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For general inquiries about Communications, please contact:

Maureen Nicholson

Communications Department Chair

604 527 5292


For inquiries about the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication, please contact:

Maureen Nicholson

Program Head

604 527 5292



Kimberley Alcock

BA (UBC), TESOL Diploma (VCC), MFA Creative Writing (Guelph)

Workplace Writing


Kimberley Alcock is an award-winning writer and editor who worked in publishing for several years before turning to teaching. She taught ESL for nearly 20 years before teaching business and workplace communication, and draws from her experience as a small business owner and public relations expert. She is an advocate of plain language principles in the workplace and her research interests include the art and craft of the sentence.

John Carter

MA Liberal Studies, PhD (Simon Fraser)

Document Design, Visual Communication


John Carter was a professional graphic designer for over 20 years and has been teaching graphic design and visual communication for the past 18. His special interest areas include print culture, visible language and everyday aesthetics. He writes on soccer for When Saturday Comes magazine (UK),

Peter Clayton

BA (Honours), MA

Business Communication


Peter Clayton has taught a variety of business and media communication courses in the public and private sector. His research interests include educational technology as well as the social and political implications of mediated culture. He favours plain language, particularly as it relates to social, cultural and communication theory.

Sabrina Del Monte

Diploma Broadcast Communications (BCIT), MA (Royal Roads)

Public Relations


Sabrina Del Monte began her communications career working in radio. After 10 years in the industry, she transitioned to public relations and corporate communications where she served public and private sector organizations for more than 15 years. Working within organizations, she focused on creating strategic communication and public relations plans and delivering results through the successful execution of these plans. She enjoys sharing her passion for public relations and corporate communications with her students and leverages her industry contacts and her experience to bring the real world into the classroom, which students always appreciate.

Philip M. George

BA (Calvin College), LLB, MA, PhD (British Columbia)

Workplace Writing, Business Communication


Philip George practised law for several years before entering the business communication field. He has led business writing workshops throughout British Columbia for private and public sector clients. With his first-hand perspective on the communication requirements of the workplace, he emphasizes the decision-making processes that writers use to achieve their writing goals.

Tanya Haye

BA (Honours), Diploma Ed (University of the West Indies), TESOL Diploma (VCC), MEd (English Language Education) (University of the West Indies)

Business, Interpersonal and Speech Communications


For more than 25 years, Tanya Haye has taught academic writing, business writing, and interpersonal and oral communication courses. In her classes, she uses humour, interaction and collaboration to create a comfortable learning environment, which she hopes will facilitate and motivate her students to be active learners and critical thinkers. 

Lin Langley

BGS, MA (Simon Fraser), CAGS (American International College) 

Interpersonal, Intercultural and Speech Communications 


Lin Langley has taught interpersonal, intercultural and conflict resolution skills at all levels of the education system in Canada, Massachusetts and Washington DC. Her research interests include high-impact educational practice, and life review as a methodology for significant learning. Lin favours a discussion-based approach to teaching and learning, where students gain confidence, improve critical and creative thinking, and become more skilled face-to-face communicators.

June Madison

BA (Simon Fraser)

Technical Communication, Writing for the Web


June Madison has been teaching and working as a successful web developer, technical writer, systems consultant and trainer both locally and nationally for the last 15 years. She has run workshops and coordinated projects for Microsoft, Computer Consultants International, Simon Fraser University and many others. Along with a partner, she launched the first website development and computerized office training program in 1995. The curriculum developed for those programs became the standard for training and is in use in post-secondary institutions today. Additionally, she has published several technical manuals including software manuals and manuals for the production of television dramas and documentary films. Before her career in technology, June wrote feature articles for the North Shore News, North Shore Weekly, Maple Ridge Times, Business in Vancouver and other publications. 

Maureen Nicholson

BA, MA (Simon Fraser), Certified Professional Editor (Honorary)

Editing, Research Reporting, Professional Experience


Maureen Nicholson coordinates the Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication. An editor by trade and a former president of the Editors' Association of Canada, Maureen is an elected municipal councillor for Bowen Island and a director of Metro Vancouver. Her current research interests include editing and attention, and local government and communication.

Frances Peck

BA (Honours) (Acadia), MA (Ottawa), Certified Professional Editor (Honorary)



Frances Peck is a freelance editor and writer. She enjoys variety and has worked on an array of materials, print and online, in many different subjects. She especially enjoys copyediting and plain language work. She is a long-time volunteer and instructor for the Editors’ Association of Canada, whose professional certification program she helped establish, and she leads editing and writing workshops for public and private sector clients across Canada. 

Jamie Rennie

BAH (Queen’s), MA (Simon Fraser)

Media Studies, Critical Technology Studies, Pop Culture Studies


Jamie Rennie has been teaching communication courses across Canada for several years. His background is in film and communication studies, and he is currently completing his PhD in Social Justice Education through the University of Toronto. His research explores internet technology and its educational role in our lives. He shares his own enthusiasm for pop culture and new media with his students, while helping them to develop the skills of critical thinking, scholarly research and academic writing. He uses various media forms in his classes and encourages students to bring their own cultural and technological experience to the classroom. 

Kate Sangha

BA (Alberta), MA (Western Ontario)

Workplace Writing 


After over a decade of teaching and learning at Douglas College, Kate Sangha is pleased to report a high level of success achieved by the committed students among the almost 3,000 who have enrolled in her classes, including technical writing students at BCIT. Kate's message to students: "I consider it a great privilege and a serious obligation to empower you through your studies: my classes are designed to prepare you for success in the workplace by helping you to acquire essential knowledge about written communication and to develop your practical writing skills to levels required by employers. I teach POWER writing -- a proven, step-by-step method that can assist you to overcome barriers to writing you may have experienced in the past." Kate's additional professional work experience includes editing, management, and marketing in the book and newspaper publishing industry in California and Alberta, including working on the Canadian Encyclopedia.

Roberta Staley

BA (Calgary), Diploma Journalism (Grant MacEwan) 

Writing for Magazines


Roberta Staley is the editor of the Canadian Chemical News, published by the Chemical Institute of Canada in Ottawa, and is a contributing editor at Corporate Knights magazine. Staley has reported from such places as El Salvador, Afghanistan, Haiti, Colombia, Cambodia, South Africa and New Zealand. She has written for a variety of publications, including BCBusiness, the Georgia Straight, ELLE Canada, Trek, Vancouver, CPA Magazine, AQ, Enterprise and Maclean's, among others. Staley is currently a graduate student in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University. 

Heather Tobe

BGS (Simon Fraser), Teaching Certificate (BC College of Teachers), MA (Intercultural Relations) (Antioch)

Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication


Heather Tobe has taught in higher education for over 25 years. In addition to teaching at Douglas College, her experience includes teacher education at SFU and ESL instruction domestically and overseas. She has travelled and worked in a variety of international settings. She is also a qualified administrator of intercultural sensitivity instruments (idi, GCI, IES). Heather's research areas are international education, intercultural communication, teacher education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. For the last three years, she has been the Associate of Arts coordinator. Her teaching style is very interactive and student-centred.

Emeritus Faculty

Hardman, Amanda (Faculty Emerita)

BA (honours), Teaching Certificate, MA (British Columbia)

Workplace Writing, Academic Writing

Wegner, Diana (Faculty Emerita)

BA (honours) (Manitoba), MA, PhD (British Columbia) 

Rhetoric, Workplace Writing, Research Writing, Language Studies