Susan Forseille, Chair
As the Director, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) at Thompson Rivers University, 22-years as a career-educator, and an enthusiastic researcher, Susan Forseille has been privileged to work in, and conduct research around, multiple intersections of career development, prior learning, and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Education from Thompson Rivers University, and is currently completing her PhD with the University of Leicester. Susan is a passionate PLAR advocate believing adult learners acquire great amounts of knowledge and skills through life and work experience.
Justine Arsenault, Vice-Chair
Justine Arsenault is a Program Planning Analyst with BCIT’s SITE Centre and responsible for assessing the knowledge, skills and experiences of adult learners and advising them on educational pathways based on the APPL method. She also manages the BCIT Legion Program, providing prior learning assessments as well as career development and transition support to Canadian Armed Forces members.
Anita Handregan, Treasurer/Secretary
Anita’s portfolio includes over 20 years of experience in both private and public education across North America, where she has served in faculty, as an instructor and faculty development coach, and senior leadership roles. She currently serves as the Director of Program Standards and Assessments for the Industry Training Authority, the crown corporation that leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. In this role, she leads the departments responsible for setting the program standards and issuing credentials for all skilled trades in BC. In her previous position as Regional Vice-President for a leading private education company, Anita was responsible for overseeing the career services and industry relations offices for over 31 campuses across North America for four distinct school brands. In addition, Anita has held the roles of Dean of Students, Campus Director, Program Director and Director of Career Services, successfully transitioning four schools into the largest successful private post-secondary college in Canada. In the public education system, she has served in administrative roles at both Simon Fraser University and Langara College. She brings extensive experience in the management of campus operations, curriculum development and review, as well as accreditation and compliance. Throughout her career, she has always focused on the critical importance of connecting educational outcomes with industry needs to achieve student success and build a skilled workforce. Anita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Adult Education and Human Resources Studies from Colorado State University.
Lori Woods, Director
Lori is a recently retired faculty member from the Douglas College, Disability and Community Studies Department. Over several decades Lori worked on a variety of prior learning assessment and recognition projects with MCFD, Centre for Curriculum Transfer and Technology, Multi-lateral Task Force on Training, Career Pathing and Labour Mobility, Open Learning Agency, Susan Simosko, and Associates and BC Campus. Lori also co-developed the unique “Flexible Options” Recognition of Prior Learning and Top-Up Learning model that was used with practitioners in community, education and employment support work settings who were seeking public post-secondary credentials.
Maribel Pabico, Director
Maribel Pabico is a Program Planning Analyst with the BCIT SITE Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Business Administration from BCIT, and is currently working on completing her Software/Programming Certificate as part of the Coding for Veterans program through the University of Ottawa.
Maribel currently manages the National Advanced Placement & Prior Learning (N-APPL) program, the national extension of the BCIT Legion Program. Maribel works with partners of the N-APPL consortium to assess the knowledge, skills, and experiences of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and Veterans using the Advanced Placement and Prior Learning (APPL) methodology. She understands the value in supporting adult learners through learning recognition and fast-track credential options.
Raj Brar, Director
Raj Brar is a reliable, committed and result-focused individual. With over 20 years of progressive experience in education and employment programs, she has experience in project management, event coordination, fundraising, as well as educational and employment counseling within the public and non-profit sectors. Raj Brar has a Bachelor of Science and Pharmacy from India, and holds the designation of Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP). Raj previously worked at BCIT in the School of Business for over two decades. She joined PICS in 2018 as a FCR Program Manager to work with the Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs). Raj Brar has proven to exceed expectations while providing superior service and solutions.
Skel7áw̓s/Naomi Narcisse, MEd. St'át'imc Nation, Director
Manager of NITEP & Office of Indigenous Education at UBC Vancouver
Proud NVIT, SFU, & UBC Alumni. Naomi has over eight years of experience supporting in public post-secondary and Instructs part time in University Transfer/General Arts Studies. She most recently obtained an MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership at UBC, and is actively pursuing an accredited degree in her traditional St'at'imc language.
Naomi is passionate about student success, from recruitment to career guidance, and is a strong advocate in curriculum that is inclusive of Indigenous ways of knowing. As a lifelong learner, protecting & sharing traditional knowledges, Naomi is always eager to support students and her team. Naomi’s traditional St'át'imc name Skel7áw̓s means ‘leader/education’. While experiencing firsthand the barriers Indigenous learners face in higher education, she is a leader in sharing transition paths and backing academic success in post-secondary.
Tákem nsnek̓wnúk̓w7a (All My Relations)
Tannis Morgan, Director
Tannis Morgan is the Associate Vice President, Academic Innovation with responsibility for the Library, Learning Centre, School of Instructor Education, and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research. She comes to PLAR as an advocate of access to higher education, and much of her work has been at the intersection of online and distance learning and open education. Tannis has a PhD in Education from UBC and has authored and co-authored numerous publications in the areas of digital learning and open education practices.