Continuing Education instructors list by alphabetical order.

 Shone Anstey

Shone has been working on the Internet since 1997. He is the former president of iaNett search engine company that was acquired by a public company in 2001, and currently provides business development consulting to public companies and private start-ups.

Bonnie Antcliffe

Bonnie has a B.Sc. in Biology and a M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management from Simon Fraser University. She has worked for the federal government for 15 years in the field of environmental science, environmental impact assessment, monitoring, water quality and the conservation and protection of fish habitat. She has instructed courses in the Environmental Science Program at Capilano University, including Applied Ecology, Environmental Studies Field School, Eco-Toxicology and Assessment. She specializes in the practical application of ecological and biological principles and concepts to solve real world environmental problems.

Judith M. Atkinson

Judith is a professional artist with an extensive exhibition record and studio practice. She is a Fine Art instructor with Langara College, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, and the Evergreen Cultural Centre. She has worked in all Lower Mainland School Districts, and as an Artist in Residence with the Vancouver School Board.  Judith is an Honours graduate of Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Capilano College and with ECUAD in Florence, Italy.

Lucinda Atwood

Lucinda Atwood is an author, artist and teacher. She has been teaching traditional and digital photography and photoprocessing since 2001. Lucinda says, “I still love teaching digital photo to beginners. It’s great to see students have so much fun and explore their creativity, even those who are sure they don’t have a creative bone in their body.” Lucinda is a graduate of Commercial Photography at Sheridan Institute of Technology and the Western Front’s Multimedia Development Program. Her photographic work includes a spectrum of technologies and approaches, including abstraction and low-res imagemaking.

Janice Bannister

Janice is a former Psychiatric Nurse, and is a Stand Up Comic and Professional Speaker. She is the owner of Laughter Zone 101 Presentations.

Ken Barbour

Ken is a graduate of the Media Program at Capilano University and the Multimedia Program at Vancouver Community College. For the past 18 years, he has worked in many areas of media production including video, photography, print, and new media. Ken now works at Capilano University as a photographer, designer, web developer, and instructor.

Shary Bartlett

Shary is an award-winning academic with a master’s degree in Canadian studies and literature from Carleton University. She studied fine art at Emily Carr Institute and minored in art history at Carleton University, Simon Fraser University and in France. Shary has a certificate in creative writing from SFU’s The Writer’s Studio; her writing has been published in newspapers across Canada. Shary teaches art at Langara College and Capilano University and her work is held in private collections.

Mike Battie

The most experienced juggling instructor in British Columbia. Mike has personally introduced more than 10,000 people to the joys of juggling. He began sharing his experience in 1987 by becoming the resident juggling/unicycle/stilts instructor for Vancouver Cirkids. Mike spent four summers with the Ailanthus organization teaching street performing skills as a vehicle for building self-esteem.

Isabelle Bertrand

Isabelle earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in finance and is a licensed mortgage professional. Isabelle joined Mortgage Alliance Meridian Pacific in 2008 and has considerable experience in financial training and industry knowledge as well as customer service.

Jodie Blank

There is a common thread that runs through the creative fabric of Jodie’s life – it is clay. It has expressed itself in many different forms over the years, from traditional functional potter, to painting in Plastercina and most recently in the form of paper clay art dolls. Some of Jodie’s fondest childhood memories are those of working side by side with her grandfather out in his garden and the wonderful warm, sweet smell of the soil. These memories are brought back every time she opens a fresh bag of clay. Jodie received her Certificate in Ceramics from the Capilano University in 1995 and has been getting her hands dirty ever since.

Rod Boss

Rod Boss has been performing Comedy Magic for more than 18 years to audiences in Europe, Asia and North America. For the last five years he has been sharing his secrets of magic with children ages 8-16 at Capilano University. His classes will not only teach you how to entertain others with comedy magic, but will also build up your confidence and self esteem. Don’t miss out on this magical opportunity.”

Georges Boudjok

Georges has been teaching French as a second language for over 25 years. He graduated from Grenoble University in 1986 and he has taught in Europe and the Middle East. When Georges moved to Canada he started his career as a French instructor in different professional institutions to help newcomers as well as Canadian citizens to increase their employment possibilities, especially for those who are looking for government jobs. Using the communicative language approach, Georges has a unique style of teaching, and makes learning enjoyable and rewarding, and outcomes measurable.

Tony Chotem

Tony is a soloist and member of various classical, jazz and gospel ensembles. He studied jazz and classical guitar at McGill University and works professionally in a variety of styles.

Tong Chow

Tong received her MA from Simon Fraser University and has been teaching Mandarin Chinese at Capilano University since 1998. Tong designed and taught English-Chinese interpretation at Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre for ten years prior to joining Capilano University. Having focused on using comparative approaches to teach Mandarin Chinese, Tong applies English-Chinese translation method to teach her Mandarin classes. She is an accomplished English Chinese simultaneous interpreter for such venues as APEC Summit and has also given talks on cross cultural communication to language conferences and tourism associations.

Eileen Cook

Eileen is a multi-published author with her books appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which was great training for a writer. Her debut novel, Unpredictable, was an adult romantic comedy and was optioned for film by New Line Cinema. She then turned her attention to her inner teen and began writing YA. Her latest novel, The Education of Hailey Kendrick was released in January 2011. Discovering that she has way more unresolved childhood issues than she imagined, she is now also writing middle grade. The Fourth Grade Fairy series will be out in 2011. Please visit her online at .

Bob Crockett

Bob has a wealth of experience in marketing and customer service management. He has extensive experience working in international markets with consumer goods for companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Playtext, Nabob and Power Smart energy conservation at BC Hydro. Recent highlights include the Winter 2010 Olympic Bid and managing communications for the launch of the new SkyTrain service at TransLink.

John Crossen

John has worn many hats in his career as a cartoon illustrator, gardener, florist and lecturer. He has also published a children’s book entitled Balloonland.

Mehran Dadbeh

Mehran received his degree in Business Administration from Lewis & Clark University in Portland, Oregon. His extensive experience in marketing and sales includes working with multinational corporations, brokering deals between large and small entities, and working in real-estate consulting and sales. As an inventor and businessman running his own companies Mehran has been successful in developing and marketing his new products. He is the author of two books, How to Become a Super Salesman and Stress Management in 12 Minutes a Day, and has produced a variety of tapes on positive philosophy and meditation. Mehran continues to practice Ki on a daily basis and enjoys the benefits that it produces in his life.

Michelle Demers

Michelle Demers is a freelance writer and fine art photographer. In March 2011, she self-published her first mystery novel Baby Jane to Amazon’s Kindle to immediate reader acclaim, and followed this in May with the print-on-demand trade paperback. She is the author of Self Publishing: A Global Perspective, which uses Baby Jane as a case study. She is also currently at work on her next mystery novel. Michelle Demers’ website

Dean Denis

Dean holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal and has worked in industry as a product engineer for electro-mechanical systems. He has over ten years experience teaching Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing software to working professionals and students of all levels. Among the subjects taught are AutoCAD, AutoLISP, AutoCAD Customization and Solid Edge 3D Modeling.

Katherine Dey

After completing her printmaking BFA in Scotland, Katie Dey moved to Vancouver where she trained as a Master Printer at New Leaf Editions, a collaborative print studio specializing in etching and relief printing. Over the years Katie has printed for many renowned Canadian artists, taught various classes in printmaking and continues to make prints of her own. She is currently a part-time printmaking technician at Capilano University.

Danika Dinsmore

Whether teaching story development or world building, Danika brings her quirky sense of adventure into the classroom. Known for her innovative exercises and muse-inspiring techniques, Danika has the ability to bring out the best in her students’ writing. Danika is an award-winning poet, screenwriter, and novelist. In 2005 she won the “Best Fresh Voice” screenwriting award at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto. She is co-partner of Bring Your Own Awesome Entertainment, creating short films and web series as well as a live-action book trailer for her novel. Her children’s fantasy adventure Brigitta of the White Forest, the first book in her Faerie Tales from the White Forest series, was adapted from her original screenplay. The second novel in the series, The Ruins of Noe, is forthcoming spring 2012. She uses the experience of creating the series to teach world-building techniques in her Imaginary Worlds workshops.

Tony Dragun

Tony is an avid traveler and instructor of numerous travel classes. He has travelled to over 60 countries and is very passionate in sharing his cost-saving strategies and tips to students. He is the author of How To Travel Above Your Means Without Paying for It.

Andrea Eby

Prior to teaching at Capilano University, Andrea spent 10 years working in marketing and special events. Holding positions with a variety of organizations including Cadbury, Schering Plough Canada, Nagano Olympic Winter Games Bidding Committee and Ironman Japan, Andrea draws from her many experiences in the classroom. Currently, Andrea acts as marketing director for the board of the Vancouver International Marathon Society and is part of the Lululemon research and development team.

Jared Finesmith

In addition to careers in database design, multimedia development and technical writing, Jared has taught at St. Lawrence College, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and Simon Fraser University. Jared holds a BA from Queens College, City University of New York.

Jim Francis

Through much of his career, Jim worked in the financial services industry in areas such as personal and commercial banking, training, human resources and knowledge management. His career has taken him across Canada and around the world where he has presented on a variety of topics. He is the founder of Wavemaker Consulting, a management and educational consulting firm that specializes in enhancing individual, team and organizational performance.

Adam Garland

Adam has been teaching at Capilano University since 2001 and has also taught 3D courses at BCIT. He has worked on various projects from video games to book illustration.


Nicole Garton-Jones

Nicole Garton-Jones is principal of Heritage Law and practices in the areas of wills, estates, real estate and family law. She serves as a volunteer and on the board of numerous organizations in the community and is a graduate of Leadership Vancouver and the Women’s Campaign School. Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from UBC.

Merrell Gerber

Merrell Gerber is a working artist who has taught at Capilano U and Kwantlen University. She has a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Art and Design.

Kallie George

Kallie is a children’s author, editor, and teacher. She completed her master’s of children’s literature at the University of British Columbia. As an editor for Vancouver-based Simply Read Books, she works on projects as multi-varied as picture books, board books, early reader books, middle grade novels and young adult fantasy fiction. She is involved in all aspects of book development, including text and art acquisition, writing, editing, print coordination, marketing and publicity. Kallie is the co-creator of the award-winning Simply Small board book series, and author of the art book, Mr. M: The Exploring Dreamer. Her first early reader, The Melancholic Mermaid, illustrated by Abigail Halpin, was released in 2010.

Moh Ghoreishi

Moh studied animation at Sheridan and Algonquin Colleges. He’s been working as 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 story boarding artist. He currently teaches Life Drawing, Anatomy and Lay-Out Design at the University.

Ravi Gill

Ravi has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Information Systems. He currently works as a web developer/programmer at Capilano U. Over the past 10 years, he’s enjoyed his time between working and teaching in the IT field.

Zoe Grams

Zoe is a public relations specialist with more than six years experience working with clients to design, write and implement effective websites. She has overseen website projects from improvements and search engine optimization for small, not-for-profit sites to website launches for multi-national organizations. Her experience as a freelance graphic designer and writer will help students of this course to understand the founding principles of good design and copy. This, combined with her knowledge of the entire website creation process, will help to ensure websites look attractive, include compelling and relevant information, and are created in a simple and economic way.

Terry Greenberg

Terry has an MA in communication with a specialty in intercultural communication and has been teaching this subject for five years at both Capilano U and UBC. He has a wealth of practical experience in living and working in multicultural environments through a 30-year career as a Canadian diplomat, and over 23 years of residence abroad in East Asia.

Stan Greenspoon

Dr. Greenspoon earned his B.Sc. degree (Honours Physics) from McGill University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Waterloo. He is chair of the Pure Applied Sciences Division at Capilano University, where he has been a faculty member since 1988, and chair of the B.C. Physics and Astronomy Articulation Committee, at which all universities and colleges in the province are represented. His scientific interests and publications have involved both theoretical and experimental physics, as well as astronomy and physics education. Stan has taught at a number of Canadian colleges and universities from coast to coast, and has served on the Secretariat of the United Nations in New York City.

Anna Gusakova

As a child, Anna was an insatiable artist. In her teen years, it became quite clear that what she loved to do the most was to make sculptures. At the prestigious Moscow Stroganov University of Art and Design, Anna concentrated on the practice of making art under the long-standing and traditional tutelage of dedicated teachers who had taught classical fundamental knowledge and skills. Learning to make both abstract and figurative works, Anna graduated with a major in Sculpture and Drawing and also with a Master’s Degree in Art. Anna has been teaching drawing, sculpture and painting to children and adults for over four years.

Eleanor Hannan

Eleanor is a visual artist who works in embroidery employing techniques from traditional painting and drawing. She has a BFA from the University of Manitoba and has exhibited work both as a drawer and painter and as a textile artist in many locations in Canada. She currently teaches design in the Textile Arts Program at Capilano University.

Erica Hargreave

Erica is an interactive / transmedia storyteller. Over the years, Erica has written for TV, magazines, books, the web and the education sector. She has produced TV and theatre, directed and even starred in her own TV show. Erica has also taught—in the community, at post secondary and grade school institutions. Thriving on challenges and the desire to solve problems, Erica has been focusing her storytelling on new, digital and social media for the past few years, and loving it. During this time she has been part of the CBC’s Digital Development Labs and a recipient of a Telefilm New Media Fellowship to next MEDIA and the Banff Television Festival. She has assisted the next MEDIA and Banff Television Festivals to integrate social media storytelling into their festivals.

Wolf Harms

Wolf, MBA, has sold for Xerox, developed business while working in a Canadian consulate, turned around a failing company and as marketing manager, identified marketing niches and developed and implemented a strategic marketing plan. His experience includes b2c and b2b sales. He mentors business owners and has assisted over 100 people to start their own businesses.

Les Hatklin

Les is an experienced instructor who specializes in e-mail and fax support.

High Touch High Tech

High Touch High Tech has been fueling the imaginations of children everywhere, since 1994, by providing FUN, interactive, hands-on science and nature experiences for children. Through discovery style learning and inquiry based dialogue, children are engaged in exciting programs that encourage them to explore the many wonders of science.

Ian Hopkinson

Ian founded F.I.Hopkinson Marine Surveyors Ltd. in 1968 and has been engaged in all aspects of general marine surveying. Ian is accepted as an expert witness in marine matters in the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme and Provincial Courts of British Columbia. Ian is an arbitrator in disputes within the marine industry. He is a retired deep sea navigator, and has taught related courses for the past two years.

Christine Hoppenrath

Christine holds a Master’s degree in education and a BA in sociology, both from the UBC. She also has a certificate in teaching English as second language. Christine’s areas of expertise include instructing English as second language, training ESL instructors, and teaching business writing. She has taught at the post-secondary level for 25 years including Japan, Korea and Hungary. Christine also works as a consultant delivering workshops to instructors and reviewing new academic textbooks. She has written an ESL textbook and delivered numerous presentations in the area of writing, critical thinking, academic skills, and integrating social issues in the ESL classroom.

Reza Hosh

Reza has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Tehran Azad University. He has extensive experience in accounting and taxes, working with large and small businesses. He is currently continuing his education to become a CGA. He is a practicing accountant and has several years of teaching experience.

Lars Kaario

Lars has performed leading roles in opera, light opera and musical theatre, and appears regularly in many recitals and concerts. He is also the director of choral studies for the Bachelor of Music Transfer program at Capilano University.

Randy Kennett

Randy has over 15 years of human resources and leadership experience, exceeding sales and profit targets, achieving customer service goals, and developing people potential with international companies. He has managed teams of employees across Western Canada for over ten years, fostering positive and productive work environments. He holds a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Victoria.

Zee Kesler

Zee is a community-based artist and organizer from Hamilton, Ontario. Zee is following her dream of creating a community-based artistic space outside of a gallery setting by collaborating on the Maker Mobile, an interdisciplinary workshop on wheels, Zee is a workshop leader and installation artist, and creates multi-disciplinary art. She has a Fine Arts degree from the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Sheila Kinakin

Sheila is an award-winning illustrator and designer who combines a professional illustration practice with teaching duties at Capilano University. She has won several international awards, including the gold medal for illustration from the Broadcast Designer’s Association.

Andrew Klaver

Andrew is a commercial photographer based in West Vancouver. For more than 20 years Andrew has shot local, national and international assignments. Andrew’s work has been featured in magazines, books and national marketing campaigns. For the past decade Andrew has also taught in the media program at Capilano University.


Alexa-Ray Kwan

Alexa discovered her passion for working with children when she volunteered at the North Vancouver Outdoor School in high school. She has been involved with the Outdoor School ever since, as a counselor, trainer, and board volunteer. Alexa is also an avid writer and is studying to become a teacher. She taught her first Serious Fun Summer Camp in 2011 and has created a brand new camp for 2012.

Wanda LaClaire

After obtaining a degree in astronomy and physics at the University of British Columbia, Wanda worked for 17 years at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (the Vancouver Planetarium) where she developed and ran programming for adults and children. Wanda has written and produced shows for the Planetarium Star Theatre and created demonstrations and hands-on workshops to help explain difficult topics. She also answered the “Ask an Astronomer” service, which allowed her to learn how much people want to participate in discovering our universe.

Darlene Lamb

Darlene has a music degree in voice from UBC. She is a private voice teacher and teaches Kodaly Orff to young children. Darlene also appears in opera and musical theatre and directs many musical productions in the community.

Marilyn Lemon

Marilyn has over 30 years experience teaching various art related subject to both children and adults. Her art practice is focused on oil paintings of people at present but has included abstract acrylic paintings, watercolour, drawing and illustration as well as installation work and some performance art.

Colette Lisoway

Colette is a North Vancouver based mixed media artist. She has a BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and is a recent graduate of the Textile Arts Advanced Certificate program at Capilano University. Colette became a feltmaker while living in Western Australia and has studied traditional craft in South India. Her current work is an investigation into personal narrative, explored and expressed through craft media and techniques.

Jerry McBride

Jerry is an award-winning artist and designer. A graduate from Emily Carr, Jerry also received a scholarship and illustration award from a couture fashion institute. She designs and illustrates clothing and costumes for private and commercial clientele.

Margaret McKea

Margaret has her M.F.A. in Costume Design for Theatre and has studied Asian costuming through working on Asian theatre productions, including Japanese kabuki and Noh, Chinese Opera, Indonesian Kechak, and many fusion pieces over the last 20 years. She expanded this experience while Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawaii teaching Asian Costumes and Culture and Fashion Design and Illustration. Most recently she has designed the costumes for the Japanese Noh inspired production of ‘The Gull’. This last year she was the recipient of a Canada Council grant to research Noh costumes in Japan.

Jason McRobbie

Jason has a passion for cooking, exploring writing alike that he nourishes with regular columns for Alive Magazine, and For the past six years, he has peered behind the kitchen doors of British Columbia as the editor of BC Restaurant News, the province’s premier hospitality trade publication. He has also shared stories within Chapeau Canada, Vancouver Magazine and BC Chefs News and is now taking others on the journey with varied backdoor culinary adventures.

Heather Magee

Heather has a Diploma in Information Technology (IT) and spent seven years in adult education in Wales before becoming a corporate trainer. She moved to Canada in 2001, where she and her husband are the owner/operators of their own manufacturing operation.

Debra Margolis

Debra is a working Script Supervisor & member of IATSE local 891. Her credits include TV series, feature films, mow’s, infomercials, music videos, art projects & commercials. Recent work includes Split Decision, The Collector, Supernatural, The Evidence, Dark Angel; a video art project directed by Stan Douglas.

Lurenda Mastromonaco

Lurenda (BA, Economics, Education), has been a commercial photographer for 15 years. To date she has had works published on over 160 billboards, skytrains and buses, bus shelters, magazine covers, editorials and catalogues. She has been awarded a Western Magazine Award and has had two of her fashion shoots televised live on the local news.

Kirk Mattson

Kirk is a language associate in the Modern Languages department of Capilano University. He is an enthusiastic and popular teacher who has been teaching in Continuing Education for many years.

John Mavin

John Mavin has taught creative writing at UBC, SFU, with New Shoots (through the Vancouver School Board), and at the Learning Exchange in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He is a graduate of SFU’s The Writer’s Studio and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. His short fiction has been published internationally (and included in the University of Toronto curriculum), his plays have been produced locally, and he’s a past nominee for the Prix Aurora Award.

Ann Meitz

Ann attended the University of Victoria for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology. After teaching Biology labs throughout graduate school, she moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in cancer research. Ann worked for over 10 years in local biotechnology research companies. She joined the faculty of Capilano University in 2005. She also has a love of CSI and murder mystery shows and hopes to teach students about some of the techniques used to determine the perpetrator of the crime.

Pascal Milelli

Pascal Milelli’s illustrations have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and his clients include Canada Post, Vancouver Opera, BC Securities Commission, and Scribner Books. His work has been featured in Communication Arts and Applied Arts magazines, and recognized by the Society of Illustrators. He taught in Capilano University’s IDEA Program for ten years.

Zakary Molls

Zakary Molls has been teaching in the Coquitlam school district for the last 15 years. During that time he has taught students from grades K to 12 and he is currently teaching Digital Media, Computer Programming, and Robotics at Dr. Charles Best Secondary. Zakary received his first Lego set when he was four years old and has been collecting Lego ever since. He even uses Lego NXT Robotics kits in his Grade 11 and 12 Computer Programming and Robotics classes.

Zhana Nedelcheva

Born in Bulgaria, Zhana graduated from Sveti Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia in 1999, with Master in Pedagogy of Fine Arts and emphasis on sculpture and ceramics. Since 2005 Zhana has based her artwork in Vancouver, where she has participated in many local shows with collage, watercolor, oil and ceramic. She continues to work on clay sculptures and tiles from her studio in Vancouver.

Marilynne Nowell

Marilynne is certified consultant for Simply Accounting and has taught at Post Secondary Institute for the past 25 years in the Office Administration and Business Department. She has a Masters of Education from SFU

Maxwell Ngai

Maxwell (A.V.C.M., B.Mus) has been a professional violinist and teacher for 20 years, performing throughout Canada, U.S.A. and Europe. He has done Suzuki teacher training with Sanford Reuning, William Starr, and Rosalind O’Keefe.

Terry Noonan

Terry has been involved in exchanging homes since 1985 and is well aware of the pitfalls and the joys of this unique form of travel!

Justin O’Donohue

Justin has a diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano University and is currently completing his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies with an education major. He has also completed Capilano University’s Introductory Orff Methodology course. In addition to his music education endeavors, Justin enjoys playing trumpet, guitar and singing in a variety of local ensembles.

Patty Osborne

Patty has worked in the publishing industry for the past twenty years. She runs the Vancouver Desktop Publishing Centre and is on the editorial board of Geist Magazine.

Blanca Paniagua

Blanca holds a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages, and 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 at the Inter-American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also has more than 15 years of experience teaching individual and group classes at all levels in different companies. Blanca has a real passion for sharing her mother tongue and culture with the rest of the world.

Brian Paterson

Brian is a senior arts manager with a specialization in social media. He possesses over ten years of experience working in arts marketing and public relations, which has bestowed on him a strong appreciation for what constitutes compelling language and design when representing artistic ventures. This appreciation will greatly benefit course participants as he works with them to understand what it is their visitors are looking for when they arrive on the site, and how the website can best be built to accommodate this. Brian has personally created or managed the creation of more than ten websites in the past year alone.

Don Perro

Don is the chair of the Commercial Animation program at Capilano University, and has worked as an animator, director, designer and storyboard artist for several years.

Eden Philp

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Eden has taught drama and on camera acting to students age three to adult for over ten years. Eden joined the artist roster of the “Learning through the Arts” program, which brings professional artists into the schools to teach core curriculum. Eden is a member of the Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP), and Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) the unions for professional film and theatre actors.

Luc Poitras

Luc is a chess master recognized by the CFC (Canadian Chess federation of Canada). He has been involved for the last 20 years in teaching and organizing chess tournaments. For more info, you can visit his junior blog chess site at

Pauline Probyn

Pauline is a Realtor with Sutton Group-West Coast Realty and a member of the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board and the Canadian Real Estate Association.

Dale Rasmussen

Dale is a versatile guitarist, keyboard player, vocalist, songwriter and music instructor who is equally at home playing jazz, swing, roots country, folk and bluegrass. He provides instruction in vocal harmony, guitar, keyboards and music theory to adults.

Nancy Ricker

Dr. Ricker has been a biology instructor at Capilano University for the past 24 years. She is an active member of the B.C. Field Ornithologists and the B.C. Naturalists.

Roya Roshansobh

Roya has a master’s degree in teaching French as a second language from the teacher training University in Iran. She is an experienced instructor and has been teaching French since 1979.

Liesje Ryerson

Liesje spent her childhood in Europe and has a degree in education. Her specialties in modern languages are French and German. She loves to teach and has been doing so for a number of years at all levels and to all age groups. Liesje has also travelled extensively and now lives in West Vancouver with her family where she enjoys a busy life as mother of two teenagers.

Vjeko Sager

Vjeko Sager holds a Master Degree in Applied Arts. Vjeko is a former Associate Professor in Painting Techniques and award winning artist with international reputation. In the last 15 years Vjeko participated at more than thirty local and international exhibitions and curated, lectured and conducted research in art history and contemporary art theory. Please visit Vjeko’s website for more information

Yayoi Shinbo

Yayoi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She has been teaching Japanese conversation at Capilano University since 1997, in the Faculty of Humanities and in Continuing Education. Yayoi earned her BA in Linguistics and MA in Modern Language Teaching at the University of British Columbia. She has also taught Japanese courses at other lower mainland universities and colleges. She loves teaching and feels fortunate to have met many interesting people and to have developed strong connections to the North Shore community. Yayoi says, “Nothing excites me more than to see students full of curiosity about my language and culture.”

Tracy Slotin

As a certified accountant and owner of Executive Sandbox, Tracy presents business seminars on topics such as communications, teamwork, leadership, creativity and strategic planning. She also provides consulting packages for small businesses and conducts financial statement audits, reviews, and compilation engagements for both public and private businesses in a variety of industries.

Jess Sloss

Jess has had a varied career with a theme of entrepreneurship running through it. He started his first company (Cutters Lawn Care) at age 19, eventually selling it five years later. His entrepreneurial experience includes time in the architectural visualization and local search marketing industries. Jess now helps small and medium-sized organizations best take advantage of communication opportunities online. Holding a communications degree with a focus on organizational development from Capilano University, Jess speaks regularly to small and medium sized businesses about the shifting landscape and the opportunity that social media presents to organizations everywhere.

Fiona Smart

Fiona is a professional bartender with more than 20 years experience in night clubs, restaurants and pubs. Her career has also given her the opportunity to accumulate a vast amount of management experience in all types of venues including beverage manager for the Richmond Hotel and Convention Centre.

Brenda Smith

Brenda L. Smith is a writer and researcher. Brenda chairs the Education Committee of the British Columbia Historical Federation. She writes for the Maple Ridge Historical Society Family History Newsletter, and leads the Hammond Family History Project. She presents research methodology programs for libraries, museums and archives, family history societies and other interested groups. In October 2005 at Fort Langley, BC, she joined prestigious author Warren Sommer and members of the Old Cemeteries Society of British Columbia in presenting Down To Earth, a symposium on historic cemeteries. In 2010 she conceived and presented Putting Granny In Context: Using Family History Research Techniques to Discover Women in History to the Canadian Committee on Women’s History Conference.

Anne Souther

Anne is a writer, writing coach, and Faculty Associate working in international education at Simon Fraser University. She has developed and led international programs in Central America and Mexico; her writing has been published by Teacher, emerge and SFU. Anne holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently a doctoral candidate. She has mentored and inspired many developing educators and emerging writers, and is passionate about travelling, writing, and inspiring others to pursue their dreams!

Julie Startup

Julie Startup is the proprietor of a bed and breakfast in Deep Cove, North Vancouver. Having retired from a stressful management job, Julie enjoys pampering guests who set out to enjoy their holidays and visits to beautiful British Columbia. She and her husband renovated and prepared their 100 year old Dollarton mill home and opened their doors to travelers in August 2004. Business is thriving thanks to a growing demand for quality bed and breakfast accommodation in BC, repeat guests, web marketing and a good bed and breakfast network within British Columbia. Julie has partnered with Capilano University since 2005, offering Bed & Breakfast courses to individuals and couples wishing to open their doors to guests.

Jane Still

Jane Still is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She has been an active costume designer and costumer in the film industry for more than 20 years. Among her many credits, are the TV series Neon Rider and Danger Bay, feature films Home is Where the Heart Is, assistant on the Grey Fox, and too many TV movies and commercials to mention. Currently, she manages the Costuming for Theatre and Film program at the University, and created and teaches the Film Industry Orientation program for newcomers to the film industry. In 1997, BC Film awarded Jane for her “outstanding contribution to the film industry.”

Michele Stobie

Michele has master’s degrees in education and nursing science. She tells how she was “forced to study on the beach” in Boca Raton for the nursing degree, but found no pity. A retired nursing educator, she teaches only occasionally, finding her outlets in singing, creating newsletters for various local organizations and recently, drawing and the arts.

Lorraine Sucloy

For more than 25 years, Lorraine been employed in the hospitality industry. During that period she has gained experience in a wide range of areas that include food and beverage service, accommodation, recreation, entertainment , transportation, events, and conferences.

Kelly Symonds

Kelly has a B.Sc. (Oenology) and is a practicing winemaker who, over the last ten years, has made wine in Australia, the Okanagan Valley and right here in North Vancouver.

Lorna Tam

Lorna’s CGA designation and work experience at an accounting firm allow her to understand the accounting requirements and best practices of several industries including retail, manufacturing, service and non-profit organizations. Quickbooks is one of the accounting programs she has used on a daily basis. Lorna is passionate about helping others and can’t wait to teach you how to implement Quickbooks into your business to help it grow faster and better.

Nicola Tibbetts

Nicola Tibbetts is an instructor in the Studio Art department at Capilano U. She is an active artist in Vancouver working predominantly in painting and drawing. Nicola has a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

The Director’s Cut

The Director’s Cut is a full-fledged digital media literacy workshop provider that engages in collaborative media awareness. Their workshops and camps engage learners and tap into their creativity and imagination through an exciting, advanced technology platform. They have over ten years experience in education.

Linda Lee Thomas

Linda Lee Thomas has been Principal Pianist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Radio Orchestra since 1972. As Chamber Musician supreme, she was Artistic Director of Masterpiece Music, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre¹s hugely successful chamber music series for 17 years. In 2000, she was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to the industry. Her other passion is the music and dance of Argentina – the Tango. Since her bold emergence onto the international tango scene, she has become Canada¹s foremost tango musician, performing and recording with Argentine bandoneonists Daniel Binelli and Nestor Marconi.

Maureen Verkhaar

Maureen has been involved with publicity, promotions and special events since 1980, working on many local, national and international projects. She has worked with local arts organizations, charities, renowned authors, feature film and television companies, musicians, dance and theatre companies, classical musicians, wineries, restaurants, and museums. As a Publicist and Director of Marketing, she has developed and led publicity and marketing campaigns, guided promotions and special events. She has also researched and developed promotion campaigns in Canada and the USA for large-scale touring productions of Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, and the Three Tenors. Maureen completed five seasons with the Vancouver Playhouse, seven seasons with the HSBC Celebration of Light, and four years with the Vancouver Sun as the publicist for their Raise-a-Reader campaign throughout BC.

Linzi Voth

Linzi is an experienced musical theatre performer and coach. This is her third year teaching musical theatre at Cap U summer camps. She has also taught music and dance at Stagecoach, Gateway Academy and Dance With Me Studio. Linzi has appeared in many productions around town with Theatre Under the Stars, Royal City Musical Theatre, Gateway Theatre and most recently; Victor/Victoria at Metro Theatre. Linzi has a Diploma in Musical Theatre from Capilano College.

Keith Wade

Dr. Wade is an ecologist and biogeographer and a member of the Capilano University biology faculty. He studied in Australia and received his PhD from the Australian National University. He has led many natural history/ecology trips to Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar, South Africa, China, Southeast Asia, as well as various destinations in North America and Europe.

Jamie Woods

Jamie is a corporate commercial and real estate solicitor with Grenier, Bethell and Company in Burnaby where he handles residential real estate transactions on a daily basis for both buyers and sellers.