Name Description

Adrian Partridge

Adrian is a highly experienced consultant, accomplished speaker and author of “Consulting Made Easy” and “Writing Proposals That Sell!” As a coach, Adrian helps people achieve success on their terms through their own consulting businesses. He is the creator and presenter of the Consulting Expertise Masterclass webinar series and the Consulting Strategy Blueprint.

Adrian Partridge is the company president of ClearLead Consulting and has been consulting mostly on energy and engineering matters for many years. In that time he has completed carbon management and sustainability projects in twenty two countries around the globe and is one of the few people to have run energy-efficiency training courses in a Siberian brewery.

Adrian is married to Jennifer, has three sons, and lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Alicia Arreaga

Alicia is an educator who holds a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Education, with a focus on International Education. She is currently a high school Spanish teacher in Vancouver, and has over ten years of experience teaching Spanish to individuals and groups of various levels.

Alicia’s Latina roots are Costa Rican. She is passionate about sharing her love of the Spanish language and culture. She is also an advocate for second language learning, and believes that learning a language can be a great asset when it comes to communication. Travelling and learning about cultures has always been a hobby of hers and she considers it one of her greatest teaching resources, as it helps her add colour and life to her lessons.

Armin Sohrevardi

Armin recently completed the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) with a score of 168 (95.5th percentile). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia. Armin has over seven years of experience teaching English and Mathematics to secondary and post-secondary students. Through his work at Noble Law Corporation, he decided to pursue a career in law.

Armin avidly enjoys travelling and meeting people from diverse cultural backgrounds, regularly hikes various trails on the North Shore, and reads self-help books in his spare time.

Blanca Paniagua

Blanca Paniagua holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages, and a Master’s degree in Translation from the University of Puerto Rico. Prior to her moving to British Columbia, she was an instructor of Spanish at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, and the Inter-American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has more than ten years of experience teaching individual and group classes of all levels at various companies. Being an avid traveller herself, Blanca’s desire to share her cultural and language expertise with her students comes as no surprise.

When Blanca is not translating or teaching, she spends most of her free time rock-climbing or dancing, and always finds the time to volunteer. She has been working with Tourism Vancouver for more than six years, showcasing her city and province with pride.

Conner Galway

Conner is the founder of the Digital Communications agency, Junction, which he currently runs. He’s been starting and running businesses since he turned a summer job painting houses into his first corporation at the age of 17.

He believes that the creative marketing world is as alive as it was in the Mad Men days – the only things that have changed are the way that we communicate our messages, and the increased ability to measure them. With Junction, he’s bringing those worlds together, using proven marketing principals in the new world of digital media.

Conner has developed digital strategies for clients ranging from single-location retail shops to Provincial health organizations and National franchise chains.

When he’s out of the office, he serves on boards for startups, teaches Digital Strategy at Capilano University, social media at BrainStation, and is an avid speaker on digital communication.

Debra Finlayson

Debra is an HR & Learning Consultant, as well as an academic author in “Followership & Reputation,” which contributed to her being a Finalist in the 2016 Women in Business Awards – Social Trailblazer category at the Surrey Board of Trade. She teaches MGMT310 – Human Resources Management at SFU.

Debra has provided specialized HR and Business services to small, medium and large organizations including Aldeasa Duty Free, YVR, Gateway Casinos, Telus and Simply Computing. She was a member relations manager for the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA now CPHR BC & Y) from 2008-2015, served as chair for HR Advocacy Committee for the SBOT, and is an advisor for their mentorship program and workforce development committee. Debra holds her Provincial Instructors Diploma; Practitioner, Essential Skills; BBA, Entrepreneurial Leadership; HRM Post Baccalaureate Diploma (Hon); and MA (Merit), Leadership & Change from Exeter University, UK. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) & Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), US.
Debra resides in South Surrey and outside of work she enjoys building trails on her South Cariboo property with her husband and adult children.

Hussein Hallak

Award-Winning Marketer and Entrepreneur, Hussein Hallak, has started and helped build dozens of businesses and delivered hundreds of workshops. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies and the world’s Top 100 brands. He has also spoken at leading industry conferences and presented on national television to over 40 million viewers. Hallak has featured in Forbes, BBC, Entrepreneur, VancityBuzz and Roundhouse Radio. He is a serial entrepreneur, growth marketer, startup mentor, lean strategist, and breakthrough coach with 24+ years of business and startup experience.

Currently, Hussein is Director of Strategy and Marketing at 3 Tier Logic, a shopper marketing gamification and engagement technology public company based in Vancouver; Head Instructor of the Lean Entrepreneur Program at Launch Academy, a leading startup incubator based in Vancouver; Director of Marketing at TEDxStanleyPark, one of the largest TEDx events in Vancouver; and Tech Panelist on Roundhouse Radio.

Previously, Hussein was the CEO and co-founder of INFIN8VENTURES, an award-winning communications agency that won the Excellence in New Communications Award for Social Media Marketing, alongside UBC and Adobe, from The Society for New Communications Research in the United States.

Hussein lives to inspire possibility and enable people to achieve the remarkable.

James Neufeld

James Neufeld is a seasoned educator with over twenty years of continuing education teaching experience instructing web design and related courses, and developing curriculum primarily for HTML/CSS, Photoshop, Internet marketing, and basic computer skills including file management. His formal training includes 3D animation at Vancouver Film School, Multimedia at Western Front, and liberal arts courses at Langara College.

James began his own company, Magnetude Media, in 1997. He has specialized skills in hand-coding HTML/CSS and front-end interface design, Internet marketing (Google AdWords, Facebook Advertising, Google Analytics, organic SEO, and social media) with an emphasis on standards compliant code, layout, typography, colour schemes and interactivity.

James is currently pursing personal and professional development in digital SLR photography, HTML5, CSS3, WordPress theme development, mobile site development, as well as visual communication and design. He also enjoys discovering upcoming independent bands, concerts, photography, craft beer, and the outdoors.

Jane Still

Jane’s career as a Costume Designer started in 1979 in Vancouver, B.C., and around 1992, she began introducing film and costume related courses through Capilano University Continuing Studies to those interested in aspects of the film industry.

Seeing a need to pass on the foundations of film set protocols and etiquette, she developed the first Set Etiquette course. Following the growth of the industry in BC, the now two-day Motion Picture Industry Orientation course was created and offered in 1997. Continually staying current with film production trends, protocols and needs, this essential information course is now a mandatory certificate for all film unions and guilds in BC. It’s been estimated that Jane has taught this course to over 10,000 people entering the film industry.

As past Departmental Chair of the School of Motion Picture Arts, as well as developer, coordinator and instructor of the Costuming program, Jane continues to love teaching newcomers to the industry.

In 1997, Jane was awarded the BC Film Commission Industry Pioneer award for “Recognition of her contribution in building the film and television industry in BC”. In 2014, she was presented with the Empowerment in Teaching award by the Capilano University Alumni association.

Lars Kaario

Lars Kaario, founder and artistic director of the professional chamber choir Laudate Singers, the international and national prize-winning Capilano University Singers, and Capilano University Festival Chorus. He enjoys working with a variety of ensembles, and has commissioned many works by Canadian composers including Mark Armanini, Imant Raminsh, Ramona Luengen, Kris Fulton, Tyler Peterson, Heather Harty, Moshe Denburg, Denis Bédard, Bruce Sled, Andrei Diaconu and Taymaz Saba. He champions Canadian music and regularly programs these works in all of his choirs.

Lars is the Director of Choral and Conducting Studies at Capilano University, where he teaches ear-training and voice. For the past 20 years, he has been choral director at the West Coast Summer Music Festival, where he instills the love of the arts, especially choral music, to a wide range of people of various ages.
He is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and educator, and has been honoured by his community of North Vancouver with the Judy Dennis Award for his contributions to the arts.

Leigh Oikawa

Leigh has worked as a professional accountant for over 15 years. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce at UBC in 1997 and earned her designation in 2001. She has held many positions throughout her career, including Income Tax Auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency, and Controller. Working primarily with owner-managed businesses, Leigh enjoys helping businesses understand the financial aspect of their operations and reach their full potential. Over the majority of her career she has worked in various facets of the construction industry.

Leigh has lived on the North Shore for over 12 years and appreciates the strong feeling of community in the area. When she’s not working, she can be found exploring her neighbourhood with her husband and two young children.

Luis Ribeiro

For Luis, teaching his students “real world Excel” is what makes the difference in his classes. His goal is simple: “Teach what the student can use tomorrow at work”.

Demonstrating the many ways businesses utilize the power of Excel, Luis conducts his sessions with an emphasis on assignments that create learning experiences which give students meaningful context and stimulate problem solving. He is an engaging and supportive instructor, and is especially proud when his students report workplace successes applying what they have learned.

His instructional career spans well over 12 years, including over 5 years as a full-time corporate trainer of Microsoft Office applications. Luis is employed as a Technical Analyst, and his credentials include Microsoft Master Instructor, Certiport IC3 Instructor, and he also holds a Provincial Instructor diploma.
In his free time, Luis enjoys fitness activities such as cycling and cross-training, and also likes playing the guitar.

Lyndon Scott

Lyndon graduated from UBC in 1977 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting. He became a Chartered Accountant in 1980, and a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2015. His experience includes 38 years of working as a professional accountant, 7 years in public practice, 20 years in the forest industry, 10 years in the education industry, and 1 year in the health care industry.

Throughout his career, Lyndon’s focus has been on accounting and information technology. Some of his positions include Controller, Corporate Controller for North America, Director of Finance, Dean of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Vice-President Finance, and Chief Financial and Technology Officer.

Lyndon has worked for various organizations including a large, international Chartered Accounting firm, a national forest products research lab, an international forest products machinery designer and manufacturer, a private K-12 school, a private university, a public college, and 2 provincial regulators.

Currently, Lyndon is President of his own consulting company, and a partner in a recently formed firm of Chartered Professional Accountants.

In his spare time, Lyndon enjoys working in his furniture and cabinet-making shop as well as his machine shop.

Marvin Massoudi

Majid Vahid-Massoudi (Marvin) is a data analytics professional with more than twenty years of experience in computing. He has maintained an instructional role while acting in different computing project capacities that led to more than 13,000 hours of official instructional experience. He has designed, taught and facilitated numerous computer science and technology courses for public and private sector organizations along with international colleges in Canada and overseas. He is currently a campaign data analyst at Vancity headquarter in Vancouver.

Marvin loves data and mainly focuses on business intelligence, data management and data analysis using Microsoft SQL-Server platform. Excel has been his favourite tool since 1996 and he has developed many applications using Excel features and VBA macros from Excel 4.0/Windows 3.1 to Excel 2016/Windows 10.

Marvin resides in North Vancouver with his lovely wife and two children. When he is not working on data, he takes the whole family to bicycle riding trips in beautiful British Columbia.

Mauricio Orozco

Mauricio is a professional photographer and educator with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in commercial photography. He works mostly in advertising with clients from a variety of fields in projects that include product photography, portraiture and architecture, to name a few.

Mauricio has been teaching photography and digital retouching for over 15 years, and has been shooting digital images for even longer. He loves helping students go beyond the basics of photography and realize the amazing creative opportunities that the digital world offers.

Outside of photography, he is a huge fan of cinematography and movies of all kinds, especially Sci-Fi.

To see some of his work, visit his Instagram page.

Mhairi Petrovic

Mhairi (pronounced va-ri) founded Out-Smarts Marketing in 2002 with the goal of applying internet and social media technologies to business marketing in a way that connects with modern consumers. Out-Smarts strategizes, creates, and executes the full range of marketing activities from websites to social media campaigns to optimization programs designed to maximize engagement and conversions. Mhairi’s passion for small businesses comes out in her blogs, training, and mentoring.

When Mhairi is not thinking about Internet marketing, she’s probably thinking about standing stones, hiking, or winning the FitBit challenge.

Moh Ghoreishi

Moh studied animation at Sheridan College and Algonquin College. He has been a Life Drawing instructor in the Commercial Animation Department at Capilano University since its inception in 1995. He has also worked in the animation industry as an animator, and a lay-out and storyboarding artist. He currently teaches Life Drawing, Anatomy and Lay-Out Design at the university.

Rick Colbourne

Dr. Rick Colbourne is an award-winning educator with a demonstrated record of leadership, success and international experience in education. As the former Assistant Dean of Indigenous Business Education, Dr. Colbourne led UBC’s Sauder School of Business’ efforts to engage, consult, collaborate and partner with Indigenous communities, associations, post-secondary institutions and corporations. He focused on building business and management capacity to facilitate Indigenous participation in regional economic development opportunities in Canada. As Adjunct Professor and the Executive Director of the Learning Strategies Group (LSG) at Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business, Dr. Colbourne led an accomplished team of professionals in designing customized credit and non-credit executive education programs for local, national and international businesses, associations and corporations across industry sectors that included media, entertainment, consulting, finance and accounting, healthcare, banking, mining and high technology. Dr. Colbourne also sits on industry and academic advisory boards and steering committees.

Roquela Fernandez

AA Creative Writing (Capilano), BFA Creative Writing (UBC), MFA candidate Creative Writing (UBC)
Roquela Fernandez is a reader, writer, workshop facilitator, lifelong learner, mum, and caffeine enthusiast!
She is passionate about storytelling – sharing stories has been a family tradition that has shaped who she is and how she lives in the world. Capilano University is the place where she found her voice, embraced writing and dedicated her life to its study and creative practice. During her writing journey, she’s had many wise and exceptional mentors. Now, it’s her honour and privilege to return to the place from whence she came. She looks forward to joining you on your writing journey, and is excited to facilitate your creative growth.
She has experience teaching creative writing at the high school, university, and community level. Her classrooms are playful communities – Together, you will laugh, you will cry, and you will write!

Shawn Conner

Shawn Conner is a journalist, teacher, digital publisher, and copywriter. As a journalist, he has written on a broad range of topics for publications such as Rolling Stone, the Globe & Mail, and USA Today. Teaching credentials include five years as a multi-platform journalism instructor at Simon Fraser University. He is also the founder, publisher, and brand manager of (est. 2008), an online Vancouver-based arts magazine. Craft beer, pop culture, travel, and weird stuff at his parents’ house are favourite topics at his personal blog, His first non-fiction book, about the history and cultural impact of superhero movies, is due in the fall of 2018.

Shary Bartlett

Shary is a Vancouver-based mixed media artist whose body of work includes altered photography, encaustic, acrylic, fibre arts, sculptural assemblage and collage. She has taught at Capilano University for almost ten years and currently offers her popular course, “From Photo Fine Art”.

Shary is well-known as a fun, enthusiastic instructor who encourages her students to explore their unique creative voices, to try new techniques, and to discover the endless possibilities of her huge array of mixed media art materials provided in her classes. All her classes are suitable for beginners, as well as experienced artists. To see a sample of Shary’s photo alteration techniques and how she embeds these in beeswax, check out her YouTube video. Shary’s beeswax paintings and sculptures are beautifully reproduced in Schiffer Publishing’s 2016 book, Encaustic Art in the 21st Century, and her techniques are outlined in North Light Book’s Encaustic Revelation. Shary’s art and public commissions have been included in solo and group exhibitions, and her work is held in private and public collections in Canada and the U.S.

Shary has a Master’s degree from Carleton University, specializing in Canadian arts and cultural history, and has studied at Emily Carr University, Simon Fraser University, Langara College, and Paul Valery University in France. She is a 2009 creative writing graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio. She is also former Chair of the International Encaustic Artists’ Western Canadian Chapter and was nominated for the IEA’s 2014 La Vendeenne Award for Excellence in Education and Teaching.