MSM HigherED is led by an international team of educators and executives with broad-ranging experience in the academic world and in business. At the helm of this organization are former leaders and directors at top academic institutions with considerable exposure to pioneering new business models and implementing systems and processes on a vast or global scale.
Every MSM HigherED institution has its own academic advisory board that brings together the academic and professional experience of its members. This helps us accomplish our goals and objectives for all students in the HigherED network.
Chairman, MSM HigherED
Dean has more than 34 years of experience in the education industry, overseeing a global network of campuses emphasizing the cohesiveness between academic and vocational disciplines. He has diverse business experience, spanning operations in trades, retail, wholesale, real estate investing, market investing, party and event planning, and mentoring entrepreneurs.
He successfully built two college systems including Sprott-Shaw Community College, which he bought in 1991 and transformed into a profitable operation with 29 Canadian campuses (26 in British Columbia and three in Alberta). They also founded Sprott-Shaw Degree College, now known as Ascenda College, the first private community college in B.C. to be granted the right to confer bachelor’s degrees.
With nearly four decades of expertise and insight helming an international conglomeration of colleges, Dean’s leadership has helped hundreds of thousands of graduates enjoy successful careers in business, trades, administration, information technology, and healthcare. Dean was born in Alberta and grew up in Vancouver. He studied biochemistry and computer science at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Today he lives in the Greater Vancouver area with his wife, Sherri, and their three children.
President, MSM HigherED
Donna has worked in the international education field for 30 years and now leads MSM Higher Ed as its President. She has a comprehensive knowledge of policy and practice in the public post-secondary education system in British Columbia, Canada and worldwide. She is a past board chair for the BC Centre for International Education and has held senior management roles at BC Institute for Technology, Vancouver Community College, and most recently at Capilano University.
Donna has demonstrated excellence in leadership with a focus on international education and services marketing, as well as in her role as interim Dean of Business for 3 years at Vancouver Community College. Donna holds an MBA with a strategic focus on Services Marketing and International Education and has facilitated the professional development of others by teaching general business and service marketing in Canada as well as internationally. Donna joined M Square Media as President after having had first hand experience as an MSM client that was excellent.
Chief Business Officer
Shawn Swail is the Chief Business Officer at M Square Media, and he is responsible for coordinating with the CEO, finance head, and other leaders of the organization. He helps the team meet strategic and financial goals, ensuring the company meets federal and provincial regulatory standards. He also oversees contracts, human resources, procurement, compliance, and risk management.
Shawn has worked in the legal industry in British Columbia for 22 years. His business acumen and corporate skills in entrepreneurial ventures prove to be a strong addition to the corporate advisory team of Laul Global Ventures, as well as MSM owned and operated brands and institutions. In his free time, Shawn is active in sports and helping the community. He enjoys life with his fiancé and two grown children.
Head of Finance
*Tapas Aghera* is the Head of Finance at MSM and is responsible for creating forecasting models, assessing risk in investments, and ensuring that all accounting activities in the organization are strong, sound, and compliant with current regulations. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession with an experience of more than 10 years, including notable experience in crafting financial strategies and managing accounting teams. His career is built on a taxation background and a specialization in the compliance management of direct and indirect taxes. He is also well-versed in statutory audits, tax audits, internal audits, accounting system development, and client management. He has a track record of working with reputable CA consultancy firms and leading private organizations, equipping him with knowledge and technical capabilities in diverse sectors. He earned a CA designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 2011 and a bachelor’s degree in commerce in 2008.