Senior Management Team

The Northern College Senior Management team is comprised as follows:

Dr. Audrey J. Penner
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 Aboriginal 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
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.

Glenn MacDougall
Glenn MacDougall is Northern’s Acting Vice President Academic and Student Success. Glenn joined the College in October 2017 as Director of Learning innovation and Technology having previously serving as the VP and CTO at Kivuto Solutions (2015-2017), and Director of Learning and Teaching Services at Algonquin College (2000-2015). Glenn received an Excellence in Leadership award in 2014 from College’s and Institutes Canada (CICan) for pioneering work related to technological innovations in Mobile Learning.

Pierrette Fortier
A proud alumnus of Northern College, Pierrette holds an Office Administration Executive diploma, Business General Certificate, and Ontario Management Development – Leadership certificate from the college. She has been employed with Northern for over 28 years in a variety of roles, and since 2009, as Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Governors. Ms. Fortier enjoys supporting the executive offices and witnessing the passion and commitment of community members to the success of the college.

Christine Heavens, EMBA, C.E.T.
Since 2014, Christine Heavens is the Executive Director, Community, Business Development, and Employment Services. Prior to 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 teams excel in the development of wrap-around and whole person collaborative success plans that help ensure student, industry, and community success. 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
Cam McEachern is Northern’s Executive Director of Student Services, Institutional Research, and Registrar. 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. Previously employed by St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, and with Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology, Saskatoon, 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.

Susan Hunter, MA, BEd, BA, OCT
Susan Hunter has been Northern College’s Director of Marketing, Communications, and External Relations since November of 2019. Guided by a strong sense of purpose for empowerment through education, Susan earned an honours undergraduate degree from Western University, a Bachelor in Education from Althouse College at Western, and a Master of Arts in anti-racism and critical pedagogy from the School of Curriculum Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She is also an Ontario Certified Teacher. With over a decade of experience at the senior management level in the post-secondary field, Hunter has worked in both public and private sectors globally to maximize the performance results of organizations seeking transformation. Susan is responsible for Northern’s Communications, Brand, Alumni, the Foundation, Community and Media Relations, and Marketing areas of the College. She also assists with strategy and the facilitation of change management.