Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

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Address

Old Main 1712
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC Canada
V2C 0C8

Phone

250-371-5627

TRU Career & Experiential Learning team

  • Shawn Read

    Shawn Read
    Chair of Career and Experiential Learning Department
    Co-op Coordinator for Business & Economics
    250-371-5669

    Biography

    Shawn is a senior tenured faculty member in Career and Experiential Learning. For the past 13 years, Shawn has worked as a coordinator in career services and co-operative education programs. Shawn is passionate about experiential learning and as the Bachelor of Business co-op coordinator, he helps students access these opportunities throughout the country. Shawn has been a department chairperson for over seven years and has taken on a pan-campus leadership role to develop policy, professional development, and leadership activities for chairs on campus. Shawn is actively involved in governance and academic programming of the university and has previously been a TRU senator, member of the TRU academic planning and priorities committee and a member of the TRU Open Learning Planning Council that oversee academic policy.

    Shawn recently completed his term as national president of the Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). As a leading authority on post-secondary school to career transition, his mission for CACEE was to advance and support on-campus recruitment and career education in Canada.

    When he is away from TRU, he loves to watch movies and spend time with his family. He has completed a number of long hikes such at the West Coast Trail and the Berg Lake Trail near Mount Robson.

  • Larry Iles

    Larry Iles
    Career Counsellor
    250-371-5692

    Biography

    Bachelor of Arts Honours | Double major in Social Psychology and US History | Carleton University
    Bachelor of Education | Elementary Education | University of British Columbia
    Master of Adult Education | Career Development | University of Calgary

    Larry has an extensive education portfolio that he has applied throughout his 20 years at TRU, all within Career and Experiential Learning. Larry works one-on-one with students helping them to develop their cover letters and resumes, networking and interview skills, and provide valuable knowledge about career development. In his spare time, Larry enjoys downhill skiing, bunnies, and chocolate.

    “My favourite moment working with students is when they have an experience and really connect it to their personal career development-and as a result, have this fantastic clarity about them and their next steps. This happens working with over 1,000 co-op students and working with students in the career counselling model.”

  • Marion Oke

    Marion Oke
    Co-op Coordinator for Bachelor of Arts, NRS, Science (biology, chemistry, chemical biology) and Tourism Management
    250-828-5151

    Biography

    Bachelor of Arts | Political Science | University of Toronto
    Bachelor of Education | Queen’s University

    Marion began her career at TRU with a three-month contract in the Faculty of Student Development in a workplace program for individuals on income assistance. She was subsequently hired as a full-time, permanent co-op coordinator for the Bachelor of Science (biology, chemistry and physics) and the Bachelor of NRS programs, with the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Tourism Management programs added to her portfolio in 2014. Marion has now been at TRU for 15 years.

    Marion loves the outdoors – hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking and walking with her 10-year-old yellow lab, Ben. She loves the garden, books, movies, spending time with friends and entertaining. Family is very important to Marion, including her large extended family.

  • Nancy Bepple

    Dr. Nancy Bepple
    Co-op Coordinator for Bachelor of Computing Science
    250-371-5982

    Biography

    Bachelor of Science | Double major in Mathematics and Computer Science | University of Victoria
    Master of Science | Atmospheric Science | University of British Columbia
    Provincial Instructor Diploma | Vancouver Community College
    BC Provincial Teaching Certificate | Specialization in Mathematics | University of Victoria
    Doctorate of Education | University of British Columbia

    Nancy applies her breadth of academic experience to her work in career education, where she has been since 2001. Outside of her work at TRU, Nancy also writes a weekly column for a local online newspaper. During her earlier years at the University of Victoria, Nancy was a co-op student herself. She then worked for 15 years in top technology companies like MacDonald Dettwiler and Newnes (now USNR), during which time she hired co-op students as part of her role.

  • Jamie Noakes

    Jamie Noakes
    BBA Co-op Coordinator and Career Counsellor
    250-377-6115

    Biography

    Bachelor of Arts – Thompson Rivers University
    Masters of Environmental Studies – Lakehead University

    Jamie’s post-secondary career began with the Career and Experiential Learning Department in 2009. Over the years, she has taught within many Co-op programs and worked with BBA, Environmental Science, Computer Science, and Tourism students. Prior to working in post-secondary, Jamie gained management experience within both the tourism and hospitality management industries where she developed a keen interest in Human Resource Management. In 2019, Jamie joined the Central Interior CPHR advisory council where she focusses on developing further connections between post-secondary and CPHR. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys spending time at her cabin with her family, and socializing with friends.

  • Sarah Ladd

    Sarah Ladd
    Co-op Coordinator for Engineering
    250-377-6021

    Biography

    Bachelor of Arts | Archeology | Simon Fraser University

    Sarah started working at TRU in 2015 as an auxiliary staff member. Sarah’s extensive experience working as a co-op coordinator and career advisor at other universities like UBC, UofC and SFU has supported her work in Career and Experiential Learning, which she joined in the summer of 2016. Sarah is passionate about helping others realize their career potential, trying to be a positive force in the world, learning from others, and being a part of socially sustainable community development. While not at work, Sarah enjoys reading, gardening, hiking and walking, volunteering and anything to do with food (eating, cooking, baking, etc.)

  • Tara Bond

    Tara Bond
    Co-op Coordinator for Bachelor of Arts, NRS, Science (biology, chemistry, chemical biology) and Tourism Management
    250-828-5151

    Biography

    Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) – Lakehead University
    Masters of Teaching – Griffith University

    Tara began her career at TRU in 2017 with the Career and Experiential Learning Department as a Co-op Coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts, NRS, Science (biology, chemistry, chemical biology) and Tourism Management programs. Tara works one-on-one with students, guiding them through the Co-operative Education process, and assists students with their cover letters, resumes, interview skills, and networking.

    Tara believes her greatest capability is cultivating and sustaining strong working relationships with members of the community. Outside of work, Tara enjoys the outdoors, traveling and exploring. She loves spending quality time with her adventurous family and friends.

  • Mitch Clingo

    Mitch Clingo
    Career Counsellor
    250-371-5547

    Biography

    Bachelor of Arts – Major in Psychology; Minor in Kinesiology – Simon Fraser University
    Masters of Education – Specialization in Counselling – Thompson Rivers University


    Mitch has been with the Career and Experiential Learning Department since 2017. Through one-to-one sessions and seminars, Mitch supports students through all stages of their career paths, placing a strong focus on personal exploration through experiential learning. Mitch encourages students to challenge anxieties and experiment with different roles along their journey. Mitch brings more than ten years’ experience in social service areas such as Youth Services, Victim Services, Developmental Services, and Clinical Counselling.

  • Brad Harasymchuk

    Brad Harasymchuk
    Experiential Learning Coordinator
    250-828-5286

    Biography

    Bachelor of Science | University of Saskatchewan
    Bachelor of Education | University of Saskatchewan
    Master of Education | University of Saskatchewan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Education) | University of Canterbury

    Brad began his career at TRU in 2016. He has taught in elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions in Canada and New Zealand. At TRU, Brad is most excited to engage with students and help simplify all the experiential learning opportunities offered throughout the institution. Brad also plays a key role as part of TRU’s Intercultural team and is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and volunteering his time with Rotary.

  • Donna Taylor

    Donna Taylor
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant
    250-828-5276

    Biography

    Donna began her career at TRU in 1992, and has been with Career and Experiential Learning since 1994. Donna grew up in Kamloops, and took courses at Cariboo College, and UCC. She also took courses at Grant McEwan in Edmonton. In 2011, Donna received the TRU Distinguished Service Award, a small indication of her dedication to Career and Experiential Learning. Donna also enjoys quilting, gardening and traveling, and says the best part of her job is the students.

  • Jackie Mullen

    Jackie Mullen
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant
    250-371-5627

    Biography

    Jackie has been an employee with TRU since 1984. Jackie has worked in the Library, Finance, Computer LRC, Trades LRC, Print Shop, the Faculty of Arts, and Career and Experiential Learning, which she joined in the summer of 2016. Her extensive experience has made her an extremely valued employee and CEL is lucky to have her. Jackie enjoys working and connecting with people, family time, traveling, exploring, hiking, photography, cooking and teaching dance!

  • Carly Royer

    Carly Royer
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant
    250-371-5680

    Biography

    Carly began her career at TRU in 2003. She worked as an auxiliary staff member for eight years, which allowed her to learn many different positions and meet many nice people. Carly began as an auxiliary member in Career and Experiential Learning for about three years for various staff members. She has now been a career education assistant since 2011. When she’s not at work, Carly enjoys fitness classes and going for walks in the evening. She especially loves spring and summer when she and her family can spend time camping, or sit on the deck and enjoy a glass of wine.

Program Email Addresses
Name Email
Career & Experiential Learning Department careereducation@tru.ca
Business Co-op bus_cooped@tru.ca
Computing Science, Engineering, Physics and Math Co-op it_cooped@tru.ca
Sciences/NRS bsc_cooped@tru.ca
Arts Co-op arts_cooped@tru.ca
Tourism Co-op tourism_cooped@tru.ca
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