Our instructors represent an ideal mix of academic theory and real-world experience. As comfortable in the boardroom as they are in a classroom, they know that business often doesn’t work quite the way the textbooks say it will. That’s why they focus on equipping you with tools and knowledge that you can put to use immediately.

Andrea Southcott

Partner at Southcott Strategy Inc., Andrea was previously President of TBWA\Vancouver, named one of Canada’s Top Ten Ad Agencies in 2009 and 2010.  For more than 25 years, Andrea led strategy for regional and national businesses, government and not-for-profits. Andrea is currently on the Faculty Advisory Board for the Sauder School of Business and is a Board Member of Insception Lifebank and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Her other community commitments include being on the 2014 Grey Cup Organizing Committee and being a Founding Member of the West Vancouver 2010 Legacy Foundation. Andrea formerly wrote on brand strategy for two years at The Globe and Mail, and was named in Vancouver’s Power 50.

Dale Christenson

Dale is a Certified Management Consultant and Project Management Professional specializing in project management consulting and training. He combines an extensive academic background with real-world expertise in the areas of program and portfolio management, organizational development, change management and critical project success factors. He’s held project management leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Dale has a doctorate in Project Management from RMIT University, Australia.

Doug Mollenhauer

Doug Mollenhauer is a communication coach, speaker, writer, trainer and trusted consultant, specializing in business communication. He writes a regular leadership column for The Globe and Mail and taught for many years in the Executive Education program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Through his company, Quantum Leap Learning, Doug has coached and trained more than 8,000 business people in BC. Clients include many of BC’s best-known organizations. His ease with people, sense of humour, and ability to zero in on the heart of messages has won him acclaim as an instructor and facilitator.

Jameel Ahamed

Jameel is a Director in KPMG’s Advisory practice based in Vancouver, British Columbia. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Jameel is a leader in KPMG’s Infrastructure Asset Management service offering specializing in advising clients in the Utilities, Oil and Gas, Mining and Public Sectors. He joined KPMG from Deloitte where he was a Senior Manager within the Western Canadian team. At Deloitte, Jameel was a leader in the Operations Excellence service line across Canada and the United States. He contributed to the development of Deloitte Canada’s Analytics and Information Management integrated market offering. His experience over the years includes advising clients in infrastructure asset management and operations technology (asset strategy, risk modeling, asset analytics, investment planning and work management); operations risk management/enterprise risk management; information management (governance, quality and architecture); business analytics (process, data and technology); business process improvement/controls optimization; cost reduction/cost recovery; business transformation and ERP implementation; finance effectiveness and automation; and program management, project risk management and lean/agile delivery. Jameel’s 15 plus years of management consulting and industry experience has provided him with a broad perspective when serving his clients. He has brought solutions to finance, information technology and operations divisions of large organizations in Canada. He is a sports enthusiast and believes in volunteering time back to the community where he lives. He currently leads a mentorship group for youth between the ages of 16 to 35 who are new to Canada, to create a vision and achieve their education, career and health goals. His success to date hinges on his passion to build relationships and network. He is a driven individual who can bring people together to achieve a common goal.

Jim Southcott

Jim has worked as a senior advertising and marketing brand strategist for over 25 years. A partner at Southcott Strategy Inc., Jim specializes in brand differentiation, brand architecture, cultural branding, customer experience planning, new product development and research design. Jim is an expert at creating and facilitating senior management planning sessions that encourage teams to explore business opportunities and new markets for their brands. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Sauder School of Business at UBC, teaching an MBA and an undergraduate course: Cultivating Creativity in Business.

Joanna Piros

Joanna Piros is an accomplished communicator and trainer/coach in presentation and communication skills and media relations. As a former radio and television journalist she knows the importance of framing the story to suit the strategic objective. Using her experience and insights, she helps people become more effective, more confident and more successful.

Jorge Oceguera

Jorge joined Capilano University as an expert in active learning techniques and has been doing professional facilitation and facilitation training for more than 10 years. He is president of Latam Consulting Inc., a company that serves local and international organizations by helping them achieve results through facilitation and training that works. Jorge has consistently combined his facilitation, business and academic expertise with the vision of adding more value and richness to the learning and business development processes in diverse environments. He specializes in facilitating training in Strategic Planning, Human Development, Organizational Behaviour and Change, International Business, Entrepreneurship and Applied Marketing. He is an instructor with Capilano University’s School of Business and holds a B. Eng., EMBA, M.Ed and a CPF.

Karin Kirkpatrick

Karin is an instructor at Capilano University Executive Education where she teaches strategic human resources, labour relations and employee engagement. Karin is partner in Kirkpatrick Scott LLP, a public practice accounting firm and was previously the CEO of a provincial crown corporation. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Sauder School of Business in the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Division and, since 2011, Karin has been a member of the Judicial Council of British Columbia.

Karin has an LLM degree in international law from the University of Edinburgh, an MBA in Human Resources from Royal Roads University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified Management Accountant. Karin has been nominated as a YWCA Woman of Distinction and in 2013, she received the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014, she was named by the Canadian Board Diversity Council as a Top 50 Canadian Board ready candidate.


Ken Coach

Ken is a media trainer, public speaking coach and crisis communications specialist. He has worked with high-profile politicians, CEOs, actors, lawyers and managers to improve their public image and communications strategies. A former TV news producer for both CBC and CTV National News, he has coached and developed on-air talent and worked with people with a wide range of experience—from raw beginners to seasoned veterans.

Martin Pow

Martin Pow was a Partner in Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk and Learning Services practice in Canada. He recently returned from Mongolia where he was the Deputy Risk and Compliance Leader, responsible for establishing the new Deloitte Member Firm in that country. He was the first non-Mongolian to receive an “Honorary Doctor” title for his contribution to Mongolian education institutions by the Mongolian National Academy of Governance University. Martin served Government, Banking and mining clients across the Mongolian emerging marketplace, including Rio Tinto’s largest copper mine, Oyu Tolgoi. Prior to his assignment in Mongolia in January 2012, Martin was the Canadian Deputy Quality and Risk Leader for the Enterprise Risk Services practice, and was responsible for evolving and establishing Risk Management and Quality Improvement. He is known as a leading executive facilitator for Risk Management and Internal Audit and is in much demand as a public speaker on Risk Management and Internal Audit in Canada. Martin has a passion for facilitation, training and coaching others, and uses his unique Scottish accent and style to gain trust and build relationships that are trustworthy and meaningful. His risk management experience includes risk management program implementation for multinational companies; risk education and facilitation; risk and audit facilitator; and ISO risk lead instructor. Martin has lived in many countries during his career working for British, American, Japanese and Canadian Global organizations.

Mats Gerschman

Mats teaches Business Operations Management at Capilano University Executive Education. He is known for his successes in creating excellent bottom line results and service enhancements for his employers and clients. He draws on his extensive expertise in strategic planning, business development, execution, team building, business analytics, supply chain management, cost control and complex project management to help his clients solve operational challenges.

Mats has held senior management positions in global companies including Ericsson, Glenayre Electronics, Vanderlande Industries, Sauder School of Business at UBC, as well as start-ups and small businesses. He has worked in many different countries and continents and is sensitive to various corporate cultures.

Currently, he is the President of Fortus Consulting. His interest and experience using analytics to overcome business challenges partly stems from when he ran the Centre for Operations Excellence at UBC, working with Masters students in Operations Research. He has managed large organizations with over 1000 employees, as well as small start-up companies. He strongly believes that excellent human resource is a key factor for organizational success.

Pat Kennedy

Pat Kennedy, CPA, FCMA has over 25 years’ experience teaching financial and management accounting, strategic leadership and other business courses. She was Chair of the Certified Management Accountants of BC in 2012/2013 and Co-Chair of the Transition Steering Committee in BC during this period as the accounting designations worked towards the Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Pat brings a common sense, pragmatic approach to learning.

Rick Colbourne

Dr. Rick Colbourne is an award-winning educator with a demonstrated record of leadership, success and international experience in education. Most recently, as the former Assistant Dean, Indigenous Business Education, Dr. Colbourne led the University of British Columbia’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.

Sharka Stuyt

Sharka is a Certified Executive Coach, group facilitator, teacher and motivational speaker. She is a Certified Executive Coach and is a Coaching Clinic-licensed facilitator. She holds an Executive MBA and a BBA. For the past 13 years Sharka has contributed as a Leadership and Change Management professor in the School of Business at Capilano University.