Dale Ritchie


With a B. Comm and post-graduate studies in Computer Science and Finance from Saint Mary's University, Dale Ritchie carries a wide variety of creative interests and decades of business experience. Dale's entrepreneurship and leadership has led McKenzie College to be one of Atlantic Canada's most respected post-secondary institutions. Being an artist himself, Dale knows the value of creativity at full potential and strives to instill that into our students.


Holly McKnight

Vice President Operations

As an experienced professional educator and administrator, she brings an extensive and proven track record to McKenzie College, holding teaching and management positions at colleges, universities and corporations in both Canada and the US for over 20 years. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in Arts from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and two Masters Degrees, one in Social Work from the University of Toronto and the other in Information Technology Education, Adult Education from Dalhousie University and the Information Technology Institute. Her passion is designing programs that support students in their career goals and celebrating their success.

Cathy Cormier

Campus Administrator

As a Business graduate from the Academy of Learning, our Campus Administrator Cathy Cormier has great knowledge of the college system and handles daily operations of our school proudly and effectively. Cathy always greets each student by name and with a friendly smile; and always offers advice to students when needed.


Leigh Boone

Admissions Advisor, Marketing Manager

As a Mckenzie College Visual Arts Foundation & Graphic Design Alumna, Leigh brings her knowledge of student life to the position as Admissions Advisor. An energetic, creative, lover-of-life, Leigh is the first point of contact for most students, successfully guiding them from application to enrolment while providing the smoothest and best experience possible. As a previous business owner combined with her education and work experience in design and social media management, Leigh’s expertise has amplified the college’s marketing efforts since starting her position here.


Carrie Applebee

Admissions Advisor

A native of Okanagan Valley, BC, Carrie began her career as a Dental Assistant after completing her diploma at KDM Dental College International. She quickly became an advocate in her field of study by serving on the Alberta Dentist Assistants Association Advisory board and volunteering her time to the Calgary Urban Projects Society, providing dental care to low income families. Now, as an Admissions Advisor at McKenzie, she draws upon her vast experience of working with the public by guiding prospective students through our admission process and helping many of them make the transition to college life.

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Charles Pan

Assistant to the President, Asian Market Specialist

With over 2 decades of experience in the media industry in both China and Canada, Charles leads the charge in the growth of our Asian student population here at McKenzie College. He holds Post-graduate certificates in New Media & Advanced Film and TV, master in Educational Leadership, and has proven leadership in effectively managing teams of different sizes in both Canada and China. Charles add exceptional value to our team with his expertise in planning, hosting, directing and delivering numerous large-scale international art and cultural events for clients of various backgrounds.


Patricia Ables

Language Centre Coordinator

Patricia is a life-long learner who enjoys living, studying, and working in different countries. She was born in the Netherlands, earned her TEFL Diploma in England, her Bachelors in Translation and Interpretation in Italy, and her two Masters in Education in the US. She has been an English teacher in Europe and North America for over 10 years to people from all over the world. Having learned English as an Additional Language herself, she has a thorough understanding of the challenges her students may face and this enables her to help them succeed.

Fabrizio Santori

Lead Instructor, Visual Arts Foundation

As the Visual Arts Foundation instructor at McKenzie College, Fabrizio's degree from NSCAD University has given him a unique understanding of art, and how to unleash the creativity of his students. He instills visual literacy, design theory and artistic techniques throughout the program that equip the students with the foundation skills they need to catapult their careers as artists and designers.

Joël Culligan

Lead Instructor, Photography Media Arts

With 7 years experience in photography instruction, Joel Culligan knows the techniques and skills needed to be a successful professional photographer. He guides his students in mastering their cameras and capturing the environment they shoot successfully. Joel is an active photographer and visual artist, who has known for creating his own unique photography techniques and holds several exhibitions each year.

Michael Roy

Lead Instructor, Video Game Art / TV & Game Animation

Mike Roy is a highly motivated, enthusiastic, animation producer and director. As the owner of Flic Studios, he brings with him over 15 years experience in various roles, producing award winning web content, design, illustration, game art and animation. Mike inspires his students to push themselves creatively, while keeping a focus on developing the technical skills relevant to todays game art studios. His real world experience, strong mentoring skills and industry connections make him a valuable addition to the McKenzie College team.

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Faron Dawe

Lead Instructor, Graphic Design

With a Visual Arts diploma from CONA, and as a McKenzie College Graphic Design Alumni of 2001, Faron has built a career in the communication design and advertising field over the last 18 years. He has taken pride in surpassing the expectations of past clients and employers in the areas of Creative Direction, Graphic Design and Client Relations. In his role as Lead Graphic Design Instructor for McKenzie College, Faron is eager to share his passion for, and experience in, both communications and design, while instilling in his students the requirements and employable skills that are sought after in the design industry.

Allyson Jackson

ESL Instructor

Allyson has a diploma in Acting for Film and Television from the Vancouver Film School, a BA from Dalhousie University with a major in Sociology and Social Anthropology, and her TESOL certification from ILAC (International Language Academy of Canada) in Toronto. She has been teaching for the past few years at McKenzie, organizing field trips and working with our present and future students, to ensure the most successful experience here at McKenzie College. 

David LeBlanc

ESL Instructor

David grew up in Ottawa, Canada, the youngest of five. After graduating with honours from Trent University (Peterborough, ON), David pursued post-graduate studies in applied gravitational physics in the mountains of British Columbia. David has been teaching English as a Second Language since January 2000, in Japan and then on both east and west coasts of Canada. David’s interests include art, literature and media studies. He enjoys watching baseball and playing the guitar, sometimes simultaneously.