Faculty

Sandermoen School of Business Faculty

James Bowen: BCom, MMgmt, PhD, PMP, CMC

Instructional Field(s): Leadership, Strategic Management, IS/IT
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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At age 21 and while still in undergraduate university James co-founded a software company. Over the next 20 years he and his co-founders grew an international client base. His management experience has covered all aspects of an organization including operations, business development, product development, project delivery and strategy. His technology experience included software development and consulting with a broad range of technologies. His customer experience included government, military, industry, non-profit and educational institutions throughout North America and in some parts of the rest of the world.

Dr. Bowen has been interviewed on the internet, radio, magazine, T.V. and newspaper both in North America and Europe. He has given presentations or seminars on technology and business insights. He was the sole author of two books discussing the creation and growth of high-tech product companies. He recently published his third book “The Entrepreneurial Effect”, which drew upon his wide network of entrepreneurs in a collaborative approach, and focused on lessons learned from entrepreneurs and investors. The second in the series was published in 2011. He is the originator of the Entrepreneurial Effect Award for student entrepreneurs.

He is associated with 10 universities including 3 in Europe where he teaches MBAs over 12 subject areas including: technology, leadership, marketing, supply chain management, project management, entrepreneurship and strategy.  In the last decade, he has taught 160 courses to over 7000 students.

He wrote, for three years, the monthly theme article discussing the technology industry and its management issues for a technology industry newspaper.

He is active with technology companies and investors and regularly provides advice to technology companies. He also sits on the board of mentors of the start-up incubator: Exploriem and is a mentor and founder at a start-up incubator.

He is the inventor of an underwater localization system using passive sonar, a task management system and an archaeological object localization system that uses ultrasonic and infrared.

Mona Engvig: MA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Organizational Behaviour and Change, Management, Research
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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Dr. Mona Engvig holds a Masters’ Degree in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University, and two graduate degrees from Stanford University: A Masters’ Degree in Sociology (Organizational Studies), and a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford School of Education. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a four-year Fulbright grant.

Dr. Engvig is the author of several articles on eLearning, educational innovation, and various topics related to management and leadership. She is the author of eLearning: Underlying Assumptions and Helpful Hints, and also the co-author of Making a Difference: A Guide to Fundraising and Nonprofit Management.

She is originally from Norway, and was a music school principal for almost a decade before arriving in the United States to further her education. Her professional focus over the last three years has been the non-technical features of eLearning, specifically pedagogical and organizational development aspects. She has worked for several eLearning companies (including Quisic, Docent, and XanEdu), and has consulted with the Stanford-Harvard eLearning venture and other entities. She is currently a faculty member at several online universities, and teaches professors how to teach online at many schools.

Her research interests include problem-based learning, educational innovation, strategy, eLearning, cultural diversity, and organizational development and change.

Blake Escudier: BBA, MBA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management Counseling, Global Collaboration
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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Blake Escudier is a “Professional Academic” who practices many of the concepts and theories used in his teaching. He is the principal owner and director of Business Owner Counseling services for Entrepanalysis. Over the past 25 years Blake has been an employee, contractor, partner, and business owner. His background is diverse and has demonstrated a strong self-efficacy for helping business owners evaluate marketing and management functions of their business. Blake helps discover the right questions then counsels the owner on a critical path towards situational solutions based on owner-desired objectives.

Blake’s diverse work history ranges from a six year tour with the US Navy nuclear power program, operations manager for import/export logistics, director of promotions for a regional broadcasting company, owner of a sports agency, business manager of a winery, director of small business economic development programs, to more than 20 years of University lecturing. Blake also gives back to the community, as evidenced by many years participating with multiple not-for-profit boards, community grant organizations, and government commissions.

As director of the 10th largest small business development program in the United States, Blake has experienced managing large economic development operations. Blake also has experience with full P/L responsibility as an owner-manager and professional-manager of multiple small businesses. This includes the financial risk of starting and operating his own businesses both online and ground based.

Blake has a PhD from Capella University, and a BBA & MBA from Loyola University New Orleans.  Blake is a principle founder of the Entrepreneurship Association of Australia, and the Entrepreneurship Association of Louisiana. He was a member of the Victoria Small Business Mentoring Service, and presently teaches only graduate programs in Marketing Strategy, Global Virtual Team Management, and New Venture Entrepreneurship. He actively participates with the SBI (Small Business Institute) association.

Dr. Escudier’s current research involves Business Owner Behavior, Entrepreneurship within Dynamic Environments, and he is presently working on a book titled:  “I Learned to be an Entrepreneur Watching Gilligan’s Island.” Another recent project is the development of the “Commercial Entrepreneurship for Invasive Species” program that combines science and business students into teams with the purpose of developing commercial products that will help mitigate or eradicate invasive species.

Please note: Blake is also a part of a larger campaign called ‘UFred10’. To learn more about UFred10, click here.

Carol-Anne Faint: BA (SFU), MS (UoPX), PhD (NCU)

Instructional Field(s): Organizational Behaviour, Governance, Ethics
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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Dr. Carol-Anne Faint has received her PhD in Business Administration specializing in Criminal Justice (NCU), a Masters in Science specializing in the Administration of Justice & Security (UOPx), and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology and Sociology (SFU). In addition to this, she is a certified mediator specializing in organizational conflict and communication.

In addition to her academic achievements she has nearly 30 years of experience in management and leadership, program development and orientation within the non-profit sector. She has a strong interest in law enforcement, having worked with at risk populations for decades. Her dissertation focus was knowledge management within the ranks of the RCMP.

She currently teaches MBA students both at UCW and the University of Fredericton. Additionally, she teaches doctoral students in the DBA program at Walden University while also sitting as URR (University Research Reviewer). She serves on several doctoral study committees in a variety of roles, including Doctoral Chair or Second Reader. She serves on the Academic Council for University Canada West and has recently accepted a position as Advocate within the Sandermoen School of Business at the University of Fredericton. While she enjoys the various appointments, her favorite tasks always involve her individual support of students as they engage in insightful learning. Dr. Faint resides in Kamloops, British Columbia with her husband and two teenage daughters, and little dog “Shelly”.

Gordon Lucas: BA, MA, MBA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Organizational Strategy, Information Systems, Marketing, Management Consultancy, eBusiness and Big Data
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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Dr. Gordon J. Lucas is a strategy consultant and scholar.

He is a Graduate Faculty member at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, where he teaches Bachelor and Master Degree courses on strategy and the alignment of business information systems and strategy. At the University of Fredericton, he is Professor of Strategy focusing on designing and implementing strategies that enable extraordinary growth and profits, and an Academic Board member.

Since 1990 he has advised executives on strategy (see www.LucasStrategy.com). Before 1990, Professor Lucas was Senior Vice President, Unitel (now Allstream Inc.), a Canadian communications provider, General Manager, Hitachi Data Systems Canada and Chief Operating Officer of Datacrown Inc. (now part of IBM Global Services).

Donald McCain: BA, MDiv, MBA, EdD

Instructional Field(s): Leadership, Human Resource Management, Organizational Theory and Development
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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Donald V. McCain (Don), Ed.D. is Principal of Performance Advantage Group, a consulting organization focused on improving organizational and individual performance.

Don has years of corporate and consulting experience in Human Resource Management (HRM) and HRD/OD, leadership, and marketing and sales training, with many clients being Fortune 50 and 100 companies such as Novartis, Meijer, Nortel, Glaxo Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline) , Bridgestone/Firestone, American axle and Manufacturing, and AMA International, to mention a few.

He has worked with for-profit, non-profit and government organizations. In addition to his design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences, Don has done extensive work in leadership competencies and the development and implementation of professional certification programs.  His work is international in scope.

Don has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for several universities (Vanderbilt, Belmont, Tennessee State University, and University of Phoenix) in various aspects of HRM, leadership, management, organization behaviour/theory, business ethics, marketing, and strategic planning. He has designed and facilitated three online global graduate MBA/EMBA courses in leadership, sustainability, and HRM, and also teaches corporate governance. He is a member of the Academic Board for the online, international MBA/EMBA program for the University of Fredericton.

Don is author or co-author of four books, a chapter in the ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals, a progressive case study for SHRM National, several articles, and has also made numerous national presentations. Most recently, his publication Evaluation Basics was translated into Japanese. Don holds an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University in HRD/OD, an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University in HR and Marketing, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a BBA from the University of Oklahoma with a double major in marketing and economics. Don also has MA studies in Comparative Religion and Cultural Anthropology, completing all course work except the thesis.  He is married and has four children and six grandkids. Don and the family like canoeing, boating, fishing, camping, and buying/selling.

Debbie Mortimer: BComm (Hons), MAcc, FCGA

Instructional Field(s): Accounting
Faculty: MBA

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Professor Debbie Mortimer obtained her Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Masters of Accounting Degree from The University of Manitoba and subsequently obtained her Certified General Accountant Designation. Her work experience includes 2 years of public practice, and over 17 years of lecturer/instructor experience at various universities.

In addition to the University of Fredericton, Professor Mortimer works at The University of Manitoba in the Accounting and Finance Department of the I.H. Asper School of Business instructing various courses. She has co-authored a two volume set of textbooks in intermediate accounting.

Professor Mortimer owns her own educational consulting business, Accounting and Computer Consulting and Training Group (ACCTG). Through this business, she performs such work as course development, training, seminar delivery, consulting and writing engagements. She has been involved with the Certified General Accountants Association at both the provincial and national levels for over 15 years. At the national level, she has served as a member of the National Education Committee and Chair of the National Professional Committee and is involved in the development and assessment of the Education and Certification national courses. Professor Mortimer was awarded a fellowship award from the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada in 2006, the highest award given by the Association.

Richard W. Stolz: BA, MA, PhD

Instructional Field(s): Finance, Economics
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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Dr. Richard W. Stolz is Professor of Finance Emeritus at California State University Fullerton. He has served undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in finance and economics for more than 30 years, with faculty appointments at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Robert Morris University, University of Wisconsin Parkside, California State University Fullerton, Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota. He has served as business dean at UW Parkside, Robert Morris, and USC Upstate, and as associate dean of business graduate programs at CSU Fullerton. He earned his doctorate in economics at Michigan State University.

Dr. Stolz’s teaching and research interests include corporate finance, capital markets and banking, and strategic issues in higher education. He has published in Advances in Financial Education, The Engineering Economist, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Bank Research, Economic Letters, and Issues in Bank Regulation. His current research agenda includes capital budgeting techniques and recruiting faculty for strategic advantage.

Richard has provided leadership in developing collaborative programs such as sports management, arts management, engineering management, a dual MBA/MS Nursing program, and a Masters in Nonprofit Management. Other programmatic initiatives include consortial development of web-based delivery for MBA foundation courses with three other UW deans, and an on-site customized certificate program that served as a platform for the client’s Enterprise Resource Planning efforts. He formed a strategic alliance with three international companies headquartered in the Midwest to develop high quality information technology professionals and to identify a University as a choice for IT education with new capabilities in data warehousing, e-commerce, and UNIX administration. He established a task force on diversity to address divergent learning styles and faculty/staff attitudes. Modeling best practices at leading businesses, the task force developed codes of conduct and professional behavior for faculty, staff, and students.

Prior to his academic career, Richard served as a staff economist and director of regional studies at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where he analyzed and reported on economic conditions and trends in the Upper Midwest. He also analyzed bank mergers and acquisition proposals and developed recommendations pursuant to the Board’s regulatory responsibilities.

Brent Tabor: CPA, MBA, MTAX

Instructional Field(s): Accounting, Finance
Faculty: MBA & EMBA

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Professor Tabor has over fifteen years of professional accounting and tax experience. The first eight years of his career was spent in public accounting and the last seven have been in controllership roles for various companies in the construction, engineering, and manufacturing industries. In addition, he has over five years of online teaching experience and six years of course development experience.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Nicholls State University, his MBA from Nicholls State University, and his Masters of Taxation from the University of Tulsa. Professor Tabor is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Administration from Northcentral University (ABD status).

Professor Tabor, his wife, and three kids reside in League City, Texas, just southeast of Houston and is a native of south Louisiana.

Eduardo Rodriguez: PhD, MSc., MBA

Instructional Field(s): Business Analytics
Faculty: MBA

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Eduardo is an Analytics Adjunct Professor at Telfer School of Management at Ottawa University, Corporate Faculty of the MSc in Analytics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Pennsylvania USA, Visiting Scholar Chongqing University China, Strategic Risk Instructor SAS Institute, Senior Associate-Faculty of the Center for Dynamic Leadership Models in Global Business at The Leadership Alliance Inc. Toronto Canada, and Principal at IQAnalytics Inc. Research Centre and Consulting Firm in Ottawa Canada. Eduardo has extensive experience in analytics, knowledge and risk management mainly in the insurance and banking industry.

He has been Knowledge Management Advisor and Quantitative Analyst at EDC Export Development Canada in Ottawa, Regional Director of PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers International Association) in Ottawa, Vice-president Marketing for Insurance Companies and Banks in Colombia, Director of Strategic Intelligence UNAD Colombia, professor at Andes University and CESA in Colombia, author of four books in analytics, reviewer of four journals and with publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Currently he is the Chair of the permanent Think-Tank in Analytics in Ottawa, Chair of the International Conference in Analytics ICAS, member of academic committees for conferences in Knowledge Management and international lecturer in the analytics field.

Eduardo holds a PhD from Aston Business School, Aston University in the UK, a MSc. Mathematics Concordia University Montreal Canada, Certification of the Advanced Management Program McGill University Canada, and an MBA and Bachelor in Mathematics from Los Andes University Colombia. His main research interest is in the field of Analytics and Knowledge Management applied to Enterprise Risk Management.

Jim Mirabella: DBA

Instructional Field(s): Operations Management
Faculty: EMBA and MBA

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Jim Mirabella is a full-time professor of decision sciences at a private university in Florida, where he also serves as the Director of Institutional Research. He began his journey at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned a B.S. in Operations Research. During his Air Force career as a Statistical Analyst, he earned his MBA from Auburn University. After resigning as a Captain, he held various corporate positions including a Marketing Research Statistician at AT&T and a Director of Quality at Convergys. While at Convergys, he earned his Doctorate in Management part-time at Nova Southeastern University. Jim spent the next three years as Director of Institutional Research at Florida Community College Jacksonville, after which he stepped down to run a consulting business, which centred around teaching, course development, analysis and research.

Throughout his career, Jim taught nights, weekends and online at various universities, before finally becoming a tenure-track professor at a traditional university. Over his 28+ years of teaching, Jim developed about 20 different courses, taught over 650 courses (mainly statistics, operations management, and research methods), chaired or served on 57 dissertation committees, published over 20 journal articles, and co-authored an Amazon best-seller, Make Money Teaching Online.

Jim currently resides in Jacksonville, FL with his wife of 25 years and their 12-year old son. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, homeschooling his son, leading at a Trail Life troop, camping with the family, and performing magic with his son (for fun and competition). He can also regularly be found in escape rooms, zip-lining and on ropes courses. Jim is thrilled to be a part of UFred and looks forward to getting to know his students on a personal level.

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School of Occupational Health and Safety

Dianne Dyck, RN, BN, MSc, COHN(C), CRSP

Instructional Field(s): Disability Management
Faculty: SOHS

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Dianne is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse and Occupational Health & Safety Specialist who has worked for private and publicly-funded agencies to develop Occupational Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Disability Management, and Workplace Wellness programs.

Dianne earned a MSc in Community Health Services at the University of Calgary (1989). Her professional designations of Specialist in Occupational Health Nursing for Canada and the United States were attained in 1995. Her undergraduate education includes a Bachelor degree in Nursing and a Diploma in Public Health Nursing. Dianne also holds the CRSP certification. Career-wise, Dianne was an Advisor, Occupational Health Services at a major oil and gas company in Calgary, a Senior Consultant with a major human resource management firm, and a Director of Occupational Health & Safety for a Canadian utility company. In addition to this work experience, Dianne has provided instructional services in Disability Management through three universities (University of Calgary, University of Alberta, and Massey University, Wellington, NZ). For over ten years, Dianne was an on-line instructor for the National Institute for Disability Management, conducting five or more modules per year. Dianne also delivered webcast seminars through the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association.

As a published author in the fields of Occupational Health and Disability Management, Dianne’s greatest interest is in prevention – specifically, prevention of workplace illness and injury. She is able to engage in this field through her teaching and learning endeavours in the areas of Occupational Health & Safety and Disability Management.

Dianne has released a number of publications, including:

  1. Disability Management: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice, 5th edition (2013)
  2. Disability Management Compliance Manual (2010)  co-authored with David Correy, Gowlings;
  3. Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice, 2nd edition (2011)
  4. Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice, 3rd Edition (2016)
  5. A Practical Guide to Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (2016)

In addition to Dianne’s recent contributions to academia, she also owns and manages a consulting firm called Progressive Health and Safety Consulting (http://progressivehealthandsafetyconsulting.com/). PHSC is a Human Resources Management consulting firm that focuses on helping businesses help themselves.

Please note: Dianne is also a part of a larger campaign called ‘UFred10’. To learn more about UFred10, click here.

Suzanne Jackson, M.Sc., CRSP, CCPE

Instructional Field(s): Ergonomics
Faculty: SOHS

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Suzanne has worked with industry and government over the past 18 years in the capacities of Ergonomist, Safety officer, and Safety Inspector. Her undergraduate degree in kinesiology/ergonomics has kept Suzanne busy with working with various industries in Canada for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.

She published the Tree Planter’s Guide to MSI Prevention in conjunction with the Forestry research centre, FP Innovations. She worked as Prevention Ergonomist with WorkSafeBC helping employers to implement the ergonomics requirements and also expanded into occupational health and safety working as a safety inspector in the Canadian arctic.

Suzanne’s passion for adult education was ignited while gaining her adult education certificate. Now, she runs her ergonomics and safety consulting business and teaches an online ergonomics course as adjunct faculty with the University of Fredericton. Having recently completed her Master’s degree in human factors and system safety, Suzanne enjoys strategizing on how to take safety into the future by better understanding the complexities of human behaviour in dynamic, complex work environments.

Olu Kamson, FLI

Instructional Field(s): Environmental Management, Ecological Sustainability, Environmental Leadership
Faculty: SOHS

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Olu Kamson is an Analytical Chemist with extensive expertise in Ecological Sustainability. He has considerable experience in Academia, Research, Industrial Environmental Consulting and Environmental Leadership. In 1988, his contribution to Environmental Training and Research was highlighted in UNEP’s Regional Directory of African Tertiary Level Environmental Training Institutions, Programs and Resource Persons. Since 1992, he has been a very active fellow of LEAD International, the largest organisation in the world devoted exclusively to sustainable development. He has also served as Board Member of a State Environmental Protection Agency. He is very passionate about sustainable waste management practices. Olu is widely published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Environment International.

Debbie Blais, RD

Faculty: SOHS

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Debbie is a consummate professional, with extensive experience in clinical nutritional counseling. She deals with nutritional problems daily, and recognizes the types of dietary changes that make for enhanced work and life performance.

Richard Blais, CIH, CRSP

Faculty: SOHS

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Richard has extensive safety program management experience in a variety of sectors, including a senior role in a regulatory agency. His applied science background, combined with natural leadership ability, enables him to bridge applied and behavioural science approaches to create a “real world” approach to health, safety and environmental management.

Peter Crisp, PEng, CRSP

Faculty: SOHS

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Peter has a strong background in applied OSHE sciences combining engineering with industrial hygiene credentials. Along with significant contributions providing top level OSHE management support to various industries, he brings an excellent balance of science and practical experience to our learners.

Marlene Grigg, ROH, OHST

Faculty: SOHS

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Marlene has extensive and broad experience in occupational hygiene. She runs a successful hygiene consulting practice in Atlantic Canada, has served as a hygiene technologist in a regulatory role, designed and managed various health, safety and environmental programs for clients, and has worked with a wide range of sectors and hygiene issues. Marlene has a strong interest in providing quality training in the workplace, and has a reputation for technically superior work.

Dale Hood

Faculty: SOHS

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Dale’s depth in environmental management and monitoring is a significant strength. He has designed, managed, or provided senior technical support to over 100 environmental studies and projects throughout the region, and has provided environmental management services to major infrastructure projects. A list of technical publications reinforces his capacity to provide top quality environmental instruction to this program.

Chad Ikert

Faculty: SOHS

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Chad has an extensive and broad background in emergency management, combining Paramedic with Occupational and Public Health credentials. Through his experience, he has been involved in planning for and responding to a myriad of different emergencies in a wide range of settings. His educational and work background provides an excellent balance of science and practical experience to the Certificate.

Susan Linton, RN, COHN (C)

Faculty: SOHS

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Most of Susan’s career has been spent in various occupational health and safety roles. Her experiences include a senior role in a regulatory agency, where she facilitated exciting and innovative approaches to measuring safety performance, and supporting the development of safety cultures. With credentials in both medical and adult education fields, combined with her interest and expertise in holistic workplace health, she brings invaluable insights and expertise to the Certificate.

Janet Lyon

Faculty: SOHS

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Janet has extensive experience as a classroom teacher and as an instructional designer for computer-based courses. She brings a refreshing and relevant touch to adult learning issues, and works hard to produce high-quality learning experiences for our students.

Gwen McKay

Faculty: SOHS

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A successful management consultant, Gwen’s background includes time as a senior national director of the Red Cross, with responsibility for safety operations, faculty positions in Forestry, and Physical Education and Recreation faculties at University of New Brunswick, and providing leadership to a variety of business, education and recreation focused entities. Her facilitation skills and broad knowledge of business management issues are important components of the Certificate program.

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Jim Montgomery, PEng, CRSP, Professor Emeritus (Humber College)

Faculty: SOHS

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Jim’s rich background includes extensive engineering and management experience in industry, as well as a long and respected career in OSH. He has held faculty positions with Humber College, York University, Sheridan College, and Atkinson College. Jim has also served on numerous professional boards and commissions, including BCRSP, CSA, and Ontario Human Resource Professional Association, as well as several Consumer Advisory Panels. He has been one of the primary “movers and shakers” of OSH in Canada, and has had – and continues to have – a significant impact on OSHE education.

Donna Myers

Faculty: SOHS

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Donna is one of those lucky individuals blessed with a wealth of creative energy and ideas. She is able to think “outside the box”, and see creative solutions to graphic needs beyond the obvious. Her training and background in graphic arts have won her juried awards, has shaped the effectiveness of Certificate modules, and contributes significantly to the overall quality of the program.

Sara Stewart

Faculty: SOSH

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Sara Stewart works to help develop high-quality content. She has a strong background in English and technical writing, and her research skills are a valuable asset to the program. She is often referred to as the ‘Mistress of Metaphors’.

Please see her website at: http://sara-stewart.com

Steve Hazzard, MADL, CHRP

Faculty: SOSH

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Steve has an extraordinary capacity to synthesize information, and has played a lead role throughout the development of the Certificate program. His experience in workplace risk management and traditional “safety” programs, as well as his interest and studies in human resource development means that his contributions are relevant and effective.

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Centre for Psychological Health Sciences

Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych.

Program Lead for the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences

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Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych., is an innovator in the area of psychological health and wellness in the workplace. Her research catalyzes fundamental improvements in the psychological health and safety of work environments throughout Canada.

Dr. Samra is the Program Lead for the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences at UFred, where she has led the development of a suite of online certificates in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Most recently, in collaboration with Dr. Rakesh Jetly, she has designed a new program entitled Enhancing Workplace Resiliency to help individuals overcome adverse impacts of stress at work.

Dr. Samra pursues a full spectrum of research, consulting, and educational activities in the field of workplace health. She is the lead developer of Guarding Minds @ Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health and Safety, an innovative online resource to address psycho-social threats in the work environment. Dr. Samra was a member of the Technical Committee that developed Canada’s first National Standard on Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700). She is also the principal developer of Managing Emotions, a set of online, interactive assessment and training resources that strengthen the emotional intelligence skills of managers.

Dr. Samra is a frequent media commentator and presents her work extensively at the invitation of organizations across North America. She is the Director of an organizational and media consulting practice and maintains a clinical practice in Vancouver (www.drjotisamra.com/@drjotisamra).

Dr. Rakesh Jetly OMM, CD, MD, FRCPC

Course Developer, Enhancing Workplace Resiliency

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Dr. Rakesh Jetly is a psychiatrist and the Head of the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health, Directorate of Mental Health and an associate professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University (Halifax), and the University of Ottawa.

He has authored numerous articles published in professional journals and frequently presents nationally and internationally on such topics as Mental Health in the Workplace, post-traumatic stress disorder, and occupational psychiatry. He has served as Senior Psychiatrist with the Canadian Armed Forces and mental health adviser to the surgeon general and NATO’s first research chair in military mental health. He also serves an advisor for the Bell Let’s talk campaign.

Dr. Jetly brings his robust experience to a new endeavor. In collaboration with Dr. Joti Samra, and in partnership with the University of Fredericton, he has co-developed the Enhancing Workplace Resiliency course. The course focuses on individuals and offers help in coping with and overcoming the adverse impacts of stress.

Previously, Dr. Jetly has held professional positions including Director of the “Operational Trauma and Stress Support Centre,” Atlantic Region; Chief Resident in Psychiatry, St. Michael’s Hospital; and Senior Medical Officer for the “Canadian Contingent United Nations the Middle East” in Israel. He has been involved in various military missions in the past including Rwanda and Kandahar, Afghanistan where coping skills were used on a daily basis.

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School of Professional Learning

Dianne Dyck, RN, BN, MSc, COHN(C), CRSP

Instructional Field(s): Disability Management
Faculty: SPL

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Dianne is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse and Occupational Health & Safety Specialist who has worked for private and publicly-funded agencies to develop Occupational Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Disability Management, and Workplace Wellness programs.

Dianne earned a MSc in Community Health Services at the University of Calgary (1989). Her professional designations of Specialist in Occupational Health Nursing for Canada and the United States were attained in 1995. Her undergraduate education includes a Bachelor degree in Nursing and a Diploma in Public Health Nursing. Dianne also holds the CRSP certification. Career-wise, Dianne was an Advisor, Occupational Health Services at a major oil and gas company in Calgary, a Senior Consultant with a major human resource management firm, and a Director of Occupational Health & Safety for a Canadian utility company. In addition to this work experience, Dianne has provided instructional services in Disability Management through three universities (University of Calgary, University of Alberta, and Massey University, Wellington, NZ). For over ten years, Dianne was an on-line instructor for the National Institute for Disability Management, conducting five or more modules per year. Dianne also delivered webcast seminars through the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association.

As a published author in the fields of Occupational Health and Disability Management, Dianne’s greatest interest is in prevention – specifically, prevention of workplace illness and injury. She is able to engage in this field through her teaching and learning endeavours in the areas of Occupational Health & Safety and Disability Management.

Dianne has released a number of publications, including:

  1. Disability Management: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice, 5th edition (2013)
  2. Disability Management Compliance Manual (2010)  co-authored with David Correy, Gowlings;
  3. Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice, 2nd edition (2011)
  4. Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice, 3rd Edition (2016)
  5. A Practical Guide to Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (2016)

In addition to Dianne’s recent contributions to academia, she also owns and manages a consulting firm called Progressive Health and Safety Consulting (http://progressivehealthandsafetyconsulting.com/). PHSC is a Human Resources Management consulting firm that focuses on helping businesses help themselves.

Please note: Dianne is also a part of a larger campaign called ‘UFred10’. To learn more about UFred10, click here.

Stephen Hammond

Faculty: SPL

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Stephen Hammond’s expertise is about improving workplace behaviours. He is a professional speaker delivering training and keynotes speeches, predominantly for workplace leaders, regarding harassment, bullying, discrimination and the changing face of Canada.

Since 1992 Stephen has rescued organizations from workplace disasters and has strongly encouraged workplace leaders to change with the times, even if they are perplexed, overwhelmed and reluctant to act. While Stephen is a lawyer by trade and still a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, he no longer practices law. He holds a professional designation with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), is a past-Chair of their National Ethics Committee, and holds the designation of CSP, Certified Speaking Professional. Stephen is the author of two books: Managing Human Rights at Work: 101 practical tips to prevent human rights disasters and Steps in the Rights Direction: 365 human rights celebrations and tragedies that inspired Canada and the world. He’s also written a training manual called Respectful Workplace in a Box. Stephen’s goal is to support welcoming workplaces.

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