Bio (Randy LaBonte)
Randy LaBonte has been a senior level executive for more than 30 years in the education sector, and works and teaches online in the K-12, post-secondary and corporate training sectors. LaBonte was a member of the curriculum committee for the Master of Arts in Leadership Training program at Royal Roads and started teaching here in 2016. His doctoral research and interests lie in leadership and technology, particularly with an emphasis on quality in online learning. He has been involved in research related to online learning in both K-12 and post-secondary, consulting with BCcampus and eCampusAlberta, and now through the Canadian eLearning Network.
Following a career as an elementary and secondary teacher and administrator, LaBonte began consulting and was lead researcher for seven years at the B.C. Ministry of Education, and later on a team that reviewed distance education programs for the Alberta government. He has been central in the development of policy, agreements and e-learning standards, and led the quality review design and implementation for B.C. online K-12 schools. He presently teaches online courses for Vancouver Island University and recently took on the role of chief executive officer for the Canadian eLearning Network while continuing his other contract work and studies.
LaBonte is a certified strategic planner and earned a PhD from the University of British Columbia (2005), a Master of Education in Administration from the University of Victoria (1987) and a Bachelor of Education from UBC (1978) and still retains a valid B.C. teaching certificate. He also holds two certificates from Harvard on negotiation from the Program of Instruction for Lawyers (1996 and 1997).