Neil Cooke is the Vice President Academic at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he is responsible for the administration of academic programming, student support services and workforce development. Within the academic portfolio, he plays a highly supportive role in all applied research activities.
Before joining Confederation College, Cooke was manager of strategic educational initiatives for the Manitoba Trucking Association, a not-for-profit located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In that position, he was also the lead for all research activities involving human resources and environmental matters.
Cooke is the previous dean of the Centre for Teaching Excellence, Innovation and Research at Red River College in Winnipeg. There, he was responsible for teacher education programming, the program and curriculum development department, the teaching learning technology centre, library and audio/video services, and the college broadcasting studios.
Cooke holds a master’s degree in education, postsecondary administration. He also holds an undergraduate degree in technical education, a diploma in vocational education and a certificate in adult education. He is an interprovincially certified heavy-duty technician.
In addition to his experience in postsecondary education, Cooke is an active volunteer within his community, contributing his time to youth sport programs. He is also an advocate for the off-reserve members of the Peguis First Nation.
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