Instructors, Staff and Volunteers
|Jennifer McKercher, BSc, FCGmA, FGA, RMV
Instructor, Professional Gemmology Programs
Mrs McKercher completed her study of gemmology at George Brown College, and has taught both at GBC and currently with the CGA.
Jennifer has also shared her love of gemmology by teaching general interest courses in Gem Appreciation, Practical Gem Identification, Talking Diamonds and Pearl Stringing.
Jennifer is a strong supporter of the CGA and served as Secretary on the Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009.
|Circle Chang, FCGmA
Diamond Grading Course Instructor
Trained as a commercial photographer in her native Hong Kong, Ms Chang emigrated to Canada in 1989. Soon after arriving, she began her studies in gemmology at George Brown College and visual arts at York University. Ms Chang's success has been recognized with awards from the Toronto District Jewellers Association and a scholarship for the HRD polished diamond grading course.
She has worked in quality assurance and as a diamond sorter for one of Canada's largest retail jewellers, as Chief Administrator of a retail jewellery store and as an independent jewellery designer and manufacturer.
|Anita Beardwood, FCGmA
Conference Chairperson 2014
Anita qualified for Fellowship with the CGA in 2000, and has been actively engaged ever since. She has served as Director of Education, taught general interest classes and worked with the CGA in a myriad of other ways. She most recently coordinated a world-class gemmology conference in April of 2014 in Toronto.
|Karen Howard, FCGmA, RMV, CAP(CJA), AIJV
Conference Coordinator 2017
Karen has been a strong supporter of the CGA since she earned her Fellowship in 1989. Since then she has been involved with all aspects of the organization, including Secretary of the Board of Directors, Distance Education tutor, instructor for lab, appraisal and general interest courses, and highly skilled do-it-all volunteer.
JoAnne is the smiling face in the Toronto office and looks after the day to day operations for the CGA.
Donna Hawrelko, FGA, FCGmA
Duncan Parker, FCGmA, FGA
Director of Education:
Alexia Bryson, FCGmA
Adam Ostrow, FCGmA
Breanne Avender, FGA, FCGmA
Dr. R.T. Boyd, FGA, FCGmA
R.I. Gait, MSc, PhD
|1958-60||D.S.M Field||1961||Jack W. Gunning|
|1962||H.A. Creates||1963||Robert Arend|
|1964||Fred Waddington||1965||Michael Goad|
|1966||Bernard Hinton||1967||Harry Venables|
|1968||Jack Stitt||1969||Ed Green|
|1970||Peter Saalmans||1971-72||Herb Forth|
|1973-75||Richard Covent||1976||W.D. Goodger|
|1977||Lloyd Allingham||1978-79||R.M. Coxhead|
|1980||D.S.M. Field||1981-85||Warren Boyd|
|1986-88||Jeannine Dykstra||1989-91||Robert Shore|
|1992||James Hergel||1993-96||Dr Zia Hasan|
|1996-97||Heida Mani||1997-2014||Duncan Parker|