We bring together young people and adults with a mix of backgrounds and experiences from around the globe. We consider every individual on campus both a student and an educator. Adults on campus learn from our global students every day. Our “teachers” include PhDs who lead university-equivalent sciences and math classes as well as maintenance workers who share the importance of sustainability in an exceptional natural environment.
On these pages, meet the unique and inspiring people who bring Pearson College UWC to life.
Head of College
Jason McBride assumed his position on August 1, 2023.
Jason brings more than 20 years of global educational leadership and intercultural understanding, including several years as Head of College at UWC Thailand, a sister school to Pearson. He previously served as the Head of School for IGB International School (IGBIS) in Malaysia.
He was born and raised in Toronto and received undergraduate degrees from McMaster University (B. Kin) and Queen’s University (B. Ed), before pursuing his master’s degree with Michigan State University and completing his Doctoral coursework at the University of Calgary.
Ty Pile CMM, MSc, CD
Deputy Head of College - Operations
Tyrone (Ty) Pile was appointed as Vice-President, Operations and Administration in June 2016. Ty leads all internal non-academic operations including administration, strategic and organizational planning, finance, legal, infrastructure maintenance and renewal, information technology, facilities revenue and strategic and operational planning. Over a 35-year career with the Royal Canadian Navy, he led at every level from Captain at sea to Flag Officer and Member of Armed Forces Council, the most senior executive body at Canada’s Department of National Defence. In his most senior posts, he served as Chief of Military Personnel, responsible for all Human Resources in the Canadian Forces, as well as Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic (2003-5) and Commander Pacific Naval Forces (2007-10), which included joint responsibility with the RCMP for public security and safety for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Dean of Students
Ann Pennant, CPA, CMA
Director of Finance, Governance and Administration
Ann Pennant, CPA, CMA, is the College’s Director of Finance, Governance and Administration and serves as the Governance Officer supporting the Pearson College UWC Board of Directors., Ann also works with the UWC International Office to support movement-wide work on financial sustainability. A long-serving employee of the College, she has also fulfilled a variety of Finance and Administration roles, including Director of Human Resources.
Incoming Director of Finance & IT Administration
Deputy Head of College - Academics
EA to the Head of College & Board Secretary Leadership
Director of Advancement and External Relations
Director of Admissions
Shelley Seysener, MA CPHR
Director of Human Resources
Shelley Seysener, MA CPHR, is the College’s Director of Human Resources. Shelley has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years and has spent a good part of her career focused on diversity and inclusion, leadership and people management. Prior to joining Pearson, Shelley worked for Seaspan ULC as a Senior Business Partner, HR Manager and Diversity Director where she managed the Employment Equity programs and the Aboriginal joint committee for Vancouver Island creating apprentice, employment and training opportunities for local Indigenous communities.
Director of Indigenous Initiatives & Engagement