kurjata.

Armitage has a long history in the local auto industry, working his way from an apprentice and journeyman parts person, to becoming a partner in a dealership when he was just 23.

“The college is such an integral part of the community that my motivation and my specific role is advocacy for the college to build the community and in turn to watch the community grow the college – it is a great time to be part of the process,” Armitage said.