Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee was assembled in order to bring additional expertise from the funder and academic world to the Project. Its 18 members from across Canada and the United Kingdom include provincial and foundation funders and academics with expertise in education, literacy, and public administration.


Audrey Anderson
Field Consultant, Literacy and Basic Skills Program
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities: Employment and Training Division Ontario
Audrey Anderson has worked in the field of adult education (ESL and literacy) for thirty years as a practitioner, instructor trainer, program developer and provincial civil servant. As a field consultant in Northern Ontario for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Literacy and Basic Skills Program, she has helped service delivery agencies develop their capacity to meet accountability expectations despite the unique challenges of remote and rural settings, and culturally and linguistically diverse learner profiles. More recently, she has contributed to the development of a performance management and measurement framework, which includes draft core measures and indicators, for the Literacy and Basic Skills program.

Rowena Brooks
Policy Analyst / Analyste en politiques
Community Adult Learning Branch / Direction des services communautaires d'apprentissage pour adultes
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour / Éducation postsecondaire, Formation et Travail
New Brunswick
Rowena Brooks is a Policy Analyst with the Community Adult Learning Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. The Community Adult Learning Branch delivers a community-based adult literacy program in both official languages in over seventy communities throughout the province. She holds a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of New Brunswick and has worked in the field of adult literacy since 1991.

Pat Campbell
President, Grass Roots Press
Literacy Services of Canada Ltd.
Dr. Pat Campbell began her teaching career as a CUSO volunteer in a secondary school in Nigeria. Pat has worked within the field of adult literacy since 1985 as a practitioner, researcher, and publisher. She is the founder and President of Grass Roots Press. She is also the author and editor of several books including Measures of Success: Assessment and Accountability in Adult Basic Education, Teaching Reading to Adults: A Balanced Approach, and Participatory Practices in Adult Education. During the past decade, Pat has facilitated about 300 workshops on integrating assessment and instruction across Canada and the United States. Pat received the Canada Post educator award in 2006.

Ian Clark
Professor of Public Policy
School of Public Policy and Governance
University of Toronto
Ian Clark is a professor in the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. A former Secretary of the Treasury Board and Comptroller General of Canada, he is an advisor to many government agencies, including the Office of the Auditor General, on matters of accountability and governance. In 2006, Professor Clark was one of three members of the Independent Blue Ribbon Panel to Advise on Grant and Contribution Programs. Created by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the Panel was established as part of the government’s Federal Accountability Act and Action Plan.

D’Arcy Claypool
Senior Manager, Skills Investment Programs
Employment, Immigration and Industry
D'Arcy Claypool is a senior manager with Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry. He has 19 years experience in the contracting and delivery of adult literacy programs. He currently has responsibility for the development of the Training and Employment program policies his Ministry provides to Albertans. D'Arcy has been involved with developing an Alberta Literacy Framework. He was a member for a number of years with the Conference Board of Canada's Employability Skills Forum and is now a member of the Federal/Provincial Essential Skills Technical Working Group sponsored by Human Resources and Social Development Canada.

Richard Darville
Assistant Professor
Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Carleton University
Richard Darville has worked in and around adult literacy since the late 1970’s – literacy teaching in a community college and a federal prison in B.C., developing curriculum materials, and doing advocacy work and policy development both in B.C. and with the Movement for Canadian Literacy. At the Centre for Policy Studies in Education at U.B.C. he wrote a Canadian state-of-the-field report for International Literacy Year. He has taught at Carleton University for the last fifteen years, where one of his interests using institutional ethnography to research how literacy practice is shaped within regimes of literacy policy and accountability.

Janine Eldred
Associate Director, National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)
Leicester, England
Jan has worked at NIACE for over seven years in the areas of widening participation, literacy, language and numeracy, health and disability equalities and the Young Adult Learning Partnership. This has involved managing several teams of development and research staff, overseeing their work and growing the work of the Institute. With over 30 years of post-compulsory education experience, her particular interests include foundation programmes, access to learning and adult literacy. As part of her role in NIACE she has spent time with adult learning organisations in France, Slovenia, Croatia, New Zealand and Brazil, making presentations and workshops. Jan has published reports on outreach and unemployment, reports and books on widening participation, adult literacy and on confidence in learning as well as teaching materials and books in the NIACE Lifeline series.

Leona Gadsby
Director of Community and Adult Literacy
2010 Legacies Now (Literacy Now)
British Columbia
Leona Gadsby is currently the Director of Community and Adult Literacy for the 2010 Legacies Now society. She supports community literacy planning throughout the province of BC. Prior to this work, she was the co-founder and executive director of the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Currently, Leona is working with Literacy BC and the government of BC to develop a benchmark framework for community literacy programs.

Brigid Hayes
Adult Learning Knowledge Centre
With an extensive background in partnerships between business and labour as well as on the subjects of labour market issues, workplace literacy, and Essential Skills, Brigid Hayes is a self-employed consultant specializing in policy and program development. Until November 2006, Brigid was Director for Labour at the Canadian Labour and Business Centre. Prior to that, Brigid was the Program Manager, Business and Labour Partnerships, with the National Literacy Secretariat (NLS), Human Resources Development Canada, a position she held since 1989. She was responsible for the NLS partnerships with business and labour and for workplace literacy.

Sandi Howell
Provincial Coordinator, Essential Skills and PLAR
Industry Training Partnerships, Manitoba Competitiveness, Training and Trade
As the Provincial Coordinator of PLAR and Essential Skills for Manitoba Competitiveness, Training and Trade, Sandi Howell’s experience includes twenty years as a consultant developing workplace curricula and the implementation of workplace training with a focus on Essential Skills/literacy, English as a Second Language, and training systems. At Industry Training Partnerships, Sandi also co-ordinates industry-related PLAR and ES projects, and a variety of Aboriginal training projects.

Michael Johnny
Manager, Knowledge Mobilization
York University
Michael Johnny is the Manager of Knowledge Mobilization for York University. Michael has an MA in Canadian and Native studies from Trent University, having researched policy implications for Native literacy in Ontario. He has over fifteen years experience in educational research and development. He currently serves as a volunteer on the editorial committee for the Literacies Journal.

Barbara Macnutt
Literacy Initiatives Secretariat/Administrator of Private Training Schools
Department of Education
Prince Edward Island
Barbara Macnutt was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. She received her post-secondary education at Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, Dalhousie University and Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS, and is currently working on her PhD. Since joining the Department of Education in 1996, Barbara has been directly involved with the development and implementation of the PEI Tough Challenges: Great Rewards Literacy Strategy. Workplace Learning PEI Inc, the not-for-profit organization partnership of business, labour and government, managed by Barbara, is responsible for ensuring learning opportunities in the workplace and for the development and implementation of PLAR in the workplace/workforce.

Sande Minke
Literacy and Basic Skills Field Consultant
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Sande Minke has worked in adult literacy and ESL for over twenty years, initially in school board and community-based workplace programs and more recently in the Ontario government’s adult literacy program, where she currently supports colleges, school boards and community based agencies delivering literacy services to Anglophone, Aboriginal and Deaf adults in southwestern Ontario.

James Page
Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University
School of Canadian Studies
Jim Page retired from the public service in September 2003 and now is an Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. Jim also works as a part-time consultant focusing on literacy for national and international organizations. In his government career he served as Director of Canadian Studies (1983-89); Director General of the Education Support Branch (1989-94); Director General of the National Literacy Secretariat (1994-98); Director General of Learning Programmes at the Public Service Commission (1998-2000); and finally head of the Service and Innovation Division of the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (2000-03). Currently, he serves on the Boards of Directors of CODE (The Canadian Organization for Development through Education) and APEX (The Association of Professional Executives in the Public Service).

B. Allan Quigley
Professor of Adult Education
St. Francis Xavier University
Nova Scotia
Allan Quigley, a professor of adult education with St. Francis Xavier University has published on action research (AR) and literacy and helped create AR networks in 3 provinces and 4 states. He has researched issues of learner recruitment, retention, and effective teaching in literacy.

Tracey Robertson
Regional Program Manager
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Tracey Robertson brings twenty years of experience working in philanthropy, both provincially and nationally, to the Advisory Committee. Currently a regional program manager for Ontario Trillium Foundation, Tracey’s areas of expertise include research, program delivery evaluation and the enhancement of grant-making practices.

Maurice Taylor
Professor, University of Ottawa
Faculty of Education
Maurice Taylor is a professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, where he teaches and supervises graduate students in adult education. He has conducted numerous research studies on adult training practices, job-related curriculum and formal and informal learning. His publications focus on adult literacy, foundations of adult learning, workplace basic skills training, and young adult identity formation.

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