The Vancouver Team

Steve Eccles

Regional Dean and CEO

Steve Eccles brings a unique background to his role at Northeastern, combining corporate C-suite executive experience with postsecondary education innovation and leadership.  With a shared values-based approach to building teams and supporting student success, he focuses on education and workforce development strategies that secure positive economic and social outcomes for British Columbia.

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Carrie Chassels

Associate Dean and Campus Administrator

As Associate Dean and Campus Administrator for the Vancouver campus, Carrie facilitates the planning and delivery of academic programs in collaboration with various colleges within Northeastern. She also helps oversee student and career services, operations, accreditation and compliance.

Carrie has been leading transformative change in post-secondary education for more than 20 years. With a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Toronto, and a proven track record of teaching and leading the development of social and educational equity as foundations for continuous improvement and lifelong learning, Carrie is committed to fostering workplace ecosystems that optimize the strength of diversity. She is especially focused on the cultural, experiential and linguistic strengths of Indigenous Peoples and newcomers to Canada.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Carrie was the Vice-Provost of Student Affairs at the University of Guelph.

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Bethany Edmunds

Associate Director of Network Programs & Director of Computing Programs, Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Bethany Edmunds is the Associate Director of Network Programs and Director of Computing Programs at Northeastern University’s Vancouver campus. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence, and is passionate about breaking down barriers to create greater diversity, access, and inclusion within the tech community. She brings together expertise in software development, machine learning, and educational innovation to create STEM opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities.

Bethany has been named one of BC Business's Most Influential Women in STEM, Business in Vancouver's Forty under 40, and YWCA’s Women of Distinction. She is also on the Board of Directors for Women in Machine Learning.

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Dominik Beckers

Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Chandra Stalker

Associate Director of Operations

As Associate Director of Operations for Northeastern University in Vancouver, Chandra ensures that campus operations and services support the needs of all faculty, staff and students to deliver an exceptional experience. Chandra has over 18 years of progressive experience in higher education; providing leadership in areas of campus operations, human resources, and strategic planning. Her multi-disciplinary skill-set includes financial planning, budget and capital management, employee on-boarding, advisory services, performance management and project management.

Chandra’s education includes a Diploma in Business Management from Thompson Rivers University, Management Certificate in Human Resources and one in Management Studies from BCIT, and Foundations of Leadership from the Justice Institute of British of Columbia. Chandra continues to pursue educational opportunities part-time and volunteers in her community to support youth in sports.

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Denise Katrak

Marketing Manager

As the Marketing Manager for the Vancouver campus, Denise oversees marketing, enrollment and community development initiatives as part of Northeastern’s global campus marketing team.

Denise has over a decade of experience in marketing, program management and partnership development. Prior to joining Northeastern, Denise worked in higher ed supporting lifelong learning and executive education programs at a university in the lower mainland. She’s also previously worked with Doctors Without Borders in the Middle East and started her career at an ad agency in Dubai.

Denise is a marketing alum of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She’s looking forward to travelling again in a post-pandemic world and in her spare time enjoys photography, tennis and discovering local coffee shops around Vancouver.

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Serena Conlon

Student Services Advisor

A native Vancouverite with an extensive background in International Student Services and student life, Serena is the primary contact for student services support at Northeastern in Vancouver.

She has a BA in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in First Nations Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia. She also has more than a decade’s experience working in post-secondary student services and organizing events.

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Sherry Wang

Career Services and Experiential Learning Specialist

As the Career Services and Experiential Learning Specialist for the Vancouver campus, Sherry works with students in the area of career preparation and work experience placement.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Prior to joining Northeastern’s Vancouver team, Sherry served as an Academic Advisor for the Graduate School of Engineering at Northeastern in Boston.

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Nina Liu

International Student and Scholar Advisor

As a lifelong learner, Nina is passionate about supporting international students in pursuing their educational goals, and provides immigration compliance support to current Northeastern international students regarding studying and working in Canada. As part of the Office of Global Services (OGS) Canada team, Nina supports Vancouver student inquiries related to study permits, student co-op and work permits, and other student inquiries within the scope of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and its regulations.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, she practiced Canadian Immigration Law with a focus on international students. She received her Master of Economics in International Trade and her Bachelor of Economics in Finance, and she is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant in good standing since 2016.

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Mahya Payamshad

Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Khoury College of Computer Sciences

As the Graduate Student Services Coordinator for Khoury programs in Vancouver, Mahya is the primary contact for all academic inquiries for the Khoury College of Computer Sciences including questions related to academic advising for current students, course planning and graduation.

Mahya gained extensive experience as an academic advisor in Iran, where she worked with an agency that connected students with schools and colleges abroad. She is passionate about assisting students in developing academic plans, including options for majors/minors and study abroad opportunities. She holds an MA in Education, with a concentration on curriculum, teaching and learning from the University of Manitoba.

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Yueli Wang

International Student and Scholar Advisor

As a registered member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), Yueli provides advising services to international students and scholars per Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), Immigration Refugee Protection Regulations(IRPR), Operational instructions and guidelines.

Yueli holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration & Leadership from the University of British Columbia. Yueli speaks English and Mandarin.

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Muhammad Huzaifa Khalid

IT / AV Specialist

As the IT/AV Specialist for the Vancouver campus, Huzaifa supports computer systems, classroom technology and networks as part of Northeastern’s Global IT services team.

With more than two years working in IT and operations related roles, Huzaifa previously worked as a technical analyst for a Burnaby-based managed services provider. Prior to that, he worked in an operations-related role for Apple. Huzaifa is currently also expanding his education, completing a Software Systems Development program.

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Tiffany Duff

Assistant Director of Recruitment and Enrollment, Vancouver

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Emily Lacanilao

Campus Operations Specialist

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