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School of Trades and Heavy Industrial 

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


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

Jason Lalonde - Electrical Instructor

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 experience teaching at NAIT in the electrical program there. He has over 20 years of considerable experience with a variety of 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 to be an overhead crane inspector.  

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. Prior to instructing, she worked in industrial, commercial, and residential construction as well as 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. Through her career she has also worked in commercial, residential, and power generation in the electrical industry. 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. 

Tim Thomas - Electrical Instructor 

Tim joined Keyano College in March 2015 and is an Electrical Instructor. He has over 40 years of hands on experience in all areas of his profession, including 15 years of instructional experience teaching all levels of the Electrical Trades Apprenticeship and Pre- employment courses. Tim was hired at the College to spearhead the training of the Dual Credit program, working with both the Fort McMurray Catholic and Public School Boards to give the opportunity of a different type of career that most student don’t get to experience until they face the real world. With the Dual Credit program having the success it has had, the College and School Boards are now looking and working on expanding the program into other area of the trades as well. These Dual Credit Courses give real help and support to all the local companies in the Wood Buffalo region as students not only learn the technical education of the trade, but they also have numerous hours of hands on experience in the basic installation, connection, and operation of devices all to the levels of the recent Code Book or legislation used.

Research interests:

To keep learning and passing that information and experiences onto students to the best of his ability. Along with working towards completing his level A Safety codes courses by the end of 2020.

Tim Weldon, R.S.E - Electrical Instructor

Picture of male electrical instructor Tim joined the Keyano College faculty in 2014 and is an instructor in the Electrical Department of the Trades & Heavy Industrial programs. He is a Certified Journeyman Red Seal Electrician with Master Electrician designation, as well as a Journeyman Red Seal Instrumentation Technician. Prior to teaching, Tim worked in number of areas including the oil sands, refineries, gas plants, diamond mines, pulp and paper mills, sawmills, medium density fiberboard, oriented strand board, industrial, commercial and residential electrical construction. He was also in the service industry for 37 years in a variety of roles. This included everything from apprentice to superintendent and Company owner providing opportunities for people to explore and experience the many exciting facets of the electrical and instrumentation field.

Research interests:

The Electric Line -  Safety in the Workplace, Safety Matters – Safety in the Workplace and Electrical Testing, Electrical Construction and Maintenance – new testing, new equipment and operating procedures for the electrical trade, Outliers: the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.

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.

Brian MacDougall - Chair, Instructor 

Picture of male trades instructor Brian joined the Keyano College faculty in 2017 and is a first class Power Engineer. Prior to teaching, Brian worked in the oil and gas Industry for over 30 years, holding progressively more challenging positions from entry level Operator to Chief Power Engineer. During Brian’s tenure, “onsite” multitude of assigned work included being trained and training others, along with plant experience. These are exciting attributes he enjoys sharing with others. 

Chris Meyer - Power Engineering Instructor
Chris joined Keyano College in 2019 as an instructor in Power Engineering. He is a second class power engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. He also is a certified Information Technology Professional. Prior to teaching, Chris worked in the oil and gas industry in SAGD and the pulp and paper industry. Chris’ interests include emerging technologies and he takes pride in living in Fort McMurray.

Construction Trades

Craig Cail - Chair of Construction Trades, Millwright Instructor 
Craig joined the Keyano College in 2014 and is an instructor in the millwright department. A year later, Craig took on the roll as Chair of Construction Traders and Electrical. He was recently accepted to the Rhodes Wellness College in the Coaching and Counseling program. Craig has be involved with the oil and gas industry working in a number of other countries over the years and has made Fort McMurray his full-time home.

School of University Studies, Career Programs & Academic Upgrading

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

 Vincella Thompson - Dean

Picture of Dean of School of University StudiesVincella Joined Keyano College in 2003 as an instructor in the Childhood Studies Department. She was the Coordinator for the Collaborative Bachelor of Education Degree through the University of Alberta. She became Chair of the University Studies Arts department before her appointment as Dean in the School of Health and Human Services and her current role as of Dean of University Studies, Career Programs, and Academic Upgrading. She provided leadership as the past President of the Keyano College Faculty Association and Chair of the Professional Development Committee. She is presently a member of the Special Cases Committee and Chair of the Animal Care Committee. Vincella is also a mentor to several faculty members as they develop leadership skills in the Chair Academy and academic pursuits. She is passionate about helping students to find the right career path and to succeed in their chosen field of study. 

Research interests:

Vincella's research interests involve student learning and the use of technology in the classroom as well as student mental health.
• Collaborative research with University of Alberta through (ICCER)“Developing an Education Model to Support Continuing Care in Remote Northern Communities” Dr. Sharla King and Dr. V. Thompson (2014 –2018).
• A member of the Steering Committee for Institute for Continuing Care Education Research (ICCER.) Supporting Recreation Therapy and Quality of Life Study Team 2014
• Received Keyano College Research grant ($5,000) for first interdisciplinary research on “Student Mental Health and Well-being at a Post- Secondary Institution”- Keyano College (December 2012), Dr. V. Thompson, Dr. M. Smith, N. Rimmer, C. Gresku

Vincella can be contacted by email or phone at 780.792.5601. 

University Studies & Environment 

Robert Changirwa - University Studies Instructor 

Picture of male instructor Robert joined the Keyano College faculty in 2018 and is an Engineering Instructor in the School of University Studies. He is a Professional Engineer (PEng) as well as 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). Currently he is teaching university transfer courses including Engineering Mechanics (Statics), Engineering Dynamics, and Engineering Design and Communication. 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.

Selected Publications:
1. Frimpong, S., Changirwa, R.M.M., Asa, E. and Szymanski, J., "Mechanics of Oil Sands Slurry Flow in a Flexible Pipeline System"; International Journal of Surface Mining, Vol.16, No.2, pp. 105-12, 2002.
2. Changirwa, R.M.M., Rockwell, M.C., Frimpong, S., and Szymanski, J., "Hybrid Simulation Oil-Solids-Water Separation in Oil Sands Production"; Journal of Minerals Eng., Vol. 12, No. 12, p1459-68, 1999.
3. Changirwa, R.M.M., Rockwell, M.C. and Mutua, D.K., “Mathematical Modelling Multiple-Cone Concurrent Three-Phase (CTP) Hydrocyclone Separation System"; Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, Vol. 38, No. 13, 1999.
4. Mutua, D.K. and Changirwa, R.M.M., "A Computer Simulation Model of a Horizontal Wellbore Cleaning Using a TAD Jets System"; Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology Vol. 38, No. 13, 1999.
5. Changirwa, R.M.M., Frimpong, S., and Szymanski, J., "Intelligent Economic Model for Slurry Treatment in a Vortex Separator"; Journal of Mineral Resources Engineering; Imperial College, UK, 1999.

Kory Cheshire- University Studies Instructor
Kory Cheshire

Kory began teaching at Keyano in September 2020. Currently teaching within the University Studies department, specifically the sociology courses. Kory attended Oregon State University for six years where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with her disciplines being Sociology, Education and Adult & Higher Education. While at OregonState 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.

Ryan J. Cox - University Studies Instructor

picture of manRyan has taught English and Film at Keyano College since 2012. He holds a BA and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of 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. Ryan has been an active member of the college community contributing his time and expertise to a number of projects. This has notably included serving as the chair of the Keyano College University Studies Conference Steering Committee, and by collaborating with Wood Buffalo Public Library and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to bring creative writing instruction to the youth of the region. Ryan is also an active poet whose work has appeared in The Windsor Review, Carousel, and Arc Poetry Magazine. He also regularly contributes book reviews to Prairie Fire, and his critical writing has appeared in English Studies in Canada and Canadian Literature.

Research interests:

Poetics, Identity, Nation, Popular Culture, the Cyborg

Selected publications:

"Kusanagi’s Body: Dualism and the Performance of Identity in Ghost in the Shell and Stand Alone Complex," Cyberpunk and Visual Culture
“Travelling Matt’s Adventures in Outer Space: Fraggle Rock and Post-Structuralism,” Jim Henson and Philosophy
“H3R3 1 4M: A Review of From Oral to Written by Tomson Highway and Full-Metal Indigiqueer by Joshua Whitehead,” Canadian Literature

Jane Jacques - University Studies Instructor 

Photo of Jane JacquesJane Jacques has been teaching at Keyano since 1989, first as a contract and part-time instructor in  Childhood Studies, Upgrading, and University Studies, and since 2001 as a full-time instructor in University Studies. During her time here, she has developed and taught courses in folklore, the history of children’s literature, and the   literature of King Arthur, as well as a variety of first-year English and composition courses. She   holds a B.Ed. and an M.A., both from the University of Alberta. In addition to her work at the College, Jane is also the managing editor of NorthWord: A Literary Journal of Canada’s North, which   has published twice a year since 2009. Her research interests include 19th c. novels, children’s literature (particularly Victorian children’s books), and Old English.

Marie-France Jones - Environmental Science Instructor
Marie-France 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 Bachelors 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 with a focus on temporally mapping the effects of heavy machinery of soil quality. Prior to teaching at Keyano, Marie-France had over ten years of research in soil hydrology and geospatial and statistical analysis.
Research interests:
Soil formation and classification; Soil water interactions; Effects of heavy operations on soil quality and productivity; Soils and hydrology mapping.

Jones, M.-F., Arp, P. 2019. Soil trafficability forecasting. Open Journal of Forestry. 9, 296-322.

Jones, M.-F., Arp, P. 2019. Analyzing and Projecting Soil Moisture and Cone Penetrability Variations in Forest Soils. Open Journal of Forestry. 9, 109-142.

Jones, M.-F., Castonguay, M., Jaeger, D., Arp, P. 2018. Track-monitoring and analyzing machine clearance during wood forwarding. Open Journal of Forestry. 8, 297-327.

For more publications, visit Dr. Jones’s Google Scholar page.

Blaine Legaree, PhD - University Studies Instructor
picture of male instructor Blaine is a biology instructor at Keyano College and his passion includes all things about microbes and molecules. 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.
Research interests:
Legaree, B.A. (2018 submitted) Risk Exposure, Pathogens and Disease. Sustainable Planet, ed. B. McNicol. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA
Legaree, B.A. (2018 submitted) Canada: The Growing Prevalence of Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus. Sustainable Planet, ed. B. McNicol. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA
Legaree, B.A. (2015) Considering the changing face of social media in higher education. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 362. doi: 10.1093/femsle/fnv128
Matthew Morin - University Studies Instructor 
Matthew 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. Believing that mathematics is a vital tool that everyone needs, Matthew brings recreational math activities to the Fort McMurray community through public lectures, an annual Math Fair, and by acting as the local coordinator for the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest.
Sorin Nita - University Studies Instructor
Picture of male instructor Sorin 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. Prior to coming to Fort McMurray, Sorin completed his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. When he is not teaching, Sorin is a dedicated supporter of the local visual and performing arts community.
David Smith - Environmental Sciences Instructor 

picture of male professor David joined the department in 2008 and is an instructor in 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 degrees in Wildlife Management (B.Sc.) (Maine), Botany (M.Sc.) (Alberta), and Plant Ecology (Ph.D.) (Saskatchewan). 
Research interests:
Anthropogenic effects on ecosystem structure and function and plant/animal interactions in arctic, boreal, and grassland environments.

Mark Young, Ph.D - Philosophy and Political Science Instructor 

picture of male instructor Mark joined the Keyano College faculty in 2014 and is an instructor in the University Studies department. Mark 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, Mark taught at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Red Deer College, and Lakehead University. 

Research interests: Areas of research interest include political theory and epistemic agency. Areas of teaching interest include politics, ethics, epistemology, ancient philosophy, critical thinking, and Indigenous philosophy. 

Dr. Tamar Richards-Thomas

Tamar 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 (honors) 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. Tamar currently teaches environmental science courses, including climate change and advanced air quality and monitoring, and university transfer courses, including physics and computer science.  

Selected Publications: Richards‐Thomas, T., McKenna‐Neuman, C., & Power, I. M. (2021). Particle‐scale characterization of volcaniclastic dust sources within Iceland. Sedimentology, 68(3), 1137-1158. Richards‐Thomas, T., & McKenna‐Neuman, C. (2020). Wind Tunnel‐Based Comparison of PM10 Emission Rates for Volcanic Ash and Glaciogenic Aerosol Sources Within Iceland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres125(24), e2020JD033392. Richards‐Thomas, T., & McKenna‐Neuman, C. (2020). Laboratory investigation of particle‐scale factors affecting the settling velocity of volcaniclastic dust. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres125(17), e2020JD032660. Richards, T. S., Aubourg, Q., & Sutherland, B. R. (2014). Radial intrusions from turbulent plumes in uniform stratification. Physics of Fluids, 26(3), 036602. For more publications, visit Dr. Richards-Thomas’s ResearchGate page


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

Amani Edwards - Business 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 and a Teacher’s diploma. He is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at the University of Texas Permian Basin. Amani is a career educator who has been teaching since 2002. In addition to his teaching experience, and just before joining the faculty, Amani worked as an office administrator with a non-profit organization. He is a proud alumnus of Keyano College and is unwavering in his commitment to contribute to the development of our community.
Gregory John Krabes - Business Instructor 
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Gregory Krabes joined Keyano College in August 2017 in the Faculty of Business and the collaborative BBA program with NAIT. 

He also teaches at Athabasca University and is a visiting professor at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC).

Before these appointments, he held administrative, teaching, and research positions in Europe, China, and The Middle East. Before joining academia, Gregory was an Economic Diplomat with Société Générale de Surveillance headquartered in Geneva.As an Instructor, Gregory strives to inspire students to become global citizens; as ascholar,  he seeks out applied research opportunities while continuously improving the educational  prospects for students.  

As an Educational Administrator, Gregory works to provide vision and leadership in  international education, to build alliances and promote collaboration between academic institutions and faculties, to provide meaningful research and professional development opportunities to faculty, and to provide genuine international experience to students.
 As a Corporate Expatriate, Gregory seeks to build alliances, find efficiencies, and develop synergies through the application of diplomatic skills gained during his international career in Far East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.

Email Gregory 

Coert Erasmus - Business Instructor 
picture of male instructor Coert joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an instructor in the Business programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Studies and a Master of Commerce in Business Management from the University of South Africa. Coert completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pretoria where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Financial Management Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce in Investment Management degree. Coert started his teaching career in 2010 and has extensive experience in the post-secondary education environment. Coert has published research papers on different topics in finance and banking.
Research interests:
Coert’s research interest extends into the field of finance and banking, more specifically as to how technological advancements are impacting the Canadian and global financial sector.
Cynthia O’Donnell - Business Instructor 

Picture of womanCynthia has been an instructor in the business department at Keyano College for almost 30 years. She arrived in Fort McMurray with her partner Neil and daughter Sarah in 1977, about the time of Syncrude’s startup. Cynthia has a B.A. in Modern History and English, M.A. in History, and Ed.D., all from the University of Toronto. She has spent her career at Keyano College teaching communications and writing and presentation courses in the business program.

Research Interests:

Cynthia’s research focus has been on women in science, particularly Alberta women geoscientists working in the resource industry, government research, and academia. She completed her dissertation on this topic in the year 2000. Her most recent publication has been a children’s book titled Blue’s Mountain Christmas.
Uylander Jack - Business Instructor 
Picture of womanUylander joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an Instructor in Business and Office Administration programs. She holds a M.Sc. in Human Resource Development. With over 15 years of experience serving students at internationally accredited institutions, Uylander’s belief is that the 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”.
Gerri Rondot - Business Instructor

Picture of female instructorGerri 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, Gerri worked in the Human Resources field for several years holding progressively more challenging positions from Benefits Administrator to Human Resources Manager. Gerri enjoys teaching and endeavors to continually expand her range of methods and areas of interest. 

Research interests:

Teaching Millennials, the Global Economy, International Education, Non-Profit Management, and Grant Writing.

Education and Academic Upgrading

Our Instructors provide adult learners with an opportunity to upgrade their elementary and high school 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 expanded to also 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. Prior to joining Keyano College, Lisa has worked in the field of post-secondary education for 18 years: 14 in Alberta and 4 in New Brunswick.

Lisa is passionate about serving adult learners returning to school and helping them achieve their goals and move forward to further post-secondary education.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. “ ~Nelson Mandela

Tracey Boger,  Ph.D., M.Ed., B.Ed. - Education and College & Career Prep Instructor
Tracey BogarTracy Boger currently teaches university level education courses and college prep math courses in the Department of Education and Academic Upgrading. She started her teaching career in 1996 and taught K-12 students in many different communities including  Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Cold Lake, and Krakow, Poland.  When Tracy Joined the college in 2013 she already had several years of experience teaching post-secondary education courses. Tracy has a MEd in the area of Instructional Technology and she completed her PhD from the University of Alberta in 2018. 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. Tracy has presented her work in venues such as the Canadian E-Learning Conference, ETCATA’s Teacher2Teacher Technofest, Campus Computing Conference, and most notably the EdMedia World Conference in Vienna, Austria. She also previously worked at Keyano College in the roles of the Acting Chair of the Suncor Educational Technology Center (SETC), SETC Mentor, and Education Coordinator.
Patricia L. Collins - College & Career Prep Instructor  
picture of female instructor 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.
Research Interests:
Analytical chemistry, including minerals testing and assaying techniques, analysis of biological and air samples for exposure to heavy metals and other hazardous workplace chemicals. Examining water quality, particularly the interactions of dissolved metals and endocrine-disrupting organic chemicals with biochemicals essential to living things. 
Leni Cherian - College & Career Prep Instructor  

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 specialized on Power Systems (University of Mumbai, India) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (University of Cochin, Kerala, India). Prior to teaching at Keyano, Leni worked as Assistant Professor at A.C Patil College of Engineering, Mumbai, India.

Leni enjoys painting, vegetable carving and embroidery. She shares these to her friends through social media.

Kevin Rodgers - College & Career Prep Instructor  
Kevin 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 focus in 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. He believes that education should be accessible and student centered.
Research interests:
Globalization, The growth of Neo-Nationalist movements, Military and Strategic Studies, Political Geography. 
Doug Ross - College & Career Prep Instructor  

Doug 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. Doug recently met the challenge of achieving his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary while teaching full time at Keyano College. Doug has worked in Academic Upgrading for 15 years holding a variety of positions from Indigenous Communities Instructor, Transitional Program Instructor, College and Career Preparation Department Chair, to Academic Upgrading Instructor, with previous work experience as a teacher and then as an administrator in the secondary school system in northern Alberta.
Research Interests:
Immigration, International Education, Credentialing and Re-credentialing for Adult Immigrants, Sociocultural Learning, Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Transformation, Mediated Learning, Social Capital Theory, Traditional and Contemporary Indigenous Learning.

Ross, D.R. (2018). Adult immigrants seeking entry into the trades in rural Alberta [electronic resource]: Navigating the processes of credentialing and re-credentialing. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada).

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.

Dr. Eli Ahlquist RN, EdD – Dean 
Dr. Eli Ahlquist brings more than 12 years of academic leadership experience in healthcare education to the role of Dean for the School of Health and Human Services. Prior to joining Keyano College in February 2020, he served in various leadership/management position in Saskatchewan.
Professionally, Dr. Ahlquist is a Registered Nurse, and was previously an Emergency Medical Technician. He completed a Doctor of Education from Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota), Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching from Boise State University (Boise, Idaho), Masters in Public Administration from the University of Regina, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan/Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST).
His primary area of research interest centers on the utilization of educational technology, specifically virtual reality-based simulation to enhance learning. He has also guided the conversion of multiple programs to online delivery and led the development of various online curriculum enhancements (I.e. mobile applications) to support student success. Dr. Ahlquist is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Institute for Continuing Care Education Research (ICCER). 
Melissa Hill – Lead Administrative Assistant/Student Placement Coordinator 
Nimi Dada – Administrative Support 

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 career as a Registered Nurse, Practical Nurse, Health Care Aide or Paramedic.  

Shelley Bessey - Nursing Instructor 

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 in the critical care areas and management. She has been teaching the Collaborative Nursing program from the University of Alberta for over ten years. 

Chelsea Cleary, MN, NP-Family/All Ages, IBCLC - Nursing Instructor

Picture of womanChelsea joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an instructor the Bachelor of Science in nursing program. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Ottawa in 2011 and her Master of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Toronto in 2016. Chelsea has a nursing background in neonatal intensive care, prenatal care, labour and delivery, postpartum and newborn care, as well as lactation medicine. Her clinical interests include care of the childbearing family, perinatal education, preconception counselling, well woman care, and infant feeding support. Chelsea is also an internationally board certified lactation consultant.

Holly LeJeune, BScN, RN - Clinical Nursing Instructor 

Picture of womanHolly joined Keyano College faculty in 2018 as a clinical instructor in the Nursing Program. Hailing from out east, Holly is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Saint Francis Xavier University and was recently accepted to the Masters in Education and Health program. Prior to joining Keyano, Holly spent her time working in various provinces across Canada with a strong focus in the Acute Care Emergency sector primarily in remote, rural, and underserviced areas.

Kortnie MacDougall BScN, RN, MN - Nursing Instructor

Picture of womanKortnie joined the Keyano College faculty in 2014 and is an instructor in the Nursing and Allied Health Studies programs. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Cape Breton University and went on to attain a Master of Nursing degree from Dalhousie University with the goal to pursue a career in nursing education. Prior to teaching, Kortnie has worked in a variety of capacities in nursing including long-term care, medical/surgical nursing, addictions, and withdrawal management. Her role in nursing education extends from the classroom to the clinical setting; by fostering a safe and cohesive learning environment, students are comfortable to engage in making significant connections between theory and clinical practice.

Dr. Nadine Rimmer RN, DNP - Nursing Instructor
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Dr. Nadine Rimmer is a 1988 graduate of the Keyano College Diploma Nursing Program and the Keyano

College Collaborative BScN with the University of Alberta (1998). She obtained a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2017 with a focus on nursing leadership and ethics. She has been instructing for 13 years. Being a proud member of the Manitoba Métis Federation, she has presented her research work at Indigenous Health Conferences and Educational Conferences. 

Research interests:

Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous Students in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program.

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 the Nursing and Practical Nursing programs. Catherine has a Masters 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
Marina Yanciw - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Picture of womanMarina joined the Keyano College faculty in 2018 and is an instructor in the HCA program. She is a licensed practical nurse and received her diploma from Keyano College. She was recently accepted to a Bachelor of Health Science program. Prior to teaching, Marina worked as a nurse in the community providing education and a variety of supports to vulnerable populations.

Human Services

Priscilla Lothian Hendrix - Chair of Human Services
PrisPicture of womancilla joined the Keyano College faculty in 2017 and is an instructor in the Chair of Human Services. She has a degree in Early Childhood Studies and a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Priscilla is currently enrolled at National
 Louis University in Illinois completing a concurrent Education Specialist degree and a Doctoral in Higher Education Leadership. Before teaching, Priscilla worked in the human service field as a counselor, childcare supervisor, volunteer co-coordinator, and an educational facilitator within the Ontario school districts.
Research Interests:
Leadership in Education; English as a Second Language; Early Learning and Child Care; Mental Health and Wellness 
Karla Green - Instructor Childhood Studies 
Photo of Karla GreenKarla joined Keyano College faculty in Fall 2019 and is an instructor in the Childhood Studies Department. She is a certified Early Childhood Educator in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Alberta with a diploma in Early Childhood Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Critical Studies in Education through the University of New Brunswick since joining Keyano. Prior to teaching, Karla worked as an Early Childhood Educator for 31 years with all ages and settings of the early years environment and has substantial experience in childcare business management.

Her experience makes her passionate about equitable social relations and socially just educational communities.

Research interests:

Early Childhood Education, Inclusion, Post-Colonial/Indigenous studies, Transcultural Competence, and Gender/Queer critical theories.

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 the passion she holds for the profession will be assets and benefit the students she teaches.

Contact Information

Email: donna pruski  Phone : 780-791-5128

School of Continuing Education 

Our School of Continuing Education instructors help students develop their professional skills, provide professional certificates and designations, or prepare them for a career in the trade industries.

Bertha Fairley - Dean

Bertha first came to Keyano College in 1998 as an Instructor and Aide in Gregoire Lake and then went on to be a full-time academic upgrading instructor in Fort McKay from 2000-2002. After following a different career path, Bertha returned to Keyano College in 2010 as a Program Coordinator in the Syncrude Aboriginal Trades Program. She then went on to become a Program Manager in the School of Continuing Education. In 2018, Bertha took on the role of Dean in the school. Bertha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education in French as a second Language. Bertha’s experience includes working extensively with Indigenous Groups, municipal government, and public school systems.

Bertha can be reached by email or phone at 780.791.8907. 

Tara Douglas - School of Continuing Education Program Manager
Picture of womanTara joined Keyano College in 2013 as an Administrative Assistant for the Corporate Training department. Tara has recently completed her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Husson University and is a certified program planner (CPP) with LERN Organization. She also has a diploma from Sheridan College in Human Resources Management as well as a certificate from Mohawk College in the Career Consultant program. Tara has progressed through both the Corporate Training and Continuing Education departments in positions such as Junior Business Development Officer and Program Administrator. Prior to her coming to Keyano, she was employed at Wolseley Canada as the Kitchen & Bath Showroom Representative and an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, Ontario Mechanical division. 
Marcella Rogerson - Testing Services Delivery Specialist
Marcella joined the Keyano College team in 2009 and is the Delivery Specialist of the Testing Centre. Marcella is a certified Proctor with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University. She has been the Chief GED examiner for Keyano College for ten years. It’s the most rewarding part of her job watching students in the region pursue the next step in their education and careers.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

Our LINC instructors help newcomers learn English, gain skills for the Canadian workplace, meet the language requirement for Canadian Citizenship, and Learn about their community.

Glenda Little-Kulai - Chair of LINC
Picture of womanGlenda joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 as the Chair of the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. She has provided leadership for the LINC program since 2012 when she first her career at Keyano as a Program Coordinator and later became a Program Manager in 2015. Glenda holds a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Linguistics (Griffiths University, 2005), the ACE Certficate in Language Program Management (Mount Royal University, 2015), and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Care (University of Victoria, 1995).  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 this field and has worked internationally as an administrator, curriculum developer, methodology professor, teacher-trainer, language assessor, and an English language instructor. Glenda is passionate about adult learning and English education and is committed to continuous professional development and lifelong learning.

Research interests:

Teaching strategies and materials for literacy-challenged English language learners and UDL.

Rick Hulbert - Lead LINC Instructor and Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test Assessor

picture of male instructor Rick came to Fort McMurray in 2011 specifically to join Keyano College. He is currently the lead instructor for the LINC Program, where he also serves as a CLBPT assessor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Instructional Design, and diplomas in both Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and Accounting. Rick is looking forward to completing a Masters of Education in Distance Education, with a specialization in Instructional Design, in April 2020. Rick has been teaching since 1998, in British Columbia, Kazakhstan, and Japan at a variety of levels. While the LINC Program is primarily focused on practical language acquisition, Rick is passionate about both the language and settlement aspects of LINC and endeavors to guide students towards success in both areas.

Research interests:
Educational technology, instructional design, EAL literacy, metacognition, second language acquisition, and issues related to newcomer settlement in Canada.

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Other Services

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

Student Services & Registrar

Dr. Sandra Efu - Director of Student Services 

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Dr. Sandra Efu joined Keyano College in 2015 as a Business Faculty. In addition to teaching, Sandra served on the College's Faculty Association Executive Council and was the Chair of the Professional Development Committee from 2016 - 2020. She was seconded to the Manager, International Education role in 2019, where she worked with the International Students' Project Steering Committee (ISPSC) on a cost-effective strategy for international student recruitment and support services. She also helped to establish the College's first International Education Office. 

As Director of Student Services, Sandra is responsible for providing leadership and strategy for programs and services that contribute to a positive student experience. She offers hands-on support to the Student Services Department team to achieve the Department's vision to contribute to an exceptional student experience by providing student supports that are inclusive, integrated, equitable, timely/accessible, and student-centred. Sandra is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a Ph.D. in Higher Education: Research, Evaluation, and Enhancement.

Research interests:
Economics of education, service learning for social good, teaching and learning in higher education, and program design, evaluation and enhancement for social good.

Recent publications:

Efu, S. I. (2020). An evaluative inquiry into continuing professional development: understanding faculty perceptions. Teacher Development24(5), 688-708.

Efu, S. I. (2019). Exams as learning tools: A comparison of traditional and collaborative assessment in higher education. College teaching67(1), 73-83.

Sandra can be reached by email or phone at 780.790.8974.

Student Academic Support Services

Michelle Ploughman  - Adaptive Technology Specialist
Michelle 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.

Library Services

Linda White - Cataloging & Serials Subscription Technician
Picture of womanLinda joined Keyano College in February of 2018 and is currently working in the library. She graduated from Grant MacEwan University with a diploma in Information Management and Library Technology and has over 12 years experience as a Library Technician, working mostly 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. 


 Rebecca Way - Procurement Manager
Picture of womanRebecca joined the College in 2014 and is the Manager of the Procurement Department. Originally from Australia, Rebecca officially became a “Canadian” citizen in 2019. Rebecca is currently working on a Commerce Degree to ultimately pursue a Masters in Commercial Law. Rebecca has worked in Contracts and Procurement at Keyano for the past five years. Prior to that seven years equivalent at Provincial Government level in Australia. Rebecca enjoys working in the public sector and making a difference to people’s lives. 

Quality Assurance and Research

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. 

Budgeting and Treasury

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 - Finance Coordinator 
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. 

Payroll and Benefits 

Jennifer Moore - Payroll & Benefits Lead
Picture of womanJennifer joined Keyano College in August 2007 and is the Lead for the Payroll & Benefits group. She holds a Certified Payroll Manager designation from the Canadian Payroll Association. Jennifer has worked in the payroll field for over 15 years.
Tatiana Santos - Payroll & Benefits Administrator 
Picture of womanTatiana joined Keyano College in 2019 and is a Payroll & Benefits Administrator in the Human Resources Department. She is an internationally trained lawyer, currently taking the Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification. Tatiana has worked in the human resources field for about three years since she moved to Canada, with work experience in the public and non-profit sectors.

Advancement Services

Nyssa Papertzian - Individual Giving Coordination

Nyssa can be reached by email or phone at 780.715.6331

Marketing & Communications

 Heather Pert - Director 

Heather has a Diploma in Creative Advertising from Centennial College, a Masters of Arts in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, and a Certification in Human Resources from University of New Brunswick. Heather has worked for over 25 years in all areas of marketing and communications in both private and public sectors. She spent several years working for the New Brunswick Provincial Government working in the Departments of Natural Resources, Economic Development & Tourism, and NB Power. More recently she worked in the private sector for heavy industry. This included pulp and paper, forestry, transportation, shipbuilding, and heavy construction. Heather made the conscious decision to move into post-secondary after completing her Masters and worked at the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management before joining Keyano College in 2017.

Heather can be reached by email or phone at 780.598.1582. 

Retail Operations

Joanne Hammond-Wall - Retail Operations Coordinator
Picture of womanJoanne joined Keyano College in 2018 and is 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 with a major 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.
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.