Anne-Marie Edgar is the Executive Director for Make A Change Canada. Reporting to the Board of Directors, she is responsible for the overall management of our programs and the effective administration of the organization. Anne-Marie has been with Make A Change Canada since January 2007, with her prior role as Financial Manager for the organization. Anne-Marie's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master in Business Administration. With over 20 years' experience working with persons living with a disability, Anne-Marie has a strong understanding and regard for those facing certain challenges in life. Having worked previously as an instructional designer, as the owner-operator of a construction business, and as a management consultant, Anne-Marie brings specific and pertinent expertise to Make A Change Canada. While working in the IT field Anne-Marie developed online training, conducted training sessions, and managed courseware development teams. Clients included the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Transport Canada, BNR, TRW, Workers' Compensation Board of BC, and Sprint. Outside of work hours you will find Anne-Marie enjoying gardening and furthering her knowledge through reading, lifelong learning, and watching documentary films.
Online Community and Content Coordinator
Rory Case was born and raised in rural Nakusp, British Columbia, and recently returned to the Kootenays after living and working in Toronto for three years. In 2010 Rory graduated, with honours, from the Independent Digital Film Program at Selkirk College. She has several years’ experience working in the film industry as a camera operator for live production and video editor for promotional videos and documentaries. Always aiming to develop her learning, Rory decided to diversify her skills by obtaining her Office Administration Certification, which she completed online in 2015. Her end goal was to combine her love for technology with practical office skills so she could work in a consistent, yet creative environment. Rory has used her combined education in several industries including marketing, travel, legal, and communications. As an avid ice hockey player, Rory has played and refereed recreational and competitive hockey over the last 20 years. Her most memorable experience as a player was when she travelled to Tokyo, Japan, with a Canadian female hockey team to participate in an international friendship tournament. Since then, Rory’s travels have taken her all over the United States, Canada, Australia, and most recently on a backpacking trip through Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Rory also enjoys cooking, photography, and being outdoors.
Employment Case Manager
Mary lives in the vicinity of Moncton, New Brunswick, and has been with Make A Change Canada since March 2008. With previous experience in the employment services field, in providing direct client care, and as a healthcare professional, Mary has had the opportunity to work alongside a diverse group of clientele. She has a highly enthusiastic attitude and is an approachable, compassionate team member. Mary strives to provide exceptional student services and administrative support for program participants. Always offering a supportive environment for our clients as they strive for success in their personal and business endeavours, Mary enjoys her role immensely. Strongly believing in the benefits that continuing education provides, Mary has completed college courses in Psychology, Pharmacology, Public Health, Ethics in Counselling, and Small Business Management. She also holds a Diploma in Massage Therapy and has recently completed additional certifications in Life Skills Coaching and E-Business Management. In her spare time, Mary can often be found reading a good book, working in the garden, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Team Leader – Bilingual (Mon-Thurs)
Doug has been working as a business coach in the nonprofit sector for eleven years, seven of which have been with Make A Change Canada. He has provided guidance to hundreds of clients in helping them achieve their goal of self-employment. Doug is highly skilled at one-on-one coaching, group facilitation, and delivering online webinars. With a consulting background in the financial, publishing, and manufacturing sectors, and through his work with foreign governments, Doug has wide-ranging business expertise. Some of the interesting projects Doug has led include project management of integrated business systems for a chain of Canadian newspapers and the development of protocols for online banking systems and ATMs. While living in the Carribean, Doug developed a strategic plan for tourism and financial systems for airlines, in addition to participating in several fraud investigations conducted with British, American, and Canadian agencies. As the International Y2K Consultant to the United Nations, Doug has travelled extensively delivering information seminars to several foreign governments. Throughout the years Doug has volunteered with various national agencies and service clubs spearheading a number of fundraising and educational initiatives. Doug currently enjoys focusing his energies on coaching aspiring entrepreneurs and in the creative arts, offering writing and screenplay services as well as on-camera training and casting services. Doug has appeared in a number of commercials, has a lengthy stage performance portfolio, and has produced, directed, and acted in a number of films and corporate videos.
Business Coach (Mon-Thurs)
Chantal was born and raised in Nelson, British Columbia, and currently lives in Calgary, Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria with a specialization in International Business and is currently completing her Diploma in Public Relations. Her professional experience spans across many facets including mentorship, event management, marketing/social media, entrepreneurship, facilitation, and relationship building. Chantal has worked for a multinational company, co-founded an international NGO, co-chaired an international environmental summit, worked for a technology start-up, and as managing partner, helped found the successful sustainability and marketing consulting firm, Synergy (www.synergyenterprises.ca). Chantal has over five years' experience in the field of business sustainability. She currently consults small and medium sized businesses on operations strategy from the sustainability perspective. She has also mentored dozens of students, helping them to formulate their career path and develop their business plans. Chantal has played varsity soccer both in Canada and abroad, and since has taken her athletic pursuits to the hot yoga room. Chantal is training for a half-marathon and enjoys nothing more than a hike with views.
Business Coach – Bilingual (Mon-Thurs)
Louise has worked as a professional business coach and has enjoyed 15 years of helping hundreds of people achieve their dreams of self-employment. When it comes to her career, Louise is most passionate about inspiring the inner entrepreneur. Louise aspires to support individuals as they develop their business concepts and enjoys helping them stay focused on their vision. Having overcome a serious health diagnosis herself, Louise knows first-hand the struggles and challenges of facing change while trying to land on one’s feet. Prior to business coaching, Louise worked for many years in Northern Alberta in the publishing industry where she was co-owner and publisher of a newspaper. Public relations was a large part of Louise’s role, and she earned significant recognition with her award-winning graphic designs. An adventurer at heart, Louise is passionate about the 13th century. She has travelled twice to Montségur, France, to conduct research for her recently published book, The Last Cathar, with the sequel now underway. Louise is an artist and writer by nature and finds joy in following whatever may inspire her. As a fabric and textile artist, her silk wall hangings can be found as far away as Argentina. Other artistic interests include felted ‘Downton’-style hats, Venetian leather masks, and cheesemaking.
Instructional Team Lead
George Papazian is a New Media Creative and a specialist in the interplay of business, technology, and the arts. As an educator, he has either taught, developed curriculum, or played a role in developing the Digital Media programs of some of Canada’s top new media institutions at colleges and universities including Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Art Institute. George's students have gone on to win design awards, and work for companies such as Yahoo!, Electronic Arts (FIFA Project), Zynga, and Blast Radius. On the business and development side, he is the Creative Lead and Project Lead of OptoMedia Web Technologies, a Vancouver based online digital agency, where he leads a compact, talented team in simultaneous web projects and online campaigns.
Colin has worked in the tech sector for over 25 years and has a host of certificates and diplomas to his name in the following areas: computer programming, information technology and management, and web design and optimization. New to the position of remote educational facilitator, Colin has worked previously with Make A Change Canada in the roles of web programmer, peer tutor, and teaching assistant. Colin also owns Keane Computing Solutions, which specializes in web development and web programming. With a passion for sharing his wealth of experience and knowledge with others, and the empathy and understanding he applies in his role, Colin complements our guiding principles in providing individualized and caring service to students. Colin resides in Surrey, British Columbia, and when he isn’t deep into problem-solving or teaching new skills, he enjoys playing chess, waterskiing, and sailing. With his great sense of humour, don’t be surprised if you hear Colin crack a joke or two.