Consultant Bios

CCSA Consultants  are trusted health and safety advisors and have worked in the continuing care sector, giving them the advantage of being able to address industry-specific needs.

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Penelope Cardas

While studying for a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph, Penelope experienced a motor vehicle accident that changed the course of her career path. The challenges of rehabilitation, healing and getting on with life led her to a long and successful career in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, coach and educator. Over the years, she furthered her education with specialties in Post-Surgical Rehab training. Penelope is thrilled knowing that she helped many people advance from work-related injuries to being pain free and having fun again.

Penelope is glad to be a part of the CCSA team so she can continue to teach people how to work safely. Ensuring that everyone goes home from their workplace in one piece to enjoy fun, active, injury free lives is her passion and focus!

Gordon Filipchuk

Gordon holds a BA and a Bachelor of Education.  He received his Construction Safety Officer (CSO) certification from the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) in 1998.  This designation is required in Alberta for those working in construction, manufacturing, and in the oil industry. Gordon continues his education in Occupational Health and Safety through incident command, infection control, non-violent crisis intervention, and has his Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) auditor status.

Gordon has been in the safety training field since 1999.  He has worked as a safety professional in continuing care environments since 2004, and instructed NAIT’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management courses from 2008-2009.

Gordon’s outlook on educating continuing care workers is thoughtful and deliberate.  He believes that at this juncture in Alberta’s health care delivery, there is a high demand for quality service, with increasingly limited resources.  By keeping healthcare workers safe and healthy, they can continue to care for the loved ones of others with the dedication and passion they deliver every day.

Lindsey Lester

Lindsey received her Bachelors in Education from the University of Alberta in 2006. Since then she has been teaching a variety of students all across Alberta. Lindsey loves working with people from many different backgrounds and cultures.

Lindsey is passionate about being a CCSA Consultant because she knows she is making a real difference in the lives of those she trains. She feels the training she provides makes a significant and positive impact in the day-to-day lives of people working in the continuing care industry.


Kristi-Lee Newton

Kristi-Lee Newton received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, concentrating in special education with a focus on behavioural and learning disabilities.

Kristi-Lee has been teaching a variety of subjects to age groups from two years to university ages for the past 11 years.  Her passion for teaching and helping others led Kristi-Lee to become an Consultant at CCSA.  She believes in lifelong learning, and hopes to encourage that love of learning in others.

Nathan Skrzypek

Nathan received a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  During his university years, Nathan worked in millwork industrial safety.  He also taught at all grade levels, from primary to adult education.

CCSA training offers Nathan the opportunity to combine his love of education with his knowledge of workplace safety importance.  He understands and communicates that education is crucial, not only to workplace health, but also for staff quality of life.  By empowering workers to have influence in how their workplace safety procedures are run, staff is more emotionally invested and therefore, more aware of the safety standards established to protect them.