Chris Chinien holds a B.ed from McGill University; an M.ed from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Chinien is a Founding member and expert-consultant of International Network of Sector Skills Organisations (INSSO). The goal of INSSO is to develop transnational occupational standards. Chinien has 40 years of experience in all aspects of apprenticeship training and technical and vocational education and training, teaching, administration and several years of experience in research focused on workforce development and capacity building issues. He has been a professor of undergraduate and graduate studies in Adult Education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training for 20 years at the University of Manitoba. Chris is bilingual. He has several years of consulting experience and has managed many large-scale funded projects. Chris regularly participates in national and international summits, think tanks and round tables. He is regularly invited to give keynote speeches on workforce development and adult education at major international conferences.

Boutin holds a Ph.D. in Education from The Ohio State University, U.S.A (1991), a Master degree from New York State University at Plattsburgh, two teaching certificates (high school and college level) from the University of Montreal (1979 and 1976) and a bachelor degree from the University of Ottawa (1974). France has been a professor and director of the graduate and undergraduate program in language teaching and learning at the Faculty of Education of the University of Manitoba for 19 years. She joined the Faculty of Education of UQAM as professor and director of the graduate programs, Department of Language Teaching and Learning, in 2006. France is bilingual and has 25 years of research experience as main researcher and co-researcher on many large-scale funded projects. Her research is focussed on Second/Foreign Language learning and teaching, Cognitive Based Learning and Teaching and ICT mediated learning and teaching.