Sessions and Biographies

Speaker Bios and Session Descriptions

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Willa Black, Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco Systems Canada Co., and recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations. Willa will be speaking to an education initiative designed to engage aboriginal students in remote areas of the country.


  • Readying for the Next Phase of the ARUCC PCCAT Transcript and Transfer Guide

Join this walk–through of the new online, national resource – – and participate in a facilitated conversation to shape the next phase. The new Guide Working Group begins its mandate with the ARUCC PCCAT biennial conference. With the announcement of the inaugural members comes the opportunity to explore emerging needs and share thoughts on next steps with the new leadership team.

The Guide is a first for Canada and provides resources, tools and best practice supports for postsecondary institutions and allied organizations that are seeking to enhance student mobility. Resulting from a multi–year research and consultation process, the Guide offers more than 500 transcript standards and transfer-related terms, definitions, search tools, links to scholarly research, and best practice guidelines, including research on how to create a competency-based credential. It also contains information on provincial and international jurisdictions to help the postsecondary community develop transfer- and transcript-related policies and protocols.

The national research project and the Guide were funded by two national associations (Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada, Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer) and seven provincial associations (Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT), the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), Campus Manitoba, the New Brunswick Council on Articulations and Transfer (NBCAT), and the Saskatchewan Credit Transfer and Learner Pathways Committee). 

Facilitator: Joanne Duklas, Primary Investigator and Project Lead, ARUCC PCCAT National Transcript and Transfer Credit Project; Researcher and Consultant, Duklas Cornerstone Consulting

  • Groningen 101

Kathleen Massey is the University Registrar and Executive Director of Enrolment Services at McGill University

Kathleen has worked at McGill University in Montreal as the University Registrar and Executive Director of Enrolment Services since 2007. Previously, Kathleen held leadership positions at one college and two other universities across Canada, in Toronto and Calgary. Her involvement in supporting student mobility through credit recognition has included roles on the PCCAT executive and as a university representative on the Alberta Council on Admission and Transfer. Massey is a member of several national and international professional organizations, including ARUCC, PCCAT and the Quebec Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (sous comité des registraires). She is currently the Chair of the national ARUCC Groningen Task Force in Canada. Massey is the proud leader of the award-winning Enrolment Services team at McGill.


Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and Langara College (Vancouver, British Columbia) have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at facilitating the transfer of Langara College students who have completed the two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees into the third year of studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s, to complete a further two years of study and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Science (Honours) degree. In the first part of the presentation we will look at the different steps of developing a pathway between an Ontario university and a British Columbia college. In the second part, we will consider the implementation of the project, that includes the development of a streamlined program-specific application and admission procedure, the creation of a comprehensive marketing and communication plan to introduce Langara students to Queen’s University, and the leverage of the functionality of the PeopleSoft student information system to facilitate an efficient and transparent admission and transfer credit assessment process.

Dr. Humphreys is the Vice President, Strategic Planning & Business Development of Langara College. He oversees and provides institutional leadership for the International Education, Continuing Studies, Institutional Research, Information Technology, and Communications & Marketing departments of the College, areas crucial to the strategic advancement of the college. Dr. Humphreys joined Langara in 2006 as the Manager of Business and Technology Programs in the Continuing Studies Department. In 2009, he became Langara's Director of Communications & Marketing. He later took on the role of Associate Vice-President of Student Development and Marketing, prior to holding his current position. Previous to working with Langara, Dr. Humphreys was an instructor in, and the Executive Director of, the Geraldine and Tong Louie Human Performance Centre in the School of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. He subsequently left the academe to build a successful educational technology company, an opportunity that combined his passion for learning and technology. Dr. Humphreys earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Science from Liverpool Polytechnic University in England before travelling to Canada where he earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Alberta. While at University of Alberta, he was awarded the Isaac Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship for doctoral studies, the Andrew Stewart Graduate Prize and a University of Alberta Dissertation Fellowship.

Susan Blake is the Assistant Dean (Studies) in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University. She formulates strategy for the maintenance and development of undergraduate programs in the Faculty, aligned with the academic mission of the University. She develops and implements short and long-term plans and policies for the Faculty and has overall responsibility for the effective delivery of academic services to Arts and Science students. Ms Blake manages the work of the Faculty Curriculum Committee and has over 15 years’ experience working with the Departments and Schools in the Faculty of Arts and Science to develop curriculum at the course, program, and degree level. She has expertise in the application of policies and regulations that govern degree completion, including transfer credit and dual/second degree programs. She has been directly involved in setting up collaborative degree requirements with other post-secondary institutions and has liaised with the Office of the University Registrar to ensure accurate academic record-keeping and degree audits for these programs.

  • New Developments in Quality Assurance for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
    in Canada

The purpose of this session is to introduce participants to THE MANUAL, published by the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) in November 2015. With a strong focus on quality assurance, The Manual provides a basic framework for the development and implementation of RPL. Organizations and Institutions can use it to: review current RPL practices and policies, identify potential areas for improvement or development, embed RPL principals into existing programs and services, and enhance the professional development of RPL practitioners. The presenters will focus on the Nine Guiding Principles for Quality RPL Practice in Canada, and engage participants in a dialogue around implementation and staff PD issues. The Manual also includes three Self-Audit Checklists (for Principles, Quality, and Systems), and a Quality Procedures Checklist. These will be available for viewing and discussion.

Dr. Patrick Donahoe, Dean, Faculty of Academic & Career Advancement, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), and Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA).

Dr. Charles Joyner, Registrar for Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) and Board Chair, BC’s Prior Learning Action Network (BCPLAN)

The characteristics and use of transfer credit agreements are often collectively analyzed across time, across types of institutions, or across types of agreements. However, macro-level analyses may not identify issues related to transfer agreements within specific academic disciplines – issues which may affect the flexibility of those agreements. For example, issues surrounding accreditation, stale-dating, and block transfer issues may create barriers to transfer credit. We present an analysis of business-related transfer agreements in the BC Transfer System to demonstrate how a discipline-specific review can highlight transfer-related issues that might

otherwise go unrecognized.

Dr. Fiona A. E. McQuarrie is an associate professor of organizational studies in the School of Business at the University of the Fraser Valley. She was formerly the Special Projects Coordinator at BCCAT, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies at UFV. She holds a Ph.D. in organizational analysis from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Alex Z. Kondra is an associate professor of organizational theory in the Faculty of Business at Athabasca University. He has served as the Dean of Business at Athabasca and as the acting Vice-President Academic at Athabasca. He holds a Ph.D in industrial relations from the University of Alberta.


  • From Provincial Policy to Provincial Collaboration in Dual Credit

A panel discussion featuring Alberta, BC, Manitoba (and maybe Ontario) discussing how the provinces have highlighted each other's work in Dual Credit to build a collaborative approach to this important transitional activity.

John FitzGibbon, Director, Transfer and Articulation, BC Council on Admissions and Transfer

Ann Marie Lyseng, Senior Manager for the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) Secretariat and Learner Pathways within Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education.

Anita Ratnam is the project lead on the MB Transfer Credit initiative and has spent 11 years in various administration roles in higher education, most recently as Registrar at Booth University College. Anita started her career in teaching and holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Education. 

  • Cross-Jurisdictional Transfer Agreements: Private to Public

While BC has a well-established system for transfer and articulation between public and recognized institutions, transfer across jurisdictions presents challenges. Using a transfer agreement between the University of the Fraser Valley and Columbia Bible College as an example, I explore how a blended approach to transfer, which includes outcomes-based assessment, can overcome some of these challenges and ensure that student learning is recognized.

Alisa Webb is the Associate Dean of Students in the College of Arts and an Associate Professor of History at the University of the Fraser Valley. She holds a BA, an MA, and a PhD in History, as well as a post-secondary teaching certificate. She began her career as a sessional instructor at UFV and was hired as a full member of the faculty in 2007. During her time as a faculty member, she served on numerous committees and chaired both the History Department and the Social, Cultural, and Media Studies Department. She also became engaged with BCCAT, first as an institutional History representative and then as secretary to the History Articulation Committee. Moving to a full-time administrative position in 2014, she is responsible for student issues, academic policy, curriculum and programs, block transfer and articulation, and peer mentoring within the College of Arts. She continues her association with BCCAT as System Liaison to the History Articulation Committee.

  • From Application and Beyond: Tracking Aspirations and Motivations for Transfer of Ontario’s University and College Applicants

Building the best possible articulation and transfer environment requires an understanding of incoming student cohorts’ educational goals and plans. For example, what proportion of incoming college students aspire to go on to a university degree? Might this group differ in any meaningful ways from students who plan to enter the workforce directly after completing college? The project involves two phases. The first phase includes creating a comprehensive profile of the following two groups: 1) Ontario college applicants who plan to transfer to university, 2) Ontario university applicants who are transferring from college. The data and analysis will be based

on Academica’s proprietary University and College Applicant Survey (UCASTM). This data source includes over 150, 000 survey respondents that completed the UCASTM between 2010 and 2015. Our presentation will examine and report comprehensive applicant profiles including extensive demographic data (e.g. age, gender, household income, and ethnicity) as well as applicant PSE aspirations, institutional selection criteria and key decision factors. Preliminary results show that 41% of college applicants had plans to attain a credential higher than a diploma, and 7.4% of university applicants indicated they had previously attended college. The second phase involves a new survey to be developed by the project team, to track outcomes and the experiences of those who aspired to transfer as well as those who transferred from college to a degree.

Centre for Research in Student Mobility at Seneca College: This facility was established in July, 2014 with a stated goal to “become a hub for ongoing research in student movement within the postsecondary education sector.” The Centre investigates how and why students transfer between postsecondary institutions and programs. The research includes student movement within the sector provincially, nationally and internationally to help inform policy, program and pathway development, student advising, student support services and institutional partnerships. Academica Group Academica Group is a leading provider of research, consulting services, and content dedicated to the Post-Secondary Education (PSE) sector in Canada. One of Academica’s most long-standing and flagship products is The University/College Applicant Study (UCAS™). Institutions across Canada first participated in this study 18 years ago and have placed great importance on its strategic value. The UCAS™ examines applicant profiles, PSE goals, selection criteria and key decision factors. This proprietary data source enables us to examine and report comprehensive applicant profiles.

Ursula McCloy, PhD Research Project Manager manages the range of research being produced at the Centre for Research in Student Mobility at Seneca College. Ursula is the lead researcher on several projects, and ensures the funded opportunities are completed on time. She has been a researcher in Ontario’s higher education sector for the past 10 years, most recently leading two projects with Ontario Colleges funded by MTCU’s Productivity and Innovation Fund. Previously she was Research Director at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (2007-2013), leading both internal and externally funded research projects. From 2004-2007, as Research Officer at Colleges Ontario, she undertook research and analysis for evidence-based advocacy and policy development. She has a PhD in Nutritional Science from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, and master’s and undergraduate degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She also completed post doctorate work at the University of Manitoba.

Rod Skinkle, M.A. President & CEO, Building upon his background in higher education student affairs research, Rod has led Academica Group to become a leading provider of higher education policy, consumer research and enrolment consulting with most of Canada’s leading universities and colleges coast-to-coast. Rod pioneered the development of research tools and studies for Canadian institutions and is the founder of the University/College Applicant Study (UCAS™), the largest ongoing syndicated study of higher education consumers in North America. In addition to his overall leadership and executive responsibilities, Rod leads and is committed to maintaining a thriving market and social policy research division focused on higher education accessibility, student success, education and career goal development. Rod holds a Diploma in Behavioural Science, Loyalist College, an Honours Degree in Psychology, University of Waterloo, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Research, the University of Saskatchewan. Rod presents research and position papers to a wide range of policy/government groups (e.g. Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Council of Ontario Universities, Association of Community Colleges of Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) and has published numerous studies in scholarly journals.


Representatives of Canada’s jurisdictional “CATs” will share and discuss developments on transfer and mobility in their regions, and provide an update on collaborative projects and activities.

Philip Belanger is the Executive Director, New Brunswick Council on Articulations and Transfer (NBCAT). Originally from Ottawa, ON, Philip Bélanger has served the government of New Brunswick since 1979, with a strong background in education and training, project development, management and consulting. In 2004 Philip took on the responsibility of Immigration Settlement and Multiculturalism within the department of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL), with much implication in credentialing. In December, 2006 he joined the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET) on a secondment agreement, for the development of an Atlantic Centre for International Credentials and Competency Assessment and Recognition. With his deep involvement in credentialing Philip was approached by PETL to develop a provincial long-term operational structure to facilitate credit transfer and prior learning assessment andrecognition (PLAR) in NB, which lead to the establishment of a New Brunswick Council on Articulations and Transfer (NBCAT). Officially founded in 2010, Philip was appointed Executive Director of NBCAT.

Glenn Craney is the founding Executive Director of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), a member-driven organization in the province that brings together all institutions in the post-secondary education sector. In this leadership role, Glenn and his team work with Ontario’s 45 publicly funded colleges and universities to develop transfer credit policies and practices that will enhance student mobility and change the culture of credit transfer. Prior to joining ONCAT, Glenn served as Senior Policy Advisor to the President, and Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis at York University, as well as Chair of the Council on University Planning and Analysis (CUPA). Previously, he was Director of the Office of Institutional Analysis and Planning and lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Guelph. Glenn began his career within the Postsecondary Education Division of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities where he held progressively senior roles in both the colleges and universities branches. In 2005, he was seconded to government from Guelph University for the Rae Review on Postsecondary Education.

Robin Fisher is the Chair of the Alberta Council on Admission and Transfer (ACAT).

Robin’s last academic position was as Provost and Vice President Academic at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Prior to Mount Royal he was a Faculty Dean at the University of Regina and the University of Northern British Columbia. He is an historian by discipline and, as a faculty member at Simon Fraser University, he published on the history of British Columbia, the Pacific and New Zealand. He has served on the transfer councils of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Returning to the west coast he is doing some consulting work and has come back to history by working on a biography of the anthropologist, Wilson Duff.

Robert Fleming is the Executive Director & Co-chair of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT).

Prior to being appointed BCCAT Executive Director and Co-chair in 2010, Dr. Fleming taught at various institutions in BC and served in administrative roles, including English department Co-chair, Dean of Humanities, and Associate Vice-President Academic. Over his career, he has contributed as a member of several provincial, national, and international post-secondary committees and organizations. His scholarship includes presentations and publications on literature and composition, program development and review, post-secondary policy and systems, and organizational cultures. Dr. Fleming holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from the University of British Columbia, and a Doctorate in Education from Simon Fraser University. He is also a graduate of SFU’s Professional Development Program in Teacher Education.

Dave Nealeis the Executive Director of Campus Manitoba. Dr. Neale is a retired VP Academic and professor emeritus of Ambrose University, Calgary. He joined Campus Manitoba in 2012 and has been actively transforming the organization since that time. Campus Manitoba now operates a virtual online learning portal ( and is building a transfer credit portal scheduled to go live in 2016, as well as other collaborative initiatives within the Manitoba PSE system.



  • Interact with Alberta’s New Transfer System

This session will share new technology, tools, and supports for Alberta’s Transfer System. These supports were developed as a part of the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer’s (ACAT’s) Learner Pathways Modernization Initiative (LPMI), with the guidance of Alberta stakeholder working groups, and in collaboration with other provinces, including Manitoba, BC, and Ontario. Participants are asked to bring a device (e.g., mobile phone, tablet, laptop) to the session for an interactive tour of the new supports. The will include interaction with the updated Transfer Alberta website, transfer agreement search tool and mobile app, and highlights for institutions for the new data warehouse, including uploading/downloading transfer agreements and decisions, admissions requirements, high school equivalency admissions information, and other pathways information in future phases (e.g., dual credit, PLAR, linkages to other organizations). Institutions from outside of Alberta can also share transfer agreements they have with Alberta transfer system members as receivers in Alberta’s system, and/or request membership in Alberta’s system if they meet membership criteria. Come engage in Alberta’s new transfer system tools, information, and supports and discuss next steps for Phases 3 and 4 of the LPMI, including interprovincial linkages.

Ann Marie Lyseng Senior Manager for the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) Secretariat and Learner Pathways within Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education. 

  • From Many Paths: Findings from the York University Excess Credits Study

The issue of “excess credits”, particularly those accumulated by transfer students compared to non-transfer students, has become a topic of concern for students, policy makers and transfer advisors/student services personnel. To support student’s timely completion of degrees and full participation in the workforce, the accumulation of excess credits and/or duplication of prior learning should be minimized. This presentation shares findings from an ONCAT funded research study (2015) conducted by York University on excess credits among transfer and non-transfer student populations. Given York University’s significant provincial share of transfer students, various transfer options available to students and collaborations with community colleges, this research provides an important lens into student access and mobility patterns within or across institutions. The presentation will summarize research on excess credits across jurisdictions and explore factors related to transfer student success. The presentation will also share key findings from a case study conducted at York University which included in depth review of York’s institutional and registrarial data examining student mobility patterns and student success outcomes involving a broad range of undergraduate degree programs over a five year period.

Julie Parna is Director, Strategic Academic Initiatives at York University Julie Parna’s senior leadership roles in the Ontario university sector span more than 30 years, focusing in the areas of advising, admissions and registrarial services. She has served as Director of Admissions for York University. Currently she is focussed on academic program quality, academic policy and student mobility and is directing key initiatives designed to enhance to support academic quality procedures and institutional capacity to enhance transfer credit.

  • Supporting Student Mobility through Transfer MB

An increasing number of students engage in post-secondary learning in a non-sequential manner and this has led to a demand for greater flexibility in course delivery and greater mobility between programs and institutions. In collaboration with the Manitoba public post-secondary institutions, Transfer MB was launched in the Spring to create a more transparent system for credit transfer. In this session, we will introduce Transfer MB and discuss how students and post-secondary institutions can navigate the education system.

Anita Ratnam is the project lead on the MB Transfer Credit initiative and has spent 11 years in various administration roles in higher education, most recently as Registrar at Booth University College. Anita started her career in teaching and holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Education.


  • Indigenous Educational Pathways: Engaging with Stakeholders to Explore Access, Mobility and Persistence in the BC Public Post-Secondary System

In British Columbia, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Training’s (AVED) “2020 Vision for the Future” states that improved access to post-secondary education for indigenous peoples is critical to our success. Although there are more indigenous students participating in post-secondary education in BC than ever before, the number of indigenous students earning a credential is lower when compared with non-indigenous students. If our provincial goal is to provide an integrated, relevant, and effective postsecondary education system for indigenous learners, it is important to understand how our institutions in BC are working to improve levels of postsecondary participation and success for indigenous students, and what information sources are used to examine our achievement of this goal. With this in mind, we conducted a comprehensive literature review and held over 23 telephone interviews with representatives from 20+ BC public post-secondary institutions. In addition, we used the information collected from these interviews to inform conversations with other stakeholders in the province, such as indigenous researchers and educators, to further enrich our understanding. The results of our study have the potential to greatly enhance our knowledge of existing structures and practices, and their interconnectedness, concerning postsecondary indigenous student access, mobility and persistence in BC.

Sarah Jacknife worked as a research assistant for this project, and is in her fourth year at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus where she is doing a double major in Gender and Women Studies and Indigenous Studies. Upon graduation, she hopes to work with aboriginal women within a Canadian government organization, or continue her studies in graduate school within Canada or abroad.

Cody Tolmie worked as a research assistant for this project and is an undergraduate student majoring in English literature at the University of British Columbia’s Okangan campus. He is from Chilliwack, BC and Scowlitz First Nation by Lake Errock. Upon graduation, he plans to learn his indigenous language of Halq’maylem and pursue either a Bachelor of Education degree or a Masters degree in interdisciplinary studies.

Kendra Mack recently moved to Kelowna from Ladner BC. She is currently a research analyst in the Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research department at UBC’s Okanagan campus. In 2015, she earned her Master’s in Public Health from the School of Population and Public Health at UBC Vancouver. Kendra’s research interests include anything to do with health promotion and chronic disease prevention. She is actively involved in sports like soccer and volleyball.

Adrienne Vedan is director, Aboriginal Programs and services at UBC’s Okanagan campus. She is of Okanagan and Shuswap ancestry and a member of the Okanagan Indian Band. Her interests and work include widening participation and access to higher education for aboriginal learners.

Stephanie McKeown has lived in Kelowna for over 15 years and is currently the director, Okanagan Planning and Institutional Research at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Her research interests include understanding how patterns of student behaviour, student perceptions of their educational experiences and institutional structures are related to persistence, social and personal development and academic achievement. She is currently serving her second term as a member of the Research Committee for the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT; 2013-2019).

  • Residency, Student Success and Academic Integrity

MacEwan University recently examined the state of academic residency requirements across Canada as part of a process of reconsidering its own policies and practices. Guided by a commitment to student success as part of eight core institutional pillars, three were in particular focus for this work: excellence in education, putting learners first, and student engaged research. Led by MacEwan’s Academic Planning and Priorities Committee, a pan-institutional residency working group with membership from faculty, students, and administration, was struck to examine the intricacies of the issue. Join this session to learn about the findings from a national study and hear how one institution engaged in student focused, evidence based research to achieve the appropriate marrying of supporting student success and mobility and maintaining institutional academic integrity.

This session will be presented on behalf of the co-chairs of the Working Group, Mike Sekulic, University Registrar and Dr. Bob Graves, School of Business, at MacEwan University and the consultant hired to provide research support for the project, Joanne Duklas of Duklas Cornerstone Consulting. 

  • International Student Mobility in Ontario Colleges

Enrolment of international students in Ontario Colleges have almost tripled in the last five years, from 9861 students in 2009-10 to 27,513 in 2014-15. However, little is known about them, particularly their education pathways before college entry and after college graduation. This presentation is an examination of international students at Ontario Colleges compared to domestic student as it pertains to student mobility. The comparison will examine the demographic characteristics, previous credentials and program choice of students as well as the educational destination of graduates utilizing two provincial surveys. International students represent 10.4%

(51,213) of the total 492,486 respondents in the Student Satisfaction survey in the four year period from 2011-12 to 2014-15; and they represent 9.3% (55,730) of the total 596,740 graduates in the Graduate Satisfaction survey from 2007 to 2014. Among the early results, we find that 39.8% of international students report having a university degree compared to 10.2% of domestic students. And, while the number of international students continue to rise in the college system, the percentage of those who transfer to a university has been declining. In 2006-07, 8.8% of international graduates transferred to university within 6 months, at a similar rate as non-international graduates. However, by 2014, the transfer rate for international graduates dropped to only 2%, far lower than the rate for non-international students. 

Henry Decock is the Associate VP, Academic Partnerships at Seneca, and is responsible for the Centre for Research in Student Mobility and the Degree and Credit Transfer Office. He holds a BA in Sociology and Politics from the University of Western Ontario, an MA in Sociology from York University and a PhD in Higher Education from OISE/University of Toronto. Ursula McCloy is the Research Manager in the Centre for Research in Student Mobility. Previously she was Research Director at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (2007-2013), and Research Officer at Colleges Ontario (2004-2007). Ursula has a PhD in Nutritional Science from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, and master’s and undergraduate degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mitchell Steffler is the Research Analyst in the Centre for Research in Student Mobility. He was formerly a Data Analyst at the Public Economics Data Analysis Lab (PEDAL) in McMaster University. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Economic Policy from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.


  • Inter-Provincial Student Mobility – Research and Opportunities for Collaboration

Many provinces have been involved collecting data on student mobility within their jurisdiction. These data have established key mobility pathways within provinces, and in some cases, the success of mobile students in their subsequent institution. The panel will begin with a summary of key research initiatives in each of the three participating provinces, focusing on findings and methodology employed, and allowing the participants and the audience to share research strategies. The panel will close with a discussion of opportunities to develop collaborative research involving more than one jurisdiction, and the benefits likely to flow from such a collaboration.

Robert Adamoski supports the Research and Admissions Committees at BCCAT. He chairs BC's Student Transitions Project, an information sharing project that studies student transitions between BC's K-12 and post-secondary sectors, and student mobility within BC public post-secondary institutions.

Glenn Craney is the founding Executive Director of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT). Prior to joining ONCAT, Glenn served as Senior Policy Advisor to the President and Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis at York University, as well as Chair of the Council on University Planning and Analysis (CUPA).

Robin Fisher is the Chair of the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer and has also served on the CATs in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. His PhD in history is from the University of British Columbia and he has published on the history of the Pacific and British Columbia. His administrative career culminated as Provost and Vice President Academic at Mount Royal University.

Ann Marie Lyseng is the Senior Manager for the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) Secretariat and Learner Pathways within Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education. Ann Marie has a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Alberta, and has worked as a secondary and post-secondary instructor in Alberta and for Alberta Education as a Senior Manager in assessment and curriculum, including English Language Arts, Social Studies/Social Sciences, and Knowledge & Employability.

Anna Tikina is BCCAT's Research Officer. She has strong skills in research and policy analysis, project management experience in academic and industrial settings, and familiarity with institutional research in the B.C. postsecondary system. Anna conducts research, as well as supports and manages research projects undertaken by external researchers for Council.