Senior Leadership Team

Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart, President & CEO
Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart was appointed Lakeland College's 9th president and chief executive officer on May 4, 2015.

As president and CEO of Lakeland College, Stewart has overseen substantial growth in capital projects at each campus, including the hairstyling lab/salon, Dairy Learning Centre, Energy Park Site, Animal Health Clinic and Agricultural Technology Centre. She’s also been a champion of the college’s Truth and Reconciliation efforts, expanding applied research in agriculture, and increasing Lakeland’s focus on student-managed enterprises, experiences and events.

Before her appointment as president, she served as the vice president, academic for almost 10 years. During her tenure as a vice president, the college became active in applied research, constructed the Energy Centre and added a variety of new programs including heavy oil power engineering, renewable energy and conservation, street rod technologies, western ranch and cow horse, and sign language interpretation.

Throughout her more than 30-year career at Lakeland, Stewart has served the college in a variety of capacities. She was hired in 1982 to teach evening classes in the early childhood development (ECD) program. In 1984 she became a full-time ECD instructor and a year later, chair of the program.

In the next 10 years she became chair of three additional programs and then took on the dual role of dean and chair of human services programs. As dean, she created the School of Health and Human Services in 1998 and guided its growth to 10 programs.

In addition to her work at Lakeland, Stewart has been involved in various organizations and boards including the Alberta Council for Admissions and Transfers, Alberta Promise Board of Directors, and Child Care Network. She served as chair of the Alberta Provincial Early Childhood Coordinators. Currently she is an active member of the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta and The Presidents Leadership Network Coordinating Committee for Canada.

Stewart has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a teaching certificate, and a master's in early childhood education from California State University of Northridge. She also has a doctorate in higher education from the University of Liverpool.

Alice and her husband Alex live near Vermilion, Alberta. She is very involved in English springer spaniel trials and has judged various national championships in both Canada and the United States. She is also a competitor in Alberta and Saskatchewan cutting horse associations and placed second in Canada in the 5000 intermediate class. Originally from California, Stewart was a gold medalist in the state’s Junior Olympics track and field program.

Contact Alice via:
Maureen Lehmann
Executive assistant
780 853 8485
Michael Crowe, Vice President Academic & Research
Michael Crowe, Vice President Academic & ResearchMichael Crowe was appointed vice president academic in July 2015 after serving in the position as acting VP from November 2014.

In June 2017 research was added to his responsibilities.
Crowe's primary responsibility is for planning and managing the college’s academic programs. This includes developing, maintaining and supporting teaching excellence, and creating an environment that supports learning and personal growth for students and faculty.

Crowe started his career at Lakeland College in 2003 as an instructor and taught in the School of Environmental Sciences until 2011. Other positions he’s held at the college include coordinator of program evaluation and instructional development and dean of teaching and learning. He also has experience leading international projects.

“Lakeland College has a long-standing history of delivering high quality academic programming and is a leader in student-centered, hands-on training. We have a very talented team of faculty and staff that is committed to providing our students with a world class education. I’m obviously excited and honored to be part of that,” says Crowe.

Crowe has a BSc and MSc from the University of Lethbridge and a diploma in renewable resource management from Lethbridge College.
Crowe and his wife Cathy have lived in Vermilion since 2003. They have five children. He is involved in the local soccer association and is a former Rustlers cross country running coach.

Contact Mike via:
Mary-Lou MacMillan
Executive assistant
780 853 8604
Georgina Altman, Vice President External Relations & Infrastructure
Georgina Altman, Vice President External Relations & InfrastructureWith a proven track record for success, Georgina Altman returned to Lakeland College in August 2014 as the vice president of advancement.

Since then external relations was added to her portfolio. As well, an organizational re-structure in June 2017 added facilities and services, residence services and the international department.

As vice president of advancement and external relations, the veteran business leader and fundraiser is responsible for overseeing fund development, alumni relations, marketing, communications and recruitment. She is also responsible for enterprise services, including print/mail services, and event services. Altman also represents the college through both government and community relations.

For Altman, joining Lakeland College is a homecoming of sorts. She worked in student services and then residence at the college from 1992 to 1997. Her husband, TJ, is a Lakeland alumnus.

Prior to her return, Altman, a certified fundraising executive, served as the executive director and chief executive officer of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation from 2000 until 2013. During her tenure, the foundation's annual revenue stream grew by more than $3 million. Since leaving the foundation, Altman has been doing fund development and executive coaching through her consulting firm, Top Performance Group Inc., albeit at a slower pace due to her commitments to the college.

Outside of the college, Altman serves on the Lloydminster Economic Development Corporation Board and the Vermilion River Regional Alliance. In June 2016, Altman was appointed to the Health Quality Council of Alberta's Board of Directors.

Altman has a BA from the University of Saskatchewan, and, from Royal Roads University, an MBA and a graduate certificate in executive coaching.

When Altman and her husband are able to find downtime, they enjoy travelling to areas close to home and when possible, play a round or two of golf. Although Altman would be the first to admit she is a terrible painter, this too keeps her occupied when time permits.

Altman also finds herself coaching and mentoring others no matter where she is. While some might say this falls under a positional description, it is something she enjoys thoroughly and does not see it as a job.

"I love helping people develop their own skills."

Contact Georgina via
Charlene Robinson
Executive assistant
780 871 5732

What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree