Faculty and Staff

Keyano College has hundreds of faculty and staff that contribute to the success of our students and school. Below are the faculties, departments and staff that are essential in helping provide our students with the best experience possible. 

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Board of Governors
College President
Academics & Student Experience
Corporate Services & Finance
Strategy & Business Transformation
People & Culture

President Jay Notay

President & CEO

Jatinder (Jay) Notay



Terri Turner - Executive Assistant, President and CEO

Contact the Office of the President:

Phone: +1-(780)-715-3949

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Academics & Student Experience

Dr. Sandra Efu

VP, Academic & Student Experience

Dr. Sandra Efu



Susie Bowles - Associate Vice President, Student Experience & Registrar

Susanne BowlesSusie Bowles is an alumnus of the Nova Scotia Community College and Mount Saint Vincent University where she completed a diploma in accounting and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Currently she is enrolled in the Master of Education Post-Secondary Studies program at Memorial University.

Susie has over 13 years’ experience working in post-secondary education in Nova Scotia and Alberta, joining Keyano College in 2013. She is passionate about learning both inside and outside of the classroom, with a focus on student leadership opportunities, international education, and volunteerism. 

Judy Best - Executive Assistant, VP Academics & Student Experience 

Contact the Office of the Vice President, Academic and Student Experience:

Phone: +1-780-791-4854

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Office of the Registrar

 Shania Magnusson - Assistant Registrar, Admissions


Debbie Connors - Admissions Representative

Lee-Ann Fedec - Admissions Representative

Jaclyn Hodgson - Admissions Representative 

Judit Kovacs - Admissions Representative 

Mari Leatham - Admissions Representative

Cindy Matthews - Admissions Representative

Samantha Rose - Admissions Clerk

Enrollment Services
 Laura Herweck - Manager,  Enrollment Services
Financial Aide


Fathiya Hussein - Financial Aid Coordinator

 Student Advisors 


Jan Bourassa - Student Advisor

Lovish Kaushal - Student Advisor

Suzanne McGladdery - Student Advisor


Institutional Research
Nada Al-Khaladi - Manager, Institutional Research

Ruby Wingrave - Institutional Research Analyst

Sadia Nasim - Research Analyst


 Records Management
Candice Crossley - Assistant Registrar, Records
Deborah Hilchey - Switchboard Operator
Document Management 


Vacant - Document Management Clerk


ConEd.Registration@keyano.ca; Registrar@keyano.ca

Megan Campbell - Registration Assistant

Karen Fitch - Registration Assistant

Donna McKeough - Registration Assistant

Chris Rogers - Registration Assistant

Jody Sheppard - Registration Assistant

Scheduling & Articulation 


Stacey Mereniuk -  Scheduling & Articulation Coordinator

Student Accounts

Rachel McDonald - Student Accounts Coordinator

Applied Research, Learning & Innovation

Vacant - Director, Applied Research, Learning & Innovation


Academic Success Centre
Claire Soper - Team Lead & Academic Success Coach
Claire SoperClaire first joined Keyano College in 2008 as a contract instructor in the College Prep & Upgrading Department, and in 2010, she was an instructor for the Syncrude Aboriginal Trades Program. Since returning to Fort McMurray in 2019, Claire has been the Academic Success Coach at Keyano College. In this role, she supports students with many academic-related skills and strategies such as time management, organization, and procrastination.

Claire has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Kaustav Das - Academic Content Specialist
Kaustav DasKaustav moved to Fort McMurray with his family in 2005 and has been living here on and off since then. Before joining Keyano, Kaustav worked in many jobs, including at Syncrude, Walmart, and Father Mercredi High School to name a few. Kaustav joined Keyano College in 2019 as a content specialist in the academic success center. In this position, Kaustav helps students with various math/science/trades/engineering courses offered at Keyano. Kaustav enjoys spending his free time with family and gaming when he is not working. 
 Mindy Lambert - Academic Content Specialist
Mindy LambertMindy came to Keyano in August 2020 and is the Academic Content Specialist for English, Writing, and Humanities at the Academic Success Centre. She works with students in small groups or one-on-one to help them improve their writing skills and content knowledge in various courses. She also delivers workshops on skills like academic writing and literacy. Originally from Calgary, Mindy has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the University of Calgary.
 Dana Manalo - Academic Content Specialist 

Dana ManaloDana joined Keyano in 2020 as the Academic Content Specialist for Science at the Academic Success Centre. She works with students in small groups or one-on-one and can help them in Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Environmental Studies, Psychology and more. She can assist students with content review, laboratory reports, study skills, and midterm/exam reviews.

Dana has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Calgary.

Accessibility Services 
Kyle Pellegrini  - Manager, Accessibility & Wellness Services

Kyle Pellegrini

Kyle joined Keyano College as an Academic Upgrading instructor in January of 2011. Later in 2017, he became an instructor in the LINC program. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. He has taught a variety of topics and levels in secondary school settings in Ontario, Ohio and Alberta. He has also been a Program Manager for a local community services organization. Kyle is passionate about helping students to develop effective learning strategies and skills they can use for a life of continuous self-improvement and development.

Suzanne Inglis - Administrative Assistant, Accessibility & Wellness Services
Accessibility Services 
Vivianne Leon - Facilitator, Testing Services
Neena Naik - Facilitator, Testing Services
 Michelle Ploughman  - Adaptive Technology Specialist
 Michelle PloughmanMichelle started with Keyano College in 2006 as a Student Advisor in the Office of the Registrar. She moved to the AT position in 2013. Michelle has diplomas in Visual Arts, Business Administration, and Multimedia Animation and Technology. She also completed a Learning Disability Assistive Technology Certification in 2019.
Christel Pyz - Access Strategist 
Marcella Rogerson - Delivery Specialist, Testing Services
 Maike Schmeiding - Access Strategist
 Maike SchmiedingMaike joined Keyano College in 2018 and worked as a LINC, Continuing Education and EAP Instructor. She holds a Master of Education in English, History and Educational Science from WWU Muenster and has completed Basic Counselling in A Cross-Cultural Context through AAISA. Maike is looking forward to starting her Ph.D. soon and has a background in working with high-needs individuals.
Library Services 
Sarah Schmidt - Research & Instruction Librarian, Chair of Library Services

Sarah SchmidtSarah Schmidt joined Keyano College in 2016. She is the Chair of Library Services and Humanities and Social Sciences Liaison Librarian, teaching information literacy classes to most programs at the College. Sarah holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music with a Minor in psychology from the University of Waterloo. She is currently completing a Master in Education from the University of Ottawa, specializing in Teaching and Learning.

Research Interests: Critical information literacy instruction and assessment, critical learning support for nontraditional students, digital literacy for adult learners, and sociocritical learning and literacies in higher education.

Kathleen Brennan - Library Access Technician

Kathleen BrennanKathleen Brennan started with Keyano College in 2018 and is currently working in the Library as the Library Access Technician. She completed the Library and Information Technician Diploma and the Office Administration Certificate program through Algonquin College in Ottawa.

Kathleen has over ten years of experience working in a variety of different libraries including, Public, JK-12, High School, and Post-Secondary libraries.

Kelly Keus - Technology & Online Learning Librarian

Kelly keusKelly Keus joined Keyano in August 2021 and works as a member of Library Services in the role of Technology & Online Learning Librarian. She completed her Master's in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario, and is an active researcher with experience in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

She has considered the impact of metacognition and achievement goals on students' academic success. Kelly is also a certified meditation instructor who stays current on the academic literature.

Research Interests: disability studies, children’s literature, YA literature, representations of mental illness in popular culture, mindfulness, metacognition, collection’s diversity

Linda White - Cataloging & Digital Resources Technician
Picture of womanLinda White joined Keyano College in February of 2018 and works in the Library as the Cataloguing and Digital Resources Technician. She graduated from MacEwan University with a diploma in Information Management and Library Technology and has over 12 years of experience as a Library Technician, working primarily in special libraries. This is Linda’s third career as she also has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and has a previous career in Retail Management.
Melanie Forrest - Library Circulation Technician
Photo of MelanieMelanie joined Keyano College in 2022 and works in the library as a Library Circulation Technician. She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Alberta, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Athabasca University. Melanie has over three years’ experience in various libraries, including public and school libraries. 


Centre for Teaching & Learning
Lynn Clarke - Learning and Development Specialist, Learning Innovation

Picture of womanLynn joined Keyano College’s Fort Chipewyan campus in 1989 as a contract math-upgrading instructor prior to moving to Saprae Creek in 1996, when she joined Clearwater Campus staff. Over the years, Lynn has been fortunate to gain experience in multiple roles at Keyano, including faculty instructor, occupational profiler, workplace essential skills curriculum developer, and facilitator for Industry stakeholders and Chairperson of Aboriginal Education.

Lynn accepted a one-year secondment as Curriculum Design Specialist in 2011, which eventually transitioned to her current permanent role as Learning & Development Specialist since summer 2012.

Lynn holds a Masters of Education Degree, specializing in Leadership in Learning, from UPEI. She also completed Chair Academy certification and is a certified facilitator for International Instructional Skills Workshop and Appreciative Inquiry. 

Isaac Mulolani - Learning & Development Specialist, Research, Learning & Innovation



Linda Raymond-Hagen - eLearning Curriculum Design Specialist

International, Global Citizenship & Student Life

Rebecca Tait - Director, International, Global Citizenship & Student Life

rebecca tait Rebecca Tait is a dynamic educational administrator at Keyano College. With a strong background in academia, including a Master's degree in Philosophy from the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical/Ancient Studies, Rebecca is passionate about the role of higher education in our current society.


She has over 7 years’ experience working in post-secondary environments, including areas such as admissions, donor relations, and international education. Her dedication to student success and expertise in the field make her an integral part of the institution's mission. 

International Education & Student Life
Avril Titus - Manager, Student Life & International Education 

Avril TitusAvril Titus grew up in Jamaica and migrated to Canada in 2018 with her family.

She has worked with the College previously as an Instructor in the School of Continuing Education, Project Coordinator-International Education and Program Administrator in the School of Continuing Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Science (Business Emphasis) from Northern Caribbean University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Leicester, with over 10 years of experience working within International Organizations. 




Aleksandra Daferovski - Student Recruitment Coordinator
Lovish Kaushal - International Programs Coordinator
Bumo Mgabe - Student Recruitment Coordinator
Bumo MgabeBumo is a graduate from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Keyano College alum. She is currently working on her Professional Masters of Education, with a focus on Global Studies through Queens University.

She passionate about education, is an avid traveller, and is an explorer of nature.

In her role as Student Recruitment Coordinator, she executes recruitment initiatives, engaging potential students (domestic and international), liaising with international recruitment agents, and assisting with Student Life initiatives when not travelling.

Samantha Shibley-Hornby - Student Life Facilitator 

Retail Operations & Tenant Services 

Joanne Hammond-Wall - Manager, Retail Operations and Tenant Services

Picture of womanJoanne joined Keyano College in 2018 and is the Manager of the campus Bookstore, Reprographics, and Retail Operations within the College. Joanne graduated from the College of the North Atlantic in 1998 with a diploma in Business Management majoring in Marketing.

Currently, Joanne is enrolled in the Business Management degree program at Athabasca University. Prior to this, Joanne worked as a Legislative Coordinator in Municipal Government, concentrating on Municipal Elections, Regional Council, and Quasi-Judicial Boards and Committees.

Retail Operations
 BJ Fitzgerald - Reprographics Technician
 picture of manBJ joined the Keyano College in 1999 and is the Printer in the Reprographics Department. He has a Musical Instrument Repair Co-op Diploma and sits on the Keyano College Staff PD Committee. 

Rosy Chen - Retail Operations/Reprographics Assistant  


Ruwani De Alwis - Residence Life Advisor 

Kelly Tetreault - Residence Life Advisor 

School of Business, University Studies & Academic Upgrading

Faculty in the School of Business, University Studies, & Academic Upgrading have a wide array of experience and education in many different programs from medical to environmental, business, and childhood studies.

 Dr. Coert Erasmus - Dean, School of Business, University Studies, & Academic Upgrading

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Dr. Coert Erasmus joined Keyano College as a Business faculty member in 2019. He is an accomplished academic with several years of experience teaching and conducting research. During his tenure as a faculty member, he contributed to Keyano College by securing grant funding, developing and realigning courses, liaising with regulatory institutions, and serving as a member of the Academic Council.

Before joining Keyano College, Coert acquired experience at both traditional and distance learning universities. While active within the university environment, Coert held lecturing, program manager, and specialist positions. In these capacities, Coert formed part of several pilot projects, initiatives, and committees that improved the student learning experience.

Coert’s passion for education is reflected in the credentials he obtained. Coert holds a Ph.D in Management Studies, M.Com in Business Management and an M.Ed in Leadership in Learning, making him a formidable academic. In addition to his graduate degrees, Coert holds a B.Com (Honours) in Financial Management and a B.Com in Investment Management.

Research Interests:

Adult learning; Education policy; Financial literacy and inclusion; and Bank asset quality.


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 Monica Matheus - Administrative Coordinator 

Monica joined Keyano College in 2022 as an Administrative Coordinator for the School of Business, University Studies, and Academic Upgrading. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, a Diploma in Business Administration Management, and a Certificate in Business Administration Accounting.

Before working at Keyano College, Monica worked in multiple fields, including engineering research and development, financial auditing, library services, and site administration. She participated in projects that focused on developing quality-enhancing and cost-effective solutions.

Monica is passionate about science, music, entrepreneurship initiatives, and promoting positivity, inclusivity, diversity, and personal development.

Vacant - Program Support Administrator 


Academic Innovation & Extended Studies
Miyuki Schulz - Manager, Academic Innovation & Extended Studies
Tamara Toole - Program Administrator, Academic Innovation & Extended Studies 
 Business/Office Administration 

Our instructors prepare students for various careers in business ranging from Office Administration, Accounting to Resource Management.

Nermin Zukic - Chair and Instructor, Business

Nermin ZukicNermin holds a Ed.D. and Masters of Business Administration. Prior to joining Keyano, Nermin's diverse experiences include Post-Secondary administrative and teaching roles in Canada, China, and Saudi Arabia. He has experience in international economic development and post-conflict work (short and long-term) in Balkans, Republic of Georgia, and Libya, as well as business consulting and process reengineering in Canada and the U.S. , technology venture capital in Austria, and Nuclear research. 

His research interests are the impact of values on entrepreneurship, future of work learning methods/processes in PSE. 




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Ben Bramly- Business/Esports Instructor 

Ben BramlyBen joined the Keyano College Faculty in 2021, as an instructor in the Business Administration and Office Administration programs, as well as the Coach of the Huskies Esport team. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Management with Honours.  Prior to joining the team at Keyano College, Ben created and managed collegiate esports teams across Canada, as well as managing esports and retail facilities. His area of discipline is Esports Management, Leadership, and Operations.

Ben's research interest is the impact of varsity esports on the world of collegiate sports, and how gaming can promote teamwork, motor skills, and future success. 



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Greg Chandler - Business Instructor

Greg holds an MBA, CPA, and CGA. His area of discipline is accounting. 


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Amani Edwards - Business/Office Administration Instructor 

picture of manAmani joined the Keyano College faculty in 2018 and currently serves as an Office Administration instructor. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science (Business Emphasis), a Business Administration diploma in Accounting, a Teacher’s diploma, and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas Permian Basin. Amani is a career educator who has been teaching since 2002. In addition to his teaching experience, Amani worked as an office administrator with a non-profit organization just before joining the faculty. He is a proud alumnus of Keyano College and is unwavering in his commitment to contribute to the development of our community. His areas of discipline are Information Science, Business Computing, and Business Mathematics and Statistics. 

Amani's research interests include data mining and knowledge discovery, as well as big data and supply chain management.


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Uylander Jack - Business/Office Administration Instructor 

Picture of womanUylander joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an Instructor in Business and Office Administration programs. She holds a BSC, and a M.Sc. in Human Resource Development. With over 15 years of experience serving students at internationally accredited institutions, Uylander believes that the most lasting impact in a person’s life is made through education. Her conviction is that education is the medium by which dreams are created, and visions are born. Uylander’s passion is empowering students, this is done daily through her motto “empowering students one at a time”. Her areas of discipline are human resources, and administrative management.

Uylander's research interests are immigrants resettling successfully, organizational design, future of work, and adult education.


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Gregory John Krabes - Business Instructor 
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Gregory Krabes joined Keyano College in August 2017. He also teaches at Athabasca University, and is a visiting professor at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops BC). Prior to these appointments, he lectured and conducted research in Europe, China, and The Middle East. Before joining academia, Gregory was an Economic Diplomat with Société Générale de Surveillance headquartered in Geneva. Gregory holds a BBA and an MBA in Power Engineering. 

His areas of discipline are international business, policy, strategy, and economic diplomacy.

Gregory's research interests include international education, international management, and global development. 


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Dr. Buarny Kunjappan - Business Instructor

buarny kunjappanDr. Buarny Kunjappan joined the Keyano College Business Faculty in 2022. His areas of discipline are financial accounting, and business marketing. Dr. Kunjappan holds a Ph.D., MPhil, MBA, and BCom. Prior to joining the Keyano College Faculty, he taught in Universities and Colleges in India, Oman, and Canada. Dr. Kunjappan also has experience working in B2B Marketing in India. 


His research interests include financial accounting, business-to-business marketing, microeconomics, marketing research, consumer behaviour, and international marketing. 


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Rahul Paul - Business and Hospitality Instructor

rahul paulRahul Paul joined the Business Faculty at Keyano College in 2022. His areas of discipline are hospitality, tourism, and French language studies. Rahul holds a BA (hons), and MBA. Prior to joining the Business Faculty, Rahul worked with Oman, Switzerland and Canada. He has experience teaching French as a Foreign Language to Adults, as a Hotel General Manager, and a Hotel Rooms Division Manager. 


His research interests include customer service and retention, as well as diversity in the workplace. 


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Cristina Rensmaag-Izaguirre - Business/Office Administration Instructor 

cristina rensmaag-izzaguirreCristina holds an MA, and her area of discipline is communication studies, computer applications for business, and interpersonal skills. Prior to joining the faculty at Keyano College, she worked with Fujitsu Consulting Inc., and the University of Calgary.

Cristina's research interests include diversity and inclusion in higher education, and communications research (mass media, digital media, and social media). 

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Geraldine Rondot - Business Instructor 

Geraldine RondotGeraldine joined the Keyano College faculty in 2008 and is an instructor in the Business Department. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with an M.B.A. in Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management.

Prior to teaching, Geraldine accumulated over 25 years experience in Finance, Financial/Investment Management, Employee Benefits, and Human Resources Management. Her area of discipline is human resources and strategic management. 

Geraldine's research interests include International Post-Secondary Education. 


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Dr. Pratibha Shalini - Business Instructor

Pratibha Shalini Dr. Pratibha Shalini holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from Delhi University, an M.Sc. in International Financial Management (UK), and a Ph.D. from the University of the West of Scotland (UK).

From 2011-2014, Dr. Shalini worked as a Credit Analyst in Barclays UK Corporate Banking, followed by a four year stint in Retail Banking with TSB Bank in Glasgow, UK. Since 2020, her focus has been Post-Secondary teaching roles in Canada. 

Her areas of discipline are economics, business mathematics, operations management, and international business.

Dr. Shalini's research interests include financial inclusion, financial literacy, behaviour economics, and economic and social development. 




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 Education and Academic Upgrading

Our Instructors provide adult learners with an opportunity to upgrade their education to best prepare them for entrance into college, university or the workforce.

Lisa Turner-Chair of Education & Academic Upgrading

Lisa TurnerLisa joined the Keyano College faculty in 2011 as an Academic Upgrading instructor. In 2014, she became Chair of College and Career Preparation. In 2020, the portfolio also expanded to include the Bachelor of Education program. 

She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Education from the University of Alberta and teaching certificates in both New Brunswick and Alberta. Lisa has approximately 30 years of experience working in adult education including 25 years within Alberta post-secondary institutions, and 5 years in the post-secondary world in New Brunswick. Her areas of discipline are English, history, and social studies. 

Lisa's research interests include adult education, academic upgrading, and teaching and learning in post-secondary. 


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Dr. Tracy Boger - Instructor, Education and College & Career Prep 

Tracey BogarDr. Tracy Boger joined the Keyano College Faculty in 2013. She holds a BEd in Secondary education, MEd in Instructional Design, and a Ph.D. in Education. Her areas of discipline are Educational Technology, Educational Psychology, K-12 Education: 7-12 Mathematics and K-12 Education: 7-12 Social Studies. 

Dr. Boger started her teaching career in 1996 and taught K-12 students in many different communities, including Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Cold Lake, and Krakow, Poland. She also previously worked as the Technology Professional Development (Tech PD) Coordinator for the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. In that role, she managed a team of Tech PD facilitators who provided pedagogical support to faculty in the use of technology for both teaching and research.

Her research interests include surveillance technology, philosophy of technology, instructional technology, professional development, and student teaching.


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 Leni Cherian - Instructor, College & Career Prep 

Leni CherianLeni joined Keyano College in 2004 and is an instructor in the College and Career Preparation program. She has a Master’s of Engineering degree specializing in Power Systems (University of Mumbai, India) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (University of Cochin, Kerala, India).

She has approximately 34 years of teaching experience, including 18 years with Alberta post-secondary education, and 16 years with the University of Mumbai. Her area of discipline is electrical engineering.

Leni's research interest is power system analysis. 


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Patricia L. Collins - Instructor, College & Career Prep 

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Patricia joined the Keyano College faculty in 2005 and is an instructor of Biology and Chemistry in College Preparation (upgrading). She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, a Master of Science in Earth and Ocean Sciences, and teaching certificates in both British Columbia and Alberta.

Prior to teaching at Keyano College, Patricia taught chemistry and science in the B.C. and Alberta high school systems and worked as a professional chemist for several years at the beginning of her career. On the creative side, Patricia enjoys cartooning, painting, writing, and photography. In recent years, she has published some of these creative works. Her areas of discipline are chemistry and biology. 

Patricia's research interests include analytical chemistry, geochemistry, and monitoring hazardous chemicals in the workplace, as well as water quality: measuring heavy metal and endocrine-disrupting chemicals.


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Kevin Rodgers - Instructor, College & Career Prep 

Kevin RodgersKevin joined the Keyano College faculty in 2010 and is an instructor in the College and Career Preparation Program. Kevin has a Master’s of Arts degree with a focused on Global Change. Prior to teaching at Keyano College, Kevin was a high school teacher with experience teaching in a variety of topics and levels across Canada. His areas of discipline are global studies, history, and education. 

Kevin's research interests include globalization, the growth of Neo-Nationalist movements, Military and Strategic Studies, Political Geography. 


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Dr. Doug Ross - Instructor, College & Career Prep 

doug rossDr. Doug Ross joined Keyano College in 2004 and is an instructor in Academic Upgrading. He holds a Ph.D. in Adult and Workplace Education, a Master of Arts in Administration and Curriculum, a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, and a University Diploma in Inclusive Education. Dr. Ross recently met the challenge of achieving his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary while teaching full-time at Keyano College. His areas of discipline include English, history, and social studies. 

Dr. Ross has  approximately 18 years of experience working in post-secondary education at Keyano College, in addition to 15 years experience working in secondary education in Alberta. 

His research interests include adult and workplace learning, adult immigrant re-credentialing processes, as well as teaching and learning in post-secondary.  


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 Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
Glenda Little-Kulai - Chair, Global Access & Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

Glenda LittleGlenda Little-Kulai joined the Keyano College Faculty in 2019, and holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and and a BA in Child and Youth Care. She has 20 years’ experience in the English language teaching field with over 15 years at the post-secondary level. Glenda has a considerably diversified background in her field, and has worked internationally as an administrator, curriculum developer, methodology professor, teacher-trainer, language assessor, and an English language instructor. Her areas of discipline include applied linguistics/second language acquisition, language program management, teacher training, and child and youth care.


Her research interests include Adult Learning and English education, trauma-informed English language teaching, and literacy-challenged English language learners.


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Luciane Almeida - Program Support Administrator

LucianeLuciane joined Keyano College in 2017 as a Retail Operations Assistant. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Human Resources Management Certificate, and has over 15 years of experience as a Buyer, Marketing Assistant and Customer Service Representative.

Her areas of professional interest include administrative support and collaboration with teams, assisting clients in achieving their educational goals, and connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds.


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Easter Bhebhe - LINC Instructor

EasterEaster Bhebhe holds a BBA, and an MIS. Her diverse professional experience ranges from Accounting, to teaching English in South Korea. Her areas of discipline are Business Administration and Management Information Systems, and English as a second language education. 

Easter's research interests include appreciative inquiry and adult education, as well as student and staff engagement. 


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Leigh Grant-Simms - Program Administrator, Funded Programs
Manjeet Gupta - LINC Instructor

ManjeetManjeet Gupta holds an M.Ed, MA, B.Ed., and BA. Her professional experience includes teaching in the secondary and post-secondary sector, English literature and language teaching, teaching second language acquisition and methodology, and has experience working in India and Saudi Arabia. Her areas of discipline include English literature, second language acquisition, and teacher training.

Manjeet's research interests include second language teaching and learning, English as a foreign language, adult learning and English education, academic and professional acculturation of immigrants, and teaching English as a second/foreign language teacher education. 


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Holly Hashimi - LINC Program Registration and Recruitment Assistant 

Holly HashimiHolly Hashimi Holds an Office Administration Certificate from Okanagan College, as well as a Journalism Arts Diploma from SAIT. Her professional experience ranges from Administrator for Advancement Services, Marketing and Member Services at Club 63 North, to Journalism with the Fort McMurray Today, Connect, and various media outlets in B.C.

Her areas of professional interest include immigrant services and outreach, writing and research, as well as creative fundraising/informational projects. 


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Rick Hulbert - Faculty Coordinator 

RickRick Hulbert has experience in English language instruction ranging from elementary to post-secondary school levels, in both language assessment and language assessment design, curriculum development for online and face-to-face environments, e-learning module design and development, as well as teaching and teacher mentoring in Japan and Kazakhstan. His areas of discipline are English and instructional design.

Rick's research interests include learning, teaching, and design strategies in language acquisition, and blended learning in language learning environments. 


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Guoying Li - LINC Instructor

GuoyingGuoying Li holds an M.Ed, and a BA. Her professional experience includes English language teaching, and language assessment (Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test). Guoying's areas of discipline are teaching, learning and curriculum studies, and second language acquisition.

Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning, and cooperative language learning. 


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Nick Mitchelmore - LINC Instructor 

NickNicholas Mitchelmore joined the LINC team at Keyano College in 2016, and holds a BA. in Economics from Memorial University, as well as a M.Ed (concentrating in TESOL) from Framingham State University. For 21 years Nick taught English in South Korea, during which he taught in Elementary Schools, a teacher training program, and was an Associate Professor at Hanyang University. While at Hanyang University, he created the curriculum for and marketed the first Business TESOL program certification courses in the country. In addition to his time in South Korea, Nick has volunteered or taught English in various classrooms in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Cameroon, Russia, and Peru. His areas of discipline are second language acquisition, and teaching methods and assessment.

Nick's research interests include assisting newcomers with employment counselling and employment support, and establishing business partnerships in the community. 


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Joanne Morin - LINC Instructor 

Joanne MorinJoanne Morin holds a TESOL Diploma, a BSc, and is expected to complete her Med in Interdisciplinary Studies in June 2023. Joanne's professional experience includes post-secondary teaching experience, as well as English for Academic purposes. Her areas of discipline include English as an additional language (EAL), instruction, leading and learning in a digital age, and educational research. Joanne's research interests include equity-oriented pedagogy, heritage language maintenance, adult EAL learning, and digital literacy. 


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Amanda Vassallo - LINC Instructor

Amanda VassalloAmanda Vassallo holds a BA in Communication Studies from Cape Breton University, and a CELTA certificate- Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. She starting teaching at a private language school in Halifax from 2012-2016. During that time, she instructed language classes, held conversation clubs, coordinated social activities for the students and eventually transitioned into marketing and recruitment for the organization. In 2016, she started working for a settlement organization in Halifax in their LINC program, specifically working with literacy students. During her time there, she presented at national and provincial TESL conferences on literacy issues and needs in the classroom. She also developed and taught a 12-week pilot program for IRCC which helped low level language newcomers start small home businesses in which they would sell their products at local farmers' markets. 


Her areas of discipline are second language acquisition, literacy instructor, curriculum development, and small business development for newcomers. Her research interests include second language instruction, and newcomer integration. 


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 University & Environmental Studies
Dr. Marie-France Jones - Chair & Instructor, University Studies & ENVT

marie-france jonesDr. Marie-France Jones joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an instructor in the Environmental Science programs (Environmental Technology and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science). She has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Environmental Management and a Masters of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick. She has also received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Forestry, focusing on temporally mapping the effects of heavy machinery on soil quality. Prior to teaching at Keyano, Marie-France had over ten years of research in soil hydrology and geospatial and statistical analysis. Her areas of discipline are soil science, land reclamation, and GIS.

Dr. Jones's research interests include soil formation and classification, soil water interactions, effects of heavy operations on soil quality and productivity, soils and hydrology mapping.


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Dr. Reza Ashouri-Talooki - University Studies Instructor


Dr. Reza Ashouri Talooki joined Keyano College in September 2022. His areas of interest are Literature, Poetry, Education, Politics, Media Studies, and critical discourse analysis. Reza wrote his doctoral dissertation on political humour and its manifestations in various genres - written, filmic, and performative productions- following the September 9/11 tragic events in America.  

Dr. Talooki completed B.A and M.A degrees in English, a PhD degree in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis on Diaspora Studies and Postcolonial Literature, and a second M.A degree in Public Policy and Administration, with a focus on sustainability and community development.  

Besides his academic career, Reza also worked for the federal government of Canada and some not-for-profit and private sector organizations in the past, which helped him deepen his understanding and hone his skills in various areas, including policy analysis, public administration, management and leadership, and community development.  

His research interests include post-colonial literature, migration literature, media studies, and politics/policy analysis. 


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Emily Bobbett - Laboratory Aide

Emily holds a BSc.H.


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 Dr. Robert Changirwa - University Studies Instructor

Robert ChangirwaDr. Robert Changirwa joined the Keyano College faculty in 2018 and is an Engineering Instructor in the School of University Studies. He is a Professional Engineer (PEng) and a Project Management Professional (APMP). His academic background includes a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (University of Nairobi), a MASc in Engineering (Dalhousie University) and a Ph.D. in Engineering (Dalhousie University). His areas of discipline are mechanical engineering, mining engineering, and statistics.

Prior to teaching, Robert worked at Syncrude Research Centre (Edmonton) and recently at Shell Albians Sands (Fort McMurray), holding progressively more challenging positions from Plant Engineer to Project Team Lead. He is equipped with 30 years of diverse experience, including 15 years of post-secondary teaching and 15 years in the oil sands industry.

His research interests include engineering design, hydrocyclone hydrodynamics, and slurry pipelines.


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 Kory Cheshire, MA - University Studies Instructor

Kory CheshireKory began teaching at Keyano in September 2020 and her areas of discipline are sociology and interdisciplinary studies. Kory attended Oregon State University for six years, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.

During that time, she also graduated with a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with her disciplines being Sociology, Education and Adult & Higher Education. While at Oregon State University, Kory was a member of the Women’s Volleyball program, she went on to play professionally in Switzerland and now continues to help coach the Keyano’s Women’s Volleyball team. Kory's areas of discipline are sociology and interdisciplinary studies. 

Her research interests include inequality and social problems, and criminal justice.


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 Dr. Ryan J. Cox - University Studies Instructor

ryan coxDr. Ryan Cox joined the Keyano College Faculty in 2012. He holds a BA(Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing (Windsor), an MA in English: Creative Writing (Windsor), and a Ph.D. in English (Minnesota). His doctoral dissertation, “Premonition of a Future Line We Will Be Writing: Politics, Language and Identity in English Canadian Experimental Poetry,” focused on the role Avant Garde poetics played in the formation of a Canadian national identity.

His areas of discipline are English Literature, Creative Writing, Film, Television, and Screen Media, Canadian Literature and Culture, Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies, as well as Poetry and Poetics.  

Research interests include Nation and national identity, professional wrestling, experimental poetics and the Canadian Avant Garde, and identity and its construction. 


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Dr. Jean-Pierre De Villiers - University Studies Instructor

Jean-Pierre De VilliersDr. Jean-Pierre De Villiers is an instructor in the University Studies department at Keyano College. He holds a PhD in P. Eng., and his areas of discipline are physics, computing and engineering mechanics. Prior to joining the faculty of Keyano College, Dr. De Villiers worked at Saint Mary's University, University of Virginia, and the University of Calgary completing postdoctoral research.

His research interests include numerical relativity, black hole accretion, and machine learning. 


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Dr. Blaine Legaree - University Studies Instructor

Blaine LegareeDr. Blaine Legaree is a biology instructor at Keyano College, and his passion includes all things about microbes and molecules. His area of discipline include microbiology, biochemistry, cellular biology, and nutrition. During his Ph.D., he investigated the biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall and the site of action of the antibiotic penicillin. Blaine’s other interests include the biology of infectious organisms, biochemistry, biotechnology, environmental health, and the history of science.

Prior to his time at Keyano College, Dr. Legaree was a Laboratory Technician at Western University, a Teaching Assistant at the University of Guelph, and completed Postdoctoral research at the University of Guelph. 

His research interests include infectious diseases, biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall, history of science, social media and higher education.


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Dr. Matthew Morin - University Studies Instructor 

Dr. Matthew Morin has been part of Keyano’s instructional staff since Fall 2012, teaching mathematic courses for students in the Engineering transfer program, Bachelor of Education program, Environmental Technology diploma, and Bachelor of Environmental Science program. His area of discipline is mathematics. 

Believing that mathematics is a vital tool everyone needs, Dr. Morin brings recreational math activities to the Fort McMurray community through public lectures, an annual Math Fair, and acting as the local coordinator for the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest.

His research interests include math education, and combinatorics.


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Dr. Sorin Nita - University Studies Instructor

Sorin NitaDr. Sorin Nita joined the Keyano College faculty in 2008 and is an instructor in the University Studies department. He is very passionate about teaching Introductory University Chemistry and Organic Chemistry to our students, with his area of discipline being chemistry. 

Prior to coming to Fort McMurray, Dr. Nita completed his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. When he is not teaching, Dr. Nita is a dedicated supporter of the local visual and performing arts community.

His research interests include atomic force microscopy, organic spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and chemical education. 




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 Dr. Tamar Richards-Thomas - University Studies Instructor

Tamar Richards ThomasDr. Tamar Richards-Thomas joined the Keyano College faculty in 2020 and is an instructor in the Environmental Science and University Studies programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics (honours) from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Science from the University of Alberta, and completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Life Sciences at Trent University. She is also a certified teacher, specializing in Senior Mathematics, Physics, and Environmental Science.

Dr. Richards-Thomas's areas of discipline are computing, climate change, earth and atmospheric science, and physics.  Her research interests include air quality and pollution, hydrometeorology, climatology, and fluid dynamics.  


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Chrissi Sheppard - Laboratory Technician 

Chrissi Sheppard holds a Bachelor of Science, and her area of discipline is Biological Schiences.


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 Dr. David Smith - Environmental Studies Instructor

David SmithDr. David Smith joined the department in 2008 and is an instructor in both University Studies and Environmental Sciences. He teaches a wide variety of courses in natural and applied sciences in addition to mentoring student research and performing community service. David has a B.Sc in Wildlife Management (Maine), M.Sc in Botany (Alberta), and Ph.D. in Plant Ecology (Saskatchewan). 

Prior to his time at Keyano, he worked as a wildlife biologist at the University of Maine, a Botanist at Brandon University, Grassland Ecology at University of Nebraska, and in the Reindeer Herding Faculty at the University of Alaska. Dr. Smith's areas of discipline are ecology, wildlife management, botany, biology, and forestry. 

His research interests include plant/animal interactions, anthropogenic change in ecosystems, boreal, arctic and grassland ecology. 


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Jamie Wiseman - Laboratory Aide

Jamie holds a B.Env.Sc. and has experience working in Environmental, Geotechnical, Biology and Chemistry laboratories. Jamie also assisted in field research examining the environmental impacts of the Athabasca Oil Sands under the Oil Sand Monitoring Program, including the effects of environmental contaminants on amphibians, has experience writing wetland field protocols including proper sampling techniques for contaminants testing for Environment and Climate Change. 


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 Dr. Mark Young - Philosophy and Political Science Instructor

Mark YoungDr. Mark Young joined the Keyano College faculty in 2014 and is an instructor in the University Studies department. Dr. Young has a Bachelor of Arts, Specialist in Philosophy, from Brandon University, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Regina, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa. Before coming to Keyano College, Dr. Young taught at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Red Deer College, and Lakehead University. His areas of discipline are philosophy and political science. 

His research interests include political theory, and epistemic agency. 


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 Staff and Additional Faculty - University Studies

Karli Matthews - Laboratory Aide 

School of Health & Human Services

Faculty in the School of Health & Human Services possess extensive expertise in their respective field and advanced education in various disciplines ranging from healthcare to childhood studies.

Arlene B Starkes  – Dean, School of Health & Human Services

Arlene Starkes

Arlene came to Fort McMurray in 2005, where she joined Keyano College as a Nursing Instructor, teaching in the BScN program. Prior to her current role as Dean of the School of Health & Human Services, Arlene was the Chairperson of Nursing and Allied Health Studies.

Arlene values education and life-long learning. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and later obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree. In 2015, she graduated from Athabasca University with a Master of Nursing.

Arlene has a strong interest in research, specifically in the areas of high-fidelity simulation in Nursing education and nursing leadership. She has presented at conferences both for the University of Alberta Collaborative faculty and at Athabasca University's Graduate Student Conference. 


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Melissa Hill – Lead Administrative Assistant/Student Placement Coordinator 
Megan Watton – Administrative Assistant, School of Health and Human Services
Human Services

Krista Lloyd-Michaud - Interim Chair, Human Services


Donna Pruski - Instructor, Social Work Diploma Program

Profile PictureDonna Joined the Keyano College faculty in 2021 as an instructor in the Social Work Diploma Program. She is a Registered Social Worker in Alberta holding undergraduate degrees in psychology and social work as well as a Masters degree in clinical social work. Before teaching, Donna spent 20+ years working in the field of child and adolescent mental health, primarily with Alberta Health Services in Calgary and more recently with the Fort McMurray Public School Division.

Donna hopes that her years of experience as a registered social worker and her passion for the profession will be assets and benefit the students she teaches.

Contact Information

Email: donna pruski  Phone : +1-780-791-5128

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Chinwe Ogolo - Instructor, childhood Studies

Laura Niven - Instructor, Childhood Studies

Donna Pruski - Instructor, Social Work

Chirleen C Wisdon-Drysdale - Instructor, Childhood Studies

Stacy Zhou - Instructor, Childhood Studies

Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Our Nursing and Allied Health Studies instructors provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that focus on patient care and support and ensure students are prepared for a Registered Nurse, Practical Nurse, Health Care Aide or Paramedic career.  


Candi Muise - Interim Chair, Nursing & Allied Health Studies Programs
Nursing & Allied Health Studies Faculty 
Shelley Bessey -Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Picture of womanShelly began her journey at Keyano College in August 2018 as an instructor in the Nursing department. Shelley received her RN in 1990 and furthered her education with her undergraduate in nursing in 2013. In 2016, Shelley received a Master of Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. She has many years’ experience as a clinical nurse focusing on critical care areas and management. She has been teaching the Collaborative Nursing program at the University of Alberta for over ten years. 
Abby Boychuk - Instructor/Health Care Aide Coordinator


Dawn Brownschlaigle - Instructor, Paramedic Programs
Jennifer Courtney - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Sandra DeWolfe - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Maddie Dodge - Instructor, Prehospital Care

Sharon Grantham - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Carla Hambley - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Kayla Hayter - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 
Chelsea Hynes - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Fatima Legrou - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Julie Ann Lyon - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Natalie McMullin - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Balqisa Omar - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Crystal Rose- Instructor/Nursing Lab Coordinator 
Adrianna C Rudderham - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Catharine Simpson-Szpak - Instructor/Practical Nurse Coordinator

Picture of womanCatharine joined the Keyano College faculty in 2002 as a nursing instructor. She is now the Coordinator of the Practical Nurse program and continues to teach in both Nursing and Practical Nursing programs.

Catherine has a Master's in Nursing from the University of Southern Queensland. Her passion and dedication to student success continues to drive her students towards achieving their desired visions and dreams

Shana Strickland - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Manpreet Uppal - Instructor, Prehospital care
Marina Yanciw - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies



School of Trades & Technology

 Our skilled Trades and Technology faculty provide hands-on training, giving students the skills they need for a successful career.

Darren Stacey - Interim Dean, School of Trades & Technology

Darren Stacey came to Fort McMurray in 1982 and began his career in the trades right here at Keyano in 1989. He is a Red Seal endorsed Welder, Steamfitter-Pipefitter and a Class B Gasfitter who has worked for various 488 contractors on mechanical piping before being hired with Suncor Utilities in December 1997. Darren spent most of his time at Suncor working in Upgrading, Utilities, and Extraction before joining Keyano as an instructor in May 2008.  

Melissa Coish - Program and Operators Coordinator
Nancy Nicholle- Administrative Assistant
Heavy Equipment Technician and Electrical
 Jason Lalonde - Chair of HET, Electric & CNC
Jason joined Keyano College faculty in 2016 and is an instructor in the Electrical Apprenticeship program. He is a Master and Power System Electrician, with two diplomas; Electrical Engineering Technician and Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician. Jason came to Keyano College with seven years of experience teaching at NAIT in the electrical program. He has over 20 years of considerable experience with various work experience from wiring homes, commercial buildings, and out at sites in the industrial field. Most of his experience comes from working on overhead cranes doing control work, and getting certified as an overhead crane inspector.

Our highly skilled electrical instructors prepare students for a career in the trades through three different programs, Apprenticeship, Master, and Pre-Employment.

 Patricia Luedee - Electrical Instructor 

Picture of female electrical instructor Patricia joined the Keyano College faculty in 2014 and is an instructor in the Electrical Department of the Trades & Heavy Industrial programs. She has been a Certified Red Seal, Journeyman Electrician since 2002 and received her Master Electrician Certificate in 2011. Before instructing, she worked in industrial, commercial, and residential construction and maintenance for 17 years. 


 Dawn Ohama, R.S.E - Electrical Instructor
 Picture of female electrical instructor Dawn joined the Keyano College faculty in 2015 and is an instructor in the Electrical Department of the Trades & Heavy Industrial programs. Dawn is a Certified Journeyman Red Seal Electrician with a Certified Master Electrician designation. Prior to teaching, Dawn started her apprenticeship in 1998 in Wabasca, Alberta, in the oil field. She has also worked in commercial, residential, and power generation in the electrical industry throughout her career. Dawn started working in Wood Buffalo in 2000 in the oil sands, where she lived in camps on and off before moving to Fort McMurray full-time in 2005 to be an Assistant Business Manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. 
Vacant - Apprenticeship Instructor, Electrical 


Staff and Faculty

Kyle Forrest - Electrical Instructor

Wenefredo Sumaculub - Instructor Aide, Electrical

Heavy Equipment Technician


Eric S Clare - Instructor Aide, HET

Alan Dowling - Instructor, HET

Tony Gauthier - Instructor, HET

Robert Mills - Instructor, HET

Darrell Pintkowski - Instructor, HET

Chester Parisian - Instructor, HET

Kevin B Wills - Instructor, HET

Alan Wilton - Instructor, HET

 Robert Mills - Instructor, HET

Robert joined the Keyano family August 2022, and brings with him several years of experience in off road heavy equipment having worked in the oil sands since 2006.

Robert got his H.E.T red seal ticket in 1999 working in Grande Prairie where he was born and raised. He started working in Fort McMurray in fall of 2006 repairing/building 930 and 1500 komatsu haul trucks. In 2010 Robert permanently moved to the area to be closer to work.

Robert is also involved with the community and is the current president of the Mcmurray modelers, a non profit club for Remote control airplanes, helicopters, cars/trucks, and boats. Robert will be instructing classes at the SEIC campus , he is also a Keyano student recently completing his third year electrical technical training this past March. 

Robert can be reached at 780-792-5098 or by email at robert.mills@keyano.ca 

 Metal Trades
Darren Stacey - Chair of Steamfitter-Pipefitter, Welder and Millwright

Darren Stacey, Chair of Metal Trades, came to Fort McMurray in 1982 and began his career in the trades right here at Keyano in 1989. He is a Red Seal endorsed Welder, Steamfitter-Pipefitter and a Class B Gasfitter who has worked for various 488 contractors on mechanical piping before being hired with Suncor Utilities in December 1997. Darren spent most of his time at Suncor working in Upgrading, Utilities, and Extraction before joining Keyano as an instructor in May 2008.  



 Faculty and Staff

Peter Eckhold - Instructor, Millwright

Thomas MacLellan - Instructor, Millwright

Terry Seaward - Instructor, Millwright


 Faculty and Staff
Clint J Fleischhacker - Instructor Aide, Steamfitter/Pipefitter

Brent Hydomako - Instructor, Steamfitter/Pipefitter

Robert Shawn McCurdy - Instructor, Steamfitter/Pipefitter



Richard Dionne - Instructor, Welding
Richard joined Keyano College Faculty in 2015 as a welding instructor in the Metal Trades Department within the School of Trades & Heavy Industrial. Richard is a Certified Journeyman Red Seal Welder and an ABSA Certified B-Pressure Welder. Richard started his apprenticeship in the late 1980s, working for a local welding and fabrication company, producing structural and piping components for industry. In 2000, Richard transitioned to Suncor Energy, working on plant maintenance and project assignments.
 Staff and Faculty

Norman Hennings - Instructor, Welding

Kevin J McGladdery - Welding Instructor/Examiner

Lisa Starks - Coordinator, Welding Recertification

Power Engineering

Our highly skilled Power Engineering instructors prepare students for a career in the field through three different programs, Power Lab 200 Hour, Coop, and Computer Managed Learning.

Indika S Arachchi Appuhamilag - Chair, Power Engineering

Indika ArachchiIndika Arachchi joined the Keyano College Faculty in 2020 as an Instructor in the Power Engineering program. He has over 16 years of experience in teaching in Post-secondary institutes in Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom (Russell Group universities), Spain, Italy, Poland, Finland and Canada. Before starting his carrier at Keyano, Indika worked in various positions from Power Engineer/Process operator to Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre - AHS.

Indika holds a Power and Process Operations Certification and holds a Ph.D/MPhil. (Physics) from the University of London, M.Sc. in Radiation Physics, and a B.Sc. Special degree in Physics/Maths. He is also a fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK, since 2014. When not teaching in the classroom, Indika can be found snowmobiling, cross country skiing, leading Scouts, flying single-engine fixed-wing light aircraft, cycling, dirt biking, and enjoying the boreal forest while taking landscape photography surrounding the city he loves (Fort McMurray). Check out Indika's Research Gate profile.  

Donna Villa - Power Engineering Program Coordinator
Gallage De Silva - Steam Chief/Instructor, Power Engineering

Gallage de silvaGallage joined the Keyano College faculty in 2017 as an instructor in the Power Engineering Department. Currently, he is Chief Power Engineer/Instructor at the Keyano College Oil Sands Power and Process Engineering Lab. Gallage is a Third Class Power Engineer and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Mechanical Engineering Diploma. Gallage was a student of Keyano College from 2013 – 2015 and won the PanGlobal Outstanding Achievement Student Award in 2014. He completed his Power Engineering work placements at Nexen Energy.

Rifat Dyrmishi - Instructor, Power Engineering
Rifat Dyrmishi
 Katembo Kasinyabo - Instructor, Power Engineering
 Katembo KasinyaboKatembo joined Keyano College in November 2013 as a power and process lab engineer while having a strong background in mechanical and petroleum engineering. His experience has spanned all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including fracking processes and various mechanical fields. In his introductory year, Katembo participated in constructing and commissioning the Oil Sands Power and Process laboratory. From its inception, Katembo has operated the Oil Sands Power and Process laboratory until becoming a laboratory instructor in November 2021. 
Other Staff & Faculty

Mitchel Bentley - Instructor Aide, Power Engineering

Colton Skoda - Instructor, Power Engineering

Lorn Wionzek - Instructor, Power Engineering





Corporate Services & Finance

Murray Walford

VP, Corporate Services & CFO

Murray Walford



Allison Pardy - Executive Assistant, VP Corporate Services & CFO

Contact the Office of the Vice President, Corporate Services and CFO:

Phone: +1-780-791-8979

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Parvesh Thakur - Administrative Coordinator, Corporate Services


Facilities & Asset Management

Jeff Hamilton- Director, Facilities and Asset Management 
Leanne Allingham - Administrative Assistant 
Building Operations
 John Byrer - Manager, Building Operations

Nassor Abdalla - Building Operator

Dan Chouhan - Building Operator

Vacant - Electrician 

Zoran Knezic - Building Operator

Dharmendra Patel - Millwright


 Brandon Fleury - Manager, Facilities

Daniel Brittain - Maintenance Worker

Andrew Campbell - Maintenance Worker

Christopher Deep - Maintenance Worker

Corey Flynn - Maintenance Worker

Brian Gilley - Maintenance Worker

Thomas Mitchell - Maintenance Worker 

Godofredo Quintos - Maintenance Worker

Tom Sinclair - Maintenance Worker



Financial Services 

Tanya Poulin - Director of Financial Services

tanya poulinTanya graduated from Canadore College in 2000 with a Business Administration Accounting Diploma. She move to Fort McMurray in 2006, and it was then she applied to the CGA Program. She worked on her university degree and accounting designation simultaneously while working full-time and raising a family.  She acquired her Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 2015 from Laurentian University and her  Certified General Accountant designation in 2016.

Tanya joined Keyano College in 2017 as a Senior Accountant and progressed into the Manager, Budgets & Treasury role. In 2021, Tanya took on the role of Interim Director of Financial Services. She supported the Finance Services department with the continued improvement of financial reporting and implementing the Internal Control Framework. Tanya became the Director of Financial Services officially in November 2022.

Before her time at Keyano, Tanya spent 11 years at Syncrude as a Business Analyst. Tanya has called Fort McMurray home for 16 years and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Tanya also volunteers as Treasurer for the Fort McMurray Ski Team and Norfort Gymnastics & Cheer Association.

Accounts Payable/Receivable 
Vacant - Financial Controller
Simone Bourque - Accounts Receivable Clerk 

Vera Davis - Accounts Payable Clerk

Vacant - Accounting Clerk

Maryna Melnikova - Accountant

Jacinta O Nwafornso - Accounting Clerk

Budgeting and Treasury
 Vacant - Manager, Financial Operations 
 Lise Comeau - Senior Accounting Clerk
Lise first came to Keyano College in 2001 as a student and completed the Office Administration Diploma. She worked in several departments at Keyano College before landing a permanent position in Financial Services. Lise has continued her studies while working and considers herself a lifelong learner. She has worked in the accounting field for over ten years and enjoys the diversity and challenges in her work. 
 Adriana Sadowsky - Senior Financial Analyst
Adriana joined Keyano College in 2019 and is a Financial Coordinator in the Financial Services Department. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from York University and an Accounting Diploma from Seneca College. Adriana has worked in the Accounting and Finance fields since 2013, when she graduated from university. 

Marlene Gray - Accounting Clerk, Cashier

Chantal Hanna - Accountant

Omolola Alabi - Senior Accounting Clerk, Part Time




Hailey Nickerson  - Associate Director, Procurement

Hailey bruceHailey joined Keyano College in 2022 as the Procurement Manager. She brings a strong background in projects and supply chain management and has her Project Management Professional (PMP) and Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designations.

Before joining Keyano, Hailey spent two years working with a team of professionals dedicated to promoting and strengthening economic development in our region. Before that, she spent over ten years in procurement for one of Canada’s largest Indigenous corporations.

Hailey has called Fort McMurray home for the last 15 years and is proud to raise her children in this beautiful town.


Jody Girling - Shipping and Receiving Clerk

Katrina Morgan - Buyer

Kerry Skinner - Manager, Leasing & Site

Jana Smid - Contract Administrator 

Strategy & Business Transformation

Fred Russell

VP, Strategy & Business Transformation

Fred Russell



Chantal Beaver - Associate Vice President, Strategy & Business Transformation

Chantal BeaverChantal Beaver is a proud alumnus of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

She has held numerous Executive and Board roles in Wood Buffalo over the past 10+ years and is proud to bring this wealth of experience to Keyano College.

Chantal was named among the inaugural Top 50 under 50 by YMM magazine and was the 2016 Heart of Wood Buffalo Executive Leadership award winner.

Vipin Nagar - Executive Assistant, VP Strategy & Business Transformation 

Vipin NagarVipin moved to Fort McMurray from Toronto in 2021. He has over ten years of experience working in banking as a People Leader, Subject Matter Expert, and Analyst with Royal Bank of Canada and several British Banks such as Barclays and Virgin Money.

Vipin has supported numerous initiatives aimed at process improvement and customer satisfaction. In his free time, you are likely to find Vipin enjoying a cup of tea. 


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Advancement Services

Advancement Services Staff

The Advancement Team is focused on building and fostering philanthropic and Alumni relationships throughout Wood Buffalo and around the world.

Jenna Giles  - Advancement Officer, Special Events & Corporate Giving
 Email: jenna.giles@keyano.ca 
Cristina McQuilter - Business Development Manager, Huskies & SSWC
 Email: cristina.mcquilter@keyano.ca 
Nyssa Papertzian - Advancement Officer, Alumni Relations & Individual Giving
 Email: nyssa.papertzian@keyano.ca

Marketing & Communications

Pamela Bowie - Manager, Marketing & Communications 
Marketing & Communications Staff

Michelle Daley - Digital Communications Coordinator

Charlene Haggett - Graphic Design Coordinator

Natasha John-Hurford - Media Coordinator and Office Manager

Vacant - Marketing Coordinator

Velda Peach - Graphic Designer (part-time)

Corporate Training

Keyano College Corporate Training works with organizations and businesses to provide training tailored to their needs. We work to identify skill gaps and develop training solutions that fit the goals and objectives of individuals, companies, groups, and workforces.

Jennifer Moore - Program Manager, Corporate Training
Corporate Training Staff

Kaitlyn Campbell - Business Development Coordinator

Laura Shultz - Administrative Assistant


Athletics & Recreation

 Jonathan Lambert - Director, Athletics & Recreation

 Jonathan LambertJonathan has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education, both from Memorial University in Newfoundland. He also has his Canadian Registered Athletic Administrator designation.

Jon worked in the teaching profession for many years in several locations, including Manitoba, Korea, North Carolina, US, and finally, he came to Fort McMurray in 2005. Jon joined Keyano in 2013 as the Associate Athletic Director and then moved into his current role as Director of Athletics and Recreation in 2016.

He played and coached basketball for years and is passionate about education and athletic excellence. Jon also serves as a Trustee on the Fort McMurray Public School Board.

Teryl Parsons - Coordinator, Huskies Athletics Office 
Robert Murray - Coordinator, Huskies Home Game & Sport Information
Jeremy Wielenga - Manager, Athletic Operations & Head Coach, Men's Basketball

Shadi Hanna - Coordinator, Esports Areas/Coach

Keegan Kuhr - Coordinator, Huskies Development/Head Coach, Men's Volleyball

Hayden Nichol - Coordinator Huskies Community Outreach/Head Coach, Women's Volleyball

Neils Slotbloom - Coordinator, Huskies Sport Camp/Head Coach Men's & Women's Soccer

Dwayne Vigilance - Coordinator, Team Trainer/Head Coach, Women's Baskeball

 Stefanie Dobbin - Manager, Recreation
Guest Services
 Kerrin Pertschy - Coordinator, Guest Services

Renie Dela Paz - Guest Services Attendant, Facilities

Luiz Pedro Hartmann Guimaraes - Guest Services Attendant, Fitness

Jerelyn Seguin - Guest Services Attendant, Marketing


Adrienne Bennett - Coordinator, Booking and Events


Taylor Fawcett - Coordinator, Fitness 

Theatre & Arts Centre

 Alan Roberts - Director, Theatre and Arts Centre
 Alan Roberts
 Eugene Carnegie - Production Manager
Scott Weber - Technical Director

Clayton Brown - Theatre Technician

Lyndsay Dolansky - Theatre Support Technician

Chloe Mohan - Theatre Technician


Ashley Laurenson - Facility and Events Coordinator


Jeffory Magson - Patron Services Coordinator

Nickidia Thompson - Theatre Publicist



Information Technology Services

David Benoit - Associate Director, Information Technology Services
Joanne Tiomico - Administrator, HelpDesk/Facilities and ITS
ERP Team
 Justin Zandee - ERP Team Manager
Jennifer Absalon - Senior System Analyst

Ashraful Alam - Senior Systems Analyst

Khushboo Thekdi - Enterprise Systems Analyst

Alka Tomar - Data Base Analyst

Infrastructure Team
 Troy Hrehirchuk - Infrastructure Team Manager
Blake Crossley - Infrastructure Analyst

Jason Lennstrom - Infrastructure Analyst

ITS Services Staff

Leo Bevans - Instructional Technology Support Specialist 

Grace Lingon - Computer Support Specialist

Vacant - Computer Support Specialist

Vacant - Computer Support Specialist

Project Portfolio 
 Prasan Naik - Project Portfolio Manager
Tammy O'Brien - ITS Business Analyst 

People & Culture

Dr. Khwezi Mbolekwa - Associate Vice President, People & Culture

KweziDr. Khwezi Mbolekwa joined Keyano College in 2023 with over 30 years of experience in executive and senior management roles in health care, post-secondary education, and service organizations. Khwezi is a lifelong learner and has earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Organizational Systems and Leadership, a Master’s in Health Services Administration and a Bachelor’s in Administration and Commercial Studies.

Khwezi is a collaborative and inclusive leader with experience with Diversity & Inclusion Policy and Program Development, Team & Systems Performance, Employee Engagement, Organizational Cultural Assessments, Learning and Development and building a collaborative, inclusive and respectful workplace.

Khwezi came to us from the City of Calgary, where he worked for the Calgary Police Services as Lead Consultant for their Anti-Racism Strategy and with the City of Calgary as a co-founder of the Anti-Racism Program and as an Anti-Racism Organization Lead working with teams to embed actions into division work plans. He also worked as an HR Leader, Employee Experience, where he was responsible for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Rewards & Recognition, Code of Conduct, and Corporate Engagement. Khwezi held a role as Executive Director, Organizational Change for the College of New Caledonia and Regional Director for Northern Health in Prince George, BC.

Deni Ruiz - Associate Director, People & Culture 

Deni Ruiz joined the Keyano College team in 2023, bringing along her over 15 years of progressive experience in all disciplines of HR with expertise in employee and labour relations, employee cycles planning and execution, compensation, training & development and performance management.

Deni holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction with a Major in Human Resource Management and is a proud active member of CPHR Alberta. She has a proven track record in building talent strategies with focus on continuous improvement, safety and effective change management in all sizes of organizations. Deni joined us from Suncor Energy where she held several positions for the last 10 years, most recently as a Sr Leader Services Advisor where she advised and coached all levels of leaders on Employee Relations/Labour Relations, Employee Retention, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Change, Culture and Strategic initiatives and organizational design. 

Health Services
 Pam McPherson - Manager of Health Services 
 Vanessa Tabangay - Administrative Assistant, Health Services
People & Culture

Mary Ann Campbell - Business Partner, People & Culture

Helen Meyer - Coordinator, People & Culture

Tanya Ryan - Business Partner, People & Culture

Carol Smith - Coordinator, People & Culture

Payroll and Benefits
 Tatiana Santos - Payroll and Benefits Manager
Rabab El Fakharany - Payroll and Benefits Administrator
Heather Osmond - Safety Advisor
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Wellness Services
Jane Barter - Mental Health Coordinator

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Jane is a Registered Social Worker, MSW. As the former Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Wood Buffalo, Jane brings 21 years of expertise and leadership in mental health and wellness. Jane is the 2016 recipient of CMHA's President Award for Exemplary Service and was awarded both a Leadership Award and Instructor of the Year by College of the North Atlantic. As a Registered Social Worker, provincial CMHA Psychological Health and Safety Advisor, and psychosocial coordinator of services for Aboriginal Communities and emergency responders, she is passionate about bringing wellness to all. Jane instructs post-secondary mental health literacy, promotes psychosocial well-being, and supports the college student association to promote health and wellness across campus. Jane is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, EMDR, Complex Trauma, and Grief and Loss.

Shanice Guy - Wellness Navigator 

Shanice GuyShanice is originally from the tropical country of Belize. She moved to Canada to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Shanice brings her experience in raising awareness and effectively advocating for students from historically excluded backgrounds in post-secondary education. Shanice has experience working as a Child Youth Care Worker providing trauma-informed care, crisis prevention and intervention for at-risk youths in Newfoundland and Labrador. She looks forward to gaining a better understanding of Keyano College students' unique needs to provide them with the assistance and services they require successfully.  

Natali Levasseur - Mental Health Coordinator

woman smilingNatali is a registered psychologist with 31 years of experience in clinical and school psychology. Fluent in French and English, Natali promotes mental health and wellness, leads many researched-based programs at Keyano College.

She has been integrating community services into Keyano College for the past three years. She was awarded the 2016 Bea Wickett Award from the Psychology Foundation of Canada and the 2015 Workplace Wellness Award from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) for her contributions to education, mental health and the workplace. Natali is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, EMDR, Complex Trauma, and Grief and Loss.