President's Message

Passion for learning, passion for students, Northern College is all about learning. We are here for you, whether you want to be a welder, a nurse, a social worker, or any number of careers – we are here for our students!!

We believe in you, and we want to be part of your learning journey. Our exemplary faculty have all kinds of expertise: from mechanical engineering, mining, instrumentation, business, nursing, veterinary sciences and so much more. Our programs are top notch, with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Your learning experience at Northern College will be exciting and rewarding.

Whatever your needs, let us know – our faculty and staff are ready to assist you with a variety of supports such as financial aid, credit transfer requirements, learning success strategies, mental health and wellness supports, as well as numerous other services.

Dr. Audrey J. Penner
Whether you are a returning student or new to our campus, welcome! You are now part of the Northern College family and we are so happy to have you!

We are here for students!

Dr. Audrey J. Penner, President

Senior Management Team

Dr. Audrey J. Penner

President and CEO

Dr. Penner was appointed as Northern College’s President and CEO in August of 2020. She previously held the role of Northern College’s Vice President, Academic and Student Success, where she worked since 2014. With a doctorate in Education, Dr. Penner has previously served as Director of Learning Support, Applied Research, and Transitions at Holland College in Prince Edward Island for a number of years, where she has championed excellence in teaching and learning. Dr. Penner’s experience in leading diverse faculty and staff, curriculum design and learning management systems, as well as in expanding Indigenous programming, and developing mutually beneficial partnerships has enhanced the learner experience both academically and socially while being responsive to the needs of diverse student populations through the provision of appropriate services.

Mitch Dumas, MBA, CPA, CGA

Senior Vice President of Corporate Services

Mitch Dumas was appointed Vice President of Corporate Services at Northern College in the fall of 2019. Mitch is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University in 2006 and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Laurentian in 2013. Mitch has sharpened his leadership skills in several progressive positions at mining and contracting operations in and around the Timmins area. Dumas oversees the Finance department at the College, and also the Human Resources, Northern Training Division and Plant & Property departments.

Aaron Klooster, MSc

Vice President Academic and Student Success

Aaron Klooster MSc., is the Vice President Academic and Student Success at Northern College. Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Klooster returned to Northern Ontario following graduate studies at Western University and has been with Northern College for over 17 years, as a faculty member and Dean, and in his current position since May of 2021. As the senior academic officer of the institution, Klooster is a strong advocate for education as a driving force in our local, provincial, and national economy and, with this in mind, oversees all academic programming at the College.

Susan Hunter, MA, BEd, BA, OCT

Chief Cultural Officer (CCO)

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.

Frédéric Nickner, MBA, CMA, CPA

Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology

Frédéric Nickner joined Northern College as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology in October, 2021.  Frédéric holds an Honours Baccalaureate in Commerce with options in Finance & Accounting (B.Com, cum laude, 2005) from the University of Ottawa.  True to his Northern Ontario mantra of access to quality post secondary education, Frédéric has also completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Laurentian University in 2011.  Outside of his post-secondary experience at four colleges, Frédéric has worked for the Parliament of Canada, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Canada Post Corporation and MacLean Engineering & Marketing Co. Ltd., within the mining sector.

Christine Heavens, EMBA, C.E.T.

Executive Director, Community, Business Development, and Employment Services

Since 2014, Christine Heavens is the Executive Director, Community, Business Development, and Employment Services. Before this, she has been a member of the College’s administrative team since 2011 in the Trades and Technology department. As a senior administrative representative of Northern College, Ms. Heavens brings a wealth of knowledge related to Northern College’s strategies for culturally inclusive, flexible learning and building strong community and business partnerships. Her collaborative efforts and innovative means of removing barriers to education have granted her respect in the development of international partnerships, specifically in the mining extractive sector. Christine is a Certified Engineering Technologist and recently completed her Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Cam McEachern

Director of Student Services, Institutional Research, and Registrar

Cam McEachern joined the senior management team at Northern College in the summer of 2018 with experience in higher education serving in management and faculty roles at both college and university institutions in Canada and the United States. Cam holds a MA degree from McGill University, Quebec, and BA degree from Queen’s University, Ontario. McEachern prides himself as a learner-centered organizational change agent implementing new initiatives that achieve superior post-secondary access and success with expertise in online and hybrid programming, quality assurance, applied research and strategic planning. As Executive Director of Student Services, Institutional Research, and Registrar, Cam has college-wide responsibilities providing strategic vision, leadership, direction, and management to a very diverse service area of the College.

Board of Governors

Statement of Purpose

Northern College Board of Governors is responsible to govern effectively:

  • to ensure Northern College is successfully managed;
  • to achieve Northern College’s mission; and
  • to remain responsive to community need and emerging opportunity.

The Board of Governors is accountable to students, employees, employers, Indigenous Peoples and the communities Northern College serves. The Board of Governors is also accountable to the citizens of Ontario because the college is publicly funded.

Role of a Board Member

The Minister’s Binding Policy Directive describes the role of the Board of Governors as follows:

  • Establishing governance structures to enable the achievement of expected institutional outcomes with clear lines of communication and internal accountability.
  • Setting the college vision, strategic directions, and overall goals and outcomes within the context of the appropriate laws, government policy, and local need.
  • Hiring the CEO (i.e., president), delegating to the CEO accountability for the performance and operation of the college, and evaluating the CEO’s performance.
  • Approving the college’s annual business plan, budget, and annual report.
  • Assessing periodically the effectiveness of the Board with respect to governance, accountability, and the attainment of corporate goals and outcomes.
  • Ensuring that appropriate corrective action is taken where expected outcomes or quality of performance is not being achieved.
Board Members
Board Member Office Region
Doug Walsh Chair Haileybury
Carly Stringer First Vice-Chair Porcupine
Jeff Molyneaux Second Vice-Chair Kirkland Lake
Cindy Reasbeck Governor at Large Kapuskasing
Dr. Audrey J. Penner College President
Patricia Hamilton Academic Representative Haileybury
Eric Poulin Administrative Representative Timmins
Aiko McCormack-Andia Student Representative Haileybury
John Harrington Support Staff Representative Haileybury
André Robichaud Kapuskasing
Cathy Ellis Iroquois Falls
Helene Studholme Kirkland Lake
Ken Wojtus Timmins
Lillian Trapper South Porcupine
Lynne Innes Moose Factory
Mike Metatawabin Timmins
Rod Mathews New Liskeard
Debbie Nankervis Executive Assistant to the Board
Mitch Dumas Treasurer

Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts, the mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the members of the Board of Governors are confidential. Any correspondence to the Board members may be directed to them c/o the Executive Assistant to the Board, Northern College, Highway 101 East, P.O. Box 3211, Timmins, Ontario P4N 8R6

Policies & Procedures
No. 1 Conduct of the Affairs of the Board (PDF, 255 KB)
No. 2 College Council (PDF, 94.9 KB)
A – Ends
A-0 Mega Ends (PDF, 34.6 KB)
A-1 Vision Mission (PDF, 41.6 KB)
A-2 Programs of Instruction (PDF 43.3 KB)
A-3 Strategic Plan (PDF, 37.4 KB)
A-4 Business Plan (PDF, 34.8 KB)
A-5 Annual Report (PDF, 37.0 KB)
A-6 Student Success (PDF, 41.5 KB)
A-7 Our Communities (PDF, 41.3 KB)
A-8 Our Staff (PDF, 32.9 KB)
B – Governance Process
B-1 Policy Development (PDF, 40.4 KB)
B-2 Governance and Accountability (PDF, 76.2 KB)
B-3 Relationships with Indigenous People and Communities (PDF, 54.6 KB)
B-4 External Governor Representation (PDF, 40.4 KB)
B-5 Effective Student Governor Representation (PDF, 34.9 KB)
B-6 Election of Internal Board Members (PDF, 67.3 KB)
B-7 Board and Member Self Evaluation (PDF, 43.7 KB)
B-8 Board of Governors Agendas – General Session and Committee of the Whole (PDF, 46.3 KB)
B-9 Conflict of Interest (PDF, 107 KB)
B-10 Complaints to Board Members (PDF, 39.1 KB)
B-11 Occupational Health and Safety (PDF, 53.4 KB)
B-12 Travel Expenses – Board Members (PDF, 34.5 KB)
B-13 Presentations to the Board (PDF, 39.2 KB)
B-14 Reappointment of Board of Governors Members (PDF, 37.2 KB)
B-15 Recruitment and Orientation of New Governors (PDF, 79.8 KB)
B-17 Protocol for Naming Facilities (PDF, 38.9 KB)
B-18 Board Information System (PDF, 68 KB)
B-19 Board Monitoring System (PDF, 79 KB)
B-20 Board Attendance (PDF, 23.6 KB)
B-21 Investment Policy (PDF, 32.4 KB)
C – Board-President Relations
C-1 Delegation to the President (PDF, 46 KB)
C-2 Appointment of an Interim President (PDF, 32.8 KB)
C-3 Selecting a New President (PDF, 33 KB)
C-4 President’s Contract (PDF, 36.9 KB)
C-5 Assessing Presidential Performance (PDF, 62 KB)
C-6 Incidents Involving the College President (PDF, 39 KB)
C-7 President Emeritus (PDF, 42 KB)
C-8 Terminating the President’s Contract (PDF, 39.2 KB)
D – Executive Limitations
D-1 General Executive Constraint (PDF, 30.4 KB)
D-2 Communication with the Board (PDF, 38.4 KB)
D-3 Partnerships and Collaborative Initiatives (PDF, 37.8 KB)
D-4 Program Advisory Committees (PDF, 26.4 KB)
D-5 Signing Authority (PDF, 39.6 KB)
D-6 Naming of Facilities (PDF, 30.8 KB)
D-7 Language Services Policy (PDF, 37.4 KB)
D-8 Purchasing (PDF, 40.2 KB)
D-9 Facility Leasing Policy (PDF, 38.6 KB)
D-10 Leadership Succession Plan (PDF, 43.3 KB)
D-11 Asset Protection (PDF, 57.2 KB)
D-12 Financial Matters (PDF, 67.6 KB)
D-13 Insurance (PDF, 22.9 KB)
D-14 Commitment to Quality (PDF, 23.2 KB)
D-15 Staff Relations (PDF, 36.2 KB)
D-16 Risk Management (PDF, 37.9 KB)
Schedule of Meetings


Thursday, September 15, 2022 Board Planning Meeting
Timmins Campus
10:00 a.m. (All Day)
Friday, September 16, 2022 Board Meeting #462
Timmins Campus
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 Board Meeting #463
Haileybury Campus
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
November 26-27, 2022 CCBE Governor Orientation
(Hybrid in-person/virtual)
Saturday and Sunday AM
November 27-28, 2022 Higher Education Summit
(Sheraton Centre Toronto)
(Sunday PM & Monday)


Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Board Meeting #464
Kirkland Lake Campus
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 16, 2023 Board Meeting #465
Timmins Campus
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 Board Meeting #466
Moosonee Campus (Tentative)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 Board Meeting #467
AGM, Timmins Campus
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes


Board Meeting #460 May 10, 2022
Board Meeting #459 March 9, 2022
Board Meeting #458 January 11, 2022

Board Meeting #457 November 9, 2021
Board Meeting #456 September 17, 2021
Board Meeting #455 June 8, 2021
Board Meeting #454 May 11, 2021
Board Meeting #453 March 9, 2021
Board Meeting #452 January 26, 2021

Board Meeting #451 November 10, 2020
Board Meeting #450 September 15, 2020
Board Meeting #449 June 18, 2020
Board Meeting #448 May 13, 2020
Board Meeting #447 March 10, 2020
General Session #446 January 14, 2020

General Session #445 November 12, 2019
General Session #444 September 13, 2019
General Session #443 June 11, 2019
General Session #442 May 15, 2019
General Session #441 March 8, 2019
General Session #440 January 23, 2019

General Session #439 November 13, 2018
General Session #438 September 14, 2018
General Session #437 June 12, 2018
General Session #436 May 8, 2018
General Session #435 March 27, 2018
General Session #434 January 9, 2018

General Session #428 January 10, 2017
General Session #429 March 22, 2017
General Session #430 May 9, 2017
General Session #431 June 13, 2017
General Session #432 September 15, 2017
General Session #433 November 14, 2017

General Session #422 January 12, 2016 (PDF, 52.4KB)
General Session #423 March 9, 2016 (PDF, 62.5KB)
General Session #424 May 10, 2016 (PDF, 58.1KB)
General Session #425 June 14, 2016 (PDF, 60.0KB)
General Session #426 September 16, 2016 (PDF, 67.0KB)
General Session #427 November 8, 2016 (PDF, 75.8KB)

General Session #416 January 13, 2015 (PDF, 86.1KB)
General Session #417 March 11, 2015 (PDF, 86.1KB)
General Session #418 May 5, 2015 (PDF, 53KB)
General Session #419 June 9, 2015 (PDF, 55.3KB)
General Session #420 September 11, 2015 (PDF, 66KB)
General Session #421 November 10, 2015 (PDF, 57.4KB)

General Session #410 January 14, 2014 (PDF, 50.2KB)
General Session #411 March 5, 2014 (PDF, 60.6KB)
General Session #412 May 13, 2014 (PDF, 53KB)
General Session #413 June 10, 2014 (PDF, 56KB)
General Session #414 September 12, 2014 (PDF, 85.9KB)
General Session #415 November 12, 2014 (PDF, 75.7KB)

General Session #404 January 8, 2013 (PDF, 49.3KB)
General Session #405 March 5, 2013 (PDF, 44.8KB)
General Session #406 May 1, 2013 (PDF, 48.8KB)
General Session #407 June 11, 2013 (PDF, 47.1KB)
General Session #408 September 13, 2013 (PDF, 52.8KB)
General Session #409 November 12, 2013 (PDF, 69.6KB)

General Session #398 January 10, 2012 (PDF, 59.8KB)
General Session #399 March 13, 2012 (PDF, 55.6KB)
General Session #400 May 8, 2012 (PDF, 51.9KB)
General Session #401 June 12, 2012 (PDF, 51.4KB)
General Session #402 September 14, 2012 (PDF, 70.7KB)
General Session #403 November 13, 2012 (PDF, 45.9KB)

General Session #392 January 11, 2011 (PDF, 132KB)
General Session #393 March 9, 2011 (PDF, 163KB)
General Session #394 May 3, 2011 (PDF, 64.9KB)
General Session #395 June 4, 2011 (PDF,47.5KB)
General Session #396 September 23, 2011 (PDF, 52KB)
General Session #397 November 1, 2011 (PDF, 48.4KB)

General Session #390 September 17, 2010 (PDF, 200KB)
General Session #391 November 9, 2010 (PDF, 174KB)

Indigenous Council on Education

Northern College’s mission is excelling in quality, accessible education through innovative programs, services and partnerships for the benefit of our northern communities. Our mission is to work with all of our communities to ensure quality, accessible education through innovative programs, services and partnerships. The Northern College Indigenous Council acts as a voice for the Indigenous community and a leader in ensuring that the education needs of the indigenous community are identified, addressed, evaluated, and assessed.

Strategy Statement

Northern College is pleased to announce that it has commenced the process of stakeholder engagement consultations that will greatly benefit and assist in the development of the College’s Indigenous Services and Initiatives Strategy. Northern College’s educational programs and services strive to provide a transformative experience, expand knowledge, nurture analytical thinking and inspire creativity and innovation. In developing its Indigenous Services and Initiatives Strategy, Northern College is aiming to close the educational gap that will benefit not only Indigenous graduates, but also their communities, Northern College, and the Province of Ontario as a whole.

Lillian Trapper Chair & Board of Governors Member
Dr. Audrey J. Penner Vice-Chair & Northern College President and CEO
Vacant Elder (non-voting)
Vacant Elder (non-voting)
Joan Linklater Representing Mushkegowuk
Vacant Representing Metis Nation of Ontario
Vacant Representing Matawa
Vacant Representing Wabun
Kaylan Innes Student Representative
Sharon Swanson Open Seat
Brianna Moore Open Seat
Laura Flood Open Seat
Jillian Plaunt Open Seat
Jennifer Constant Open Seat
Kimberly Bird Open Seat
Kristin Murray Open Seat
Ramona Sutherland Open Seat
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