Program and Schedule
CAPLA’s recognition of prior learning (RPL) Boot Camp is for the brave, strong and disruptive innovator who wants to improve the way we acknowledge learning in Canada!
Can you imagine a better process to recognize and assess transferable skills and competencies? Can you re-think the way you advise immigrants, job-seekers, older workers or adult learners looking for meaningful work and appropriate training in Canada? Can you make time for someone to tell their life and learning story? Can you visualize the impact of assessing a person’s knowledge, skills and abilities with greater confidence, reliability and fairness?
If you are an immigrant serving organization and work with refugees and immigrants who may not have access to authenticated formal credentials, this Boot Camp is for you. If you are an occupational body or academic institution looking for reliable and rigorous ways to assess competencies against occupational or academic standards, this Boot Camp is for you. If you are a career development practitioner who provides job search and employment counselling to newcomers, the unemployed or underemployed in your community, this Boot Camp is for you. If you are working on more effective recognition systems that will benefit end-users and other stakeholders, this Boot Camp is for you.
The recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a fundamental component of lifelong learning. Adults develop skills and competencies after leaving school and the labour force needs skilled workers! So seize this opportunity to make a difference in your hiring, advising, educational and regulatory processes, based on quality-assured learning recognition practices and pan-Canadian guidelines.
THE BOOT CAMP PROGRAM
Day 1 is a general session for all participants. Day 2 will feature a variety of workshops and you may select the ones that have particular appeal.
- Overview of adult learning, RPL/prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) and current Canadian and international RPL trends
- Crash course on the fundamentals of, and advances in, RPL practices and assessment tools
- Introduction to CAPLA’s RPL Quality Assurance MANUAL
- Pan-Canadian RPL guidelines
- Six RPL Steps
- Self-audit checklists
Workshop topics on Saturday will include (but not be limited to) quality practice in certification programs, competency mapping, adult learning principles, career transitioning, RPL tools, centres of RPL excellence, workplace-focused RPL, competency frameworks, alternative careers for immigrants, RPL for veterans, and improving RPL candidate success.
CAPLA will be using the RPL Quality Assurance MANUAL (2015) to inform the Boot Camp’s program activities and outcomes.
Director General, Integration-FCRO
NHQ - Integration-FCRO
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Government of CanadaCorinne first joined CIC almost 8 year ago as the Director General of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO). She has served as the Director General for Integration Branch and the FCRO with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) since January 2013, a role that has expanded her connections to settlement
Between October 2007 and December 2008, Corinne was the Director General of the Labour Market Integration Directorate at HRSDC, responsible for the work of the Foreign Credential Recognition Program, Labour Mobility, the Going to Canada Immigration Portal, and the Skills and Labour Market Information Division (National Occupational Classification system, occupational information and Essential Skills research).
Corinne graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa in 1985 and received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary in 1991.
Corinne grew up in northern Saskatchewan and now makes her home in Chelsea, Quebec, with her two children.
College Professor of Adult Learning and Mentoring
SUNY Empire State CollegeCo-editor of Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out (PLAIO) a scholarly online journal devoted entirely to the recognition and assessment of prior experiential learning.
Research Review for Boot Camp: Around the world in 20 minutes
Alan Mandell is College Professor of Adult Learning and Mentoring, and was during the years 2008-2009, the first Susan Turben Chair in Mentoring at ESC. For more than three decades, Alan has served as administrator (associate dean [1987-1992] and associate dean/director [1992-1997]), mentor in the social sciences (from 1975), and director of the college’s Mentoring Institute (1997-2007). He edits the journal, All About Mentoring and is also co-editor (with Nan Travers) of the on-line journal, PLA Inside-Out. Alan regularly makes presentations at conferences and trainings on adult learning, mentoring and experiential learning and has served as a consultant/reviewer on many projects. With colleague Elana Michelson, he is the author of Portfolio Development and the Assessment of Prior Learning (two editions); with colleague Lee Herman, he has given many presentations and written essays and book chapters on adult learning and mentoring, including From Teaching to Mentoring: Principle and Practice, Dialogue and Life in Adult Education. His ongoing writing on adult learning with ESC colleague, Xenia Coulter, includes a recent chapter, “Rediscovering the North American Legacy of Self-Initiated Learning in Prior Learning Assessments” that is part of the recent edited volume, Open Learning & Formal Credentialing in Higher Education (2016). Among other awards, in 2009, Alan was honored by the City University of New York with an Alumni Achievement Award and by the Adult Higher Education Alliance with the Eugene Sullivan Award for Leadership in Adult Higher Education. He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001), the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Services (1991) and the Excellence in Mentoring Award (2000).
Adult Learning and RecognitionGail’s background has a focus on the adult learner (ie all of us), and developing quality systems to support the recognition of all forms of learning; whether in education & training, the workplace or career exploration. She has worked extensively with educational institutions, delivering professional
Gail has experience with post-secondary institutions in the development and delivery of RPL training in person and online, nationally and internationally. She has facilitated both the Foundation and the Advanced PLAR/RPL courses which are part of the Recognition of Prior Learning Practitioner Certificate Program of Red River College in Winnipeg. Part of this work in RPL is emphasis on the importance of tools and resources needed to build and support a quality system of RPL.
Past RPL Facilitator
Red River College
Deb Blower has been extensively involved in the implementation of quality Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) practices and systems for over 30 years. Deb recently retired from Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology (RRC) where she was the RPL Facilitator for many years. In this capacity, she
Deb has presented at numerous conferences and delivered RPL training workshops and courses at the international, national, provincial and local levels for educators, business, government and other organizations. She has contributed to the development of PLAR/RPL practitioner competencies, chairs CAPLA’s RPL Standards Working Group and was a subject matter expert on the RPL Quality Assurance Steering Committee for CAPLA’s recent RPL QA project (2013-2016) and publication-Quality Assurance for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Canada- The MANUAL (CAPLA 2015).
Deb has served on many provincial and national committees/organizations related to RPL and currently serves on CAPLA’s Board of Directors. She has contributed to a number of RPL projects and research in partnership with other institutions and organizations from across Canada.
Deb has spent most of her career as a “hands on” RPL practitioner with key skills in the implementation of RPL systems, the assessing and advising functions and in facilitation of RPL practitioner training. She believes successful RPL practice is rooted in respect for all types of learning (i.e. formal, informal and non-formal learning). She is a passionate advocate for advancing quality RPL practices and systems and for continuous lifelong learning.
Tourism HR Canada
Philip has worked on labour market projects for 25 years, and has been with Tourism HR Canada for 20 of those years, assuming the role of President of the organization in March of 2015.
Philip has worked with foreign governments, pan-global organizations,
Currently, Philip is an advisory member of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University. He is a Board member of the Events Management Body of Knowledge (EMBOK), an international group tasked with facilitating global standards of practice. Philip is a technical advisor to INSSO (International Network of Skills Sector Organizations) concerning methodologies for setting competency (industry) standards. Philip is a past Board Member of the Canadian Association of Prior Learning Assessment.
Advising/Career CounsellingMark Gallupe
Professor and RPL Advisor
Mark Gallupe is a professor/program coordinator in the Social Service Worker Program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario.
Over the years he has worked closely and extensively with his colleagues Paul Zakos and Rose Marie Reid on many
Mark is a PLAR/RPL Advisor and Assessor at Loyalist College and a PLAR/ RPL Assessor with Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. For over twenty five years he has attended and presented at the Annual PLA Conference in Belleville.
Public PolicyAnn Marie Lyseng
Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) Secretariat and Learner Pathways
Ann Marie Lyseng is an Alberta educator who is currently the Senior Manager for the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) Secretariat and Learner Pathways within Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education. Ann Marie has a Master of Education in
Professor and RPL Advisor
Creating conditions for RPL to flourish.
Director and Project Manager
World Education ServicesWES Refugee Pilot Project Update: testing an Alternative Credential Assessment service that is designed to improve credential recognition and prevent “brain waste” among people from distressed countries.
The Ontario Association of Adult & Continuing Education School Board Administrators (CESBA)We can use this manual in many ways including to support learners to transition to Post Secondary Education
Guidance Dept. Head
Waterloo Catholic District School BoardWe can use this manual in many ways including to support learners to transition to Post Secondary Education
Professional Development Coordinator
Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AISSA)AAISA is presently using the RPL QA Manual to guide a self-audit to ensure that AAISA’s Settlement Practitioner Certification processes meet the national standards established by CAPLA.
Learning AgentsCAPLA is partnering with CanCred.ca to provide eCredentials (an Open Badge) for learning acquired at the CAPLA Boot Camp.
Friday, October 14
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(last update: December 8, 2016)
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Presenters: Alan Mandell
In this workshop, we will discuss and share ideas about how to move from our daily RPL/PLA practices to developing plans for and carrying out research regarding what we do and what we learn as practitioners. We would like our time together to really focus on the kinds of questions, problems and issues we all confront every day in the field so that we can begin to imagine a research agenda that will, in the end, also enhance our practice.
Presenters: Frank Vandenburg
For many organizations doing RPL or competency assessment today there are new challenges, such as:
In this session Frank Vandenburg, Vice-Chair of CAPLA, and Robert Smart of VAMERTIC will present a possible solution. Robert will demonstrate how VAMETRIC’s online system can support all aspects of the recognition and assessment process while Frank identifies how the system's features and functions align with CAPLA’s recommended practices and guidelines. In addition they will discuss how the system can permit organizations to provide assessment and recognition services more efficiently, more effectively and in a more diverse environment, while simplifying documentation and ensuring quality.
Presenter: Jennifer Bertrand
The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) has adopted competency-based assessment to create a modern, objective, and defensible process for evaluating the skills and knowledge of qualified technology professionals in the province. One of the key elements of this new assessment model is a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Portfolio to provide applicants without formal academic training or applicants who cannot produce academic documentation with a means to demonstrate theoretical knowledge in relation to national benchmarks for technology education in Canada. The workshop will explore ASET’s competency-based assessment model, with particular emphasis on the PLAR Portfolio, and how ASET used the 2015 Quality Assurance Manual published by the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment to evaluate its new processes.
Presenter: Selene Wray
Saskatchewan Polytechnic has been doing RPL for many years and has well-established policies and processes. So how can CAPLA's Quality Assurance MANUAL be of use in a post-secondary education setting like ours? I went to the 2015 CAPLA conference to find some answers to that question and can now provide an overview of how our institution has begun integrating pieces of the MANUAL into our current RPL processes, in the interests of continuous improvement. For example, I will compare and contrast the MANUAL's 6-steps for quality RPL with Sask. Polytechnic's 10-step process and share how the MANUAL can be used in other ways, to not only validate and improve current practice, but to advocate for the creation of new RPL within an organization. All this will be done through the eyes of an RPL newcomer, as I highlight some of my brief yet meaningful experiences as a facilitator at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Presenter: Mary Pierce
agreement is the first of its kind in Ontario, allowing McDonald’s
employees who have completed the McDonald’s Management Development
Program Level 2 (MDP), to complete a 2-year Ontario College Business
Diploma in as little as 1-year.
Presenters: Denis Gravelle
Internationally Educated Professionals’ skills transferability and competency matching is key for their successful transition to alternative careers. Seneca College received Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Internal Trade (MCIIT) funding to investigate IEP access to alternate career pathways by recognizing prior learning, which would assist immigrants in securing employment and contributing to the economy of Ontario. Our goal is to improve the foreign qualification recognition and transition of IEPs into Ontario’s labour market by:
Presenters: Elizabeth Nicholas, Trenton Military Family Resource Centre; Sandy Novroski, Loyalist College; Priscilla Tremblay, Trenton Military Family Resource Centre
Elizabeth Nicholas, Sandy Novroski, and Priscilla Tremblay
For over 6 years the
Trenton MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre) has been offering
Portfolio Development Courses designed specifically for the unique needs
of the military community. What started as an enhanced employment
support offered to military spouses has now been adapted for working
with military members who are medically releasing from the Canadian
Presenters: Chantale Lemay
Evaluations within the
context of a recognition of acquired competencies (RAC) process are
conducted in relation to a program of study. However, given that the
evaluations are centered on competencies that have been acquired through
personal or professional experiences, it is essential to develop
evaluations that take these different types of learning into
Presenters: Kara Finney, WPLAR / Workplace Education Manitoba; Lindsay Laidlaw, WPLAR/WEM
Employers need an effective way to confirm that a worker’s skills and knowledge are appropriate to the needs of their workplace in a way they can trust. Conversely, individuals need an efficient and effective way to clearly show that they are capable of performing in the workplace to the levels required. RPL philosophy and practice integrated into a workplace-focused skills recognition strategy can support the needs of both workplaces and workers (existing and future) by providing a valid process for identifying and giving value to an individual’s ability to apply essential knowledge and skills against identified workplace competencies. Any thought given to workplace-focused RPL though must take into consideration fit for purpose. Opportunity and need provide direction and the ability to implement dictates the type and level of support provided. The approach taken and tactics used must be systems-based and include a well-thought out plan to operationalize any response - large or small - to successful implementation. The Workplace Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (WPLAR) Committee was established in 2001 as a business, labour and government partnership providing leadership for work-focused RPL in Manitoba. WPLAR has a long history of supporting the integration of RPL across a continuum of need and model response. Recent activity builds on this foundation‚ strengthening opportunities, increasing responsiveness and enriching foundational knowledge and expertise. This workshop provides an opportunity to learn more about WPLAR’s latest projects, how the QA MANUAL can be integrated and the lessons learned along the way.
Presenters: Nigel Lloyd
Respiratory Therapy is
regulated in 8 provinces with 11,250 practitioners. In 2014 the
profession began a self-financed fundamental revision of the competency
profile developed in 2011. CamProf was engaged to prepare the new
profile for the National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory
Presenters: Charbel Mourad
In 2014, the ministère de
L’Education et de l’Enseignement supérieur du gouvernement du Québec,
put in place a network of Centres of Expertise for RAC (CERAC). The
network is comprised of four French School Boards and an English School
Board associated with the Centres that have developed a particular
expertise in the field. The CERAC network supports RAC consultants and
managers on matters pertaining to RAC.
Presenters: Emily Lewis
This BC Government-funded pilot project was delivered by Immigrant Services society of BC, North-Pacific and CamProf. Employment is arguably the most significant recognition of prior learning. The session presents a bundle of support to individual newcomers for the psychological transition to accepting an unintended career, and necessary steps in identifying and pursuing alternative careers:
Presenter: Andy Brown
Competency-based education and adaptive learning are rapidly gaining popularity. They make great sense on paper, but what do they look like in reality? The use of recognition of acquired competencies at Champlain College has allowed Transportation and Logistics services to align both. This study shares the collaborative experiences in the design and implementation of a LMS facilitated approach to partial training (gap filling) and online assessment. The online course design uses individualized pathways, targeted resources, automated emails, self-assessment activities, and formative and summative authentic assessments to evaluate candidates’ competencies. Champlain has found a way to not only enrich the learning experience and motivational levels of candidates, but also be a great deal more efficient pedagogically and administratively.
Presenters: Kevin Wainwright
Kevin Wainwright, PhD
In 2012 BCIT appeared
before the senate sub-committee on veteran transition to report on an
alternative advanced placement and prior learning approach, known as the
BCIT Legion Program. As a result Employment and Social Development
Canada funded BCIT to develop a national network allowing the BCIT model
to be adopted by post-secondary institutes across Canada. The result
has led to the development of a recognition of prior learning tool known
as the “N-APPL portal.”
Presenter: Bessie Carydis
The Canadian Society for
Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) is the national certifying body and
association for medical laboratory technologists and assistants in
Advisor – Transportation and Logistics
Champlain CollegeAndy coordinates the Transportation and Logistics Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC) services at Champlain College in Montreal.
After 25 years of teaching he is still fascinated by the teaching/learning interface. Presently he is studying for a Master’s degree in Education and believes that education is
Director of Certification and Prior Learning Assessment
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory ScienceBessie Carydis is Director of Certification and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). She holds a CSMLS Advanced Certification in Diagnostic Cytology (ART), a bachelor degree in Health Administration & Health Services Management (BHA) and a Masters in
In addition to diagnostic microscopic interpretation, served as Adjunct Professor at the Michener Institute; appointed by an order in council by the Government of Ontario to the Transitional Council of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario; and served as and assessor for the College of American Pathologists accreditation process and Ontario Laboratory Accreditation Assessor and Team Leader.
Commission scolaire de la Beauce-EtcheminEducational consultant at the Beauce-Etchemin School Board since 2005, responsible for the recognition of acquired competencies (RAC) from 2005 to 2014. Expert advisor for the Centre of Expertise for the recognition of acquired competencies (CERAC) since 2014. Expert for designing specific instrumentation for RAC since 2012. Chantale has a Baccalaureate Degree in Psychoeducation, Sherbrooke University, 1990.
Lester B. Pearson School BoardCoordinator at the Lester B. Pearson School Board, responsible for several projects and a team of seven professionals. Sessional lecturer at the University of Sherbrooke for courses on Quebec’s educational system and the recognition of acquired competencies. Expert Advisor for the Ministry of Education Centre’s of Expertise for RAC (CERAC) representing the nine
CamProf Inc.Constance Lim is a consultant in the areas of skills development, labour mobility, foreign qualification recognition, and international human resource development. She has conducted research for federal and provincial government and completed many assignments for national associations, business, and non-profits in these areas. She has developed many tools and resources for both newcomers and employers
Chair of Continuing Education and Training
Seneca CollegeDenis Gravelle is the Chair of Continuing Education and Training at Seneca College where he leads Academic Program Teams in IT, Engineering and Technology. He is also responsible for Employment Services, IEP Bridging Programs, Government Projects, and Corporate Training. Denis has previously worked at Humber and Fanshawe College leading adult education, online
Senior Program Manager, Foreign Qualifications Recognition
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
Province of British ColumbiaEmily Lewis, CPA, CMA, has worked for the BC Public Service for 9 years, the last two of which have been in foreign qualifications recognition. Her career has included project management, policy development, public education, an awful lot of work on consumption taxes,
Elizabeth Nicholas Employment & Education Coordinator, Trenton Military Family Resource Centre
Elizabeth Nicholas is the Employment and Education Coordinator, HR Support for the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre. She combines her natural passion for empowering
Priscilla Tremblay Employment & Education Assistant, Military Family Resource Centre
Priscilla Tremblay uses her strong interpersonal and administrative talents coupled with her bilingualism to assist Elizabeth within the role of Employment and Education Assistant. A strong advocate for the military community, Priscilla has recently attained her Advisor and Assessor Certification and has been credited with taking a hands-on approach with many of the program offerings including Portfolio Development sessions.
Sandy Novroski Second Career, PLAR Advisor, Transfer Credit Coordinator, Loyalist College
Sandy Novroski is a dedicated Loyalist College employee of over 30+ years. Currently in the role of Second Career, PLAR Advisor, Transfer Credit Coordinator, Sandy has Social Service Worker and Accounting Diplomas. A driving force in partnering with the Trenton MFRC’s Portfolio Development program, Sandy is a subject matter expert and she has met with numerous participants seeking to have their learning assessed and recognized for academic credit. Fully bilingual, Sandy’s talents for making people feel appreciated and supported makes her an invaluable part of the team.
Liz and Sandy met during Portfolio/PLAR Advisor and Assessor Training in 2010 and developed a quick bond in their love for helping others succeed. Steadfast in their belief and commitment to portfolio and PLAR over the past 6 years, Elizabeth, Sandy and most recently Priscilla have facilitated a number of Portfolio Development Sessions for Military Spouses. In 2015, the Trenton MFRC was named as one of 7 Veterans Family Services Pilot sites. In attaining this privilege, Employment and Education services were enhanced to cover Military Members who are Medically Releasing. Realizing the success brought about by Portfolio Development sessions of the past, the curriculum was enriched for this population. An agreement was created to build a formal partnership with Loyalist College which was announced at the 2015 Fall SCAN (Second Career Assistance Network) session at CFB Trenton. In seeking to have 8 participants join our premier session, we had 14 attend. The feedback was incredible and currently a formal MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is under review to bring both the Trenton MFRC and our steadfast partner, Loyalist College together.
CAPLAFrank Vandenburg has worked in Education, Marketing/Communications and Technology for over 20 years. From conceptual designs for online PLA self-assessment tools, and the NB Credit Transfer Portal, he served as the Associate Director of the Council on Articulation and Transfer of NB and the NB PLAR Action Group. Currently Vice Chair of CAPLA Frank is also the Executive Director, Citizen Engagement for the NB Health Council.
IMPACT Project Coordinator, Highlight Communication
ISSofBCA former Vancouver employment counsellor, Gwen Pawlikowski, M.A., develops learning tools to help newcomers achieve their employment goals in Canada. Her accomplishments include assisting professional newcomers to communicate their own success stories in resumes, interviews and eportfolios. This communication specialist has also produced three
Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)Jennifer serves in a leadership, liaison, and advisory role to manage the certification, registration and professional practice of applied science, information, and engineering technicians and technologists in the province.
Jennifer is a Certified Association Executive with 12+ years
Jennifer is a student at Athabasca University (AU) where she is completing a second degree. She is a recipient of the AU Academic Leadership Award for contributing to leadership and the local community via volunteerism and active participation in extracurricular cultural activities.
BCITJustine is a graduate of the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in Human Resource Management. She is the Program Administrator for the BCIT Legion Military Skills Conversion Program which is designed to help Canadian Armed Forces members accelerate and advance their civilian career. In this role, she is responsible for assessing the
Director of Operations
Workplace Prior Learning and Recognition (WPLAR)WPLAR – a non-profit organization - was established in 2001 as a business, labour and government partnership to provide a focus for industry-based RPL in Manitoba. Over its long history, WPLAR activity has covered a range of need and model response supporting the integration of RPL philosophy and practice into
After completing a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Kara began a career that spanned from Manufacturing Engineering to Logistics and finally to Operations Management. Working for well-known companies such as 3M, FedEx and Peller Estates, she gained extensive workplace knowledge, experience and a systems-based approach that she has been able to apply to her present position. The past six of her 23 years of work have been with WPLAR where she has been able to guide and support the conceptualization, development and implementation of workable RPL responses that benefit the both workplace and the individual.
In addition to WPLAR, Kara is also the Director of Operations for Workplace Education Manitoba (WEM) and Essential Skills Manitoba (ESM).
CEO and Registrar
College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO)Kevin Taylor holds an MBA specializing in Strategic Management in the Health Care Industry.
Beginning his career as a practicing clinician both in Canada and abroad, Kevin has explored a diverse path in health care. Through positions ranging from the bedside to the boardroom, he has developed expertise in
BCITKevin Wainwright, PhD is the director of the BCIT SITE Centre, which carries out research in human capital. He created the Advanced Placement and Prior Learning Program, which assists veterans and reservists in transitioning to civilian life. Since 2010 APPL has been expanded to include First Responders, McDonald’s Managers, mature students and trades-to-degree.
In 2012 Kevin appeared before the Canadian Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs as a subject matter expert. This resulted in the development of a national program. The program is known as N-APPL (National Advanced Placement and Prior Learning) with twelve partner institutes from across Canada.
CAPLALeah has studied and worked in the domain of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for over15 years. She completed her doctoral studies at McGill University in the area of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and globalization. She has obtained mastery certificates in the area of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and as an evaluator of PLA from the Council for
Leah is currently an education consultant and teaches part-time in the Department of Education, Concordia University, Montreal.
Chair, Lawrence Kinlin School of Business
Fanshawe CollegeMary has held her current position as Chair of the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario since 2007. She has been innovative and tireless in her efforts to build a dynamic and thriving business school, resulting in a 93% increase in student enrollment and the development of 14 new programs over that time, including the launch of four new Bachelor of Commerce Degrees in the School.
Mary has been a leader in the development of online education, international exchange programs for students, pathway opportunities and community partnerships. She was the Chair of provincial ONCAT transfer project for business programs in Ontario as well as Chair of the Ontario Heads of Business. 2016 In June Mary was recognized with a Leadership Excellence Award by Colleges and Institutes Canada.
Mary has extensive community involvement and enjoys spending time with her family at the Beaver Valley Ski Club as well as travelling to France to visit her two young grandchildren whenever possible.
CamProf Inc.Nigel’s interests: competencies, professionalism, professional development / regulation, occupational standards, assessment, qualifications / open badges, learning through experience, recognition of prior learning, quality, cultures, refugees, migration, qualification frameworks, international project design / management, employability of older workers.
After 13 years as civil engineer on rural development projects in Kenya, Indonesia and Bangladesh, he became a development specialist, setting up Cambridge Professional Development (CamProf) in 1994.
Nigel helped develop the UK’s competency-based National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) system, and has promoted the uptake of occupational standards (competency profiles) for business and professions, across Europe and Canada. He is both Canadian and British.
VAMERTICRobert left the British Army after 9 years service and became lead Assessor and Verifier for BMW /Rover Group. During this time, he developed the worlds first e-portfolio’s and APL assessment tools over 20 years ago and now provides some of the worlds largest companies with advanced APL, APR and Competency based solutions.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic (SIAST)Selene has a liberal arts degree from the University of Calgary and a Master’s Certificate in Organizational Leadership. She is currently a graduate student at the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business, University of Regina. Prior to joining Saskatchewan Polytechnic last year, she was responsible for student-centred supports that addressed the needs and concerns of student transitions, engagement and
British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) School of BusinessIn her current role of Program Administrator at British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) School of Business, Sonia manages the Advanced Placement and Prior Learning (APPL) Program for Mature Student. She also created and manages BCIT’s First Responder Career Development Program.
Her interests are in the areas of human capital, adult education, and recognition of non-formal and informal learning and education. Sonia’s formal education includes a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration majoring in Human Resource Management, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Education with a focus in Adult Learning and Education at UBC.
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Phone: (902) 422-1886 or 1-877-731-1333
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Email: Conference Secretariat