Our expert faculty members combine theory with practice, and are some of the most respected and experienced educators working in the fields of management, leadership, and instructor development.
Fazal “Fuzz” Bhimji is an experienced educator, mediator and arbitrator. He currently teaches at JIBC in both conflict resolution and leadership and for BCIT’s School of Business. For more than 15 years he has been a president of MAIN Solution providing mediation and arbitration services to clients in the public and private sector and has resolved hundreds of disputes in that capacity. He is currently a member of the Health Professions Review Board and the Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal. Fuzz has held leadership positions as VP of Labour Relations and President of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association and has served on the Board of the Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund and the Canadian Science and Technology Fund. His focus is on helping teams reach their potential and find healthy ways of addressing conflict.
Chris Carroll semi-retired in 2014 from a 36 year career in education. Chris started in the social/educational field, working with at-risk youth, then taught in both the public and private systems, then worked as a learning consultant with the federal government. Currently Chris divides his time between teaching in the PIDP and at the Justice Institute of BC, and educational consulting with individuals and organizations. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, bachelor’s degree in education, and a master’s degree in philosophy. Chris has been happily married for many, many years, and has three children. Every day, each one uniquely contributes to Chris’s growing appreciation of the mysteries presented by our world and its inhabitants.
Clare Connolly, BA, PCC, Cert. ConRes, is a group facilitator, trainer and professional coach who specializes in leadership development and conflict resolution. Since 2008, she has facilitated leadership development programs, managed her own private practice as a leadership coach, and been a conflict resolution coach at the Justice Institute. Her experience includes management and leadership roles, as well as supporting the development of many emerging, new, and experienced leaders who are wanting to lead more effectively, improve their relationships, and make a positive difference. She is dedicated to helping others grow in ways that lead to increased -- even transformational -- personal and interpersonal/team effectiveness, positive impact, and desirable outcomes.
Dr. Jason Cressey, PhD (Psychology) (Oxford University) specializes in interpersonal and communication skills. As a consultant, he assists corporations with customer relations, team building, emotional intelligence, and other psychological factors in the workplace.
Dr. Michal Fedeles, PhD (Education, UBC) specializes in strategic learning and leadership development. For the past 15+ years, his engagements in academia and healthcare have focused on stimulating transformative learning cultures, inspiring performance excellence and maximizing the returns on investment in advancing leadership. As an educator, coach and consultant, Michal helps leaders and organizations achieve superior outcomes by embracing an uncompromising pursuit of curiosity, mutual purpose, reflection, and humility.
Balbir Gurm is an internationally regarded and experienced educator/leader/researcher, a registered nurse with a Doctorate in Education (Leadership and Policy, UBC) who translates academic knowledge into practice. She has expertise in education, equity across the life span, engagement and change. Balbir is one of the few people in BC who has conducted social audits. She is an international leader who has experience making closing conference remarks and facilitating workshops on student engagement at universities overseas. As a consultant with decades of experience, she has facilitated sessions with the public and non-profit sectors on education, diversity & inclusion, cultural safety, strategic planning & evaluation, and organizational change. As a leader, president, and board member of several organizations and serving on multiple advisory committees and government quasi-judicial bodies, round tables & summits, she has contributed to creating equitable safe spaces. For her accomplishments, she is the recipient of several education awards (CRNBC, Shakti), leadership awards (Canadian Cancer Society, Times of Canada) and for several decades of work on equity, the Soroptimist Ruby Award.
Susanna Haas Lyons, MA, is a public engagement specialist who develops strategy and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, Susanna has worked on some of North America’s largest and most complex citizen engagement
projects, including electoral reform in British Columbia, rebuilding post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, electronic health records for the US federal government, and the City of Vancouver’s transportation future. She is certified by the International Association for Public Participation and is a senior network associate with AmericaSpeaks, a global leader in large-scale public participation.
Dr. Shawn Ireland, EdD, MA, MS, is a clinical psychologist by training, with over thirty years’ experience as an Industrial and Organizational psychologist. His expertise includes action-learning initiatives in support of personal and organization development including managing change, coaching, management of virtual teams, project leadership, and fostering critical thinking. He has worked extensively around the world with a variety of organizations, including international Fortune 500 companies, local government bodies, domestic government departments, and charitable organizations. He is presently the Program Director and a member of the core faculty for the Masters degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Adler University in Vancouver.
Sophie Mas has over 20 years’ experience in leading and managing projects in the public sector. Sophie has worked on a number of high profile projects, including the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the creation of the civilian-led Independent Investigations Office which investigates police in death or serious harm cases, the BC Policing and Community Safety Plan, and the response to the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. Sophie is currently the Project Director of the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat with the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. She is also the co-founder and President of STAND, a non-profit organization that helps vulnerable youth access post-secondary education and skills training in Metro Vancouver. Sophie is a certified PMP (Project Manager Professional) and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Victoria. She teaches Leading Projects at the JIBC and is one of the Project Management Institute Westcoast Chapter’s PMP exam preparation course instructors.
Julia Menard, MEd, PCC, Cert. ConRes specializes in helping to transform organizational conflict into a learning gift. She runs her own conflict consulting practice working with teams, leaders and employees in conflict within public and private organizations. Julia is the co-author of Hold On To Yourself: How to Stay Cool in Hot Conversations and the Canadian distributor and workshop creator for Mediator in a Box.
Georganne Oldham, BA, M.Sc.O.D., has almost 20 years of organization and leadership development coaching and consulting experience. An accomplished group facilitator, consultant, trainer and coach, she is particularly skilled in helping groups and individuals grapple with the complex issues that come with organizational change. She has worked closely with management teams in public, private and non-profit organizations to facilitate needed organizational changes based on thorough needs assessment. She received her Masters of Science degree in Organization Development from Central Washington University in Washington State.
Alan Simpson, BTh., MA (Conflict Management), Cert. ConRes, is a facilitator of difficult conversations, conflict coach and mediator for individuals and groups. He provides conflict engagement processes and training seminars for leaders and their organizations nationally and internationally. He has 25 years of experience in coaching and training adults, families and organizations in communication skills, change management and conflict engagement. He has worked with family businesses, private schools and faith based organizations. His offerings include leadership development, non-profit board management, team building and retreat facilitation. Alan is a skills coach and instructor for the JI at the Okanagan and New West campuses.
Leigh-Anne Stitt, CPHR, MA Leadership, has 20+ years’ experience in transforming talent to maximize leadership potential, healthy cultures and organizational performance. As a consultant, facilitator and coach she is dedicated to supporting the growth of individuals, teams, and organizations in the for profit and not-for-profit sectors. She specializes in both talent and change management, as well as leadership and organizational development. Passionate about learning and potential, Leigh-Anne is committed to empowering individuals and organizations to achieve the outcomes they desire.
Rick Thomas EdD Rick is a leadership explorer, coach, consultant and author with over 17 years of experience as a human resources development and learning strategist, facilitator, coach and organization development consultant. He has gained experience through multiple contexts facilitating leadership development, culture transformation, and strategic organizational development initiatives for progressive organizations of 55 to 23,000 employees. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on human resources strategy and leadership, a masters in organizational leadership and systems renewal and a masters in adult education.
Gordon C. White, Cert. ConRes., B.Sc., MBA, is a facilitator and trainer who mediates in BC government programs and facilitates practical resolutions for organizations that find themselves with intractable human relationship difficulties. He has a keen interest in both building preventative capacities, and working with individual growth and group transformation potentials available through engaging purposefully in conflict. Gordon’s areas of work have included group dysfunction, grievances, harassment, troubled relationships, leadership, lawsuits, Aboriginal communities, the federal government, and restorative justice.