Who are we?


The Centre for Learning, Training and Development (CLTD) provides adult learning services and products on Prince Edward Island (PEI) with a focus on language and culture.

Services include short courses, lectures, and workshops. We focus on content related to language and culture, with a specific emphasis on services for clients who speak English as Another Language (EAL) and in Adult Basic Education (ABE), including both literacy and essential workplace skills as part of our business communication programming.
We create specialized content-driven courses with additional EAL support for the international student market to bring clients with university and college-level expertise to Eastern PEI.

We are currently developing a set of courses utilizing drone technology, photogrammetry and specialized architectural modeling software to document heritage sites on Eastern PEI. The resulting models will be used to create immersive environments in educational Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) apps for iOS and Android platforms.
We are also exploring using the programming for complex analytics to create an online learner profiling system that identifies how people learn, suggests effective learning strategies, and provides learning materials matching the learner profile.

Other current projects include:
• developing the Essential Business Communication Skills program for implementation in Eastern PEI through the Rural Action Centres in Montague and Souris
• working with the Island Investment Development Corporation (IIDI) to implement relevant English as Another Language (EAL) assessment and support courses for participants in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and both employers and employees participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project (AIPP)
• consulting with Montreal-based exhibition design company GSM Project on the development of the Sheikh Saeed House museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Laila Hawker – B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. (ABD) Adult, Immigrant, and Language Education Specialist, E-mail: CLTD.PEI@gmail.com

Laila has a B.A. in Asian and Pacific Studies with a minor in TEAL (Teaching English as Another Language) from the University of Victoria, an M.Ed in Adult, Administrative and Higher Education from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in Adult Education (ABD) from the University of Southern Queensland. Laila has over 25 years’ experience working in higher education and corporate training in Canada and abroad, with certification in CELTA/DELTA, Train the Trainer, and in teaching people with learning disorders as well as extensive experience in a wide range of EAL, Adult Basic Education (ABE), and academic preparation and bridging methodologies. Laila has been active in both teaching and researching immigrant education in Canada. Laila has taught English as an Additional Language (EAL) in Japan and the United Arab Emirates and in both public and private sectors in three different provinces in Canada. She has a wide variety of professional experiences, ranging from working in the maximum security Burnaby Correctional Institute for Women for Douglas College to managing corporate projects for Xerox’s Learning Services Division. She also helped develop a teacher-training program for the University of British Columbia and was the coordinator of the Independent Learning Centre at Dubai Women’s College.
Dr. Ronald Hawker – B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Director of Operations E-mail: CLTD.PEI@gmail.com
Ron has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Victoria in History in Art, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of British Columbia. He was the Associate Chair of the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and an associate professor at Zayed University in Dubai. Ron has lectured and consulted on art and culture, art education, digital humanities, and archaeology and anthropology around the world, and has 25+ years of experience teaching in higher education in Canada and abroad, much of it in EAL contexts. Ron has extensive administrative experience in program development and international accreditation and has taught arts, humanities, and social sciences courses both nationally and internationally. He is the author of Tales of Ghosts: First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-1961 (UBC Press, 2002), Traditional Architecture in the Arabian Gulf: Building on Desert Tides (WIT Press, 2008), and Yakuglas’ Legacy: The Art and Times of Charlie James (U of Toronto Press, 2016).

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