Director, Design and Innovation
Andrea Strachan joined Touchstone Institute in 2014 to implement the Communicative Competence Centre of Excellence. Since that time, Touchstone Institute has evolved into the national administrator of Canada’s largest English for specific purposes (ESP) assessment and a centre for innovative thinking about communication competency. Prior to joining Touchstone Institute Andrea led numerous projects associated with the language and communicative demands of professional practice including roles as curriculum designer, teacher trainer, test developer, examiner trainer and advisor on language proficiency policies. Over the course of her career Andrea has contributed to the implementation and evaluation of training and assessment programs for adult immigrants and bridging programs for internationally educated professionals, through immigrant settlement and integration initiatives of both provincial and federal governments. Andrea holds a bilingual degree in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, a Teaching certificate (TESL) from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Education from Brock University.