Our instructors are working professionals who are leaders in their field and are able to bring real-world insight into the classroom. The real-world aspect reinforces the practical nature of our courses and aligns with the just-in-time philosophy of learning.

Adult Courses & Programs

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.

Carlos Ascenio

Carlos has been teaching music for more than 15 years. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2005 and Ethnomusicology in 2010 at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He moved to Vancouver to achieve an Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate at Capilano University. He has attended courses on Suzuki and Kodály methods, musical instruments, Mexican traditional music, Afro- Caribbean music, music philosophy, music business, soundscape, and music and society, among others. He has offered lectures at the Permanent Seminar of History and Music in Mexico – UAM, and Congress of Ethnomusicology FAM-UNAM. He also has written articles and reviews in music magazines from Canada, Spain and Mexico, and has collaborated with University radio stations such as Radio UNAM 96.1 and Ibero 90.9. He now hosts his own radio show El Bus de las 7, which airs on Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5.

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 over 25 years, Andrea led strategy for regional and national businesses, government and not-for-profits.

At Southcott Strategy, Andrea works with clients to focus brand and digital customer experience strategy as well as developing brand content both offline and online. Andrea is currently on the Faculty Advisory Board for the Sauder School of Business at UBC and is a Board Member of Insception Lifebank, the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Nature’s Path. In addition to teaching Digital Strategy at Capilano University Exec Ed, Andrea has co-facilitated sessions in Creativity & Innovation for participants from British Columbia’s largest maritime organizations.

Andrea also formerly wrote on Brand Strategy for two years at The Globe and Mail, and was named in Vancouver’s Power 50.

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 moving to BC, 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 institutions. Being an avid traveler 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.

Emily Leung

Emily is a digital marketer with 10 years of experience working with agencies, consumer packaged goods, sports, and health and wellness companies. She is passionate about using digital tools to help brands create memorable and impactful experiences with their customers. She also teaches social media and content strategy as part CapU Continuing Studies. 

Although Emily focuses on digital marketing, her approach is holistic, occasionally incorporating offline marketing strategies. She works with small to mid-size businesses to streamline their goals and objectives as well as internal processes. As an instructor and marketing consultant, her objective is to help students and clients understand how to best use digital channels to build a plan of action to achieve these goals. She believes that there is no right or wrong in digital marketing, you just need to experiment, rinse, and repeat!

Flynn Lowry

Over the last 5 years with Junction, a Digital consultancy based out of Vancouver, Flynn has worked in a variety of roles, including strategy development, project management, digital advertising, copywriting, and content coordination. His focus now is working directly with clients to create plans and equip them to effectively execute their digital marketing strategies, which allows him to dig into all of his different areas of experience, and build new ones as space evolves.

Over the course of his career, Flynn has had the opportunity to work with well over 100 organizations that span industries such as hospitality, travel, tech, charity, fashion, and B2B services. As a result, he has identified simple elements that are common across all successful teams, and effective ways to manage communications, both internal and public-facing.

His background, attention to detail, and passion for digital done well makes him a uniquely talented consultant who backs every one of his recommendations with thoughtful research and detailed plans that make implementation a breeze.

Graham Williams

Graham is a ten-year veteran in the content marketing world, having brought to life a range of brands for major corporations across Canada and around the world. As an instructor, he has taught content marketing, social media marketing, and digital storytelling for over half a decade.

He is currently the Chief Strategist for Blink, a Vancouver-based creative agency, and has been the driving force behind memorable campaigns and powerful brand initiatives for brands such as TELUS, Dell, Staples, Vancouver Film School, Ocean Brands, and Microsoft.

Graham is also a host of both GetConnected, and the App Show on CKNW radio, and can frequently be seen on CBC News Now and CBC Vancouver as a technology and privacy consultant.

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 pursuing 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.

Jim Southcott

Jim has worked as a senior brand strategist for over 30 years. A partner at Southcott Strategy Inc., Jim specializes in brand differentiation, unleashing innovation & creativity, internal cultural branding, customer journey mapping, digital strategy, and digital transformation. 

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. Jim has also developed courses for UBC Continuing Studies’ Digital Strategy program.  At Capilano University Exec Ed, Jim teaches Digital Strategy and has led sessions in Creativity & Innovation as part of a Waterfront Leadership Program.

Joanna Piros

Joanna Piros, a leading instructor for Executive Education at Capilano University, teaches media skills, public speaking and strategic communications and, over the course of her career, has trained literally thousands of people in how to be better communicators, and how to protect themselves in the media spotlight and on the speaker podium.

Her client list includes senior executives, cabinet ministers, mayors, celebrities, NHL draft picks, actors, writers, lawyers, accountants, engineers, public service workers, sex trade workers, as well as numerous non-profits. She has also coached a number of speakers for the TED organization.

Her clients include Osgoode Law School, Interfor, Western Forest Products, VanCity, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Town of Gibsons, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Whistler-Blackcomb, Vancouver Port Authority, Wasserman and Partners, Gap Inc., Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services (Battalion Chief and company officer media training), numerous other emergency services providers, the City of Whitehorse, Yukon Territorial Government, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Department of Justice, TransLink, ICBC, Providence Health Care, Powerex, BC Hydro, Moulding and Millwork, Ballard Power Systems, FORTIS, Sport BC, BC School Trustees Association, and the RCMP.

Piros has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Carleton University. She has worked as a reporter and on-air announcer in radio, as a reporter, producer, and anchor in television news, and as an actor in comedy specials, numerous television programs such as The X-Files, Outer Limits, and Dr. Who, to name a few, and in a variety of feature films and made-for-TV movies.

Beyond training, she produces videos for web-based streaming as well as big-screen playout, especially in the areas of recruitment, retention, and employee engagement, along with business development. She is a senior consultant with Counterpoint Communications in Vancouver and currently lives on the Sunshine Coast of BC.

John Penhall

John has been an active member of the Vancouver film industry since 1985. In 2009, he began teaching film to post-secondary students at a number of schools in the Lower Mainland. Since 2014, he has been teaching in the Motion Picture Arts program at Capilano University. He currently also teaches the Motion Picture Industry Orientation course at CapU Continuing Studies.

John is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, and in his 30+ years in the industry, he has worked as a Locations Manager and an Assistant Director on over 40 films and TV series, and countless commercials. John has also directed several award-winning short films that have been broadcast around the world.  John received his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television from the University of British Columbia, and recently completed his Master’s Degree at Simon Fraser University.

John’s diverse background allows him to share a wide range of information, experience, and perspective on the BC film industry, and bring tons of enthusiasm and humour to every class he teaches.

Kathleen Fraese

Kathleen’s love affair with photography began during her studies abroad in Scotland. She was living in a coastal town with iconic scenery, and a bustling campus full of vibrant activities to capture. The photos she took there remain some of her fondest. It was a beautiful and relevant hobby while she achieved her Masters in Film Studies and Social Anthropology.

Following her degrees, she moved to Vancouver and started her career taking pictures for the film industry. Eventually, she came into weddings and worked her way up to become the Director of Photography for a local studio. She would capture 40 weddings a season while mentoring newcomers in event photography. Weddings challenge all genres of the art form, from fashion to portraits and architecture. In the end, it is an incredible arena to explore the power of storytelling.

As such, she helped CapU Continuing Studies design the Composition course with storytelling at the forefront. The course provides the foundations needed to elevate your thinking and artistic eye through the composition, and shows you how to master key techniques that will give you confidence in any pursuit of photography you wish to embark on.

Ken Coach

Ken Coach, a Strategic Communications instructor for Executive Education at Capilano University, is a highly regarded media trainer and public speaking coach. He has worked with politicians, CEOs, actors, lawyers, athletes, and managers at various levels to improve their public image. He has also edited speeches and given performance training for a wide range of public events. He is often called on to prepare CEOs for Annual General Meetings or controversial announcements and has spoken at conferences about the power of persuasion through storytelling.

After starting out as a weekly newspaper reporter, Coach eventually became the Senior Producer in charge of domestic news coverage for CTV National News. He was also an Executive Producer of CBC network and regional TV news programs in various parts of Canada. He has freelanced for a number of American magazines and for U.S. network television. Along the way, he was also a columnist, photographer, and TV anchorman. His unique background includes working in radio, newspapers, magazines, and television from Nunavut to New York City. He has also worked with many not-for-profit organizations and currently sits on the board of the Georgia Strait Alliance.

Coach has tackled challenges in both traditional and digital media, often in high profile crisis situations. He believes all communication starts with content and has helped a large number of clients focus their messaging and create an effective communications strategy.

Reputation management is a large part of Coach’s business and he has been instrumental in developing quick and effective crisis communication plans to preserve the reputations of national and international companies and individuals.

Lars Kaario

Lars is the 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 the 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.

Lisa Manfield

Lisa Manfield is a content strategist and digital marketer with 20 years of experience creating print and web content that engages a variety of target audiences, including search engines. Her areas of expertise include content strategy, multi-platform content development, and search engine optimization (SEO).

Currently the Marketing Manager at Mugo Web, Lisa has also been the founding editor of BCLiving, a contributing editor at Backbone Magazine, and Marketing Manager at TheTyee. She has developed conversion-oriented marketing copy, instructional materials, web copy, marketing collateral, and courseware for small businesses, tech companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions.

Her former clients include the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Central 1 Credit Union, and BCAA. In one particular role, she was responsible for training hundreds of contributing writers in SEO. Currently, she teaches at CapU Continuing Studies and SFU, and has delivered writing workshops to a variety of municipalities around the province.

Marvin 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 headquarters in Vancouver.

Marvin loves data and mainly focuses on business intelligence, data management, and data analysis using the 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 bicycle riding 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.

Melina Rousselle

Melina has 15 years of experience in the Accounting and Bookkeeping industry, helping small businesses set-up their company structures to maximize success.  With an Advanced Financial Management Diploma from BCIT, she started her career working in corporations, growing her skills in full-cycle accounting and corporate budgets.

Melina now runs her own business completing full-cycle bookkeeping for small businesses, setting-up their financial and accounting systems, and educating small business owners on modernizing financial and administrative structures in their companies to ensure they keep up-to-date with the modern business world.  

Mohammad Khalil

Mohammad Khalil is a manager for a group of financial analysts in the federal government. Before that, he worked as a financial manager for a holding company. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting, a master's degree in finance, and Ph.D. in Finance and Machine learning. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and has earned the QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor (Desktop and Online) certification from Intuit and the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation from the National Institute of Payroll (formerly the Canadian Payroll Association).

Mohammad has been teaching accounting and finance topics since 2007.

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 layout and storyboarding artist. He currently teaches Life Drawing, Anatomy, and Layout Design at the university.

Peter Goel

Peter is an educator by heart. His true passion is teaching and this includes post-secondary students, clients from his business, and many others.

He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) with 10 years of highly diversified industry experience which includes public and private companies from various sectors.

Peter brings his industry experience to the classroom and connects theory with real-world experience that creates value for his students, as well as their employers.

Roquela Fernandez

Roquela is a reader, writer, workshop facilitator, lifelong learner, mum, and caffeine enthusiast.

Her credentials include an Associate of Arts in Creative Writing from Capilano University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC.

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 has 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!

Sharka Stuyt

Sharka Stuyt is an Executive Coach, advisor, teacher and facilitator who works with high performing individuals who want to achieve more in their lives and careers, and want to attain a higher level of financial, business and personal success.

Listed below are some of her achievements:

  • Executive MBA
  • Certified Executive Coach
  • Licensed Corporate Coach Facilitator
  • Vancouver Counselling College Training
  • Selected one of the Top 40 business individuals in BC by Business in Vancouver Magazine, 1999
  • Selected one of the 20 Most Influential Women in BC, 2000
  • Frequent guest speaker in Canada, United States and Mexico
  • College professor with expertise in managing change
  • Helped grow Pivotal Corp, the 9th fastest growing tech company in North America, from 12 employees in 1995 to 800, and from $0 to $100 million in revenue in 5 years.
  • Helped take ATI Technologies from $159 million in revenue in 1992 to $232 million in 1994.
  • Certified in Media Neuroscience & Psychology

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 CapU Continuing Studies for almost ten years and currently offers her popular courses, From Photo Fine Art and Mixed Media Painting.

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, SFU, Langara College, and Paul Valery University in France. She is a 2009 creative writing graduate of SFU’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. 

Tammy Towill

Tammy Towill, MBA, FCPA, FCMA has been an instructor at the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than two decades. She is passionate about creating opportunities for the effective development of people by assisting individuals to achieve their business and learning objectives through the transition of sound business theories and practices into desired results. Her areas of specialty include financial & accounting management, business ethics, strategic management, and negotiations.

In addition to teaching for Capilano University’s School of Business as well as Executive Education, Tammy is a partner in the Cordura Group providing business and financial advisory services and related education and training programs to communities and organizations seeking growth or change.

For over 20 years, Tammy has worked with private and public sector companies throughout North America and Europe, providing education, training, and facilitating in the areas of leadership, strategy, business planning, and curriculum development and implementation.

She has also served on and worked with several boards in Canada and the US, including the Society of Certified Management Accountants of BC (Chair 2013/14) and the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association (President 2000/2001).

Tristan Jutras

Tristan’s mission is to help people make smart technology decisions. His experience ranges from TV and radio broadcasting to web design & development, and marketing & communications, with 20 years of online experience, working with both local startups and global brands.

Tristan teaches Digital Media at Capilano University, UBC, and BCIT. He is an active speaker and guest lecturer, and a regular guest on Global TV BC News.

He is currently the Director of Marketing at Limestone Learning, an interactive learning design company offering end-to-end services for the development of organizational training programs.

Kids & Youth Programs

Danika Dinsmore

Danika has been teaching world-building and creative writing for Serious Fun Summer Camps since 2004. She is an award-winning author, spoken word artist, and educator. Over the past 25 years, she has developed content for the page, stage, screen, and web. She currently works in literary and speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile & young adult literature.

Author of children’s fantasy adventure series Faerie Tales from The White Forest, Danika often takes her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tour on the road, performing and teaching world-building & creative writing at schools, conferences, and festivals across North America. She has delivered her quirky and innovative curriculum to thousands of young writers over the course of her career.

Eden Philp

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance, a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Eden has taught drama and on-camera acting to students aged three and up (including adults) for over fifteen years.

Some of Eden’s favorite acting credits include:

  • The Watermelon Girls (Amira Productions/Vancouver Fringe)
  • Muncha Buncha Munsch (Citadel Theatre)
  • The Tempest (Globe Theatre)
  • The Glass Menagerie (Poor Man’s Shakespeare Coop)
  • My Sister in this House (Naked Goddess Productions)
  • The Canterville Ghost (Raymond Burr Theatre)

Eden is a member of the Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP), and Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation.


Tallulah is an accomplished photojournalist who first garnered worldwide acclaim for her series on the mysterious world of the Japanese geisha. The resulting “Geisha Person of the Arts” series won a prestigious Humanity Photo Award and was exhibited in a solo show in Beijing, China.

Primarily she is a storyteller, comfortable documenting people working behind the scenes of a private club to photographing a Haitian voodoo possession ceremony on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.  Tallulah captures the spirit and humanity of her subjects through evocative visual storytelling. Her images have been showcased in numerous publications and documentaries. 

Zakary Molls

Zakary 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.


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