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Brockville Campus

Doug Roughton
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.

Faculty of Applied Science - Kingston Campus

Robin Hicks
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science

Robin is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the Kingston campus and has responsibility for the School of Applied Science and Computing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Baccalaureate Nursing, and the School of Skilled Trades and Tourism.

Robin’s professional experience spans 25 years and she is passionate about making quality education accessible, helping students reach their goals and serving the needs of our communities in the Eastern Ontario region.  She has a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Carleton University and a Certificate in College Leadership and Management from the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development at the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining St. Lawrence College, Robin worked as a Senior Therapist for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.  Since that time, Robin has been a Professor, Program Coordinator, Associate Dean of Community Services and has been an active contributor to the college system in Ontario through work on many regional and provincial committees and working groups.  In the community, Robin serves as a Director on the Board of Kingston Home Base Housing

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.

Stephen Finnagan
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.

Barry Weese
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences

Biography coming soon.

Faculty of Arts - Kingston Campus

Elaine Armstrong
Dean, Faculty of Arts

Elaine Armstrong is the Dean, Faculty of Arts on the Kingston campus. The Faculty of Arts includes the School of Business, School of Community Services and School of Justice Studies and Applied Arts.

Elaine has been an educator for over thirty years in the secondary and post-secondary sectors, in three provinces, and internationally, including many years working in the Inuit region of Nunavik. Her work has included teaching, curriculum development, teacher training, administration and community development.

Her academic studies began at SLC, where she earned an advanced diploma in creative arts and continued in later years to include a Bachelor of Science (Biology), Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Senior Science), Master of Education (Curriculum Development), and Master of Business Administration.

Elaine came back to SLC as an Associate Dean in the fall of 2013 and took on the role of Dean, Faculty of Arts in fall 2016.

Dr. Shelley Aylesworth-Spink
Associate Dean, School of Business

Dr. Shelley Aylesworth-Spink joined St. Lawrence College as the Associate Dean, School of Business on the Kingston Campus in August 2017. Shelley is a dedicated post-secondary educator and leader with experience in educational administration, resource planning, strategic planning, budgeting, and  curriculum design and redevelopment. She has had a continuously strong focus on helping all students succeed, and has demonstrated an ability to bring out the best in people. Shelley holds an Advanced Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Public Administration, a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Originally from Kingston, much of Shelley’s career was spent at Queen’s University where her roles included: Director, Advancement Communications & Marketing; Director, Office of the Vice-Principal (Advancement); Director, School of Graduate Studies; Director, Communications & Planning, Student Affairs; and Coordinator, External Relations, Office of the Principal & Vice-Chancellor. Prior to coming to the College, Shelly spent two years in London, UK, where her work as Program Leader and Principal Lecturer in undergraduate degree programs has included responsibility for setting program goals and objectives, managing full time and sessional academic staff in a large undergraduate degree program, developing learning outcomes and curriculum that aligns with employment needs, teaching, and supporting the recruitment and retention of students. Her leadership resulted in the successful launch of an honours undergraduate program as part of the UK government’s goal to target underrepresented students.

Louise Chatterton-Luchuk
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.

Leslie Casson
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.

International Education

Don Young
Vice President, International Education

Don is the Vice President of International Education at the College, responsible for international student recruiting and support, international partnerships, student and staff exchanges as well as overseeing delivery of St. Lawrence College programs through partner institutions to international students in Canada and China.

Don is currently engaged in his second very interesting career. During his first career, Don served as an Air Force helicopter pilot, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in units in Germany, across Canada and on peacekeeping missions in Somalia, Haiti and Eritrea. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management and Policy studies, both from the Royal Military College in Kingston.

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.