At CanIL, while imparting excellent training and applicable skills to our students, our staff and family relate more like a family than a bunch of instructors. We love sharing our linguistic knowledge and cross-cultural life experiences with those around us. Find out interesting facts about each of us by clicking on our pictures.

Leadership

Danny Foster

President

Education 2012-present. PhD Candidate, Education, University of Bristol, U.K. 1999-2003. Masters of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis, Trinity Western University – ACTS Seminary 2001-2002. Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language Certificate, Trinity Western University 1988-1992. Bachelor of Theology, Master’s College and Seminary Professional Experience 2014-present. President, Canada Institute of Linguistics 2012-present. Doctoral Researcher at […]

Ken Creech

Vice President of Administration

Ken enjoys working with talented staff, faculty and students fulfilling the Great Commission through Bible Translation ministries. He is a generalist and enjoys working with people, technical things, music, and systems.  His background in Engineering helps him see connections, and he loves puzzles of all kinds, particularly ones which involve people. Ken worked in industry […]

Larry Hayashi

Assistant Vice President of Administration

Larry counts it a privilege to work with highly motivated young people who want to serve in a variety of language development roles around the world. His interest in linguistics was sparked while studying biology. He found the two fields very similar in terms of their examination of form or structure and the functions of those structures. […]

David Jeffery

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dave was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, becoming a Christian when he was 18. He went to  Bible College and began studying to get involved in full time missionary service. It was during this time that he met a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators at his home church who introduced him to the work […]

Don Fama

Director of Personnel

From 1990 to 2002, Don and his wife Gloria served full-time with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea. He served the mission branch as counselor, teacher, school principal, and heading up the member care department during their last term. And now, since 2002, Don has been serving as Director of Personnel at Canada Institute […]

Leigh Labrecque

Director of Communication

Leigh and his wife Barbara have been involved with CanIL since 1991, when Leigh first came as a single student during the summer course set. It was there that he developed an interest in Linguistics, and specifically how it facilitates Bible Translation work. After marrying Barbara, who was likewise interested in cross-cultural work, they returned to […]

Anita Lebold

Director of Strategic Enrolment Management

Anita professes to have the best job at CanIL! Not only does she get to interact with the most amazing, motivated, and passionate prospective students in the world, she gets to introduce them to the rest of the CanIL family. Anita counts it a joy to work with students from the moment they express interest […]

Doug Rintoul

Director of Strategic Data and Technology Services

Doug and his wife Cindy began working with Wycliffe Bible Translators as short-term assistants in 1987. They served a four year term in the Philippines from 1998 to 1992. In 1992, they became members of Wycliffe, returning to the Philippines in 1993, where Doug served as Manager of Software Development and Training. Since 2002, Doug […]

Kent Royer

Director of Operations and Finance

Kent and his wife Brenda have been Wycliffe Canada members since 1995 and have served in various support roles. For seven years, they helped to facilitate the effective running of the Africa Orientation Course held at the SIL Cameroon Branch, three years as Director of that program. Kent and Brenda then returned to serve in […]

Dr. Paul Arsenault

Director of CanIL Tyndale Program

Education 2012. PhD, University of Toronto 2002. M.A., University of Hyderabad, India 1998. SIL Linguistic Training, Trinity Western University 1995. B.Th., Eastern Pentecostal Bible College Area of Specialization Phonology, Phonetics, Morphology and South Asian languages Dr. Arsenault has worked as a linguist with SIL International and its partner agencies since 1997. He has lived and traveled […]

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Sean Allison

MA Linguistics Program Director, Associate Professor of Linguistics

Sean, and his wife Lezlie, have been members of Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL since 1995. They are involved in a Bible translation project in Africa to an unreached people group. They have four children – two in university and two in primary school. Sean began teaching at Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) in 2012. […]

Dr. Paul Arsenault

CanIL Tyndale Program Director, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Dr. Arsenault has worked as a linguist with SIL International and its partner agencies since 1997. He has lived and traveled extensively in South Asia doing language research, teaching linguistics and providing consultant support to non-governmental organizations involved in literacy, translation and other language development projects. Education 2002. Ph.D., University of Toronto 2002. M.A., University […]

Dr. Doug Trick

Associate Professor of Linguistics

D.Min. Bible Translation, Gordon-Conwell Seminary; M.A. Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington; B.R.E., Providence College.

Randy Lebold

BA Linguistics Program Advisor, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Randy Lebold spent two years living and working in Indonesia, first learning Indonesian and then doing sociolinguistic survey with SIL among the minority language communities in the province of Papua. After returning to live in Canada in early 2006, Randy continued to support the work of sociolinguistic survey in Papua by working remotely and taking […]

David Jeffery

Instructor in Linguistics

Dave was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, becoming a Christian when he was 18. He went to  Bible College and began studying to get involved in full time missionary service. It was during this time that he met a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators at his home church who introduced him to the work […]

Dr. Rod Casali

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Rod hails from New England, but grew up in Massachusetts, north of Boston. Hi met his wife, Ellen, while in the Buffalo area in 1980. They were married in 1981 and have three adult children and three grandchildren. Rod and Ellen have worked with Wycliffe Bible translators and SIL in various roles (language analysis and […]

Wanda Davies

Instructor in Linguistics

Wanda’s career with Wycliffe Bible Translators began in Mexico over 50 years ago! After 10 years involvement in a language development program in a Chinantec language, Wanda earned her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. After that, she transferred to the new work in Sudan and spent 28 years with the […]

Dr. William Gardner

BA Linguistics Program Advisor, Associate Professor of Linguistics

Bill has lived almost half of his life outside of North America. He became a Christian during high school in the Philippines through a Baptist missionary after having read C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. He initially studied Electrical Engineering at university, then worked for five years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. It was during this time that he […]

Lori Gardner

Instructor in Linguistics

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Jeff Green

Instructor in Linguistics, CanIL Tyndale program

Near the end of an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Jeff took CanIL’s introductory Linguistics courses during the summer of 1998; he describes this as “giving God a chance to talk me into missions”. He enjoyed Linguistics so much that for the first time in his life, he actually couldn’t wait to get to his homework, […]

Dr. James Hafford

Assistant Professor of Linguistics

James and his wife, Lois, joined Wycliffe and began a New Testament translation in 1995 among the Wuvulu people of Papua New Guinea (PNG).  In parallel with the translation work, James started vernacular schools, and conducted workshops on orthography, grammar, lexicography, and literacy. The translation team dedicated the Wuvulu New Testament in 2005, with Prime Minister […]

Larry Hayashi

Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Larry counts it a privilege to work with highly motivated young people who want to serve in a variety of language development roles around the world. His interest in linguistics was sparked while studying biology. He found the two fields very similar in terms of their examination of form or structure and the functions of […]

Leigh Labrecque

Instructor in Linguistics

Leigh and his wife Barbara and I have had an ongoing relationship with CanIL ever since 1991, when Leigh first came as a single student during the summer course set. It was there that he developed an interest in Linguistics, and specifically how it facilitates Bible Translation work. After marrying Barbara, who was likewise interested […]

Dr. Steve Nicolle

MLE Program Director, Associate Professor of Linguistics

After completing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of York, UK, and working for a couple of years at a university in London, Steve and his wife, Ali joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and spent 8 years in a language development project among the Digo people on the south Kenyan coast. For the next 6 […]

Michelle Petersen

Instructor in Linguistics

Michelle Petersen (M.A. Language Development/Scripture Engagement, summa cum laude B.A. French/TESOL) has served with Wycliffe since 1989. She has worked in Literacy and Scripture Engagement across West and Central Africa and taught Linguistics and Scripture Engagement in Europe and North America. As a Literacy Specialist, she taught Sango people to teach and supervise Sango literacy […]

Dr. Keith Snider

Professor of Linguistics

D.Litt. African Linguistics, Leiden University; M.A. Linguistics University of Texas at Arlington; B.Th., Canadian Bible College; Dipl. Millar Memorial Bible Institute.

Dr. Michael Walrod

Professor of Linguistics, Founder of CanIL

Michael R. Walrod earned a diploma at Prairie Bible College, as well as M.A. and Ph.D. at U. of Texas at Arlington, and received an honorary doctorate from TWU in 2005. He has authored two books on Discourse Analysis, as well as many other articles and magazine columns on linguistics, translation, and cross-cultural work. He […]

Staff

Ellen Casali

Reception

Ellen is one of the two part-time receptionists here at the Canada Institute of Linguistics. She enjoys her work at reception and being the ‘face of CanIL’ to greet and meet students, visitors, faculty, delivery folks, security personnel and others, and cheerfully answering and redirecting phone calls. Ellen also interacts with our student alumni who […]

Gloria Fama

Alumni Relations

Gloria was born the 7th child in a family of all boys. As a result, she loved to climb and throw and play in the great outdoors along with her brothers.  After graduating from high school, Gloria became a teacher and worked for 10 years. She also enjoyed serving in her church, investing in the lives of youth through involvement with […]

Shirley Funnell

Personnel Assistant

Shirley became a member of Wycliffe in 1965 (yes, she was recently honored for 50 years of service). After her initial training, she was assigned to work in the Philippines. For two years she was part of the Central Ifugao language project where she learned the language and began constructing a primer to teach adults […]

Alistair Jackson

Director of Development

Alistair came to Canada, from Scotland, at age 10. After high school, he attended Bible school and became a missionary in France, thereby realizing an unfulfilled dream of his grandmother. Living in France yielded a deep interest in worldview and linguistics, and eventually a passion for teaching French in Canada, then graduate studies in servant […]

Susan Jeffery

Librarian

Susan was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario and became a Christian when she was 23. God’s Word was really central in her coming to faith experience, and so she felt that bringing the Bible to a people group that didn’t have it would be a worthwhile way to spend her life. At the same […]

Ali Nicolle

Editor

As a student of linguistics and Swahili at the University of York (UK), Ali was asked what possible use she could make of such a degree. The answer came in marrying fellow student Steve, joining Wycliffe and serving with the Digo language project in Kenya, Digo being a language closely related to Swahili. During their […]

Karin Rennert

Reception

Over the last 40 years Karin moved 25 times and lived in 6 different countries, during which she learned 5 different languages. She and her family now call Abbotsford, BC their home. Karin loves to work in the diverse environment of CanIL because she feels that her own life experiences as a missionary in different […]

Brenda Royer

Payroll and Donor Relations

Brenda and her husband Kent have been Wycliffe Canada members since 1995 and have served in various support roles. For seven years, they helped to facilitate the effective running of the Africa Orientation Course held at the SIL Cameroon Branch, three years as Director of that program. Brenda and Kent then returned to serve in Personnel, Public Relations […]

Sandra Topelko

Academic Assistant/Communications

Sandra completed the Master of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis degree at CanIL in 2011, and was invited to join the staff team in 2012. Like a number of her colleagues, she wears more than ‘one hat.’ Sandra enjoys interacting with students and faculty and contributing to the efficient administration of the Linguistics department in her […]