We create and cultivate an environment of kindness that empowers learners to help themselves, their families, and their communities thrive.

Northern College has a highly positive impact on the region we serve.

We are steadfast in our quest to be innovative and engaging through our core business of teaching and learning while pursuing continuous improvement and excellence in all the work we do.

Northern College changes the world by helping make dreams come true.

Senior Management Team

Mitch Dumas Acting President and CEO

President and CEO

Mitch Dumas, MBA, CPA, CGA

Most recently serving as the Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, at the senior management level for the Northern College, Mitch Dumas is a graduate of Northern as well as Laurentian University. With an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration, coupled with his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and College diploma, Mitch’s educational background underscores his expertise in finance and management.

Born in Mattawa Ontario and raised in Timmins, Ontario, Mr. Dumas has deep roots in Northern Ontario and has been an integral part of the region’s growth for over two decades. His experience in the Mining Sector, for which Northern College is well known, uniquely positions him to understand and contribute to the institution’s distinct needs. Mr. Dumas’s leadership style is characterized by genuineness, honesty, and a dedication to problem-solving. As he assumes the role of President, his commitment to these values will undoubtedly guide the institution towards continued success.

As Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, Mr. Dumas has demonstrated exceptional leadership and strategic acumen in overseeing various portfolios, including finance, human resources, and facilities. With a focus on financial prudence, operational excellence, and organizational well-being, he has played a pivotal role in the success of Northern College

Senior Vice President, Academic

Dean Lessard, B.Ed., M.Ed., MBA

Dean Lessard is a proud ‘Northerner’, both as a life-long resident of northern Ontario and as a long-standing employee of Northern College.  Dean joined the college in October of 2013 and has held a variety of academic leadership roles, including Dean, School of Business, Community Services & the Learning Excellence and Innovation Department.  In January of 2024, Dean was hired as Northern College’s Senior Vice President, Academic. Raised in a family of educators committed to life-long learning and appreciative of the transformative power of education, Dean’s own learning journey has seen him earn an undergraduate degree in History, a Bachelor’s degree in Education (B.Ed.), a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Curriculum Development/Leadership and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Prior to joining Northern College, Dean held a variety of leadership and classroom teaching roles in public education.

Glenn MacDougall, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, Acting

Senior Vice President, Corporate Services (Acting)

Glenn MacDougall, M.Sc.

Glenn MacDougall is the Acting Senior Vice President of Corporate Services. He has held previous roles at Northern, having joined the College community in the Fall of 2017 as Director of Technology and Learning Innovation, followed by Acting Vice President of Academic and Student Success. Prior to this, Glenn MacDougall served as Chief Information Officer at Kivuto Solutions in Ottawa Ontario, and was Director of Learning and Teaching Services at Algonquin College for fifteen years. An experienced educational consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry, Glenn is skilled in E-Learning, Strategic Planning, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, and Team Building. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Science focused in Biology and Physics from Mount Allison University.

Susan Hunter, MA, BEd, BA, OCT Chief Cultural Officer (CCO)

Chief Cultural Officer

Susan Hunter, MA, BEd, BA, OCT

Susan Hunter joined Northern College as Director of Marketing, Communications, and External Relations in November of 2019 and became the organization’s Chief Cultural Officer in January of 2022. Guided by a strong sense of purpose for empowerment through education, Susan earned an honours undergraduate degree from Western University and the University of Nice, France, a Bachelor in Education from Althouse College at Western, and a Master of Arts in anti-racism, Indigenous empowerment, and critical pedagogy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. Susan is also an Ontario Certified Teacher.


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