Presidents Message

Welcome to the NEC Native Education College website. Our great staff are working hard to provide the best upgrading, vocational and university transfer programs existing anywhere. We respond to the fantastic gifts and strengths that our students bring to their educational journey. We love the way our students connect with our staff, our Elders and engage with the whole experience of learning. This learning is often about honoring the legacy of the Indigenous peoples of these lands and carrying their rich cultural traditions forward for future generations. Join us for this special journey to understand the world around us and respect the people we encounter with gratitude for those who have gone before us. 

Dan Guinan  

Dan Guinan, President

Dan is the president of the NEC Native Education College in Vancouver. He has a masters in zoology and a doctorate in social sciences. He first came to the Native Education College in 1991 as a science instructor in Aboriginal Adult Basic Education. He was also a Program Coordinator and Academic Dean and he helped develop many of the programs at the college.  As the college president, Dan serves on the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council and the board of ACCESS and is currently the Treasurer of both organizations. Dan is a lifelong learner with a passion for exploring the people and cultures of the world through reading, films, food and traveling. 

Management Team

Wendy Simon  

Wendy Simon, Dean of Student Services and Registrar

Wendy Simon is grateful for the opportunity to work and live as an uninvited guest on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Wendy is a proud Haida/Hotinonshonni woman. She joined the NEC family in January 2010 as an instructor in the Family and Community Counselling Program. She later went on to become the Program Manager of Human Services and now serves the NEC community as the Dean of Student Services. Wendy’s work as an educator and social worker has been informed by her traditional name/role which is Lightning Eagle Woman. As the Eagle that sits atop of the tree and sees the storms coming, Wendy carries the responsibility of warning and protecting the people. Wendy’s favourite days are when students, staff, and guests gather in the Longhouse to share in ceremony, songs, and laughter.


Jason Wong  

Jason Wong, Director of Finance 

Jason is a proud citizen of Gitwangak, which is part of the Gitxsan Nation in British Columbia. Jason has 20+ years of accounting and management experience across multiple industries. He spent the past 12 years specializing in the not-for-profit and Indigenous sector where he found a passion for education working within this industry and brings this passion to his work with NEC Native Education College. Jason’s favourite part of the year is attending NEC’s graduation and watching the proud students obtain their hard-earned credentials.


Coming Soon  

Tamara Starblanket, Dean of Academics

Tamara has been with the NEC since 2011 as the Program Coordinator of Aboriginal Justice Studies.  She is a Cree woman from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. She completed a Master of Laws degree at the University of Saskatchewan and has recently released a book Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State.  Tamara's remarkable educational journey included a certificate in public administration from the NEC in 1996.  In addition to being a genocide scholar, Tamara is an expert in developing post-secondary education to take an Indigenous standpoint and to build the national identities of the original nations on Turtle Island.