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
Public Engagement
Projects
People & Culture

President Jay Notay

President & CEO

Dr. Jatinder (Jay) Notay

 

 

Terri Turner - Executive Assistant, President and CEO

Contact the Office of the President:

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

Send an email


Academics & Student Experience

Dr. Sandra Efu

Interim President, 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. 

Susie Bowles

Vipin Nagar - Executive Assistant, VP Academics & Student Experience 

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

Phone: +1-780-791-8993

Send an email

Office of the Registrar

Administrative Assistant, Student Experience & Registrar
 
 Admissions
 
 Assistant Registrar, Admissions
 
 Staff

admissions@keyano.ca 

 

Enrollment Services
 
 Manager,  Enrollment Services
 
Financial Aide

Financial.Aide@keyano.ca

 

 Student Advisors 

Student.Advisors@keyano.ca;

 

Records Management & Institutional Research
 
Assistant Registrar, Records Management & Institutional Research
 
Switchboard Operator 
 
Document Management

Transfer@keyano.caTranscripts@keyano.caFinancial.Aide@keyano.ca

 

 Institutional Research 

 

 

Registration

Registrar@keyano.ca

 

Scheduling & Articulation

 

Transfer@keyano.ca;

 

 

Student Accounts

StudentAR@keyano.ca;

 

Applied Research, Learning & Innovation

Maike Schmieding - Research Chair for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research, Learning & Innovation

 

Academic Success Centre
Candice Crossley - Manager, Academic Success Centre
 
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. 
Ewan Martel - Academic Content Specialist
 
Vacant - Academic Content Specialist 

 

Sim Senol - Academic Content Specialist 

Sim has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Bilkent University and a Master's Degree in Organizational Behaviour from Polytechnic University. She has spent most of her career working for post-secondary institutions in Turkey, the US, and Canada in various academic and administrative positions. She has taught undergraduate courses in human resource management, organizational behaviour, payroll operations, personal and corporate finance, business statistics, computer applications and educational technology.

Outside of post-secondary education, Sim has experience in non-profit management, corporate finance, budgeting and reporting, and HR. Sim is originally from Turkey. She moved to Canada in 2011 and to Fort McMurray in February 2024.

When she is not working, you can find Sim walking around the city and the trails, playing tennis, volunteering or kayaking.  

Lori Sweetland - Work Integrated Learning Coordinator 
 
Deanne Taylor - Work Integrated Learning Coordinator 
 
Library Services 
Sarah Schmidt - Chair, Library Services & Research Instruction Librarian 

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.

Cecilia Hibbs - Library Circulation Technician 
cecilian hibbsCecilia is the newest team member and joined Keyano in fall 2023 as Circulation Technician. As the Circ Tech, Cecilia is responsible for circulation services at the front desk, in-person, virtual (chat), and email reference interviews/questions, locating requested resource materials, helping patrons with library catalogue and database searches, and instructing library patrons in the use of the various library resources.

Cecilia graduated from Mohawk College in Ontario with her diploma in Library and Information Technician, and her professional work experience includes working for the past several years within various Catholic and Public Elementary School Boards as a School Librarian.
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 - Reference, Teaching & Learning Librarian 
Photo of MelanieMelanie joined Keyano College in 2022 and 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. 
Bryan Paculan - Digital Support Navigator 
 

 

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. 

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. 

 

Staff

 

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 - Indigenous Student Coordinator
Shane Walsh - Student Recruitment Coordinator
 
Christina Yapp - Facilitator, Student Life
 

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. 
 Staff

Rosy Chen - Retail Operations/Reprographics Assistant 

Victoria Ocampo Fernandez - Retail Operations Assistant 

Eman Omairi - Retail Operations/Reprographics Assistant  

Housing
 Staff

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
 

Coert Erasmus

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.

 

Contact Information:

coert.erasmus@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8919 

Evan Pelton - Administrative Coordinator 

 

Zorgh Madi - Program Support Administrator 

 

Academic Innovation & Extended Studies
Miyuki Schulz - Manager, Academic Innovation & Extended Studies
Tamara Toole - Program Administrator, Academic Innovation & Extended Studies 
Katie Fox - Program Administrator, Continuing Education & 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

Contact Information:

nermin.zukic@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4829

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. 

 

 

Contact Information:

ben.bramly@keyano.ca

+1-613-849-7764

Greg Chandler - Business Instructor

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

 

Contact Information:

greg.chandeler@keyano.ca 

+1-780-715-3918

Amanda Dafoe - Business Instructor 
 
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.

 

Contact Information:

amani.edwards@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-8956

Jeremiah Iyamabo - Business Instructor 
 
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.

 

Contact Information: 

uylander.jack@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4994

Vikrant Jain - Business Instructor
 
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. 

 

Contact Information: 

gregory.krabes@keyano.ca

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. 

 

Contact Information: 

burany.kunjappan@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4885

Beverly Lockett - Business Instructor 
 
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. 

 

Contact Information:

rahul.paul@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4861

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). 

Contact Information:

cristina.rensmaag@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8939

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. 

 

Contact Information:

gerri.rondot@keyano.ca

+1-780-972-0599

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. 

 

 

 

Contact Information: 

pratibha.shalini@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8946

 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. 

  

Contact Information:

lisa.turner@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5606

 

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.

 

Contact Information: 

tracy.boger@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4833

 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. 

 

Contact Information:

leni.cherian@keyano.ca 

Patricia L. Collins - Instructor, College & Career Prep 

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. 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.

 

Contact information: 

patricia.collins@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8955

Kevin Rodgers - Instructor, College & Career Prep 

Kevin Rodgers

Kevin joined the Keyano College faculty in 2010 and is an instructor in the College and Career Preparation Program and University Studies. 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 is also actively involved in local history projects and is the Historical Curator at the Military Museum of the RMWB. Kevin also sits on the Board of Directors of the Wood Buffalo Military Museum Centre.

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

 

Contact Information:

kevin.rodgers@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-5702

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.  

 

Contact Information:

doug.ross@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-8948

 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.

 

 Contact Information:

glenda.little-kulai@keyano.ca 

+1-780-792-5615

 

 

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.

 

Contact Information:

luciane.aleida@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5706

 

 

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. 

 

Contact Information: 

easter.bhebhe@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5706

Stephanie Craik - Program & Student Support Administrator 
 
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. 

 

Contact Information:

manjeet.gupta@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5706

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. 

 

Contact Information:

holly.hashimi@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5723

 

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. 

 

Contact Information:

rick.hulbert@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5706

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. 

 

Contact Information:

guoying.li@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5706

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. 

 

Contact Information:

nick.mitchelmore@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5706

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. 

 

Contact Information: 

joanne.morin@keyano.ca 

+1-780-792-5706

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. 

 

Contact Information:

amanda.vassallo@keyano.ca 

+1-780-792-5706

 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.

 


Contact Information:

marie-france.jones@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8957

Arts Faculty
Dr. Reza Ashouri-Talooki - University Studies Instructor 

REZA

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. 

 

Contact Information:

reza.ashouri-talooki@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4836

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.

 

Contact Information:

kory.cheshire@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-4813

Dr. Ryan Cox - University Studies Instructor 

ryan cox

Dr. 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. 

 


Contact Information:

ryan.cox@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4837

 

 


Kevin Rodgers - Instructor, College & Career Prep/University Studies 

Kevin RodgersKevin joined the Keyano College faculty in 2010 and is an instructor in the College and Career Preparation Program and University Studies. 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 is also actively involved in local history projects and is the Historical Curator at the Military Museum of the RMWB. Kevin also sits on the Board of Directors of the Wood Buffalo Military Museum Centre.

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

 

Contact Information:

kevin.rodgers@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-5702

Michael Smith - Instructor, University Studies
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. He 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 discipline areas include philosophy and political science.

Dr. Young's research interests include political theory and applied ethics.

Dr. Young is also the current president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics (CSSPE) /Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éthique appliquée (SCEEA).

 

 

Contact Information:

mark.young@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4825

Science Faculty
Miguel Borges - University Studies Instructor 
MiguelMiguel Borges is an instructor in the University Studies department, where he teaches Computer Systems Technology and related courses.

Prior to joining Keyano College, Miguel was a high school teacher and technology coordinator in the public school system. His degrees are from Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as the University of British Columbia.

Miguel’s specialty is data network technologies, and he has completed programs and certificates in networking, information security, and fiber optics.
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.

Contact Information:

robert.changirwa@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4940

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. 






 

Contact Information:

jeanpierre.devillier@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4832

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.

Contact Information:

blaine.legaree@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5616

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.

Contact Information:

matthew.morin@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4831

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. 

 

  

Contact information:

sorin.nita@keyano.ca

+1-780-715-3924

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.  

 

Contact Information:

tamar.richardsthomas@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4822

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, a grassland ecologist at University of Nebraska, and in the reindeer herding program at the University of Alaska, Northwest Campus. Dr. Smith's areas of focus are ecology, wildlife management, soils, botany, biology, and forestry.

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

 

Contact Information:

david.smith@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4997

Staff
Emily Bobbett - Laboratory Aide

Emily holds a BSc.H.

 

Contact information: 

emily.bobbett@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4986

Connor Esler - Laboratory Aide
 
Chrissi Sheppard - Laboratory Technician
 
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. 

 

Contact Information:

jamie.wiseman@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4986

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. 

 

Contact Information:

arlene.starkes@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4840

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

MEgan WattonMegan graduated with her office administration certificate with Keyano College in the spring of 2022 and began working in the School of Health and Human Services later that summer! She has had a wonderful time getting to know everyone and can’t wait to continue to grow in her position and further develop her relationships within the college and the community!

 

Contact Information:
Megan.watton@keyano.ca

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

Samantha LeBlanc - Instructor, Social Work

Dr. Chinwe Ogolo - Instructor, childhood Studies

Laura Niven - Instructor, Childhood Studies

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
shelleyShelly 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

 

Melissa Brown - Instructor, Prehospital Care
 
Jennifer Courtney - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Maddie Dodge - Instructor, Prehospital Care

Sarah Espejo - Instructor, Prehospital Care
Sarah espejoSarah joined the Keyano College faculty in 2023 as a Pre-hospital Medicine Instructor. Sarah received her Respiratory Therapist diploma from the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s, NL, in 2008. Sarah and her husband have made Fort McMurray their home, together, for the last 15 years.

Sarah has a vast variety of experience working in all units of our local hospital, as well as, experience providing oxygen and sleep services within Central and Northern Alberta. Sarah has loved teaching fellow RTs, nurses, physicians, PCP/ACPs, patients and their family members over the course of her career. She comes with the goal to pass on her acquired experience & knowledge to the students of Keyano College.
Sharon Grantham - Instructor/PN Program Coordinator, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Carla Hambley - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Kayla Hayter - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 
Kayla Hayter

Kayla joined the Keyano College faculty in 2017 as a contract nursing instructor and accepted a faculty position in 2022. Kayla received her Practical Nursing diploma from the Centre for Nursing Studies in St. John’s, NL, in 2005 and is currently teaching in the Practical Nursing Program.

Kayla has nearly two decades of experience in the acute Medicine unit at our local hospital, bringing a broad knowledge base to the Health & Human Services Department. Kayla brings a passion for nursing with her goal to pass on acquired experience & knowledge to the student population.

Trisha Holland - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 
 
Chelsea Hynes - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

chelsey hynes Chelsea joined the Keyano College faculty in 2022 and is an instructor in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. She received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2013 and has spent most of her career working in both rural & urban Manitoba. Chelsea also completed the Winnipeg Critical Care Nursing Education Program in 2015.


Chelsea has a nursing background in acute medical/surgical adult intensive & critical care, cardiac critical care, pediatrics and management. Chelsea has experience in leadership & mentorship and has passion for education.

Dr. Mehri Karimi-Dehkordi - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 
MehriDr. Mehri Karimi-Dehkordi has extensive experience in nursing practice and teaching, particularly in cardiac critical care, equipping her to connect theoretical concepts with practical applications effectively. She possesses a genuine passion for teaching and authentically prioritizes the success of her students, demonstrating a robust dedication to preparing upcoming nurses with crucial critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

She received her Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of Alberta and undertook her postdoctoral fellowships at three universities: the University of Ottawa, the University of Calgary, and the University of Alberta, respectively. She actively engages in research activities, publishing articles in high-impact journals and presenting at conferences and serves as both an inspiration and a mentor to students, encouraging them to pursue research opportunities. Her research interests encompass patients' values, the delivery of person-centred care, the promotion of well-being among older adults, the improvement of self-care practices, leadership dynamics within healthcare settings, and the development of effective teaching and learning methodologies.

Dr. Mehri Karimi-Dehkordi continues to be devoted to advancing nursing knowledge and nurturing the next generation of healthcare professionals.
Samantha Ledrew - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 
 
Fatima Legrou - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Kerry McCann - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
 
Dr. Natalie McMullin - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Natalie McMullan Dr. Natalie McMullin has almost 10 years of experience as an instructor at Keyano College in the Nursing & Allied Health Department. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Distinction in 2009. She furthered her education with her Master of Nursing degree in 2012 with her research focused on a quantitative study on breastfeeding. In 2020, Dr. McMullin received her Doctoral of Education focusing on nursing student resiliency in clinical settings. Natalie is passionate about community health nursing. When she is not working, she is spending time in the community with her husband and two sons.
Renee Mouland - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies
Renee MoulandRenee Mouland graduated with Academic Excellence from the Salvation Army Grace General Hospital's School of Nursing in 1992, in St. John’s, NL. Originally from Newfoundland, Renee and her husband have made Fort McMurray their home for the last 22 + years, committing to the community and raising their family here.

She has been blessed to have had such rich experiences over her 32-year nursing career, working in all areas of nursing, in all health care settings, from remote and flight nursing on the coast of Labrador to OR nursing in a major trauma center.

Renee's background is primarily in Peri operative Nursing, but she has spent the last 9 years leading a team of nurses in a specialized private infusion clinic setting. She has held specialty certifications in Peri-operative and Holistic Nursing; as well as completed many courses relating to Biologic Treatments and Therapy. She is always looking to expand her knowledge base and is currently exploring courses in Neurodiversity.

She is passionate about teaching and believes it is a privilege to be able to share the knowledge and experiences she has gained, with the next generation health care professionals.
Balqisa Omar - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

BalqisaBalqisa Omar, known as "Bal," joined Keyano College's faculty in January 2023. With East African roots-Somali and raised in London, Ontario, she brings a unique multicultural perspective to nursing education. Balqisa graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2006 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in leadership education at Western University.


With 17 years of nursing experience, Balqisa holds certifications in Critical Care Nurse, Coronary Care Nurse, Clinical Nurse Educator, and certification in Leadership in Nurse Management. She has worked in various healthcare settings across Canada and spent four years as an ICU staff Nurse in Abu Dhabi, gaining insights into global healthcare practices and cultural nuances.


As a dedicated Nurse Instructor, Balqisa employs engaging teaching methods and fosters a supportive learning environment. Her commitment to high-quality education, combined with her global exposure in healthcare, allows her to bridge diverse perspectives and develop culturally aware healthcare professionals.

Heather Pelley - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 
 
Janelle Riutta - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 
 
Crystal Rose- Instructor/Nursing Lab Coordinator 
Catharine Simpson-Szpak - Health Care Aide Program Coordinator

catherine szpakCatharine joined the Keyano College faculty in 2002 as a nursing instructor. She now is the Program Coordinator for the Health Care Aide program. 

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
Ashleigh Thorne - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 
 
Lindsy Trettenero - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 
 
Manpreet Uppal - Instructor, Prehospital care
Mnapreet uppalManpreet was born and raised as a first generation Canadian in northern British Columbia with Punjabi as his first language. He speaks both English and Punjabi fluently and enjoys the beauties of both cultures from movies and music to foods and traditions. He moved to Calgary, Alberta when he was 17 years of age on his own when he began to pursue a career in paramedicine. Aside from being a paramedic, he enjoys developing and selling residential investment real-estate projects as well as some venture capital portfolios and projects. The love of his life is his 6 year old daughter who he enjoys spending all of his free time with. When he can,ge loves to play basketball, soccer and enjoy rib-eye steaks on the BBQ while listening to all genres of music. He has recently learned how to play piano as well as enjoy percussion on traditional Indian hand drums called tabla.

As a instructor for the Pre-Hospital Program, his experience and passion in clinical education is delivering critical care high fidelity simulation for the pre-hospital setting as well as delivering certifications to our students for ACLS, PALS, and NRP courses. He enjoys collaborating with the amazing instructors from the nursing program to help bridge and bring dynamic patient care to the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program here at Keyano College. He has experience on both urban and rural ground ambulance with great mentors along the way. He has also been fortunate enough to have a career as a flight paramedic in for both fixed wing and rotary critical care environments all over Alberta and northern British Columbia as well as a clinical educator in all fields of paramedicine. With 20 years experience he hopes to deliver the best possible education and experience to the students of the Pre-Hospital Care Program here at Keyano College. Manpreet hopes you enjoy your time here on campus and get to catch a Huskies game or two when you can!
Marina Yanciw - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Martina YAnciwMarina grew up in southern Alberta and moved to Fort McMurray to finish high school. She then went on to take the practical nurse program at Keyano College and graduated in 2017. Before coming to work at Keyano College, Marina worked as an LPN on the Medicine unit at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre and at Northreach (HIV North Society) as an Overdose Prevention Nurse and Educator.

 

Marina's favorite thing about nursing is providing education, so working as an instructor at Keyano College is the perfect fit for her. In her free time, Marina loves to spend time outdoors with her daughter and husband.

 

 

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 - Dean, School of Trades & Technology

darren staceyDarren 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.  

 

Darren accepted the position of Chair of Metal Trades Department in 2013 which continued through until 2023 when he became Dean for the School of Trades and Technology.

 

Contact Information:

Darren.Stacey@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-2675

Vacant - Associate Director, Trades & Technology 

 

Melissa Coish - Coordinator, Extended Studies
 
Lisa Starks - Coordinator, Welding Recertification, Dual Credit Programming, CNC and WBF
 
Nancy Nicholle- Administrative Assistant, Apprenticeship and Office of the Dean
 
Donna Villa - Power Engineering Program Coordinator 
 
Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) & Extended Studies 
Tony Gauthier - Chair of HET & Extended Studies

Extended Studies 

Sara Archer - Instructor, Haul Truck

Mike Downey - Instructor, Haul Truck and HEO

Heavy Equipment Technician

 

Instructors 

Eric S Clare - Instructor Aide, HET

Donald Cyr - Instructor, HET

Tony Gauthier - 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, Electrical & CNC
 
Norman Hennings - Chair of Metal Trades, Electrical & CNC

 

Electrical

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. 
Staff and Faculty

Elissa Campbell - Electrical Instructor

Kyle Forrest - Electrical Instructor

James Lamson - Instructor Aide, Electrical

Millwright

 

 Faculty and Staff

Peter Eckhold - Instructor, Millwright

Thomas MacLellan - Instructor, Millwright

Vacant - Instructor Aide, Millwright 

Terry Seaward - Instructor, Millwright

 

Steamfitter/Pipefitter
 Faculty and Staff

Brent Hydomako - Instructor, Steamfitter/Pipefitter

Bruce Lowdon - Instructor, Steamfitter/Pipefitter

 

 Welding

 

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

Clint J Fleischhacker - Instructor Aide, Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Welding and Welding Recertification 

Norman Hennings - Welding Instructor

Kevin J McGladdery - Welding Examiner

Dustin Stacey - Instructor Welding, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and CNC

 

 

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
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 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

Wynn Bridges - Instructor, Power Engineering

Rajiv Parashar - Instructor, Power Engineering 

Marvin O'Brien - Instructor, Power Engineering

Vince White - Instructor Aide, 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

Send an email

Vacant - Administrative Coordinator, Corporate Services

 

Facilities & Asset Management

Brandon Fleury - Interim Director, Facilities and Asset Management 
 

Brandon FleuryBrandon, his partner, three kids and a dog have called Fort McMurray their home for the last ten years. 

Having worked in the Civil Construction, Institutional, Open Space Development and Management capacity for over 15 years, he has led many large detailed projects within Keyano College, RMWB and South Western Ontario. Brandon is a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.

He holds a CLT Certification with the Canadian Landscape Nursery Association, and a Diploma in OH&S from the University of New Brunswick. Brandon is also working towards his MBA through Athabasca University. 

 

Leanne Allingham - Administrative Assistant 
 
Building Operations
 John Byrer - Manager, Building Operations
 
 Staff

Nassor Abdalla - Building Operator

Andrew Campbell - Maintenance Technician 

Dan Chouhan - Building Operator

Zoran Knezic - Building Operator

Dharmendra Patel - Millwright

Brett Taylor - Building Operator I

Vacant - Electrician 

Facilities 
Chris Deep - Manager, Facilities
 
 Staff

Daniel Brittain - Maintenance Technician 

Dave Dionne - Maintenance Technician 

Brian Gilley - Maintenance Technician 

Thomas Mitchell - Maintenance Maintenance Technician 

Godofredo Quintos - Maintenance Technician 

Tom Sinclair - Maintenance Maintenance Technician 

 

 

Dale Bendfeld - Manager, Security Services
 

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 
Tracy Compton - Senior Financial Analyst 
 
 Staff
Simone Bourque - Accounts Receivable Clerk 

Vera Davis - Accounts Payable Clerk

Vacant - Accounting Clerk

Trang Do - Manager, Financial Reporting
 
Staff

Lise Comeau - Accounting Clerk (part-time)

Vacant - Senior Accounting Clerk 

Budgeting and Treasury
Jody Sneddon - Manager, Budgeting and Treasury 
 
 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. 
 Staff

Marlene Gray - Accounting Clerk, Cashier

Chantal Hanna - Accountant

Maryna Melnikova - Accounting Clerk

 

 

Procurement and Compliance Services

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.

Staff

Belinda Brunet - Senior Procurement Specialist 

Iveta Fojtikova - Legislative Compliance & Policy Coordinator

Jody Girling - Shipping and Receiving Clerk

Kerry Skinner - Manager, Leasing & Site

Jana Smid - Contract Administrator 


Public Engagement

Chantal Beaver - Associate VP, Public Engagement

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.

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Vipin Nagar - Executive Assistant, Associate VP, Public Engagement

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. 

 

Contact the Office of the Associate Vice President, Public Engagement

Send an email

Business Development

Jennifer Moore - Associate Director, Business Development
 
Advancement Services 

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

Vacant  - Advancement Officer, Special Events & Corporate Giving

 

Phone: +1-780-791-8922

Tyneille Neufeld - Business Development Manager, Huskies & SSWC

Email: tyneille.neufeld@keyano.ca 

Phone: +1-780-881-6183

Nyssa Papertzian - Advancement Officer, Alumni Relations & Individual Giving

Email: nyssa.papertzian@keyano.ca

Phone: +1-780-715-6331

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.

 

Staff:

Kaitlyn Campbell - Business Development Coordinator

Lisa Grandy - Administrative Assistant

Marketing & Communications

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

Digital Communications Coordinator
Graphic Design Coordinator

Media Coordinator and Office Manager

Marketing Coordinator

Graphic Designer (part-time)
Communications Specialist 

 

 

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
 
 Athletics 
 
Jeremy Wielenga - Manager, Athletic Operations & Head Coach, Men's Basketball
 
Staff 

Vacant - Coordinator, Esports Areas/Coach

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

Tommy Sloan - Coordinator, Athlete Services/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

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

Carlos Costa - 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

 Eugene Carnegie - Director, Theatre and Arts Centre
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Production
 Steph Link - Production Manager
 
Scott Weber - Technical Director
 
 Staff

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

 

Projects 

Information Technology Services

Prasan Naik - Interim Director, Information Technology Services
 
Joanne Tiomico - Administrator, HelpDesk/Facilities and ITS
 
Dave Benoit - Senior Manager, Technical Operations 
 
Tammy O'Brien - IT Business Analyst 
 
ERP Team
 Justin Zandee - ERP Team Manager
 
 Staff

Ashraful Alam - Senior Systems Analyst

Shruti Sharma - Enterprise Systems Analyst 

Khushboo Thekdi - Enterprise Systems Analyst

Alka Tomar - Data Base Analyst

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

Jason Lennstrom - Infrastructure Analyst

ITS Services Staff

Leo Bevans - Instructional Technology Support Specialist 

Joel Galloway - Computer Support Specialist

Grace Lingon - Computer Support Specialist

Deanna Martic - Computer Support Specialist


People & Culture

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

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.

Dr. Mbolekwa 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.

Dr. Mbolekwa 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.

Dr. Khwezi Mbolekwa

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. 

Accessibility, Testing & Wellness 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 
 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 
 
 Claire Soper  - Access Strategist

 

 

 

Testing Services
Vivianne Leon - Facilitator, Testing Services
 
Neena Naik - Facilitator, Testing Services
 
Marcella Rogerson - Delivery Specialist, Testing Services
 
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.

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

Mary Ann Campbell - Senior Analyst, People & Culture

Fahmee Haque - Recruiter & Onboarding Specialist 

Sarah Loutitt - Senior Indigenous Relations Advisor 

Tanya Ryan - Business Partner, People & Culture

Carol Smith - Coordinator, People & Culture

Payroll and Benefits
 
  - Payroll and Benefits Manager
 
Rabab El Fakharany - Payroll and Benefits Administrator
 
Jeffrey Freake - Safety Advisor