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Frank Armstrong 

 

 

Professor in Core Business: Introduction to College Communications, Communication for Business, Introduction to Management, Professional Effectiveness 

 

History 

In addition to the above courses within the School of Business, since 2008, I have taught Writing for Marketing to second-year Marketing students and first-year Advertising and Marketing Communication Management students, Public Relations to second-year Advertising and Marketing Communication Management students, and Office Career Writing and Communications for Business to first-year Office Administration students. I have also taught communications in the skilled trades and health sciences faculties and freelance journalism for the continuing education department. 

  

Accomplishments

While teaching Advertising and Marketing Communication Management students, my first-year students and I developed FUSE, a mentorship initiative that provides second-year peer mentors to first-year students and professional mentors to third-year students. FUSE has helped student participants to expand their professional networks, secure prestigious placements and contracts and summer jobs, and win industry-related career positions upon graduation. The initiative is student-run and is a successful going concern. As a college educator, cheerleader, and coach, I continually strive to provide real-life learning experiences and to connect my students to the business community, particularly future employers. I also co-founded the St. Lawrence College Mountain Bike Club (SLC MTB). 

  

I am a graduate of Ryerson University and I possess a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree and I am a life-long learner. As a professional writer, I have won several awards and accolades: 

 
Sun Media national writing award (2007) 
National Newspaper Award nomination (2007) 
Several Ontario Newspaper Award nominations 
Justicia Award for justice reporting (1999) 

  

I have also been a long-time volunteer with Big Brothers and have received two volunteer awards: 

Ontario Volunteer Service Award for Commitment & Dedication to Big Brothers (2014) 
Big Brother Harley Shaw Award for exceptional volunteer (2009) 

 

 

 

Pam Bovey ArmstrongPam Bovey Armstrong, MBA

Professor, Marketing Coordinator, Educator 

Pam is an educator and entrepreneur who combines social responsibility, ethics and business for the betterment of learners and the community. Pam grew up in Kingston, graduated with a Fashion and Merchandising diploma from St. Lawrence/Senca College and went on to bootstrap an international business designing and manufacturing logoed textiles products for the uniform, corporate promotional and entertainment markets.  With her business partner, Julie McDowell, she was a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year.  

Upon moving back to Kingston Pam began working at St. Lawrence College in the School of Business and she earned her MBA from Queen’s and certificate in Adult Education from Brock. In 2009 Pam helped students begin a chapter of Enactus St. Lawrence College.  This team continues to create and deliver projects that reduce hunger, promote entrepreneurship, financial literacy and environmental sustainability.  Pam is proud of the team’s legacy of creating real value in the community as students grown and learn.  In addition to countless awards, in 2015, the team was ranked among the top four Enactus teams in Canada.

Pam has won the John Dobson Fellowship Faculty Advisor of the Year the Award, the award of Merit at St. Lawrence College, she was recognized as a Kingstonian Leading Change and she was featured in Kingston Life in a salute to teachers that inspire. Pam is on the Board of Directors at the Partner’s In Mission Food Bank.  She lives with her husband on Howe Island where she enjoys big family parties with her three grown children, being active, drinking scotch and eating popcorn. 

Pamela Ayearst, BEd(ADED), Med

Professor, Effective Business Communications, Professional Effectiveness, Office Career Writing

I have a Master of Education (Teaching, Learning and Development) and a Bachelor of Education degree in Adult Education, both from Brock University. I have spent most of my career in Toronto working in teaching hospitals in medical office/executive office administration, senior management, and most recently as the executive director of a retirement home.

I teach in the Office Administration Program. Underpinned by my degree in adult education, I believe that adult learners require education that is relevant and pertinent to their lives and their goals. St. Lawrence College’s professors provide that relevant education. My work background provides me with the practical experience that college students are looking for in an instructor. My students appreciate the examples I provide of real-life situations that they might encounter in the work force and which I believe helps to prepare them for the real world of work.

 

For more details on Pamela's work experience please visit his LinkedIn profile: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/pamela-ayearst/1/a5/726

 

Bill CroweBill Crowe

Professor, Marketing and Advertising & Marketing Communications

Bill A. Crowe is a marketing and entrepreneurship professor at St. Lawrence College (Kingston Campus) for 27+ years on a full-time basis.  He teaches a variety of business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) courses and will transition to teaching part-time this fall.  Bill has been involved in marketing consulting for 29+ years and has completed projects in a number of industry sectors.  He is a graduate of the Business Administration (Marketing) program.  Bill was a contributing author to the marketing textbook entitled “Marketing Today”, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada Ltd., Toronto, in 1991. 

He is coauthor of a retailing textbook with Mark Siemonsen that targeted the Canadian University and College market entitled “Canadian Retailing Strategy - Challenges and Change”, published by Nelson Canada, Toronto that was released in 1996.   In 1996, Bill coauthored a needs analysis on behalf of the Kingston Area Economic Development Corporation and The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce to determine the features required for a large entertainment venue.  Bill profiled retail leaders in Canada that are included in a book that was released in January 2008 – “Retailing – First Canadian Edition”, published by Nelson Publishing.  Bill co-authored Conversion - Triggers, Tools & Tips to Grow Business (Kendall Hunt Publishers) with Dave Dean and Mark Siemonsen.   

 

Mary Deacon

Professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications
Program Coordinator, Interactive Marketing Communications

Mary Deacon is an advertising professional with a wealth of experience in the agency and client sides of the communications industry where she has led teams in strategic planning and client services in a variety of sectors including entertainment, government, finance, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, health and beauty, not-for profit, and community groups. Most recently Mary was Account Director at Klick Health, an award-winning Toronto-based digital marketing agency. In her spare time Mary enjoys performing in community musical theatre productions.

“Seeing a small nugget of an idea, developed through teamwork, become a strategic integrated campaign is exhilarating and inspiring.”

 

Christina DecarieChristina Decarie, M.Ed.

Professor and Program Coordinator, Business Core

I have been an instructor at St Lawrence College for the past ten years and have been with the School of Business full-time for the past eight years. I typically teach courses in communications, but I have also taught critical thinking, office procedures, creative writing, professional effectiveness, and more.

Effective summer 2014, I became your Core Business program coordinator. This means that I coordinate all first-year core business students, regardless of major. If you choose a major in second year, then you will have a new coordinator then. If you choose to do the two-year general Business diploma, then I continue to be your coordinator. Come to me if you have any questions at all. If I don't know the answer, I should know who does.

Outside of the college, I run a small press with my husband, I am a member of two Toastmasters clubs (Toastmasters at St Lawrence College and Downtown Kingston Toastmasters) and write for various publications on a freelance basis.

 
Dr. Rajni Dogra, BCom, LLB, PhD
 
Professor, Bachelor of Business Adminstration - Economics
 
Dr. Rajni Dogra has recently joined the School of Business as a full-time professor in the Bachelor of Business Administration program (Kingston Campus).
 
 She says, "I'm really excited to join St. Lawrence College, and I can't wait to start contributing my part to student delight! I hope to meet many of you in person as I settle in.
 
I come to you with a PhD in international economics, a Master’s of Economics, a Bachelor degree in law, and a Bachelor degree in commerce. I bring extensive teaching experience with me and most recently as a partial-load faculty member with the Pilon School of Business, Sheridan College. I am a lifelong learner and passionate about making a difference in my community.
 
When I'm not slaving away in work, I like to be in the great outdoors for biking and yoga. I'm also an ardent reader and a trance aficionado and I also keep exploring the partnership of teaching with technology.
 
Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming. I look forward to working with all of you."
 
If you happen to be around the Kingston Campus, be sure to pop in to say hi to Rajni.
 
 

 

   Julie Howse

Professor, Business Programs

BEd (Mathematics)’98 (University of Calgary); MMT (Masters of Mathematics)’14 (University of Waterloo); Mathematics Teacher, Calgary Board of Education (1998-2008); Mathematics Instructor, St. Lawrence College Kingston (2008 - Current). Involved in multiple not-for-profit organizations including Kingston Waterfront Rotary and Limestone Learning Foundation (Crystal Ball Gala).

 

Laura Kittner
 
Professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications
 
Laura is a strategic marketing executive with a passion for brand development and consumer behaviour. Her career has focused on brand strategy and management, business development, and marketing communications, on a global level, working with clients such as Canon USA, Lexmark, Ford Canada, and Office Depot. Laura was the Vice President of Marketing and Global Business Development at PrintFleet Inc., the founding Publisher and Editorial Director of The Imaging Channel from 1105 Media Inc in Los Angeles, California, and has run her own international marketing agency, Tangent Inc, for the past six years. 
 
“As a graduate of St. Lawrence College’s Advertising program I cannot think of a more relevant field of study for learners who are interested in pursuing a career in marketing communications. I look forward to connecting with students, helping them find their unique career paths, and guiding them through the exciting, ever-changing world of advertising and marketing.”
 

Megan Knott, Educator 

Megan is a part-time faculty member of both the School of Business and Hospitality and Tourism Management at St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus. 

Megan has always called Kingston home, and graduated from Queen's University with a B.A in Sociology and an MBA from Cape Breton University in Community Economic Development. 

Megan has an extensive background in business development and marketing and currently markets Kingston as an all season destination. 

She is a proud mom to two beautiful girls and a community champion for many local charities. 

 
 
  Gail MacAllister
 
Professor, Bachelor of Business Adminstration
 
My educational background includes a BA (2006), BA (Hons.) (2011), Master of Theology (specialization in Restorative Justice) (2011), and a Master of Industrial Relations (2015) degree from Queen’s University. My early working background included banking, radio announcing and retail. Since 1992, I have been with Queen’s University and I currently work with the Office of the University Ombudsman as an Associate, Policy and Appeals. 
 
In September 2015, I will begin my second year teaching in the School of Business.  I began my own post-secondary journey as a mature student in my 30s when I started taking courses in Human Resources at St. Lawrence College. I am thrilled to be at St. Lawrence and strive to offer the high quality education that I received as a student! I offer my students the perspective of a life-long learner who has balanced work and education over the past twenty years and who still believes that every day is a new learning opportunity. 
 
 

Kathy PattersonKathy Patterson

Professor, Advertising & Marketing Communications

Now a full-time instructor in the School of Business at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Kathy has been working in marketing communications since 1991. Initially employed on the agency side working with Fortune 500 companies, she moved to social marketing specializing in environment, healthcare, pharma and community development. Kathy now takes on client projects over the summer months and is focus on assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level.

Kathy is the coordinator of the Advertising/Marketing Communications programs. She is an enthusiastic educator with a diploma in Public Relations, a degree in Public Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Communications.

Kathy is a passionate advocate for downtown Kingston, a mentor with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and an avid water sports enthusiast.

 

Michelle PaquinMichelle Paquin, CPA, CGA

Professor, Accounting

After graduating from Regioplis-Notre Dame high school, I completed the three-year Accounting Program at St. Lawrence College. After graduating with SLC, I worked for a international accounting firm (KPMG) for eight years, during which time I completed the CGA program of professional studies and obtained my professional accounting designation. Three days after being promoted to a management position in 1986, I handed in my resignation to accept a teaching position in the School of Business at St. Lawrence College (my dream come true!) and, in spite of the drudgery of marking I love every minute of it. I became coordinator of the accounting programs at the Kingston campus in 2008 but will be stepping down from this position at the end of June, 2015.

During my many years at the College I have taught Introductory and Intermediate Financial Accounting, Personal and Corporate Income Tax, Simply Accounting and Career Planning.

In 2010 I organized the first Accounting Case Competition and it has since become an annual event at the Kingston campus.

After a few failed attempts at the matrimonial thing, I finally met and married my soul mate, Dave Londry, in 1993 and between us we have three daughters….and we are also the proud grandparents of three delightful grandchildren J

My husband and I have been rescuing Bouvier des Flanders dogs for over 20 years and in 2012, I co-founded Bouvier Rescuers of Ontario, Canada and this group is now 300 members strong. Dave and I are currently owned by two beautiful Bouviers and a perpetually hungry Puggle.

 

Gord Stencell
 
Professor, Accounting, Marketing, and Office Administration
 
Gord Stencell's passion is helping people make decisions and win jobs meaningful to their futures. He is driven to prepare students transitioning to the workforce so they may avoid the cost and stress of prolonged job searches.
 
After completing an undergraduate degree in business, Gord began his career as a headhunter in Toronto. Later, he studied career counselling, and went on to advise students at George Brown College in the Counselling and Career Coaching department. He just entered his 10th year of service with Shepell, Canada's largest employee assistance program where he is a Career Counsellor and Resiliency Coach. 
 
Gord returned to post-secondary at St. Lawrence College in the School of Business as a Professor, Career Strategies (2009) teaching in the Accounting, Marketing and Office Administration programs. SLC students have also benefited from his web apps, Résumé Amplifier by Roaring Résumés, and rightGrad PlacementPro. At present, Gord is completing his book, “unBoring: How Success Worthy Professionals Become Understood, Valued & Respected.”
 
Shaun Withers
Professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications, and Interactive Marketing Communications
 
Shaun is an award-winning interactive designer and digital marketer with 15 years of experience working with non-profits, small businesses and national corporations. He worked for six years in one of Toronto's top interactive agencies, and has serviced clients in the Kingston area since 2009. Notable brands include: CBC, Citibank, Sirius Radio Canada, World Wildlife Fund, St. Lawrence College and KGH/Queen's University, Black Dog Hospitality Group.
 
His teaching specializations in the School of Business are focused on content marketing and development.
 
Shaun has an honours advanced diploma in Graphic Design (St. Lawrence College), and graduate certificates in New Media Design (Sheridan College) and Interactive Marketing Communications (St. Lawrence College).
 
 

Wendy Whitehead 

Professor, 1st year core, Human Resources Programs and Laurentian BBA

Wendy is in her 9th year at St Lawrence College. Prior to this she taught at Loyalist College in the Business Program. Wendy has 13 years of progressive experience in Business and Human Resources having worked for both the public and private sectors. She has worked for small and large organizations such as Procter and Gamble, Impacto Protective Products and HPEDSB having connections on a national and an international scale.

Wendy is a Certified Human Resources Leader and has a Master of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier as well as an honours degree in Business from Trent University. Wendy is also a certified trainer in WorkPlace Big 5, Personality Dimensions and True Colors. She is part of the Human Resources Professional Association and have served as a board member for the Canadian Federation of University Women, United Nations Quinte Chapter as well as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Association.

  Kathleen Wright

Professor, Marketing

Kathleen is a full-time professor at the School of Business, St. Lawrence College, in Kingston ON. She brings to the school over 20 years experience in marketing strategy, integrated marketing communications, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategy and implementation and Business Intelligence (BI). She is passionate about bringing a business together through the use of strategic planning, market research, consumer knowledge and implementing solutions using the most current technologies available, to capitalize on business efficiency and effectiveness. Ultimately, maximizing the customer experience.

Kathleen is a graduate of St. Lawrence College and returned as an enthusiastic educator, mentor and student advocate. She is constantly working to bring the students the best possible classroom experience through simulations, experiential learning and business competitions. She aims to develop curiosity, a passion for lifelong learning and critical thinking in all her students.

In her spare time, she is an avid adventurer enjoying time kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, camping, downhill skiing and horseback riding.

  Randy Zarichny, Professor

A graduate of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, Randy has over 26 years of successful sales, marketing, accounting and management experience in many disciplines including real estate, property management, and investing. A winner of numerous sales awards Randy most recently ranked in the top 4% of Real Estate Brokers in Canada. Randy is also a certified Blended Learning Instructor for the Ontario Real Estate College and has enjoyed giving back to the community as a High School Football Coach for many years.

Randy uses a collaborative and Socratic Method, student –centered approach, to promote independent thinking, focusing open ended questions and his learning outcomes on the higher end of Bloom’s Taxonomy in order to encourage and create critical thinking, evaluation and analysis. Randy is a former Captain of the Queen’s Golden Gaels Football Team and a member of the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame and emphasizes the qualities of leadership, confidence, grit and resilience in his students. Randy draws upon extensive, interesting, engaging and relevant real life examples to further enhance the student learning experience. A big supporter of experiential learning, Randy enjoys placing students in local businesses and being an OCMC Coach.