Dean of Strategic Initiatives
250-635-6511 Ext. 5414
Carrie is an award winning experiential educator, cross Canada paddler and Kickass Canadian (yes, really!). With a PhD in Education, Masters in Experiential Education and undergrads in Outdoor Rec and Geography, Carrie aims to increase educative encounters in higher education, helping instructors to engage students in meeting themselves, others and the world.
To learn more see carrienolanphd.com.
Contact Carrie to look at learning outcomes, incorporate more experiential place based learning, chat challenges and if you really want to get her going, bring up epistemology!
250.635.6511 Ext. 5238
By trade Renna is a welder, earning her Red Seal from SAIT and the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board in 2005. She worked for the International Ironworkers Union in the field until 2008 when she was asked to be the assistant to the Apprenticeship Coordinator for Southern Alberta. In 2010 she became the first female apprenticeship coordinator in Canada and only the second in the International Union. She returned to Northern BC to be with family and to work at the Kitimat Modernization Project.
In 2014 Renna took a part time job with Coast Mountain College as a welding instructor for the Introduction to Trades program. She has worked in various departments around the College and in August of 2018 took the position of administrative assistant to Carrie Nolan and the COLT team. Today she assists with the day to day logistics and coordination of the department. As someone who was born and raised in the area, and is now raising her family here, she appreciates the value of integrating our unique environment into education and creating adventurous pathways for the members of our communities and abroad.
Learning Transformation Specialist
250-635-6511 Ext. 5234
The seeds of my career in learning began as a restless student, gazing out the window, longing for adventure… and the recess bell to ring. During this time, my curiosity and desire to explore and learn was often cultivated outside of the traditional classroom. It wasn’t until after high school that I realized learning was bigger than my restless self had first encountered.
My journey in post secondary education began with a diploma in Ski Resort Management, was furthered with an undergrad in Outdoor Leadership and an MA in Environmental Education and Communication. Formal education helped to shape a strong foundation in experiential learning. And with this learning grew an openness to seeing educational possibilities both inside and beyond our classrooms with four walls.
Vocationally, I have previous global and diverse experiences teaching and facilitating groups, working with at-risk youth, and working toward positive social change. When I am not on the clock, I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy baking bread, biking, hiking, skiing, and questing to make and enjoy a perfect cup of coffee.
Learning Transformation Specialist
250.635.6511 Ext. 5340
Tracey has been working in higher education for 19 years in Alberta and BC.
Her areas of interest include: Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) Open Educational Resources (OER), Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and emerging technologies. Tracey has worked with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, UNESCO and the University of Qatar, onsite in Doha, Qatar. She has an MEd from Athabasca University and a BA in International Studies from UNBC.
Learning Transformation Specialist - Trades & VC
250.635.6511 Ext. 5430
Nicki has been an educator for over 26 years. Her career thus far has been rich and varied, including being a hike guide, swim and lifesaving instructor, math and science teacher. K-12 school administrator, education professor, instructional designer, researcher and consultant. She considers herself an educational generalist but specializes in math pedagogy, technology (including VC), competency-based evaluation, and instructional coaching. Nicki always promotes innovation and experiential and place-based learning when working with teachers and students. She believes that the most important parts of teaching are the teacher and the mind and motivation of the learner.
There are three things that Nicki can't live without - running, wilderness (preferably mountains), and travel. When not trying to improve education, you will find Nicki somewhere in the world, on top of a mountain or competing in an ultra-marathon. She hails from Australia and still speaks with a funny accent, but is Canadian to the core.
250.847.4461 Ext. 5816
Daphne Shaed has an extensive background in computers and technology. She explores robotics, AI, and automation with her skills in programming, electronics, and 3D printing. As well as keeping up to date on bleeding edge tech in industry and its potential applications, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and volumetric display. Aside from tech she loves cats, mathematics, and puzzles.