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Mr. Ashton has over 30 years in the Supply Management Profession and has been with Encore Metals Supply Management Group for 20 years. He is now also part of their Sales Management Team. He has been teaching the Supply Management courses for over 10 years and gains great satisfaction from sharing his knowledge and experience in the classroom.
Mr. Baile is has been employed with James Dobney Inspections since 2005 and has performed over 3200 home inspections throughout the Metro Vancouver Area. He holds a B.A from Trent University, is a Licensed Registered Home Inspection and LEED Accredited Professional 2.0. His additional training includes:
Mr. Fagrie has many years’ experience in home inspection, both in practice and instruction. He is a BC Licensed Home Inspector, holds a Diploma in Building Technology and BC Provincial Instructors Diploma. He has been employed as a home inspector with Metro Home Inspection since 1993 and has performed over 3500 home inspections.
Currently involved with a technical working group developing the Competency Outline for Home Inspectors in B.C.
Ms. Hudson graduated from the University College of the Cariboo (now Thompson Rivers University) in 2004. After graduation she worked at Country Grove Veterinary Hospitals in Aldergrove and began teaching "Veterinary Office Assistant" at Vancouver Community College in Abbotsford. She left Aldergrove in 2005 and worked part time at Dewdney Animal Hospital in Maple Ridge. She just completed working on the movie "Dr. Dolittle" for the summer training animals. She specializes in behaviour and nutrition and enjoys teaching others how to train their pets.
In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Brunswick, Ms. Irmscher is a Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) with the Canadian Payroll Association, a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and a Charted Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA). Ms. Irmscher is currently the Director of Finance for a School District and has worked previously as the Manager, Financial and Payroll Operations. Ms. Irmscher has many years of practical industry and classroom experience and knowledge working in payroll with varying software applications. Ms. Irmscher also teaches the PCP Program as well as presenting the Professional Development Series seminars on behalf of the Canadian Payroll Association. Most recently, she serves as the vice-chair on the CPA Education Advisory Council. Ms. Irmscher received the inaugural “Instructor of the Year Award” in 2014.
Ms. Karok is an Insurance professional with over 20 years of experience including auto, personal lines and claims. She is currently employed by British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) in the role of Manager - Claims. Prior to her present position, Ms. Karok was employed as a Divison Leader with Knight Archer Insurance Brokers and in the role of Manager - Claims at the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). In a national capacity, Shannon has also worked in various leadership positions with Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and at The Insurance Institute of Saskatchewan as the Chapter Manager. Shannon has been involved in instructing with Insurance Institute of Canada, The Responsible Driver Program in British Columbia and the Driving Without Impairment Program of Saskatchewan. Ms. Karok holds her Fellow Chartered Insurance Progessional designation (FCIP) and Certificate in Rehabilitiation Benefits Administration (CRBA) is a registered Subject Matter Expert (SME) and is an active member of the Insurance Institute of Canada Chartered Insurance Professional Society. She is also an active board member with the Canadian Insurance Claims Manager Association (CICMA) of British Columbia.
Dr. Kavanagh graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1982. After practicing first in Ontario then in British Columbia, she travelled to Asia and worked in a small animal practice in Hong Kong for many years before returning to Vancouver in 2001. Currently Dr. Kavanagh provides locum services to small animal veterinary clinics in Vancouver.
Dr. Klassen graduated from the UBC Animal Science program in 1980, and received her degree in veterinary medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. She returned to BC to work in a mixed animal practice for 4 years before accepting a position at the Vancouver Animal Emergency Clinic, where she has worked since 1989. She is currently the Vancouver Animal Blood Services veterinarian at the Vancouver Animal Emergency Clinic
Ms. McDonnell is a payroll professional with over 30 years of experience. She is currently employed with the City of New Westminster as Manager, Payroll and Benefits. Prior to joining the City, Ms. McDonnell was employed with SuperPages as Team Leader in Payroll. Two highlights of her career at SuperPages was being awarded the Award of Excellence in Partnering and Teamwork as well as the National Platinum Award of Excellence. Ms. McDonnell holds her Certified Payroll Management designation (C.P.M.) with the Canadian Payroll Association
Ms. Pignotti is a Payroll professional with over 25 years of experience within union and non-unionized organizations working in global payroll management, human resources, operations and benefits. Her work history includes Ledcor Industries Inc. where she held the position of Manager, Payroll responsible for North America/UK and lead a team of 9 payroll professionals. When she worked in the health sector for BCCSS she lead 26 employees. In a global payroll capacity, Ms. Pignotti also worked as a Senior Manager, Payroll for PMC-Sierra/Microsemi responsible for payroll in 16 countries and held the position of Global Payroll Manager at CHC Helicopters Inc.in Richmond. Ms. Pignotti holds the Certified Payroll Manager designation (C.P.M.), is a registered Subject Matter Expert (SME) and active member of the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA). Marilyn Pignotti is the Vice Chair for the Pacific Regional council for the CPA.
Mr. Sheppard has been employed with James Dobney Inspections since 2013 and has performed over 1700 home inspections throughout the Metro Vancouver Area. He was a Certified Kitchen and Bathroom designer/builder/installer and has spent 25 years remodelling homes. His understanding of how to take homes apart and put them back together has been an asset in home inspection. He holds a Bachelor of Education in industrial education from UBC. His additional training and professional activities include:
With over 20 years experience in the Purchasing Profession and having attained his professional designation in 1997, Mr. Stowe has many years experience as an instructor for PMAC's Supply Management courses. Mr. Stowe has previously been a Board member of Purchasing Managements Association of Canada's BC Institute and former President of the Vancouver Regional Branch.
Ms. Strocel has been working in the insurance industry as a broker and underwriter for 35 years. She is currently the Personal Lines Manager for Wawanesa Insurance in Vancouver and has worked as a broker in BC, Manitoba and Florida. She has taught for the Insurance Institute since 2012 and has developed broker licensing courses. She graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2009 and earned the Canadian Accredited Broker (CAIB) designation in 1991 and Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) in 2001. She brings much "real life" experience to the classroom.
Randy is the Chief Operating Officer of MedRay Imaging, BC’s largest outpatient Medical Imaging server provider. With more than 10 years of Executive Level leadership, Randy’s background is in Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Finance, and Operations. Randy graduated from UBC’s Faculty of Commerce (Finance) in 1995 and invested 13 years in Rogers Retail, spending the last 11 years as a manager, senior manager and director. In 2010, he graduated from SFU with an Executive MBA. He made a career change to a business lead to a healthcare organization in 2011 and remains there to this day. Randy is the current Board Chair for the TriCities Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization serving 1000 members. He has held various roles for the Chamber of Commerce such as the Chair for the Government Relations Committee, the Economic Development Committee and the Membership Committee.
Ms. Werger graduated with honours from Thompson Rivers University (formerly U.C.C) in 1996. After graduation she joined the team at the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital in Vancouver, under the direction of Board Certified surgeon, Dr. Dennis Jackson. In 1998 Jan joined with Dr. Leah Montgomery's team at the Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in Port Coquitlam where she is still enjoying the daily challenges of small animal practice.