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Our Team

About Us

Our Team

At Academy Canada we are incredibly proud of the 195 professionals that make up our Faculty and Staff.   With more than 3,000 combined years of experience, hundreds of certifications and a limitless desire to help students, they are at the core of all we do!

Each Instructor at Academy Canada brings with them a unique professional background.  While government legislation requires teachers to have at least six years of combined education and experience, we have set the bar much higher.  Our team has spent many, many years working in their respective industries across Canada and around the world.   We feel strongly that, in order to teach a concept, you must have lived it. 

The people who work at Academy Canada are passionate about what they do!   The fact that our typical employee has been with the college for more than 10 years proves that they are committed to their jobs and to student success.  

Support Staff Positions

Academy Canada has a larger support staff than any other Independent Career College in NL.  These 195 professionals offer a broad range of services to students from our Campuses and Head Office. 

Whether they maintain our buildings, design programs, counsel, teach, serve lunch or create schedules they are single-minded in their have one goal in mind:  to create the best possible learning environment for each and every student.  Quite honestly, they are amazing at what they do and are a huge reason for the college’s success.

The various Academy Canada Instructional and Support Staff positions are highlighted below along with a summary of their main responsibilities:


Principals & Vice-Principals Coordinate all campus operations and support students/staff. They are the (cheer)leaders of every campus. They coordinate schedules, recruit staff, encourage students and provide firm guidance when necessary.

Instructors Guide students through their programs and act as mentors, teachers and role models. Instructors deliver lectures, provide evaluations and coordinate extracurricular learning activities.

Admissions Team Support students as they select a career path/program, provide labor information, offer financial advice and coordinate the Admissions process.

Student Support Coordinators Assist any student who is having difficulties with their programs. They organize supports for persons with disabilities, coordinate tutors, act as student advocates and guide them over any “bumps in the road”.

Student Financial Officers Help students manage their finances while in school. They facilitate student aid, coordinate with funding agencies, sell textbooks/materials, collect tuitions and offer wise budgeting advice.

Employment Coordinators Help graduates get work. They coordinate work-terms, match grads with employers, help with job search strategies (including resume writing and interview skills) and maintain our Alumni list. Some Coordinators also plan our Apprenticeship Advanced Training courses. 

Facilities Managers This person oversees the professionalism of the entire campus to ensure it is as professional as possible. They order equipment/materials, coordinate renovations, and troubleshoot building problems.

IT Manager & Computer Technicians They keep the College’s technology running smoothly. The Manager oversees the computer and technology networks and provides IT guidance. Technicians update computer resources, troubleshoot problems, support students/staff and maintain email accounts. 

Receptionists As the Gatekeeper of the campus, the Receptionist meets guests, supports students/staff, answers the telephone, manages correspondence and directs traffic at the college. If you’re ever unclear on where to go, the Receptionist is typically a good starting point. 

Custodians A big part of keeping a campus comfortable is ensuring it is clean and well maintained. The Academy Canada Custodian and Maintenance Staff work hard every day to keep our buildings clean and professional.

Adult Basic Education Learning Centres

ABE Team The ABE program is particularly important to Academy Canada. Our 13 locations throughout the island and across Labrador are managed by a centrally-located team, including our ABE Manager, Admissions Officers and Registrar. Individual sites are coordinated by Instructors with the support of the management team.

Head Office

Head Office Team The College campuses are supported by an outstanding team at our Corner Brook Head Office. The team includes our President, Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations, Payroll Staff, Accounts Payable/Receivable Staff, Curriculum Advisors, International Student Support Staff and the Corporate Training Manager.  

Curriculum Consultants They do a wide variety of jobs, including the development of new programs, updating existing curriculum, developing articulation relationships, facilitating accreditations and working closely with employers/ government to ensure that training meets industry needs.

Just like our students, Academy Canada employees have been busy accomplishing incredible things, including the sample listed below.


Our Faculty and Staff have…

  • Served as President of the National Association of Career Colleges as well as the Provincial Association.
  • Chaired the NL Construction Association Board of Directors Education Committee.
  • Sat on the Student Aid Appeals Committee.
  • Volunteered on the Mount Pearl and Corner Brook Chambers of Commerce as well as the St. John’s Board of Trade.
  • Worked with projects in China, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Taken lead roles with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Coached Minor Hockey, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball and Gymnastics at all levels.
  • Been candidates for political office.
  • Earned Doctorates of Philosophy, hundreds of Interprovincial Certifications, many degrees and countless industry endorsements.
  • Been a Western School District Board Trustee.
  • Coached more than 200 Skills Canada competitors.
  • Successfully hosted more than 35 accreditation visits.
  • Donated hundreds of resource books to the Salvation Army Zimbabwe Mission.
  • Been Profiled on CBC’S Living Newfoundland & Labrador 8 times.
  • Done the make-up for several major Canadian movies and TV shows.
  • Won numerous accolades including the:
  • Chamber of Commerce “Premier’s Award”
  • “Impact on Youth Service” award
  • Been short-listed for the NL Construction Association “ROCK Award”.
  • Built one of the most successful clothing companies in NL.



Position Head Office Harding Road Kenmount Road University Drive
Head Office Staff
President Michael Barrett      
Vice-President Andrea Barrett      
Admissions Director   James Loder    
Bus. Operations Director Carl Barrett      
Bus. Operations Asst Phillip Gillis      
Chief Financial Officer Serge Cormier      
Business Office Manager   Jennifer Croft-O'Brien    
Business Development Mgr Jackie White      
Business Development Asst Kristy White      
Admissions Manager Elizabeth Smith      
Admissions Assistant Kayla White
Cathy Ryan
Curriculum Manager   Lisa Lovelady    
Curriculum Consultant   Stephanie Granville*
Mary Flynn
Brian Galway  
Curriculum Coordinator: ABE     Jackie Morry  
Curriculum Assistant Sylvia Ford      
Program Dev. Dept Head Pauline Maxwell      
Assistant Comptroller Samantha Piercey      
ABE Registrar Jennifer Oates      
ABE Admissions Judy Davis      
Accounting/Payroll Techn. Candy Burke      
Accounts Payable Clerk Theresa Greene      
Executive Assistant Paula Welshman      
Webmaster Jack Barrett      
Campus Administration & Support Staff
Principal   Steve Browne Anita Fisher Colin Burridge
Vice-Principal   Natalie Whalen Elizabeth Campbell Mindy Finlay
Registrar   Angela Bennett Colleen Power Rose Hatcher
Assistant Registrar       Jennifer Brake
Stud. Support Coordinator   Barbara Ann Geehan Julie Yetman Charlene Blake
Employment Coordinator   Suzanne Jordan (Also Apprenticeship Coordinator)   Charlene Blake
Reg Campus Bus Office Supervisor   Andrea Walsh Andrea Walsh  
Student Financial Officer   Heather Nugent Crystal Crews Sherri Cassell
IT Manager     Neil Bolt  
IT Support   Rod Oliver Rod Oliver Shane Pelley
Administrative Assistant   Taylor Quinlan Melissa Oliver Connie White
Computer Support Specialist       Shane Pelley
Facilities Manager   Paul Henderson   Doug Osmond
Maintenance Manager   Wayne Young    
Maintenance Darren Bellows Brian Thoms David Fifield  Darren Bellows
Custodian     Paul Cumby Greta Stone (Daytime)
Brian Peddle (Evening)
Admissions Officer   Cleo Williams
Rianne McGrath
Cleo Williams
Rianne McGrath
Jennifer Waye
Admissions Officer/ Assessment: ABE     Judy Davis Robyn Jesseau
Admissions Coordinator   Patsy Trahey Patsy Trahey Gloria Stone
Registrar/ Financial Asst   NA   Jennifer Brake
Cafeteria Manager   NA   Debbie King
Cafeteria Assistant   NA   Jim Lao
Post-Secondary Instructional Faculty
Animal Grooming   Patsy Dredge    
Automotive Service Technician   Faron Penney    
Business Administration     Dennis Yabsley Carla May
Carpenter   Melvin Fry   Sherman Wheeler
Computer Aided Drafting     Terry Lucas  
Construction/Industrial Electrician   Roger Butler
William Hamlyn Mark Hollett
Keith Holwell
Roger King
  Cecil Kerr
Cook   Bernie-Ann Ezekiel    
Criminology     Sandi Burden
Julie Yetman
Paulette Burridge
Develop. Support Worker        
Esthetics& Spa Mgmt     Melanie Coates
Denise Etheridge
Cora-Lee Park
Hairstylist     Edith Parsons Sandi Palmer
Home Support Worker       Catherine Companion
Linda McCarthy
Insulator (Heat & Frost)   Gary Young    
Interior Decorating     Barry LaSaga  
Law Enforcement Found.     Glenn King  
Massage Therapy     Jayne Allingham
Amy Norris
Joanne White
Multimedia Graphic Des.     Lenny Vineham  
Music & Recording Arts     Kevin Pinhorn
Martin Steffen
Natural Resources     Bob Richard  
Occupational Health &
  Erin Hogan
Angela Mooney
Ron Sullivan
  Denise Burton
Jackie Swantee
Office Administration     Anna Janes
Mary Singleton
Linda Corbett
Tracey Humphries
Paralegal Studies     Stephen Squires  
Photographic Studies   Robert Young    
Physiotherapy Assistant     Mike Davis  
Plumber   Tony Snow    
Related Studies   Janice Butler
Donald Milley
  Bev Sheppard
Steamfitter/Pipefitter   Louis Hodder
Greg Saunders
  Tom Matthews
Therapeutic Recreation     Joanne Bennett  
Veterinary Assistant/Rec.     Natalie MacDonald
Jill Porter*
Heather Quilty
Judy-Ann Broaders
Welder   Max Searle
Greg Johnson
  Glen Hawkins
Adult Basic Education Instructional Faculty
Adult Basic Education Learning Centres
Natasha Abbott
Jonathan Bartlett
Bill Bennett
Jeff Butler
Kathleen Cull
Rachel Evans
Don Fitzpatrick
Marjorie Flowers
Don Hancock
Russ Hancock
Gerry Hapgood
Peter Heath
Chris House
Dawn Melindy
Larry Philpott
Jenelle Revells
Alisha Rose
Kyle Smith
Cheryl White
  Natasha Abbott
Jonathan Bartlett
Katie Corbett
Brian Davis
Train Grandy
Cassandra Hoskins
Brittany King
Ruth Wheeler
John Howell
Geoff Ivany
Robyn Jesseau
Steve Ledrew
Roger Thornhill

* - On leave.

Meet The Team - 7 Questions With...

Anita Fisher - Kenmount Road Campus "Principal"
I am from (hometown): Bonavista
My greatest education achievement: Bachelor of Arts Degree and Diploma in Adult Basic Education.
I have worked in my field for: 16 years
Something about me that might surprise you: I love playing golf and watching NASCAR.
My favourite television program is: Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.
During my spare time I: Read, play darts, crib, and sew.
My personal philosophy on Education: "If you are planning for a year, sow rice; If you are planning for a decade, plant trees; If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people." - Chinese Proverb

Judy Davis - Head Office "ABE Admissions/Assessment Officer"
I am from (hometown): Twillingate
My greatest education achievement: Bachelor of Education Degree
I have worked in my field for: 14 years
Something about me that might surprise you: I received 1st place in an arm wrestling competition while attending university.
My favourite television program is: Person of Interest.
During my spare time I: I like to walk, read and spend time with my family and friends.
My personal philosophy on Education: "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it" - Aristotle

Angela Bennett - Harding Road Campus "Registrar"
I am from (hometown): St. John's
My greatest education achievement: Diploma of Applied Arts in Office Administration Technology
I have worked in my field for: 1.5 years
Something about me that might surprise you: I love to laugh!
My favourite television program is: Criminal Minds
During my spare time I: Try to play pool, I’m still getting the hang of it..
My personal philosophy on Education: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

Mark Hollett - Harding Road Campus "Construction/Industrial Electrician Instructor (Entry)"
I am from (hometown): St. John's
My greatest education achievement: Interprovincial Journeyperson Electrician
I have worked in my field for: 14 years
Something about me that might surprise you: 4th Generation Electrician / Minor Hockey Coach
My favourite television program is: Hockey Night In Canada
During my spare time I: Enjoy the outdoors; Camping, ATV Riding, Fishing.
My personal philosophy on Education: “ If we want greatness to be more than a flash, we will need to share the secrets!”

Ron Sullivan - Harding Road Campus "Occupational Health and Safety Instructor"
I am from (hometown): St. John's
My greatest education achievement: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, University of Waterloo
I have worked in my field for: 15 years
Something about me that might surprise you: Seconded to the United Nations for several years on various training missions around the world, including Indonesia, Middle East and China
My favourite television program is: Seinfeld
During my spare time I: Gym, hiking, gardening and continuous education
My personal philosophy on Education: “ Learning is a lifelong pursuit, punctuated by periods of frustration, enlightenment and growth. Education empowers individuals to achieve higher levels of performance and increased satisfaction within their daily lives.”

Roger King - Harding Road Campus "Construction/Industrial Electrician Instructor (Advanced Blocks)"
I am from (hometown): Little Bay Islands
My greatest education achievement: Post Secondary Education Certificate
I have worked in my field for: Over 30 years
Something about me that might surprise you: I am an Amateur Photographer
My favourite television program is: Hockey Night In Canada
During my spare time I: Working out.
My personal philosophy on Education: "“ Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Chinese Proverb

Gary Young - Harding Road Campus "Insulator (Heat and Frost) Instructor"
I am from (hometown): St. John's
My greatest education achievement: Went back to university in my 40s.
I have worked in my field for: 20 years
Something about me that might surprise you: I kissed a live moose on the nose, collect bullets, hike and fish, zip lined, and did a luge in Snowbird Utah.
My favourite television program is: Mayday or "The Price Is Right"
During my spare time I: Live life to the fullest
My personal philosophy on Education: "“ There are few things more pathetic than those who have lost their curiosity and sense of adventure, and who no longer care to learn.” Gordon B. Hinckley

Mary Flynn - Harding Road Campus "Curriculum Assistant"
I am from (hometown): Corner Brook
My greatest education achievement: Finishing up my M.Ed. while working full time and having two kids under 5 at home!
I have worked in my field for: 15 years
Something about me that might surprise you: I lived in Bermuda for five years.
My favourite television program is: "House of Cards"
During my spare time I: Hang out with my family, ski, run, travel, and act as taxi driver and organiser of two busy kids!
My personal philosophy on Education: “ Let the students be their own champions, by being the teacher who is a guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. This ensures the students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions.”


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