Faculty, Staff & Careers

Sandermoen School of Business Faculty

James Bowen

BCom, MMgmt, PhD, PMP, CMC


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

At age 13 he developed his first computerized video game and 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, nonprofit 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. His twitter account is on several curated lists. 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 published his third book “The Entrepreneurial Effect”, which drew upon his wide network of entrepreneurs in a collaborative approach, focused on lessons learned from entrepreneurs and investors. The second in the series was published in 2011.

He is or has been associated with 12 universities including 4 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 15 years, he has taught over 350 courses to over 10,000 students.

His volunteer work includes his city’s technology industry development agency’s Innovation Leadership Team. He is founding Chair of the Startup Canada Awards and he has worked on a joint United Nations Industrial Development Organization and Global Cleantech Innovation Competition as an international advisor. He wrote, for three years, the monthly theme article discussing the technology industry and its management issues for a technology industry newspaper. He currently participates as an expert advisor on Startup Canada’s Startup Twitter Chats, a twice a week that each receives 7-10 million impressions.

He is active with technology companies and investors and regularly provides advice to technology companies, he has been on the board of mentors of start-up incubators: Exploriem and Hatchbrands. He has recently been asked to join the advisory group on ethics and technology at the University of California and is a member of a Swiss thinktank focused on the technological future of work and talent.

He is the inventor of an underwater localization system using passive sonar, a task management system, an archaeological object localization system that uses ultrasonic and infrared, and a 3 learning simulation games.

He is active on social media including his podcast series on business topics which is featured by a large US book publisher.

Mona Engvig



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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.

Michel David



Instructional Field(s): Innovation Best Practice
Faculty: Executive MBA

Michel David is a Professional Engineer with an MBA in Finance and Accounting.  He has over 25-years of expertise in logistics, procurement, quality, manufacturing, and new product introduction processes. 

Over the last 15-years, Michel has held executive management positions at three (3) multinational corporations covering all aspects of operations. He has led outsourcing projects in China, India, and Mexico and has implemented ISO9000 quality systems in both small, less than $100 M, and large, greater than $2 B, organizations.

Michel has recently been focused on consulting with small businesses to establish performance management metrics, improve productivity, any assist in overall business planning and strategy.   He has completed a course design and teaching assignment in Operations Management as well as developing and teaching an MBA Supply Chain course at the Sprott School of Business (Carleton University).

Paul Kidston



Instructional Field(s): Sales Leadership Strategy

Faculty: Executive MBA and MBA

Paul Kidston is a Master Sales Trainer and Sales Leadership Strategist. He owns and operates 3 brands focused on Sales Performance Improvement, including Sales Training Experts, Sales Person Assessment, and Career Watch. He has an MBA in International Marketing, and a BBA with a focus on Psychometric Assessments and Organizational Behavior. He is a licensed MBTI Administrator, and a Certified Sales Professional (CSP) with the Canadian Professional Sales Association. He has trained over 10,000 sales and sales management professionals across Canada and developed over 50 Sales Leadership programs for universities, associations and private/public companies. As a published author and avid writer, he shares his sales leadership insights through his many followers on social media. Paul has over 25-years of expertise in Sales Leadership, Sales Operations, and Sales Enablement Project Planning across various industries.

Over the last 25-years, Paul has held executive management positions at two (2) national corporations covering all aspects of sales, marketing and channel distribution. He has been a subject matter expert on projects in telecommunications, fee based medical care, hotel and property management, and host of other industries.

Paul has recently been focused on the importance of Sales Playbook Development (Standard Operating Sales Procedures) as a precursor to sales force automation. This work has resulted in the redesign of sales teams in the areas of compensation, sales channel alignment, sales enablement, and sales training deployment. Paul represents the sales profession as an academic, a leadership practitioner, a writer/author, an instructor and most importantly a supporter for Canada’s growing sales force.


School of Occupational Health and Safety

Dianne Dyck



Instructional Field(s): Disability Management
Faculty: SOHS

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



Instructional Field(s): Ergonomics
Faculty: SOHS

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



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

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.

Dave Turner


Instructional Field(s): Organizational Dynamics
Faculty: SOHS

Dave Turner is an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist with nearly 30 years of experience in the field. His experience covers work in mining, construction and regulatory management positions throughout Canada. He has been instrumental in developing occupational health and safety legislation in several Canadian jurisdictions and as a corporate safety manager for an international mining company was also responsible for Canadian and overseas occupational health and safety programs.

Dave is also active in the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and has been a governor on the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals since 2005. He is currently President of Turner Safety Systems Ltd. and has developed and delivered many safety training programs including emergency response.

Jesse Risser


Instructional Field(s): Effective Communications and Interviewing, Organizational Dynamics, Modern Training Systems
Faculty: SOHS

Jesse comes from a long line of shipbuilders with his brother, father and grandfather working their entire careers at the Halifax Shipyard. Jesse started his career at the Halifax Shipyard as a Scaffolder in 2000.

Before starting in the HSE department at the Halifax Shipyard in 2009, Jesse worked in various major construction and oil and gas projects in the Maritimes and Bermuda.

Jesse has a Diploma in Health, Safety and Environmental Leadership, a bachelor’s degree in Management and his EMBA in Global Leadership. His educational path has centered on Organizational Development and Transformational leadership.

Jesse has worked extensively on transformation change initiatives at Irving Shipbuilding, influencing the shift in Health Safety and Environmental focus. In 2010 ISI received the Safety Transformation Mainstay award from the Nova Scotia Workers Compensation Board and in 2011 the JDI Irving Safety Excellence award for the work that has been done at the Halifax Shipyard site to improve Safety performance.

Lesley Maisey

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Instructional Field(s): Psycho-Social Hazards
Faculty: SOHS

Lesley is a certified, experienced, occupational health and safety professional. She obtained her Registered Nursing diploma from the British Columba Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 1995, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Occupational Health Nursing designation in 2003 also from BCIT. She completed her Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University in 2010.

Lesley is the sole proprietor of Vital Health, an independent health consulting company that helps develop programs to improve the overall health of an organization, manage the off-work employees and return them to the workforce safely and sustainably. She consults to a variety of industries and has established relationships with many unions.

Lesley has many years of teaching experience. She routinely provides education on a variety of topics to municipalities and is a sessional instructor for the Police Academy through the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Since 2013, Lesley has taught disability case management to the OH&S diploma students during day-school at BCIT and supports the on-line distance learning environment for the OH&S certificate students also at BCIT.

Lesley is not only an advocate for health and wellness in her work environment but lives this in her personal life. She is an endurance athlete and has completed 5 Ironman triathlons, 13 half iron triathlons, and many long distance running events.

Michael McGovern


Instructional Field(s): Canadian OHS Law
Faculty: SOHS

Michael McGovern teaches SHEM 224.


Centre for Psychological Health Sciences

Dr. Joti Samra

R. Psych.


Program Lead for the Centre for Psychological Health Sciences

Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness & resiliency. She is CEO & Founder of  MyWorkplaceHealth.com, a full-suite national workplace consulting firm and DrJotiSamra.com, an  expanding in-office and virtual health clinical & counselling practice with offices located throughout Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey & Tri-Cities.

Dr. Samra is a highly-regarded expert in psychological health and safety (PH&S) and CEO/leadership training & development. She has been involved in a number of national initiatives that have contributed to policy change in Canada, and is a Founding & Ongoing Member of the CSA Technical Committee that developed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace (CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ9700-803/2013). This Standard is the first of its kind in the world, and is shaping policy development for workplace PH&S at the international ISO level. Dr. Samra is the lead Research Scientist who created Guarding Minds @ Work: A Workplace Guide to Psychological Health & Safety, in which the 13 psychosocial factor frame adopted by the Standard was developed. Dr. Samra and her team have extensive expertise in helping organizations implement initiatives related to workplace PH&S including implementation of the CSA Standard; providing leadership development, training & coaching services across a broad range of areas, including emotional intelligence, psychologically safe leadership and mental health awareness; and, providing a breadth of services to enhance employee psychological health, wellness and resiliency.

Dr. Samra’s down-to-earth, friendly and engaging style – combined with her clinical acumen and research expertise – make her a go-to expert for a wide range of media sources. She is regularly called upon by provincial and national print, radio and TV media to comment on a range of issues relating to psychological health and human behaviour. Some of her media career highlights include: Host of Oprah Winfrey Network’s The Million Dollar Neighbourhood; Interventionist on Animal Planet’Confessions: Animal Hoarding; Casting Consultant & On-Set Psychologist for CityTV’s The Bachelor Canada; and, Columnist for the Globe and Mail’s “Ask a Psychologist” weekly column.

Dr. Samra has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work. She is proud to be the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award & the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award. She is also former President of the BC Psychological Association & past Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee.

Dr. Rakesh Jetly



Course Developer, Enhancing Workplace Resiliency

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.


School of Professional Development

Dianne Dyck



Instructional Field(s): Disability Management
Faculty: SPL

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

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Faculty: SPL

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.


University of Fredericton Leadership Team

Don Roy

Don Roy

President of the University


With an undergrad degree in Commerce from Dalhousie University, Don Roy spent over 20 years founding companies in real estate, business, construction, land development and restaurant industries. His career had been widespread and varied, yet after seeing an advertisement for an EMBA during a flight, he decided to embark on a new adventure.

At that time, an in-class degree was his only option, so Don spent two years attending classes every other weekend and studying up to 20 hours per week, all while being a single parent. Don has always been an innovator and after completing his EMBA, he knew there had to be a more flexible and accessible way to complete this degree.

“The concept that you could actually get an equivalent degree and all the benefits…that you could get that without the disruption in your life, it was so appealing to me, and I thought, this absolutely has to happen.”

With this in mind, the University of Fredericton became a reality and has become an institution that offers a unique type of course delivery. Since its inception, UFred has blossomed and improved the careers of many, but Don is not done with it yet. In the future, he sees UFred “really pushing the boundaries of advanced learning technologies.” With Don’s passion, knowledge and hard work, the University of Fredericton will continue to educate those with busy lives and growing careers. Yet, Don knows he could never do it alone.

“There is no manual on how to build an online university, and we’re doing that, and it’s due to every person that’s on this team.”

The University is proud to have Don Roy as their president and if the past is any indication of what’s to come, his dedication and vision will help UFred to thrive in new and innovative ways.

Dr. Sheri McKillop

Dr. Sheri McKillop

VP of Academics


When the University of Fredericton came to fruition, Dr. Sheri McKillop already had more than 30 years of business and post-secondary experience under her belt. As one of the first UFred students, she has roots in the University and its mission. After graduating from the Sandermoen School of Business’ EMBA program, Sheri stayed involved with the academic board until starting her official position at the University. Wanting to advance even further in the field of post-secondary education, Sheri chose to pursue her Doctorate of Business Administration from Northcentral University. She used her dissertation to focus on the unique benefits that online education has when it comes to employability.

“I’ve always had a love for learning, but I quickly realized that my heart and soul was in business…there is business in everything, no matter what job you have.”

            Both Sheri’s education background and career experience are the reason she is so suited for her position at the University of Fredericton. She considers herself a lifelong learner who is passionate about delivering quality education to working professionals and is dedicated to doing so each and every day.

Throughout her years in business, Sheri has been given many opportunities, including being asked to lecture at both national and international levels. She has authored a column, appeared on television shows and has had her voice heard on the radio. Her talents are many and help to make her a well-rounded individual.

Sheri has brought her passion and experience to her position at the University and is a role model to both the staff and students alike. She is not only a large part of UFred’s growth, but also a part of each and every student’s success.

Dr. Ken Green

Dr. Ken Green

Provost, University of Fredericton


Welcome! I appreciate your interest in exploring our University website. As you will discover, our programs not only keep abreast of the times, but consistently focus on the provision of an educational experience which essentially enables our students to achieve success in their personal pursuits and in their future contributions to society.

The advent of the personal computer and the Internet has brought about phenomenal change throughout the world, and educational excellence should not become a historical artifact of this era of great change. The University of Fredericton’s online education offers a versatile system for the effective advancement of knowledge within a rapidly changing global environment. Our academic role in the “networked real-world” allows us the freedom and flexibility to transcend the limitations of space and time, and makes it easier to offer a purposeful education to the serious and determined student. Our designation as an approved university by the Province of New Brunswick, our requirements to provide a highly qualified faculty for every subject taught, our system of course delivery, our academic governance structure, and our system of evaluations establish sound assurances for quality in the education and service we provide. Again, welcome to the University of Fredericton, and best of luck building your future online.

Dr. Ken Green, Ph.D.
Provost, University of Fredericton

Donald V. McCain

Donald V. McCain

Dean, Sandermoen School of Business


Welcome to the Sandermoen School of Business!

As part of the Sandermoen School of Business, you will be exposed to and dialogue with experienced and skilled faculty about some of the newest ideas and issues in the world of business. While learning
new concepts and working in a collaborative environment, you will be applying those concepts to your organization or those of fellow learners. Our mantra is theory to application, making studies relevant to the business community. You are part of an inclusive learning community made up of a diverse group of students, faculty, and administration who provide support to you now and in the years to come.

The Sandermoen School of Business is about learning with integrity. We value inquiry, collaboration, excellence in service, while creating superior value for our students and embracing change. These values provide you with a student-centered environment for your intellectual and social development through learning and leading

As a part of the Sandermoen School of Business, you are helping us to be a leader in the global evolution of business education, developing business leaders to meet the demands of an increasingly global, multicultural, and complex world. You will be experiencing online/virtual classroom education through the delivery of innovative, relevant educational programs that expand and advance levels of understanding and knowledge that significantly contributes to the achievement of your academic and/or professional career goals. Through our various fully approved and accredited degree programs, the Sandermoen School of Business provides a high quality, flexible learning community conducive to enhancing the development of our diverse, global student body.

We want you to succeed, to grow, and to be pushed to take advantage of all that the Sandermoen School of Business has to offer. Quality and value are our top priorities; our courses provide high-quality instruction, relevant course material, and personalized attention expected from an accredited graduate school of business. Working together, you will succeed and grow as a business leader of today and for tomorrow.

We at the Sandermoen School of Business look forward to working with you and being part of your success.


Donald V. McCain, Ed.D.
Dean, Sandermoen School of Business


Career Opportunities at UFred

Contract Faculty Positions


We are currently seeking qualified adjunct faculty for all courses in our online MBA and Executive MBA programs (foundation and specialty track courses).  Online courses are offered year-round, with MBA courses being 11 weeks in length, and EMBA courses being seven (7) weeks in length.

Necessary qualifications are as follows:

  • Terminal degree (i.e. Ph.D. or DBA)
  • Corporate work experience
  • Experience teaching online would be a definite asset

Qualified and interested individuals are invited to send their CV and cover letter indicating your areas of specialization. Click here to apply!

UFred is an equal opportunity employer, with priority given to those best qualified for each course.

Student Recruitment Advisor


Join Our Team: Student Recruitment Advisor – Inside Sales Role


Are you motivated by helping others?
Do you believe in lifelong learning?
Are you ready to be a part of an innovative, ever-expanding organization?


If you answered yes to these questions, we’re interested in you!

At UFred, we’re passionate about helping working professionals achieve their goals through online education, and our Recruitment Team is at the forefront of making that happen. Our Recruiters are made up of supportive, encouraging, collaborative people who are dedicated to helping potential students find programs that help them to achieve their professional and educational goals. Ambitious and enthusiastic, this team is the first point-of-contact for potential students, and they pride themselves on leaving everyone they speak to feeling more informed then before they met.


The day-to-day of a Recruitment Advisor at UFred

The ideal candidate for this position will be a dynamic, personable team player who is enthusiastic about helping prospective students reach their educational goals. Working with stakeholders across the organization and reporting to the Student Recruitment Manager, the Student Recruitment Advisor will play a key role in attracting and enrolling qualified students. This person will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with prospective students throughout Canada and internationally, and determining student applicants’ eligibility for the University’s programs through the evaluation of resumes and student transcripts. The Student Recruitment Advisor will be responsible for data integrity, meeting deadlines and providing exceptional customer-centric service. This person will play a key role in the achievement of the university’s student enrollment targets.

As a Recruitment Advisor, you can expect to

  • Contact potential students for admittance to academic programs in our Sandermoen School of Business, School of Occupational Health and Safety and School of Professional Development
  • Meet or exceed assigned monthly and quarterly student enrollment targets
  • Provide program-specific information to students via phone and email correspondence
  • Advise prospective students on funding options and program and admission requirements
  • Pursue qualified candidates for enrolment, and determine appropriateness of candidates for admission based upon admissions requirements and career goal compatibility
  • Liaise within the Student Services and Admissions departments on matters related to student enrollment and admittance.
  • Identifies, and refers to the appropriate departments and/or person(s), barriers to admission and provides recommendations on how to eliminate those barriers; identifies potential supplementary application needs; e.g. language proficiency tests or education assessments)
  • Initiate and maintain contact with applicants about program admission requirements, deadlines, program content, program fees, program funding and application processes
  • Manage student objections and provide applicant support throughout the admissions process
  • Prepare and delivery monthly online presentations on UFred’s programs via Cisco WebEx
  • Clean data entry (customer information and communication) and maintenance of a prospective student database (customer relationship management software)
  • Collect and review application documents that include resumes, transcripts, references, professional designations and prior learning assessment or transfer credit applications, for submission to UFred’s Admissions Team for formal review
  • Conduct research on partner organizations, competition and the higher education industry
  • Prepare and analyze lead and opportunity status reports


Some of the things we look for in a Recruitment Advisor include:

  • 1-2 years of Inside sales experience
  • Bachelor’s degree considered an asset
  • Industry knowledge and or experience considered an asset
  • Strongly motivated by the need to meet targets and goals
  • Team player and relationship builder
  • An interest in creating and delivering presentations
  • Extremely well organized and attentive to detail
  • Able to work independently and to self-direct daily activities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a team player and a relationship builder
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and provide a positive company image
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment with deadlines and targets
  • Knowledge of Customer Relationship Management systems

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Compensation Package
Joining the UFred team means you will be part of a rapidly expanding organization with a mission to provide quality and affordable education globally. UFred values its employees and ensures they are able to enjoy Wellness and Balance, Professional Development, and Service opportunities.

  • Wellness and Balance: UFred employees start their career by completing a Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace course. They actively utilize subsidized Health and Vision Care, as well as an RRSP Match program. They spend paid time off with those who are important to them between Christmas and New Years, as well as and on their birthdays. The possibility for flexible work arrangements, subsidized gym memberships, and Wellness days are additional benefits enjoyed by our staff.
  • Professional Development: UFred supports both internal and external opportunities to support your development needs and commits to providing all employees with at least 10 hours of professional development each year.
  • Service: UFred employees actively participate in a wide range of volunteer and fundraising initiatives within and around the Fredericton Community on a regular basis.

Hours of Work
This is a full-time position (35 hours), under regular business hours. Work may include some weekend and/or evening work to deliver presentations and to support offshore opeartions. The position is available in Fredericton, NB.

If this sounds like a team that you’re ready to be a part of, please submit a resume and cover letter specifically highlighting how you meet the qualifications above.

Please note the close date for this position is July 14th, 2019!

We thank all those who apply!

About UFred:
The University of Fredericton is fully recognized as a degree-granting institution by the Province of New Brunswick. Our mission is to provide our students with an exciting, rewarding and affordable lifelong learning path of professional education, with programs scheduled to accommodate both professional and personal lives.

The University of Fredericton is firmly committed to ensuring a positive and professional working environment in which all people are treated with dignity and respect. We aim to provide a fair and consistent method for filling job openings in support of equality of opportunity and cultural diversity within the company.



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