Board of Directors

Ginette Gervais – Chair


Owner and CEO of Salette College in Montreal since 1989, Ginette Gervais is particularly active in the vocational and technical training in Québec.  Member of the Advisory Commission of the Private Education of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec from 2002 to 2009, member of the joint committee on Student Financial Aid since 1990 and has chaired the CCNS since 1992.  Ginette has been representing Québec on NACC’s Board since 2010.

George Hood – Vice Chair


George Hood has served as a Director, Vice President and President (2006-2008) of NACC.  He has held various positions on the Ontario Association of Career Colleges’ Board over the past 12 years, as well as continuing to serve on educational sector committees.  George is currently the President of Herzing College of Toronto and has had a long and distinguished career in both education and business, with more than 20 years experience in leadership roles at private career colleges.  Prior to that, he operated the Entertainment Centre, one of Canada’s largest and most successful entertainment agencies. He is the representative from Career Colleges Ontario.

Robert Prendergast – Treasurer


Robert Prendergast is a founder of TEC The Education Company Inc. and the founder and President of ECC Education Consolidation Corporation Inc.  TEC operates Stenberg College and the Centres for Arts and Technology in Canada, and ECC is a venture that is working with colleges across Canada at this time.  Robert has been a board and executive member of BCCCA; served as a Director of PCTIA, the accreditation agency for private colleges in BC; and has served on the board of the Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission. He is a member-at-large on the NACC Board.

Kimberly Elliott – Secretary

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Kimberly Elliott is the current President of the Private Colleges Association of Nova Scotia. She has been an Executive member of the provincial association for 5 years and has over twenty years experience with volunteer boards and volunteering in her community both in Canada and abroad.  Kimberly is Executive Director of the Institute for Human Services Education, one of a handful of non-profit career colleges in Nova Scotia. She is the representative from the Private Colleges Association of Nova Scotia.

Dan Cavanagh – Director


With nearly 30 years of experience in the education sector, Dan has held various roles in many parts of our education system, including principal of an elementary school and sessional instructor at Concordia University.  Now the president and owner of Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics in Calgary, Dan also serves as a panel member of the Attendance Board of Alberta, having been appointed by the Premier.  Dan is an award-winning administrator and educator and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a commercial pilot’s license.  He is currently the representative from Alberta.

Emidio D’Alfonso – Director

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Emidio D’Alfonso has worked in the private career college sector for over 20 years, holding positions of Financial Aid Administrator, Career Services Director, Education Manager, Campus Director, and Academic Dean at Herzing College.  Most recently he was Campus President of Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute.  He holds a certificate in Teacher/Trainer of Adult Education from Humber College and a Certificate in Adult Education from Brock University.  He is a Certified Level 1 Life Skills Coach and holds a diploma in Business Administration.  He was a member of the board of directors for Career Colleges Ontario for two years and is also involved with the Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission (CETAC).  He is a member of the Education Advisory Committee with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). He is a member-at-large on the NACC Board.

Frank Gerencser – Director

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Frank is a seasoned entrepreneur with a 30-year history of co-founding and building companies, including a corporate systems integrator, a national computer distributor, internet services provider, a computer support and consulting firm, a corporate IT trainer and now his largest enterprise, triOS College Business Technology Healthcare with nine campuses across Ontario.  Frank is on the OACC Board of Directors and co-chairs the Employment Ontario/WSIB Committee, Distance Education Committee, and sits on the Deputy Minister’s Advisory Council and TCAF Advisory Board.  Frank joined the NACC Board in 2012 and sits on the International Marketing committee. He is the representative from Career Colleges Ontario.

Patricia Hanbidge – Director

Patricia Hanbidge

Patricia is the owner and principal of the Saskatoon School of Horticulture, launched in 2005. She has served on the Private Vocational Schools Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Advanced Education in Saskatchewan as well as on the Saskatchewan Environmental Advisory Committee for the City of Saskatoon. Being immersed in the horticulture industry for over 30 years has established Patricia as a well-known and respected horticulturist, speaker and consultant. She is the author of nine published books and has hosted a newspaper column for over twenty years. To bring a little bit more excitement to the world of horticulture and learning, Patricia organizes and hosts conferences and events, from small, intimate gatherings to international conferences and is a seasoned guide with the ability to show a once in a lifetime experience on one of her many hosted holidays around the world. She is the representative from the Saskatchewan Association of Career Colleges.

Michael McAllister – Director

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Dr. Michael McAllister is Past President of the NACC Board of Directors, having been elected President in May 2010. He is also a member of the Ottawa Executives Association.  Michael taught at the University of Ottawa from 1993 to 1999 and received a Ph.D. in 1999.  He also worked with Herzing College since 1999 and became the President of the Ottawa campus in 2003.  In 2013 he became President of Herzing College Montreal and Ottawa. Michael is a member-at-large on the NACC Board.

Lois McNestry – Director

Lois McNestry

Lois McNestry is the President and owner of Discovery Community College (DCC), which has 7 active campuses in British Columbia. Two locations are in the Lower Mainland and five campuses are located on Vancouver Island.  DCC specializes in providing programs that create great career paths for graduates, including programs in Health, Human Services, International Trade, Web Development, Trades, Business, Chair side Dental and Policing.  Lois has also been active with the British Columbia Career College Association and sat on the board for the Private Career Training Industry Authority (PCTIA) for 6 years. She is the representative from the British Columbia Career College Association.

Dale Ritchie – Director

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 his student. He is the representative from the New Brunswick Career College Association.

Tracy Scott – Director

Tracy Scott

Tracy Scott (RN MN) is the National Director of Education Services for Saint Elizabeth Health Care.  In this capacity she provides leadership to Saint Elizabeth Health Career Colleges as well as the Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Metis Program (a national education program focused on supporting health care providers working in communities).  Tracy has over 24 years of nursing experience including primary care nursing, rural and remote community health nursing and Nursing Administration.  Tracy is highly committed to supporting health care providers working in community settings through empowering work environments and innovative use of information technologies. She is a member-at-large on the NACC Board.

Kerry Swanson


Kerry Swanson has over 25 years of senior management experience in Manufacturing and Logistics, Sales Management, Customer Relations, Leadership and Human Resources.  Prior to his time at Herzing Winnipeg, Kerry played significant roles at Quintex Services, Purolator and Drake International.  He is extremely passionate about volunteerism and giving back to the community. Kerry left his job in the mid 1980’s and went into a three year voluntary service term with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), managing international economic development projects.  Kerry’s work with MCC involved interaction with indigenous producer groups throughout the world and this afforded him an entirely new perspective on life and social responsibility. When he’s not working or volunteering, Kerry coaches a variety of different sports teams and enjoys camping with his family.  Kerry is the representative from the Manitoba Association of Career Colleges.

Des Whelan – Director

Des Whelan

Des Whelan has worked with Keyin College for a total of 12 years and is currently the President of the Corporate Head Office located in St. John’s.  Des holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Memorial University, is a member of the Canadian Institute of Management and holds the Professional Manager (P.Mgr) designation.  He holds board positions on the St. John’s Board of Trade, the Canadian Home Builders Association in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Career Colleges, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the Canadian Welding Association.  In the past he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries, Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement of Eastern Newfoundland, and is a Past President of the Canadian Information Processing Society. He is the representative from the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Career Colleges.

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