Charles Joyner, Board Chair
Charles is the Registrar of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC. His education and work experience in engineering technology, teaching, education planning and administration in Canada and internationally fuel the desire to enhance the methods for assessing and recognizing experiential learning. Throughout his career, Charles has been a strong proponent of lifelong learning and experiential learning.
Diane Purvey, Vice Chair
Diane Purvey is the Dean of Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is the co-editor of Child and Family Welfare in British Columbia: A History (Detselig Press) and, with John Belshaw, the co-author of Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of the Roadside Shrine in British Columbia (Anvil) as well as Vancouver Noir, 1930-1960 (Anvil). Her research interests include the history of deinstitutionalization as part of a Canada-wide project and educational leadership internationally. Diane attended the University of British Columbia (B.A., Ph.D.) and the University of Victoria (M.A.). Diane has taught history in various BC colleges and universities, including Thompson Rivers University where she also worked as a PLAR assessor.
Michael Lam, Treasurer
Michael is the Director of Employment Services at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. He works closely with the federal and provincial governments to address labour market issues. Having worked in the field of employment services and training since 1990, Michael has initiated partnerships with various industry employers and associations, and piloted pre-apprenticeship and bridging programs for skilled immigrants. In recent years, he has launched two major FCR pilots to assist internationally-trained professionals to pursue their licensing and careers in their original and alternate profession.
Tanis Sawkins, Secretary
Tanis is the Associate Director of the Centre for Immigrant Integration at Vancouver Community College, and has held a variety of faculty and educational leadership positions since 1989. Tanis also sits on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks.
Fraser is the Executive Director of the BC Association for Crane Safety (BCACS), an organization that is responsible for the administration and continuing evolution of an industry-driven crane operator qualification and credentialing system for the province of BC. Fraser is also the acting Executive Director and former Chair of the Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC) and represents the Council as a national stakeholder for the crane industry in Canada working towards harmonization of applicable regulatory requirements and credentialing between jurisdictions.
Susan Forseille is the Interim Director, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Open Learning. Susan’s education and career has centered on experiential learning, with specific focus on how students transition from post-secondary education to securing a meaningful career. Much of this has to do with identifying and articulating their knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through formal, informal, and non-formal education. Susan is a passionate PLAR advocate believing adult learners acquire great amounts of knowledge and skills through life and work experience.
Judy is Senior Advisor for Policy and Research at the Industry Training Authority (ITA). ITA is the BC Crown Corporation which manages the skilled trades training and trade certification system for the Government of BC. Her varied career in public, private and not-for-profit sectors lead her to complete a Master of Public Policy Degree at Simon Fraser University. She was instrumental in developing the Registered Assessor framework and policy for ITA which sets out criteria and training for subject matter experts to administer competency-based prior learning assessment of tradesworkers through portfolio evaluation, technical interview and hands-on practical assessment of skills.
Janet is the CEO of ASPECT: the Association of Service Providers of Employability and Career Training and brings almost 20 years’ experience working in advocacy roles to the BC Plan Board. She is active both provincially and federally advocating for community-based training and employment services to ensure those seeking a meaningful and sustainable livelihood are met.
Heidi Powell is the Director of Operations at GT Hiring Solution on the Lower Mainland. Heidi studied Art History extensively at the University of British Columbia and has a developed respect for diverse culture and philosophy. She is a locally and internationally experienced leader of inclusive and dynamic teams. With passion for fun and dedication to high quality employment service, she has delivered on complex labour market projects on behalf of the province of British Columbia for over 12 years. Heidi believes that thru prior learning assessment and recognition more individuals will feel validated and empowered to contribute at their full potential in British Columbia and Canada.
Lori is a coordinator of the Douglas College, Disability and Community Studies Department. Over the past twenty yers Lori has 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 co-developed the unique “Flexible Options” Recognition of Prior Learning model and currently uses it with practitioners in community, education and employment support systems seeking public post-secondary credentials.