The Royal Alberta College

Our Team

“Enabling equal access to affordable, high-quality, accessible education to all Canadians without barriers."

The Alberta Licensee has gathered a group of highly skilled individuals that will guide the College on a volunteer basis. The Board’s priority is to enable the mandate of the  College, “Enabling equal access to affordable, high-quality, accessible education to all Canadians without barriers.”

These volunteers are termed as Governors and will provide their recommendations to the College, the president, admission and other staff on an as-needed basis for the best interest of the College and its learners.

These volunteers ensure that the relationships with the institution’s president, The Alberta Licensee and the Government of Alberta (which occurs primarily through the Minister) serve to help the institution fulfill its mandate and obligations within the Alberta Post-Vocational Act (PVA).

Any questions pertaining to policies, admissions, tuition or industry participation should be addressed to The Office of The Registrar. The Registrar’s Office is a web-based (online) office and can be reached by email at


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Board of Governors


Dr. Crowfoot, Co-Chair

Dr. Deb Crowfoot is a part of the bloodline of the renowned, and historical peacemaker and warrior Chief Crowfoot (1830 – 25 April 1890) or Isapo-Muxika (Blackfoot Issapóómahksika, “Crow-big-foot”) of the Siksika First Nation [1]. Dr. Crowfoot is the second First Nations Dentist to practice in Canada and the first in Western Canada. He is one of ten children to obtain multiple degrees and many notable accomplishments. He and the family are featured in a formal documentary “The Crowfoot Dynasty” created by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) that is available in public libraries throughout Canada detailing the contributions and historical legacy of the Crowfoot family in Alberta and across Western Canada.[2]

Mr. Balwinder Singh is the first elected Union President of East-Indian descent in North America. He provided more than thirty-seven years of service as President/Business Agent of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 569 for more than 2000 members, and later was a founding member of the Collation of Unions that collectively represented almost all City of Edmonton Union Employees. He has worked with more than nine City of Edmonton Mayors, dozens of City Councils, several City Managers and other City leaders.


Balwinder Singh, Co-Chair


Jennifer Carol

Mrs. Jennifer Carol worked for the family business, Western Educational Activities Ltd., which was established by her grandfather. This family-operated business provided support to the School Boards, teachers, parents and many students within Edmonton and in Alberta. Jennifer then carried the Wacowich name for another generation by teaching in the Edmonton Catholic School Board as a Kindergarten teacher.

Dr. Monica Chahal is a highly skilled educator with more than 10 years of experience teaching in post-secondary and secondary education institutions, research and studies, and more than 10 years of experience in teaching grades 7 to 12.

Dr. Chahal has worked in many diverse and marginalized communities, including at Westminster City School in London, England and taught within the Edmonton Public School Board and has contributed to many committees and papers that include topics within equity, inclusion, diversity, multi-culturalism and anti-racism. Dr. Monica Chahal is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education – University of Alberta Editor, and contributes to the Alberta Science Education Journal (Alberta Teachers Association) Presently, Dr. Chahal is teaching science courses at Edmonton Centre High School.

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Dr. Monica Chahal


LT. Vikesh Malhi

Mr. Malhi is an active member of the Canadian Forces as an Intelligence Officer. Mr. Malhi is an accredited member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA); graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Geomatics Engineering and then completed a Degree in Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Royal Military College of Canada/Collège Militaire royal du Canada. He was a Project Manager (Geomatics) with Stantec while serving our country as a reservist in the Canadian Forces for the past 11 years and is a happily married and proud father of two school-age children. Mr. Malhi is actively involved in the community and at church, always lending a hand to those in need.

William “Bill” Countryman was appointed to the board of governors in 2019 he brings forth so many great qualities.  Mr. Countryman is an understanding, compassionate and approachable person who exemplifies a great work ethic.

When Mr. Countryman was a young teenager, he started the path to take his passion for Golf to become a formal career; at the age of thirteen, he started the long process to become a Golf Professional at the prestigious Highlands Golf Club in Edmonton; and then graduated from Grant MacEwan College with a Diploma and Certificate of Achievement.

Bill Countryman

William Countryman

Khalid Rahal

Mr. Rahal brings over a decade of experience as a Charted Accountant and has extensive experience working as a Tax Auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency and now is a partner at a firm that assists not-for-profits, small, medium and large businesses (JR & Company LLP).  He is an avid soccer fan, and spends his free time volunteering in the community and helping raise his young family. 

The Office of the Registrar is held by Prof. Parminder Singh. Any questions pertaining to policies, admissions, or tuition should be addressed to The Office of The Registrar. The Registrar’s Office is a web-based (online) office and can be reached by email: To learn more about the Registrar, please visit his LinkedIn page.

Prof. Perry Chahal

Digital Transformation Team

Ikram Shire

Senior Web Developer

Ikram Shire was formerly an intern at IBM as a front end software developer and she is currently in her final year at the University of Alberta studying Computer Science. 

Chloe Samoila

Graphic Designer

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Chloe has lived in BC and Newfoundland, now making her home in Ontario. After attending the University of Victoria for Astronomy and Physics and then for Political Science, Chloe realized that she needed a more creative career path, so she left school to pursue graphic design on her own. She aims to use her creative skills to create intriguing and accessible ways for people to interact with the world around them in our ever-changing society. 

Megan Nguyen

Web Developer

Megan is originally from Vietnam, and for the past 4 years she has been studying computer science at the University of British Columbia in the Okanagan. Outside of web development, she’s also a digital illustrator and animator, and she enjoys contributing art assets to video game development projects.

Administrative Team

Shannon Tilley

Senior Project Liaison and EA to the Senior Management Team

Shannon Tilley is from the Edmonton area and is proud of her Metis heritage. Her passion for travel led her to receive her diploma in Travel and Tourism where she worked for several years and was able to explore various wonderful destinations around the world. Shannon’s more recent work experiences include careers as a  Business Development Manager and as an Executive Assistant.  She is currently now happily employed at Royal Alberta College as the Executive Assistant to Senior Management and as a Senior Project Liaison. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing at the lake, and spending time with her three children and husband.

Social Media Team

Luke Mombourquette

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Michael Durodola

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Michael currently coaches youth soccer with BTB Soccer Academy, one of the top programs in Western Canada. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and relocated to Canada ten years ago. He is currently working as a Night Auditor at WEM and he is very excited to begin his social media journey.

Viktor Pulo

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Viktor was born in Albania and then moved and raised in Greece. He has a passion for content creation, likes to create good stories for social media and helps the community by coaching soccer for youth age groups at BTB Soccer Academy during his off-work hours.

Grant Application Team

Dr. Matt Cromier

Assistant Lecturer, Department of English and Film Studies Communications and Research Officer, Canadian Literature Centre University of Alberta Treaty 6/Métis Territory.

Future Leaders Program - The Disruptors

The Royal Alberta College has partnered with The Government of Canada (GOC) to employ youth between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age through the Canada Summer Jobs Program.  The individuals within this team have been selected from more than 170 qualified applicants from across Canada and will be under the leadership of the Office of The Registrar to lead the transformation of our resources to be fully online. These individuals are disrupters and strive to make a positive impact for all Canadians.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisors

The RAC’s Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) mission is to enable an open, equal and free society by making education affordable and accessible. The department of EDI is led by a core group of volunteers that are community leaders, they provide RAC with perspectives on how to enhance opportunities for those that represent marginalized groups; including individuals from lower socioeconomic brackets, LGBTQ2+, Canadians that identify as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Colour [BIPOC], Newcomers, Refugees, Women, racialized and any other underserved community that requires support.

Kassim Khimji

Kassim offers the RAC and the department with many invaluable perspectives. He is a coach and agent to professional athletes.

Jaya Panwar, MBA

Ms. Panwar is the former general manager of Telus for Edmonton and now represents the company as a senior VP. She understand the value of diversity and creating opportunity and is working with the RAC to create industry led projects.

Pius Ishiekwene

Kondeh Mansary BA

Mr. Mansary is the founder of BTB Academy and the Co-founder of Right 2 succeed. 

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