Staff and Instructor Profiles
Mike Brothers - Kenmount Road Campus "Business Administration" Instructor
Mike Brothers joined the Academy Canada team in August 2002 as a Related Training Instructor. He is currently a Business Administration Instructor.
Mike has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Saint Mary’s University, IT Graduate Diploma from MacKenzie College, and a Post-Secondary Teacher’s Certificate.
His previous roles include Human Resource Specialist at Sobey’s, Regional Manager at Irving, and Management Trainer.
Mike’s primary role is a Business Administration Instructor. You will also find him out with his students challenging Harding Road Campus to a Ball Hockey or Softball game when an opportunity is available.
A self-proclaimed "really cool guy", Mike enjoys spending time with his girls and as much time as possible in the great outdoors of NL, that is when he is not in Miami cheering on the Dolphins.
Mike's personal philosophy on education:
“Education is the cornerstone of Humanity”
Annette Hill - Kenmount Road Campus "Medical Laboratory Assistant" Instructor
Annette Hill joined the Academy Canada team in October 2009 as a Medical Laboratory Assistant Instructor.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Technology Degree, Business Administration Certificate, and Medical Laboratory Technology Diploma.
Annette spent 21 years as Laboratory Services Supervisor and Director at various hospitals in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Though Annette’s primary responsibility is as an instructor, she is dedicated to lab maintenance and safety as well as ensuring that our Medical Laboratory equipment is up to date and in working order at our Science Lab.
She is delighted to have an opportunity to train top notch Medical Laboratory Assistants as part of her contributions to the medical sciences profession.
Annette's personal philosophy on education:
“Lifelong learning and continuing education is essential”
Anna Janes - Kenmount Road Campus "Office Administration Technology Instructor"
Originally from Nova Scotia, Anna joined the Academy Canada team in 1998 as an Office Administration Technology Instructor. She also served as a Curriculum Coordinator and continues to maintain our curriculum database.
A strong advocate for continuous learning, Anna has qualifications as a Cosmetologist, Medical Assistant, and Dental Assistant (Level II). She has Applied Information Technology and Post-Secondary Education certifications, and currently pursuing her Occupational Health and Safety training.
During her spare time, Anna spends time at the cabin or with her daughters.
Joanne's personal philosophy on education:
“We are here to help students learn how to learn!”
Joanne White - Kenmount Road Campus "Massage Therapy Instructor and Coordinator"
Joanne joined the Academy Canada team in January 2011 as the Kenmount Road Campus Massage Therapy Coordinator and Instructor.
She has been a Massage Therapist since 2000 after opening her own business in Mount Pearl.
In addition to operating her Massage Therapy business, she has also held various positions within the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador including Examination Officer and Chairperson.
Her main responsibilities as Massage Therapy Coordinator include coordinating this program as well as ensure program consistency between the Corner Brook and Kenmount Road campuses. You will often find her in a classroom as well.
During her spare time, Joanne loves being with her children and Running. She completed a half-marathon and her next goal is to complete a full marathon, healthy and strong!
Joanne's personal philosophy on education:
"Education and knowledge is power, with that power you can achieve anything.”"
Glenda Hall - Kenmount Road Campus "Esthetics and Spa Management Instructor"
Glenda joined the Academy Canada team in January 2007 as an Esthetics Program Demonstrator. In April 2009, she became an Esthetics and Spa Management Instructor.
As an Academy Canada Esthetics program graduate, Glenda can provide a special insight as to a student's experience.
Glenda successfully passed her NACC exam in 2009. She also received her Vocational Education Certificate from Memorial University.
While working with Academy Canada, Glenda has also been employed with Samshara Day Spa and was promoted to Education Manager two years ago. She also attends both workshops and international trade shows in both Toronto and Las Vegas to remain up to date with her training.
During her spare time, Glenda enjoys travelling as well pampering herself, her beagle, and cat at home, or goes out with friends.
Glenda's personal philosophy on education:
"Passion should be at the centre of all learning and experience. Make what you love your life."
Natasha Abbott - Kenmount Road Campus "Adult Basic Education Instructor"
Natasha joined the Academy Canada team in March 2011 as an Adult Basic Education program instructor. Originally from New-Wes-Valley, NL, Natasha has previous experience teaching with Eastern School District and the Nova Central School District. She also has experience working as a private tutor.
Natasha obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with Math and Chemistry backgrounds, landing on the Dean’s List, and a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate Senior). She has dedicated herself to education as well as have a passion for teaching and learning.
Her main responsibility at the Kenmount Road Campus is an Adult Basic Education Instructor with a primary focus focus on Math, Chemistry, and Physics.
During her spare time, Natasha spends time with her family, including her beautiful little girl.
Natasha's personal philosophy on education:
“He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn.”
Jackie Morry - Kenmount Road Campus "Adult Basic Education Instructor"
Jackie Morry was born and raised in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland. After graduating from High School, she attended Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with a Biology Major as well as a Bachelor of Education Degree.
Upon graduation, Jackie instructed the Level 2 and 3 Adult Basic Education program at the Magi Learning Centre. She instructed at this campus for two years before joining our Academy Canada team in 1995.
For the last 16 years, Jackie has taught and coordinated the Adult Basic Education program at our Kenmount Road Campus. She holds certification that allows her to teach Level 2 and 3 Adult Basic Education program. She has helped hundreds of students achieve their high school equivalency goals as well as helped them pursue post secondary education.
Jackie is busy ensuring that the Adult Basic Education program is running as efficiently as possible. The program has experience over 100% growth over the last five year.
During her spare time, Jackie has many hobbies and interests including gardening, reading, and being a full time mom to her two boys.
Jackie's personal philosophy on education:
"Education is the most valuable investment you will make over your lifetime."
Stephen Squires - Kenmount Road Campus "Legal Studies Instructor"
Originally from Lewisporte, Stephen Squires began teaching with Academy Canada in September 1999 as the Legal Studies (Paralegal Professional) Instructor.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University, Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Science degree and Vocational Education diploma from Memorial University.
Before joining the Academy Canada staff, he worked as a Biochemistry Lab Demonstrator with Memorial University and an Articling Clerk with Ches Crosbie Barristers.
During his spare time Stephen enjoys cross country skiing, reading and spending time with his family.
Stephen's personal philosophy on education:
“Education is a cooperative effort involving both instructors and students.”
Brian Galway - Kenmount Road Campus "Curriculum Coordinator"
Brian Galway was welcomed to the Academy Canada team in May 2011 as one of two new communications coordinators.
Brian spent 30 years in the K-12 system as a teacher, school administrator, and Assistant Superintendent.
He eventually performed various roles in the post secondary system including Campus Administrator, Program Development Coordinator, and Regulatory Compliancy Coordinator before joining our team.
As a Curriculum Coordinator, his main responsibility as overseeing non-trades courses college wide.
During his spare time, he enjoys travelling with his wife and spending time with his young Grandson, Cody.
Brian’s personal philosophy on education:
"Education is not how much you know, it’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t… and knowing where to find what you’re missing."
Bob Richard - Kenmount Road Campus "Natural Resources Instructor"
Bob started teaching the Natural Resources Program with Academy Canada in September 1996. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Biology major, Graduate Diploma in Aquaculture, and a Vocational Education Certificate from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Before working with Academy Canada, he managed a giant sea scallop hatchery at the Ocean Sciences Centre doing Aquaculture Research. He also managed a salmon enhancement project including stocking some rocky rivers, such as the Waterford River and the Rennie’s Mill River with baby salmon, and taught cod farming to fishermen.
In 2005, Bob retrieved a giant squid and brought it in to the Kenmount Road Campus Science Lab.
During his spare time, he enjoys salmon fishing and hiking. He also spends time with his wife and two sons.
Bob's personal philosophy on education:
That every day is a learning day.
Rianne McGrath – Kenmount Road Campus "Admissions Officer"
A Newfoundlander at heart, Rianne joined the Kenmount Road Campus Admissions Team in April 2011.
Rianne got her Bachelor of Arts with Sociology and English majors at Memorial University. As a former Media Consultant for COAST 101.1 FM, and an Admissions Assistant at Regents College, she comes prepared for any challenge put in front of her.
Her main responsibilities within the Admissions department include visiting schools across the province to inform students about Academy Canada offered programming, helping students with their applications, and making them feel welcome at the Kenmount Road Campus.
Outside campus, she enjoys spending spare time with her husband and beautiful little girl.
Rianne’s personal philosophy on education:
“I believe that every person is born with talent” ~Maya Angelou
Francie Lockwood - Harding Road Campus "Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant Instructor"
Francie Lockwood became our Home Support Worker/ Personal Care Attendant Instructor in January of this year.
She brings 25 years experience as a Registered Nurse. Having being employed in St. John's three Acute Care Hospitals, she possesses vast and diverse experience, which she is thrilled to pass to her students.
Francie has high expectations for her students as well as "old school" standards.
In her spare time, Francie enjoys dance, hiking, reading. and spending time with her son, and little dog.
Francie’s personal philosophy on education:
Judy Shields - Kenmount Road Campus "Registrar"
Originally from Sunnyside, Judy began working with Academy Canada in September 2005 as a Photographic Studies Instructor. After teaching for two years, she took on the Registrar role at Kenmount Road Campus.
Judy has a Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma, an Accounting Diploma, and an Advanced Photography Certificate. She has worked in all three areas as an Accountant at CNA, a Medical Labratory Technician with Eastern Health, and a Photographic Services/All Occasions Video co-owner.
In her current role as Registrar, Judy enjoys the interaction with students and staff as well as thoroughly playing a role in shaping our future leaders. When not at the College, she still co-runs her own Photographic business and holds a part time position as a Returning Officer with the Chief Electoral Office.
Judy’s main job as Kenmount Campus Registrar is to maintain student academics, attendance, and progress report records. Among her other duties, she also sets up new intake courses and registers students starting programs with Academy Canada.
She is currently working toward a Post-Secondary Education Certificate, and recently joined the Provincial Technical Committee for Baking with Skills Canada.
During her spare time, Judy enjoys spending time at her country cottage, reading, and entertaining.
Judy's personal philosophy on education:
"The day you stop learning is the day your brain stops growing and you fall behind and stagnate."
Bernie-Ann Ezekiel - Harding Road Campus "Faculty of Culinary Arts: Cook" Instructor
Bernie-Ann grew up in Avondale with her parents and two sisters. She completed the Commercial Cooking program at College of the North Atlantic more than 10 years ago, and has worked at a number of restaurants, primarily in fine dining.
With great enthusiasm, she joined Academy Canada in September 2007. She has worked in various roles including Student Support Coordinator, Related Instructor, and "Faculty of Culinary Arts - Cook" Instructor.
Believing in, and supporting diversity, Bernie-Ann has strived to continue her education in different areas over the years. She has acquired her Cooking Trade Red Seal Journeyperson Certificate, a Ship’s Cook Certificate, and a number of other food preparation and marine certifications.
She is currently working toward a Post-Secondary Education Certificate, and recently joined the Provincial Technical Committee for Baking with Skills Canada.
Known for being outgoing and competitive, Bernie-Ann has competed in and judged, both local and regional culinary competitions. She has high expectations set for her students and is committed to helping them succeed.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and the family cat.
Bernie-Ann's personal philosophy on education:
"Everyone should always try to learn as much as possible. Fill yourself with knowledge! No education you receive is ever wasted"
Joanne Bennett - Kenmount Road Campus "Therapeutic Recreation Instructor"
Joanne joined Academy Canada in September 1997 as a Disability Support Professional instructor. In 2002, she began teaching our Therapeutic Recreation (Disability Support and Geriatric Profession) program.
Joanne holds joint Bachelor degrees in Education and Physical Education as well as a Special Education Degree. Before working with Academy Canada, she worked with Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Program Officer for their Inclusion Committee.
Originally from Lewisporte, Newfoundland and Labrador, she loves learning new things, sharing her knowledge with others and inspiring individuals to achieve their full potential.
Joanne’s Philosophy on Education:
“She believes that everyone is capable of learning provided they have the appropriate support. It’s not that the student can’t learn, it’s being creative and finding a positive way to teach them to learn.”
Lisa Lovelady - Harding Road Campus "Curriculum Manager"
Originally from Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador, Lisa became an Academy Canada staff member in October 2005 as a Student Support Coordinator. She then served as Vice Principal in 2006 at the Harding Road Campus and currently serves in the role of Curriculum Coordinator.
Lisa holds Bachelor’s degrees in Science and Education, a Newfoundland and Labrador Teaching Certificate, has Qualified Teacher Status in the UK, and is a Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) candidate.
During her spare time, Lisa enjoys family time, the outdoors, and is an aspiring triathlete.
As a Curriculum Coordinator, Lisa develops new programs and ensures existing programs meet current industry needs and standards. Her work involves extensive collaboration with industry representatives, government officials, campus administration, and instructors to transform curriculum into learning for the real world.
Lisa’s Philosophy on Education:
“Education broadens your perspective on life, empowers you and builds confidence. Her grandfather used to say to her that education doesn’t weigh anything to carry around – but it is worth having.”
Heather Nugent - Harding Road Campus "Registrar"
A Conception Bay South native, Heather Nugent graduated from Academy Canada’s Business Administration program in 2006. During this time, she received the Business Administration Program Award.
Heather began working with Academy Canada in July 2010 as the Administrative Assistant and recently moved into the Business Office role. Her duties involve assisting in all aspects of the business office, especially selling textbooks and loans processing. At times, she may serve her role at the Harding Road Campus.
During her spare time, Heather loves the great outdoors and enjoys walking, camping, and fishing with her dog Boo.
Heather's personal philosophy on education:
“Education is the future”
Jim Sare - Kenmount Road Campus "Related Training Instructor"
Originally from Campbellton, New Brunswick, Jim Sare has been Academy Canada instructor since February 2006. He teaches many computer based courses as well as some business courses.
Jim has a Computer Studies Diploma and a Post Secondary Instructor’s Certificate from Memorial University. He has worked in the banking industry for a number of years and also taught at another private post-secondary institution before joining the Academy Canada team.
During his spare time, Jim enjoys reading, going for walks, and playing Rumoli. He also volunteers at the Hoyles/Eskasoni Complex in St. John's.
Jim's personal philosophy on education:
“education is a lifelong learning experience. Not all knowledge comes from book learning and our most valuable education is obtained from real life experiences.”
Glenn King - Kenmount Road Campus "Law Enforcement Administration Instructor"
Glenn joined the Kenmount Road Campus staff in 1995 as the Law Enforcement Administration instructor. Originally from Buchans, he previously taught the Correctional Officer Training Program, the Law and Security Program, and Criminology.
Before joining Academy Canada, Glenn worked with the Provincial Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer working with Youth and Adults in both Stephenville and Corner Brook. He is still employed as Security Officer at Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland.
Glenn has a Post Secondary Education Diploma and Adult Teacher Education Certificate from Memorial University, and a Community Studies Diploma and Community Fitness and Wellness Certificate from College of the North Atlantic.
During his spare time, he enjoys Curling and Mountain Biking.
Glenn's personal philosophy on education:
“Education is vital and essential as a foundation to real life learning. The student must attend, listen, focus and then apply the knowledge”
Patsy Chesney - Harding Road Campus "Animal Grooming Instructor"
Patsy joined the Kenmount Road Campus staff in April 2010 as the Animal Grooming Instructor.
Originally from the Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula area, Patsy is an enthusiastic, highly motivated and personable person with a love for all animals.
Patsy has an Honours Diploma in Animal Care Technology from the Career Academy. She was also owner and operator of Patsy’s Pet Parlour.
During her spare time, Patsy loves to spend time with her children.
Patsy's personal philosophy on Education
“education is the key to success and you are never too old to learn something new”
Jennifer Vatcher - Harding Road Campus "Related Training Instructor"
Jennifer came to Academy Canada as a Related Instructor in April 2010. After teaching for a while, she moved into the Apprenticeship Coordinator role.
She coordinates the Harding Road Campus Advanced Training and Direct Entry programs, as well as deal with apprenticeship issues, orders books, organizes pizza parties, and ensures course material is available on time to keep up with Advanced Training Instructor's content.
Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Arts Degrees with Political Science and Geography majors. She completed a Bachelor of Education degree program in 2008.
Her Education degree enabled Jennifer to teach in Korea. After teaching for a year, living amongst millions of people, she returned to her hometown of Conception Bay South as well as teaching in the public school system.
A self professed “professional student”, she is hoping to start her Masters in Post-Secondary Administration in a year or so. She also cannot wait to travel around Newfoundland to see more of the beautiful province.
During her spare time, Jennifer spends her time with her family, boyfriend, and their fish, Baxter.
Jennifer’s philosophy on Education
“Formal Education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune. Never stop learning.”
Faron Penney - Harding Road Campus "Automotive Service Technician Instructor"
Faron has been an Academy Canada team member since September 2006.
An Automotive Repair Journeyperson, he teaches entry and advanced level Automotive Service Technician programs, as well as a former related programs instructor. He also holds a Post Secondary Education diploma from Memorial University.
Faron has worked in the automotive repair industry for over 20 years as a journeyperson. He also serves as an Occupational Health and Safety committee co-chair and faculty advisor at Academy Canada, as well as a Department of Education advisory committee member and Skills Canada advisory and provincial training competition board member.
In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family and enjoys coaching little league baseball.
Faron's personal philosophy on education:
"Education is a lifelong learning process in which communication is a vital part. "
Roger Butler – Harding Road Campus "Construction/Industrial Electrician Instructor"
Originally from St. John’s, Roger started teaching with Academy Canada on September 5, 2007. He currently teaches the nine month entry level program, reviews and updates curriculum, develops various teaching aids and evaluations, and is an active Campus Safety Committee member.
He holds an Inter-Provincial Journeyman Electrical Construction Certificate, a Diploma of Electrical Engineering Technology from the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Certificate for Electronic Repairs from the College of Trades and Technology.
Roger has worked with many different contractors over the years and contracted his own for a number of years. He was Chief Electrical Inspector for Bae-Newplan, a division of SNC Lavalin International, for several years. He then worked at the St. John’s Dockyard (Newdock) for seven years.
With over 30 years experience in the field, Roger believes he is in a position to give students a well rounded view of the electrical field and what they can expect when they go to work.
Roger’s personal philosophy on education:
"Education is a lifelong process. School provides us with a solid, broad foundation of education upon which we can build a great education over the course of our lives."
Melvin Fry – Harding Road Campus "Carpentry Instructor"
Melvin started teaching at Academy Canada in 2004 as an Entry Level Carpentry Instructor.
He is a Journeyman Carpenter with a Bachelor of Education (Post Secondary) Degree from Memorial University, and a Business Administration certificate. He is also an Architectural Drafting Technician.
Prior to working with Academy Canada, Melvin spent eighteen years in the construction industry and eleven years working as an Engineering Technician/Building Inspector.
In his spare time, Melvin loves to play golf, travelling, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Melvin’s personal philosophy on education:
“A person can never have too much education. It doesn’t weigh anything to carry it around.”
Gary Spurrell – Harding Road Campus "Related Training Instructor"
Gary Spurrell started teaching with Academy Canada in 2002 as a Related Training Instructor, and brings with him over 15 years teaching experience.
He holds a Computer Studies Diploma as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degree from Memorial University.
Prior to working with Academy Canada, he spent over 5 years working as a High School teacher, and two years as an instructor at a college in Quebec. He also spent some time working as a Data Entry Consultant.
Gary is originally from Clarenville and enjoys cycling, ski-dooing, reading, and going to work every day.
Gary’s personal philosophy on education:
“Students are the most important aspect of any educational institution.”
Tony Snow - Harding Road Campus "Plumbing Instructor"
Originally from Bell Island, Tony Snow is a well respected instructor, not only for his professional demeanor but also for his pleasant personality.
Tony started teaching the Plumbing program at Academy Canada in September 2008. He brings with him over 25 years experience as a Journeyman Plumber.
During his spare time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.
Tony's personal philosophy on education:
Gayle Elliott - Harding Road Campus "Vice Principal"
Gayle Elliott grew up in the beautiful city of Corner Brook with her parents, 2 sisters and her puppy G.J. She enjoys music, singing, dancing, and long walks on the beach.
Gayle began her work with Academy Canada in June of 2008 as the Campus Registrar. Before working at Academy Canada, she completed a Diploma Program in Human Resource Management at the College of the North Atlantic, and a Business Administration Degree at Memorial University. Then in May 2009, she also received her Bachelor of Education – Post Secondary Degree from Memorial University.
In describing Gayle, one would say she has an outgoing personality. She is someone who is always smiling and is willing to lend a helping hand to others.
Gayle's personal philosophy on education:
Paul Henderson - Harding Road Campus "Facilities Manager"
Paul joined the Academy Canada family in April 2008 as a Related Training Instructor.
In February 2009, he accepted the Facilities Manager position with the Harding Road Campus.
Paul brings with him over 16 years Managerial experience in various capacities.
His duties as Facilities Manager include managing facilities and equipment issues, overseeing equipment maintenance, offering technical support to staff, and purchasing materials and supplies for all programs.
Paul who is originally from St. John’s. He enjoys Sailing, Skiing, and Snowmobiling during his free time.
Paul's personal philosophy on education:
Wayne Young - Harding Road Campus "Maintenance Manager"
Wayne started at Academy Canada as a Carpentry program student.
His strong work ethic, professional manner, and likable personality are just some of the characteristics that caught our attention, and the Harding Road Campus knew he would be an asset to the Academy Canada team.
Wayne is very busy ensuring that the Harding Road Campus is running as efficiently as possible, and focusing on priorities that may rise.
Outside work, Wayne has many hobbies and interests including Woodworking, Gardening, Golf, Fishing, and most importantly, spending time with his family.
Wayne's personal philosophy on education:
Ken Evans - Harding Road Campus "Construction/Industrial Electrician Instructor"
Ken Evans is an instructor with character! Known for his sense of humor, commitment to students, high expectations and dedication to success, he is one of Academy Canada's most respected instructors.
Ken started with the College in 2007 after spending over 40 years working in the construction and industrial electrical trade. He built a successful career as the Town of Churchill Falls Maintenance Manager, Hydro Place Superintendent, and Holyrood Generating Plant Supervisor.
Having supervised hundreds of Apprentices/Journeypersons, and also managed numerous multi-million dollar projects, Ken is well prepared to teach students the “tricks of the trade”.
Beyond the worksite Ken has completed Industrial Electrical Systems, Power Transformers, Preventative Maintenance, and Indoor Air Quality Testing and Vibration Analysis courses, and also two courses from Dalhousie University. He is a Journeyman Electrician that knows his profession!
In an effort to become the best manager and teacher possible, Ken has also taken it upon himself to complete the Dale Carnegie program, WHMIS Train-The-Trainer, and Effective Job Instruction courses.
A student favorite, Ken continues to help our Electrical program grow and evolve to new heights.
Louis Hodder - Harding Road Campus "Steamfitter/Pipefitter Instructor"
Since starting with the College in 2001, Louis Hodder has progressed to our Lead Steamfitting/Pipefitting instructor. Besides teaching an occasional Entry Level group, Louis teaches all Advanced Block classes and does an outstanding job preparing apprentices to write their Journeyperson exam.
A great guy and outstanding team player, Louis’ accomplishments are long and impressive. He possesses both Journeyman Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Carpenter certifications, and won the campuses Outstanding Instructor Award. He also graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland Post Secondary Instructor Certification program.
Louis represents Newfoundland and Labrador on the Provincial Apprenticeship Board Advisory Committee, and is involved with creating the national certification exam. His work with the Accreditation team helped the Steamfitter/Pipefitter program get accredited without problem and his work on the Occupational Health and Safety Committee has ensured that the Campus operates in a safe and efficient way. The Administration even asked Louis to represent them during media interviews related to Canada's Skilled Labour force.
Louis has worked at most major project sites throughout Newfoundland, including PKS (Marystown), Nodeco (Bull Arm), and PCL (Bull Arm). In addition to working with McNamara Construction, Newfoundland Dockyard, CP Rail, and Narwal Arctic Services (NWT), he has also operated his own business for 4 years.
His impressive credentials combined with his professional approach helped Louis build an impressive set of student feedbacks and performance reviews making him a valuable Steamfitter/Pipefitter Instructor.
Suzanne Jordan - Harding Road Campus and Corner Brook Campus "Apprenticeship Coordinator"
When you train the best, you want to hire them as well! Suzanne Jordan is such an example. After graduating from Academy Canada’s Office Administration program with a great academic performance and excellent attitude, the College was eager to hire this young rising star.
Starting as an Office Administrator, Suzanne has quickly advanced through the ranks to become the Administrative team's most valued members.
A strong professional, she held numerous positions at our Kenmount Road and Harding Road campuses including Registrar, Business Officer, and her current role as Apprenticeship Coordinator.
As the original Apprenticeship Coordinator, Suzanne has turned this role into the most important at the Harding Road Campus. Working with her Apprenticeship Assistant, she provides information about employment opportunities to graduates and alumni, supervises Work Terms, and facilitates Journeyperson exams. She also arranges advanced training classes at both the St. John’s and Corner Brook campuses, Chairs the OHS Committee, and works closely with the Division of Industrial Training.
In addition to her Office Administration program, Suzanne has a Certificate in Leadership. She is an active Canadian Diabetes Association advocate and Camp Douwanna supporter.
James (Jim) Hedges - Harding Road Campus "Construction/Industrial Electrician Instructor"
James (Jim) Hedges began instructing the Construction/Industrial Electrican program with Academy Canada in 2007 after a long and illustrious career.
During his two years at Academy Canada, Jim has progressed to senior Advanced Electrical teacher who trains returning students to do their Blocks 2-4 to prepare for their Journeyperson exams. He is proud to help several groups move through the system and ultimately achieve their Journeyperson status.
After attending high school in his native USA, Jim spent five years with the US Air Force. During his service, he completed countless industrial automation, marine and commercial systems training programs, eventually achieving Journeyman Electrician status.
Despite achieving this major certification, Jim has continued learning and training. He has done numerous post-Journeyperson courses, including Programmable Logic Control. Beyond his trade, Jim has completed American Sign Language, SCUBA diving, Industrial Equipment Operations, Welding, and Fibre Optics courses.
Jim has built his career with a number of local Electrical companies, including Excel Electrical and Bayview Electrical. He is also an IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) member.
Popular amongst his students, Jim has evolved into one of Academy Canada’s strongest instructors. We are proud to have him as our Staff and Instructor Profile!
Anita Abbott - Kenmount Road Campus "Principal"
Anita Abbott was born and raised in Bonavista, Newfoundland along with her younger sister, parents, and large extended family. After graduating from High School, she attended Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree with an English Major, and Diploma in Adult Education.
While at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Anita was an active member of the university community. She even received the prestigious "MUN Volunteer of the Year" award for her Adult Literacy work.
Upon graduation, Anita successfully taught Level One Adult Basic Education at the Rabbittown Learners Program. In October 2007, Anita joined Academy Canada Trades College as a Campus Student Support Coordinator. In this role, she provided fantastic assistance to student with special needs including learning and physical disabilities, unique circumstances and challenges. When the Vice Principal position became available, Anita was a natural selection for a promotion.
Since becoming a Principal at the Kenmount Road Campus, Anita assumed responsibility as a Senior Administrator at the College. She specifically manages Human Resouces activities, including staff recruitment, training, and professional development.
Anita's personal philosophy on education:
"Education is a learning process that does not just take people into the classroom, but into our everyday lives. No one is ever too young or old to learn, and I feel that we learn just as much from our students as they learn from us."