Our EPD course facilitators are leaders in their fields, chosen from the Sobey School of Business and the local corporate community. Programs in partnership with the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University provide the opportunity to meet instructors from other areas of Canada. Collectively, their experience, research and consulting expertise represent the most current business practices, skills, and strategies available. All of this knowledge is yours to apply once you’ve completed your training and returned to your workplace.

Bridget Browlow Sandra Martyn Debi Peverill 
Brenda Fair donalee Moulton Crane Wood Stookey
Michael Kennedy Christine Panasian Sylvie Thibault
Rose Landry Eileen Pease Terry Wagar
Matt MacPhee Michael Petitpas John Zettler

Bridget Brownlow, BA, MA, Con. Res. Cert.

Bridget Brownlow is the Conflict Resolution Advisor for Saint Mary’s University. She is a certified conflict resolution specialist and has over 20 years of extensive experience in organizational conflict management. Her expertise is focused on delivering a wide range of alternative dispute resolution services, training and education designed for employees, faculty, management and unions at all levels within the organization.

For the past thirteen years, Bridget has been the Senior Coordinator for an international conflict resolution initiative in Northern Ireland. This involves development and implementation of peace education programs in collaboration with Peaceful Schools International and Saint Mary’s University. She is currently a Director on the Board of Peaceful Schools International and teaches part-time in the Departments of Political Science and Irish Studies at Saint Mary’s University.

Bridget facilitates: Managing and Resolving Conflict in the Workplace

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Wendy R. Carroll, PhD Management, CPHR

Wendy Carroll photo 2022

Dr. Wendy R. Carroll, an award-winning teacher and practice-oriented researcher, is the Director of the EMBA and EDBA Programs and associate professor in the Department of Management at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University. After a 20-year career working in national and multinational businesses as a senior leader and executive, Wendy joined the academy and researches and teaches in the areas of workforce strategies, human resource management, employee relations, leadership, and evidence-based decision-making. Wendy was awarded the Dr. Geraldine Thomas Educational Leadership Award within the academy in 2018 and received national recognition as one of the Top 25 HR Professionals by Canadian HR Reporter Magazine in 2016. In 2016, she was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant for work on exploring employee silence in organizations after unjust events, such as harassment or bullying.

Wendy facilitates: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

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Brenda Fair, BA, CPHR


Brenda has been a principal of Fairwinds Training and Development since 1995 and in that time has worked with many local and national businesses and organizations. A graduate of Acadia University, Brenda received her Certified Human Resources Professional designation through the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations in 2001.

Brenda has served as a Director for both the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. She is currently the Past Commodore of the Cheema Aquatic Club, a globally recognized Sprint Canoe and Kayak racing club, home to six Olympians.

Brenda focuses her client work in the areas of leadership, organizational and team development. In addition, she provides HR consulting services and training in many other content areas. She believes in an interactive, learner centred approach in her classroom and strives to create an atmosphere that is enjoyable as well as informative.

Brenda facilitates: Developing Managerial Effectiveness | Essentials of Managing People | Human Resource Fundamentals | Leadership Skills for the New ManagerTalent Selection, Development and Retention

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Michael Kennedy, BSc, CAE, MEd

Michael is an independent contractor delivering education in leadership and management. A retired Lieutenant-Colonel, he served thirty-one years with the Canadian Armed Forces. His numerous leadership and staff positions included Commanding Officer (CO) of 404 Maritime Patrol & Training Squadron, CO of the CF Academy of Leadership & Languages, and Senior Staff Officer Directorate of Flight Safety. His last posting was as the Deputy CO of the Maritime Warfare Centre. Suffering a back injury, he took a medical release in 2004.

Michael managed business plans, budgets, operations and personnel. He conducted numerous personal evaluations, as well as coaching and counselling members on performance. He conducted summary trials, Boards of Inquiry and grievance hearings. He investigated harassment allegations. He served as a panel member of a court-martial. He has seen the good, the bad and the mediocre.

A passion for continuous learning led him to return to university earning a Certificate in Adult Education and a Master of Education. He also qualified as a practitioner in the MBTI and Personality Dimensions (temperament model). Since 2004, he has worked with companies profit and non-profit and government agencies across Canada improving leadership, management and communication skills. His sessions are informative, interactive and make you think deeply.

Michael facilitates: Developing Effective Facilitation Skills | Executing Change and Overcoming ResistanceFacing Common Leadership ChallengesFoundation for an Agile WorkplaceImproving Interpersonal Communication | Leadership 2.0Maximizing Employee Effectiveness

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Rose Landry, BA, MPA

Rose has over 25 years progressive experience working on and leading policy, governance and management initiatives; advising and coaching leaders, and mentoring and training professionals at every level of the not-for-profit, private and public sectors.

She is the owner and Principal Consultant of Landry & Associates Management Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in governance, policy, structure and management. For over 20 years, she and her firm have been providing consulting and advisory services, including: strategic planning; policy development, implementation, review, and evaluation; and organizational analysis and design, to clients in Nova Scotia and across Canada.

In addition to her work as a practitioner and consultant, Rose has been involved in education and training throughout her career. Beginning with the World University Service of Canada in 1991, developing and managing training programs for physicians and surgeons from the PRC; later with Dalhousie University as the author and instructor for Henson College’s course Organizational Structure & Design; throughout her career as a consultant designing and delivering training in key areas such as Policy and Change Management; and more recently with Executive and Professional Development, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, developing and delivering policy development and implementation courses.

Over the course of her career Rose has developed a deep appreciation for the opportunities and challenges facing organizations, and a love of working with clients to access and manage them.

Rose facilitates: Developing Policy that Performs | Implementing Policy and Managing Change | Policy Evaluation 

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Matt MacPhee, MSc

Matt is a senior project manager at the Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre and part-time faculty member in the Management and Marketing Departments at Saint Mary’s University. He has a Masters degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and several international coaching and consulting certifications, including a certification in Innovation Education from Babson College, the top Entrepreneurship school in the US.

Matt has trained and coached hundreds of businesses across Atlantic Canada over the last eight years, conducted several policy research projects in various areas of Atlantic Canadian economic development, and is interested in working with young growth-oriented companies. In particular, Matt works with growth companies to help them develop new products or new markets for existing products by using innovation and value proposition methodology that puts the customer first. Matt has recently been specializing in customer validation activities, learning how and why customers use the products they do.

As a part-time faculty in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University, Matt has taught eight different courses over the last five years to hundreds of students, specializing in management, organizational behaviour and marketing. Matt’s teaching philosophy is to use real world examples both from his own consulting practice and the wider world of business to illustrate topics at hand, and then reinforce those ideas through hands-on innovation-focused activities. Matt prefers to teach process over content so that participants will leave with new skills they can apply to their own organizations. With this in mind, he often spends as much time explaining the ‘why’ behind an activity so that participants feel more comfortable bringing a process back to their team. Matt’s teaching style is relaxed and informal and he believes that professional development should be as two-way as possible to capitalize on the expertise of the participants as much as possible.

 Matt facilitates: Applying Strategic Thinking

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Sandra Martyn, PMP

Sandra is President of The Martyn Group, a private consulting and training company specializing in project management. Spanning 25 years Sandra consistently receives the highest ratings for the value she provides in her courses across Canada. Adhering to methodologies defined by The Project Management Institute, she combines project management theory with “real life” experiences, making difficult project management concepts seem easy as she delivers her training in clear and understandable terms. Sandra loves what she does and that is clearly evident in her enthusiasm and humor in sharing her knowledge.

Sandra has developed courses in project management fundamentals, PMP® exam preparation, implementing a project management office, managing multiple projects, using Microsoft Project, as well as the Certificate in Comprehensive Project Management, an 8 day program, at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition, she participates in the Certificate in Business Skills for Managers program, at York University, Toronto. She has also authored and facilitates courses for the health care industry, as well as social services, and clinical leaders.
Her courses are considered some of the most highly rated courses for several universities across Canada. Sandra is also on the program advisory committee for the Graduate Certificate.

Sandra facilitates: The Project Management Course | Certificate in Comprehensive Project Managment

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donalee Moulton, BA


donalee is our resident wordsmith. As a communications specialist, award-winning writer and freelance journalist with more than 25 years’ experience, donalee facilitates many of our writing-related courses including Editing Essentials, Writing Skills for Plain Language, and Grammar, Punctuation and Proofreading Boot Camp. For donalee, communicating effectively in writing (or any other way) is about much more than finding the right word. It’s about understanding your audience and tailoring a message to meet their needs – and ultimately yours. That’s why, for example, she recommends not starting emails to your boss with “Yo Dawg.” (donalee also believes that learning should be filled with laughter.) In her spare time, you can find donalee digging into the New York Times Crossword or out unearthing misplaced modifiers.  

Donalee facilitates: Grammar, Punctuation and Proofreading Boot Camp

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Christine Panasian, PhD, MA Finance

Dr. Christine Panasian is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Finance Information Systems and Management Science at the Sobey School of Business. Christine earned her Ph.D. degree from Texas Tech University in 2008. She received both a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in Montreal.

Prior to joining St. Mary’s University, Christine was part of the Department of Finance at University of Richmond, in Richmond, VA. Throughout her career, she taught at different times: Corporate Finance, Investments, International Finance, Financial Management, Options and Futures at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Her research topics span the greater area of Corporate Finance, touching Corporate Governance and Regulation, Ownership Structure and their impact on firm valuation, Real Estate Finance and recently various topics exploring Corporate Social Responsibility actions. She is regularly present at North American and European Finance Conferences as a presenter, discussant, session Chair or as a Program Committee member. Her research work has been published in The Financial Review, The Journal of Financial Research, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Risk and Insurance and The International Journal of Accounting.

Christine facilitates: Executive Finance With an Edge

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Eileen Pease, BA, M.Ed, CSP

Eileen is President of Dynamic Learning Inc., a company which helps people increase their productivity and enhance their working environment.

Eileen has been writing all her life. Currently she writes, updates, edits, and proofreads all Dynamic Learning Inc. manuals and handouts. She writes a monthly newsletter on topics related to the brain at work. A second edition of her book Get More Power from Your Brain was published in 2019.

Eileen has 30 years of experience teaching communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace, with a particular understanding of the brain at work.

She keeps up-to-date on how insights from neuroscience are being applied to leadership development through her connection with the NeuroLeadership Institute in New York. Their case studies and additional research inform her monthly newsletters to clients and participants in her courses.

Since 1991, Eileen has been certified in and uses the Leadership Effectiveness Analysis 360 tool developed by the Management Research Group in Portland, Maine. She has coached many people at different levels of leadership and management.

 Eileen has a BA (Psychology), B.Ed., Dalhousie University and a Master in Education degree from Mount Saint Vincent University.

In July 2015, Eileen was delighted to be awarded her Certified Speaking Professional medal at the US National Speakers Association conference in Washington, DC, USA. Less than 12% of the 5,000+ speakers who belong to the Global Speakers Federation hold this professional designation

Eileen facilitates:  Business Writing Skills | Editing Essentials | Implementing Policy and Managing the Change | Write to Convince: Effective Persuasion and Proposal | Writing Effective Policies and Procedures

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Michael E. Petitpas, BEd, CRCert

Michael is Principal of Clear Resolutions, Conflict Management Services as well as Senior Conflict Management Practitioner with the Conflict Resolution Centre Atlantic, CFB Halifax. He was previously the Acting Director of the Office of Early Conflict Resolution with Veterans Affairs Canada. In 2008 Michael was awarded the highest Civilian Award for an employee, the Deputy Minister’s Commendation, for Significant Contribution to Employee Well-being and a Respectful Workplace.

Michael has 20 years’ experience as a Certified Mediator and Senior Conflict Management Practitioner. This includes providing services in mediation, facilitation, coaching, group processes and training. As a member of the Inter-governmental Shared Mediator Program, he provided services to several government departments, mentored and helped assess new mediators to the program. 

In the past ten years, Michael has had extensive training and experience in dealing with groups in conflict. Group intervention training has included Transformative Justice Australia Conferencing, Group Conflict Intervention, Transformative Teambuilding, Circle Processes and Peacemaking. 

Michael has designed and presented hundreds of customized workshops for both private and public sector organizations including: Communication, Change Management, Negotiation, Leadership, and Instructional and Facilitation Techniques for Classroom Instructors.

To his workshops, Michael brings enthusiasm, passion, and a sense of humor to create an interactive and experiential learning environment.

Michael has a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a Certificate in Teaching Negotiation in the Corporation from the Project on Negotiation, Harvard University.  

Michael facilitates: Foundations of Conflict ResolutionMediation: Skills & Strategies

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Debi Peverill, BComm, CPA, CA

Debi Peverill is a veteran speaker known for her sense of humour and the depth of her financial knowledge. She holds a Bachelor in Commerce (Honours in Accounting) from Dalhousie University and a Chartered Accountant designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. She spent ten years with national accounting firms before founding her own public accounting firm, Peverill & Associates, in 1988. SBR Communications was founded in 1998 to separate the growing volume of training and speaking business from the accounting practice. In March 2006, SBR published Debi’s first book, Organize So That The Taxes Don’t Kill You, a primer on income tax for business owners and managers.

Debi has been teaching certificate and diploma courses at Saint Mary's University for many years. She has also provided financial training to participants of the HRDC Self Employed Assistance program and facilitated taxation seminars for a number of community groups and the general public. The feedback from previous participants testifies that Debi presents what appear to be boring or complicated topics in an easy to understand and humorous manner.

Debi facilitates: Certificate in Financial Management | Series for Excellence in Financial Management includes the following courses: Financial Decision Making | Financial ForecastingOperational Budgets | Understanding Financial Statements

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Sylvie Thibault, BA, MBA

Sylvie is a bilingual leadership capacity builder and seasoned management professional with a proven track record in developing individuals, teams, businesses, and associations in both the private and public sectors.

Sylvie holds an Executive MBA, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University. She also studied at the University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba where she completed the coursework for the Master’s Degree in Linguistics. Sylvie is also a Certified Trainer with Emploi‐Québec.

Sylvie has been a value-added partner of Fairwinds Training and Development Inc. since 2007 and has been highly praised as a coach, trainer, consultant and facilitator. Prior to joining Fairwinds, she spent over a decade in the information technology industry where she managed operations, provided in-house training and coaching to managers and employees, and facilitated the strategic planning process.

As a senior business consultant, she brings a wealth of hands-on knowledge that she accumulated while tackling business challenges in environments ranging from small private start-up companies to publicly-traded large global organizations.

As a trainer and facilitator, her style is dynamic with an emphasis on hands-on learning. She is passionate about personal and professional development and enjoys the synergy that takes place when facilitator and participants share knowledge and experiences.

Sylvie facilitates: Diversity, Equity and InclusionEmerging Trends in Human Resources | Leading Virtually

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Terry H. Wagar, LLB, PhD

Terry H. Wagar is a Professor of Human Resource Management / Industrial Relations at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. He was a Research Associate at the National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University of South Australia and has also taught at the University of South Australia, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Western Australia. Terry's degrees include an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen's University, an LLB from the University of Ottawa Law School, and a PhD in labour relations, human resource management and statistics / research methods from Virginia Tech.

During the 2002-2003 academic year, he was a Visiting Professor at the Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky. In 2002 and 2004, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Waikato Management School in Hamilton, New Zealand. During the 2008-09 school year, Terry was on sabbatical -- he spent Fall 2008 as a Visiting Professor at Queen's University and from January to July 2009, he was a Visiting Professor / Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

In 2006, Terry received the International Personnel Management Association (Canada) President's Award. The President's Award is IPMA-Canada's highest award and is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the practice of human resources management in Canada. Other awards include the Excellence in Education Award from the U.S. Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of Atlantic Universities (Award for Excellence in Teaching), and the Leaders in Management Education Award (sponsored by National Post, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Bell Nexxia). His research has been published in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Terry facilitates: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

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Crane Wood Stookey

Crane Wood Stookey is a Tall Ship officer and leadership coach with over 20 years experience of leadership and workforce engagement on ships at sea. He is the founder of the Nova Scotia Sea School, and was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for the Sea School’s contribution to Canadian Society.

Since 2006 he has used his “crew-building” and mental performance skills to help leaders achieve better performance and deeper commitment for their people, through greater mastery of their own personal leadership practice.

Crane holds a Masters degree in architecture from Harvard, and ran his own architectural practice in Boston before going to sea professionally. He is faculty at the ALIA Institute for Authentic Leadership in Action, and has published a new book, Keep Your People in the Boat: Workforce Engagement Lessons from the Sea. He has also taught mindfulness meditation for more than 25 years. Crane moved to Nova Scotia from the US in 1994, and says it’s the best move he’s ever made.

Crane facilitates: Aligning Team and Organization: The Personal Approach

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John Zettler, MBA

John is a Senior Consultant with Fairwinds Training. John delivers customized and interactive training and people strategy solutions to individuals, teams and organizations. He is an experienced Human Resources Leader with 20 years of professional experience across several industries. Prior to joining Fairwinds Training John spent 4 years with Dale Carnegie Training, facilitating customized sessions in Leadership, Sales, Personal Development, Presentation and Customer Service Skills.

John is a highly regarded coach, facilitator, and People Strategist bringing an authentic energy and passion to the work he does. John designs and delivers results-driven solutions to organizations in the areas of:

  • Sales and Service
  • People Development & Strategy
  • Leadership Development
  • Culture and Engagement
  • Human Resources
  • Change Management

John has personally developed and facilitated numerous courses in communication and leadership specifically designed for the frontline leader. These courses have been presented to groups in the Manufacturing, IT, Not for Profit, Government, Retail and Hospitality sectors. Some of his recent clients include EMCO, IMP, BD Stevens, Aviva Insurance, Dexter Construction, CIBC, G4S Security, Pattison Sign Group, and Several National Law Firms.

John facilitates: Advanced Leadership for New Managers | Developing People and Teams | Leading with Emotional Intelligence | Operational ExcellenceProblem Solving and Critical Thinking for Leaders

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