Michael Sangster – Chief Executive Officer
Michael Sangster comes to the NACC with a vision and passion to work with our 500 Career Colleges to create opportunities for students to chase their dreams.
He is passionate about bringing together our stakeholders, governments, colleges and students together to find common ground and build outcomes that support our communities.
Michael joins the NACC having most recently been the managing partner of the Waterloo Group and Chief Commercial Officer of Pal Aerospace. He was previously the Vice President of Strategic Relations and Federal Government Affairs at TELUS. Prior to TELUS he was Vice President of Sales at C-COM Satellite Systems, and Federal Government Relations and Sales Manager at Assure Health Inc.
He brings with him extensive volunteer experience with many diverse organizations in Ottawa including the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Ottawa Police Gala, Ottawa Food Bank and the Hill Charity Golf Classic.
Michael was granted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Award in 2013 in recognition of his service to his community and is an Ottawa Police 2015 Community Leadership Award recipient. He attended the University of Manitoba and completed the Governance Essentials Program for Directors from the University of Ottawa School of Management Centre for Executive Education.
Debbie Archer – Director of Finance and Operations
Debbie started working with the NACC when it first opened its Ottawa office in 2013. Her career stated as a receptionist some 30+ years ago in a family run accounting firm. Taking that accounting knowledge, she has moved up the corporate ladder learning about administration and bookkeeping by getting her hands dirty; taking on whatever challenge was offered her. She has converted many a set of books to the newest accounting software platform. Be it Sage, QuickBooks, FreshBooks, MYOB or Great Plains. Organization and determination are two of the many skills she brings to the table. Today, Debbie oversees all the operations and financial responsibilities of the Association. Although Ottawa is known for being a government town, Debbie has only worked in private industry. Her background includes working in various consulting firms, national accounting firms, IT companies and even a car dealership.
A native of Ottawa, she enjoys all that Ottawa has to offer by way of greenspace, and if not in the middle of another home reno, can be found biking, hiking, gardening or spending time out fishing or swimming on the great Mississippi lake with her husband.
Holly McKnight – Director of Education
Executive leader with 17 years of management experience in program development and information / communications technology training for publicly traded corporations, government entities, not-for-profits, and post-secondary educational institutions. Highly skilled in learning solution assessment, designing, developing, and implementing learning strategies using ADDIE Model of curriculum design.
Three-plus years’ financial services experience holding Canadian Investment Funds license and life and health Insurance license. Additional experience in change management, talent management, and organizational governance; strong knowledge of regulatory compliance. Director experience on 3 boards. Previous leadership roles in US. Forges strong alliances with diverse groups for mutually beneficial partnership. Creates positive working relationships and strong communications with all stakeholders in intercultural environments. Builds and leads multi-functional, high-performance teams.
Sarah Riaz – Administrative Assistant
Sarah joined NACC in July 2021 as an Exam Invigilator and shortly moved to the administrative role to take on responsibilities of assisting member colleges with their day-to-day requests, curriculum purchases, exam concerns, certificate verifications and various other tasks. Having a strong administrative background in language schools, Sarah has always been passionate about helping students reach their true goals. Sarah has always been a strong advocate of reaching the true potential and enjoys her minor role she plays indirectly in enriching students’ lives, via her position.
Based just outside of Toronto, Sarah always keeps busy with a creative or a personal project.
Dana Archer Sr. – Database & Shipping Administrator
Officially starting with NACC in June of 2021, although having volunteered for a couple of years previous looking after the Certificates & Pins for graduates of the NACC programs, along with deliveries of the very necessary passbooks that help the students reach their goals of graduation. He enjoys his work with databases and spreadsheets along with helping with IT, assisting clients with problems, and trying to find ways to streamline the very busy workload set before him.
Having run his own businesses in the past, working with non-profit organizations, developing programs and marketing for the College Prep program of the Nova Scotia Community College as the IT Consultant, functioning as the lead of the CCAP program and enjoying the challenges of administration work, he applies his skills to the work he now does for the NACC. The chance to see others succeed through chasing their dreams and working towards their goals in the educational environment is what partially drives him to do the work he does.
When not sending packages and developing spreadsheets and tracking information, he is with his wife, working side by side in and around their home, and fishing wherever there is a chance to land a big one (or one of any size actually).
Victoria Ventura – Communications and Stakeholder Manager
Victoria is the Communications and Stakeholder Manager, responsible for supporting a high-quality experience for the NACC’s member colleges through communications, marketing, and client service. She joined the NACC team in August 2021.
Victoria believes in the power of post-secondary education to create fulfilling careers for individuals. As an administrative professional with over five years of experience in the post-secondary sector, she is known for creating systems and coordinating projects to drive successful outcomes for students.
Victoria holds a BA in History, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and Human Resources. She is based in Ottawa, Ontario.
Adèle Conn – Exam Invigilator
Adèle is a retired Executive Assistant with over 40 years experience. She left retirement behind in September of 2021 to join the NACC.
Adèle taught Administrative Procedures part-time at Algonquin College in Ottawa for several semesters – an endeavour she truly enjoyed. She was a Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). As a member, Adèle took on many volunteer roles including guest speaker, roles on the Ottawa East Chapter Board including President of the Chapter. As President of Central Canada Division, in April 2015, Adèle was invited to ring the bell to start the Toronto Stock Exchange.
She is an avid crafter who enjoys playing with her Cricut Maker machine and her sublimation printer to create greeting cards, mugs, t-shirts, signs, and a myriad of other fun things.
Austin Moulton – Engagement Associate
Austin is the Engagement Associate, and is responsible for curating and creating marketing content as well as supporting our team in high-quality experiences of NACC’s member colleges.
With 5 years of customer satisfaction experience in Public Relations, Austin is a driven, compassionate organization leader dedicated to helping NACC achieve industry prominence.
Austin holds a Diploma in Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, which he graduated with honours in 2022. He joined the NACC team in April 2022.