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.

Accounting

  • Ahmed, Saeed

    Canadian GST/HST Basics

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  • Ahmed, Saeed

    Ahmed, Saeed

    Canadian GST/HST Basics

    During his 15 years as a professional accountant, Saeed Ahmed has collected valuable experiences in Canada. He has been a financial manager in the private sector, a public service officer with the Federal government, a business owner and recently a business teacher. He is inspired to pass along the best that he has learned. Saeed appreciates good, healthy discussions that result in productive action. His teaching style is to learn from stories, anecdotes, common sense and critical thinking to discover the reasoning behind ideas and put everything into practice.

  • Bhaimeya, Ummul Banin

    Certificate in Accounting Program

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  • Bhaimeya, Ummul Banin

    Bhaimeya, Ummul Banin

    Certificate in Accounting Program

    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.

  • Bhatia, Sanjay

    QuickBooks

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  • Bhatia, Sanjay

    Bhatia, Sanjay

    QuickBooks

    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

    Certificate in Accounting Program

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  • Darbyson, Rhonda

    Darbyson, Rhonda

    Certificate in Accounting Program

    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.

  • Egbal, Eltahir

    Canadian Income Tax, Payroll Administration

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  • Egbal, Eltahir

    Canadian Income Tax, Payroll Administration

    Egbal Eltahir obtained an MA in Economics from the University of Ottawa and an MSc in Accounting from KSU. She is also currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Walden. Egbal has extensive experience in lecturing, conducting economic research, accounting, taxation and financial services. She identifies as a quick learner with a proven ability to interpret and analyze complicated information. She often adapts by using various computer programs to improve work efficiency. Egbal is excited to be a faculty member at Ashton College, working with students to advance their careers.

  • Ellacott, Cynthia

    Certificate in Accounting Program

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  • Ellacott, Cynthia

    Ellacott, Cynthia

    Certificate in Accounting Program

    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.

     

  • Goel, Peter

    Certificate in Accounting Program

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  • Goel, Peter

    Goel, Peter

    Certificate in Accounting Program

    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.

  • Kawa, Zahra

    Certificate in Accounting Program

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  • Kawa, Zahra

    Certificate in Accounting Program

    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.

  • Kurian, John

    Canadian GST/HST Basics

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  • Kurian, John

    Kurian, John

    Canadian GST/HST Basics

    John Kurian is a professionally trained and experienced accounting instructor with over 20 years of experience in the fields of corporate accounting, finance, mergers and acquisitions, technology, and education. He is passionate about teaching and e-learning and draws on his practical experience when teaching accounting, business, and technology courses. He believes that good hands-on training and learning real-world experience are key in developing successful accounting knowledge, and skill sets in managing business operations. John has taught accounting and business courses in six provinces in China and has developed courses and taught or facilitated in professional accounting degree programs and MBA and graduate programs for leading universities in Canada.

  • Patterson, Tenaj

    Certificate in Accounting Program

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  • Patterson, Tenaj

    Certificate in Accounting Program

    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.

  • Prabhu, Dilip

    Certificate in Accounting Program

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  • Prabhu, Dilip

    Prabhu, Dilip

    Certificate in Accounting Program

    Dilip is a Chartered Accountant from India. He also has a Bachelors of Science in Economics/Mathematics from the University of Alberta. Dilip has passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam and has worked as a financial controller in Canada for more than seven years. Prior to moving to Canada, Dilip was a Regional Financial Controller managing a large team based in Dubai, UAE for almost eight years. Dilip was in charge of finance and administration, overseeing many countries in the Gulf. He has extensive experience in financial accounting, auditing, budgeting, management discussion and analysis, and preparing business plans.

  • Remtulla, Nabeel

    Certificate in Accounting Program

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  • Remtulla, Nabeel

    Remtulla, Nabeel

    Certificate in Accounting Program

    Nabeel Remtulla, CPA, CA has been working in the accounting field for the past 10 years. He originally started his articulating studies at a mid-size local accounting firm and then went on to be a Financial Controller for clean technology company. In the last 3 years, he has incorporated and managed his own accounting firm called NR CPA LTD that offers accounting, taxation and bookkeeping services. Further, Nabeel also got involved in teaching/marking for the CPA Institute. He is currently enrolled in the CPA In Depth Tax program that he expects to complete in 2020.

  • Stahl, Heather

    Canadian GST/HST Basics

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  • Stahl, Heather

    Stahl, Heather

    Canadian GST/HST Basics

    Heather Stahl is a Certified Public Accountant in Alberta. Her educational adventure began with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta. Following several years in the oil and gas industry, she pursued her passion for numbers with an accounting certification with CGA Alberta. She has worked in a variety of sectors such as agriculture, government and public practice. As a tax specialist in public practice, she advised on complex corporate reorganizations. While completing her Master’s in Business Administration, Heather was inspired to teach others. She has a passion for helping others and ensuring their success.

  • Tawadrous, Emad

    Certificate in Accounting Program

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  • Tawadrous, Emad

    Tawadrous, Emad

    Certificate in Accounting Program

    Emad Tawadrous is a CMA Accountant who was working as a taxation lecturer assistant for two years and an accounting instructor for the past five years. He teaches accounting fundamentals, financial reporting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, payroll, computerized accounting with Sage and QuickBooks, management information systems, business math, and corporate and personal taxation. Previously, he studied taxation at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University and has a bachelor’s degree in Professional Accounting, Accounting Sciences and Management Accounting from Alexandria University. He later obtained his master’s degree in Cost and Managerial Accounting (CMA) from the High Institute of Accounting Studies at Alexandria University. His areas of professional expertise include GAAP standards, international financial reporting and Canadian accounting and payroll standards, corporate and individual taxation, information technology general controls, assurance and internal audits.

    Emad Tawadrous regularly contributes to diverse corporate projects in accounting and taxation for various private and public companies. He has acquired a broad business perspective based on extensive teaching and professional work experiences. Emad also volunteers for many charities around Canada by assisting with individual income tax preparations.

Alberta Employment Law

  • Roubaud, Claudia

    BC Employment Law, AB Employment Law, Change Management

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  • Roubaud, Claudia

    Roubaud, Claudia

    BC Employment Law, AB Employment Law, Change 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.

  • Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

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  • Seidler, Sharon

    Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

    Inspiring purpose and enabling success, Sharon Seidler is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, creative serial entrepreneur, thoughtful human resources professional, engaging course developer, instructor, and motivating professional coach. She has experience in multiple industries, having worked in community, public, private, union and non-unionized organizations over the past 32 years. During this time, she has gained proficiencies in international and virtual workforce development, cultural revitalization, collaborative trusts, innovative change, employee engagement, labour relations, organizational effectiveness, learning development and instruction.

    Sharon holds certificates in Human Resource Management from the University of Alberta, Professional and Adult Learning Instruction from the Northern Institute of Technology and Conflict Resolution and LEAN Six-Sigma Yellow-Belt from Kansas State University. She is also a licenced Life and Health Insurance Agent (producer) in Alberta and Arizona. She is currently an active member of the Kansas State Supreme Court Advisory Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a leadership role on the Education, Research and Training Committee with the Association for Conflict Resolution.

    As an experiential learning instructor, Sharon unites her work and personal experience with research, theory and application to generate an experiential learning setting geared toward student and apprentice growth. In her personal life, Sharon is a wife, friend, step-mom and grandma, sister and daughter. She enjoys active social time with her friends, family and colleagues.

Autism and ABA Therapy

  • Collins, Charlyn

    Autism and ABA Therapy, Developmental Services Worker

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  • Collins, Charlyn

    Collins, Charlyn

    Autism and ABA Therapy, Developmental Services 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.

  • Hildebrandt, Michelle

    Autism and ABA Therapy, Education Assistant

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  • Hildebrandt, Michelle

    Hildebrandt, Michelle

    Autism and ABA Therapy, Education Assistant

    Michelle Hildebrandt has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis since 2016 and has been a Registered Behaviour Technician since 2018. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at Western University in Professional Education with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Michelle has worked with both children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She currently works at a day centre providing behaviour-analytic services to adults diagnosed with ASD. Her teaching methodology is to inspire her students through her passion for ABA and its efficacy in fostering meaningful independence and improving lives.

AWS Academy

  • Mirakhmedov, Roman

    AWS Academy, Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

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  • Mirakhmedov, Roman

    Mirakhmedov, Roman

    AWS Academy, Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

    Roman Mirakhmedov holds a Master's in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Lomonosov Moscow State University and is a Ph. D. candidate in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked in technology for over 20 years and loves building next-generation cloud-native solutions to help his clients create maximum value and secure sustainable competitive advantage. Roman is an AWS Academy Accredited Educator for Cloud Foundations, Cloud Architecture, SysOps, DevOps and Machine Learning, and one of the very few people to hold all AWS certifications. He teaches cloud, machine learning, artificial intelligence, software development and applied mathematics. He is also currently a Senior Director, Cloud Consulting with Prodapt Solutions. He has authored and co-authored several papers on next-generation AI and regularly conducts research in collective intelligence.

  • Spencer, Richard

    AWS Academy, Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

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  • Spencer, Richard

    Spencer, Richard

    AWS Academy, Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

    Richard Spencer has worn many hats during his time in the IT industry over the last 15 years. Starting his career in the telecommunications field, Richard is now a full-time information technology instructor. Richard has successfully attained his CCNA certification, CCNA “Train the Trainer” certification, and three certifications from Amazon Web Services: Solutions Architect Associate, Sysops Administrator, and DevOps associate. His professional expertise and interest align with all things AWS and networking.

BC Building Code

  • Kolot, Dale

    Red Seal Carpenter, BC Building Code

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  • Kolot, Dale

    Kolot, Dale

    Red Seal Carpenter, BC Building Code

    Dale Kolot is an experienced veteran in the construction industry, having developed his craft and honed his expertise working for over fifty years in the sector. He is a proud Red Seal Carpenter with extensive work experience in both benchwork and joinery. Currently, Dale teaches on-call at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Cloverdale. Education is an important part of his professional life and he is beyond excited to bring his wealth of knowledge and expertise to Ashton College.

  • Smith, Andrew

    Red Seal Carpenter, BC Building Code

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  • Smith, Andrew

    Smith, Andrew

    Red Seal Carpenter, BC Building Code

    As an online instructor, Andrew Smith utilizes his comprehensive industry expertise and a myriad of engaging instruction techniques to empower students with the knowledge and skillsets required to thrive as in the field of carpentry. He works closely with students to mentor and advise them regarding continued professional development and potential career options. Professionally, he is a strategically focused leadership professional with a track record of delivering superior results leading construction projects. His training and professional development includes studying the Four Levels of Carpentry Training and Red Seal Certification at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and becoming a Certified Associate in Project Management.

BC Employment Law

  • Bachert-Burke, Heidi

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

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  • Bachert-Burke, Heidi

    Bachert-Burke, Heidi

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

    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.

  • Dube, Ndaba

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

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  • Dube, Ndaba

    Dube, Ndaba

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

    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.

  • Gay, Su-Yan

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

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  • Gay, Su-Yan

    Gay, Su-Yan

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

    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.

  • Roubaud, Claudia

    BC Employment Law, AB Employment Law, Change Management

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  • Roubaud, Claudia

    Roubaud, Claudia

    BC Employment Law, AB Employment Law, Change 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.

Business Immigration Law

  • Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting, Business Immigration Law, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Provincial Nominee Programs and Quebec Immigration Law

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  • Therrien, Dominic

    Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting, Business Immigration Law, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Provincial Nominee Programs and Quebec Immigration Law

    Dominic Therrien (BA, MA, BCL, LLB) has been a lawyer since 2002 and has assisted hundreds of families to immigrate to Canada. He has a long and diversified international work history living in the US, France and China. Previously, Dominic pursued undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Montréal and graduate studies in international politics at the Université de la Sorbonne. He also has a Civil Law degree and a Certificate of Qualification in Common Law. He founded his own law firm in 2016 and is a member of the Law Society of Quebec, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the State Bar of California. As an educator, Dominic has a particular focus on business immigration, professional ethics and practice management. His law career followed several years of playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization.

CELPIP Preparation

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Certificate in Inadmissibility to Canada

  • Parsai, Al

    Immigration Consulting, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Certificate in Inadmissibility to Canada

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  • Parsai, Al

    Parsai, Al

    Immigration Consulting, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Certificate in Inadmissibility to Canada

    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.

Certificate in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Process

  • Kriek, Cobus

    Certificate in the Labour Market Impact Assessment Process

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  • Kriek, Cobus

    Kriek, Cobus

    Certificate in the Labour Market Impact Assessment Process

    Cobus Kriek is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant who is also the Managing Director of Matrixvisa Inc. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch and has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa. He also completed a three-year Diploma in Export Management, majoring in International Trade Law. In 2002, he completed a Diploma in Immigration from Seneca College of Art and Design in Toronto. Subsequently, he passed a specialist examination in immigration before starting to practice. He is a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

  • Natsuhara, Craig

    Certificate in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Process

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  • Natsuhara, Craig

    Natsuhara, Craig

    Certificate in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Process

    Craig Natsuhara is an associate partner at EY Law LLP in Vancouver, where he manages the Canadian and cross-border NAFTA Immigration practice. He has practiced business immigration law since 2000, focusing primarily on assisting foreign businesses transfer employees and recruit new temporary foreign workers while establishing operations in Canada. He is excited to share his expertise and practical knowledge with future students.

Change Management

  • Alder, Monika

    Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Mediation

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  • Alder, Monika

    Alder, Monika

    Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Mediation

    Monika is an engaging and respected thought and functional leader, with expertise in leadership, strategy development and execution, transformational change, complex employee and stakeholder engagement and organizational effectiveness. She is currently a senior manager for Human Capital consulting at Deloitte Canada. She holds a master's degree in International Economic and Political Relationships from the University of Lodz in Poland and an MBA from the University of Alberta in Canada. As an instructor, Monika believes in experiential learning and she incorporates her professional and personal experience with theory, research and application to facilitate student growth and development. Monika is currently a board member of the global Association of Change Management Professionals and she is a Certified Change Management Professional.

  • Roubaud, Claudia

    BC Employment Law, AB Employment Law, Change Management

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  • Roubaud, Claudia

    Roubaud, Claudia

    BC Employment Law, AB Employment Law, Change 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.

  • Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

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  • Seidler, Sharon

    Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

    Inspiring purpose and enabling success, Sharon Seidler is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, creative serial entrepreneur, thoughtful human resources professional, engaging course developer, instructor, and motivating professional coach. She has experience in multiple industries, having worked in community, public, private, union and non-unionized organizations over the past 32 years. During this time, she has gained proficiencies in international and virtual workforce development, cultural revitalization, collaborative trusts, innovative change, employee engagement, labour relations, organizational effectiveness, learning development and instruction.

    Sharon holds certificates in Human Resource Management from the University of Alberta, Professional and Adult Learning Instruction from the Northern Institute of Technology and Conflict Resolution and LEAN Six-Sigma Yellow-Belt from Kansas State University. She is also a licenced Life and Health Insurance Agent (producer) in Alberta and Arizona. She is currently an active member of the Kansas State Supreme Court Advisory Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a leadership role on the Education, Research and Training Committee with the Association for Conflict Resolution.

    As an experiential learning instructor, Sharon unites her work and personal experience with research, theory and application to generate an experiential learning setting geared toward student and apprentice growth. In her personal life, Sharon is a wife, friend, step-mom and grandma, sister and daughter. She enjoys active social time with her friends, family and colleagues.

Communications in the Digital Workplace

  • Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

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  • Seidler, Sharon

    Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

    Inspiring purpose and enabling success, Sharon Seidler is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, creative serial entrepreneur, thoughtful human resources professional, engaging course developer, instructor, and motivating professional coach. She has experience in multiple industries, having worked in community, public, private, union and non-unionized organizations over the past 32 years. During this time, she has gained proficiencies in international and virtual workforce development, cultural revitalization, collaborative trusts, innovative change, employee engagement, labour relations, organizational effectiveness, learning development and instruction.

    Sharon holds certificates in Human Resource Management from the University of Alberta, Professional and Adult Learning Instruction from the Northern Institute of Technology and Conflict Resolution and LEAN Six-Sigma Yellow-Belt from Kansas State University. She is also a licenced Life and Health Insurance Agent (producer) in Alberta and Arizona. She is currently an active member of the Kansas State Supreme Court Advisory Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a leadership role on the Education, Research and Training Committee with the Association for Conflict Resolution.

    As an experiential learning instructor, Sharon unites her work and personal experience with research, theory and application to generate an experiential learning setting geared toward student and apprentice growth. In her personal life, Sharon is a wife, friend, step-mom and grandma, sister and daughter. She enjoys active social time with her friends, family and colleagues.

Conflict Resolution

  • Alder, Monika

    Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Mediation

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  • Alder, Monika

    Alder, Monika

    Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Mediation

    Monika is an engaging and respected thought and functional leader, with expertise in leadership, strategy development and execution, transformational change, complex employee and stakeholder engagement and organizational effectiveness. She is currently a senior manager for Human Capital consulting at Deloitte Canada. She holds a master's degree in International Economic and Political Relationships from the University of Lodz in Poland and an MBA from the University of Alberta in Canada. As an instructor, Monika believes in experiential learning and she incorporates her professional and personal experience with theory, research and application to facilitate student growth and development. Monika is currently a board member of the global Association of Change Management Professionals and she is a Certified Change Management Professional.

  • Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

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  • Seidler, Sharon

    Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

    Inspiring purpose and enabling success, Sharon Seidler is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, creative serial entrepreneur, thoughtful human resources professional, engaging course developer, instructor, and motivating professional coach. She has experience in multiple industries, having worked in community, public, private, union and non-unionized organizations over the past 32 years. During this time, she has gained proficiencies in international and virtual workforce development, cultural revitalization, collaborative trusts, innovative change, employee engagement, labour relations, organizational effectiveness, learning development and instruction.

    Sharon holds certificates in Human Resource Management from the University of Alberta, Professional and Adult Learning Instruction from the Northern Institute of Technology and Conflict Resolution and LEAN Six-Sigma Yellow-Belt from Kansas State University. She is also a licenced Life and Health Insurance Agent (producer) in Alberta and Arizona. She is currently an active member of the Kansas State Supreme Court Advisory Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a leadership role on the Education, Research and Training Committee with the Association for Conflict Resolution.

    As an experiential learning instructor, Sharon unites her work and personal experience with research, theory and application to generate an experiential learning setting geared toward student and apprentice growth. In her personal life, Sharon is a wife, friend, step-mom and grandma, sister and daughter. She enjoys active social time with her friends, family and colleagues.

Developmental Services Worker

  • Ali, Jane

    Developmental Services Worker

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  • Ali, Jane

    Developmental Services 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.

  • Arshak, Madelaine

    Developmental Services Worker

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  • Arshak, Madelaine

    Developmental Services 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.

  • Bruyere, Betsy

    Residential School System in Canada, Developmental Services Worker

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  • Bruyere, Betsy

    Bruyere, Betsy

    Residential School System in Canada, Developmental Services Worker

    Betsy Bruyere is a Survivor of the Canadian Residential School System who was confined for seven years, starting from age six. Betsy Bruyere returned to school as an adult student and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Master’s in Adult Education. She has also received “Sacred Elder Teachings” from Respected Community Elders. Betsy has been teaching about the issues surrounding Canadian Residential Schools for over 20 years and shhas developed the skills to create a safe and welcoming learning space despite its controversial and emotional subject matter. As an educator, she recognizes and respects education as the key to becoming healthy, respectful and contributing global citizens. 

  • Collins, Charlyn

    Autism and ABA Therapy, Developmental Services Worker

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  • Collins, Charlyn

    Collins, Charlyn

    Autism and ABA Therapy, Developmental Services 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.

  • Rhead, Lynne

    Developmental Services Worker

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  • Rhead, Lynne

    Rhead, Lynne

    Developmental Services 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.    

     

  • Schleyer, Todd

    Developmental Services Worker

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  • Schleyer, Todd

    Schleyer, Todd

    Developmental Services Worker

    Todd Schleyer (BA, Cognitive Behavioral Psychology) has worked as a District Behavioural Resource and SEL educator/facilitator to over 100 schools in his local school district. He has over 20 years of experience working with children and adults in the field of special education, community mental health and developmental disabilities.

    As an education professional, Todd has conducted and led district-wide professional development for all school staff including events on self-regulation, behaviour plan implementation and behaviour modification of students with complex needs. Todd also has years of experience coaching and educating teachers and administrators on mental health and evidence-based behavioural practices.

    Todd is passionate about teaching and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with a diverse group of students.

     

     

Digital Marketing

  • Ali, Wallaa

    Digital Marketing

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  • Ali, Wallaa

    Ali, Wallaa

    Digital Marketing

    Wallaa has over 20 years of experience driving business growth through creative and innovative digital marketing strategies. She holds an executive MBA from Harvard Business School and a master's degree in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute. She got her start in digital tech with Microsoft, where she was mentored by some of the world's most exemplary leaders, marketers, developers, and designers. Throughout her career, Wallaa partnered with global businesses in various industries to help them grow and achieve their goals by executing and implementing integrated digital marketing strategies. As an educator, her expertise includes digital marketing strategy, content marketing, email marketing, social media, paid and organic advertising, performance marketing, analytics, and reporting.

  • Buchanan-Nguyen, Naomi

    Digital Marketing

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  • Buchanan-Nguyen, Naomi

    Buchanan-Nguyen, Naomi

    Digital Marketing

    Naomi Buchanan-Nguyen has worked as an educator at various Canadian colleges for over 15 years. She believes that teaching is her calling, and she derives much joy from helping students achieve their goals and dreams. She teaches with stories as much as possible and involves students in the stories to help with learning and memory retention. Professionally, Naomi has extensive experience in graphic design, digital marketing, eLearning course creation and social media management. Her personal philosophy is that a day without learning something new is a day that has been misused. She believes that we are all continually learning, broadening our vision, and changing our minds.

  • Lee, Justin

    Digital Marketing

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  • Lee, Justin

    Lee, Justin

    Digital Marketing

    Justin is a digital marketing consultant who has worked with Fortune 500 companies to drive business results using digital marketing solutions. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. With a strong background in search marketing, he is a data-driven marketing consultant equipped with technical expertise in ad tech, paid media operations and customer acquisition programs. With over six years of direct client and agency-level consulting experience, Justin currently manages the national digital sales and marketing strategy and execution for TELUS Home Solutions. Previously, he has worked at various consulting agencies such as iQuanti, Edelman and DAC, where clients included: CIBC, American Express, the Chicago Tribune, Humana, and HomeEquity Bank.

    Outside of work, Justin is settling into his new hometown of Vancouver having moved from Toronto earlier this year. Inspired by the likes of Anthony Bourdain, his favourite thing to do is see new places and eat delicious meals, either cooked at a restaurant or by himself.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

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  • Seidler, Sharon

    Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

    Inspiring purpose and enabling success, Sharon Seidler is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, creative serial entrepreneur, thoughtful human resources professional, engaging course developer, instructor, and motivating professional coach. She has experience in multiple industries, having worked in community, public, private, union and non-unionized organizations over the past 32 years. During this time, she has gained proficiencies in international and virtual workforce development, cultural revitalization, collaborative trusts, innovative change, employee engagement, labour relations, organizational effectiveness, learning development and instruction.

    Sharon holds certificates in Human Resource Management from the University of Alberta, Professional and Adult Learning Instruction from the Northern Institute of Technology and Conflict Resolution and LEAN Six-Sigma Yellow-Belt from Kansas State University. She is also a licenced Life and Health Insurance Agent (producer) in Alberta and Arizona. She is currently an active member of the Kansas State Supreme Court Advisory Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a leadership role on the Education, Research and Training Committee with the Association for Conflict Resolution.

    As an experiential learning instructor, Sharon unites her work and personal experience with research, theory and application to generate an experiential learning setting geared toward student and apprentice growth. In her personal life, Sharon is a wife, friend, step-mom and grandma, sister and daughter. She enjoys active social time with her friends, family and colleagues.

Education Assistant

  • 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.

  • Hildebrandt, Michelle

    Autism and ABA Therapy, Education Assistant

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  • Hildebrandt, Michelle

    Hildebrandt, Michelle

    Autism and ABA Therapy, Education Assistant

    Michelle Hildebrandt has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis since 2016 and has been a Registered Behaviour Technician since 2018. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at Western University in Professional Education with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Michelle has worked with both children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She currently works at a day centre providing behaviour-analytic services to adults diagnosed with ASD. Her teaching methodology is to inspire her students through her passion for ABA and its efficacy in fostering meaningful independence and improving lives.

  • Lavigne, Tammy

    Education Assistant

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  • Lavigne, Tammy

    Lavigne, Tammy

    Education Assistant

    Tammy Lavigne has taught elementary and middle school students for over 18 years. She has taught in self-contained classrooms and inclusive classrooms as a classroom teacher, special education teacher and behaviour specialist. She has taught students with autism, multiple disabilities, visual impairments, chronic health issues, anxiety, trauma, ADHD and behavioural or emotional issues. She believes that to be an effective teacher, her students must feel safe and valued first. She looks forward to helping future students become educational assistants.

  • Leach, Paula

    Education Assistant

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  • Leach, Paula

    Leach, Paula

    Education Assistant

    Paula Leach has a passion for education and supporting learners. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has worked as a special education teacher for 9 years in schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Before this experience, she worked as an education assistant for middle school and high school students and through an elementary behaviour support program.

    Paula also has a Bachelor of Social Work degree. This background allowed Paula to work as a community support worker in a variety of group homes, as a personal caregiver and group home manager. She is honoured to be able to support students in their learning journey.

  • 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. 

  • Temor, Heelai

    Education Assistant

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  • Temor, Heelai

    Temor, Heelai

    Education Assistant

    Heelai Temor has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Behavioural Science with Honours from Humber College, and has recently completed her Bachelor of Professional Studies (Primary/Junior) from Niagara University. She has been working in the education sector for the past ten years after getting her start working as a private tutor within schools. She then worked with two private colleges in a student support role and gained experience assisting resource students in a high school setting. Currently, Heelai is a teacher with the Peel District School Board and has been working with grade four students as a homeroom teacher for the past two years. Her teaching philosophy is to connect with her students and their families. She believes that this is vital in establishing a safe and positive working environment that is culturally responsive and supportive of all learners.

Environmental Studies

  • Syed, Hassan

    Environmental Studies

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  • Syed, Hassan

    Syed, Hassan

    Environmental Studies

    Hassan Syed is a law graduate from England and Wales. He holds an LLM in International law and a doctorate in Finance and Economics. He is also a professional civil engineer. Hassan is currently completing his second doctoral degree in Italy. He has published extensively on the topics of sustainability, environmentalism, law, history, sociology, economics, and finance. Three of his publications are now chapters in IGI Global books. He is an active researcher and international presenter at annual international conferences on environmentalism, law, and economics. He serves as a scientific committee member for three international conferences on economics and finance. Hassan is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, American Economic Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

     

Family Class Immigration Law

  • Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

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  • Baram, Marty

    Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

    Marty Baram is the Director of SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment, an agency focused on filling labour shortages and matching talented foreign workers with suitable Canadian employers. He has successfully placed hundreds of foreign nationals as temporary workers and permanent residents in Canada. Marty is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. He is also Vice-Chair of the Registration and Education Committee, a member of the Finance and Audit and Human Resource and Compensation committees and a past member of the Practice Experience Program Advisory Committee for the ICCRC. His areas of expertise include international recruitment, labour market impact assessments, Francophone mobility, permanent residence applications, express entry and provincial nominee programs. Marty received his Immigration Consulting Diploma from Humber College, where he graduated with honours. Marty is a member in good standing with the ICCRC and The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.

  • Djuricic, Nevena

    Immigration Consulting and Family Class Immigration Law

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  • Djuricic, Nevena

    Djuricic, Nevena

    Immigration Consulting and Family Class Immigration Law

    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 taught on the Immigration Consultant Diploma Program at Ashton College for a period of 15 years. 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.

Financial Services

  • Boone, Byron

    Canadian Investment Funds, Certified Financial Planner, Life Licence Qualification

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  • Boone, Byron

    Boone, Byron

    Canadian Investment Funds, Certified Financial Planner, Life Licence Qualification

    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).

  • Dalton, David

    Certified Financial Planner

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  • Dalton, David

    Dalton, David

    Certified Financial Planner

    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.

  • Dar Santos, Bryan

    Life Licence Qualification

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  • Dar Santos, Bryan

    Dar Santos, Bryan

    Life Licence Qualification

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Ma, Ji

    Certified Financial Planner

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  • Ma, Ji

    Ma, Ji

    Certified Financial Planner

    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.

  • McCartney, Jeff

    Certified Financial Planner

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  • McCartney, Jeff

    McCartney, Jeff

    Certified Financial Planner

    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.

  • 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.

  • Saleem, Mariam

    Certified Financial Planner, Canadian Investment Funds, Canadian Securities Course

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  • Saleem, Mariam

    Saleem, Mariam

    Certified Financial Planner, Canadian Investment Funds, Canadian Securities Course

    Mariam Saleem earned her Masters in Business Administration in Finance/Leadership from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. She has six years of experience in the financial services industry with renowned Canadian global banks providing advisory services to high net worth clients. Mariam has a vast knowledge of financial products including wealth management and lending solutions. She has also completed numerous continuing professional development courses in financial planning and investment funds.

  • Sharma, Sam

    Canadian Investment Funds, Canadian Securities Course

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  • Sharma, Sam

    Sharma, Sam

    Canadian Investment Funds, Canadian Securities Course

    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.

  • 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 RRC 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.

  • Swan, Chris

    Financial Risk Manager (FRM) Exam Prep Courses

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  • Swan, Chris

    Swan, Chris

    Financial Risk Manager (FRM) Exam Prep Courses

    Chris Swan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA), has her MBA from Royal Roads University and is a Certified Executive Coach. With over twenty-five years of experience in corporate accounting and finance experience in a variety of industries, she has earned a reputation for being able to transition methods for one industry and applying them to another. Since 2012, she has been working in the credit union systems in British Columbia and Alberta, specializing in corporate finance, risk and asset management. As an educator, Chris has the ability to make complicated financial concepts understandable in order to help her students succeed. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with her students.

  • Whiting, Ian

    Certified Financial Planner, Life Licence Qualification

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  • Whiting, Ian

    Whiting, Ian

    Certified Financial Planner, Life Licence Qualification

    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.

     

  • Wong, Becky

    Certified Financial Planner

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  • Wong, Becky

    Wong, Becky

    Certified Financial Planner

    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.

  • Wong, Jason

    Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Investment Funds Course, Certified Financial Planner, Life Licence Qualification

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  • Wong, Jason

    Wong, Jason

    Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Investment Funds Course, Certified Financial Planner, Life Licence Qualification

    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.

Gerontology

  • Tajdin, Nadia

    Gerontology

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  • Tajdin, Nadia

    Tajdin, Nadia

    Gerontology

    Nadia Tajdin has been working in Gerontology for over ten years in long-term care, assisted living and community care settings. Currently, she works as a clinical educator at a health care startup that creates interactive technology solutions for rehabilitation and senior care.

    Nadia has a Master's in Dementia Studies and is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health. Her research interests are in the field of dementia care and ageing, with a focus on improving the quality of life and care experiences of people living with dementia, family care partners, and care home/home support staff. Outside of work, Nadia writes children's books and enjoys finding new coffee shops around the city.

Health Information Management

  • Mutize, Abel

    Health Information Management

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  • Mutize, Abel

    Mutize, Abel

    Health Information Management

    Abel Mutize is an Information Management professional with over twenty years of solid experience in Records Management. He holds an MBA, Bachelors of Arts in English and Communication Studies and the following additional credentials: HND LIS, ND PR, ND RIM. He previously worked as a Manager of Records Management and Registration at BC Cancer. He has worked in different managerial and contracting positions for the Government of Alberta, ICBC, Alberta Health Services, BC Hydro, the City of Woodbuffalo, the City of Saskatoon and various oil and gas companies.

Home Inspection

  • Athanassiou, Nicolaos

    Home Inspection

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  • Athanassiou, Nicolaos

    Athanassiou, Nicolaos

    Home Inspection

    Nicolaos has been involved in the home inspection industry for the past decade. Both as an instructor at vocational schools and as a building inspector for residential and municipal buildings. He has also been a licensed contractor and indoor environmental practitioner in Laval, Quebec.
    Nicolaos has a specialized BA in Human Environment, a degree that focuses on how geography influences human behaviour and examines the impact of human activity on the environment. This gives him a unique view of construction as he looks at it through a lens of providing creative solutions towards climate change, biodiversity loss, natural resource management and sustainability. He has also been certified under the National Home Inspector Certification Council.

  • Fairbairn, David

    Home Inspection

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  • Fairbairn, David

    Fairbairn, David

    Home Inspection

    David began his career in the trades as a Power Engineer, working in commercial buildings. In 2012 he obtained his Home Inspection license and started Fairbairn Inspection Services, a successful property inspection company serving the BC Lower Mainland. Since going into business, David has performed over 9000 home inspections and has become one of the most successful inspectors in the Vancouver area. He has also contributed to Global TV as a condo expert. His YouTube channel has several videos with over 50,000 views, and David has been invited to perform talks at real estate offices, trade schools and high schools around BC. David brings a passion for the building and inspection industry to every job and looks forward to sharing his passion with students at Ashton.

  • Ottewell, Lee

    Home Inspection

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  • Ottewell, Lee

    Ottewell, Lee

    Home Inspection

    Lee Ottewell is the owner of Crest Building Consultancy Ltd. in Victoria. His company undertakes building inspections for both residential and commercial clients, as well as 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 Licenced 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 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.

  • 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 licenced 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.

    Licenced 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

  • 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 (1986) and a Masters of Urban Planning (1991), subsequently working for Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) for 10 years, in Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.  Ray acquired further training and became 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 the Home Inspection Association of BC (HIABC) and licensed in British Columbia with the Consumer Protection Branch.

Human Resources Management

  • Bachert-Burke, Heidi

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

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  • Bachert-Burke, Heidi

    Bachert-Burke, Heidi

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

    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

  • Dube, Ndaba

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

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  • Dube, Ndaba

    Dube, Ndaba

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

    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.

  • Foster, Chris

    Human Resources Management

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  • Foster, Chris

    Foster, Chris

    Human Resources Management

    Chris Foster’s passion for Human Resources and People Management extends over 28 years. She obtained her Masters of Science in Human Resource Management and her designation as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). These credentials have contributed to her success in being awarded a Leading Practice Achievement with Accreditation Canada and getting acknowledged internationally for her development of a student volunteer program. Chris brings experience in the non-profit and public sectors, municipal government, and private sector. She has extensive knowledge in program development, employee relations, performance management, succession planning, strategic planning, and talent management functions such as recruitment, onboarding and offboarding. In her spare time, Chris enjoys being in her yard and garden, going for walks, or reading.

  • Gay, Su-Yan

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

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  • Gay, Su-Yan

    Gay, Su-Yan

    Human Resources Management, BC Employment Law

    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.

  • 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.

  • Stewart, Avelia

    Human Resources Management

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  • Stewart, Avelia

    Stewart, Avelia

    Human Resources Management

    Avelia Stewart is a goal-oriented, people-centred senior HR leader with over 12 years of combined experience assisting companies to source, recruit, train, develop, and retain talent. She is an experienced HR business partner, facilitator, instructional designer, D&I strategist, and organizational communicator, able to design content and programs that drive engagement, value, and change. Avelia is currently the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Lead at Western Financial Group. As the D&I Lead, she is responsible for leading the D&I strategy and strategy initiatives.

    Avelia is experienced in building and leading teams as well as partnering and supporting leaders at other organizations including Wawanesa Insurance, CUNA Mutual Group, Google Inc, and J Walter Thompson. Additionally, she is well versed in developing and delivering training programs for leaders and non-leaders.

    Avelia earned her Master of Arts in Communication & Culture and her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Howard University in Washington, DC. She obtained a post-graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Manitoba and holds her Chartered Professional Human Resources (CPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations.

  • 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).

Immigration Consulting

  • 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.

  • Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

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  • Baram, Marty

    Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

    Marty Baram is the Director of SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment, an agency focused on filling labour shortages and matching talented foreign workers with suitable Canadian employers. He has successfully placed hundreds of foreign nationals as temporary workers and permanent residents in Canada. Marty is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. He is also Vice-Chair of the Registration and Education Committee, a member of the Finance and Audit and Human Resource and Compensation committees and a past member of the Practice Experience Program Advisory Committee for the ICCRC. His areas of expertise include international recruitment, labour market impact assessments, Francophone mobility, permanent residence applications, express entry and provincial nominee programs. Marty received his Immigration Consulting Diploma from Humber College, where he graduated with honours. Marty is a member in good standing with the ICCRC and The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.

  • Desmond, Jane

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

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  • Desmond, Jane

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

    Jane Desmond has been an immigration consultant and instructor for sixteen 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 Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board throughout Canada, and in many of the Canadian visa posts abroad.

  • Djuricic, Nevena

    Immigration Consulting and Family Class Immigration Law

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  • Djuricic, Nevena

    Djuricic, Nevena

    Immigration Consulting and Family Class Immigration Law

    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 taught on the Immigration Consultant Diploma Program at Ashton College for a period of 15 years. 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.

  • Kawecki, Tadeusz

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

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  • Kawecki, Tadeusz

    Kawecki, Tadeusz

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Leon, Hjalmar

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

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  • Leon, Hjalmar

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

    Hjalmar (LLB, MBA, RCIC) received his Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of Los Andes in South America and later completed his Master of Business Administration in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. He received his Professional Specialization in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria, and he is a graduate of the Ashton College Immigration Consultant Diploma program. Professionally, Hjalmar's immigration consulting practice focuses on temporary residence applications and family sponsorship programs. In addition to his immigration practice, Hjalmar also has represented individuals and corporations in administrative matters. Hjalmar is fully fluent in English and Spanish. He is also collaborator and an active board member for several non-for-profit organizations in the province of British Columbia.

  • Lindy, Hannah

    Immigration Consulting, Certificate in Refugee Class Immigration Law

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  • Lindy, Hannah

    Lindy, Hannah

    Immigration Consulting, Certificate in 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Napal, Raj

    Immigration Consulting, Certificate in Immigration Detention Reviews

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  • Napal, Raj

    Napal, Raj

    Immigration Consulting, Certificate in Immigration Detention Reviews

    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.

  • Parsai, Al

    Immigration Consulting, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Certificate in Inadmissibility to Canada

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  • Parsai, Al

    Parsai, Al

    Immigration Consulting, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Certificate in Inadmissibility to Canada

    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.

  • Power, Gerry

    Immigration Consulting, Quebec Immigration Law and Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam Prep

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  • Power, Gerry

    Power, Gerry

    Immigration Consulting, Quebec Immigration Law and Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam Prep

    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.

  • Roman, Alina

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

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  • Roman, Alina

    Roman, Alina

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting, Certificate in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Process

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  • Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting, Certificate in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Process

    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.

  • Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting, Business Immigration Law, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Provincial Nominee Programs and Quebec Immigration Law

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  • Therrien, Dominic

    Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting, Business Immigration Law, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Provincial Nominee Programs and Quebec Immigration Law

    Dominic Therrien (BA, MA, BCL, LLB) has been a lawyer since 2002 and has assisted hundreds of families to immigrate to Canada. He has a long and diversified international work history living in the US, France and China. Previously, Dominic pursued undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Montréal and graduate studies in international politics at the Université de la Sorbonne. He also has a Civil Law degree and a Certificate of Qualification in Common Law. He founded his own law firm in 2016 and is a member of the Law Society of Quebec, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the State Bar of California. As an educator, Dominic has a particular focus on business immigration, professional ethics and practice management. His law career followed several years of playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization.

  • Yamini-Ghaeshi, Ali

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

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  • Yamini-Ghaeshi, Ali

    Yamini-Ghaeshi, Ali

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, 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.

Immigration Consulting Business Branding and Marketing

  • Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

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  • Baram, Marty

    Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

    Marty Baram is the Director of SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment, an agency focused on filling labour shortages and matching talented foreign workers with suitable Canadian employers. He has successfully placed hundreds of foreign nationals as temporary workers and permanent residents in Canada. Marty is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. He is also Vice-Chair of the Registration and Education Committee, a member of the Finance and Audit and Human Resource and Compensation committees and a past member of the Practice Experience Program Advisory Committee for the ICCRC. His areas of expertise include international recruitment, labour market impact assessments, Francophone mobility, permanent residence applications, express entry and provincial nominee programs. Marty received his Immigration Consulting Diploma from Humber College, where he graduated with honours. Marty is a member in good standing with the ICCRC and The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.

  • Murcia, Riddell

    Immigration Consulting Business Branding and Marketing

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  • Murcia, Riddell

    Murcia, Riddell

    Immigration Consulting Business Branding and Marketing

    Riddell Murcia is an experienced instructor for all things marketing. He brings with him many years of experience in advertising and marketing management. His experience covers a wide range of models, including large corporate, franchising, as well as startups and small businesses. Throughout the years, Riddell has worked in the production of television and online video advertisements for brands such as TD Canada Trust, TIFF and Burger King. Moreover, he supported businesses as a marketing and communications manager in the healthcare, financial, real estate, hospitality and non-profit industries. Riddell is an avid and creative marketing strategist who has overseen several projects involving search engine optimization, online paid advertisement, social media management, content marketing, e-mail marketing, reputation management, graphic design and web design.

Immigration Legal Assistant

  • 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 field, which she exhibits through her dedications and contributions towards the field. Her approach to the practice is client centered. She recognizes that a successful legal representative requires a satisfied client, who trusts that work will be undertaken by the representative in a professional manner and completed in an efficient fashion.

    Adeela’s focus is to serve the client best by resolving the matter to the satisfaction of the client. It is for this reason that her clients have been repeat clients, and have trusted her with their referrals.

    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. Through her experience, Adeela has developed a style that can take the most complex dispositions and simplify it, resulting in successful communication with people of various views with ease.

  • Desmond, Jane

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

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  • Desmond, Jane

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

    Jane Desmond has been an immigration consultant and instructor for sixteen 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 Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board throughout Canada, and in many of the Canadian visa posts abroad.

  • Kawecki, Tadeusz

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

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  • Kawecki, Tadeusz

    Kawecki, Tadeusz

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, 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.

  • Leon, Hjalmar

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

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  • Leon, Hjalmar

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

    Hjalmar (LLB, MBA, RCIC) received his Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of Los Andes in South America and later completed his Master of Business Administration in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. He received his Professional Specialization in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria, and he is a graduate of the Ashton College Immigration Consultant Diploma program. Professionally, Hjalmar's immigration consulting practice focuses on temporary residence applications and family sponsorship programs. In addition to his immigration practice, Hjalmar also has represented individuals and corporations in administrative matters. Hjalmar is fully fluent in English and Spanish. He is also collaborator and an active board member for several non-for-profit organizations in the province of British Columbia.

  • Ramos, Divino Rex

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

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  • Ramos, Divino Rex

    Ramos, Divino Rex

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

    Divino Rex Ramos is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with over five years of industry experience. He has worked at JBS as an Employment Manager in Alberta, where he ran the Recruitment Department and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. He has 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.

    Before moving to Canada, he completed a business degree and worked for some of the biggest companies in the world. He was a Regional Sales Director at DOLE International and an International Business Analyst at The Emirates Group. He has also published and presented his research on Human Resources at the University of Saint Louis.

    Currently, aside from being a Managing Partner at DVN, Divino is also 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.

     

  • Roman, Alina

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

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  • Roman, Alina

    Roman, Alina

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate

    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.

  • Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting, Certificate in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Process

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  • Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Tayde, Cristie Lane

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting, Certificate in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Process

    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.

  • Yamini-Ghaeshi, Ali

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, Immigration Consulting

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  • Yamini-Ghaeshi, Ali

    Yamini-Ghaeshi, Ali

    Immigration Legal Assistant Certificate, 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.

Leadership for Immigration Practitioners

  • Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

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  • Baram, Marty

    Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

    Marty Baram is the Director of SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment, an agency focused on filling labour shortages and matching talented foreign workers with suitable Canadian employers. He has successfully placed hundreds of foreign nationals as temporary workers and permanent residents in Canada. Marty is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. He is also Vice-Chair of the Registration and Education Committee, a member of the Finance and Audit and Human Resource and Compensation committees and a past member of the Practice Experience Program Advisory Committee for the ICCRC. His areas of expertise include international recruitment, labour market impact assessments, Francophone mobility, permanent residence applications, express entry and provincial nominee programs. Marty received his Immigration Consulting Diploma from Humber College, where he graduated with honours. Marty is a member in good standing with the ICCRC and The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.

  • Johnston, Steven

    Quebec Immigration Law, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners

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  • Johnston, Steven

    Johnston, Steven

    Quebec Immigration Law, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners

    Steven Johnston has extensive experience working in the immigration field within the Canadian government. Throughout his government experience and private practice, Steven has assisted thousands of individuals with their permanent and temporary immigration challenges. As a consultant, Steven specializes in sponsorships, work permits, permanent residencies, business immigration, and doing for Labor Market Impact Assessments for employers wanting to hire foreign workers. He also has experience in assisting people with visitor visas and renewals or study permits and is an expert on the Québec Investor Program and the Québec Skilled Worker Program. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Université du Québec à Montréal.

Mediation

  • Alder, Monika

    Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Mediation

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  • Alder, Monika

    Alder, Monika

    Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Mediation

    Monika is an engaging and respected thought and functional leader, with expertise in leadership, strategy development and execution, transformational change, complex employee and stakeholder engagement and organizational effectiveness. She is currently a senior manager for Human Capital consulting at Deloitte Canada. She holds a master's degree in International Economic and Political Relationships from the University of Lodz in Poland and an MBA from the University of Alberta in Canada. As an instructor, Monika believes in experiential learning and she incorporates her professional and personal experience with theory, research and application to facilitate student growth and development. Monika is currently a board member of the global Association of Change Management Professionals and she is a Certified Change Management Professional.

  • Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

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  • Seidler, Sharon

    Seidler, Sharon

    Alberta Employment Law, Change Management, Communications in the Digital Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Diversity and Inclusion, Mediation

    Inspiring purpose and enabling success, Sharon Seidler is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, creative serial entrepreneur, thoughtful human resources professional, engaging course developer, instructor, and motivating professional coach. She has experience in multiple industries, having worked in community, public, private, union and non-unionized organizations over the past 32 years. During this time, she has gained proficiencies in international and virtual workforce development, cultural revitalization, collaborative trusts, innovative change, employee engagement, labour relations, organizational effectiveness, learning development and instruction.

    Sharon holds certificates in Human Resource Management from the University of Alberta, Professional and Adult Learning Instruction from the Northern Institute of Technology and Conflict Resolution and LEAN Six-Sigma Yellow-Belt from Kansas State University. She is also a licenced Life and Health Insurance Agent (producer) in Alberta and Arizona. She is currently an active member of the Kansas State Supreme Court Advisory Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a leadership role on the Education, Research and Training Committee with the Association for Conflict Resolution.

    As an experiential learning instructor, Sharon unites her work and personal experience with research, theory and application to generate an experiential learning setting geared toward student and apprentice growth. In her personal life, Sharon is a wife, friend, step-mom and grandma, sister and daughter. She enjoys active social time with her friends, family and colleagues.

Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker

  • Comer, Brian

    Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker

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  • Comer, Brian

    Comer, Brian

    Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker

    Brian Comer has worked in inpatient acute psychiatry and inpatient withdrawal management for a number of years. Currently, he is an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, determined to improve mental health and addictions policies in his province. His key areas of focus are reducing stigma, increasing access, and creating mental health parity. He is a passionate educator who is dedicated to improving his community for future generations. Brian currently lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with his wife and two children.

  • Kinch, Vanessa

    Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker

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  • Kinch, Vanessa

    Kinch, Vanessa

    Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker

    Vanessa Kinch is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who has worked in mental health and addictions for the last ten years. She has experience with both inpatient and outpatient programs. In the last few years, she has worked as an instructor to help teach and guide new nursing students, specifically with a focus on mental health and addictions. Vanessa is passionate about teaching and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with her students.

  • Samra, Amrit

    Mental Health and Addiction Support Worker

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  • Samra, Amrit

    Samra, Amrit

    Mental Health and Addiction Support Worker

    Amrit pursued graduate studies in developmental psychology and has many years of experience in the mental health and addictions field. She has worked with diverse populations including human trafficking survivors and women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Her current position is in healthcare, working to improve the quality of processes and systems. Amrit is excited to bring her experiences and knowledge from the field into the classroom.

  • Toews, Melissa

    Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker

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  • Toews, Melissa

    Toews, Melissa

    Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker

    Melissa Toews (she/her) has been a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for over eight years and has worked in various frontline and health care leadership/management roles in the Interior BC, Northern BC, Northern Alberta, Nunavut, and Vancouver.  She is currently working in Executive Health Care Regional Management while also volunteering as a crisis responder for the National Crisis Text Line (powered by Kids Help Phone).  She has been teaching psychiatric nursing courses for over four years and is thrilled to join Ashton College as a Mental Health and Addictions Support Worker instructor. Melissa is currently completing a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and has a strong passion for empowering the next generations of mental health workers.  Melissa is grateful to live, work, and play as an uninvited guest in Vancouver, on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, with her wife, daughter, and three fur babies.

  • Williams, Jeremy

    Mental Health and Addiction Support Worker

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  • Williams, Jeremy

    Williams, Jeremy

    Mental Health and Addiction Support Worker

    Jeremy Williams is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor and Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor who has worked in the field as a Mental Health Worker, Addiction Support Worker, Youth Detox Worker and Community Liaison Worker. Jeremy works part-time in a small private practice and is the current Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada.

Microsoft Azure

  • Mikhailov, George

    Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

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  • Mikhailov, George

    Mikhailov, George

    Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

    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.

  • Mirakhmedov, Roman

    AWS Academy, Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

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  • Mirakhmedov, Roman

    Mirakhmedov, Roman

    AWS Academy, Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

    Roman Mirakhmedov holds a Master's in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Lomonosov Moscow State University and is a Ph. D. candidate in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked in technology for over 20 years and loves building next-generation cloud-native solutions to help his clients create maximum value and secure sustainable competitive advantage. Roman is an AWS Academy Accredited Educator for Cloud Foundations, Cloud Architecture, SysOps, DevOps and Machine Learning, and one of the very few people to hold all AWS certifications. He teaches cloud, machine learning, artificial intelligence, software development and applied mathematics. He is also currently a Senior Director, Cloud Consulting with Prodapt Solutions. He has authored and co-authored several papers on next-generation AI and regularly conducts research in collective intelligence.

  • Spencer, Richard

    AWS Academy, Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

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  • Spencer, Richard

    Spencer, Richard

    AWS Academy, Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced

    Richard Spencer has worn many hats during his time in the IT industry over the last 15 years. Starting his career in the telecommunications field, Richard is now a full-time information technology instructor. Richard has successfully attained his CCNA certification, CCNA “Train the Trainer” certification, and three certifications from Amazon Web Services: Solutions Architect Associate, Sysops Administrator, and DevOps associate. His professional expertise and interest align with all things AWS and networking.

Mindfulness

  • Bridge, Alicia

    Meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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  • Bridge, Alicia

    Bridge, Alicia

    Meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

    In 2009, Alicia completed her Masters in Environmental Education & Communication from Royal Roads University, with her area of research focusing on Mindfulness and Ecologically Responsible Behaviour. From there, she completed her diploma in Five Elements Acupressure and training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the UMASS Memorial Health Centre for Mindfulness. This work led her into over a decade of teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and working in Nature-Based Therapy developing and delivering programming for professionals, adults with mental health, substance abuse, cognitive or physical challenges, and for school-age children. Her training also includes advocacy and conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, group process and yoga teacher training. Alicia is grateful to live, work and play on the unceded territory of Cowichan Tribes.

  • Ikem, Michelle

    Mindfulness Course, Professional Coach Diploma

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  • Ikem, Michelle

    Ikem, Michelle

    Mindfulness Course, Professional Coach Diploma

    Michelle Ikem comes to Ashton College with an extensive background in Life, Business and Career Coaching. She is a transformational and self-actualization coach based in Calgary, Alberta. Her goal is to teach her clients how to turn inward, aligning the mind, body and spirit. She uses various modalities such as coaching, reiki, mindfulness, positive affirmations and breathwork. She helps her clients create awareness while taking actionable steps towards manifesting a life of value, meaning, and authenticity.

    Michelle holds a Bachelor of Psychology, certificate in life coaching and certificate in reiki levels one and two. She desires to increase her knowledge through education and life experiences. She is currently completing her Mindfulness Teacher Certificate and is both a practitioner and advocate of trauma-informed mindfulness. Michelle has spent over ten years working in the social services sector in addictions, pan-disability, autism, immigrant services, facilitation and career counselling. She coaches clients all over Canada and has added resume and job application support to help students, immigrants and individuals to gain meaningful employment.

  • Miller, Gina

    Mindfulness Course

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  • Miller, Gina

    Miller, Gina

    Mindfulness Course

    Gina Miller is a Certified Meditation Teacher, Artist and Group Facilitator working in the field of Mindfulness. For the last twenty years, Gina has worked in the helping field in a variety of environments using mindfulness, art therapy, individual coaching and psycho-education. Having practiced meditation for decades, Gina feels called to share her experience of Mindfulness with others with the intention that they may reap the mental, emotional and physical benefits of mindful living. She earned a BFA from Emily Carr University, her Mindfulness Instructor Certification from The Lab of Meditation, and certification in Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Maté. Gina has several other Mindfulness accreditations including a specialization in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention from the University of California, San Diego and certificates from Mindful Schools- Kids/Adolescent Curriculum for Educators. Gina guides a variety of Mindfulness programs and workshops for institutions such as The Recovery Centre at UBC, The Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre and Vital Body Clinic. Gina also continues in private practice teaching Mindfulness. Gina is enthusiastic about helping others to see and use their own strengths to live with clarity and purpose.

  • Stewart, Jonathan

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Meditation

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  • Stewart, Jonathan

    Stewart, Jonathan

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Meditation

    Jonathan Stewart has been meditating for over 20 years and teaching meditation and mindfulness for over a decade. He has training in facilitating Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and has led weekly meditation classes and introductory courses at Presence, the first drop-in meditation studio in Montreal. He also facilitates mindfulness sessions for McGill students every semester, runs a weekly public meditation group, and teaches beginner meditation classes and MBSR courses through the Mindspace Psychology Clinic. Jonathan is currently pursuing a Master's in Psychoanalysis through the Global Centre for Advanced Studies.

  • Yee, Külli

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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  • Yee, Külli

    Yee, Külli

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

    Külli Yee is a Certified Workplace Mindfulness facilitator and MBSR Instructor. Külli helps organizations and individuals to discover the physical and mental benefits of mindfulness as it shapes individual experiences towards stress, anxiety, pain and overwhelm. She is inspired to guide others in discovering practices that have the potential to improve their overall quality of life.

    Külli holds a Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning from the University of the Fraser Valley and MBSR Teacher Certification through the Center for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto. She has also completed an Advanced Certificate in Workplace Psychological Health and Safety from the University of Fredericton. She has nearly 20 years of experience working in the financial services industry and she provides mindfulness training in the corporate workplace environment as well as in the larger community setting. Külli’s continuing education keeps her in touch with the latest developments in the field of mindfulness. She applies principles of trauma-sensitive practices to aim for safety in delivering mindfulness-based programs. Külli lives and works in Port Coquitlam, BC located on the core traditional territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation.

Minimalism

  • Broda, Karen

    Minimalism

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  • Broda, Karen

    Broda, Karen

    Minimalism

    Karen Broda is a Body and Mind Transformation Coach for women with ADHD. She has an extensive background in optimizing individuals' well-being, from strengthening their physical and mental bodies to cultivating a simpler environment. She helps women remove the mental and physical clutter to make intentional and aligned choices every day.

    Karen began simplifying her life in 2015 after a backpacking trip when she then realized she could experience joy with just the belongings on her back. She did another life simplification and downsized in 2020 with a move to the west coast where she built her 200 sq ft tiny home that she currently resides.

    Karen holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified Personal Trainer. She also has a strong public speaking and coaching background.

Non-Violent Communication

  • Woods, Shalimar

    Non-Violent Communication

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  • Woods, Shalimar

    Woods, Shalimar

    Non-Violent Communication

    Shalimar Woods specializes in Family Relations and Community Care. She studied Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner at York University and has a Master's of Law from Carleton University. As an individual of Caribbean background, she appreciates the nuanced vibrancy that diverse community support can bring. A believer of compassionate and future-forward thinking, Shalimar chose Family Mediation as an avenue to aid families through complex life transitions and provide them with resources to prepare them for a successful future. Shalimar began her family relations and community outreach journey working with grassroots non-for-profit organizations that allowed her the privilege to provide advocacy work for vulnerable groups. Some of her passions include trauma-informed care, cultural competency, mental wellness and restorative justice.  As a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a member of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, Shalimar looks forward to continuing her work in community growth by supporting individuals through compassionate knowledge building.

Offshore Banking

  • Al-Dimashki, Obada

    Offshore Banking

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  • Al-Dimashki, Obada

    Al-Dimashki, Obada

    Offshore Banking

    Obada Al-Dimashki is an engaging and interpersonal business professor with extensive experience teaching at various post-secondary institutions across Canada. His teaching has covered several business topics including international business, finance, supply chain and management. Along with his teaching, His industry experience includes international supply chain management at a major industrial group and he has served as a reserve Combat Logistics Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. He has a global business background with experiences in many countries around the globe including France, South Korea, Canada and the UAE. Obada holds a Master of Global Business degree from the University of Victoria and is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP|FIBP). He is also a dynamic individual with active hobbies such as karate, soccer and bodybuilding.

Professional Coach Diploma

  • Blais, Dee Sylvie

    Professional Coach Diploma

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  • Blais, Dee Sylvie

    Blais, Dee Sylvie

    Professional Coach Diploma

    Dee Sylvie Blais is a Certified Health & Life Transformational Coach focusing on wellness, empowerment, and mastering habit change. As a thriving natural coach, she offers training and tools to enhance her clients' potential. Dee has an international and versatile career path where she has acquired a wider vision in her professional and personal life credentials. She believes in continuous self-development. She has extensive knowledge in creating effective strategies and programs and is experienced in training personnel with companies such as Re/max, RBC, Mary Kay, Innership, and Ellipse Solutions. Passionate about witnessing human growth in personal life and career paths, she believes that the best investment you can make is an investment in yourself and your personal growth.

  • Bu, Pearl

    Professional Coach Diploma

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  • Bu, Pearl

    Bu, Pearl

    Professional Coach Diploma

    Pearl Bu has a Masters of Program and Project Management from SKEMA and she is also a Certified Project Management Professional and Professional Certified Coach. Her teaching goal is to engage students by flipping class methods and stimulating their interest in executive coaching filed by real-life examples and case studies. Pearl has reshaped her career from industry to education with her great passion for teaching and coaching. She has extensive experience in leadership and wellness coaching along with a focus on business operations, organization design and learning, and talent management. Pearl is a Fellow Coach of BetterUp and a Contract Coach of Health Canada. She also works for the Nitartha Institute and as a practitioner of Mindfulness Meditation. Her clients are from various industries and companies including Facebook, Accenture, Gilead Science, Aurora Innovation, John Muir Health, Capital One Capella University. Pearl is the co-founder of Changer Consulting, which specializes in mindfulness and holistic treatments to support people experiencing transformations in working environments.

  • Casuga, Carina

    Professional Coach Diploma

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  • Casuga, Carina

    Casuga, Carina

    Professional Coach Diploma

    Carina Casuga is a global payroll professional, leadership and personal development coach, author and educator with over 20 years of progressive knowledge and experience. She has worked in diverse industries such as transportation, tourism, wealth management, construction, manufacturing and consulting. Carina is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach and an American Certified Payroll Professional. She holds certificates in Canadian Certified Payroll Manager, Global Payroll Management, and Leadership Development from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. She also holds a Business Management Diploma and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (RMT).

    As the founder of Star Life Consulting, Carina equips professionals to live an engaged and purposeful life through personal and professional development coaching and training. She is a major advocate for financial literacy and personal development, and she is passionate about continuous personal development and student-centred learning. Carina is also co-author of the book, “You Can Have It All,” and was interviewed for part of the book, “Amazing Women of Influence.”

  • Gorbold, Jillian

    Professional Coach Diploma

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  • Gorbold, Jillian

    Gorbold, Jillian

    Professional Coach Diploma

    Jillian Gorbold has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience working with private businesses, community organizations and various levels of government. She is known for her way of engaging others to inspire action and deliver results. Jillian has a background in human resources and business management with a focus on strategic and operations management, organizational design and development, executive recruitment, job evaluation, workforce planning, payroll legislation and compensation, leadership coaching, change management, and performance management.

    Jillian holds a MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph and is a Certified Leadership Coach through the Certified Coaches Federation. She also holds a Master Certificate in Public Management from York University and a Respect and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the Canadian Diversity Initiative. She attained her Registered Professional Recruiter designation from the Institute of Professional Management and is an active Human Resources Management Professional through the Human Resources Professionals Association. Her mission is to help people and businesses thrive, today and tomorrow.

  • Ikem, Michelle

    Mindfulness Course, Professional Coach Diploma

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  • Ikem, Michelle

    Ikem, Michelle

    Mindfulness Course, Professional Coach Diploma

    Michelle Ikem comes to Ashton College with an extensive background in Life, Business and Career Coaching. She is a transformational and self-actualization coach based in Calgary, Alberta. Her goal is to teach her clients how to turn inward, aligning the mind, body and spirit. She uses various modalities such as coaching, reiki, mindfulness, positive affirmations and breathwork. She helps her clients create awareness while taking actionable steps towards manifesting a life of value, meaning, and authenticity.

    Michelle holds a Bachelor of Psychology, certificate in life coaching and certificate in reiki levels one and two. She desires to increase her knowledge through education and life experiences. She is currently completing her Mindfulness Teacher Certificate and is both a practitioner and advocate of trauma-informed mindfulness. Michelle has spent over ten years working in the social services sector in addictions, pan-disability, autism, immigrant services, facilitation and career counselling. She coaches clients all over Canada and has added resume and job application support to help students, immigrants and individuals to gain meaningful employment.

  • Kennett, Jody

    Professional Coach Diploma

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  • Kennett, Jody

    Kennett, Jody

    Professional Coach Diploma

    Jody Kennett is an experienced ICF PCC coach, entrepreneur, instructor, program course creator, and health and well-being professional who focuses on elevating people and evoking growth. Her diverse expertise includes leadership, business and life coaching. One of her niche specializations is C-IQ, which is the neuroscience of communication. She brings 20 years of experience in the coaching industry developing people, transforming behaviour change, and inspiring leadership to new levels. She has coached both entrepreneurs and leaders at a variety of companies including KPMG, City of Vancouver, AECOM, Label Engine, YMCA, Vancouver Board of Trade, and the Wellness Pharmacy Group.

    Jody runs her own coaching business where she inspires people to lead their life, career, business, and health. One of her strengths is coaching the inner leader which she writes about as a co-author in The Winning Mindset book. She creates a coaching and teaching space where growth and development flourish, confidence grows, and where one is challenged for professional success in a fun, supportive environment.

  • McLeod, Greg

    Professional Coach Diploma

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  • McLeod, Greg

    McLeod, Greg

    Professional Coach Diploma

    Greg McLeod is a coach and developer of people at heart, with over a decade of experience working with diverse groups in the public and private sectors. His philosophy is based on strength psychology and neuroscience to help individuals, leaders and teams reach new levels of performance. Known for his down-to-earth practicality and relatability, Greg integrates a brain-based approach to help his students and clients get clear on their priorities, take action and achieve amazing results. Outside of Ashton College, Greg is an internal Leader Performance Coach, supporting the development of leaders with a Canadian-based Financial Institution.

    Greg has Bachelor's degrees in both Kinesiology and Education and is currently pursuing his Master's in Leadership through Royal Roads University. Trained through the NeuroLeadership Institute, Greg also holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation.

  • Sangalang, Maria Cecilia “Cel”

    Professional Coach Diploma

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  • Sangalang, Maria Cecilia “Cel”

    Sangalang, Maria Cecilia “Cel”

    Professional Coach Diploma

    Maria Cecilia “Cel” Sangalang graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, majoring in Marketing Management. Before joining the financial and coaching world, she worked extensively in sales and marketing for over 20 years. She held positions with multinational companies such as UPS, Fedex, TNT Express, DHL and Servier. She has been in the financial advisory services for nine years with an insurance licence in life and accident and sickness. She is currently working towards her Professional Financial Advisor PFA designation. She is also the Learning and Development Director of E. Espiritu Financial where she supports 53 advisors in upgrading their skills and providing continuing education. She is an active member of Advocis, participating on two of their association committees. She is also a certified coach specializing in life, wealth, and business. She is passionate about enriching lives and helping people achieve their dreams. Her advocacy includes promoting financial education and self-empowerment, which is why she provides complimentary masterclasses for various organizations.

  • Shipway, Louise

    Professional Coach Diploma

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  • Shipway, Louise

    Shipway, Louise

    Professional Coach Diploma

    Louise Shipway is an experienced career and leadership coach certified by the International Coaching Federation. She is also a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the United Kingdom. Her coaching focuses on high potential talent, leaders in global roles, and country or functional business unit leads. She is well versed in individual coaching and group facilitation across every industry. Louise has experience working with Blue Chip, Fortune 100 companies, and international entrepreneurial lawyers. She held the position of Interim Executive Director for a provincial healthcare organization and has successfully introduced HR functionality into two organizations in the UK and Canada. She was instrumental in implementing two new labour certifications for nurses' pay negotiations.

Python

  • Alakari, Alaa

    Python Fundamentals, Python Advanced

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  • Alakari, Alaa

    Alakari, Alaa

    Python Fundamentals, Python Advanced

    Alaa Alakari is an experienced IT professional with expert knowledge in programming languages, data modelling, and data analytics. He has an extensive educational background with a doctorate degree in Computer science and Computer Engineering. During his professional career, Alaa has taught several computer sciences subjects, including but not limited to Java programming, program design, database systems, system analysis, and design. Additionally, Alaa has positively contributed to many other academic activities, such as customizing course curriculum to meet educational objectives and supervising students in their graduation projects. During his early career, Alaa worked as a training coordinator for different firms where he performed several core responsibilities including supervising training programs, conducting training needs assessments, and recommending customized training programs. Alaa also is an enthusiast data analyst with many years of diversified experience in data mining, machine learning, and knowledge discovery tasks.

  • Billette, Daniel

    Python Fundamentals, Python Advanced

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  • Billette, Daniel

    Billette, Daniel

    Python Fundamentals, Python Advanced

    Daniel is an experienced software developer with a passion for programming. Since graduating from the program for Visual and Game Programming at LaSalle College, he has gone on to join the fast-paced world of software development for film and television. There, he is faced with a new challenge every day, which has forced him to become an expert in analyzing and solving a range of technical problems. Aside from his work in film and television, Daniel has years of teaching experience under his belt. His expertise includes training students on C# and C++ for gaming and HTML, CSS or JavaScript for web development. He also has extensive experience training students on Python for data science, business, linguistics, and web scraping. Daniel is a determined educator who is excited to share his knowledge of programming.

  • Cunha, Clinton

    Python Fundamentals, Python Advanced

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  • Cunha, Clinton

    Cunha, Clinton

    Python Fundamentals, Python Advanced

    Clinton Cunha has several years of teaching experience with a variety of different subjects. He currently teaches Python Programming to an educational institute and a private biotech company. Clinton has a Masters in Bioinformatics and a Masters of Science in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. He also has an Honors Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences. His main areas of focus include bioinformatics, Python programming, data analysis, biology, science, and ESL. Professionally, Clinton is a qualified bioinformatician and knows how to deal with different types of biological data to derive meaningful relationships using Python, R and Unix.

  • Luke, Simon

    Python Fundamentals, Python Advanced

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  • Luke, Simon

    Luke, Simon

    Python Fundamentals, Python Advanced

    Simon Luke has over 20 years of experience as a successful IT professional with expertise in varying fields. Most impressively, he has worked in two of the Big Four Consulting Firms. He holds a Master's degree in Business and Technology from the Australian Graduate School of Management, one of the top 50 business schools around the world. In his many roles, he has designed banking systems and worked extensively in IT risk and security management. He has over five years of teaching valuable experience and is excited to share his passion and expertise with the Ashton College community.

Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam Prep

  • Power, Gerry

    Immigration Consulting, Quebec Immigration Law and Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam Prep

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  • Power, Gerry

    Power, Gerry

    Immigration Consulting, Quebec Immigration Law and Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam Prep

    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.

Quebec Immigration Law

  • Johnston, Steven

    Quebec Immigration Law, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners

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  • Johnston, Steven

    Johnston, Steven

    Quebec Immigration Law, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners

    Steven Johnston has extensive experience working in the immigration field within the Canadian government. Throughout his government experience and private practice, Steven has assisted thousands of individuals with their permanent and temporary immigration challenges. As a consultant, Steven specializes in sponsorships, work permits, permanent residencies, business immigration, and doing for Labor Market Impact Assessments for employers wanting to hire foreign workers. He also has experience in assisting people with visitor visas and renewals or study permits and is an expert on the Québec Investor Program and the Québec Skilled Worker Program. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Université du Québec à Montréal.

  • Power, Gerry

    Immigration Consulting, Quebec Immigration Law and Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam Prep

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  • Power, Gerry

    Power, Gerry

    Immigration Consulting, Quebec Immigration Law and Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam Prep

    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.

  • Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting, Business Immigration Law, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Provincial Nominee Programs and Quebec Immigration Law

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  • Therrien, Dominic

    Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting, Business Immigration Law, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Provincial Nominee Programs and Quebec Immigration Law

    Dominic Therrien (BA, MA, BCL, LLB) has been a lawyer since 2002 and has assisted hundreds of families to immigrate to Canada. He has a long and diversified international work history living in the US, France and China. Previously, Dominic pursued undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Montréal and graduate studies in international politics at the Université de la Sorbonne. He also has a Civil Law degree and a Certificate of Qualification in Common Law. He founded his own law firm in 2016 and is a member of the Law Society of Quebec, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the State Bar of California. As an educator, Dominic has a particular focus on business immigration, professional ethics and practice management. His law career followed several years of playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization.

Red Seal Trades

  • Cole, Victor

    Red Seal Automotive Service Technician

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  • Cole, Victor

    Cole, Victor

    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.

  • David, Ashley

    Red Seal Hairstylist

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  • David, Ashley

    David, Ashley

    Red Seal Hairstylist

    Ashley David graduated from cosmetology school in 2003. Shortly after completing her schooling, she moved to Calgary, Alberta where she obtained her Journeyman and Red Seal certification. Calgary offered her experience on the salon floor, but also experience on the business side of salon management. In 2010, Ashley moved back to the Prairies and bought her own salon. Owning and operating her own business has provided Ashley with the flexibility to explore different opportunities as an educator. In 2018, she had the opportunity to instruct at a local hair school, sharing her 18 years of knowledge and experience. Ashley firmly believes that the best hairstylists never stop learning.

  • 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.

     

     

  • Gibney, Kevin

    Red Seal Construction Electrician

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  • Gibney, Kevin

    Gibney, Kevin

    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.

  • Kolot, Dale

    Red Seal Carpenter, BC Building Code

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  • Kolot, Dale

    Kolot, Dale

    Red Seal Carpenter, BC Building Code

    Dale Kolot is an experienced veteran in the construction industry, having developed his craft and honed his expertise working for over fifty years in the sector. He is a proud Red Seal Carpenter with extensive work experience in both benchwork and joinery. Currently, Dale teaches on-call at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Cloverdale. Education is an important part of his professional life and he is beyond excited to bring his wealth of knowledge and expertise to Ashton College.

  • 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 personal teaching philosophy is that you can never stop learning.

  • Smith, Andrew

    Red Seal Carpenter, BC Building Code

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  • Smith, Andrew

    Smith, Andrew

    Red Seal Carpenter, BC Building Code

    As an online instructor, Andrew Smith utilizes his comprehensive industry expertise and a myriad of engaging instruction techniques to empower students with the knowledge and skillsets required to thrive as in the field of carpentry. He works closely with students to mentor and advise them regarding continued professional development and potential career options. Professionally, he is a strategically focused leadership professional with a track record of delivering superior results leading construction projects. His training and professional development includes studying the Four Levels of Carpentry Training and Red Seal Certification at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and becoming a Certified Associate in Project Management.

  • Soley, Kevin

    Red Seal Welder

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  • Soley, Kevin

    Soley, Kevin

    Red Seal Welder

    Kevin Soley is a journeyman and Red Seal welder living in Central Alberta, who has been in the welding trade for 26 years. He started his welding apprenticeship at Red Deer College in 1992 and received his Journeyman and Red Seal Status in 1994. He passed his Alberta B- Pressure test in 1994 as well and successfully ran his own welding business for 25 years. Since he acquired his Red Seal Certification, he has had the privilege of welding all across western Canada.

    In 2013, Kevin started a different journey as an instructor in the welding trade. He was fortunate enough to receive an award as “Southern Alberta’s Top Trades Instructor” in 2014. This nomination came from students who he had taught over the years. He feels that his success in the teaching field comes from understanding students and being able to forward the information in a way that students will understand. Kevin also acquired his CWB Level 2 Welding Inspection Certification and is an ABSA Certified Welding Examiner for Pressure Welding. Since then, he has had the passion of passing on his knowledge in the welding trade.

    He feels that in any chosen career path, you should never stop learning. He learns as much from his students as he teaches them. He is a tradesperson, just like his students, but with a little more knowledge of the trade. Personally, his hobbies include being an avid marathon and ultra-marathon runner, as well as hiking the mountains of this awesome country.

     

     

  • Soucy, Chad

    Red Seal Construction and Industrial Electrician

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  • Soucy, Chad

    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.

     

  • Vazquez, Byron

    Red Seal Steamfitter/Pipefitter

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  • Vazquez, Byron

    Vazquez, Byron

    Red Seal Steamfitter/Pipefitter

    Byron Vazquez is a Red-Seal Journeyman Steamfitter/Pipefitter. Born and raised in Toronto, he relocated to Western Canada in 2013. He has been involved in industrial construction for the past 8 years and has participated in major projects across both Alberta and British Columbia. He is the owner and operator of a small mechanical company, with plans to expand in the near future. He is also currently in the process of securing a BBA degree and a Red-Seal designation in the Welding trade. He finds assisting in the growth of individuals to be truly rewarding. He believes that all things are possible through hard work. His ultimate goal is to help students achieve their Red Seal designation in the piping trade.

Refugee Class Immigration Law

  • Lindy, Hannah

    Immigration Consulting, Certificate in Refugee Class Immigration Law

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  • Lindy, Hannah

    Lindy, Hannah

    Immigration Consulting, Certificate in 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.

  • McLeod, Daniel

    Refugee Class Immigration Law

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  • McLeod, Daniel

    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.

Registered Behavior Technician

  • Leung, Paige

    Registered Behavior Technician

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  • Leung, Paige

    Leung, Paige

    Registered Behavior Technician

    Paige Leung began her career in applied behaviour analysis as a home-based behaviour interventionist, where she found her passion working with children and their families. She now has a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care and a Master of Arts in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Since completing her education, Paige has become a Board Supervised Behavior Analyst (BCBA) where she continues to work in both clinical and private settings. She works with a variety of children and their families across British Columbia. One of her favourite parts of her practice is to train and support other behaviour interventionists. She hopes they find the same passion and inspiration that she has discovered.

  • Nightingale, Kelly

    Registered Behavior Technician

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  • Nightingale, Kelly

    Registered Behavior Technician

    Kelly Nightingale, M.P.Ed., BCBA has worked in the field of applied behaviour analysis since 2012. She holds a BA in Psychology and Linguistics, a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Sciences and a Masters of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She was certified by the BACB as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2019. She is also currently working on a graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health.

    Kelly has worked primarily in early intervention but has also worked with teens and is currently also working with adults in residential group homes. She has experience working with all ages and a variety of diagnoses and functioning levels. She is passionate about ABA and hopes to inspire others to continue to pursue careers in the field.

Residential School System in Canada

  • Bruyere, Betsy

    Residential School System in Canada, Developmental Services Worker

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  • Bruyere, Betsy

    Bruyere, Betsy

    Residential School System in Canada, Developmental Services Worker

    Betsy Bruyere is a Survivor of the Canadian Residential School System who was confined for seven years, starting from age six. Betsy Bruyere returned to school as an adult student and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Master’s in Adult Education. She has also received “Sacred Elder Teachings” from Respected Community Elders. Betsy has been teaching about the issues surrounding Canadian Residential Schools for over 20 years and shhas developed the skills to create a safe and welcoming learning space despite its controversial and emotional subject matter. As an educator, she recognizes and respects education as the key to becoming healthy, respectful and contributing global citizens. 

  • Morton Richards, Katherine

    Residential School System in Canada

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  • Morton Richards, Katherine

    Morton Richards, Katherine

    Residential School System in Canada

    Katherine Morton Richards (she/her) is a settler colonial researcher, PhD candidate and instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is interested in the meaning-making processes found in political and social responses of settler colonial institutions to colonial violence. Her PhD research identifies points of intersection between violence, Indigenous identity and colonialism in relation to the material spaces of residential schools. She examines residential schools as carceral spaces that contradict Canada's national sense of self. She completed research in her MA on the construction of tropes of Indigenous identity and their presence in Indigenous-focused public inquiries. Her independent research focuses on femicide in Canada, particularly the case of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).

Storytelling

  • Campbell, Brittany

    Storytelling

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  • Campbell, Brittany

    Campbell, Brittany

    Storytelling

    Brittany Chung Campbell comes to Ashton College with an extensive background in storytelling using various forms of media. As a book editor and self-publishing consultant based in Toronto, Ontario, her goal is to teach storytellers how to turn their ideas into a compelling story that builds communities. After her graduation, Brittany interned at CTV.ca and became obsessed with digital storytelling. Since then, she has worked as a corporate copywriter across many different industries, performs at storytelling events, has been published in anthologies and has transitioned into entrepreneurship by helping writers become authors.

  • Mines, Christopher

    Storytelling

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  • Mines, Christopher

    Mines, Christopher

    Storytelling

    Christopher Mines brings an extensive multimedia background to his teaching practice. He is a radio broadcasting graduate with additional coursework in political science and journalism. He has furthered his formal education with practical workshops and freelance opportunities in creative writing, current affairs, stand-up comedy, voice acting and more. He has worked as a desktop publisher, PA announcer, webcast director, livestream producer and storyteller. His goal is to showcase the ins and outs of the media industry and to help make the abstract become concrete.

Sustainability

  • Ahstesham, Bob

    ISO 9001 2015

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  • Ahstesham, Bob

    Ahstesham, Bob

    ISO 9001 2015

    Bob Ahtesham is an experienced instructor with a wealth of knowledge in chemical and environmental engineering. His educational background includes a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering and a Master's of Science in Chemical/Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto. His expertise with quality management systems includes years of experience developing, implementing and maintaining ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications at various public and private organizations. Most recently, his work experience includes his role as the Quality Assurance and ISO Manager for the City of Vancouver. Bob also has extensive experience delivering presentations at public hearings, city council meetings and provincial ministries, regarding business planning and quality management systems. He is excited to share his knowledge with the Ashton College continuing education community.

Teaching with Moodle

  • Dr. Aleman, Elias

    Teaching with Moodle

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  • Dr. Aleman, Elias

    Dr. Aleman, Elias

    Teaching with Moodle

    Dr. Elias Aleman is a data analytics consultant and a management scholar with over ten years of experience in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. He is an engineer by training and holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management / Business Administration and a Master’s in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. His academic research involves strategic decision-making by CEOs and top executives. He has presented his work in notable venues such as the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.

    Currently, Dr. Aleman is the head of analytics at the Canadian Auto Accessories Merch Company. He is also an adjunct instructor for Ashton College, Dawson College, Niagara College, the Toronto School of Management, the Stevens Institute of Technology and Kean University. His teaching expertise includes management, business administration, artificial intelligence, data analytics and visualization.

    Previously, Dr. Aleman managed the finance department at Calvet & Associates and consulted for the city of New York to develop an investment tool for restaurant entrepreneurs. He was also a researcher at the Hanlon Lab for Data Analytics and Visualization at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he worked in several data science projects applying machine learning and other advanced analytics techniques.

     

  • Khaymabashi, Hassan

    Teaching with Moodle

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  • Khaymabashi, Hassan

    Khaymabashi, Hassan

    Teaching with Moodle

    With over 35 years of teaching experience, teaching is not just a job for Hassan. It is his favourite hobby. He enjoys teaching by creating an enjoyable learning environment. He has taught all levels of math, including calculus and statistics, and finance, including financial management, financial and management accounting. Hassan holds a double major bachelor's degree in Math and Software Engineering, a master's degree in Applied Math and a master's of education degree in Instructional Technologies. He also holds a certificate in Online Training and Train the Trainers, BC Instructor diploma, Certificate in Software Systems Development, Certificate in Financial Accounting and a Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Management. He still has more learning plans. Hassan’s passion for both teaching and technology has motivated him to discover all the details of Learning Management Systems. He is an expert in using Moodle for online instruction.

Temporary Residents Immigration Law

  • Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

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  • Baram, Marty

    Baram, Marty

    Immigration Consulting, Family Class Immigration Law, Immigration Consulting Business - Branding and Marketing, Leadership for Immigration Practitioners, Temporary Resident Immigration Law

    Marty Baram is the Director of SYMY Immigration Consultants and Recruitment, an agency focused on filling labour shortages and matching talented foreign workers with suitable Canadian employers. He has successfully placed hundreds of foreign nationals as temporary workers and permanent residents in Canada. Marty is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. He is also Vice-Chair of the Registration and Education Committee, a member of the Finance and Audit and Human Resource and Compensation committees and a past member of the Practice Experience Program Advisory Committee for the ICCRC. His areas of expertise include international recruitment, labour market impact assessments, Francophone mobility, permanent residence applications, express entry and provincial nominee programs. Marty received his Immigration Consulting Diploma from Humber College, where he graduated with honours. Marty is a member in good standing with the ICCRC and The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.

  • Parsai, Al

    Immigration Consulting, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Certificate in Inadmissibility to Canada

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  • Parsai, Al

    Parsai, Al

    Immigration Consulting, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Certificate in Inadmissibility to Canada

    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.

  • Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting, Business Immigration Law, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Provincial Nominee Programs and Quebec Immigration Law

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  • Therrien, Dominic

    Therrien, Dominic

    Immigration Consulting, Business Immigration Law, Temporary Residents Immigration Law, Provincial Nominee Programs and Quebec Immigration Law

    Dominic Therrien (BA, MA, BCL, LLB) has been a lawyer since 2002 and has assisted hundreds of families to immigrate to Canada. He has a long and diversified international work history living in the US, France and China. Previously, Dominic pursued undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Montréal and graduate studies in international politics at the Université de la Sorbonne. He also has a Civil Law degree and a Certificate of Qualification in Common Law. He founded his own law firm in 2016 and is a member of the Law Society of Quebec, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the State Bar of California. As an educator, Dominic has a particular focus on business immigration, professional ethics and practice management. His law career followed several years of playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization.

Therapeutic Recreation

  • Pathmanathan, Johnathan

    Therapeutic Recreation

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  • Pathmanathan, Johnathan

    Pathmanathan, Johnathan

    Therapeutic Recreation

    Johnathan Pathmanathan is a recreation therapist with a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Seneca College. Utilizing a person-centred and constructivist approach to teaching, he places an emphasis on ensuring that the classroom is a diverse and culturally supportive environment for his students to learn. In his spare time, Johnathan enjoys going out for hikes, exercising and finding the best places to eat in the city.

Trauma Counselling

  • Zaman, Shameela

    Trauma Counselling

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  • Zaman, Shameela

    Zaman, Shameela

    Trauma Counselling

    Shameela has completed her Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor and has her Level 1 Life Coaching Certificate from the YWCA. Shameela is currently a social worker with the Fraser Health Authority and has worked in clinics dedicated to supporting refugees, HIV+ and survivors of COVID-19. Her professional interests include learning about trauma-informed, arts-based approaches to supporting clients, with a focus on writing as a form of healing.

    When supporting clients, she works from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, anti-racist perspective, recognizing and acknowledging that systemic oppressions exist to further marginalize communities. When Shameela is not working or teaching, she enjoys reading YA fiction by BIPOC authors.

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

  • Allen, Corene

    Unit Clerk

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  • Allen, Corene

    Allen, Corene

    Unit Clerk

    Corene Allen graduated from VCC in 1997 with honours and held a tutor position during her studies. She has held many positions throughout different health authorities including wards such as Emergency, Surgical, Medical, Clinical Trials and Ambulatory Care. She currently works as a Nursing Unit Clerk for Interior Health. In 2011, she worked as the lead instructor for a Nursing Unit Clerk Program at another college. She has distinguished results in having the highest successful graduation rate of any program at the college. She also had the privileged of helping develop the curriculum for the course content. She shares her passion for health care through her extensive experience. Her biggest accomplishment is when she sees a student working at the hospital or even having the pleasure of working alongside them. Corene is married with three kids and we enjoy skiing, camping, travelling and biking. She also enjoys watching them play their sports.

  • Mardian, Kari

    Unit Clerk

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  • Mardian, Kari

    Mardian, Kari

    Unit Clerk

    Kari Mardian obtained her Masters of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge. Her research focus was examining the effects of stress and teachers in relation to causes, effects and management techniques. She spent the majority of her career as an instructor for a Bachelor of Nursing Degree program as well as an Individualized Study Tutor for Nursing Research.  As a Registered Nurse, she has devoted her career and passion to Public Health and Pediatric Nursing in Southern Alberta Health Regions. She continually strives to implement a positive learning environment for students to reach their full potential. The best part of her job as an instructor is helping students to succeed.  She feels very privileged to be apart of the Ashton College faculty. Personally, her husband and two daughters are an integral aspect of her life. Together they love to travel, golf and enjoy fine cuisine.

  • Sandhar, Aman

    Unit Clerk

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  • Sandhar, Aman

    Sandhar, Aman

    Unit Clerk

    Aman graduated in 2006 from VCC with a unit clerk certificate. She also pursued a bachelor's degree in adult education in 2015 from UFV. Since then, Aman has been working at the BC Cancer Agency as a unit clerk. She has done various unit clerk jobs and also has taught students at CHCA and Kwantlen College. She enjoys teaching, and it has been her passion since she was a child. She loves how rewarding teaching is. In her spare time, Aman loves to spend it with family and friends.

  • Sia, Sheila Mae

    Unit Clerk

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  • Sia, Sheila Mae

    Sia, Sheila Mae

    Unit Clerk

    Sheila is an internationally educated nurse and has a Master of Arts in Education. Her teaching experience includes being a clinical instructor for nine years. She taught varying nursing subjects and facilitated the clinical practice of students in several clinical areas. She also taught medical office administration in one of the private colleges in Toronto. She also works as a curriculum developer for the Pharmacy Assistant Certificate Course at George Brown College in Toronto.

    Her work experience includes working in clinical areas, delivery rooms, neonatal intensive care units and the community. She also works as a pharmacy assistant in one of the community pharmacies in Toronto. Her whole career and teaching experience taught her that there is never a due date for learning. What it takes is determination, focus, and hard work. As an educator, she aims to help her students transfer what they learn in the classroom to the real world.

  • Toal, Tina

    Unit Clerk

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  • Toal, Tina

    Toal, Tina

    Unit Clerk

    Tina Toal has over 24 years of experience in the health care industry. In 1998, she completed a Unit Clerk course at Vancouver Community College. She then worked over the years specializing in oncology and held various positions from unit clerk to clerical supervisor to medical secretary. She started teaching and realized that it was her passion to help others learn. She loves to be a part of the success our students achieve. Tina currently lives in Langley with her husband, four kids and their adorable French bulldog, Elvis.

UX Design

  • Del Castillo, Victor

    Certificate in UX Design

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  • Del Castillo, Victor

    Del Castillo, Victor

    Certificate in UX Design

    Victor Del Castillo is a UX/UI designer who graduated from the Game Design Program at Vancouver Film School and from the Fine Arts School of Design in Mexico City. With more than 18 years of experience in the digital, video game, and advertising industry, Victor Del Castillo has received several national and international awards. He currently works in Vancouver as a UX/UI designer at BlueBat Games and recently became a UX/UI designer at Piranha Games for MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries for the BattleTech franchise. Victor has nine shipped game titles and is currently working on the next one to be shipped. He has worked on a variety of PC, Xbox and Mobile titles for the gaming industry.

  • Kunnath, Binoodha

    Certificate in UX Design

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  • Kunnath, Binoodha

    Kunnath, Binoodha

    Certificate in UX Design

    Binoodha Kunnath has an extensive background in UX design and Research. Before assuming her current role as Senior UX Researcher at TrustFlight, she spent 9 years in India, Oman and Canada working with various brands such as Unilever, Axe and MTV. Her experience involves delivering interaction design and research services for startups & self-directed product teams in healthcare, aviation and mixed-reality industries. With a strong emphasis on a human-centric approach and expertise in implementing design thinking and research methods, Binoodha gives these businesses insight into their target audience and helps improve their digital product experiences.

     

  • Zarei, Maryam

    Certificate in UX Design

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  • Zarei, Maryam

    Zarei, Maryam

    Certificate in UX Design

    Maryam Zarei is a professional multidisciplinary designer and an experienced human-centred design researcher. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the design and development of interactive systems, integrating visual data analytics into architectural design practices. Her expertise includes User Experience Design for VR/AR/MR technologies, creativity and collaboration, cognitive science, design analytics, and HCI. She has published her research in international venues such as the Springer Computer and Information Science Series and the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia.

    Maryam is currently a Senior XR UX Designer at Aequilibrium Software Inc., where she designs and conducts research on innovative emerging technologies in the Extended Reality field. She is also an experienced design educator involved in teaching and designing several university-level courses on Visual Communication Design, Spatial Design for Game and Animation, and Spatial Thinking and Communicating. Maryam is an award-winning social innovator advocating for women in tech. She is currently the UX/UI Design Lead at the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology, where she contributes to the CX design and research for integrating new technologies into the current organization workflow.

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