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 Administration

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; 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.

Alex Carberry – Administrative Assistant (On Leave)

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, event organizing, graphic design 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 room in under 9 weeks.

Emily Theobald – Administrative Assistant

Emily joined the NACC in March 2021 as an Administrative Assistant

Full bio coming soon