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About The Royal Alberta College

The Royal Alberta College (RAC) is an Indigenous backed, volunteer-based, non-partisan, not-for-profit, industry-led, post-secondary vocational training school. The school was created through the guidance, support and leadership of professionals from various occupations including survivors of residential schools and those that represent marginalized groups. The RAC offers accredited diploma programs, short-course certificates and career and life-skills training.

The RAC mandate is to create education and training pathways that allow forward progress towards reconciliation by enabling equal access to affordable, accessible, high-quality education to any person that wishes to learn. 

The process of enabling equal access to high-quality, affordable education has been created through the RAC’s core group of highly skilled professionals that volunteer their expertise to create programs in conjunction with industry leaders.

The RAC and industry stakeholders collaborate to create solutions through education, mentorship, job training and guidance in a non-confrontational, culturally sensitive, inclusive and supportive environment. Our industry partners value the importance of creating equal access to education without barriers to enable better representation within their industry of qualified and trained individuals, that will include those that represent marginalized groups; including individuals from lower socioeconomic brackets, Canadians that identify as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Colour [BIPOC], Newcomers, Refugees, Women, racialized and any other underserved community that requires support.

Collectively through our partnerships we will eliminate the effects of “adverse impact,” and fulfill employment shortages with trained and qualified people through our self-funded, self-sustaining Educational Ecosystem and Knowledge Hub, we wish to better enable our wonderful country.

The Royal Alberta College fully acknowledges that we are on and work on the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We honour the ancestry, heritage, and gifts of the Indigenous Peoples and give thanks to them and strive to give back to them.

The Royal Alberta College Team

The Alberta Licensee has gathered a group of highly skilled individuals that will provide guidance to the College on a volunteer basis. The Boards priority is to enable the mandate of the college, “Enabling equal access to affordable, high-quality, accessible education to all Canadians without barriers.”

These volunteers are termed as Governors, and will provide their recommendations to the College, the president, admission and other staff on an as needed basis for the best interest for the college and its learners.

These volunteers are here to assure that the relationships with the institution’s president, The Alberta Licensee and with the Government of Alberta (which occurs primarily through the Minister) serves to help the institution fulfill its mandate and its obligations within the Alberta Post-Vocational Act (PVA).

Any questions pertaining to policies, admissions, or tuition should be addressed to The Office of The Registrar. The Registrar’s Office is a web based (online) office and can be reached by email at Registrar@Alberta.College

Board of Governors

DR CROWFOOT, CO-CHAIR

Dr. Deb Crowfoot is a part of the bloodline of the renown, and historical peacemaker and warrior Chief Crowfoot (1830 – 25 April 1890) or Isapo-Muxika (Blackfoot Issapóómahksika, “Crow-big-foot”)of the Siksika First Nation [1]. Dr. Crowfoot is the second First Nations Dentist to practice in Canada, and the first within Western Canada. He is one of ten children, whom obtain multiple degrees and many notable accomplishments. The family and him are featured in a formal documentary “The Crowfoot Dynasty” created by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) that is available in public libraries throughout Canada detailing the contributions  and historical legacy of the Crowfoot family in Alberta and across Western Canada.[2]

He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University (BYU), in Provo, Utah; Then finished his doctorate degree from one of the top dental schools at that time in the United States, University of Washington. Upon graduation Dr. Crowfoot realised his goal was to protect and care for the oral health of others and increase a persons happiness by enhancing their self-esteem, self-worth and confidence by creating beautiful smiles for those that may not receive any medical attention at all. He undertook this initiative by relocating to Tuscon, Arizona to further his training then returned to Alberta, Canada and opened a clinic on the Siksika Nation Reserve. IN Support of Dr. Crowfoot, the Siksika health centre constructed a state-of-the-art dental clinic,[3] after building smiles in Siksika, Dr. Crowfoot enhanced the dental clinics of three more clinics in Onion lake, Maskwacis and Saddle lake with a total of 10 Dental Clinics on First Nations Lands, becoming Canada’s largest service provider to First Nations in Canada.

Dr Crowfoots lives the entrepreneurial spirit, at an early age; while attending dental school he started his own business in painting houses to support his family and costs incurred for his education. Then after graduating and success of his clinics While practicing dentistry at the Maskwacis Health Centre, he started a medical device manufacturing company, not only did he stimulate the local economy by creating employment opportunities, he also provided orthotics for those whom suffer from the side effects from diabetes, neglect, and illness that impair healthy feet.

Further to this successful dental career, Dr. Crowfoot is an active businessman, he was one of several investors to bring a professional basketball team the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Energy [4] he is co-funding “Apps for life” a series of free mobile device apps that help the users in understanding their health and well-being, he is the co-chairman of Outgrown My Stuff Dot Com, free online marketplace to buy, sell, trade or giveaway children’s items; and resources, including medical and educational advice from accredited professionals. In his pursuit for educating the future, Dr. Crowfoot sponsors scholarships for non-profit organizations including the Canadian Aboriginal Science & Technology (CAST) and other scholarships that with assist aboriginals in obtain an education within the health industry.

BALWINDER SINGH, CO-CHAIR

Mr. Balwinder Singh is the first elected Union President of East-Indian decent in North America. He provided more than thirty-seven years of service as President/Business Agent of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 569 for more than 2000 members, and later was a founding member of the Collation of Unions that collectively represented almost all City of Edmonton Union Employees. He has worked with more than nine City of Edmonton Mayors, dozens of City Councils, several City Managers and other City leaders.

As a labour leader he forced changes within laws that allowed many people to become elected into political offices, that otherwise could not have run for office, many of those that did run, won and have reached many other levels of government in Canada.

This experience, combined with more than 40 years of direct experience in applying skills for a fair and amicable solution within mediations, grievances, conflict resolutions, in the fields of labour, health, workers compensation and education will benefit all invested parties within the college.

JENNFIER CAROL, B.Ed.

Mrs. Jennifer Carol is worked for the family business that was established by her grandfather, Western Educational Activities Ltd., this family operated business provided support to the School Boards’, teachers, parents and many students within Edmonton and in Alberta. Jennifer then carried the Wacowich name for another generation by teaching in the Edmonton Catholic School Board as a Kindergarten teacher.

Jennifer attended University in the United States, at the Oldest Degree-granting institution in Memphis Tennessee on a full Athletic Scholarship and won a NCAA GOLD Medal in Women’s Soccer. After graduating magna cum laude “with high honors” from Christian Brothers University, in Memphis Tennessee; Jennifer taught grade four within the inner city of Memphis, TN at Snowden School.

In Canada, Jennifer has taught within the Edmonton Catholic School Board for 12 years as an elementary school teacher, teaching kindergarten for Blessed Kateri, Grade One for St. Gerard, Reading Specialist for St. Vladimir, and Grade One and Reading Specialist for St. Mattews. Previous to those positions she taught at Falcon Ridge Elementary School for the Calgary School Board and was a substitute teacher.

She has also worked as a certified personal trainer and  coached many groups of children in the sport of soccer.

Dr. Monica Chahal

Dr. Monica Chahal is a highly skilled educator with more than 10 years of experience within teaching in post-secondary, and secondary education institutions, research and studies and more than 10 years of experience in teaching grades 7  to 12. 

Dr. Chahal has worked in many diverse and marginalized communities including at Westminster City School, in London, England and taught within the Edmonton Public School Board and has contributed to many committees and papers that include topics within equity, inclusion, diversity, multi-culturalism and anti-racism.  Dr. Monica Chahal is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education – University of Alberta Editor, and contributes to the Alberta Science Education Journal (Alberta Teachers Association) Presently Dr. Chahal is teaching science courses at Edmonton Centre High School.

  • Doctor of Philosophy University of Alberta Curriculum Studies Edmonton, AB.
  • Master of Arts UCL: Institute of Education Policy Studies in Education London, U.K.
  • British Qualification Teacher Status University of Goldsmith London, U.K.
  • Bachelor of Education University of Alberta Edmonton, AB
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental University of Alberta and Conservation Sciences Edmonton, AB

LT. VIKESH MALHI P.Eng.

Mr. Malhi was a Project Manager (Geomatics) with Stantec while serving our country as a reservist in the Canadian Forces for the past 11 years. He is an active member in the Canadian Forces and continues his role as an Intelligence Officer.

Mr. Malhi is an accredited member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta; graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Geomatics Engineering and then completed a Degree in Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Royal Military College of Canada/Collège militaire royal du Canada.

He is happily married, and is a proud father of two school age children, Mr. Malhi is actively involved in the community, and at church, and always lends a hand to those in need.

DET. WILLIAM COUNTRYMAN

William “Bill” Countryman was appointed to the board of governors in 2019 he brings forth so many great qualities.  Mr. Countryman is an understanding, compassionate and approachable person who exemplifies a great work ethic.

When Mr. Countryman was a young teenager, he started the path to take his passion for Golf to become a formal career; at the age of thirteen, he started the long process to become a Golf Professional at the prestigious Highlands Golf Club in Edmonton; and then graduated from Grant MacEwan College with a Diploma and Certificate of Achievement.

Mr. Countryman shifted his career, (yet will always continue to participate in golf) and serves as a Detective within the Edmonton Police service, and has been active for sixteen years.

This multi-faceted and demanding job has allowed Bill to build many rewarding professional relationships across the law enforcement community in Edmonton, Province of Alberta and across North America.

In addition to his work, Bill volunteers his time as a community league board of directors and is responsible for the sports programs in the community, which include Soccer and Baseball. In addition to this role to his community, Bill also serves as a director with the local soccer (football) association and is an active coach and volunteer with his children’s soccer teams, which is a year-round commitment. When Bill does have free time he enjoys camping, golf, downhill skiing, and travelling with his family

THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR

The Office of The Registrar is is held by Prof. Parminder Singh, any questions pertaining to policies, government and industry relations, admissions, or tuition should be addressed to The Office of The Registrar. The Registrar’s Office is a web based (online) office and can be reached by email: perry@alberta.college. To learn more about the Registrar please visit his LinkedIn page: 

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION TEAM

The Royal Alberta College Digital Transformation team consists of highly skilled volunteers. These volunteers are essential for the migration and creation of our online educational delivery system; these individuals in collaboration with the Office of The Registrar will create the core system that will enable all of our services to be delivered online. This integration and migration will enable equal access to high-quality, affordable education without barriers to our Treaty Partners and all marginalized communities.

MARYANNE HENDERSON

Sr. Technical Advisor and Curriculum Designer

MURRAY RICE

Digital Migration Lead

DAN POON

Team Lead Advisor

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ADVISORS

The RAC’s Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) mission is to enable an open, equal and free society by making education affordable and accessible. The department of EDI is led by a core group of volunteers that are community leaders, they provide RAC with perspectives on how to enhance opportunities for those that represent marginalized groups; including individuals from lower socioeconomic brackets, LGBTQ2+, Canadians that identify as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Colour [BIPOC], Newcomers, Refugees, Women, racialized and any other underserved community that requires support.

Kondeh Mansary BA

Advisor

Mr. Mansary is the founder of BTB Acadmeny and Co-founder of Right 2 Succeed.

Kassim Khimji

Advisor

Kassim offers the RAC and the department with many invaluable perspectives.  He is a coach and agent to professional athletes.

Jaya Panwar, MBA

Advisor

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Pius Ishiekwene

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International Student Recruiters

The Royal Alberta College does not use 3rd party recruiters, or agents. Each of the individuals listed below are Canadian Citizens that are volunteers that have official capacities as formal recruiters for specific regions throughout the world. They manage recruitment from Canada, and conduct all interactions online through web based interactions. 

Irayna Tallas, BE.d

Spain, Japan

Eddie McGuire

Philippines

Ivan Ferreira, BA.

Brazil, South America

Gianni D'Andrea

Italy, Spain

Simon Trela, LLB

Iran & Middle East

Grant Advisors

Matt Cromier Ph.D

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Ted Naylor Ph.D

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International Student Advisors

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Jesse W. Downey

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