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.

Barry is a fine art landscape and commercial photographer based in Vancouver, BC. He is an addicted traveller and loves travelling to far-off places and capturing their essence. He has photographed international hotels and venues across Canada, as far east as St Johns, Nova Scotia and in every province between there and British Columbia, as well as hotels and lodges in Peru, Chile and South Africa. Some of his clients include Sandman Hotels, Moxies, Dennys, Sutton Place Hotels, Best Western and Hilton Hotels. He also photographed for Aston Martin International, Jeep Eyewear and the David Suzuki Foundation. He was the official photographer when Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, visited Vancouver. 

Barry is an entertaining and experienced photography teacher and public speaker. He has lectured on Photography and Photoshop at colleges in South Africa and Canada. He loves nothing more than being behind his camera or showing other photographers how to get the most out of their cameras. To see more of his work, visit his website www.barryjbrady.com.

Barry Magrill is an architectural historian focusing on the Victorian architecture and the emergence of the book as a form of idea transmission in the early modern era. A practicing artist engaged in painting and drawing, he studies historical techniques, conservation and forgery.

The two are combined in his interest of the architecture of television production sets and the mythology of the 1950s nuclear family.

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.

One of Canada’s leading tech voices, Graye Williams is a widely-read and watched Vancouver-based blogger and marketing professional. Graye spins fire with the Vancouver-based Ember Arts society, spins records at clubs and private shows around the lower mainland, and is a partner and chief meta officer with Blink, one of Canada's fastest growing and most innovative agencies. 

Graye teaches at Capilano University, and can be found as a frequent guest on CBC and Global news. Graye is a trusted voice for balanced, insightful tech commentary and social media expertise. 

Jason Wong is a Chartered Professional Accountant, MBA and Global Professional LL.M Candidate.

He is an industry practitioner with over 13 years of experience including experiences such as:

  • Vice President at Canada's largest Corporate & Investment Bank
  • Director of Finance & Operations in the public sector
  • A seasoned faculty at the undergraduate and MBA levels in the areas of:
    • Strategy, Accounting/Finance
    • Business Law
    • Operations
    • Business Communications
    • Organizational Leadership

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.

Juan is a Spanish Instructor and avid language learner. He has 19 years of teaching experience and speaks Spanish, English, Italian, and is now learning French. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Technology and Learning Design from Simon Fraser University as well as a Certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from Externado de Colombia University. In addition to teaching, Juan also loves voice acting and has been a professional voice actor for the past 18 years.

Colombian born, Juan moved to Canada in 2014 after spending some years living in Europe. As a proud South American, he’s passionate about football and sharing his knowledge about Latin culture. Juan also loves teaching others about the different ways Spanish is spoken across different countries in the world. In his free time, he loves to play the guitar and sing.

With extensive experience in Information Technology, education, and marketing, Julie knows what it takes to measure and monitor customer relationships. Julie holds a Masters in Business from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in computers and marketing, and has worked extensively both in private industry software marketing and in public post-secondary continuing education.

Karyn started her career as a systems analyst/programmer. She has moved throughout the IT world and worked in various related positions from help-desk analyst to financial systems administrator. She has traveled the country and transitioned into teaching IT-related topics.

Karyn holds a Masters of Education and is an Information Systems Professional with CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society), and also holds a Microsoft Office Specialist Master Certification.

Karyn likes spending time with her family and fur babies, loves the outdoors, and enjoys integrating technology into her life by teaching children robotics and teaching seniors about the uses of technology.

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 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 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.

Melissa is passionate about inclusion and accessibility. She was born with both mild cerebral palsy and epilepsy and has been working very hard to overcome her challenges and reach her goals.

She has a Master's Degree in Special Education from Vancouver Island University, a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with distinction from UVIC. She is currently working at the University of Victoria as a Learning Experience Designer for Accessibility, and she teaches online courses Capilano University Continuing Studies on the topics of inclusion, diversity, and accessibility.

Melissa also works as a disability consultant at the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, where she helps facilitate focus groups and create resources to educate others about inclusion. When Melissa is not working, she loves to spend time with family and friends. She is also very involved in karate, where she is working on getting her black belt. 

Michael has a long history in Leadership, having served in various high-level leadership positions in the Royal Canadian Air Force and in Information Operations positions in the US.

He is currently acting as Deputy Director of Professional Development and Mentorship in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Holding a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, Michael has extensive experience in developing collaborative teams, removing barriers and resolving complex issues in operations that cross governmental, legal, cultural, policy, and capability boundaries.

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.

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 a 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.

Scott Reynolds is an award-winning filmmaker and principal of Hole Hog Media. Hole Hog Media crafts factual stories for public-sector institutions, corporations and non-profit clients through video. Scott’s clients have trusted Hole Hog Media to craft compelling social media marketing, public awareness, fund raising and promotional campaigns. His passion projects have won accolades at the Canada International Film Festival, Indie-FEST,  and both the Toronto and Vancouver Webfests.  

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.

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.


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