Our Team

Meet the Xspace Team

The success of Xspace is dependent on an excellent team. From searching out the highest quality courses to our personalized facilitation style to offering flexible class schedules, everything we do is about delivering the best educational experience possible for our students.

Management Team

Alex Liang
Alex Liang
Co-Founder & CEO

Alex is a serial entrepreneur and was an international student himself 15 years ago in North America.  Alex holds a BBA in International Business and has over 8 years of work experience in the international and high tech education fields. Alex knows first-hand both the values and problems of the current international education, and believes that the application of technology is one of the most important ways to improve today’s education system, in both China and North America.  Alex is also passionate about meeting and working with people who share a similar mindset, together making the world a better place.

Email: alex@xspacelearning.com

Rob Schoen
Rob Schoen
Vice President, GlobalEd

“The staff of Xspace are innovative, dynamic, responsive and flexible people who facilitate a learning environment that maintains the rigor and support required for off-shore learners to experience success with the British Columbia curriculum.

The staff of GlobalEd are proud to partner with Xspace as together we provide educational experiences that will open doors and opportunities for students all around the world.”

Stephen Baker
Stephen Baker
Principal, Virtual High School

Virtual High School is a private, asynchronous, online high school offering high quality Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) credit courses. With a large and expanding administrative and content development staff in its Bayfield, Ontario office and an ever-growing complement of certified, remote teaching staff, Virtual High School is able to provide the highest quality online education to students around the world.

“We chose to work closely with Xspace because of their clarity of vision and drive to advance education and improve student outcomes, and because like us their first concern is always for the quality of the student’s experience and education.”

Dean Coder
Dean Coder
Honorary Director

Dean Coder has devoted much of his career to developing, teaching, and leading “distant learning” and online education.  He has done innovative work with rural schools in BC to refine models of distance education delivery, and has spent held numerous leadership positions including Principal of Kamloops Open Online Learning School, Vice President of GlobalEd, and Director of International in School District 73.  Dean has also been involved in projects including leading the Provincial Education Portal called Learn Now BC, as well as the International Online Learning initiative.  Dean is an invaluable part of the Xspace team, as he advises on Xspace’s programs based on his wealth of experience in the online education industry.

“I’m proud of what our blended learning model can achieve. It performs well to combine flexibility with quality teaching, and deliver customized courses to our students.”

May Ma
May Ma
Dean

Education Background:

  • University of Wisconsin La-Crosse; Professional Development; Master of Education
  • University of International Business and Economics (UIBE); English Language and Literature; Bachelor of Arts

Work Experience:

  • Constituency Assistant to the Member of Parliament in Richmond, BC
  • Deputy Dean of School of International Trade and Economics (UIBE)
  • Associated Professor of International Trade (UIBE)

“I was an international student myself while obtaining my Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin. My daughter graduated from UBC with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering after we immigrated to Canada. She is currently working for the regional government as an electrical engineer. I helped many international students and new immigrants while working as a Constituency Assistant to the Member of Parliament in Richmond, BC. My goal is to work together with our dedicated professional team to connect Canadian and Chinese education systems through our Xspace Learning platform to provide a highly collaborative and engaging way of learning for the new generation of learners.”

Samantha Chan
Samantha Chan
Administrative Director

Education Background:

  • Hong Kong Institute of Education; English, Postgraduate Teaching Diploma
  • Simon Fraser University; Arts & Social Sciences; Bachelor of Education

Work Experience:

  • Aplus Math Tutoring Center; Math Teacher
  • Hotung Secondary School; English Teacher (From Grade 1 – 3)/School Counsellor
  • St. John’s International School; ESL, Math 10, Pre-calculus 11 and 12, Science 10 Teacher/Counsellor

“I am  professional in counseling students on academic and personal matters, providing advice regarding to education planning and registration, understanding the Canadian educational system and school programs, maintaining good order, discipline and respect for others among students, assessing development, progress and attainment of students”.

Hedy Li
Hedy Li
Operations Director

Education Background:

  • University of British Columbia; Teaching English as a Second Language; Master of Education
  • University of British Columbia; Elementary Studies; Bachelor of Education
  • University of British Columbia; Physiology; Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Work Experience:

  • Shanghai United International School; Head of Language Support Department & High School English Teacher
  • Wuhan Maple Leaf International School; High School English Teacher

“Being a part of Xspace has really challenged me to think outside the box in terms of what teaching and learning can look like.  The best ‘teachers’ I have met are all willing to experiment with new educational ideas and methods, and are motivated to improve themselves for the betterment of their students.  At Xspace, our facilitators are open-minded, willing to take risks, and do whatever they can to create the best educational experience possible for students.  What we provide at Xspace is far beyond what current school systems can provide – I’m proud to be a part of this amazing journey to change the face of education.”

Lee Blanding
Lee Blanding
Business Development Director

Education Background:

  • University of Victoria; History; PhD
  • University of Ottawa; History; Master of Arts
  • Mount Allison University; Canadian Studies; Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Work Experience:

  • You-Can Education Services and Consulting
  • University of Victoria English Language Centre; Canadian Studies and English Instructor
  • University of Greifswald, University of Prince Edward Island, University of Victoria, and Langara College;  History and Canadian Studies Instructor

“The most important thing that I have learned as a teacher is the fundamental importance of the learner in the learning process. By necessity, then, I blend a content-focused approach to pedagogy with a learner-focused approach. Although the content I deliver differs from course to course, there are two principles that I employ in order to better serve the students as learners: I recognize that each individual learns differently, and I believe that students should be able to relate the course material to their lived reality. One of the many reasons that I enjoy my work at Xspace is because its blended learning model is designed to cater to different types of learners, rather than assume all students are the same.”

Weijia Shi
Weijia Shi
Burnaby Office Manager

Education Background:

  • University of British Columbia; History and International Relations; Bachelor of Arts

Work Experience:

  • University of British Columbia; International Peer Advisor; Jump Start Community Animator; International Welcome Student Coordinator

“’Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.’ —Benjamin Franklin. What I like the most about being part of Xspace is that we care about student’s soft skill development, personal growth, and cultural transition to a North American learning environment. To me, being a student manager takes compassion, vision, and determination. I am always excited to be there for all the talented and young souls that are eager to know more about their future education and career paths and see the different sparkle in each individual student I encounter. I would love to honestly speak as a UBC alumna to present what it takes to be and grow as a Student in Canada — always be curious, take initiative, ask questions, and most importantly, not be afraid to learn from failures.”

Education Team

Max Wang

Max Wang

Math & Science Head Facilitator
Thomas Hynes

Thomas Hynes

Math & Science Facilitator
Calla Zhang

Calla Zhang

ELL & IELTS Facilitator

Kent Iemoto

Math & Science Facilitator
Laura Avery

Laura Avery

Humanities Facilitator
Hayden Johnston

Hayden Johnston

Humanities Facilitator
Richard Tatomir

Richard Tatomir

Humanities Facilitator
Katie Stevenson

Katie Stevenson

Humanities Facilitator
Rina Chua

Rina Chua

Humanities Facilitator
Karen Chu

Karen Chu

Humanities Facilitator
Yina Xu

Yina Xu

Math & Science Facilitator
Amy Bowen

Amy Bowen

Humanities Facilitator
Briana Courtemanche

Briana Courtemanche

Humanities Facilitator
Sabal Al-Khateeb

Sabal Al-Khateeb

Humanities Facilitator
Faten Salah

Faten Salah

Humanities Facilitator
Riti Pal

Riti Pal

Humanities Facilitator
Muna Farah

Muna Farah

Humanities Facilitator
Eric Chen

Eric Chen

Math & Science Facilitator