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Anmore, British Columbia,

WORK OFFICE: (prior to August 7, 2007) 604-291-3036
As of August 7, 2007: 778-782-3036

HOME OFFICE: (604) 461-7744
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Columbia University, New York
    • Doctor of Education (1993)
    • Master of Arts (1987)
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland
    • Master of Science (1978)
Towson State University, Towson Maryland
    • Bachelor of Arts (1976)
Ottawa Teachersí College, Ottawa Ontario
    • Elementary School Teaching Certificate (1968)
    • Primary Specialist Teaching Certificate (1969)


Dr. Burtonís efforts have been recognized in many ways, such as:
    • Chancellorís Citation for Leadership Contribution to the California State University System
    • High Distinction in all academic studies
    • Certificate of Merit from the Prime Minister of Canada for excellent contribution to his National Advisory Board on Science and Technology
    • Ministerial Recognition for significant contribution to the development of Canadaís Green Plan for a Healthy Environment


1996 Ė present:
She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Futures Studies in the Department of the Humanities at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, the top comprehensive university in Canada for four out of the past five years. Immediately prior to this, she was Dean of Continuing Studies at SFU and before this was Dean of Continuing Education at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). At CSULA, Dr. Burton had overall responsibility for a six million dollar self-support operation at one of the most culturally diverse universities in the USA. At the ten million dollar SFU operation, she had responsibility for both campus continuing education and a downtown center.

Her executive oversight at both universities was for all continuing education credit and non-credit operations, including major distance learning functions such as two cable channels and a satellite uplink at CSULA and ten percent of the SFU credit offerings on-line. The CSULA American Culture and Language Program (ACLP), a residential school with close to four hundred international students, and the English Culture and Language Program at SFU reported to Dean Burton. As well, she was a member of the Presidentís Council and Academic Senate at SFU and the Provostís Executive Committee of Deans and the statewide CE Deansí Council at CSULA.

1981- 1996: While teaching part-time at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Burton served the Government of Canada in a number of full-time executive capacities, including:
    • Director, Skills Development, Employment and Immigration Canada
    • Senior Adviser, Prime Ministerís National Advisory Board on Science and Technology
    • Director, Environmental Education, Environment Canada
    • Executive Coordinator, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
1978-1981: Dr. Burton started the non-credit continuing education program at the Johns Hopkins University. This included Continuing Liberal Studies, Professional Development, credit Mini-Courses, conferences and travel study programs.

1969-1974: Her classroom teaching responsibilities for the Carleton and Peel County Boards of Education led to leadership roles in Teacher Professional Development and Grade level administration.


In addition to her speaking engagements and publications (listed separately), Dr. Burtonís voluntary contributions include (a sampling):
  • Los Angeles Community Cable Channel Advisory Board
  • Los Angeles County Municipal Art Gallery Association Board
  • Distance Learning National Television Panel, Fresno California
  • Canadian Association for the Club of Rome
  • Nationally elected to the Board of the Canadian Association for Adult Education (2 two year terms)
  • Treasurer for the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education
  • Education Sub-committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
  • Man and the Biosphere Sub-Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
  • Interdepartmental Committee on Futures Forecasting
  • Ottawa-Carleton United Way Business Plan development
  • Board of Directors, Glenburnie School
  • Head of delegations (e.g. The British Council Adult Education Study Tour of the United Kingdom and First Academic Conference on Human Resource Development and Assessment Centers, Shanghai China)
  • Voting delegate (e.g. World Congress on Adult Education in Buenos Aires and the UN World Congress ĎLiteracy for Allí)