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Patricia Lang is an energetic, dynamic visionary who believes in lifelong learning and building partnerships.

The partnerships she is involved with include students, employees, community members, local and international business, school boards, government, elected officials and other educational institutions.

Lang has worked in a number of man agement positions at Georgian College in Barrie for the past 15 years, culminating in her senior administrative appointment as vice-president, academic and student services. She has acquired extensive post-secondary experience in Quebec and Ontario, including previous teaching positions with Northern College in Timmins and Cambrian College in Sudbury.

Throughout her career Patricia has demonstrated expertise in creativity and innovation, fundraising and lobbying, curriculum and program development and sound fiscal management.

As well, she continually supports the success in others by supporting students and promoting professional development opportunities for her employees.


Gisele Chretien has been the president of College Boreal since December 1998. She was previously acting president of the college. Prior to this appointment, Chretien was executive dean of programs and academic support at College Boreal.

She was also dean of community and health services, director of health services as well as a faculty member in the French-language division of Cambrian College.

Chretien is currently vice-chair of the board of directors of Contact North, a member of the board of directors of the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation and a member of the board of directors of the Sudbury Regional Hospital. She is a an executive member of the committee of presidents of the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (ACAATO) and sits on the MTCU/ ACAATO Charter Working Group.

In August 2000, Chretien was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Online Learning, an inititative of Industry Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

She was a founding member of the Board of Governors o College Boreal and a member of various regional and provincial committees.


After specializing in marketing for over 20 years as a product supervisor, college professor, small business advisor and entrepreneur, Deborah Kraft received a call to ordained ministry.

She is currently the incumbent of St. Mark's Anglican Church in Rosslyn Village and St. James Anglican Church in Murillo and will be ordained to the priesthood next year. Her business, Kraft Marketing, remains open for project work, such as focus groups and surveys.

She started her home-based marketing consulting business six years ago.

Between 1993 and 1996 she was a member of the board of directors for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.

From 1999 to present, Kraft has been the public relations director on the board of directors for the Thunder Bay Business Women's Network. She is also a trustee for the Thunder Bay Foundation.

Kraft has lived in Thunder Bay for the past 23 years with her husband Jouni. They have four children between the ages of 15 to 21.


Karen Lacasse has 22 years experience operating a Sudbury-based business, Lacasse Wood Products, with her husband Roger. She started as a cabinet maker, then later expanded the business to a milling operation that processes lumber from log to finished product. Lacasse has been involved with the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce over the past decade and has been a representative on numerous committees and boards, particularily those focusing on trades and industrial training.

She has been called upon many times to act as an industrial liaison into the education system to provide input into community college trade course development.

In addition, Lacasse has also been a representative with the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program with the Rainbow District School Board, once again acting as a liaison between industry and educational institutions. She has also been involved with the Industrial Training Centre for Women and the local fire board, and was a judge for the Business Professional Women last year.

She has also received an award from the Professional and Business Women's Association in the partnership category.
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