Category Archives: What’s New at Sector Learning

Office Closed July 1 for Canada Day 2013


The office and training centre will be closed all day on Monday, July 1st, 2013 for the Canada Day federal statutory holiday.

Canada Day is celebrated in honour of the anniversary the day the British North America Act came into effect – July 1, 1867. This Act united three colonies into a single country called Canada within in the British Empire.

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Sector Learning Solutions

Goodbye Kelly Marshall!

kelly-round-white-edgesAfter four years of excellent service, Kelly has decided to move on to pursue other opportunities. Her last day will be July 3rd, 2013. She has been an instrumental part of this company’s image for many years and we thank her for her dedication and promotion of our organization. Gerry and I both wish her well and will support her future endeavors in any way we can.

Kelly, you will be missed!

Kelly invites you to stay in touch by connecting on LinkedIn ( or by email .

– Chris Stone,
Operations Manager,
Sector Learning Solutions

Sector Learning Solutions’ ‘One for All Summer Special’


With our One for All Summer Special pay one low price and receive all these features:

> One training room
>>>> One full day – 6 hours (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
> One Microsoft Standard course
>>>> Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint or Outlook
>>>> Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3
>>>> 2007 or 2010
> One instructor
>>>> One signed certificate of completion per learner
>>>> Unlimited, lifetime follow-up support
> Access to our client break area
>>>> Complimentary coffee, tea, cookies and apples

Price does not include manuals.

Course dates must be scheduled on dates in June 2013, July 2013, or August 2013. Limited number of dates available.

Four person training room is available for $750 (+ 5% GST).
Eight person training room is available for $1,000 (+ 5% GST).

Training Room #1 (8-person training lab):

Training Room #2 (4-person training lab):

Submit Your Request:

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Sector Learning Solutions

Welcome Rebeca Saenz!

Rebeca Saenz joined the Sector Learning Solutions team on May 6, 2013 as our new Collaboration Systems Business Analyst for her UVic Co-op practices.

“I am really excited with what Rebeca brings to our organization with her business and web background – as well as her great ability with people. She will be a positive addition to the Sector family for a long time to come.”
– Gerry Brimacombe

rebeca-saenz-rounded-edgesWho is Rebeca Saenz?

Rebeca has a B.S in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Systems Engineering. She is currently enrolled in UVic’s MBA program and will graduate on December 2013.

She is originally from Monterrey, Mexico and has lived in Canada for a year and a half.

In her spare time, Rebeca loves playing board games, reading, hiking, biking, and snowboarding. She is a family-oriented person and is always looking to spend time with them and her friends.

During her eight-month Co-op term, her main responsibilities will include:

  • delivering SharePoint consulting to clients,
  • designing and building SharePoint solutions,
  • assisting with deployment of IT solutions.

You can reach Rebeca at:
Rebeca Saenz (sounds like Science)
Collaboration Systems Business Analyst
Office – 250-727-2266

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Sector Learning Solutions

Office Closed May 20 for Victoria Day 2013


The office and training centre will be closed all day on Monday, May 20th, 2013 for the Victoria Day 2013  Statutory Holiday.

Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday.

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Sector Learning Solutions

New Blog Topic: Practice Exam Questions

I’m considering becoming certified in Microsoft Office and part of my decision-making process includes some (relatively) intense review of some of the various Microsoft Office programs. I’ve been going over our own courseware as well as looking at different online sources and some of my own books and practice files at home. In an effort to test my own knowledge as well as yours, I will be posting one skill testing question every month that I come across as I prepare for each Microsoft Office certification exam. Give the answer a shot and let us know what you’ve come up with.

Please note: I’ve based my questions on the Microsoft Office 2010 suite, but they can be adapted to whichever version you are using (2003, 2007, 2010, 2013).

-Katie Caplan,
Client Service Coordinator and Instructor,
Sector Learning Solutions

PST Equals Reduced Taxes on Software Training


British Columbians said goodbye to the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) yesterday.

Therefore, all invoices issued on or after April 1, 2013 will no longer include 12% HST. All of our training and consulting services will be subject to 5% GST.

The only exception will be our eLearning services – which will also include 7% PST (for a total of 12% tax). Course Manuals (if billed separately) are considered “books” so are not subject to PST.

What if I’m purchasing Sector Learning Solutions from out of province?
Invoices issued to clients in other Provinces will reflect the GST/HST/PST applicable in that Province.

Province Type GST Rate PST Rate Total Tax Rate
Alberta GST 5% 0% 5%
British Columbia GST + PST 5% 7% 12%
Manitoba GST + PST 5% 7% 12%
New Brunswick HST 5% 8% 13%
Newfoundland and Labrador HST 5% 8% 13%
Northwest Territories GST 5% 0% 5%
Nova Scotia HST 5% 10% 15%
Nunavut GST 5% 0% 5%
Ontario HST 5% 8% 13%
Prince Edward Island HST 5% 9% 14%
Quebec GST + QST 5% 9.975% 14.975%
Saskatchewan GST + PST 5% 5% 10%
Yukon GST 5% 0% 5%

-Kelly Marshall,
Director of Communications,
Sector Learning Solutions

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