Shad MountAllison

Program Directors

Erin Penney

Field Biologist and lab instructor, Department of Biology

Erin (she/her) is an enthusiastic educator whose loves helping others get excited about science. She was particularly thrilled when she learned about the opportunity to co-direct Shad at Mount Allison, as she is passionate about facilitating personal growth and empowering Canada’s youth. 

Erin graduated from Memorial University with a degree in Biochemistry before entering the workforce. She has a diverse background, working as a field biologist everywhere from remote northern Newfoundland to a deserted island in the Bering Sea. Erin now works as a laboratory instructor in the Department of Biology at Mount Allison. Here, she has developed strong interest in first-year university success, and integrating experiential learning into the program curriculum.

In her free time, Erin enjoys staying fit (she recently became a certified personal trainer), gardening, running, hiking and camping. Erin also believes that it is important to give back to her community, she has served as a chair person on several fundraising committees and has recently started developing workshops to help women become more independent in the wilderness.

Mousa Khan, BASc


Mousa (he/him) is a graduate of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Currently, he works in technology consulting based out of Toronto. In his free time, he loves watching sports (especially all Toronto teams), traveling, and is passionate about technology and education. He loves meeting new people and hearing new perspectives.

Mousa went to Shad Laval in 2013 as a high school student. After the empowering experience, he promised himself he would get involved again in the future. In his first summer after graduation, he had the pleasure of working as a Program Assistant at Shad Mount Allison in 2018 for the first year of the program. Mount Allison & Sackville are a special place, and he has been a part of the program ever since!