Applied Science, Technology and Trades
Dean, Applied Science, Technology and Trades
Daniel Liao is a licensed chemical engineer and brings extensive private and public sector experience to his position as Dean, Applied Science, Technology and Trades at St. Lawrence College.
Daniel’s private sector experience includes many years in the biotechnology and biofuels industry in positions of increasing responsibility. In his former role with Mascoma Corporation as Pilot Plant Manager, he led cellulosic ethanol R&D and commercialization activities in Canada and the United States.
Daniel’s experience in higher education includes serving as Research Associate at the University of Toronto where he was credited for his work on the high-profile “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge”, an initiative launched and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop next-generation toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion most disadvantaged people in the world.
As an administrator and prior to joining SLC, Daniel held the role of Associate Dean, Magna School for the Skilled Trades at Sheridan College, where he provided strategic leadership to Sheridan’s skilled trades and apprenticeship programs in meeting the needs of employers and industry partners in the Peel and Halton regions of Ontario.
Daniel holds Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Engineering degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Daniel was named co-inventor on 4 patent applications and holds co-authorship on well cited peer-reviewed publications for technology related to the production of cellulosic ethanol.
Shannon L. Claggett, P. Eng.
Associate Dean, Applied Science and Computing
Shannon is the Associate Dean, Applied Science and Computing. 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.
Associate Dean, Skilled Trades
Stephen Finnagan is the Associate Dean, Skilled Trades. 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.
Health and wellness
Dr. Barb Le Blanc RN, PhD, MN
Dean, Health and Wellness
Dr. Barb Le Blanc is a highly regarded health care professional and nurse educator with over 35 years of experience in various positions such as staff nurse, Coordinator of Quality Improvement, Manager of Infection Control and Clinical Services Manager. In addition to her extensive health care related experience, Barb brings years of experience serving in the post-secondary education system, most recently as Associate Dean of the BScN program at SLC, and previously as a Professor and Coordinator in the BScN program at Algonquin College. In her role as Associate Dean, Baccalaureate Nursing, Barb was instrumental, along with the excellent BScN faculty, in the development of our BScN curriculum and the PEQAB and CNO approvals of SLC’s stand-alone nursing degree. Additionally, under Barb’s leadership, SLC’s BScN students consistently rank amongst the top hires in our communities and perform in the top percentile on the licensing exam.
Barb is a skilled researcher with a focus on student success, learner diversity in nursing education, and educational culture and experience. She is well known for her research Gender Performativity in Nursing; Men, Power and the Construction of the Ideal Nurse and has been invited to present her research nationally and internationally. An advocate for lifelong education, Barb has her BScN from the University of Ottawa, a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Southern Queensland, a PhD in Nursing from the University of Ottawa, she has attended law school and has completed SLC’s Leadership Development Program. Barb is future focused, working to expand both Nursing and Allied Health program offerings and enhance our interdisciplinary approaches to education.
Dr. Valerie Fiset
Associate Dean, Nursing
Val has been at St. Lawrence College since the fall of 2018, teaching in the BScN program, and providing support to the roll-out of our new SLC BScN program. Prior to that, she was a Coordinator (4th-year BScN), professor (BScN, PN and CE programs) and Academic Chair of Nursing Studies at Algonquin College. Val completed her BScN at Queen’s University and MScN and Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa. Her CIHR-funded Ph.D. research project was titled: “Nursing students’ use of guidelines for pain management in clinical practice - Context and influencing factors”.
Prior to her career shift to education, Val was an advanced practice nurse in palliative care and worked in variety roles and clinical settings in Ottawa and Montreal. Val is passionate about gerontologic nursing and finding ways to help develop the Long-term care nursing workforce and has partnered with the Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre and the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-term Care on a number of projects and initiatives.
Associate Dean, Allied Health
Barry Weese is the Associate Dean, Allied Health. 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.
Business and Community Services
Dean, Business and Community Services
Louise is currently the Dean, Business and Community Services. 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 has a Doctorate of Education (Higher Education Leadership) from Western University.
Associate Dean, 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.
Patrick has extensive experience as a business leader and entrepreneur across several industries. His 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 and boards 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.
Associate Dean, Community Services
Jamie joined St. Lawrence College Kingston Campus in 2016 as a partial load professor in the School of Community Services and Justice Studies & Applied Arts. In 2018, he moved into a full-time Program Coordinator and Professor role in the Mental Wellness and Addictions Worker Program.
Prior to joining SLC, Jamie had 20+ years of community-based experience across the lifespan continuum supporting children to older adult populations, their families and in collaboration with community stakeholders – both on the frontlines and in leadership roles.
Jamie is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. In addition to a Psychiatric Nursing Diploma from Douglas College, New Westminster, BC and a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Douglas College and Thompson Rivers University, BC, Jamie has completed a Professional Master of Education from Queen’s University focused on curriculum studies.
Jamie is passionate about engaging, teaching, and learning. His MEd fueled his desire to be pedagogically innovative and to seek opportunities to infuse Indigenous ways of knowing and being into his teaching.
Dean, Creative Industries
Doug is the Dean, Creative Industries and Brockville Campus. He brings more than 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.
Associate Dean, Arts, Media and Design
An educator for over 30 years, Les has served in both the secondary and post-secondary sectors in a variety of roles, focussing on teaching, mentoring, writing, and curriculum design. She is also an experienced editor 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 of experience working with students at Queen’s University. As a 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 Academic Manager of the Adult Upgrading program.
Her skills as a leader and communicator have enhanced her contributions to the community, college, and provincial initiatives. Her publications include a book for children, a writing guide for university students, and a variety of recordings—any of which can inform, entertain, or prop up a broken couch.
Interdisciplinary Studies and Pathways
Dean, Interdisciplinary Studies and Pathways
Richard holds a B.A. from Carleton University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Atlantic Human Rights Centre.
Early in his career, he held a variety of positions with both the federal government (where he was awarded the Deputy Minister’s Award for Humanitarian Excellence with the federal Department of Justice), and with provincial governments in both New Brunswick and Ontario.
Most recently, 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. Prior to his arrival at SLC he held the role of Associate Dean of the Department of Liberal Studies at Mohawk College where he was responsible for all General Education and Communication course deliveries and various access programs. He also 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).
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 the Canadian Apprenticeship Journal, and on a variety of Program Advisory Committees (PACs).
Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Studies and Pathways
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 School of Contemporary Teaching and Learning.
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, Global Learning and Partnerships
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 a certified Intercultural Development Inventory administrator