Dean, Brockville Campus and Continuing Education
Doug is the Brockville Campus Dean. He brings, over twenty-five years of Academic Leadership experience as the former Program Coordinator and Professor of the Hotel & Restaurant Management and Tourism Management Programs at the College. Industry background includes a career in Hotel Management. Doug holds a B.A. from the University of Guelph.
Dean, Cornwall Campus
Richard held the role of Associate Dean, Mohawk College where he was responsible for all General Education and Communication course deliveries and various access programs. Amongst his notable accomplishments, Richard introduced a new indigenous credential, a new graduate certificate in Digital Humanities, and led and completed task forces on Math Strategy (2018) and Literacy Strategy (2019).
Previously, Richard served as the Executive Director, Research and Programs with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) where he was responsible for managing research projects dealing with Student Services, Teaching and Learning and Graduate Enrolment Expansion, as well as a major research project on Work Integrated Learning that involved 14 Ontario colleges and universities.
Richard has also held a variety of positions with both the federal and provincial governments in which he was responsible to lead a variety of investigations and research projects.
Richard has authored or co-authored nearly two dozen publications and edited several collections. He has taught more than 100 courses at colleges and universities ranging from General Education electives to graduate level offerings. He has served on the Editorial Board of theCanadian Apprenticeship Journal, and as an External Associate with the University of Waterloo’s Centre for the Advancement of Co-Operative Education, as a Program Advisory Committee (PACs) member for several different college programs, and currently serves on the PAC and for a Master’s degree in Education.
He held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship, a postdoctoral fellowship at the Atlantic Human Rights Centre, and was awarded the Deputy Minister’s Award for Humanitarian Excellence with the federal Department of Justice.
Richard holds a B.A. from Carleton University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.
Faculty of Applied Science - Kingston Campus
Shannon L. Claggett, P. Eng.
Associate Dean, School of Applied Science & Computing
Shannon is the Associate Dean, School of Applied Science & Computing at the Kingston campus. She has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, a degree in Adult Education from Brock University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Yorkville University, as well as numerous Leadership Certificates, including two from St. Lawrence College. She has been an Associate Dean at St. Lawrence College since 2007, and previous to that she was the coordinator and a professor in the Civil Engineering Technology program at St. Lawrence. Shannon is deeply involved in the community and sits on a number of boards related to the renewable energy, environmental and engineering fields as well as a number of sporting organizations.
Prior to joining the College, she was a consultant with Dillon Consulting for over 12 years in both Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario. During her time in Ottawa, she assisted in establishing an environmental engineering program at Algonquin College, and was a Professor within the department. Shannon also worked for a number of years after graduating from engineering with a construction management/quality assurance firm that provided experiences across Canada. Shannon has been involved with varying projects and locations from the far north of Canada to the Caribbean.
Dr. Barb Le Blanc RN, PhD, MN
Associate Dean, School of Baccalaureate Nursing (Tricampus)
Barb joined St. Lawrence in 2017 as the Associate Dean of the School of Baccalaureate Nursing.Barb was initially a graduate of Algonquin College’s diploma in nursing and now holds a BScN from the University of Ottawa, a Masters of Nursing from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Ottawa.
Barb is a registered nurse with over 30 years of career experience in the Eastern Ontario region. She has held positions as staff nurse in various units and has held leadership and management roles such as Coordinator of Quality Improvement, Manager of Infection Control and Clinical Services Manager. She comes to us from Algonquin College where, for 9 years, she was a Professor and Coordinator in the BScN program working at both their Pembroke and Woodroffe campuses. She currently has a joint appointment with the University of Ottawa School of Nursing. Her research focuses on student success, learner diversity in nursing education and educational culture and experience.
Associate Dean, School of Skilled Trades and Tourism
Stephen Finnagan is the Associate Dean, School of Skilled Trades and Tourism at the Kingston Campus. He is a Master Electrician, a Red Seal Construction and Maintenance Electrician with Electronic Controls and Blue Seal endorsements, an Industrial Electrician, a Mechanical Technician, as well as a qualified Network Cabling/Fibre Optic Technician, and a Fire Alarm Technician. Stephen has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Queen’s University, a post-graduate certificate in business research, and is currently a doctoral candidate with Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Business School and conducts research in managing joint ventures in education.
Stephen joined St. Lawrence College in 2016, and has ten years construction experience and over thirty years of diverse training, education and work experience in apprenticeship and trades that includes extensive experience as a Professor and Coordinator of apprenticeship and post-secondary programs. He has held the position of Manager of Apprenticeship and Contract Training, Academic Chair of Electronics and Electro-Mechanical Studies, Head of Apprenticeship, and Manager of International Partnerships at Algonquin College. Stephen also spent two years in Alberta as Dean of Business and Enterprise at Medicine Hat College. He has held additional roles such as, provincial chair for curriculum development, member on the Canadian Electrical Code, and lead for international training projects in Asia, India and the Middle East, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Alliance of South East Alberta.
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences
Barry Weese is the Associate Dean for the School of Health Sciences at the Kingston campus. As a dedicated college educator for over 15 years, Barry has been a part-time professor in the Biotechnology program at St. Lawrence College and full-time Health Sciences professor at Georgian College. During his time at Georgian College he taught courses in Nursing, Pre-Health, and Massage Therapy and is a recipient of the Georgian College Teaching Excellence Award and Board of Governor’s Team Award. Barry also served in a variety of leadership positions at Georgian College including Coordinator of the Pre-Health Sciences program, Health and Wellness Curriculum Chair, and program quality lead.
In 2015, Barry returned to St. Lawrence College and held progressive faculty and management roles in curriculum renewal, program design, and new program development in the School of Contemporary Teaching and Learning. During this time, he assisted in the development and renewal of college programs ranging from certificates through degrees. Most recently, he is exploring new program delivery modalities and launched a Personal Support Worker program utilizing a ‘living classroom’ model of experiential learning.
Barry is a member of the Queen’s Family Health Team Advisory Board and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Queen’s University where he completed primary research in the fields of biochemistry and enzymology.
Faculty of Arts - Kingston Campus
Dean, Faculty of Arts
Associate Dean, School of Business
Patrick is no stranger to the SLC community, which he joined in 2014 as a part-time faculty member teaching Computer Applications and later Management Science and Operations Management in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. In 2017 Patrick joined the School of Business as a full time faculty member and Program Coordinator.
Patrick’s SLC accomplishments include the successful launch of the new Business Analytics (BA) Graduate Certificate Program, which has become one of Canada’s most sought-after Graduate Certificate analytics programs. Additionally, Patrick serves as host of the very successful annual Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Conference.
Patrick has extensive experience as a business leader and entrepreneur across several industries including: Engineering, Automobile, Banking, Insurance, Consulting, Technology, Analytics, and Education. Prior to joining SLC, Patrick held various progressive roles at Empire Life, most recently as Manager of Group Underwriting, New Business, Amendments and Analysis.
Patrick’s academic accomplishments include a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Arts Degree in Economics, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Patrick has served on several committees including Sustainable Kingston, the Data Analytics Working Group, City of Kingston Workforce and In-Migration Strategy Board and the Afro-Caribe Community Foundation, Kingston. He has volunteered with the United Way KFL&A and in his spare time, he enjoys watching movies with his three children and playing drums.
Associate Dean, School of Community Services
Louise is currently the Associate Dean, School of Community Services on the Kingston Campus. Louise has held progressive tri-campus management roles since arriving at SLC in 2010 beginning as the Manager, Professional Development and Training, then becoming the Associate Director, Learning and Development before taking on the role of Associate Director, Centre for Contemporary Teaching and learning. Prior to coming to the College, she worked in the nonprofit sector as a management consultant where she led projects of national and provincial scope on behalf of nonprofit sector clients and government agencies. Her understanding of the nonprofit sector labour market needs and realities provide useful insights to ensure our students are prepared for jobs in the sector. Louise is currently a board member for Kingston Literacy & Skills as well as a member of numerous internal and external college committees. Louise’s educational background exemplifies her passion for lifelong learning. Her formal credentials include an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Trent University, an M.A. Integrated Studies (Educational Studies) from Athabasca University and she is an Ed.D. (Higher Education Leadership) candidate.
Associate Dean, School of Justice Studies & Applied Arts
An educator for over 25 years, Les has served in both the secondary and post-secondary sectors in a variety of roles, focusing on teaching, mentoring, writing, and curriculum design. She is also an experienced professional editor, author, and musician.
Les holds a B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. from Queen’s and a B.Ed. from Western. She joined the SLC community in 2007, following over twelve years’ experience working with students at Queen’s University. As a SLC faculty member, Les taught in a wide range of programs — including Behavioural Science Technology, Music & Digital Media, and Instrumentation & Control Engineering — and served on the Board of Governors as Faculty Representative. She was also Program Coordinator for General Arts & Science, and most recently, the Academic Manager of both General Arts & Science and the SLC Adult Upgrading programs.
Her skills as a leader and communicator have enhanced her contributions to community, college, and provincial committees and initiatives. Her publications include a book for children, a writing guide for university students, and a variety of recordings — any and all of which (she proudly asserts) can inform, entertain, or prop-up a broken couch.
School of Contemporary Teaching & Learning
André Léger, M.Ed., M.A.
Associate Dean, School of Contemporary Teaching & Learning
André is the Associate Dean of Contemporary Teaching & Learning which has tri-campus responsibilities in Brockville, Kingston, and Cornwall. In his role, he provides strategic oversight to the Centre for Contemporary Teaching and Learning as well as the online programs that are offered at the college.
André’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Art (Sociology), Master of Arts (Sociology), and Master of Education (Post-Secondary Studies). Prior to his appointment as Associate Dean, he worked as an Instructional Designer, Faculty Member, Curriculum Developer, Manager of Hybrid/Online Course Design, and was the Lead Social Researcher for a company that focused on student engagement. This combined experience has given him a strong appreciation for the relationship that exists between curriculum design and meaningful learning experiences.
His passion for contemporary education and technology has also led him to promote teaching strategies that help transform learners into active digital citizens.
Ining Tracy Chao
Associate Dean, International Education
Ining Tracy Chao joined St. Lawrence College in 2016 as the Associate Dean of International Education. Her portfolio includes all international programs offered by our affiliates in Canada and China, and the English as Second Language programs at the College.
Ining has been involved in developing online and blended educational programs for over 20 years. She comes from a background of curriculum and learning design, particularly in international and intercultural contexts. Cross-border education and intercultural teaching and learning is Ining’s passion and lifelong pursuit. She has played a leadership role in transforming classroom into a place where cultural diversity of the teachers and students thrives. Her expertise includes culturally inclusive teaching and intercultural competence development. She also uses bilingual (Chinese and English) Storytelling to promote multilingualism and global citizenship.
Ining has a BA in Library and Information Studies from National Taiwan University, MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University and the Certificate of Intercultural Studies from University of British Columbia. She is currently conducting her doctoral research at University of Victoria, focusing on faculty development in intercultural education.