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New dean brings collaborative style to School of Trades & Technology

Chad Flinn, dean of trades & technology
January 4, 2021

Chad Flinn, an accomplished leader with years of business and teaching experience, is ready to lead the School of Trades & Technology at Medicine Hat College (MHC) as its new dean.

Most recently serving as a Learning Technology Trainer at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Flinn has 11 years’ experience as an electrical instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Before entering education he worked in the private sector as an operational manager of a large electrical/instrumentation contracting firm in Fort McMurray. He's looking forward to bring his passion for trades and technology to southeastern Alberta.

“For years the trades has been the best kept secret in the career world but that secret is out. The field requires management skills as well as leadership and people skills, just as much as the practical skills we develop,” he says. “We need people with problem solving skills, and the ability to work with others.”

Flinn holds a Master of Arts (Learning and Technology) from Royal Roads University, completed the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program -Vancouver Career College, and is a journeyman electrician having completed apprenticeship training at BCIT.

Dr. Vicky Roy, MHC's vice-president academic and provost, says the college is very fortunate to bring Flinn into the academic leadership team.

“With Chad's leadership and vision, the School of Trades and Technology is ready to move on to a new chapter. He is the perfect candidate to take this school to the next level and he will contribute significantly to our new strategic plan. Chad is a champion for faculty, has a passion for student success and vocational education.”

Engaging students in their learning is a clear passion for Flinn.

"I bring a collaborative style in which students take part in the creation of their own education. I’ve done research on the student perspective on the use of open educational resources, and even worked with students to create their own textbooks.I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues, and our students, as a mentor and leader.”

He adds that taking the time to be a sounding board, provide advice, or just listen, creates strong relationships.

Flinn takes up his new post on Jan 4, 2021.