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
Executive
Academics and Student Experience 
Corporate Services and Finances
Human Resources
Infrastructure 
Marketing and Communications

Academics and Student Experience

Athletics & Recreation

 Jonathan Lambert - Director, Athletics & Recreation
 
 Athletics 
 
 Vacant - Manager, Athletics

 

 Other Staff 

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

Robert Murray - Coordinator, Huskies Home Game & Sport Information

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

Teryl Parsons - Coordinator, Huskies Athletics Office 

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

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

Jeremy Wielenga - Coordinator, Athlete Services/Head Coach, Men's Basketball

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

Leanne Allingham - Guest Services Attendant, Facilities

Luiz Pedro Hartmann Guimaraes - Guest Services Attendant, Fitness

Jerelyn Seguin - Guest Services Attendant, Marketing

 

Taylor Fawcett - Coordinator, Fitness

 

Vacant - Coordinator, Booking and Events
 

Applied Research & Innovation 

 Vacant - Director, Applied Research & Innovation
 

Office of the Registrar

Susanne Bowles - Registrar
 
Admissions
 Rebecca Tait - Assistant Registrar, Admissions
 
 Staff
Debbie Connors - Administrative Representative

Marlene Gray - Admissions Clerk

Judit Kovacs - Admissions Representative 

Mari Leatham - Admissions Representative

Cindy Matthews - Admissions Representative

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. 

 Staff

Nada Al-Khaladi - Institutional Research Analyst

Sadia Nasim - Research Analyst

Linda Raymond-Hagen - eLearning Curriculum Design Specialist

Records Management
Candice Crossley - Assistant Registrar, Records Management
 
 Staff
Megan Campbell - Registration Assistant

Lee Ann Fedec - Registration Assistant

Renee A Finn - Document Management Clerk

Karen Fitch - Registration Assistant

Deborah Hilchey - Switchboard Operator

Chris Rogers - Registration Assistant

Jody Sheppard - Student Records, Scheduling & Articulation Coordinator

Work Integrated Learning & Enrollment Services
 Laura Herweck - Manager, Work Integrated Learning & Enrollment Services
 
 Staff
Jan Bourassa - Student Advisor

Fathiya Hussein - Financial Aid Coordinator

Shania Magnusson - Student Advisor

Suzanne McGladdery - Student Advisor - Heavy Equipment Admissions Specialist

Lori Sweetland - Work Integrated Learning Coordinator

Deanne Taylor - Work Integrated Learning Coordinator

School of Continuing Education & Advancement

Our School of Continuing Education is focused on upskilling & reskilling by enabling access to specialized skill development, providing professional certificates and designations, and working to meet the customized education needs of local businesses and groups.

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

Chantal Beaver - Director, Continuing Education and Advancement

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.

Advancement Services

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

 

 Sohaila Amiri - Advancement Administrative Assistant 
 
Rosemarie Boutilier - Advancement Officer, Alumni Relations & Individual Giving
 
Ashley Fisher - Advancement Officer, Special Events & Corporate Giving
Ashley can be reached by email or phone at +1-780-792-5744
School of Continuing Education 

Our School of Continuing Education is focused on upskilling & reskilling by enabling access to specialized skill development, providing professional certificates and designations, and working to meet the customized education needs of local businesses and groups.

 

 Jennifer Moore - Program Manager, School of Continuing Education
 
 Staff

Rosmarie Boutilier - Program Coordinator, Adult Education

Vacant - Business Development Coordinator

Vacant - Program Administrator, Indigenous Education

 Miyuki Schulz - Program Manager, School of Continuing Education
 
 Staff

Leigh Grant-Simms - Program Administrator

Vivianne Leon - Testing Services Facilitator 

Berdena Murphy - Administrative Assistant

Neena Naik - Testing Services Facilitator 

Marcella Rogerson - Testing Services Delivery Specialist 

Vacant - Program Administrator, School of Continuing Education 

Laura Shultz - Administrative Assistant

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

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

Alexis Laird - Interim Chair of 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

Chinwe Agola - Instructor, childhood Studies

Krista Lloyd-Michaud - Instructor, Childhood Studies

Kimerica Parr - 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
 
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 on critical care areas and management. She has been teaching the Collaborative Nursing program at the University of Alberta for over ten years. 

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

Picture of womanChelsea joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an instructor in 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, and 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 international board-certified lactation consultant.

Kortnie Marsh 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. She went on to attain a Master of Nursing degree from Dalhousie University to pursue a career in nursing education.

Prior to teaching, Kortnie has worked in various nursing capacities, 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 making significant connections between theory and clinical practice.

Catharine Simpson-Szpak - Instructor/Practical Nurse Coordinator

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

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

Faculty and Staff

Shelley Bessey - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Abby Boychuk - Instructor/Health Care Aide Coordinator

Dawn Brownschlaigle - Instructor, Paramedic Programs

Celestin Coburn - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Jennifer Courtney - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Sandra DeWolfe - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Madison Dodge - Instructor, Prehospital care

Sharon Grantham - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Carla Hambley - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Kayla Hayter - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies 

Fatima Legrou - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Natalie McMullin - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Crystal Rose- Instructor/Nursing Lab Coordinator 

Adrianna C Rudderham - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Shana Strickland - Instructor, Nursing & Allied Health Studies

Manpreet Uppal - Instructor, Prehospital care

 

 

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.

Darrel Chisholm - Dean, School of Trades & Heavy Industrial
Darrel joined Keyano College in 2022 after a decade in the oil and gas sector. While working in industry he was a leader in maintenance, training, and skills development where he and his team received several industry awards for their work with apprentices. Prior to working in industry, he spent 10 years in politics serving two terms as Mayor. He formed and chaired the North Shore Mayor’s Group together with other senior community leaders where they advocated at the provincial and federal government levels on issues like softwood lumber, tax reform, and community adjustment in single-industry communities. Darrel is a committed volunteer serving in various roles including regional advisor to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada, Provincial Environment Committee Chair, was elected as Governor, and appointed Operations Director overseeing 500 volunteers. In addition, he severed in numerous Vice President and President roles. 
Melissa Coish - Program and Operators Coordinator
 
Nancy Nicholle- Administrative Assistant
 
Heavy Equipment Technician and Electrical
 
 Jason Lalonde - Interim Chair of HET, Electric & CNC
Jason joined Keyano College faculty in 2016 and is an instructor in the Electrical Apprenticeship program. He is a Master and Power System Electrician, with two diplomas; Electrical Engineering Technician and Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician. Jason came to Keyano College with seven years of experience teaching at NAIT in the electrical program. He has over 20 years of considerable experience with various work experience from wiring homes, commercial buildings, and out at sites in the industrial field. Most of his experience comes from working on overhead cranes doing control work, and getting certified as an overhead crane inspector.
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. 
 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. The College hired Tim 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 students 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 areas of the trades. These Dual Credit Courses give help and support to all the local companies in the Wood Buffalo region. 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 - Apprenticeship Instructor, Electrical 

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 and a Journeyman Red Seal Instrumentation Technician. Before teaching, Tim worked in many 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 various 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.

Staff and Faculty

Kyle Forrest - Electrical Instructor

Wenefredo Sumaculub - Instructor Aide, Electrical

Heavy Equipment Technician

Instructors:

Eric S Clare - Instructor Aide, HET

Alan Dowling - Instructor, HET

Tony Gauthier - Instructor, HET

Robert Mills - Instructor, HET

Darrell Pintkowski - Instructor, HET

Chester Parisian - Instructor, HET

Kevin B Wills - Instructor, HET

Alan Wilton - Instructor, HET

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

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

Millwright

 

 Faculty and Staff

Peter Eckhold - Instructor, Millwright

Thomas MacLellan - Instructor, Millwright

Terry Seaward - Instructor, Millwright

 

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

Brent Hydomako - Instructor, Steamfitter/Pipefitter

Robert Shawn McCurdy - 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

Norman Hennings - Instructor, Welding

Kevin J McGladdery - Welding Instructor/Examiner

Lisa Starks - Coordinator, Welding Recertification

Power Engineering

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

Robert Marsh - Chair, Power Engineering
 Robert MarshRobert Marsh joined Keyano College in January 2015 and is the Interim Dean of Trades & Heavy Industrial. Robert is a 3rd Class Power Engineer and a certified RS Journeyman Motorcycle Mechanic. Before joining Keyano, Robert worked extensively in the Petroleum and Chemical Industries. Most recently, Robert worked as a Plant Manager/Maintenance coordinator for the Growing Power and Ethanol plant near Vegreville, Alberta.
Donna Villa - Power Engineering Program Coordinator
 
Indika S Arachchi Appuhamilag - Instructor, 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.  

Gallage De Silva - Steam Chief/Instructor, Power Engineering

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

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

Mitchel Bentley - Instructor Aide, Power Engineering

Colton Skoda - Instructor, Power Engineering

Lorn Wionzek - Instructor, Power Engineering

 

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.

 Dr. Sandra Efu- Dean, School of University Studies, Career Programs & Academic Upgrading

Sandra Efu

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. 

Prior to her current role as Dean, Sandra served as Director of Student Services for two years, where she continued to lead the international education portfolio and supported the delivery of programs and services that contribute to a positive student experience.

Sandra is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a Ph.D. in Higher Education: Research, Evaluation, and Enhancement.

Contact information:

sandra.efu@keyano.ca 

+1-780-790-8974

Monica Matheus - Administrative Coordinator
 
Vipin Nagar - Program Support Administrator

VipinVipin 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. 

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 and Office Administration

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

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

 

 

 

Contact Information:

nermin.zukic@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4829

Ben Bramly- Business/Office Administration 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/Office Administration Instructor

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

 

Contact Information:

greg.chandeler@keyano.ca 

+1-780-715-3918

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

Dr. Coert Erasmus - Business/Office Administration Instructor 

picture of male instructor Dr. Coert Eramus 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. Dr. Erasmus 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. He started his teaching career in 2010 and has extensive experience in the post-secondary education environment. Dr. Erasmus has published research papers on different topics in finance and banking. His areas of discipline are Finance and investments, financial accounting, and economics.

Dr. Erasmus's research interests include finance and accounting education, financial markets, and adult education.

 

Contact Information:

coert.erasmus@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8919 

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

Gregory John Krabes - Business/Office Administration Instructor 
Portrait Picture

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

+1-778-870-5060

Dr. Buarny Kunjappan - Business/Office Administration 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

Rahul Paul - Business/Office Administration 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/Office Administration 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/Office Administration 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 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 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

+1-780-791-5606

 

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 

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

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

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

 

Contact information: 

patricia.collins@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8955

Kevin Rodgers - Instructor, College & Career Prep 

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

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

 

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)

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.

Luciane Almeida - Program Support Administrator

LucianeLuciane joined Keyano College in 2017 as a Retail Operations Assistant. She has over 15 years of experience as a Buyer, Marketing Assistant and Customer Service Representative.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Human Resources Management Certificate.

Staff and Faculty

Holly Hashimi - LINC Program Registration and Recruitment Assistant 

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

Dr. Reza Ashouri-Talooki - University Studies Instructor

REZADr. Reza Ashouri-Talooki holds an MPPA, and Ph.D., and joined the Keyano College faculty in 2022. His areas of discipline are communications, literature, policy and politics. Prior to joining the Keyano team, Dr. Ashouri-Talooki taught and developed courses (English, Communications, Political Science) in both Secondary Schools, and Post-Secondary Schools. He has experience analyzing public policies, as well as extensive experience in both administrative, policy, and research for government organizations. 

 

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

 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

 

 

 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 J. Cox - University Studies Instructor

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Contact Information:

ryan.cox@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4837

 

 

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, Grassland Ecology at University of Nebraska, and in the Reindeer Herding Faculty at the University of Alaska. Dr. Smith's areas of discipline are ecology, wildlife management, botany, biology, and forestry. 

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

 

Contact Information:

david.smith@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4997

 Dr. Mark Young - Philosophy and Political Science Instructor

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

His research interests include: political theory, and epistemic agency. 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information:

mark.young@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4825

 Staff and Additional Faculty - University Studies

Emily Bobbett - Laboratory Aide

Karli Matthews - Laboratory Aide

Chrissi A Sheppard - Laboratory Technician 

Jamie Wiseman - Laboratory Aide


Student Services 

Vacant - Director of Student Services 

 

Suzanne Inglis - Administrative Assistant, Student Services
Suzanne InglisSuzanne joined Keyano College in July 2008 in the Continuing Education department.  She has worked in different areas since joining Keyano.  She currently works in Accessibility / Student Services, where she has been since February 2016.  Suzanne has a diploma in Office Administration that she received here at Keyano College!
Academic Success Centre

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

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

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

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

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

Accessibility & 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.

Accessibility Services 
Vacant - Access Strategist
  
 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.
 Maike Schmeiding - Access Strategist
 Maike SchmiedingMaike joined Keyano College in 2018 and worked as a LINC, Continuing Education and EAP Instructor. She holds a Master of Education in English, History and Educational Science from WWU Muenster and has completed Basic Counselling in A Cross-Cultural Context through AAISA. Maike is looking forward to starting her Ph.D. soon and has a background in working with high-needs individuals.
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.

Library Services

Sarah Schmidt - Research & Instruction Librarian, Chair of Library Services

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

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

Kathleen Brennan - Library Access Technician

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

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

Kelly Keus - Technology & Online Learning Librarian

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

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

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

Kyla Maertz - Library Circulation Technician 

Kyla MaertzKyla Maertz joined Keyano College in March 2018 as the Library Circulation Technician. She completed her Library and Information Technician Diploma through the University of the Fraser Valley.

In April 2020, she completed a certificate in Canadian Copyright Law and now additionally acts as a Copyright Liaison for the Library.

Kyla previously graduated from Vancouver Community College with a certificate in ASL & Deaf Studies and then from Douglas College with a Sign Language Interpreter Diploma. Kyla has over 16 years of experience in various libraries, including Public, K-12 schools, and Post-Secondary.

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 Grant 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 - Information Support Assistant 
 
Student Life

Kryston Munnings - Team Lead, Student Life & International Education 
Kryston MunningsKryston has been living in Canada for four years and is originally from the tropical country of Belize.

During his time in Canada, he has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has been actively advocating for the rights of historically excluded populations through various positions of leadership.

In his role as Team Lead, he provides leadership in both the Student Life Department and International Education Office, and develops opportunities for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion on campus.

Avril Titus - International Programs Coordinator 

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. 

As International Programs Coordinator, she oversees the implementation of Keyano’s Strategy for International Education and Global Citizenship. This includes; outbound and inbound mobility, building strategic partnerships, educating the College community on international education initiatives, international development and research, and international student recruitment while ensuring that the necessary supports are in place for our international student population.

 Girlie Jones - Student Life Facilitator 

Girlie JonesGirlie is an artist, performer, event organizer, event decorator, and admin professional.

Girlie immigrated to Canada thirteen years ago from the Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and has hospitality, customer service, and administration background. 

In her role as Student Life Facilitator, she supports the implementation of new initiatives that enhance academic growth, college-wide learning outcomes, transition, retention, and satisfaction. 

 Bumo Mgabe - Student Recruitment Coordinator
Bumo MgabeBumo is a recent graduate from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Keyano College alum.

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.

Corporate Services & Finance

Financial Services

Vacant - Director of Financial Services
 
Accounts Payable/Receivable 
 Tanya Poulin - Financial Controller
 
 Staff
Simone Bourque - Accounts Receivable Clerk 

Vera Davis - Accounts Payable Clerk

Nasteh Korane - Accounting Clerk

Maryna Melnikova - Accountant

Jacinta O Nwafornso - Accounting Clerk

Budgeting and Treasury
 Maire Mooney - Manager, 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 - 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

Rabab El Fakharany - Accounting Clerk, Cashier

Chantal Hanna - Accountant

Jody Sneddon - Senior Accounting Clerk, Part Time

 

 

Procurement 
Hailey Bruce  - Procurement Manager
 
Staff

Jody Girling - Shipping and Receiving Clerk

Katrina Morgan - Buyer

Jana Smid - Contract Administrator 

Legislative Compliance & Policies/Procedures

 Wendy Ramjit - Legislative Compliance & Policies/Procedures Coordinator
 

Theatre and Arts Centre

 Alan Roberts - Director, Theatre and Arts Centre
 
Production
 Eugene Carnegie - Production Manager
 
 Staff

Lyndsay Dolansky - Theatre Support Technician

Chloe Mohan - Theatre Technician

Technical Director - Scott Weber

Ashley Laurenson - Facility and Events Coordinator

 

Jeffory Magson - Patron Services Coordinator
 

Nickidia Thompson - Theatre Publicist

 

 

Human Resources

Health Services

 Pam McPherson - Manager of Health Services
 
 Vicki Clift - Administrative Assistant, Health Services
 

Human Resources

Neil Riley - Interim Executive Director, Human Resources 
 
Human Resources
  Inez Simpson - Manager of Human Resources 
 
 Staff

Mary Ann Campbell - Human Resources Advisor

Helen Meyer - Human Resources Coordinator

Tanya Ryan - Human Resource Advisor/Recruiter

Carol Smith - Human Resources Coordinator

Tatiana Santos - Human Resources Coordinator

Payroll and Benefits
 
 Pavlina Vaverka - Payroll and Benefits Manager
 
 Vacant - Payroll and Benefits Administrator
 

 

 

Infrastructure

Facilities and Asset Management

Jeff Hamilton- Director, Facilities and Asset Management 

 
Vacant - Administrative Assistant 
 
Building Operations
 Vacant - Manager, Building Operations
 
 Staff

Nassor Abdalla - Building Operator

Dan Chouhan - Building Operator

Vacant - Electrician 

Zoran Knezic - Building Operator

Dharmendra Patel - Millwright

 

Facilities 
 Brandon Fleury - Manager, Facilities
 
 Staff

Daniel Brittain - Maintenance Worker

Andrew Campbell - Maintenance Worker

Christopher Deep - Maintenance Worker

Corey Flynn - Maintenance Worker

Candace Leroux - Maintenance Worker 

Thomas Mitchell - Maintenance Worker 

Tom Sinclair - Maintenance Worker

 

 

Information Technology Services (ITS)

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

Ashraful Alam - Senior Systems Analyst

Justin Zandee - Data Base Analyst

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

Joel Galloway - Infrastructure Analyst

ITS Services Staff

Leo Bevans - Instructional Technology Support Specialist 

Grace Lingon - Computer Support Specialist

Jason Lennstrom - Computer Support Specialist

Dean McLaren - Computer Support Specialist

Project Portfolio 

 Sham Naleer - Project Portfolio Manager
 
 Tammy O'Brien - ITS Business Analyst 
 

Retail Operations

Joanne Hammond-Wall - Manager, Retail Operators 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 Operators
 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  

Luciane De Almeida - Retail Operations Assistant 

Housing
 Staff

Ruwani De Alwis - Residence Life Advisor 

Kelly Tetreault - Residence Life Advisor 

 

Safety

Heather Osmond - Safety Advisor
 

Marketing & Communications

 Heather Pert - Director 

Heather PertHeather 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 +1-780-598-1582. 

Communications

 
 Pamela Bowie - Communications Manager
 
 Staff

Michelle Daley - Digital Communications Coordinator

Anna Noble - Marketing Coordinator

Velda Peach - Marketing Coordinator/Graphic Designer - Part Time

Charlene Haggett - Graphic Design Coordinator

 

Natasha John-Hurford - Media Coordinator and Office Manager