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College Executive Bios

Glenn Vollebregt

President and CEO

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Glenn Vollebregt began his tenure as the President and CEO of St. Lawrence College in 2013 with a strong student focus and commitment to student success, academic excellence and leadership in our communities. In addition to a broad and diverse range of senior leadership experience in the private sector, municipal government and higher education, Glenn holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of London (UK), a Certified Public Accountant (CPA, CMA) Designation and a Business Diploma from Georgian College. In addition, Glenn recently earned the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Formerly serving on the inaugural Sustainable Kingston Board of Directors, Glenn is passionate about the ongoing success and development of his community. He currently serves as member of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) Board of Directors and in addition, serves as Executive Member and Secretary/Treasurer of the Colleges Ontario Committee of Presidents, Chair of the Colleges Ontario Audit Committee and member of the OCAS Board of Directors.

If you follow Glenn on Twitter you will know he is passionate about the student experience at St. Lawrence College and ensuring success of all of our learners. He is dedicated to the leadership role the College plays in our community and the importance of our students and graduates to our region.

Glenn believes in health and wellness, is a passionate cyclist, runner and tennis player and practices yoga. An avid reader, Glenn ensures that he finds quality time to spend with his family, one of his most important priorities.

Eileen De Courcy

Senior Vice-President, Academic

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Eileen De Courcy began her role as Senior Vice-President Academic at St. Lawrence College in November 2018. A senior academic leader with experience in both the private and public sector, including secondary school, apprenticeship, college, university and executive education settings, Eileen is passionately dedicated to education, lifelong learning, academic excellence and student success.

Eileen’s leadership of the academic division is demonstrably committed to a deliberate focus on the development and delivery of strong, effective programs resulting in measurably high levels of student satisfaction and professional success. She is also committed to creating learning environments that reflect the best elements of faculty expertise, industry/ community partnerships, and the use of emerging technologies to position St. Lawrence College as a preeminent teaching and learning institute.

Eileen is currently pursuing a PhD in innovation in teaching and learning from the University of Toronto. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education Administration from Central Michigan, a Bachelor of Education from Brock University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Theatre from Guelph University.

Eileen enjoys presenting to international audiences on a variety of topics related to teaching and training, curriculum, professional development and innovation in 21st century learning practices. She enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, hiking and travelling.

Kathy O'Brien

Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Communications & Advancement

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Kathy O’Brien is the Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Communications and Advancement. She is responsible for leading the overall strategic and business planning for SLC in collaboration with the academic division and other senior administrative staff. Kathy has oversight for strategic enrolment management, the registrar’s office, student recruitment, marketing and communications, government relations, alumni engagement and advancement activities, and community engagement.

Kathy has broad experience in leadership roles in both the private and public sector. She held the position of Associate Vice-Principal (International) at Queen’s University. In this role, she was responsible for the university’s overall international strategic direction and relationship building across the globe. Through integrated planning and consensus building, she successfully introduced new academic and research partnerships, increased international student mobility, and collaborated on increasing international alumni engagement strategies. Her previous roles during her 16 years at Queen’s included roles in Advancement and the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). She started her career in the executive search business in Toronto and was the Director of Search Operations for the global firm Odgers Berndtson.

Kathy is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Master’s of Public Administration (Management) and she has a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Linguistics from Carleton University. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE), the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

MICHAEL cOOKE

Vice-President, Students Affairs

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Michael Cooke served as Vice President Academic at Loyalist College (interim) in Belleville from August 2019 to July 2020. From 1994 to 2012, he held a variety of positions at George Brown College in Toronto including Dean of the Centre for Health Sciences and Community Services, Vice President Academic and Vice President Advancement. Prior to joining George Brown, Michael was Executive Director of several non-governmental organizations including the Christian Movement for Peace, the Ecumenical Forum of Canada, the Canadian Association for Adult Education and Canadian Crossroads International.

Since 2012, he has completed a range of assignments related to strategic planning, organizational development and fundraising for clients in a range of community and education organizations. His clients have included Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church (Toronto), The Spire (Kingston), Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, Fleming College (Peterborough), The Council of Ontario Universities and Colleges Ontario and Lennox and Addington County. 

Michael holds a doctorate in theory and policy in higher education from the University of Toronto as well as a Master’s degree in French literature from the l’Université de Touluse and a Bachelor of Education, also from the University of Toronto. 

In 2007, Michael and his youngest daughter cycled from Vancouver to Toronto and in 2012, he cycled from Kingston to St. John’s. Both trips raised funds for student bursaries at George Brown College.

He is the proud dad of five children and loves to spend time with his eleven grandchildren. Michael lives on a small farm near Sydenham.

Chris Garnett

Vice-President, Human Resources and Organizational Development

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Chris has close to 20 years of experience working within and improving complex HR systems, and building relationships with union partners. Chris has developed and led high-performing teams and his prior experience includes serving as the Director of Pharmacy Operations and Regional HR Director for the Ottawa and Greater Toronto Area at Rexall Pharmacy Group.

Chris completed his Masters in Business Administration and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management at Athabasca University, and holds an Advance Healthcare System Leadership Certificate from Rotman University, as well as a Workplace Mental Health Leadership Program Certificate from Queen’s University. Chris is a committed life-long learner who values professional development and he is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). His passion for positive change management is reflected in the fact that he is Black Belt – Lean Six Sigma certified, and he has demonstrated his commitment to team growth and innovation through initiatives at the hospital and in the community.

Chris is also no stranger to SLC. As a proud graduate of our Business Administration Diploma – Accounting program, Chris also teaches in the Business Admin HR program focusing on Canadian Labour Economics.

Chris joins our exceptional team of HR and OD professionals who will continue to excel as they work together to support SLC faculty, staff, and students. He will be leading initiatives designed to help us continue growing as an engaged, diverse team equipped to succeed.

Shelley Aylesworth-Spink

Vice-President, International Education

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Shelley Aylesworth-Spink began her role as Vice President International Education at St. Lawrence College after serving as Associate Dean in the School of Business at SLC. Shelley is passionate about intercultural communications, internationalization and student success. Her academic and research background involves the study of global disease outbreaks through the interdisciplinary lens of communications, cultural studies and science and technology studies.

Shelley taught and provided academic leadership at the University of Westminster and University of West London, both located in the UK. Her professional background has involved leading public relations in the private sector and broad public sector including four Director-level positions at Queen’s University, leading teams in the Communications & Planning, the School of Graduate Studies, Office of the Vice-Principal Advancement and in the Advancement, Communications & Marketing offices.

Shelley holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and Master of Public Administration, both from Queen’s University, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of West London (UK), BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo, Diploma in Print Journalism from Loyalist College and a Higher Education Academy Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (UK).