Faculty

Faculty

Our faculty are experts in their respective industries with years of professional experience. Their practical advice will help you get to the next step in your career.

Click on a faculty member’s name below to find out more about their professional background and experience.

“Our instructor was like the guru we never had before, and he continuously inspired us to be great leaders in our industry.”
IMCD Students about our 2014 Faculty Award winner, Shawn Bowden.

AWS Certification

  • Mikhailov, George

    AWS Certification

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  • Mikhailov, George

    Mikhailov, George

    AWS Certification

    George Mikhailov has over 20 years of vital experience working in cybersecurity and information technology. As an educator, he possesses an intricate knowledge of cybersecurity technology and the leading best practices. His knowledge of security operations, cyber threat intelligence, incident handling, digital forensics and regulations enables him to help organizations transform their cybersecurity practices. He helps companies leverage the appropriate combination of people, processes, and technologies to protect personal confidentiality, preserve system integrity and promote information availability. He began with Network and Endpoint security and moved further into the areas of Web, Application, Messaging and Cloud Security. George Mikhailov holds a master’s degree in IT Security and has numerous industry certifications such as CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CEH ( Certified Ethical Hacker). He is currently working on his PhD research, focusing on advanced threat detection. Overall, he is passionate about sharing his vast knowledge and practical experience with his students.

Bookkeeping

  • Goel, Peter

    Bookkeeping

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  • Goel, Peter

    Goel, Peter

    Bookkeeping

    Peter Goel is an educator at heart. His true passion is teaching, and this includes post-secondary students, business clients and others. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) with ten years of highly diversified industry experience. Peter Goel has worked with public and private companies involved in various sectors. He brings his industry experience into the classroom and connects theory with real-world experience, which creates value for students and their future employers.

    He also loves to mentor those who seek guidance. In life, you may not always know how to pick the right career, education, job or friends and how to make the right choices. Coaching eliminates a lot of the guesswork and increases your chances of life fulfillment. Peter Goel believes that t is never too late to seek a coach or mentor.

    Professionally, he is the proud owner of Vancouver Accounting Coaching (VAC). Previously, the company was known as Goel Consulting Services. The business focuses on clients who are struggling with accounting, taxation, finance, and accounting software such as QuickBooks, Sage 300 ERP or Sage 50, previously called Simply Accounting. The business also covers related subjects in the most simple, practical manner. He genuinely believes that if his clients are successful, then he is successful.

    Personally, Peter Goel invests in companies that have a proven business model. This strategy allows him to stay informed about financial markets and the current economic environment. He believes that investing is critical, be it in real estate, stocks, or other assets.

  • Patterson, Tenaj

    Bookkeeping

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  • Patterson, Tenaj

    Bookkeeping

    Tenaj Patterson is a graduate of an M.Ed in Business, an Honours Degree in Business Administration and has 10+ years in the accounting sector. As an educator, she has focused her career on preparing the future professionals of tomorrow. She has taught a plethora of courses within the business sector at various Universities and Colleges within Canada for the past 7 years.

  • Bhatia, Sanjay

    Bookkeeping

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  • Bhatia, Sanjay

    Bhatia, Sanjay

    Bookkeeping

    Sanjay Bhatia is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 15 years of international experience working in the fields of bookkeeping, accounting, taxation in the United States, India and Canada. He is passionate about developing technical and professional skills of students demanded by employers in today’s highly competitive industry. He believes in sharing his wealth of experience and knowledge by imparting result-oriented education to future professionals.

    Sanjay has been teaching computerized accounting to students and he has taught various classes on accounting software, such as Sage 50. He is QuickBooks Desktop Certified and has also acquired certification in Sage Accounting. Sanjay worked at H&R Block for a few tax seasons and worked as an instructor imparting education and preparing future tax professionals to work during tax season.

    Currently, Sanjay is working for a construction company handling the day to day office work and accounting for all its group companies and joint ventures. He also works part-time for a public accounting firm working on various projects ranging from bookkeeping to preparing taxes for corporations and individual taxation.

  • Darbyson, Rhonda

    Bookkeeping

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  • Darbyson, Rhonda

    Darbyson, Rhonda

    Bookkeeping

    Rhonda Darbyson has over 20 years of practical business experiences as a small business owner, administrative assistant, and bookkeeper in the retail, service, manufacturing, and non-profit sectors. In addition to performing all aspects of full-cycle accounting, she has also created business plans for several successful start-ups, as well as written multiple funding proposals and job bids.

    Rhonda holds a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology, Diploma in Business Administration majoring in Accounting, Provincial Instructor Diploma, as well as certificates in Learner-Centered Instruction and Office Adminstration. As a bookkeeping and office administration instructor for the past nine years, Rhonda strives to create learner-centered, collaborative, innovative learning experiences to promote student motivation, engagement, and success.

  • Kawa, Zahra

    Bookkeeping

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  • Kawa, Zahra

    Bookkeeping

    Zahra comes to Ashton with over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance. Having worked in different capacities in public practice, private, public and not-for-profit organizations, her experience spans over diverse industries such as aviation, transportation, construction, and telecommunications. As an educator, she has experience in facilitating CPA modules, in-class workshops and teaching CPA candidates. Zahra holds an Honours Degree in Commerce and has a Certified Professional Accountant designation for British Columbia.

  • Ellacott, Cynthia

    Bookkeeping

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  • Ellacott, Cynthia

    Ellacott, Cynthia

    Bookkeeping

    Cynthia Ellacott, is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who has worked to enhance both large and small business by reviewing processes and making recommendations for changes. She has been working in the accounting field since she was a teenager in her family business. She started doing ledger accounting when she was thirteen before the start of accounting programs. She received her accounting designation in 2000.

    Cynthia had worked in many organizations from construction companies owned by her family, to real estate companies (Intrawest Blackcomb), private schools and medical clinics. Currently, Cynthia is working as a Public Accountant, supporting charities and startup companies, and doing personal and corporate taxes.

     

  • Tawadrous, Emad

    Bookkeeping

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  • Tawadrous, Emad

    Tawadrous, Emad

    Bookkeeping

    Emad Tawadrous has the following academic credentials:

    • Taxation studies from John Molson School of Business Concordia University Montréal, Québec
    • Master’s degree in Managerial & Cost Accounting from the High Institute of Accounting Studies, Alexandria University Egypt
    • Bachelor’s degree in Professional Accounting, Accounting Sciences and Management Accounting from Alexandria University Egypt

    Emad assisted a Taxation lecturer at the John Molson School of Business of Concordia University (Montréal, Québec). He has more than 12 years of experience in accounting & auditing obtained in various companies across Canada & Egypt. Emad volunteers for many charities around Canada by assisting with individual income tax preparation.

  • Bhaimeya, Ummul Banin

    Bookkeeping

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  • Bhaimeya, Ummul Banin

    Bookkeeping

    Ummul Banin H Bhaimeya has over 17 years of practical accounting experience, mainly working for public practices. She has a vast knowledge of organizations within various trades. She earned her Chartered Accountancy Professional Designation from ACCA UK in 2004 and has held her CGA designation for ten years.

    With her practical knowledge and strong foundations in accounting, Ummul is thrilled to instil the knowledge into students who share her enthusiasm in Financial Accounting.

  • Kurian, John

    Bookkeeping

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  • Kurian, John

    Kurian, John

    Bookkeeping

    John Kurian is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Certified General Accountant (CGA) with over 20 years’ experience in the fields of corporate accounting, finance and education. He is passionate about teaching and e-learning, and draws on his practical experience when teaching accounting and business courses at Ashton College. He is very careful about choosing his online resources and tools as he believes good hands-on training and guidance are half the battle in developing a successful skill set, competency and business operation.

    John has taught accounting and business courses in six provinces in China and has developed courses and taught/facilitated in professional accounting degree programs, MBA and graduate programs in Canada.

  • Kam, Karbo

    Bookkeeping

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  • Kam, Karbo

    Kam, Karbo

    Bookkeeping

    Karbo Kam obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sauder School Business with a minor in English Language. She is a Chartered Accountant and completed her articling requirements with KPMG in Vancouver with a focus on financial institutions.

    Karbo has both industry and public practice experience and is excited to contribute to the development of students in the Bookkeeping and Business programs.

  • Rajan, Shabira

    Bookkeeping

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  • Rajan, Shabira

    Rajan, Shabira

    Bookkeeping

    Shabira Rajan is a senior financial executive who has over twenty years of work experience, in both the private and public sectors. Shabira is a Certified General Accountant, holds a Master of Business Administration and an Advanced Specialty Certificate in Forensic Science Technology, Forensic and Investigative Accounting Option. Currently, she provides financial management services to various clients. Shabira also facilitates courses for CGA BC.

    She is excited to share her financial management and computerized accounting knowledge with the students at Ashton College.

  • Shim, Dong

    Bookkeeping

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  • Shim, Dong

    Shim, Dong

    Bookkeeping

    Dong Shim is a Canadian Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Illinois. Dong graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and has a wealth of experience working with both public and private companies in areas of accounting, tax and assurance.

    Dong worked as an audit partner at a public accounting firm until starting his own firm in 2013.

  • Abad, Luz

    Bookkeeping

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  • Abad, Luz

    Bookkeeping

    Luz Abad comes to Ashton College with a wealth of experience in the accounting and bookkeeping fields as well as in teaching. Luz holds a Bachelor of Accounting, a BC Provincial Instructor Diploma, and a licence in Life, Accident & Sickness Insurance. Luz has been in the finance industry for more than 15 years and has held positions with Proctor and Gamble, Vancity, the Burnaby School District, Embers, and Vancouver Community College.

  • Koo, Nicholas

    Bookkeeping

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  • Koo, Nicholas

    Koo, Nicholas

    Bookkeeping

    Nicholas Koo is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He articled with an accounting firm in Vancouver providing a variety of accounting services for private and public companies in areas such as financial reporting, assurance, taxation and bookkeeping.

Business Management

  • Renso, Kevin M.E.T

    Business Management

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  • Renso, Kevin M.E.T

    Business Management

    Growing up in Burnaby, Surrey, and now living the cold/wet seasons the Aldergrove B.C. area, Kevin Renso collected a general business/communication/tech bachelor’s degree, collecting credits at both Kwantlen Polytechnic University and University College of the Fraser Valley.  As a student, Kevin would take evening classes in “whatever his corporate tuition reimbursement program would pay for” – business, computer science, or communications related (collecting credits), and after graduation from UCFV – completed a Master’s degree in educational technology at the University of Calgary, 2011.

    After graduate school, Kevin came back to UFV and started teaching lower level classes in computer science, education and career planning, and business.  Today, Kevin teaches at UFV and Ashton College, mostly computer science/business courses while also working in the corporate world traveling around North America “collecting an early retirement”.  Kevin loves teaching – but hates working, and plans to semi-retire sometime soon, but seems to find reasons and projects for working longer than he would have liked.

    We wouldn’t call Kevin an American, but he’s as “red, white, and blue-blooded” as a Canadian-American could get with an ocean front vacation home on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State where his beautiful wife, twin daughters, son, and purebred Silver-Tip Persian show-cat enjoy the refreshing ocean air – until Kevin is forced to return to Canada to teach!  Kevin spends a lot of time (and money) supporting domestic animals in Western Canada, and his cat has become an unofficial mascot for all his course offerings.

  • Madani, Samuel

    Business Courses Instructor

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  • Madani, Samuel

    Business Courses Instructor

    With 18 years experience in the human resources field, Sam Madani currently owns and operates an HR consulting firm that services small and mid-sized companies throughout western Canada. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (SFU) as well as a Master of Arts degree (Memorial University). As a part-time instructor with Ashton College (Abbotsford campus), Sam enjoys sharing his knowledge and business expertise with his students as they take the next step in their professional careers.

CELPIP Preparation

  • Jennings, Nicholas

    CELPIP Preparation

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  • Jennings, Nicholas

    Jennings, Nicholas

    CELPIP Preparation

    Nicholas Jennings has been an English instructor in Canada and overseas for nearly fifteen years. Over the past five years, he has worked for Alexander College, UBC and Capilano University. At these institutions, he has taught English for Academic Purposes, Academic Writing and both created and instructed curricula for University Preparation. One of his most recent roles has been as an SAT Preparation Instructor specializing in functional grammar. Nicholas has a Cambridge CELTA certificate, holds a Masters’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham and a joint BA Honours degree in English Literature/Philosophy.

  • Hoffman, Juliet

    CELPIP Preparation

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  • Hoffman, Juliet

    Hoffman, Juliet

    CELPIP Preparation

    Master of Science, MSc., TESOL Certification, Accredited CELPIP Preparation Program, Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, IBC- HWC

    Juliet is an experienced instructor who has taught students from over a dozen countries. She has always loved learning and helping others to learn. Juliet began teaching right after graduating from college. She taught in local schools as well as for outreach programs and continued to do so while earning her MSc., after which she began to teach Biology at the college level. Many of her students were ESL learners and Juliet wanted to make sure that they had the best educational experience so, not long after completing her degree, she returned to school and earned her TESOL teaching certification. This enables her to connect more effectively with students learning any subject and provides them with additional support. She added ESL courses to her curriculum and is also trained in accredited CELPIP Preparation. She has taught in colleges both in the US, and Canada, as well as online. Juliet most recently earned her designation as an International Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, which allows her to help people achieve success in yet another area of their lives. “The thing I enjoy most is helping people achieve their goals.”

  • Hensel, Iryna

    CELPIP Preparation

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  • Hensel, Iryna

    Hensel, Iryna

    CELPIP Preparation

    Iryna Hensel is an experienced ESL teacher. She graduated from Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario) in 2001 as a B.Ed. Iryna started working as a supply teacher for the Thunder Bay District School Board as a Primary/Junior supply teacher.

    In 2004 she found a job as an ESL teacher at the Balmoral Centre for Adult Studies, Lakehead Public School Board which turned into a full-time position of a LINC teacher (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada). She worked in a project funded by CIC (Canada Immigration and Citizenship) at the Multicultural Association, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Subcontracted from the Lakehead Public School Board.

    In 2001 Iryna Hensel became a marker for Grades 11 and 12 credit English courses at the Lakehead Adult Education Centre.

  • Steadman, Daragh

    CELPIP Preparation

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  • Steadman, Daragh

    Steadman, Daragh

    CELPIP Preparation

    Daragh has been teaching ESL in Vancouver since 1992. He has worked at all the

    leading language schools in the city and was a Cambridge Examiner for the FCE/CAE.

    He was also a Teacher Trainer on the TESOL program at Vancouver Community College.

    With a BA Psychology, CELTA certification and a background in Counselling, he brings a warm heart to the learning experience.

  • Behroozian, Sam

    CELPIP Preparation

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  • Behroozian, Sam

    Behroozian, Sam

    CELPIP Preparation

    Sam holds a Master’s degree in TEFL, and TESL Canada standard 3(permanent) as well as TESOL diploma. He has been teaching multiple English & test prep courses including ESL, Writing, IELTS, FCE, TOEFL and CELPIP for ten years in Vancouver. Sam has taught at several colleges such as VGC, VIC, KGIC and SGIC among some others. He has also experienced teaching English for Academic Purposes(EAP) and Writing course in Capilano university and SGIC. He had the opportunity to design the syllabus for his EAP course at SGIC. Sam has recently been teaching online ESL & IELTS courses.

  • Rastar, Kathy

    CELPIP Preparation

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  • Rastar, Kathy

    Rastar, Kathy

    CELPIP Preparation

    Kathy Rastar has had several years of local and overseas teaching experience working at various public and private educational institutes and in industries requiring ESL coaching. She currently does contract teaching for various colleges, works as a teacher-on-call at independent schools, and operates her own private tutoring company. She teaches anything related to English as a Second Language ranging from Communication English to English for Academic Purposes and Test Preparation English.

  • Hatam, Ramin

    CELPIP Preparation

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  • Hatam, Ramin

    Hatam, Ramin

    CELPIP Preparation

    Holding a Master’s degree in TESOL and a TESL Canada Certificate Standard 3 permanent, Ramin has been teaching IELTS, TOEFL, LPI and EAP courses for the past 12 years. From 2007 to 2018, he also worked as the Academic Director of two ESL schools in Vancouver.

    Ramin’s education and work experience covers a wide range of disciplines from engineering and industrial design to journalism and newsroom editing, making him a knowledgeable and versatile instructor who enjoys helping students achieve their goals. Ramin is also a co-founder and editor of an English magazine for ESL learners.

  • Makhdoom, Humza

    CELPIP Preparation

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  • Makhdoom, Humza

    Makhdoom, Humza

    CELPIP Preparation

    Humza obtained a degree in Philosophy (Concordia University, Montréal) and French (Athabasca University, Edmonton); he holds the prestigious CELTA certificate (Cambridge University, Vancouver).

    Humza has significant experience teaching English at various levels and in a variety of settings. For example, he has taught and tutored in class, in groups, at summer camps and online. Moreover, his experience spans from the K-12 to the post-secondary levels.

    Humza has developed personalized curriculums for ESL/ELL in-school, after-school and summer programs. Finally, he successfully opened, ran and managed an ESL/ELL tutoring company.

Community Support Worker

  • Collins, Charlyn

    Community Support Worker

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  • Collins, Charlyn

    Collins, Charlyn

    Community Support Worker

    Charlyn Collins,

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology

    Charlyn began her career on her family farm in Southern Alberta and transitioned into social services and community support while completing her degree in Psychology. She has almost 15 years of experience in a wide variety of positions in the public and private sector. Charlyn worked with a team of Board Certified Psychologists completing forensic psychological assessments for mental health, school functioning, job suitability, crisis assessment and legal proceedings, among others. She has also worked as a Child Protection Caseworker, Youth Counsellor, Behaviour Interventionist, Crisis Intervention Worker, Child and Youth Care Instructor, Faculty Facilitator for Child, Family & Community studies and as a Campus Director. Charlyn has always had a firm commitment to education and sees it as the catalyst for positive change. As such, she saw working in adult education as a way to further her reach into creating positive community change by training the next generation of community support staff. She prides herself on connecting theoretical frameworks to concrete job-related examples, and finding creative and engaging ways to enhance learning. Charlyn enjoys tackling challenges with dynamism, positivity and insight regardless of their nature, while working collaboratively and with purpose. Communication is a critical skill in the human services field, and arguably all others. Charlyn seeks to enhance these skills in her students by drawing on her thoughtful, tactful, and refined communication competencies. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys backpacking, travelling, reading and ballet. In the future, Charlyn would like to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, complete her private pilot’s license and advance her education.

  • Adams, Suzanne

    Director, Human Services Programs

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  • Adams, Suzanne

    Adams, Suzanne

    Director, Human Services Programs

    I have had the honour of working in the human services field in different capacities for over 30 years, from assisting adults with developmental disabilities to live their lives more fully to working within classroom environments.  Teaching has been a natural progression from my passion for helping people reach their potential. In 2001, I began working in the private post-secondary arena, developing programs and instructing students. My career has been centered in the field of special needs. My roles in this field have provided me with experience and insight into the BC school system and the needs of students. I am a lifelong learner and continue to take courses, attend conventions and workshops to continue my professional development so that students always receive the best of me. I believe that an instructor is morally obligated to enter the classroom with only the highest expectations for each and every one of her students. In understanding how my students learn, I can maximize the positive benefits that naturally come along with any self-fulfilling prophecy. As a team and with dedication, perseverance and hard work, students can rise to the occasion.

  • Arshak, Madelaine

    Community Support Worker

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  • Arshak, Madelaine

    Community Support Worker

    Madelaine is a passionate and hard-working Teacher, Counsellor, and Community Support Worker. A key component of her work history has been assisting clients in their social, emotional and daily life skills development. She has always worked very hard to to create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere in order to encourage her clients to participate in their communities. Madelaine has extensive experience in crisis intervention and behavior management. She holds a diploma in Professional Counselling Psychology as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. Her combined background in both teaching and counselling makes her a very effective Community Support Worker.

    As a teacher, Madelaine has experience working with students all the way from early childhood straight into adulthood. She has worked with ESL students, special-needs students, and students with learning and cognitive disabilities. As a counselor, her professional history includes working with youth, and with clients with complex mental illness and addictions. She also has extensive experience in working with clients facing life transitions, as well as grief and loss.

  • Sheriff, Daniel

    Community Support Worker

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  • Sheriff, Daniel

    Community Support Worker

    Daniel Sheriff is a registered social worker in British Columbia (BC) who has been practicing social work for over 15 years. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree through the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor and his Master’s Degree through the School of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Daniel is currently completing his Ed.D in Leadership through the School of Applied Leadership at the City University of Seattle.

    As a social worker, Daniel has worked in a variety of settings including child welfare, clinical counselling, community outreach, youth criminal justice, conflict resolution, and residential health community care. Daniel also worked as a program manager at a nonprofit organization that provided residential and community inclusion services for individuals with disabilities.

    Daniel is passionate about leadership. He is a leadership consultant and a team leader with the BC Public Services. He enjoys sharing knowledge, empowering students, and coaching professionals on how to be an effective leader. His research interests are in innovative community-based provisional models, leadership development, and team leadership.

  • Rhead, Lynne

    Community Support Worker

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  • Rhead, Lynne

    Community Support Worker

    Lynne Rhead (BA, Psych.) worked in community support worker roles for over twenty years; later she became an educational assistant and a youth worker in a local school district.  While achieving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Lynne held adult instructor positions in colleges and nonprofits. What Lynne likes the most about being a Community Support Worker instructor is that it provides an opportunity to empower students with a diverse set of skills that can be used in a wide range of social service positions. 

    In volunteer and community support worker roles, Lynne has been a leader of a positive change.  She served on a refugee task force to sponsor a refugee family, advocated to reduce poverty for First Nation families and youth aging out of care in a large lower mainland city, advocated for quality of life improvements for incarcerated youth serving in a custody center, and taught life skills to people with disabilities to develop independence.    

     

  • Ali, Jane

    Community Support Worker

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  • Ali, Jane

    Community Support Worker

    Jane Ali has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Special Education, with a thesis in Adult Education.

    Jane has accumulated over 20 years’ experience in the field of special education and community support. She is a certified Special Education Assistant, a Community Support Worker and a cosmetologist.

    ​Jane brings leadership, trust, engagement, and empowerment to her classroom. She always aims to impact her students, helping them become the best professionals they can be.

Dental Office Receptionist

  • Dr. Smita Akale

    Dental Office Receptionist

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  • Dr. Smita Akale

    Dr. Smita Akale

    Dental Office Receptionist

    Dr. Smita Akale has an impressive educational background that includes a bachelor’s degree in Medicine, M.D in Psychiatry, M.Sc. in Psychotherapy and Counselling and Masters in Public Health from Oxford Brookes University, UK. In addition to this, she also has several certifications from reputed institutions including Stanford University School of Medicine.

    She has practiced for 14+ years in various settings ranging from a clinic to a multispeciality hospital in India and has experience working with different age groups. Her specialty lies in understanding people and managing all kinds of situations with a smile.
    A polyglot who is fluent in English, Marathi, Hindi, and Kannada. She has been involved in developing training modules and programs and has conducted various training, workshops, and seminars for students, teachers, and parents. Dr. Smita is an educator who applies both her clinical experience and academic skills to help students flourish.

Education Assistant

  • Sterling, Maya

    Education Assistant

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  • Sterling, Maya

    Sterling, Maya

    Education Assistant

    Learning about individuals and what makes them unique has always been Maya’s passion. She is a trained Special Education teacher with several years of experience working with students of various backgrounds and abilities. Maya moved to Canada in 2016 to pursue her master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Special Education. Born and raised in the Caribbean, from Jamaica, she has been privileged to be a part of a diverse community of individuals and tasked with helping them navigate through life challenges. Passion drives Maya’s success and she enjoys the privilege of sharing her experiences as well as learning from others.  

    She believes that being an educator is a great honour as you are given the chance to be a part of shaping the lives of others and in turn, your life is also impacted tremendously.”

  • Stolba, Aneta

    Education Assistant

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  • Stolba, Aneta

    Stolba, Aneta

    Education Assistant

    Aneta has a Bachelor’s in Adult Education and Digital Technology and is in the process of acquiring a Masters in Education. As part of her recent research, Aneta developed an employer centered educational program for the North Shore Connexions Society that aims to improve employment opportunities for individuals with special needs. Her other research interests include digital technologies in special education and social skill supports for adults with autism. 

    Aneta has a comprehensive background in teaching, as she has worked as a Kindergarten teacher, education assistant and adult educator over the last 25 years. The focus of her educational experience in recent years has been in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Since 2012, Aneta has worked for the West Vancouver School District as an Education Assistant, where she designed and implemented individualized learning plans for students with autism. 

    Aneta’s teaching philosophy is to empower students by creating a welcoming and supportive learning environment. She follows a learner-centered teaching approach that encourages students to be actively engaged in their studies and reach their full potential. 

  • Adams, Suzanne

    Director, Human Services Programs

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  • Adams, Suzanne

    Adams, Suzanne

    Director, Human Services Programs

    I have had the honour of working in the human services field in different capacities for over 30 years, from assisting adults with developmental disabilities to live their lives more fully to working within classroom environments.  Teaching has been a natural progression from my passion for helping people reach their potential. In 2001, I began working in the private post-secondary arena, developing programs and instructing students. My career has been centered in the field of special needs. My roles in this field have provided me with experience and insight into the BC school system and the needs of students. I am a lifelong learner and continue to take courses, attend conventions and workshops to continue my professional development so that students always receive the best of me. I believe that an instructor is morally obligated to enter the classroom with only the highest expectations for each and every one of her students. In understanding how my students learn, I can maximize the positive benefits that naturally come along with any self-fulfilling prophecy. As a team and with dedication, perseverance and hard work, students can rise to the occasion.

Financial Services

  • Wasim A. Ismail, MBA, CP

    Canadian Income Tax and Payroll Administration

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  • Wasim A. Ismail, MBA, CP

    Wasim A. Ismail, MBA, CP

    Canadian Income Tax and Payroll Administration

    Wasim A. Ismail holds a Masters in Business Administration and brings forth 17 years of family business and 10 years of e-commerce experience.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Bookkeeper and has been in the accounting field since 2000.  He has taught at various colleges since 2005 in a variety of  accounting and business subjects.  He has been running his own accounting practice since 2008 and is an expert in tax planning.

     

  • Mawhinney, Robert

    Financial Services

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  • Mawhinney, Robert

    Mawhinney, Robert

    Financial Services

    Robert Mawhinney has over twenty years of experience in the Financial Sector as a Gold Research Analyst, Gold Trader, Foreign Exchange Market Maker/Inter Bank Dealer, Corporate
    Foreign Exchange Adviser and Investment Adviser. Robert holds an Economics Degree from Glendon College of York University and is currently an Investment Adviser with Global Securities.

  • Ebnoreza, Kazem

    Financial Services

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  • Ebnoreza, Kazem

    Ebnoreza, Kazem

    Financial Services

    20 years working experience in various Financial and Accounting fields with Public, private and governmental companies, in charge of numerous positions, from accountant to board member and consulting positions. Professional designations and qualification consist of:

    • Member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, CPA
    • Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of UK, ACCA, world’s most widely respected qualification and accountancy body
    • Member of Iranian Institute of Certified Accountants
    • Master’s Degree in Industrial Management

    Holding various educational seminars for bankers, financial institution and community about finance, accounting and insurance topics both in Iran and Canada.

    Collaborating with H&R BLOCK, the largest tax service provider in Canada, since 2014, holding various positions including, Tax Instructor, Tax Professional and Office Manager.

    Providing a comprehensive financial plan for individuals and incorporated businesses as a consultant with Investors Group since 2015.

  • Sahi, Sonny

    Financial Services

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  • Sahi, Sonny

    Sahi, Sonny

    Financial Services

    Sonny Sahi has been in the Financial Services industry for over 10 years. The bulk of which has been spent on providing financial planning advice to his clients. Sonny draws on his investment expertise and years of financial planning experience to help his clients realize their financial goals. Sonny has attained his Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP) as well he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA).

  • Hurdman, Robert

    Financial Services

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  • Hurdman, Robert

    Hurdman, Robert

    Financial Services

    Robert Hurdman, CFP, has worked as a financial advisor in Calgary, AB for eight years. Robert gives professional advice to families on financial planning and investment management. Besides the Certified Financial Planner designation, Robert also earned a B.A. in International Studies from Laval University and a Master of Education from the University of Calgary. He also volunteers in his community with Junior Achievement, Scouts Canada, YMCA and in his church.

  • Strachan, Grant

    Certified Financial Planner

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  • Strachan, Grant

    Strachan, Grant

    Certified Financial Planner

    Grant Strachan is an accomplished Senior Financial Consultant and Branch Manager for one of the largest Financial Planning Companies in Canada. He holds the CFP, CLU, and RCC designations and has both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree. For ten years, Grant has managed his own practice where he and his team actively manage a client base of High Net Worth professionals and business owners. Grant is passionate about developing comprehensive financial plans to give his clients confidence they are on track to achieve their financial goals by focusing on advanced Tax and Estate planning strategies. He also holds his Life License so he can address the full scope of clients’ needs. Grant regularly presents retirement planning workshops for the  Government of Canada as well as the BC Teachers Federation.

  • Mo, Derrick

    Certified Financial Planner

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  • Mo, Derrick

    Mo, Derrick

    Certified Financial Planner

    Derrick Mo has extensive knowledge in the financial services industry and practiced in various banking, financial planning, and investment management capacities. Derrick holds several industry certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), and Accredited Financial Modeller (AFM) and  completed many professional business programs such as accounting, business analysis, project management, and etc. Derrick holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto with double majors in Financial Engineering and Risk Management and Investment Banking and is studying part-time towards his second master degree in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania. Derrick is passionate in teaching and has provided numerous lecture series and speeches in financial and investment related topics. Derrick is an active contributor to the wealth and asset management community and has been serving as a mentor at a CFA Society’s Mentorship program since 2017. Derrick also participated in the CFP exam review session where he provided his feedback on CFP exam questions to FP Canada and served as a curriculum reviewing member and a CFA Level 3 exam grader at CFA Institute. Last but not the least, Derrick loves reading, playing chess and piano in his spare time.

  • McCartney, Jeff

    Financial Services

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  • McCartney, Jeff

    McCartney, Jeff

    Financial Services

    Jeff McCartney has 25 years of experience working in financial services; a significant amount of that time spent as a retail investment advisor and financial planner with Canada’s largest financial institutions.  In 2017, Jeff began his second career as an instructor and educator, teaching various financial planning and business related courses at two well-known Canadian colleges.  At the same time, he also launched Forward Looking Financial Solutions, a financial planning firm devoted to helping people in transition.

    Jeff also acts as a consultant and content expert; writing articles, developing podcasts, and providing educational subject matter and financial insights to various organizations across the country. 

    Jeff was awarded the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in January, 2000; the Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist (CFDS) designation in 2017; and has completed numerous professional courses and programs along the way including the Life License Qualification Program (LLQP).  Jeff has a BA in Economics and Finance from the University of Western Ontario and a Diploma in Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University.

  • Ma, Ji

    Financial Services

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  • Ma, Ji

    Ma, Ji

    Financial Services

    Ji brings over twelve years of experience in the financial services and asset management industries to his role as CEO of UBX ABC LLC, a quantitative assets management firm operating in the USA, Cayman Islands, and Canada.

    Ji started his career by working at management positions at various financial services and brokerage institutions. In 2013, Ji was handpicked to found and lead Manulife’s new high-networth division, Manulife Private Wealth, in Vancouver. In 2016, Ji was headhunted by Sun Life, the largest asset management firm by AUM in Canada, to oversee regional sales as Wealth Sales
    Director and lead the newly formed Asian Strategy Team in Western Canada. Ji has worked at many different roles in the financial services and asset management industries and brings in a
    wealth of experience in full discretionary investment management, retail distribution, private banking, insurance, and business coaching.

    Ji has been well known in the Vancouver financial services circle to be an innovative leader specialized in building start-up operations. He has serviced more than one thousand investment
    advisors and financial services professionals in his career so far.

    Ji is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Chartered Investment Manager. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University.

  • Dalton, David

    Financial Services

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  • Dalton, David

    Dalton, David

    Financial Services

    David Dalton has been a wealth management professional since 1997, as both an institutional advisor and an independent financial planner. He holds the CFP, CLU, CHS, and CPCA designations. Besides instructing for Ashton College since 2006, he has presented at dozens of community engagements for non-profit groups, government agencies, trade shows, and consumer groups on topics from socially responsible investing, all the way to taxation and estate planning. Financial literacy is near and dear to him and educating and training those who advise others is particularly fulfilling.

  • Wong, Jason

    Financial Services

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  • Wong, Jason

    Wong, Jason

    Financial Services

    Jason Wong has extensive knowledge in the wealth management industry, and has been practising financial planning since 2001. Jason started his career through the financial advisory channel in one of the major banks. He then moved on to the independent channel to assist his individual and business clients to achieve their financial goals through comprehensive financial planning. Jason is also a consultant supporting financial advisers providing wealth management solutions to their clients.

    Jason holds several industry accreditations: Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Management Advisor (FMA) and Derivative Market Specialist (DMS). He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Manchester, which is consistently ranked as one of the top global business schools under the Financial Times Global MBA rankings.

  • Dar Santos, Bryan

    Financial Services

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  • Dar Santos, Bryan

    Dar Santos, Bryan

    Financial Services

    Bryan Dar Santos is a financial educator and investment specialist with nearly two decades of industry experience. Bryan has spent years training and supporting hundreds of financial advisors across Canada and is the founder of FDI Financial Diagnostics Inc., an independent investment analysis firm for advisors and retail clients.

    Bryan is passionate about helping Canadians understand the financial industry, specializing in explaining complex financial concepts in simple terms. From 2012 to 2014 he published FinanceWorks.ca a national consumer magazine that connected finance to our everyday lives and helped Canadians to earn, grow, save and protect their money.

  • Labrie, Peter

    Financial Services

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  • Labrie, Peter

    Labrie, Peter

    Financial Services

    Peter Labrie is a finance expert who has been practising for over 20 years. Peter has global experience in the financial services industry, having worked in countries such as France, China, the Netherlands, Singapore and the United States. Peter is educated in finance and industrial psychology and is knowledgeable in business development, process improvement, managing a corporate treasury, and negotiating large-scale business deals.

  • Konnelly, Rhona

    Financial Services

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  • Konnelly, Rhona

    Konnelly, Rhona

    Financial Services

    Rhona Konnelly is an accomplished Insurance and Estate Planning Consultant with over 28 years of diverse financial and estate planning experience. She has served for many years in senior specialist and directorship roles with many of Canada’s leading financial services organizations, including Investors Group, Nesbitt Burns Financial Services Inc., Berkshire Insurance Services Inc., Canada Life Assurance Company, and Foresters.

    Rhona earned her Chartered Life Underwriter’s designation (CLU) in financial services and estate planning from the Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CAIFA) in 1998. In 2005, Rhona received the Elder Planning Counselor (EPC) designation through the Canadian Initiative for Elder Planning Studies and the Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA) designation through the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. Rhona is also the President of the North Shore Vancouver Chapter for CARP (Canada’s Association for the over-fifties).

  • Whiting, Ian

    Financial Services

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  • Whiting, Ian

    Whiting, Ian

    Financial Services

    Ian Whiting obtained his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation in 1987 while completing his Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) qualification. He completed his Fellowship in the Life Management Institute with a specialty in Financial Services in 1988. In 1989, Ian completed qualifications for his Chartered Financial Consultant (CFC) designation. In 1992, he qualified as an Associate of the Academy of Life Underwriters and in 1993 he completed his Associate, Customer Service designation program through LOMA.

    In 1997, Ian qualified as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and also completed his courses and exams to obtain the Associate, Insurance Agency Administration designation. In 1999, he completed the study and examinations to qualify as a Trading Officer, Partner and Director for Mutual Funds with the BC Securities Commission. As a result, he is also qualified as both a Branch Compliance Manager and Head Office/Provincial Compliance Officer.

     

  • Sharma, Sam

    Financial Services

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  • Sharma, Sam

    Sharma, Sam

    Financial Services

    Although Sam Sharma began his career in the sciences, earning himself a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Materials Chemistry from the University of Jamia in New Delhi, India, he made the leap to the world of finance a few years later when he graduated with a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of New England in Australia in 1996. Launching his career in the financial services industry, Sam has worked mostly for banks, earning himself awards and recognition for his achievements.

    Sam teaches Ashton College students about mutual funds in the Canadian Investment Funds course.

  • Boone, Byron

    Financial Services

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  • Boone, Byron

    Boone, Byron

    Financial Services

    Byron Boone has nearly three decades of financial sales and management experience. A believer in continuous learning, Byron holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of British Columbia, an Executive Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and a Certificate in Financial Management from British Columbia Institute of Technology. Byron also has more than a dozen finance-specific licences and designations, including the Life Licence Qualification Program (LLQP) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

  • Wong, Becky

    Financial Services

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  • Wong, Becky

    Wong, Becky

    Financial Services

    Becky graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba prior to entering the financial services field. Being a true believer in continuous learning and formal education, Becky has continued to earn a wide variety of accreditations including the Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Financial Management Advisor (FMA), and Elder Planning Council (EPC). In addition, she has an extensive financial background at senior levels that encompass over three decades in banking, insurance, and investments.

    Becky has been teaching with Ashton College since 2004. She has her own financial planning practice and is also a contributing editor for Canadian MoneySaver Magazine and the technical editor for the Personal Finance For Canadians for Dummies.

Home Inspection

  • Toscani, Ray

    Home Inspection

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  • Toscani, Ray

    Toscani, Ray

    Home Inspection

    Ray Toscani has lived in the Lower Mainland since 1992. He graduated with an architectural degree from the University of Manitoba in 1986 and a Master of Urban Planning in 1991. He subsequently worked for Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) for 10 years, in Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. Ray acquired further training to become Certified in Real Estate Finance (CRF), a Certified Mold Inspector, an air quality sampler as well as an EcoEnergy assessor administering the EcoEnergy and LiveSmart BC programs.

    Ray previously owned a HouseMaster home inspection franchise in the Lower Mainland, and later opened his own firm, 1st Choice Inspection Services Ltd. He is an Accredited Home Inspector (AHI) with Home Inspection Association of BC (HIABC) and licensed in British Columbia with the Consumer Protection Branch.

  • Stojanovic, Sasa

    Home Inspection

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  • Stojanovic, Sasa

    Stojanovic, Sasa

    Home Inspection

    Sasa Stojanovic is a graduate of both Belgrade University in Humanities and BCIT Home Inspection program. He’s licensed to practice home inspection in the province of British Columbia. A decade of experience in home renovation and maintenance, three years as a home inspector and his teaching background have given him lots of credentials for his current position.

    Licensed Home Inspector

    Consumer Protection, BC, licence number 71967.

    Member in good standing ASTTBC

    Licence number PI0528

    Owner and Home Inspector

    Sasa Home Inspections LTD, since 2015

  • Ottewell, Lee

    Home Inspection

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  • Ottewell, Lee

    Home Inspection

    Lee Ottewell is the owner of Crest Building Consultancy Ltd. in Victoria. His company undertake building inspections for both residential and commercial clients, as well consulting services to government organizations (including BC Housing, VIHA etc.). He is also a volunteer inspector for the Victoria Heritage Foundation. Lee has been inspecting since 1988 and over that period has inspected thousands of buildings.

    Lee is a Licensed Home Inspector with Consumer Protection BC, an Accredited Home Inspector with Home Inspectors Association BC, and a former Chartered Building Surveyor with Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

    Having worked in the UK providing inspection services, Lee also provided architectural, project management, facilities management services for commercial clients, including projects for the refurbishment of Grade II listed buildings.

    Lee has numerous academic credentials, including an Honours degree in Building Surveying (Inspecting) obtained in the UK in 1988 (in the Canada the term “building surveying” is known as “building inspecting”), and a Diploma in Building Studies. He is also a graduate of the Carson Dunlop Home Inspection program and CDW Commercial Inspection program.

Human Resources Management

  • Gibbons, Michelle

    Human Resources Management

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  • Gibbons, Michelle

    Gibbons, Michelle

    Human Resources Management

    Michelle is a seasoned HR professional with more than twenty-five years of senior-level Human Resources Management experience in professional services and private sector companies. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University and a Master of Arts specializing in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University. She is soon to be professionally certified as a Corporate Coach through the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches. Michelle is passionate about learning and development and successfully leverages her real-world experience in all learning environments.

    Michelle currently works for PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in a Senior HR role specializing in performance management and employee coaching. In addition, Michelle teaches online at the college level in the Human Resources Management diploma program. Michelle is excited to be part of the Ashton College faculty teaching in the Diploma in Human Resources Management program.

  • Dube, Ndaba

    Human Resources Management

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  • Dube, Ndaba

    Dube, Ndaba

    Human Resources Management

    Ndaba, passionately known as Andy, is a life-long learner and human resources professional with more than 20 years’ combined leadership experience in the government, municipalities, and mining industry in Canada and abroad. Apart from teaching at Ashton college, Andy is currently a Human Resources Director in one of the municipalities in British Colombia. Andy also works as a part-time Independent Consultant through his consulting company, Crater Leadership Consultants.

    Andy is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with a Master’s in Business Administration, Master’s in Leadership and two diplomas specializing in Training Management and Employment Law.  Andy is also an Ashton College graduate with a Diploma in Immigration Consulting. 

  • Palak, Christine

    Human Resources

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  • Palak, Christine

    Palak, Christine

    Human Resources

    A community minded, socially engaged, Chartered Professional in Human Resources, Christine is working towards her Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University, and comes with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from The British Columbia Institute of Technology. Christine is also a Certified Coach Practitioner and SHRM-SCP.

    Christine has worked in human resources within the financial services, high-tech software, entertainment & gaming, and most recently manufacturing industries rounding out her experience and finding her passion in training, employee engagement, labour relations and coaching & development.

    Christine also brings with her several years of experience in Operations/Management from large well-renowned companies such as McDonald’s, Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee, prior to working in human resources for the past 8 years.

    When Christine is not wearing her HR hat she enjoys volunteering within the local community supporting projects to preserve and restore our environment and ensure its protection for future generations.

  • Roubaud, Claudia

    Human Resources Management

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  • Roubaud, Claudia

    Roubaud, Claudia

    Human Resources Management

    Claudia Roubaud is a professional with over twelve years of progressive experience and knowledge across a wide variety of business management functions that include: human resources, budgets and accounting, change management, risk management, project management, strategic business planning, business analysis, performance management systems, customer service, communications, etc.

    Claudia has been with The City of Calgary municipality for over ten years in various capacities. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society (pre-Law) from the University of Calgary, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree from the University of Phoenix, as well as a number of continuing education certificates. She is a lifelong learner with a passion for informal and formal learning and development opportunities.

  • Thakrar, Harshil

    Human Resources Management

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  • Thakrar, Harshil

    Thakrar, Harshil

    Human Resources Management

    Harshil Thakrar is an accomplished and engaging senior human resources professional with over 15 years of progressive human tesources leadership experience in multiple industries, including public, private, union and non-unionized organizations. Harshil is passionate about teaching and sharing with students his extensive knowledge and background in collaborative leadership and innovative training, change management, employee engagement and building strong performance management cultures.

    Harshil holds a Masters of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Psychology from Simon Fraser University. He is certified in Advanced Dispute Resolution from Windsor Law School and is a certified LEAN Blackbelt. Harshil is also a member of the BC Human Resources Management Association and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).

  • Gay, Su-Yan

    Human Resources Management

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  • Gay, Su-Yan

    Gay, Su-Yan

    Human Resources Management

    Su-Yan Gay is a human resources (HR) professional who brings over 15 years of HR experience to Ashton College. For over ten years, Su-Yan worked for a large crown corporation where she served as the Manager for Learning & Development. Her most recent position took her to Alberta, where she held a Senior HR Advisor role within a municipal government organization.

    Based in Toronto, Su-Yan is currently managing her own HR consulting firm (NAYUS Consulting Group) where she is working with small business owners in the Caribbean, assisting them with their human resources and talent management needs.

    Su-Yan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education degree (specializing in Adult Education) from Brock University, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from York University. In addition, she is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), a Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP) and is currently pursuing becoming a Certified Executive Coach.

  • Bachert-Burke, Heidi

    Human Resources Management

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  • Bachert-Burke, Heidi

    Bachert-Burke, Heidi

    Human Resources Management

    Heidi Bachert-Burke brings more than 20+ years of progressive knowledge and experience working as a Human Resources professional. A majority of these years were with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, where she worked in a Senior Management HR & Administration role for news and multimedia platforms. Her responsibilities included managing the full spectrum of HR and administrative activities for multiple domestic and international locations; ensuring compliance and managing risk in unionized & non-unionized workplaces; analyzing data and providing evidence-based results; implementing and directing best practices and strategies to meet organizational goals & diversity initiatives; partnering with stakeholders and providing guidance and mentorship to her direct reports.

    At Ashton College (Vancouver campus), Heidi teaches all six Human Resources Management CPHR core competency courses (both in-class and online), including Professional Practices of Human Resource Management, HR Analytics, Organizational Effectiveness & Strategy,  Employee & Labour Relations & Occupational Health and Safety, Recruitment. Retention & Selection, Organizational Learning, Training & Development, Total Rewards, as part of the Diploma in Human Resources Management Program.

    Heidi is a Faculty Award winner, recognized for improving students’ performance and engagement, sparking inspiration, developing their analytical reasoning skills, and re-conceptualizing their way of thinking. In addition to applying work-related, industry experience, she uses learner-centred teaching methods such as active, cooperative and inductive learning, as well as a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to engage and encourage students to collaborate. Heidi remains current and relevant by reading professional journals, articles, trade press, and researching. She shares her work and meets with other professionals to discuss ideas and connections. She mentors students. She also volunteers with her local BC municipal arts council.

    Heidi has a BA in International Relations and Sociology and an MA in Political Science. She continues to set her sights on career development, learning and personal growth.

  • Boga, Jabeen

    Human Resources Management

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  • Boga, Jabeen

    Boga, Jabeen

    Human Resources Management

    Jabeen Boga is a Human Resources professional with over ten years of progressive experience across a wide variety of human resources functions that include employee relations, performance management, change management, HRIS, health and safety and total rewards. In addition to this, she is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional with responsibility for offices that span across Western Canada.

    Jabeen earned her undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University obtaining Dean’s Honour Roll status. She also supports human resources in the community sitting on the Greater Advisory Council for CPHR BC & Yukon as well as leading the Career Advancement Network.

    Jabeen has worked for a number of large organizations, including KPMG and TD Bank. She is passionate about the field of human resources and about sharing her knowledge through mentoring and teaching. Jabeen is part of the Ashton College faculty instructing the Diploma in Human Resources Management program. As a recipient of HRD Canada’s 2015 and 2017 HR Awards, she is excited to share her experience and passion for the field of human resources with you.

    Jabeen has been appointed to the Item Writing Panel for the National Knowledge Exam for CPHR Canada in 2019. Members of this panel will write, review, and approve items for the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) for CPHR Canada

  • Shokry, Amr

    Human Resources Management

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  • Shokry, Amr

    Shokry, Amr

    Human Resources Management

    Amr Shokry is a global human resources leader with 20 years of senior leadership experience in Canada, the USA, and Europe. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies, including Eli Lilly, Novartis, and 3M. In addition to his work history, Amr has presented at major European HR conferences and taught at the undergraduate level at the University of Indianapolis. Holding a Master’s degree in Strategic HR Management from the University of Durham (England), as well as the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, Amr is passionate about teaching and mentoring.

    Amr joins the Ashton College faculty to teach the Diploma in Human Resources Management program.

Immigration Consulting

  • Stewart, Meredith

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Stewart, Meredith

    Stewart, Meredith

    Immigration Consulting

    Meredith Stewart has extensive experience in the immigration settlement field in BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia; helping newcomers to Canada find careers and develop communication skills for the workplace. From her professional and volunteer experience in diverse environments, she is an expert in multicultural communication strategies and resolving workplace conflict.

    She obtained CELTA certification and TESL Ontario after her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of McGill. She draws upon the Adult Learning Principles and the Strengths-based Approach in her teaching methodology and favours task-based learning. Her years of experience learning and teaching in online formats contribute to her ability to engage students in online courses.

    Meredith teaches IMCD 08 and hopes to see you in one of her next classes!

  • Kawecki, Tadeusz

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Kawecki, Tadeusz

    Kawecki, Tadeusz

    Immigration Consulting

    Tadeusz (Tad) Kawecki has 28 years of experience as a self-employed and licensed immigration consultant. During this period he was:

    A member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), and its predecessor the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) and the Canadian Migration Institute (CMI).

    Further to this, he was a member of the Organization of Professional Immigration Consultants (OPIC) and then the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). He was elected to the board of directors of both organizations. He served CAPIC as National Director of Policy and Lobbying and was involved in CAPIC BC.

    He was an immigration consultant licensing exam question writer.  

    And, he taught in the immigration program at UBC and Ashton College.

    Before becoming an immigration consultant, he was an immigration officer, shift superintendent/senior immigration officer, and intelligence unit coordinator with Canada Immigration.

    Prior to that he was a freelance interpreter employed at immigration hearings, immigrant community language worker, trade union spokesperson, Canada Council funded Ph.D. candidate, and academic researcher.

    Tad has a BA from McMaster University and an MA from York University, both in political science.

  • Zakaria, Lina

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Zakaria, Lina

    Zakaria, Lina

    Immigration Consulting

    Lina is a licensed immigration consultant and Managing Director at HSC Immigration Services Inc. as well as a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. Lina has extensive experience as an immigration instructor through her work with Herzing College and CDI College in Toronto, Ontario.

    Prior to joining HSC Immigration Services Inc., Lina worked at PWC Law LLP in Toronto, Canada, and practiced in the areas of both temporary immigration and permanent residence. Lina’s clients were fortune 500 companies with multi-national operations worldwide.

    PWC Law LLP is an affiliate of PWC Canada LLP, a member firm of Pricewaterhousecoopers Global, one of the largest accounting & advisory firms worldwide.

    Prior to joining PWC Law LLP, Lina worked at Fragomen Worldwide in their Toronto, Canada office where she worked in the area of temporary immigration. Lina’s clients were fortune 500 companies with multi-national operations worldwide.

    Fragomen Worldwide is one of the largest immigration law firms worldwide specializing solely in the area of immigration law.

    Moreover, Lina has extensive experience working with refugee cases through her 3 year employment with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

    Lina’s experience includes:

    • Temporary Residence
      • Business and Visitor Visas
      • Work Permits
      • Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA)
      • Legislative Compliance
      • Study Permits
      • Temporary Resident Permits
    • Permanent Residence
      • Express Entry
      • Family Sponsorship
      • Citizenship
    • Refugees and Protected Persons
      • Refugee claims
      • Private Sponsorships

    Professional Designations & Affiliations

    • Member, Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (RCIC)
    • Licensed Immigration Consultant (RCIC#510110)
    • Lina also studied mathematics at the University of Toronto
    • Lina is fluent in both Arabic and EnglishLina Zakaria
  • Ali Yamini-Ghaeshi

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Ali Yamini-Ghaeshi

    Ali Yamini-Ghaeshi

    Immigration Consulting

    Ali Yamini-Ghaeshi graduated in Immigration Consultant Diploma from Ashton College in 2013. In 2015, he established his immigration firm and started working in North America and Iran. His firm provides the full range of Canadian immigration services to foreign individuals, small enterprises and multinationals alike. The firm has been active in offering services for various Canadian Immigration programs with over 500 successful applications over the years in various categories such as student visas, work classes, business and investment categories, and all other immigration programs. He also has participated in many immigration seminars and workshops in different countries like Canada, France, and Germany,

    Ali also is a graduated civil engineer from one of the top universities in Iran. He enjoys imparting his knowledge to other people and educates willing persons. He is very good at communicating with people and his practices as an immigration consultant have made him a good lecturer.

  • Kozyrev, Larry

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Kozyrev, Larry

    Kozyrev, Larry

    Immigration Consulting

    Larry Kozyrev is a Barrister and Solicitor with the Law Society of Ontario.He
    obtained his Masters of Laws from Osgoode Hall School and was called to Ontario
    Bar in January 2019. He currently is practicing Immigration Law and Family Law.
    Mr. Kozyrev has over 10 years of experience in Immigration industry as an
    Immigration Consultant.

    Mr. Kozyrev has represented clients in various immigration matters and has
    extensive knowledge and experience in difficult immigration proceedings
    concerning business investors and immigration appeals. Mr. Kozyrev’s practice
    was established in Winnipeg and later expanded to Toronto region.

  • Roman, Alina

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Roman, Alina

    Roman, Alina

    Immigration Consulting

    Alina Roman earned holds a Master Degree in Engineering and is a Regulated Immigration Consultant with many years of experience in the field of immigration. She is working as Immigration Consultant for Simon Fraser University, and her past work experience includes working for educational and governmental organizations as well as managing her own immigration practice.

    Alina has been teaching the Immigration Practitioner Program for Ashton College Abbotsford Campus since 2016 when Ashton College started to offer the IMCD program at the Abbotsford Campus location. In 2017 Alina received the Faculty Award, presented to an instructor that projects a positive, professional, and approachable attitude within the workplace and who possesses outstanding leadership abilities within the school community. As a graduate of Ashton College’s Immigration Practitioner Program strives to provide the best support to her students and help them become successful immigration consultants.

    In addition to Alina’s immigration practice and teaching, she is a member of the Practical Experience Advisory Committee for the regulatory body, ICCRC which regulates all RCICs on a national level. Alina is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).

    Alina speaks several languages and enjoys interacting with people coming from different cultural environments.

  • Li, Fred

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Li, Fred

    Li, Fred

    Immigration Consulting

    Fred is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and Managing Director & Partner at an immigration practice firm in Richmond, BC. In addition to his experience as an RCIC, he has over 10 years of experience working as a Paralegal for various leading Canadian National law firms. The areas of law that he worked in were civil litigation, labour & employment, human rights, family, criminal, corporate, contract, insolvency and alternative dispute resolution.

    After obtaining his Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University and many years of working in different areas of law, Fred decided that Immigration Law was his true passion. He obtained his Certificate from the UBC Immigration Practitioner Program in 2011 and has been a practicing member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).

    Given Fred’s vast experience in working for one of Canada’s leading law firms, he has extensive experience specializing in Hearings & Appeals before the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada, Immigration Investigations that are before the Canada Border Services Agency, Humanitarian & Compassionate applications, Family Class applications, various Skilled Worker applications that are applied through Express Entry or Provincial Nominee programs, Work & Study permit applications, Criminal Rehabilitation, Medical Inadmissibility, Citizenship applications, various Business Immigration applications and preparing Judicial Review applications before the Federal Court of Canada.

    In addition to Fred’s immigration practice, he is a member of the Practical Experience Advisory Committee for the regulatory body, ICCRC which regulates all RCICs on a national level. Fred is also an avid volunteer and occasionally volunteers for non-profit organizations such as the Immigrant Services Society of BC and Access Pro Bono. He is fluent in Cantonese and currently studying Mandarin.

  • Soden, Shakuntala

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Soden, Shakuntala

    Soden, Shakuntala

    Immigration Consulting

    I am a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. I work on Temporary Residence and Permanent Residence applications, including Express Entry and the Family Class. I am contracted to a Sponsorship Agreement Holder to coordinate their refugee applications under the PSR Program. I teach Canadian Immigration Law, Policy & Practice at a university on its Masters in Public Policy & Administration. I have a PhD in Textual Analysis from the University of Roehampton, UK.

  • Mohajer, Nazli

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Mohajer, Nazli

    Mohajer, Nazli

    Immigration Consulting

    Nazli Mohajer holds a Masters of International Comparative Law degree from the USA and Human Resources Management certificate from BCIT. She graduated, with distinction, from Ashton College, Immigration Consultant diploma program in 2009.

    Her past experiences include working for international organizations and companies both in public and private sectors, that include United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and as an in-house legal counsel to a subsidiary of a fortune 500 company (Renault-Nissan), before starting her own immigration practice in Vancouver, BC.

    She has served as a National Director of CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants ) in the capacity of Vice President, serving as a member of executive committee and the chair of education and training as well as chair of membership services committee in the span of 4 years.

  • Geselev, Elina

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Geselev, Elina

    Geselev, Elina

    Immigration Consulting

    As a graduate of Ashton College, Elina has been building her career as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) since 2008. She has prior work experience with various federal government departments, including Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Environment Canada, Transport Canada and Pacific Council. Her area of expertise encompasses law, social work and public administration. Currently, Elina is leading a successful practice providing immigration advice and services to individuals and companies in Canada and overseas.
    Elina studied Criminology and Sociology in Vancouver and partnered with Vancouver Police to work on her key project at Simon Fraser University.

  • Mashhour, Makan

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Mashhour, Makan

    Mashhour, Makan

    Immigration Consulting

    Makan Mashhour (“Maken”) is a US immigration attorney and a Canadian immigration consultant at Mashhour and Associates. He provides services in most areas of the Canadian and the U.S. immigration laws, with a focus on the business immigration side of the law. Maken understands the complexities of processing bureaucracy of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which allows him to protect his clients’ legal rights while their immigration status is being processed through the immigration system.

    When he finds time, Maken works on his charity GoodKarma where he reaches out to the less fortunate residents of Vancouver. He also enjoys volunteering at the immigration clinics where he helps different applicants with their CIC applications.

    Maken completed his Bachelor’s degree at University of British Columbia. Then he proceeded with completing his Immigration Consultant diploma at Ashton College. From there, to expand his immigration practice, he moved to the USA where he completed his Juris Doctor degree. While attending law school, Maken moved to the UK and attended Oxford University as a law student to complete part of his law degree there. Maken is now a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

  • Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Therrien, Dominic

    Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting

    Mr. Therrien has been a lawyer since 2002 and he has a long and diversified international experience as he lived in the United States, France and Mainland China where he worked for a few years to assist high net worth Chinese clients to immigrate to Canada. He represents many Canadian and international companies, including financial institutions, with respect to their business clients’ immigration needs as well as in regard to labor mobility. During his legal career he assisted hundreds of families to immigrate to Canada.

    In addition to obtaining a Quebec law degree and a Certificate of Qualification in common law, he pursued undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Montréal, and graduate studies in international politics at the prestigious Université de la Sorbonne (Paris, France). Mr. Therrien was called to the Law Society of Quebec (2002), to the Law Society of British Columbia (2010), and to the State Bar of California (2019). Mr. Therrien’s law career followed several years of playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization.

    Mr. Therrien practices law in Canada’s both official languages, French and English.

  • Megill, Rod

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Megill, Rod

    Megill, Rod

    Immigration Consulting

    Rod Megill is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). Rod specializes in processing immigration applications of international skilled workers, professionals, temporary foreign workers, NAFTA exempt professionals and business persons wishing to work or live permanently in Canada via federal or provincial nominee programs.

    Rod holds degrees from Carleton University, Concordia University and the University of Oregon.

  • Madani, Shervin

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Madani, Shervin

    Madani, Shervin

    Immigration Consulting

    Born in Iran, Shervin grew up in Tehran till the age of 11. He moved to Germany and lived there before moving to Canada in 1993. After finishing college, he worked in the private sector before moving to the government. He started his government career at the Canada Revenue Agency.

    In 2007, Shervin was selected to attend the Border Services Officer training program in Riguad, Quebec. After successfully finishing this program, he was stationed at the Pacific border crossing as a Border Services Officer. In this role, Shervin enforced Canadian Immigration and Customs law. As part of his duties he assessed work permit, visitor visa, study permit, and refugee applications that were presented at the Port of Entry.

    In 2012, after finishing the Ashton College Immigration Consultant Diploma program, Shervin pursued a career as a self-employed immigration consultant. Shervin also started teaching at Ashton in 2016.

  • Le, Steven

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Le, Steven

    Le, Steven

    Immigration Consulting

    Steven Le (BSc, RCIC, NP) obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in 1996. In 2005, Steven was admitted into the Notary Public program run by the University of British Columbia and the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia. Since 2007, Steven has been commissioned as a Notary Public for the province of British Columbia. He was a Chair for Notary Public Vancouver East Chapter from 2014–2016.

    With his professional work as a Notary Public, Steven has had an opportunity to meet and interact with clients from many different backgrounds and cultures. Steven recognized the need for a well-trained, qualified and honest immigration consultant to assist people in bringing their loved ones to Canada. In May 2011, Steven obtained his designation as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). He enjoys his work as an instructor and has assisted many clients in various immigration matters.

  • McKay, Ron

    Immigration Consulting

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  • McKay, Ron

    McKay, Ron

    Immigration Consulting

    Ron McKay has been employed in the Canadian immigration field for over thirty years. He was previously employed as a locally engaged Immigration Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan from 1986 to 1996. When he returned to Canada, he was employed as the in-house Immigration Consultant for the law firm of Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia from 1996 to 2016.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Laurentian University and he is a graduate of the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program.

    Ron was the First National President for the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) in 1999–2000. He subsequently served as a National Director for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) from 2011 to 2016. He was the National Chair of ICCRC from 2015 to 2016.

    Ron has over 20 years of experience in the education sector, having been an English as a Second Language Instructor in Tokyo, Japan; an instructor for the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program; and the Director, Immigration Practitioner Programs and IMCD instructor for Ashton College from 2017 to present.

    Recreation-wise, Ron is a curler and a curling instructor, and he is the President of the Vancouver Curling Club for 2018-2019. He also has practiced Japanese martial arts and holds a Second Degree Black Belt in Aikido and a Brown Belt in Shorinji Kempo. He is presently studying Chinese martial arts. He also performs music for charitable events on drums and percussion.

  • Abonada, Manal

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Abonada, Manal

    Abonada, Manal

    Immigration Consulting

    Manal Abonada has been an Immigration Consultant for six years. She founded her own immigration practice, Immigration Consultants Canada, and works in collaboration with many colleges and universities in Ontario as an authorized educational representative. She has also been a teacher for 17 years overseas. She is passionate about continuous learning and teaching. Manal has obtained a degree and three diplomas. Her latest – the Border Services Diploma – was in 2015. She is currently working on her French language, as well as a face reading and body language certification.

  • Parsai, Al

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Parsai, Al

    Parsai, Al

    Immigration Consulting

    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). He runs his successful business in downtown Toronto, Ontario with many employees. Al is the author of “88 Tips on Immigration to Canada.” He is a member of ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) and CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants). Al has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 35 countries to the Canadian immigration authorities.

    Al, who holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, has extensive experience as an author, trainer, and public speaker. He has written ten books and hundreds of articles in the past 20 years. Al has also delivered many courses, workshops, and speeches in four different countries.

    Immigration to Canada is Al Parsai’s passion. He deals with the immigration process on a daily basis. He represents hundreds of applicants to the federal and provincial immigration authorities at the same time. Al is proud of his profession and recommends it to anyone who wants to help others build a better life.

    When it comes to training, Al truly believes in interactive education. He thinks a variety of training activities based on real-life events could help students explore issues from different angles and understand them thoroughly.

  • Shah, Rasik

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Shah, Rasik

    Immigration Consulting

    Born in Kenya, Rasik Shah grew up in a multicultural society speaking several languages, and studied Law at Lincoln’s Inn, London, where he was called to the bar as a Barrister at Law in 1963. Returning to Kenya, he practised as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, specializing as a criminal lawyer. In 1974, he immigrated to Canada, took the Common Law exam set by Osgoode Hall, and qualified as a barrister and solicitor, becoming a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

    Rasik practised law for 15 years, then took a break from law by leading trekking trips to the Himalayas in India for the next 12 years, travelling widely among Buddhist communities in the north, including an overland trip from Nepal to Lhasa in Tibet. He has also done some travel writing and published some short fiction. He returned to practise as refugee counsel by qualifying as an immigration consultant in 2002, apart from doing a stint with CBSA as a hearing officer.

    In 2006, Rasik joined Ashton College and set up the refugee module program, and also started teaching the IMCD 04 refugee module. In 2008, he was appointed a member of the IRB by the Governor General in Council and functioned as a refugee claims adjudicator for a year at the Refugee Protection Division, Vancouver, resuming instruction at Ashton College thereafter and taking up his practice as refugee counsel again. His hobbies are creative writing, chess, and a passionate interest in literature; he is also committed to human rights causes. He is pleased to see indications of a new refugee-friendly environment in Canada.

  • Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Immigration Consulting

    Cristie Lane Tayde attained her Bachelor’s degree and Certificate in Immigration from the University of British Columbia. She has been a Regulated Canada Immigration Consultant with BC Happy Homes Immigration Services since 2009. Though their company caters for clients from across the globe, they have several offices set up in the Philippines, where Cristie often goes to conduct seminars and provide consultation services.

    Aside from her work as a consultant, Cristie is very involved in volunteer works within the local Filipino-Canadian community.

    She was a former Board Member and Secretary for the Philippines Canada Trade Council, and has also had a regular stint on a local radio station discussing immigration matters, and has provided her services by writing immigration columns in local newspapers. Cristie is a second-generation immigration consultant, which instilled in her a passion to help people as she was growing up.

  • Napal, Raj

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Napal, Raj

    Napal, Raj

    Immigration Consulting

    Raj Napal was called to the English Bar in 1981 and practised as a trial lawyer in criminal and civil litigation for 15 years prior to emigrating to Canada in the mid-90s. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996 when he established NLC lawyers in Peel, Ontario.

    Raj is highly skilled in judicial review proceedings and advocacy in all the divisions of the IRB. He is also an experienced criminal and civil litigation lawyer, having won a substantial number of trials in both England and Canada. He has a number of cases published in the law reports, some of which highlighted important principles of law in his areas of practice.

    In 2016, he decided to focus more on teaching and reduced his workload by restricting his practice to criminal and immigration law. He believes that his deep knowledge of the law and his three decades of litigation experience will assist students in the learning process. Raj feels privileged that he can contribute towards the mandate of Ashton College, their instructors and staff. That mandate is that our collaborative teaching environment is of a high standard so that our future licensed legal professionals are ready and fully equipped to meet the challenges of practice and excel in the work they do.

  • Pancotto, Rosanna

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Pancotto, Rosanna

    Pancotto, Rosanna

    Immigration Consulting

    A proud Canadian, Rosanna was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies, where she attended post-secondary education at the University of Winnipeg, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics. In 2001, soon after graduation and while pursuing her political career, she worked as an Immigration Assistant to a former Member of Parliament of the House of Commons for 5 years.

    In 2005, Rosanna was transferred to Ottawa, Ontario and held the position of Special Assistant to the Western Region for the former Minister of Citizenship & Immigration. Rosanna’s work in this position related strictly to immigration pertaining to Western Canada. Rosanna was also a part of the Fort Gary Community Network, an immigration network in Winnipeg, Manitoba dealing with settlement programs and assistance within the community.

    She graduated from Humber College, obtaining her Canadian Immigration Practitioner Certificate, in 2007. Rosanna is also an active and proud member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, a regulatory body that oversees and regulates the conduct and ethics of immigration consultants. Rosanna owns her own immigration practice, Prairie Sky Immigration.

  • Correia, Vitoria

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Correia, Vitoria

    Correia, Vitoria

    Immigration Consulting

    Vitoria Correia earned her Bachelor of Law from Lusiada University, Lisbon, Portugal in 1998 and was called to the Portuguese Bar Association in 2001. Her ensuing ten-year legal practice focused primarily on immigration, family and public law. As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, Vitoria enjoys conveying her knowledge in a classroom setting, as well as representing and advising her clients on various immigration matters.

  • Power, Gerry

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Power, Gerry

    Power, Gerry

    Immigration Consulting

    Gerry Power has extensive expertise in immigration and citizenship matters with over 35 years of experience in both public and private sectors. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Gerry started his career at the Citizenship Branch of the federal government in Ottawa. He then joined the Quebec Immigration Department, where he worked for 30 years as an Immigration Officer and Program Manager and Director, in charge of various Quebec Immigration Offices abroad.

    Gerry has lived in many countries and travelled extensively. He is familiar with numerous cross-cultural environments. Based in Hong Kong, from where he manages his Canadian immigration consulting firm, Gerry is a Regulated Immigration Consultant and is registered as a Quebec Immigration Consultant.

  • Desmond, Jane

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Desmond, Jane

    Immigration Consulting

    Jane Desmond has been an immigration consultant and instructor for ten years. Jane has built a solid reputation amongst her peers. Her experience, coupled with her work in the community, have afforded her extensive legal exposure and understanding. Furthermore, her in-depth knowledge and insight have been sought by television networks – OMNI News, Globo (the largest television network in Brazil) and various local ethnic media outlets – to explain the implications of the changes in government policies and regulations in immigration.

    Jane has successfully managed a Toronto-based consulting company, which represents clients before Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board throughout Canada, and in many of the Canadian visa posts abroad.

  • Bowden, Shawn

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Bowden, Shawn

    Bowden, Shawn

    Immigration Consulting

    With a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, the transition into immigration was a natural one for Shawn Bowden. For the past five years, Shawn has been working in the field of immigration, advising the provincial government on immigration policy, writing columns on immigration-related issues and conducting international immigration seminars.

    Shawn spent several years working in Japan, and is excited about sharing his global experiences with Ashton students.

  • Djuricic, Nevena

    Immigration Consulting

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  • Djuricic, Nevena

    Djuricic, Nevena

    Immigration Consulting

    Nevena Djuricic earned her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Sarajevo. Before immigrating to Canada, she practiced law in her home country and was appointed a municipal court judge for Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1987.

    In 2002 Nevena graduated from the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program.

    Nevena is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and a former CAPIC BC Chapter, Policy and Lobbying Committee member, who was working on promoting and protecting the integrity of the profession by communicating with federal and provincial government agencies and media. She was also a presenter at the CAPIC Continuous Education Seminars.

    Nevena has been teaching the Immigration Practitioner Program for Ashton College since 2006. In 2012 Nevena received the Faculty Award, presented to an instructor that projects a positive, professional, and approachable attitude within the workplace and who possesses outstanding leadership abilities within the school community.

    Nevena is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, a member of ICCRC since its inception and has had many years of experience in the field of immigration.

    Nevena is an avid skier and, for many years, served as a parent co-coordinator for the Grouse Mt. Tyee Ski club and the Vancouver Ski Team.

Immigration Legal Assistant

  • Sethi, Swati

    Immigration Legal Assistant

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  • Sethi, Swati

    Sethi, Swati

    Immigration Legal Assistant

    Swati Sethi is a Licensed Paralegal from Ontario and has teaching experience with different educational institutions for the last 4 years. She has taught in the past at reputed CEGEPs and school boards in Canada. She is passionate about education and is a strong believer that “we learn something new every day”. She is experienced in immigration matters and has taught various courses in law.

  • Benkhalti, Rita

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

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  • Benkhalti, Rita

    Benkhalti, Rita

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

    Rita is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with several years of experience working in different countries with people from all over the world. Her personal diverse cultural heritage provides her with a unique world view that led her to her current career – helping people from all over the world immigrate to Canada.

    Rita’s Canadian identity was shaped through living in Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver. She dedicates her business, volunteer hours, and personal life to serving immigrants who wish to contribute to the development of the Canadian economy and culture. Not surprisingly, Rita studied a Bachelor’s in Global Political Science at York University in Toronto, a Master’s of International Relations at the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, and a Canadian Immigration diploma at Ashton College in Vancouver. She is fluent in Spanish, Arabic, French and English and has plans to keep learning more languages in the future. She is dedicated to creating peace, understanding and cooperation between different cultures.

  • Ramos, Divino Rex

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

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  • Ramos, Divino Rex

    Ramos, Divino Rex

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

    Divino holds a degree in Business. Before coming to Canada, he worked as a Regional Sales Director at DOLE International, and as an International Business Analyst at The Emirates Group. He also published and taught his research on Human Resources at the University of Saint Louis.

    Divino is also a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with over five years of industry experience. He worked at JBS as an Employment Manager in Alberta, where he oversaw the Recruitment Department and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. He also lived in Ontario where he pursued his degree in International Relations, while working as a Human Resources Manager and Senior Immigration Advisor at DVN.

    Currently, aside from being a Managing Partner at DVN, Divino works as a Career Coach, an International Recruiter, and a Global Immigration Advisor for various companies in North America and Southeast Asia. He also volunteers for the Canadian Red Cross and the United Nations, where he usually partakes in the resettlement and youth programs.

  • Alvez, Adeela

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

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  • Alvez, Adeela

    Alvez, Adeela

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

    Adeela has absolute passion for the legal profession, which she exhibits by regularly contributing to this field. Her approach to the practice is client-centered. She recognizes that any successful legal representative’s client must be confident that all required work is performed in a professional manner and completed in an efficient way.

    Adeela believes that in order to serve a client well she must resolve the case to their satisfaction. It is for this reason that Adeela’s clients keep coming back to her and continue referring their friends and relatives.

    Adeela’s method of practice encompasses developmental procedures and logistical operations in order to maintain a successful practice, where her detail-oriented nature, as well as her keen understanding of the legal practice, has made her an accomplished Paralegal within the industry. Throughout her experience, Adeela has developed a style that can take the most complex dispositions and simplify them, resulting in successful communication with people of different views.

  • Han, Helen

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

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  • Han, Helen

    Han, Helen

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

    Helen Han is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) at a boutique consultancy firm in Burnaby, BC.  She provides a wide range of immigration advice and services to clients on various immigration issues.  Her practice mainly involves helping international students with their study permit affairs, as well as advising clients with a work permit, permanent residence & citizenship matters.

    Prior to starting her practice in the field of the immigration law, Helen was an instructor within the Faculty of Logistics at a prominent school in China.

    Helen obtained a Master’s degree in Global Business from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

International Business

  • Mookerjee, Tony

    International Business

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  • Mookerjee, Tony

    International Business

    Tony (Shubhayu) Mookerjee holds Master of Science (Economics) and MBA degrees from Virginia Tech., United States. His B.Sc (Honours) degree is also in Economics, with minors in Mathematics and Statistics, from the University of Calcutta, India.

    Tony’s work experience has traversed his native India, the UK, the United States and Canada. Among his previous employers are PwC Consulting (India and UK), Frost & Sullivan (New York, US), The Strategy Institute, and IBS India. His academic interests span mathematical economics, game theory and applications of quantitative tools to business decision-making. He currently teaches courses in microeconomics, operations management, and project management at Hanson Academy, Yorkville University, and Sprott Shaw College in the Vancouver area. Recently, he has also been an instructor at UBC and Corpus Christi College.

  • Stroe, Mihai

    International Business

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  • Stroe, Mihai

    Stroe, Mihai

    International Business

    Mihai Stroe has an extensive global expertise in logistics and supply chain management, customs and trade compliance, distribution and e-commerce, supported by a progressive career spanning over 20 years. Highly-qualified, proficient and results-oriented, he holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. Mihai is a Licensed Customs Broker in Canada and is also certified as Customs Specialist in the EU, Canada, and US.

    Mihai is an expert in developing and implementing supply chain and trade compliance processes in emerging and established companies. Strategic, focused thinker with the ability to translate direction into tactical plans, Mihai is driven by bridging the gap between corporate environments and business units.

  • Escalon, Pedro J.

    International Business

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  • Escalon, Pedro J.

    Escalon, Pedro J.

    International Business

    Pedro Escalon is a qualified international business consultant specializing in attracting foreign direct investment, promoting export development and guiding small businesses that seek competitive advantage. Throughout 20 years of experience in the field, he has worked for both public and private sectors within multinational corporations and small businesses strategically located in Central America. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business & Marketing from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

    For the past 10 years, Pedro has been passionately teaching and guiding MBA and Undergraduate students on subjects related to his career, such as global business environment, international marketing, strategic management, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. He strives to make learning simple, entertaining and dynamic. He is a true believer that creating practical and useful learning experiences helps students to develop a clear understanding of how global issues influence corporations in the modern world.

Medical Office Assistant

  • Jeyanthi, Valaitham

    Medical Office Assistant

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  • Jeyanthi, Valaitham

    Jeyanthi, Valaitham

    Medical Office Assistant

    Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy and I have attained my certificate in Orientation to the Canadian Health Care System, Culture and Context from University of Toronto.

    I have more than 12 years of extensive work experiences in both clinical and educational settings in India, Malaysia and Canada. Aside from being an educator, I was elected as a curriculum specialist and was selected as a staff representative to attend the International Health Science Conference in 2012 Jeyanthi has also earned an Excellence Award in 2013 and Educator of the Year nomination.

    I always strive to provide a stimulating learning environment that encourages students to realize their full potential. I believe that my students are most successful when they feel valued as individuals.

    The best part of my job as an instructor is working and interacting with people on campus. My hobbies and interests include gardening and spending time with family and friends.

    I consider myself very privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of the Ashton College faculty and would like to continue to empower my students to have a high capacity for both independent and collaborative work.

Red Seal Trades

  • Mastin, Vannesa

    Red Seal Plumber

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  • Mastin, Vannesa

    Mastin, Vannesa

    Red Seal Plumber

    Vanessa Mastin is a highly educated and dedicated journeyperson with a passion for meaningful work in the trades and education sectors. She has over seven years of experience as a certified Red Seal Journeyperson Plumber and Gasfitter. She achieved her National Construction Safety Officer certification in 2017 and is the co-chair of the School of Construction Safety Committee at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where she has taught for three years. Professionally, she demonstrated her proven dedication to student success and learning by winning the SAITSA Instructor Excellence Award for the School of Construction. Her educational background in sociology also puts her in good standing when working in the pipe trades, as she can seamlessly work with diverse backgrounds. Her person teaching philosophy is that you can never stop learning.

  • Soucy, Chad

    Red Seal Construction and Industrial Electrician

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  • Soucy, Chad

    Red Seal Construction and Industrial Electrician

    Chad Soucy is a Master Electrician, Red Seal Industrial/Construction Electrician, in 2012, further expanded on his mission to lifelong learning in becoming an electrical instructor. He continued on this path as an Online course developer and is steadfastly committed to electrical safety and sound adult learning theories.

     

  • Crompton, Dean

    Red Seal Plumber

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  • Crompton, Dean

    Crompton, Dean

    Red Seal Plumber

    Dean Crompton understands that smooth seas don’t make skilled sailors, this is his 17th year as a tradesman having experience in residential, commercial and industrial environments. In 2008 Dean received his first red seal certification in Plumbing at Pacific Vocational college and then went on to receive his red seal steam ticket in 2014 and class A gas ticket at Nait. Dean is a continuous Learner that enjoys empowering others by creating a great working/ Learning environment. In his downtime, you will find him spending time with his family or working on a car. Dean is now pursuing his red seal certification in welding and hopes that all this experience may one day help others in their careers!

  • Soley, Kevin

    Red Seal Welder

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  • Soley, Kevin

    Soley, Kevin

    Red Seal Welder

    I am a Journeyman, Red Seal Welder living in Central Alberta, who has been in the welding trade for 26 years. I started my welding apprenticeship at Red Deer College in 1992 and received my Journeyman and Red Seal Status in 1994. I passed my Alberta B- Pressure test in 1994 as well and successfully ran my own welding business for 25 years. Since I acquired the Red Seal Certification, I have had the privilege of welding all over western Canada!

    In 2013 I started a different journey in the welding Trade as a “Welding Instructor”. I was fortunate enough to receive an award as “Southern Alberta’s Top Trades Instructor” in 2014. This was a nomination from Students I have taught over the years. I feel my success in the teaching field comes from understanding students and being able to forward the information in a way that Students will understand! I have also acquired CWB Level 2 Welding Inspection Certification as well as I am an ABSA Certified Welding Examiner for Pressure Welding.

    Since then I have had the passion of passing on my knowledge in the Welding Trade.

    I feel that in your career path you have chosen, you should never stop learning! I learn as much from my Students as I teach them!

    My hobbies include being an avid Marathon and Ultra Marathon Runner, as well as Hiking the mountains of this awesome country!

    Really, I m a Tradesperson just like my students but with a little more knowledge of the trade!

     

     

  • Vernham, Thomas

    Red Seal Carpenter

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  • Vernham, Thomas

    Red Seal Carpenter

    After nearly twenty years in the building trades, Thomas has learned that one of his favourite things about the Carpenter trade has been sharing the knowledge that he has gained to help apprentices become better tradespeople. And, in some instances, eventually, get their Interprovincial Red Seals.   

    Years of experience have allowed Thomas a very in-depth and useful knowledge of all aspects of residential, industrial, and commercial construction and maintenance. Also, through further experience in customer service running his own business, Thomas has developed excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

    To become an instructor, Thomas decided to pursue a Masters of Education: Curriculum and Instruction: Post-Secondary program at Simon Fraser University and now he is one of the most exciting and charismatic instructors at Ashton College.

  • Foley, Adam

    Red Seal Cook

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  • Foley, Adam

    Foley, Adam

    Red Seal Cook

    Chef Adam Foley trained at George Brown College and is currently a Chef-Instructor at his alma mater.  He obtained his extensive culinary experience by practicing his craft for over 25 years at top Toronto restaurants, entertainment venues and private organizations.  In addition to George Brown, he has shared his passion for cooking by teaching classes at Great Cooks and the LCBO.  Chef Foley enjoys imparting his knowledge of cooking with others, regardless of their level of experience in the kitchen.

    Chef Foley believes that the foundation of food begins with classic training, the best ingredients and looks to each season’s harvest for inspiration.  He promotes sustainable, healthy eating using local food and likes to keep things simple in order to put maximum emphasis on just a few ingredients and allow natural flavours to take centre stage.

     

     

  • Kevin, Gibney

    Red Seal Construction Electrician

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  • Kevin, Gibney

    Kevin, Gibney

    Red Seal Construction Electrician

    Kevin Gibney is a Master Electrician living in Southern Alberta.    He has been in the Electrical Trade for 10 Years.  Kevin Studied his apprenticeship at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, receiving his Red Seal in 2015 and completing his Masters in 2019.  He also has a Diploma in Broadcasting.  Kevin is a lifelong learner and continually seeks new information as technology changes and impacts the building trades.  His hobbies include horsemanship, woodworking, and spending time with his family.

  • Victor, Cole

    Red Seal Automotive Service Technician

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  • Victor, Cole

    Victor, Cole

    Red Seal Automotive Service Technician

    Victor Cole has been an Automotive Service Technician for over 20 years.  Living in Toronto, Ontario, Victor’s specialty when working as a Technician was electrical and drivability.  Victor studied his apprenticeship at Centennial Collage in Toronto, ON.  In November 2008, Victor received his Automotive Service Technician 310s Red Seal License.  Victor has recently completed his Bachelor of Education at Brock University in May 2020 earning him a membership with the Ontario Collage of Teachers.  Leading by example being a lifelong learner Victor is currently working on a Bachelor of Technology at Thompson Rivers University through an open learning program.  Victor’s hobbies include Blacksmithing and running.  Victor also volunteers his spare time to animal rescue.  Victor Cole became a teacher to do his part to help tomorrow’s generation be successful in a world that is ever changing.

Refugee Class Immigration Law

  • McLeod, Daniel

    Refugee Class Immigration Law

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  • McLeod, Daniel

    Refugee Class Immigration Law

    Daniel K. McLeod is a Vancouver refugee lawyer with degrees from SFU and UBC. He was an Instructor on refugee law for the UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies & Procedures (CILPP) from inception in 2001 to conclusion in 2020. He represents sponsored refugees, refugee sponsoring groups, and Sponsorship Agreement Holders authorized by the Minister to sponsor refugees, at Canadian Migration Offices around the world and the Federal Court of Canada. He also represents refugee claimants at the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration & Refugee Board. He has been the lawyer for refugee clients from more than 25 countries including Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tibet and Turkey.

    Daniel has presented lectures and papers on refugee law issues for the Continuing Legal Education Society, Legal Aid BC (formerly the Legal Services Society), the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch Immigration Section, and the CBA National Immigration Law Conference. He has been interviewed by CBC TV, CKNW Radio, CTV, the Globe & Mail, and CBC Radio “As it Happens,” “On the Coast,” and “All Points West.” He has received a Simon Fraser University Award and Canada’s Medal of Bravery. He has a working knowledge of French and can speak some Spanish.

    In his spare time, he is working on TrudeauMania, a musical theatre production about the life and times of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Daniel was a semi-finalist in the annual UK Songwriting Contest in 2016 & 2017. He likes getting outdoors and enjoys snowshoeing, hiking, cycling, kayaking and paddleboarding.

  • Lindy, Hannah

    Refugee Class Immigration Law

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  • Lindy, Hannah

    Lindy, Hannah

    Refugee Class Immigration Law

    Hannah Lindy, BA, JD, is an immigration and refugee lawyer at Larlee Rosenberg in Vancouver. Prior to joining Larlee Rosenberg, Hannah practiced immigration and refugee law in Toronto for several years as an associate lawyer at Waldman & Associates, where she also completed her articles.

    Hannah provides services in all areas of immigration, refugee, and citizenship law and regularly represents clients before the Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Hannah graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law and has been called to the bar in Ontario and British Columbia. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Refugee Lawyers Association of Ontario, and the Canadian Bar Association.

Robotics

  • Sourav

    Robotics

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  • Sourav

    Robotics

    Sourav is a technology enthusiast with diverse experience in mechanics, electrics, biomedicine and computer science. He attended Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering. He also has many years of dynamic industry exposure. Sourav has travelled across the globe to expand his horizons in artificial intelligence and control systems. He obtained his master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario in Automation and Systems Engineering and later joined the robotics industry by launching Canada’s first Automated Grocery Delivery service, Voila.

    Sourav believes that education should be more practical and experimental than theoretical. He zealously promotes practical, engaging and prototype-oriented learning. He has created various robotics courses, designed to ignite a passion for learning and provide vital industry knowledge. With his dynamic experience in STEM education, he hopes to provide future generations with the necessary tools to succeed in a technology-driven society.

    Sourav recognizes that product development involves strenuous effort from multiple fields of engineering. For example, body design relies on mechanical expertise, circuit boards come from electrical insight and programmed intelligence relies on computer science expertise. A base in multiple fields can therefore make you more efficient and productive in your career. Sourav argues that robotics is the only field that can provide such diverse knowledge. He considers robotics to be a great career choice for anyone. His advice? Stay hungry for knowledge because necessity is the mother of invention.

  • Roman, Youssef

    Robotics

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  • Roman, Youssef

    Roman, Youssef

    Robotics

    Youssef Roman is a passion driven roboticist who loves to share his technical skills and experiences with great enthusiasm. He obtained his B.A. in Mechatronics Engineering from University of Waterloo and pursuing a M.A. in Computer Science from Wilfred Laurier University.

    Youssef’s skills in mechanical, electrical and software allowed him to work in industries like automotive, manufacturing, unmanned aerial vehicles, and digital communication. He collaborates with professors and industry professionals to design and build robotic systems with the goal of making human lives productive and efficient.

    Youssef has learned that whatever career path you have chosen, you should never stop learning. He believes that no matter how difficult and complex a concept may be, there is always a way to simplify and break down to fully understand. His journey here is to share with you ways to uphold simplicity no matter the challenges.

Tribunal Immigration Practice

  • Boscariol, Anita

    Tribunal Immigration Practice

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  • Boscariol, Anita

    Boscariol, Anita

    Tribunal Immigration Practice

    Anita Boscariol is Associate Counsel at Watson Goepel LLP, a law firm located in downtown Vancouver, BC. A former Assistant Deputy Chair of the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board for over ten years, Anita has a depth of immigration law experience. Included in her practise are appeals to the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, and applications for judicial review before the federal court.

    Anita is a frequent presenter, including for the Canadian Bar Association, the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, and Public Legal Education, as well as at various educational institutions including the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, Corpus Christi College, and Ashton College. She has recently been published in The Lawyer’s Daily, a resource for legal professionals including those in government departments, academic institutions and research libraries.

    Anita is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish, enjoys classical music and opera, and is a fitness enthusiast.

     

Unit Clerk

  • Sia, Sheila Mae

    Unit Clerk

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  • Sia, Sheila Mae

    Sia, Sheila Mae

    Unit Clerk

    I am an internationally educated nurse and a graduate of Master of Arts in Education. My teaching experience includes being a clinical instructor for 9 years. I taught varying nursing subjects and facilitated the clinical practice of students in several clinical areas. I also taught medical office administration in one of the private colleges in Toronto. I also work as a curriculum developer for the Pharmacy Assistant Certificate Course at George Brown College in Toronto.

    My work experience includes working in the clinical area like delivery room, neonatal intensive care unit, and the community. I also work as a pharmacy assistant in one of the community pharmacies in Toronto. My whole career and teaching experience taught me that there’s never a due date in learning. What it takes is determination, focus, and hard work. As an educator, I aim that my students can transfer what they learn in the classroom to the real world.

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