Board of Directors

Tracey Kibble, Hons. B.Sc., D.S.W., M.Ed. (CRDS), R.R.PPresident

Tracey Kibble

Tracey has been a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and member of VRA since 2004. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University, with a double major in Biology and Mathematics. Tracey completed her Developmental Services Worker diploma at Humber College and went on to complete a Masters in Education at the University of Calgary, with a specialization in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.

She is currently a VRA Atlantic society board member, representing professionals from the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, having previously served two terms as the society president. She is a Member-at-Large on the national board and is the chair of the national education committee.

Tracey has supported individuals with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, mental health challenges, physical disabilities and chronic health conditions; as well as medically released veterans, over the course of her career. She is currently an Employment Specialist at Nova Scotia Community College’s Achieve Program (Akerley Campus), facilitating curriculum and coordinating student placements for youth with learning differences and limited work experience. 

Tracey’s is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential, and to find and maintain meaningful roles in their communities. Her professional interests include continuing education, professional development, evidence based practice and vocational interest testing. She loves to camp, canoe and curl, and is an avid reader.

Marg SmithTreasurer

Marg received her B. A. in Psychology from Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick.  She began working in the field of rehabilitation in 1985 and has over 33 years of work experience at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario.  She worked in many capacities both in vocational rehabilitation; disability and case management; and as a Manager in Service Delivery and Work Transition.  She is currently working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, Psychometrist, Vocational Evaluator and Life Care Planner. Marg has extensive experience in rehabilitation and employment counselling, disability management, and has conducted vocational, psycho-vocational, psycho-educational assessments and life care planning assessments.

Marg is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada and holds the RRP (Registered Rehabilitation Professional), CVRP (Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional) and CCVE (Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator) designations, and is a member in good standing with the

Tricia GueulettePast President

Tricia GueuletteTricia Gueulette is the National Contract Manager with Canadian Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Services with March of Dimes Canada and leads a large, dedicated national team of vocational rehabilitation professionals to deliver quality programming for Veterans Affairs Canada and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. She has appeared as an expert witness before the Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs on the delivery of front-line health and well-being services for Canadian Veterans and her recommendations were included in their report “Improving Services to Improve Quality of Life for Veterans and Their Families”.

Tricia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Economics from the University of Victoria. She is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP), a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and has recently completed her MBA in Executive Management specializing in Leadership with Royal Roads University.

Lisa YasseinDirector-at-large

Lisa Yassein, has worked in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Management for 30 years, all of which have been with Agilec. This has included working directly with a range of referral sources and programs, as well as coordinating referrals and supporting Agilec’ s Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants.

Lisa holds the following credentials: Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP); Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP); Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE); International Certified Vocational Evaluator (ICVE); and Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE). Additionally, Lisa has completed Motivational Interviewing Levels I & II (Coaching and Coding) Certificates; Certified Life Skills Coach; True Colors®/Personality Dimensions Facilitator Certifications; COPSystem™ Certification; QuickNOC Pro – Transferable Skills Analysis Training; Valpar Pro3000 Training; and AODA Integrated Standards – Train-the-Trainer, as well as other related professional development.

Lisa also wears the hat of Accessibility Champion for Agilec and ensures that accessibility is a priority throughout the company, including creating AODA related polices and documents and training staff in this area.

Volunteer work is important to Lisa, as is involvement in her community with organizations that support persons with disabilities. She was a founding member and Board member for the Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) for over 20 years, until the organization closed in 2018. She has also sat on a number of other advisory committees and regularly speaks at events on related issues.

Why I would be a good VRA National Director:

There are several reasons why I would be a good VRA Canada National Director. I have had a long-term career in vocational rehabilitation and have actively participated in VRA Canada conferences and events for 20+ years. I follow and remain up to date with VRA Canada priorities, initiatives, and educational options. I support my professional organization and know the importance of membership for professional and personal growth.

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to be part of several vocational rehabilitation related service options and have remained passionate about this field of work, understanding the need for on-going professional development to provide services at the highest caliber. Currently I coordinate vocational rehabilitation services for Agilec. In this role I work with clients, a wide range of referral sources, and our team of vocational rehabilitation consultants. I ensure we are providing the highest quality of service and meeting the needs of our clients and customers, while following vocational rehabilitation practices and principles.

Although I have had a desire to be part of the VRA board throughout the years instead I dedicated my time to a local organization and the Board of Directors of the Durham Region Employment Network (DREN). I was a founding member and a Board member for 20 years, until the organization closed in 2017 due to lack of funding. While involved with DREN, I encouraged local organizations who supported persons with disabilities to become members of VRA and seek VRA credentialing options to support their organization’s and personal growth.

I have a strong sense of duty and believe that part of our role as professionals is to give back and guide our profession. The key factors that make me a good candidate for a Director, Member at Large position include: my knowledge, experience, and credentials related to vocational rehabilitation; being a long-term active member of VRA Canada; passion and dedication to profession with a desire to help; and an employer who is supportive of the time and commitment.

It would be an honour at this time in my career to be part of the National Board of Directors for VRA

Renée Daudlin-IacobelliDirector At Large

With over 25 years of experience working within Vocational Rehabilitation and Labour Market Re-Entry Services with the WSIB and Private Rehabilitation Companies, Renee is

skilled in Vocational and Employment Counselling, Employee Assistance Counselling, Transferable Skills Analysis, Vocational Rehabilitation, Job Placement, and Disability Management Consulting. She has extensive experience working with people living with disabilities, mental health concerns, and chronic illness.

Renee holds a Master’s of Education in Adult Education, Undergraduate Degree in Sociology and a Post Degree Diploma in Art Therapy. She has completed training in Life Care Planning, Progressive Goal Attainment Program and is a Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Instructor. She is a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor (CCRC), Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP), and is a Masters Certified Vocational Professional (MCVP) with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP).

Renee owns and operates Insight Advantage Inc, a full service disability management and training company employing 18 staff and providing rehabilitation services throughout Southwestern Ontario.

 

Valerie Lougheed, M.Ed., RSW, CCRC, CVRP(F), CVE, RRPDirector At Large

Val is a Social Worker by trade, and has worked in the field of vocational rehabilitation and training since 1978.  In 1985, Val started her own vocational

Norther Lights Canada (now called Agilec), which became one of the largest of its kind in Canada.

 

Concurrently, Val designed and delivered corporate training sessions to public and private employment and rehabilitation organizations all over Canada.  Training topics included organizational development, employability, labour market trends, self-directed work teams, creative problem solving, managing change, creative job search techniques, and the vocational impact of disabilities.

 

In 2003, Val was in a head-on collision herself and sustained catastrophic orthopedic injuries along with a brain injury.  She was in hospitals for five months, had to earn to walk again, and then spent the next three years in intensive rehabilitation programs.  Informed by this experience, Val wrote two books, Be Still and Be Strong, and designed several new training sessions concerning trauma, rehabilitation, recover and the disability benefits system.

 

Val retired in 2018, and since then has had what she calls the “profound pleasure” of writing three of the modules thus far for the VRA online learning academy.  Val says that she has made many lifetime friends through VRA over the years, and is so grateful she can continue to contribute to the organization.

Paul Holtby, RRP, CVE, CCVE, CVRP, CVODirector At Large

Paul has been employed as a vocational evaluator of injured adults since December 1991.  He received his B.A. in psychology from Brock University in 1996. He operates a vocational assessment consulting practice throughout southern Ontario and is on the roster of several vocational rehabilitation assessment agencies.

Paul has been active as a Director with CAVEWAS from 2006 to 2018.

He served as a Director with VRA Canada (National) from June 2013 until June 2018, and returned in 2019.  He sat on various committees and was an Executive Director.  In addition, he was Chair of Information Technology and was involved in developing the current website

Credentials

  • Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) since 1995
  • Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE) since 1998
  • Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE) since 2016
  • Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals

Paul continues to upgrade his expertise and is completing the Human Resources Management (Post Graduate program) through Niagara College.

Eric J. Paquet, BA., RRP, CVRP, CCVEDirector At Large

Eric J. Paquet is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) with VRA Canada, a board certified professional in vocational rehabilitation (CVRP) as well as a certified vocational evaluator (CCVE) with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals of Canada. He is also a member of CAVEWAS and the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP). He began working in the field of rehabilitation in 2005 with Veterans Affairs Canada.  In 2013, he moved from case management to consulting. He now operates a rehabilitation and vocational assessment consulting practice (Port Rehab Consulting Inc.) on the east coast. He has been assessing injured individuals to provide vocational and rehabilitation evaluations (Cost of Care and Loss of Valuable Services Assessments, Vocational Assessments, Loss of Earning Capacity Assessments, and Critiques) to the legal community. He has extensive experience in assessing, interviewing and counselling in health and pre-vocational rehabilitation. He has conducted hundreds of physical, mental, social, psychological and environmental assessments and has experience in working closely with clients suffering from a variety of traumatic stress maladies, mental illness, physical disabilities, chronic pain and related co-morbid disorders. Mr. Paquet continues to upgrade his expertise. He has completed a full-year post-graduate Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation program from the University of Florida (2016) and is currently enrolled in a full-year Life Care Planning course for future certification as a Canadian certified life care planner (CCLCP) through the International Commission on Health Care Certification.

Terena DelaneyDirector at Large

Terena Delaney BA, RRP, CCRC, CVE

Terena has been in the field of vocational rehabilitation for over 35 years. After working for both the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board and for a private practice firm, she started her own company in 1989 and successfully managed its growth and expansion throughout Alberta until 2015. Following this, she worked as an independent forensic vocational evaluator providing assessments to the legal community.

She has co-authored the last two versions of the Code of Ethics for the Canadian College of Vocational Professionals (CVRP) and has presented on various topics related to Ethics at numerous conferences and training seminars. Terena also developed three training modules for Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC). She has previously served on the VRAC Board (then CARP) as the President of the Alberta Chapter (4 years) and as National Secretary (2 years). She is an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in her community and currently is the Chair of the Board for Canadian Mental Health – Edmonton Region.

Terena is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) with the VRAC, and a Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CVE), and Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor (CCRC) with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselling Certification (CRCC) in the United States. Terena previously served on the Board of CVRP and met the criteria as a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional – Fellow (CVRP- F); and a Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator – Fellow (CCVE- F) and held these certifications until she retired from the College in 2020.

 

Mike Summer, B. SC (Psych), RRP, CVRPAtlantic Society

Mike Summer, B. SC (Psych), RRP, CVRP

Mike Summers holds a B.Sc. Psychology with both the RRP and CVRP designations.  He currently serves on VRA’s Atlantic Society as President and is a member of the National Board of Directors. His professional background includes working with crown corporations, a large international insurance company and private companies with over 28 years of experience collectively. He has extensive experience completing transferable skills assessments and vocational assessments for the past 18 years as well as disability case management, working with injured individuals through workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents (Section A and B) or LTD policyholders and insureds. He has recently started a new venture as a business owner ProVo Consulting Inc. servicing NL with a full line of vocational services including some Occupational Therapy services.

Pamela MacDonald, RRPBritish Columbia Society

Pamela has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology and worked as a Probation Officer for almost thirty years.  She has now retired from government service and is working as an RRP with VRA Canada working in Victoria, BC.  She is also working as a certified travel agent, hosting a women’s travel club.

Pamela has been a strong advocate for women for most of her adult life.  She has started and run a women’s shelter; police based victim assistance program and was the Executive Director of a social service agency providing counselling and programs to families, women, children and violent men.  She was also awarded a medal from the Queen for her work in making changes to case management policy and practices in the Province of BC, specializing in working with women and girls.

Sue Allardyce, CCRC, RRP, CVRP(F)Manitoba Society

Sue has worked in the Vocational Rehabilitation field for 26 years. She has worked for a non-profit agency, a private vocational rehabilitation company and the federal government providing VR services to clients considered severely disabled (Canada Pension Plan Disability) and veterans. In her non-profit and private employment, she has worked primarily with clients with psychological/psychiatric issues and brain injuries. In addition, Sue has provided medical/legal vocational injury assessments and Transferrable Skills Analyses for personal injury matters. She has been accepted as an expert witness in court. For the past 13 years, Sue has worked as an advisor/consultant on vocational rehabilitation and mental health issues for Veterans Affairs Canada.

Sue is currently the President of the Manitoba Society of VRA and chairs the Communications Committee.

Sue currently works part-time for Veterans Affairs Canada in the mental health unit and also part-time for the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP) as the CEU Coordinator reviewing ceu submissions and pre-approving related courses, programs, webinars, etc.

Sue holds a Master’s of Social Work degree is a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor (CCRC) a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and is Master’s Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional: CVRP (F).

Hamza NoorOntario Society

Hamza Noor is an advocate and an educator in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation. He holds a designation of CVRP and graduated from York Seneca Rehabilitation Services along with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Currently he is enrolled in Master of Rehabilitation Sciences at University of British Columbia. Hamza Noor also published a paper on the impact of Disability on Age, Gender and time of year, which was also published in Rehab matters.

He is currently working as Director of Customer relations at Bridges Health Inc where he oversees all the Vocational programs. He has been working with Seneca college to increase student membership and educate students about the Association and the College (CVRP). Hamza is also a guest speaker every year for graduating class to talk about the future of the profession and available opportunities. Hamza has been volunteering with the Ontario board since 2012 and currently he is the president of Ontario society. He is also involved with various committees in the vocational industry. Currently he is volunteering with the membership committee at VRA National. Hamza has also been involved in organizing National and Ontario annual conferences (CVRP) almost every year.

His commitment to the field of vocational rehab is evident from his participation and he is looking forward to working with National by bringing his knowledge, expertise and professional network. Having Ontario president as a part of National board can help Ontario board align their interest with National.

 

Tracy Thiessen, BSW, DBAPrairie Society

Tracy is a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with WCB Services. She works with the Canadian Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Services team who deliver quality programming for Veterans Affairs Canada with a goal of improving quality of life for Veterans and their families.

Tracy earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree and Diploma of Business Administration from the University of Regina. She has been a registered member in good standing with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) since 2019 and is currently a VRA Prairies board member. In addition, she has over 14 years combined experience in case management, early intervention, vocational rehabilitation services, return to work and accommodation experience. Tracy has worked with a diverse client base and believes in using a collaborative, client-centered approach to assist clients in attaining their various goals.

Warren ComeauCVRP Rep to VRA

Warren Comeau, BA, RRP, CCRC, CVRP(F), (F)CARPPresident and Senior Rehabilitation SpecialistParagon Rehabilitation Assessment Services – Warren Comeau & Associates Inc Warren has been involved in vocational rehabilitation and rehabilitation case management since 1980, beginning his career as a field Vocational Rehabilitation Officer with the Workers Compensation Board of New Brunswick. He worked in this capacity until 1988. From 1992 to 2018 Warren was President of Rehabilitation Alternatives, a private sector voc rehab services company based in Atlantic Canada which he co-founded.

Warren became a Registered Rehabilitation Professional in 1992; a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor (CCRC) in 1993. He is also a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) through the College of Vocational Rehabilitation; he was recognized as a Fellow by the College in 2018. He continues to serve on its Board of Directors, currently in the capacity of Secretary/Treasurer, having joined the board in 2013.

He became an Atlantic Canada Director of the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (CARP) in 1992; and in 1996 was a founder of the Atlantic Society. In 1998 he completed his term as the National President of CARP (now the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada – VRAC). He has chaired four CARP/VRAC National Rehab Conferences and was honored with a Fellowship Award by CARP in 2005. Warren was also on the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Research in Rehabilitation and was an Associate Editor of The Canadian Journal of Rehabilitation.

From 2012 through 2017 Warren completed contract work with the Department of Foreign Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada – GAC) for whom he wrote Terms of Reference for GAC’s human resources response and subsequent management of serious injury and death to their employees occurring abroad. He subsequently co-authored a Liaison Officer Learning program for GAC and delivered it to GAC and other government department staff through the Canadian Foreign Services Institute in 2013 and in 2017.

He became the President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) in May 2019, having served on its board since 2017.

Warren has presented at national and international conferences. He founded Paragon Rehabilitation Assessment Services in 2018. His expertise is in providing life care plans which include a component of vocational rehabilitation, particularly in cases of catastrophic injury, and in training and mentoring others providing and authoring such assessments.  He has been accepted as an Expert Witness in the field of Rehabilitation by the Court of Queen’s Bench, Province of New Brunswick and in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.