Denis Sabourin – Chief Executive Officer
Denis Sabourin joined the National Association of Career Colleges in February 2019 as its CEO. Prior to that, Denis worked for a total of 20 years on Parliament Hill as the chief of staff to various Members of Parliament.
He is also licenced by the Law Society of Ontario as a paralegal and a graduate of Herzing Career College, Ottawa. Before his career on Parliament Hill, Denis worked as a journalist in radio, television and print media. His career in journalism included covering legislatures in Ottawa, Toronto and Edmonton, plus story assignments across the country. His past community service includes 15 years as a school board trustee, fundraising with the Children’s Treatment Centre of Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry and Akwesasne, involvement in several service clubs and minor hockey.
Debbie Archer – Director of Finance and Administration
Debbie started working with 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; do not get her started on computer stories, remember Wang or AES! Organization and determination are two of the many skills she brings to the table. Today, Debbie oversees all the administration 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.
Mike Grodzinski – Auditor for the NACC
Michael served with the Peel Regional Police for over 34 years and has extensive experience as a patrol officer, police supervisor, investigator and over 14 years of experience at the executive command level.
Michael has teaching experience with the Ontario Police College (Brampton satellite campus) and at Humber College in Toronto. He has presented to police leaders on progressive policing issues and has been involved in a number of committees supporting healthy communities.
Michael has a Bachelor Arts of Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a number of diplomas and certificates from other colleges and universities.
Michael has been conducting audits for the National Association of Career Colleges, since January 2013.
Alex Carberry – Administrative Assistant
Alex joined the NACC in August of 2018 as Administrative Assistant working closely with all Member Colleges on program purchases, answering curriculum questions, solving exam issues, website meltdowns, certificate verification and more. Previous to her role in the NACC, Alex has worked in administration for 13 years to date.
In her spare time Alex has a passion for design and DIY, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Her most recent project was updating the drafty living room in her early 1900’s home; Alex single-handedly removed 4 layers of ceiling, 3 layers of walls (including damaged lath and plaster), built two stud walls by hand, drywalled, taped, mudded and painted the entire room in under 9 weeks.