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Acevedo, Silvia

Silvia has over 20 years of experience in education and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After several years of teaching biology, she edited a series of Natural Science books Viva la Ciencia issued in Colombia and exported to Guatemala, Panama and Costa Rica. She also coauthored Enciclopedia Tematica, a Biology encyclopedia. Read more about Silvia . . .


Beckett, Carrie

Carrie Beckett is an accomplished leader in Human Resources with over 11 years of experience providing strategic alignment between operational initiatives and people programs. Working alongside the award-winning team at Elevated HR Solutions, she is committed to delivering value while creating a memorable experience for both the employee and client. Read more about Carrie . . .


Bellamy, Barbara

Barbara has worked in the records management, reproduction and reprographics field since the late 1980s. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and earned the Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation in 2009. This designation is rapidly becoming a mandatory requirement in many senior records management roles. Read more about Barbara . . .


Bewick, Bill

Bill joined the Canadian Army’s Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in April of 1963. He served in a wide variety of command and staff positions in Canada, the United States and overseas. In 1994 Bill organized and conducted a visit to a war zone in the former Yugoslavia with a group of artists from the Calgary area. Read more about Bill . . .


Bijak, Magdalena

Thanks to her multicultural background, Magdalena developed a passion for languages very early in life. Living within a blend of four different cultures and their languages – Polish, Italian, French and English - led her to cultivate this passion into a language teaching career. Read more about Magdalena . . .


Bhala, Thabani

Thabani joined the Chinook Learning Services team in 2013. He is a versatile Microsoft Applications facilitator with extensive training and consulting experience with various project management teams in and around Calgary. Read more about Thabani . . .


Blazek, Ron

Ron Blazek is a Journeyman Red Seal welder with 20 years of experience in the welding field. He has been a welding instructor with the Calgary Board of Education for the last 5 years. Read more about Ron . . .


Boyce, Travis

Travis Boyce is a Journeyman Red Seal welder with a B-Pressure ticket. He has spent 15 years working as a fabricator and welder in the construction of oil field equipment. Read more about Travis . . .


Breeze, John

John is a successful business owner. He grew his own Business Services franchise to become the #2 operation in Canada, with one of the lowest staff turnover rates and a reputation for exceptional customer service. Read more about John . . .


Burrell, Cathy

Cathy is an entrepreneur with 20+ years owning and operating a variety of businesses. After starting her own consulting business in 2011, she discovered that many small business owners have heard of social media, but have no idea how to use it to market and grow their businesses. Read more about Cathy . . .


Carlson, Joy

Joy Carlson has been an instructor at Chinook Learning Services since 1999. She teaches proofreading to the general public and to Corporate Training clients at their worksites and offices. Joy brings 30+ years of experience in the training industry to her teaching. Read more about Joy . . .


Clendining, Warren

Warren Clendining has been offering web design, technical writing and editing services as a consultant since 1994. He has provided web design, writing and editing services to oil and gas companies, software development companies, engineering firms, divisions of the Alberta Government, the City of Calgary, residential construction service companies and non-profit organizations. Read more about Warren . . .


Cutler, Herky

Herky Cutler wants people and organizations to break through barriers that exist in their lives in order to move forward and improve their individual and collective performance. He is an organizational consultant, professional speaker, corporate trainer, and author. Read more about Herky . . .


Craciunescu, Viorica

Viorica has been an ethics instructor with Chinook Learning Services since 2012. She holds a PhD in Philosophy and has studied in four countries. During her extensive teaching career, Viorica has taught a wide variety of courses to learners with a broad range of needs, knowledge, and cultural backgrounds.
Read more about Viorica . . .


Davalos, Fernando

Fernando holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Diploma of Academic Abilities from Mexican Universities. He was a titular professor of Architecture and Culture in Guadalajara City, Mexico for many years at ITESO University.
Read more about Fernando . . .


De Luca, Pamela

Pamela De Luca is a native of Italy. She was a high school teacher in Milano, where she taught Italian literature, grammar, geography and history. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Italian Language and a Master's Degree in Literature Sciences. Read more about Pamela . . .


Den Boer, Courtney

Courtney is an ambitious finance professional with over 8 years of experience in functional accounting roles and senior financial accounting positions. She has been involved with monthly forecasting, yearly budgeting, internal/external audits, policy compliance, training and full cycle accounting. Read more about Courtney . . .


Desautels, Janet

Janet Desautels (LL.B, B.A. Philosophy, B.A. Sociology) is a successful entrepreneur and adult educator with many years of experience and practice in communication and interpersonal skills. Janet acquired extensive corporate leadership experience in the insurance industry in Calgary. Read more about Janet . . .


Engel, Ana Cristina

Ana developed a passion for training and development during her work in Colombia as a human resources generalist for an American multinational medical manufacturing company. Together with family, she opened a training and development consulting company delivering courses and training in Colombia, Peru and Miami. Read more about Ana . . .


Fonger, Carrieanne

Carrieanne is a Feng Shui consultant and spiritual energy specialist with more than 35 years experience. A graduate of the Feng Shui Institute of Canada, and Nancy Santo Pietro and Associates Feng Shui Consulting in New York City, her background includes extensive training in Remote Viewing, Matrix Energetics and Usui and Karuna Reiki. Read more about Carrieanne . . .


Goerlitz, Tara-Lee

Tara-Lee became certified as an Emergenetics provider in 2014 when it was first introduced in Canada and received her Advanced Certification in 2015. "I was looking to add a science-based assessment to my toolbox. Emergenetics immediately caught my attention and I haven’t looked back!" Read more about Tara-Lee . . .


Hamilton, Kathy

Kathy started teaching Home Maintenance for Women in 1994 to share her vast experience in home repairs. At that time, she was a Journeyman Cabinet Maker and continued to work in the industry until 1997, when she went back to school to become a computer technician. Read more about Kathy . . .


Haslam, Doug

Doug is a full-time practising professional artist working primarily with wood. He designs and builds furniture for clients as well as creates functional and sculptural forms for galleries. He originally trained at the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design (SOCAD) and since then has spent the past 25 years trying to perfect both the art and the craft of what he does. Doug started teaching with Chinook Learning Services in 1992. Read more about Doug . . .


Jenson, Matt

Matt Jenson comes from a musical family but was a late bloomer. Growing up he took lessons in classical piano, classical guitar, cello, and other instruments but he never found anything to spark a love for playing music until he was given a banjo for Christmas by his grandfather. Read more about Matt . . .


Joodaki, Tayebe

Tayebe Joodaki is a visual artist who moved from Iran to Calgary in 2015. She studied painting with different mediums under the supervision of professional artists in Iran and had many exhibitions of her work there. She is a professional and passionate instructor with over 10 years of experience teaching art to adults. Read more about Tayebe . . .


Kahane, Jeff

Jeff’s teaching experience began in 1995 when he started teaching elementary grades at Andrew Sibbald School in Calgary. Knowing his own education wasn’t finished, Jeff returned to university to pursue a degree in law. He graduated as the silver medalist (second highest overall GPA in his graduating class) from University of Calgary Law School. Read more about Jeff . . .


Keen, Judy

Judy Keen began sewing at a young age. She was fortunate to have been mentored by a neighbour who was a Grades 6-8 Home Economics teacher. She attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a B. Sc. (H. Ec.) in 1969 with a major in Clothing and Textiles and a minor in Foods and Nutrition. She has continued to sew as a hobby for the past 50 years and began crocheting about 3 years ago. Read more about Judy . . .


Kolodnicki, Michael

Michael Kolodnicki is an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. His experience includes roles as an Investment Executive with TD Waterhouse, an Investment Executive with Scotia McLeod, and a Senior Manager with the international commercial insurance carrier, RSA. Read more about Michael . . .


Kyle, Dave

Referred to as "the Trauma Surgeon of Wood," Dave Kyle has been a cabinet maker and master wood finisher since 1996. He has worked in the specialty trades of antique restoration, cabinet and furniture alterations and design, project trouble-shooting and management, and master wood touch-up and repair. Read more about Dave . . .


Laba, Dan

Dan has been teaching art for Chinook Learning Services both in the credit and non-credit areas since 1977. He has taught courses over the years in sketching, sculpture, design, painting (oils, acrylics and watercolours), ceramics, stained glass, jewelry making, photography and video production. Read more about Dan . . .


Labbé, Michele

Michele received her Records and Information Management Certificate from Chinook Learning Services in 2002. She has over 18 years of experience working in information and records management for the federal government. Read more about Michele . . .


Lee, Bruce

Bruce is a strategist, speaker, productivity coach and MC. His passion is working with individuals and organizations to enhance their leadership and individual productivity. Read more about Bruce . . .


Lee, Robert

Robert Lee is a journeyman electrician with 11 years of experience, ranging from being a member of residential electrical crews to being an industrial foreman in the Fort McMurray oil sands. He was one of the first electricians in Canada to get CSA certified in solar power installations, and has worked on a wide variety of alternative energy projects across Alberta. Read more about Robert . . .


Lemieux, Heather

Heather is an experienced health professional with a passion for inspiring others to make responsible health choices. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology & Health Studies (majoring in Lifestyle Management) from the University of Regina in 2001. Read more about Heather . . .


Mahon, Judy

Judy is a seasoned instructor who has taught adult education for more than 30 years. Working with her hands and fabric has captivated her creative bent since she was a child. Her love of nature’s flora, gardening and hiking inspired her to further her creative talents. Read more about Judy . . .


Mak, Charles

Charles has taught metal and glass etching courses for Chinook Learning Services since 2009. More than a dozen of his business and woodworking articles have been accepted for publication in magazines in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Read more about Charles . . .


Martin, Suzi

Suzi comes from a musical family and began playing music at the age of 3.  She has taken up several instruments over the years and has been a finalist in the Calgary Folk Music Festival's Song Writing Competition twice. Read more about Suzi . . .


Massé, Dave

Dave Massé, born and raised in Calgary, is a journeyman welder. He has worked in the welding and supply industry since the 1960s and has been instructing welding (electric and oxy-acetylene) for over 35 years. Read more about Dave . . .


McKay-Panos, Linda

Linda McKay-Panos has a B.Ed., J.D., and LL.M. all from the University of Calgary. She started her career as a teacher for the Calgary Board of Education and then returned to university to study law. Linda articled at the Court of Appeal and Milner Fenerty before going to work at Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre (ACLRC), where she has worked for nearly 20 years. Read more about Linda . . .


McLennan, Ryan

Ryan McLennan is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA - external website). Internationally trained (Chemical Engineering - University of Minnesota), Ryan has completed the FE Exam and, more recently, passed the PE Exam for eventual American accreditation. Read more about Ryan . . .


Meadows, Heather

Heather Meadows is a soft skills coach and tele-management specialist who has been involved in the communication industry for over 30 years. Her career began as a telephone operator with Telus. Heather’s varied experience includes customer sales, customer service, program development and training in current communication technologies. Read more about Heather . . .


Moquin, Marc

Marc started teaching with Chinook Learning Services in 1997 and has been a full-time high school teacher with the Calgary Board of Education for more than 34 years. He also runs a small woodworking business making custom furniture and installing and manufacturing millwork. Read more about Marc . . .


Neumann, Erica

Erica Neumann has been a language teacher for over 10 years. She began teaching ESL in Germany after getting her BA from the University of Victoria in French and German. She obtained her Masters of Teaching at the University of Calgary with a focus on foreign language acquisition. Read more about Erica . . .


Nixon, Rosemary

Rosemary Nixon is a pre-eminent short story writer from Calgary, Alberta. Her stories have appeared in literary magazines across Canada and in numerous anthologies. Her short piece “Vampa Falls” won Grain Magazine’s International Short Fiction Competition. Read more about Rosemary . . .


Pauls, Vern

Vern got into the Forklift business in 1973, beginning as a forklift operator. He progressed through sales and now is a mechanic and trainer. He successfully completed Train the Trainer courses at NAIT to be able to instruct Forklift Training courses and has been teaching at Chinook since 2002. Read more about Vern . . .


Plesz, Karl

Karl has been providing training for more than 30 years, teaching productivity applications, computer diagnostics, use of various Internet resources, effective listening, and improvisation. His audience has covered the spectrum from absolute beginners to engineers and management. Read more about Karl . . .


Poon, Kim

Kim has worked for Chinook Learning Services as a Sign Language instructor since 2005. His classes reveal his instructional talent for the deaf world, reaching both the novice and the professional learner. Read more about Kim . . .


Pye, Eric

Eric Pye's background as a teacher, trainer, recruiter, manager and (for a brief time) job seeker has prepared him well for his current role helping designated accountants and accounting students find work and plan careers. Read more about Eric . . .


Price, Drew

Drew Price taught junior high school in Calgary for 10 years and then began working in training and education. In 1981, he founded his own company, Drew Price Seminars. Drew has taught internationally in 12 countries, including the U.S., Mexico, England, Europe, and the Middle East. Read more about Drew . . .


Readwin, Darlene

Darlene has been a corporate trainer for more than 20 years, developing and customizing courses for the corporate sector as well as for most of Calgary's post-secondary institutions. Read more about Darlene . . .


Reeh, Doug

Doug Reeh has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting and has been a Chartered Accountant since 1982. Doug has a diversified background.  He served in many capacities at the Canada Revenue Agency prior to retiring after 30 years. Read more about Doug . . .


Richter, Karin

Born in Germany into an artistic family, Karin has had a passion for painting since she was a child. She has been a professional artist for more than 20 years. Her subjects are varied and she enjoys working in watercolour, oils, acrylics and pastel. Read more about Karin . . .


Robb, Adam

Adam Robb is a teacher/program developer who believes that students deserve to have the chance to design solutions that will result in stronger, more resilient communities. He led his students in becoming the co-designers of the first self-sustainable modular classroom, the SEED project, which is now built and utilized by students in several U.S. states. Read more about Adam . . .


Roberts, Garth

Garth Roberts, Certified Speaking Professional, is an independent thought leader who inspires workshop participants to recogniz e blocks and identify opportunities for growth. Garth’s specialty lies in training participants in the art of simple and effective methods of leading, planning, communicating, and follow-up. Read more about Garth . . .


Roberts, Michelle

Michelle’s technical background is in fashion design. She studied at Kwantlen College in Richmond, British Columbia, and then worked in the design/pattern department in a factory in Edmonton. Read more about Michelle . . .


Romeo, Martha

Martha has an MBA with a major in tourism. Her high proficiency in languages together with her education have provided her with diverse opportunities around the world, working in Germany, Switzerland, Argentina, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Read more about Martha . . .


Rose, Simon

Simon is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature, West Redding, CT. His first novel for middle grade readers, The Alchemist’s Portrait, was published in 2003 followed by The Sorcerer’s Letterbox in 2004, The Clone Conspiracy in 2005, The Emerald Curse in 2006, Read more about Simon . . .


Rowlands, Joss

As an International Leadership Coach, Joss’s expertise is with people in difficult situations where good decision-making is essential and where the need for trust and credibility is paramount. Her innovative approach to problem solving gives leaders and managers the freedom to create meaningful change in their lives, both professionally and personally. Read more about Joss . . .


Rubens, Wilma

Wilma G. Rubens, B.Sc., Dip. Ed, is a Conflict Resolution Consultant, coach and author. She trained with the Conflict Resolution Network of Australia. Since 1991, she has taught conflict resolution and life writing courses with Chinook Learning Services. Read more about Wilma . . .


Rustebakke, Donna

Donna became interested in complementary health during 27 years of working with her husband in his dental practice. After her retirement, she found her passion in CranioSacral Therapy. She received her certification from the Upledger Institute at the Techniques level in 2004 and at the Diplomate level in 2010. Read more about Donna . . .


Sanford, Jennifer

Jennifer is an expert in strategic communications and public relations. As a Johns Hopkins graduate candidate in communications, Jennifer has helped organizations to raise their profile using community marketing, storytelling, social media, grassroots efforts and media relations. Read more about Jennifer . . .


Shantz-Keresztes, Linda

Linda Shantz-Keresztes holds both a Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Education (Curriculum and Instruction, School Libraries) from the University of Calgary. During Linda’s 30 years of teaching with the Calgary Board of Education, she has been a classroom teacher, teacher-librarian, district school library specialist, Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) teacher-librarian consultant and teacher/ instructor with Chinook Learning Services. Read more about Linda . . .


Shaw, Suzanne

A desire to learn French took Suzanne to Switzerland to live with a French-speaking family for a year. She then studied in a Francophone setting at the Faculté St-Jean at the University of Alberta, where she completed her Bachelor of Education degree. Read more about Suzanne . . .


Sidebottom, Kelly

Kelly Sidebottom is a journeyman welder, journeyman steamfitter/pipefitter and journeyman gasfitter. He spent 20 years working as a welder, pipefitter, and instrumentation mechanic in fabrication shops in Calgary, primarily in the construction of oil and gas processing equipment. Read more about Kelly . . .


Smith, Maureen

Maureen started making soap in 1995. After perfecting her methods, she started teaching natural soap making and formed her own company, which originated in her basement. Read more about Maureen . . .


Thrussell, Tina

Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than a decade. She is a Nia teacher holding a Brown Belt level of training (Nia blends the energies of dance arts, martial arts and healing arts). Read more about Tina . . .


Tischmann, Marion

Marion has been a language tutor from the time she was a high school student. Having a love of languages and different cultures, she pursued this path professionally and has been an independent language and cross cultural trainer since 2005. Read more about Marion . . .


Toghraei, Mohammad

Mohammad Toghraei has been involved in helping integrate new immigrants into their Canadian workplace since 2009. His willingness to help internationally trained engineers understand Ethics and Law - a crucial component to gaining a Professional Engineer designation from The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) - has earned him praise from the industry.
Read more about Mohammad
. . .


Vaillancourt, Lyne M.

Lyne is a results-driven professional educator/trainer with over 20 years of experience in management, training, accounting, taxes, leadership and communications. She has developed and implemented programs, office procedures, training manuals, cost accounting controls, and safety and strategic procedures. Read more about Lyne . . .


Valchi, Sandra

Sandra holds a teaching degree from Argentina with a specialization in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and certification as a court interpreter and translator. Although she has more than 20 years of experience, Sandra is a lifelong learner who continually upgrades her knowledge and skills. Read more about Sandra . . .


Vicente, Noel

Noel Vicente has extensive knowledge in process/project engineering having worked as an Engineer with Sulfur Recovery Engineering and Redline Engineering. He is now working with Sulfur Unit, part of Refining Community, and is also a Technical Consultant for Central Labs in Red Deer, Alberta. Read more about Noel . . .


Walker, Julie

Julie Walker began crafting wild teas and growing wild edibles in her garden in 2006. Over the years that she has worked as a certified guide, Julie has learned to identify prairie, foothills, montane, sub-alpine and alpine plants. Read more about Julie . . .


Wutzke, Ruthanne

Ruthanne has been a practicing human resources professional providing coaching and guidance to business leaders and HR teams for over 15 years in the energy, manufacturing, post secondary and financial sectors. Read more about Ruthanne . . .


 

 

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