Schmidt & Carbol Consulting works with a number of professional associates to meet the needs of its clients.  The following individuals have worked with the company on a number of projects in the last 5 years.

Dr. Thomas Carey

Dr. Carey works with higher education institutions and systems across North America, as a leadership catalyst on strategy for exemplary teaching and learning. In Canada, Tom is an Adjunct Professor at Athabasca University and previously served as Associate Vice President for Learning Resources and Innovation at the University of Waterloo (including oversight of the Centre for Distance and Continuing Education), Visiting Senior Scholar and Research Director at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and a Professor at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo. In the U.S., Dr. Carey is a Research Professor at San Diego State University and previously served as Chief Learning Officer for the MERLOT Open Educational Resources Network, and Visiting Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the California State University Office of the Chancellor.

Dr. John Van Aerde

Dr. John Van Aerde has had a lengthy career in medicine.  After receiving his initial training in pediatrics in Belgium he moved to Canada and lived and worked most of his professional life in Edmonton as a neonatologist.  He worked for the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research for a decade, and together with great teams and people, developed the surgical NICU at the Stollery Children’s Hospital (SCH) in the late 1990’s.  Between 2000 and 2009, Dr. Van Aerde was responsible for the integration of the largest regional program offering the widest variety of neonatal services in Canada, coordinating the services for 115 neonatal beds for the Northern Alberta Neonatal Intensive Care Program. Between 2009 and 2011, with the help of other visionaries, he started an initiative for Collaborative Practice and Quality Improvement for the Neonatal Program at SCH.  Between 2011 and Jan 2014, he was the Regional Medical Director for Neonatology for the Fraser Health Region.  Dr. Van Aerde hold a PhD in Medical Sciences, a Master’s degree in Leadership Studies and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, 140 abstracts and 20 book chapters. 

Dr. Anita Snell

Dr. Anita Snell has over 20 years of experience working in health and social systems, programs, and services.  Her experience, knowledge and skills developed from twenty years working for the BC Provincial Government, include: leading and managing numerous large-scale change initiatives (Closer to Home; the transition of services from Ministry of Health to the new Ministry of Children and Family Development); leading roles in key initiatives involving the sensitive management of stakeholder relations (Provincial Accreditation; Integrated Primary and Community Care);  multiple experiences managing direct reports as a team lead, manager, and director demonstrating leadership, team development, performance management and engagement strategy expertise.

Dr. Graham Dickson

Graham Dickson (Ph.D.) is Professor Emeritus of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University, Policy Advisor to the Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet), Senior Research Advisor to the Canadian Society of Physician Executives, and founding member of the World Federation of Medical Managers.

Graham is currently providing consulting advice re leadership talent management and succession planning both across Canada and internationally. In the past year he has provided guidance and advice to Hamilton Health Sciences for their succession planning work, based on LEADS; Health PEI, on the use of the LEADS framework for executive and board development; Saskatchewan and Manitoba, in terms of their provincial leadership programming; and the BC Health Authority Leadership Development Collaborative on integrating their work with organizations in other provinces using LEADS.

Dr. Susan Crichton, Associate Professor; Director, UBC – Kelowna Campus

In addition to her academic assignment, Dr. Crichton is the Director of Graduate Programs (and the Centre for Innovation) and is responsible for conceptualizing a doctoral program for the Faculty of Education.  She has over 35 years experience in public education in international settings K – 20.

Dr. Randy LaBonte, Destiny Educational Consulting Ltd. 

Dr. Randy LaBonte has worked as a senior level executive for 30 years in the education sector.  He was lead consultant and contractor for seven years at the BC Ministry of Education and central in the development and authoring of policy, agreements, and e-learning standards.  He developed, piloted, led and implemented the Quality Review process for British Columbia online K-12 schools.

Dr. David Porter, Project Manager, Simon Fraser University

David Porter has over 30 years of experience in K-12 and post-secondary education, including work with both public and private sector organizations. He has been Executive Director of BCcampus since its creation in 2003. BCcampus provides a cooperative service delivery framework for all B.C. post-secondary institutions. He has also been a project manager for industry-based projects in Canada and the United States, and has worked as a project leader and consultant for international education, distance education and open learning projects in Asia, most recently in Mongolia, Vietnam, Malaysia and India. David has a D.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Porter is an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Educational Technology program at the University of British Columbia, and is on the advisory council for the School of Communications and Culture, and the School of Education and Technology, at Royal Roads University.  He recently retired as Executive Director of BC Campus and is now acting as the project manager for Simon Fraser University's Task Force on Flexible Learning.

Dr. Elizabeth Childs, Royal Roads University

Dr. Elizabeth Childs has over 15 years of experience as an educator and consultant to public and private education and training sectors. She consults nationally and internationally in the areas of online and blended learning, online communities, professional learning, instructional design and capacity development for technology enabled learning environments. Dr. Childs has worked with client groups across K-12, post-secondary, government and industry to assist them in assessing their readiness and then developing and implementing online and/or blended learning environments.  Dr. Childs was recently appointed to a faculty position at Royal Roads University.

Dr. Jerry Mussio, Mussio & Associates

Dr. Mussio has more than 30 years experience in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of K-12 education reforms.  For much of this time, he was a senior manager with the BC Ministry of Education where his key areas of responsibility included: education policy and strategic planning; curriculum and learning resources; student assessment and examinations; program evaluation and school accreditation; and field services.  In 1989, he was responsible for establishing a provincial education technology centre that led to the development of the first province-wide school network.  In 2000, he was appointed Canada's representative in development of of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment and continued this work as an education and assessment specialist at Statistics Canada through to 2004.  As an independent consultant, Dr. Mussio has successfully completed a series of K-12 projects for a range of Canadian and international organizations.