Meet the Faculty
Kim Drake, Coordinator
Kim Drake is originally from Ottawa, Ontario. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from McMaster University, and an Honours degree in International Studies from York University, Kim went on to work full-time for General Motors.
It was during this first year that Kim’s natural accounting ability and love for continual learning thrust her into the Certified General Accounting program. Kim has worked in Accounting, Budgeting, Inventory Management, and as a production planner for an outdoor clothing company. Kim came to the College in 1998, and has continued to share her knowledge with the students in a laptop environment. She enjoys challenging the students to work independently, explore technology, and apply all they learned in the Business program toward a sustainable and rewarding career. Kim continues to pursue lifelong learning, and has recently completed her Masters of Education through Charles Stuart University in Australia.
Jay McLaren, Professor
Jay McLaren has over 35 years of business experience as the owner and general manager of the Sunset Nursery in Pembroke. He has been a professor at Algonquin College in Pembroke for over 10 years, teaching courses such as Marketing and Customer Service, and Professional Sales, as well as courses in the Forestry program, which include Soils and Landforms and Forest Ecosystems.
Jay has presented business seminars for Canadian Forces Base at Petawawa, and Renfrew County Business Development Corporation among others, and does consulting in Marketing for small businesses. Jay is the Past Chair of the Ottawa River Power Corporation and the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke, and is a charter member and past president of the Business Network Inc. Pembroke Branch. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Award for Citizen of the Year. He is an Able Toastmaster and a popular guest speaker for many organizations and business groups. Jay brings a practical approach, hands-on experience and a sense of humor to all of his presentations.