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Each faculty member at University Canada West joined the university because of their passion for teaching and a desire to make a difference in our students’ lives. Our students remain at the forefront of everything we do, with their best interests at the heart of every decision we make.

By sharing their professional experiences and personal advice, faculty members show their dedication and commitment to higher learning and continuing education, benefitting students and the university as a whole.


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Dr. Abera B. Demeke, UCW Faculty

Dr. Abera B. Demeke

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Abera Demeke has more than 10 years of broad working experience in economic research, international development and teaching at the post-secondary level.

Dr. Demeke's academic background stretches back to his first degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Alemaya in Ethiopia, followed by a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Goettingen in Germany and a PhD degree (magna cum laude) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany.

Recently, he also received a Master's degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Demeke has been a research fellow at the University of Hohenheim and a research officer at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He actively participates in research and has published various articles in a range of areas, including food security, climate variability, risk management, technology adoption and the role of education in rural development in reputable scholarly journals.

He presented papers in different international conferences such as the International Panel Data Conference at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. He is the author of a book entitled: "Weather Risk, Social Capital and Household Wellbeing in an Agrarian Economy: Empirical Studies on Ethiopian Smallholders", published by Margraf Publishers in 2011.

Dr. Demeke teaches economics, research methods, quantitative methods and business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a full-time faculty at Douglas College, and he has taught a variety of courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Adler University and Acsenda School of Management.

Dr. Afzalur Rahman, UCW Faculty

Dr. Afzalur Rahman

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Afzalur Rahman has joined University Canada West as an adjunct faculty in Fall 2017. He is a full-time instructor at Douglas College. Previously, he has taught a wide variety of business administration courses at The University of British Columbia, Thompson Rivers University, Okanagan College and Shanghai Institute of Technology.

Dr. Rahman’s research has focused primarily on the areas of International Business, International Marketing, Human Resource Management, Business Strategy and Global Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Rahman completed his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree in 2011 from Argosy University-Tampa in Florida. He also completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from North South University and a BCom (Honors Business Administration) degree from University of Windsor.

Dr. Alexandra Pett, UCW Faculty

Dr. Alexandra Pett

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Long term faculty member and former Arts chair, Dr. Alexandra Pett has taught from coast to coast at Canadian universities and colleges including University Canada West.

Dr. Pett has published articles in scholarly journals on autobiography and life writing, American and Canadian fiction, and pedagogical research in composition. She has published a book called Transforming Selves Under the Gaze of Others: Evolving Traditions in Life Writing. Her current research interest is fiction that inscribes World War I experiences.

She has a BA from Dalhousie University and a PhD and MA from the University of Calgary. As a Fulbright scholar, she has also presented papers and given workshops on writing, communications, and US/Canada relations.

Ashli Komaryk, UCW Faculty

Ashli Komaryk

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Ashli Komaryk teaches Business Environment, Ethics and Strategy in the MBA program at University Canada West.

She has more than 15 years’ experience in senior management roles in the areas of organizational leadership, communications and marketing. She has worked in Canada, the United States, Barbados and Italy in the private sector, not-for-profit as well as government environments.

Ashli earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History (“Laurea” taken entirely in Italian) during her 14-year stay in Parma, Italy. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with specialization in Communications and Public Relations Management.

As the principal at Komaryk Consulting, Ashli provides training and communication consulting services to her clients and is deeply motivated to help create positive relationships in the workplace, lessen conflict and build stronger trust-based teams.

Brian Amouzegar, UCW Faculty

Brian Amouzegar

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Brian Amouzegar is the founder and president of Plantek Productivity Consulting Inc. As a knowledge enabling catalyst, Plantek helps organizations in building world-class capacities that improve operational efficiencies, enhance quality of products and services, and deploy best practices to attain strategic goals. Plantek clientele range from manufacturers to service-based organizations and blends of both.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial accounting, a master’s degree in industrial engineering and is currently pursuing his PhD studies in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with Engineering Management as his concentration. His research interest is in the use of creative intelligence for pursuing operational excellence. As such Brian is a true believer of the concept of continuous improvement particularly in learning organization.

Brian is a senior member of the American Society for Quality, an ASQ certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Six-sigma Black Belt (SSBB) as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP) in good standing. He is also a member of the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) and a certified Professional Engineering Manager (PEM). As a scholar-practitioner, with a lifelong passion for education, Brian teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in his area of expertise. He is an adjunct faculty with UBC, BCIT, Acsenda School of Management, Corpus Christi College, and University Canada West.

Brian’s international experience spans North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He cherishes cultural diversity and as community service, Brian spearheaded founding the Society of Internationally Trained Engineers of BC and led SITE BC for three years. When he is not working, Brian enjoys hiking, skiing, running, and playing tennis.

Dr. Bruce Hiebert, UCW Faculty

Dr. Bruce Hiebert

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Bruce Hiebert holds a Ph.D. in historical ethics from Simon Fraser University, one of the leading Canadian public universities and where he won the President’s research award. He is an award-winning instructor in business, philosophy and religion. Dr. Hiebert has published two books on the topic of workplace ethics.

He also has chapters and articles in print and contributes regularly to popular magazines and blogs. Another major research project explores the social dimensions of human wellness. In 2014, a set of three popular articles won a national journalism award. In addition, he has research projects underway on religious ethics in the context of emerging philosophies and social conditions. He regularly presents on these subjects to the American Academy of Religion and other learned societies.

Within Academia, Dr. Hiebert has held a range of roles including department head, program developer and Academic Dean. As an instructor, he has held positions at a wide range of institutions including Simon Fraser University, University of the Fraser Valley, University of Phoenix, University Canada West and Vancouver School of Theology.

Outside of academia, Dr. Hiebert consults with businesses and non-profit organizations on problems related to governance, operations and strategic planning. He has worked extensively with Canada’s First Nations and was the product development officer for a high-tech start-up. He is called upon for his creativity in approaching problems and the development of elegant and simple solutions.

Currently Dr. Hiebert is engaged in his own start-up enterprise to commercialize a management and team-assessment tool he has spent years developing. The assessment tool uses neuropsychological principles to assess individual and team performance to identify areas of potential conflict and thinking blind-spots.

Dr. Cam Scholey, UCW Faculty

Dr. Cam Scholey

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

A university instructor (both in-class and online), Dr. Cam Scholey has been a speaker, author and consultant for the past two decades, focusing mainly on the strategic concepts of balanced scorecard and strategy mapping. Specific areas of interest are accounting, finance and management controls. He is president of the boutique consultancy, Advanced Management Initiatives, Inc. (AMI).

Dr. Scholey is also an experienced writer and is the author of the book entitled A Practical Guide to the Balanced Scorecard (CCH Canadian). He is also the author of several articles, including “Strategy maps: a step-by-step guide to measuring, managing and communicating the plan” (Journal of Business Strategy, May/June 2005). He has written the management accounting guidelines called Using Strategy Maps to Drive Performance (2007) and Using Strategy Maps to Drive Performance in the Not-For-Profit Sector (2008). He has recently co-authored a new management accounting guideline called Performance Management for the Not-For-Profit Sector (2013).

Dr. Scholey holds a PhD from Rushmore University and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition, he has a CPA and FCPA.

Carla Furlong, UCW Faculty

Carla Furlong

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Carla Furlong, BA in Arts & Sciences (Toronto) and MBA, Marketing and Finance (Calgary), has an extensive track record in teaching, including York University in Toronto, and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, plus senior management level experience in a wide range of business disciplines, including financial services, resources and biomedical.

Carla’s areas of expertise are Marketing and Communications, particularly from a strategic and digital perspective. Her highly interactive classes stress both the conceptual and the practical, and incorporate exercises to enhance those skills sought most often by today’s employers – critical thinking and communications. Her course material also highlights the newest trends in business such as the ability to manage and communicate data as in data storytelling.

She has published two books – Marketing Money on the marketing of financial services and Marketing for Keeps on customer retention – as well as more than 40 articles in UK, US and Canadian periodicals such as Canadian Business and the International Journal of Bank Marketing. Carla is also a strong oral communicator with presentations across North and South America, including several on a Caribbean cruise ship.

Dr. Carol-Anne Faint, UCW Faculty

Dr. Carol-Anne Faint

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Carol-Anne Faint currently teaches MBA students at University Canada West and the University of Fredericton. In addition, she teaches doctoral students in the DBA program at Walden University and sits as URR (University Research Reviewer). She is passionate about student success and works rigorously to support students in their pursuit of excellence.

As well as her academic achievements, Dr Faint has nearly 30 years of experience in management and leadership, program development, and orientation within the non-profit sector. She also has a strong interest in law enforcement, having worked with at risk populations for decades.

Dr. Faint has received a PhD in business administration specializing in criminal justice at NCU, an MSc in the administration of justice and security at UOPx, and a BA majoring in criminology and sociology at SFU. In addition, she is a certified mediator in organizational conflict and communication.

Carol Koop, UCW Faculty

Carol Koop

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Carol Koop’s educational philosophy centers on engaging students in active learning and encouraging students to find their individual voices. Her goal is to develop each student’s critical thinking abilities, and to hone skills that will allow for individual student success. Carol’s research interests lie in the elucidation of social and cultural history from personal narratives.

Carol earned her BA (summa cum laude) and MA in English and History from Texas Tech University. She later obtained a Professional Teacher’s Certification at Wayne State University, and helped to develop innovative educational programs for inner city Detroit students as well as for adult and English as a Second Language learners. Carol has also worked as a writing coach, an editor, and an English instructor.

Dr. Charles Carroll, UCW Faculty

Dr. Charles Carroll

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Charles Carroll teaches philosophy, history, writing, and literature at University Canada West. He has a B.A. in philosophy from Vassar College, an MFA in poetry from Emerson College, an MBA in marketing from Boston University and a Ph.D. in English/Comparative Literature from the CUNY Graduate Centre.

He has published poetry and literary criticism in American and Canadian journals, critical work on Jane Austen, and given conference presentations on his dissertation topic—the role of apologies and other forms of persuasive rhetoric in literature.

His research interests are in how literary works represent and evaluate the figure of the entrepreneur and the businessperson. He is interested in working with and learning from faculty at the intersection of business and the humanities.

Christina Shorthouse, UCW Faculty

Christina Shorthouse

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Christina Shorthouse specializes in developing strategic communications solutions for clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Drawing on her extensive experience in public relations, communications, advertising and marketing, she finds creative approaches to both challenges and opportunities.

Christina has worked with clients in a variety of fields, from health care, the environment and education, to retail and hospitality. She helps them identify their audiences, determine the best way to reach those audiences and develop effective messages.

After completing her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature at Queen’s University, Christina moved to Vancouver, where she has worked in the field for more than 20 years. As an account manager at small, well-established advertising and public relations firms, she worked closely with senior executives to accomplish organizational goals.

A skilled writer and production co-ordinator, Christina has helped organizations to define themselves through press releases, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, communications plans, websites and fundraising case statements. Before becoming an independent contractor and university instructor, Christina was a communications specialist at the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC and manager of communications for the BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation.

Diljot Kaur Soin, UCW Faculty

Diljot Kaur Soin

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Diljot Kaur Soin holds a PhD (Organizational Psychology), MA (Psychology) and an MBA (Human Resource Management) from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. She is a certified Mental Health Trainer.

She has advanced diplomas in French and Spanish Languages. Dr. Diljot has more than 11 years of experience in research, teaching and training wherein she undertook graduate and post-graduate programs at college and university level. She also has worked in the Training and Development of Administrative Human Resources at a premier Administrative Training Institute of North India.

She is presently sessional faculty with School of Business and Department of Psychology at University of Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada.

She is also working with South-Asian Studies Institute of University of Fraser Valley as Associate Research Fellow. Dr. Diljot is also part of the Alzheimer Society Research Program Team of Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has given consultancy services to few corporates and counseling in varied schools and colleges and presently serving a non-profit organization viz. Moving Forward Family Services Society in Surrey, Canada as volunteer counsellor.

Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of organizational behavior, human resource management, training and development psychology, and mental health.

Dr. Diljot’s teaching philosophy focuses on self-directed experiential learning by developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills amongst the students which leads to practice-based learning

Elsie Chan, UCW Faculty

Elsie Chan

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Elsie Chan has been teaching at University Canada West since July 2007. She has taught numerous online and on-campus courses on topics including economics, research methods, foundation mathematics, and statistics. Elsie has also worked as a mentor to over twenty students for their BCom graduate essays.

Elsie has been recognized and awarded locally and nationally for her teaching ability.  In 2000, she won the University of Victoria’s highest honour for teaching – the Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  In 2001 and 2002, she was named one of the most popular professors in Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities & Colleges.  She was also featured in the article “Inspiring Educators”, which was published in Focus on Women (now Focus) in September, 2000. 

In addition to her regular teaching duties, she has dedicated time to exploring the learning and teaching process, has published several articles, and has conducted numerous presentations at teaching and learning conferences, such as the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Teaching conferences and Learning in Higher Education conference at the National University of Singapore. Elsie also taught a research methods course in Uganda for three consecutive summers, from 2005 to 2007.

She has extensive experience in project management, designing surveys and focus groups, collecting and analyzing data, and also presenting findings in both comprehensive written reports and public presentations. Elsie has conducted the first ever comprehensive survey of cruise ship passengers visiting Victoria. The results were presented to over 150 local businesses at a luncheon information session in the downtown Victoria business community which attracted extensive media coverage. 

Elsie’s areas of expertise include international business and economics, financial economics, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. She holds an M.A. in Applied Economics from the University of Victoria.

Dr. Erik Korolenko, UCW Faculty

Dr. Erik Korolenko

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Erik Korolenko teaches Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at University Canada West, as well as at BCIT, Vancouver Community College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He has also taught mathematics and physics at the University of New Brunswick and University of Fraser Valley.

Dr. Korolenko has conducted research in chemistry and physics at several universities, including the Institute of Chemical Combustion (Russia), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Queens University, The University of Ottawa, University of Tokyo, University of New Brunswick and BC Hydro Powertech Labs.

Dr. Korolenko has a PhD in chemistry (Russian Academy of Sciences), a BSc in Physical Chemistry (Novosibirsk State University) and is a specialist in mathematical modeling of stochastic processes.

Dr. Ghassem Zarbi, UCW Faculty

Dr. Ghassem Zarbi

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Ghassem Zarbi teaches courses in business, managerial economics, quantitative decisions, and mathematics. He believes that education can provide equal opportunities for students to achieve their dreams, and is glad to be able to make differences in the lives of individuals.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Zarbi has held a range of positions from research to executive manager and has published more than 20 articles in journals. Dr Zarbi has lived in many different countries and cultures, and is fluent in Japanese.

Dr. Zarbi holds several degrees from UK universities, including a BSc with recommendation from Westminster University (UK), an MSc from City University. and M.Phil from Brunel West London University, as well as a PhD from Sophia University in Japan.

Glenn Smith, UCW Faculty

Glenn Smith

Teaching MBA

Glenn Smith teaches at MBA at University Canada West, as well as lectures on Consumer Behavior at McMaster University. He is a consumer marketing specialist with 30+ years of strategic marketing and implementation experience across a wide range of environments.

Glenn has served as Vice-President of Marketing in Canada for both a leading wine and spirits firm and a major sports and entertainment operation. He has also worked as a Marketing Director and Marketing Manager in the grocery products, confectionery and beauty care sectors. He has been responsible for national product launches, advertising, public relations, consumer promotion and event marketing programs.

Glenn is president of Zeitgeist Marketing Ltd., a marketing consulting company that works with established consumer goods firms to develop and implement plans for start-up companies in the entertainment and online sectors.

Glenn gained his MBA (Marketing) & BA (Social Psychology) from McGill University.

Dr. Isobel Pearsall, UCW Faculty

Dr. Isobel Pearsall

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Isobel Pearsall has taught ecology, biology and ecosystems and sustainability for University Canada West since it first opened its doors in 2005. She also works as project co-ordinator for the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and is on various contracts with the federal and provincial government.

Dr. Pearsall has a First Class degree in pure and applied biology from Oxford University, an MSc in ecology from Dalhousie, and a PhD in plant science from University of British Columbia.

Dr. Jacqueline McAdam, UCW Faculty

Dr. Jacqueline McAdam

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Jacqueline McAdam teaches at University Canada West and the University of Victoria. She has tremendous experience in the human service field for the last twenty five years as a counsellor, teacher, researcher, trainer, facilitator, and evaluator. She has worked with children and adults with a range of diverse needs in Canada and Africa and owns her own consultancy company.

She has a BA and an MA in child and youth care, an MA in human and organizational systems from University of Victoria, and a PhD in human development from Fielding Graudate University. She also holds a certificate in organizational development and evaluation.

Dr. James Bowen, UCW Faculty

Dr. James Bowen

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. James Bowen is associated with 10 universities, including three in Europe where he teaches MBAs over 12 subject areas including: technology, leadership, marketing, supply chain management, project management, entrepreneurship and strategy.  In the last decade, he has taught 200 courses to over 8,000 students.

Dr. Bowen also has over 20 years of management experience in a wide variety of areas of an organization. These include operations, business development, product development, project delivery and strategy. His technology experience includes software development and consulting with a broad range of technologies. His customer experience includes government, military, industry, non-profit and educational institutions throughout North America and across several international locations.

Aside from this, Dr. Bowen has given presentations and seminars on technology and business insights to large audiences. He has also written two books discussing the creation and growth of high-tech product companies. His third book, The Entrepreneurial Effect, was published recently and draws upon his wide network of entrepreneurs in a collaborative approach, with a focus on lessons learned from entrepreneurs and investors. Dr. Bowen is also the originator of the Entrepreneurial Effect Award for entrepreneurs.

Dr. Bowen is also the inventor of an underwater localization system using passive sonar, a task management system, and an archaeological object localization system that uses ultrasonic and infrared. He is currently working on his fourth and fifth start-up projects.

Dr. James Tong, UCW Faculty

Dr. James Tong

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. James Tong has extensive teaching experience in business courses (financial and management accounting, micro- and macroeconomics, financial management, international trade, marketing, business and hospitality management) for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Canada and Hong Kong.

Dr. Tong holds many senior managerial positions in the private and public sectors and educational institutions. He brings a wealth of practical experience to help students master modern business skills and put them into practice.

In addition to two doctorate degrees (Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Nottingham, England and Doctor of Business Administration from Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Dr. James Tong also holds the designations of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) of British Columbia, Canada; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (United Kingdom); Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA); Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and a professional member of the Canadian Institute of Marketing (MCInstM). He also has earned several professional designations in business and management from leading chartered institutes in the United Kingdom.

Jennifer Spiegel, UCW Faculty

Jennifer Spiegel

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Jennifer Spiegel has enjoyed teaching English for Academic Purposes and English Literature in various contexts for more than 20 years. In addition to Canada, she has also taught abroad in colleges and universities in Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico. Since 2016, she has been teaching in UCW’s University Access Program, as well as English Literature and academic writing courses.

Jennifer has developed professionally by successfully completing three post-graduate qualifications; TESL, PGDE and MA. To further update her knowledge of e-learning, integrated skills, task-based approaches and curriculum development, she has participated and presented at various TESOL seminars and conferences. In 2015, she began studying a Doctorate of Applied Language Sciences.

Jennifer is a service-oriented, culturally-sensitive and committed educator, who is always supporting her students in achieving their goals.

Dr. Larry Earnhart, UCW Faculty

Dr. Larry Earnhart

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Larry Earnhart teaches business courses as an adjunct Professor with University Canada West and is author of The Profit Machine. Currently, he consults with entrepreneurs and small business owners to improve their businesses.

He has worked in the US chemical processing industry, progressing from laboratory manager to operations manager for teams of up to 75 people. Larry also holds two patents for chemical process design, is a certified ISO 9000 Lead Auditor, and a Six-Sigma Green Belt.

Dr. Earnhart has a PhD in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.

Dr. Marc Edge, UCW Faculty

Dr. Marc Edge

Teaching Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Faculty member Dr. Marc Edge joined UCW in September 2015 and teaches students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Communication degree program. Marc is a sailor, a scholar, a journalist, an author of four books, and has taught at universities in four countries.

From 1974 to 1993, Marc was a newspaper reporter and editor for the Vancouver Province and the Calgary Herald. After taking early retirement at age 38, Marc fulfilled a long-time dream by sailing to the South Pacific aboard his 40-foot ketch, Markenurh. He then studied for his doctorate and taught at Ohio University.

From 2001-04, Marc was an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University from 2007-2011.


Maryam Mobini, UCW Faculty

Maryam Mobini

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Maryam Mobini is a behavioural designer and interactive technologist focused on developing persuasive technologies to help users reach the state of flow by curating experiences that are specifically aimed at forging new habits.

She is a co-founder of two startups called Intentions Lab and to:Resonate. The latter, founded in 2017, is a health technology company with a focus on creating immersive sensory experiences for managing chronic pain and anxiety reduction.

The work stems from four years of interdisciplinary research conducted by founders Maryam Mobini and Mark Nazemi. They have used their deep understanding of sound, interactive technologies and behavioural design, to develop an effortless method of utilizing a therapeutic listening process to reduce anxiety in chronic pain patients within 5 minutes.

To:Resonate has received the Quality Service Award by the Kaiser Permanente Journal and the R.Murray Schafer scholarship for research in Soundscapes.

Dr. Mehdi Akhgari, UCW Faculty

Dr. Mehdi Akhgari

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Mehdi Akhgari graduated with a PhD in Marketing from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba (2011-2016). Before joining University Canada West in 2017, he was a faculty member within the Department of Business and Administration at the University of Winnipeg (2015-2017).

Dr. Akhgari’s main research stream focuses on relationship marketing and consumer loyalty, but his further projects address issues regarding consumer well-being and attitudes, trust, commitment, healthcare management, foreign market expansion commitment and hedonic legitimacy of new ventures.

He has published in Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, International Journal of Bank Marketing, and Journal of Generic Medicines: The Business Journal for the Generic Medicines Sector, and he has presented his research at major conferences, such as ACR and ASAC.

Dr. Akhgari has years of experience teaching courses such as Advertising, Introduction to Business, Advanced Topics in Marketing and Fundamentals of Marketing. In addition, Dr. Akhgari holds a Master’s degree in Textile Management (2007) and a BSc in Textile Engineering (2004) and he has many years of professional and managerial experience in the information technology industry and, currently, the Canadian food industry. Before joining Asper, Dr. Akhgari was the managing director of Silicon Systems of Golestan Company, in addition to several years of service as a board member and marketing analyst with Silicon Technology Systems Company.

Dr. Michele Vincenti, UCW Faculty

Dr. Michele Vincenti

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Michele Vincenti teaches courses in corporate finance, strategy, and management consulting in University Canada West's BCom & MBA programs. 

With over 30 years of experience in the financial sector, both as a consultant and as an executive in financial institutions, Dr. Vincenti holds positions at several different universities teaching in business and management programs. As the president of Alvana Business Consulting Inc., he also offers consulting expertise to his clients in the area of wealth management, leadership and business start-ups.

Dr. Vincenti holds a PhD, MBA, MA (HOS), CIM, FCSI, STI, CIM, F.CIM, CMgr (UK), and an F.CMI (UK). He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Management (C.I.M.) and the Chartered Institute of Management London (UK)(CMgr and F.CMI).

Dr. Miguel Nonaka, UCW Faculty

Dr. Miguel Nonaka

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Miguel Nonaka teaches Management and Marketing at University Canada West and Algoma University. He has more than 15 years of experience on various senior technical, marketing, and management positions in multinational firms in the Chemical and Commercial sector.

His main research interests includes the relationships between headquarters-subsidiary firms, strategy formation, cross-cultural management, change management and comparative management.

Dr. Nonaka earned his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the National Engineering University in Peru. He gained his MBA in International Marketing and his PhD in Management from the Université du Quèbec à Montréal.

Dr. Milan Frankl, UCW Faculty

Dr. Milan Frankl

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Milan Frankl is a professor of business with the School of Business at University Canada West. Before joining UCW, he developed and delivered courses in computer science, information technology management, statistics, and business at several universities. He is currently a principal with MFA Inc., a management consulting firm in Victoria, Canada.

He previously worked for IBM, the Desjardins Cooperative Movement, and CGI (a management consulting firm) in various executive positions. After retiring as a partner from CGI, he became senior executive of a number of high-tech Canadian firms.

Dr. Frankl has an MBA in information technology management and a PhD in business decision-making, and has published extensively on computer science, business, and logic.

Dr. Min Kay, UCW Faculty

Dr. Min Kay

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Min Kay teaches both MBA and undergraduate courses in management.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Env. Chemical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada and has worked for multinational firms such as Kraft Heinz and Ford as an engineer. He also holds a Masters of Applied Science in Organizational Behavior from the same university.

He received his Ph.D in Management from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA and holds membership in Academy of Management and Society for Judgment and Decision Making. 

Dr. Ming Wang, UCW Faculty

Dr. Ming Wang

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Ming Wang is a lecturer at University Canada West. Dr Wang started his career with Dowty Group Plc (UK), first as a student apprentice, then as a production engineer and a manufacturing systems analyst.
He has also been a lecturer in Operations Management at Keele University (UK); and a Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Standards and Industrial Research (SISIR).

He was a co-founder, Director and Managing Consultant of CIMTEK Pte Ltd, a Singapore-incorporated IT solution provider. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Wang is the author of more than 30 technical publications on international journals and conferences. His research interests are in areas of international management and decision support systems.

Dr. Wang received his B.Sc. (1st Class Hons) in Production Technology and Management and Ph.D. in Information Technology from Brunel University in the United Kingdom. He also received an MA in China Studies from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Dr. Monica Lapkoff, UCW Faculty

Dr. Monica Lapkoff

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Monica Lapkoff's main area of interest resides in teaching through the written word and online learning. She has been creating courses since 2011. Dr. Lapkoff has over two decades of management experience through overseeing departments in the financial services sector, including Transamerica Life Insurance, AGF Canada Insurance, Bank of Nova Scotia and Merrill Lynch. Previously, she also held journalism positions at the Toronto Star and Montreal Star.

Dr. Lapkoff holds a PhD in business from Walden University. She is a certified teacher and holds a B.Ed., an MBA, a diploma in computer graphics, and a certificate in news and feature writing.

Dr. Nam Phuong Le, UCW Faculty

Dr. Nam Phuong Le

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Nam Phuong Le is an expert in business administration and technology management. He is currently teaching both undergraduate and graduate programs at various Canadian and American post-secondary institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Business Administration from Vancouver Island University, a Master of Science in International Business from University of Hertfordshire (UK), and a Doctor of Business Administration from Walden University (USA). Furthermore, he holds many professional certificates in Information Technology.

Besides teaching, Dr. Le is an experienced financial controller, project manager, business and technology consultant. He is also the head of the business department at a local college. In his position, he helps redesigning the business programs and courses. Additionally, he consults several colleges on strategic planning, staff training, implementing educational technology and online/blended learning.

His research interests include Globalization and Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tech-startups, Small Business Management, International Business, Business Strategies, and Educational Technology. When he is free, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, following politics and international relations. He always strives to make positive social changes.

Dr. Patty Zakaria, UCW Faculty

Dr. Patty Zakaria

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Patty Zakaria joined University Canada West in 2011, where she teaches courses in political science and research methods.

She was previously an instructor at Wayne State University (2008-2011) as well as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Libertas International University (Formerly Dubrovnik International University) (2012-2013). Dr. Zakaria is also a faculty member at Toronto School of Business, where she teaches research methods and business ethics, and Yorkville University, where she teaches courses in general studies.

As a researcher, she has participated in several international and regional conferences in political science and interdisciplinary studies.

In 2018, Dr. Zakaria presented her research in Paris, France at the organization of economic cooperation and development. She has published in various peer-reviewed journals such as the International Political Science Review and Public Integrity, as well as policy briefs and white paper for various outlets. Recently, Dr. Zakaria published the chapter of a book on corruption and religion. Her research focuses on corruption and anti-corruption reform where she has explored the impact of corruption on society, governance and economy.

Dr. Zakaria obtained her Ph.D. in political science from Wayne State University in 2015 and an MA in industrial relations. She also has an Honors BA in international relations from the University of Windsor in 2002. Recently, Dr. Zakaria completed a graduate certificate in program evaluation from Wilfred Laurie University in 2018. She has consulted on various projects and research programs dealing with corruption, education and trade to just name a few.

Dr. Paul Rome, UCW Faculty

Dr. Paul Rome

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Paul Rome has been a professor and administrator at universities across Canada and the United States for over 20 years. He is a Certified Management Accountant, a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, a Certified Human Resource Professional, and a senior member of the American Society for Quality.

Previously a Vice President of Administration and Operations in manufacturing environments, Dr. Rome holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from University of Sarasota, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University and a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from Brock University.

Dr. Priscilla Wamucii, UCW Faculty

Dr. Priscilla Wamucii

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Priscilla Wamucii is a communication specialist and educator. She previously worked as a researcher with the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa and as a research ethics compliance officer at Mount Royal University in Calgary, and has published work on youth development and collective action.

Her areas of research interests include civil society organizing strategies and social enterprises. Dr. Wamucii has a PhD in communication studies from Ohio University.

Dr. Raghabendra Hajra, UCW Faculty

Dr. Raghabendra Hajra

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Raghabendra Hajra joined University Canada West in August 2011 and has taught a variety of courses at MBA and undergraduate level. Dr. Hajra was previously a professor at one of the leading universities in India where he taught at Ph.D, MBA and BBA level.

Before joining academics, Dr. Hajra worked in many industries including oil and gas, chemicals, engineering, steel and mining. He has multi-disciplinary experience in strategy, international business, entrepreneurship, projects, research and development, operations, retail and consumer marketing. He has also made contributions to many seminars, both national and international.

Dr. Hajra received his Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and his Master of Technology and Bachelor of Science (Engineering) from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India.

Robert Basil, UCW Faculty

Robert Basil

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Robert Basil teaches research, media and writing to both MBA and undergraduate business and communications students at University Canada West. Robert as previously taught Shakespeare, the American Novel, and Modern Poetry. He also developed two popular new courses: ‘American Road Writing’ and ‘Writing and the Bill of Rights’.

From 1997 to 2008, Basil was the President and Founder of Basil Communications Inc., providing marketing, writing, research, strategic planning, compliance, and multimedia services for public and private companies and individual clients across Canada and the United States. He has also worked for Prometheus Books Inc. and Free Inquiry Magazine.

Robert has also conceived, edited and contributed to two publications: Not Necessarily the New Age: Critical Essays and On The Baricades. The former was termed a ‘breakthrough book’ by The Nation Magazine.

As well as this, Robert has co-organized and made presentations at numerous conferences for the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (Holland), and the Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism. Robert received his BA in English from State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MA in English from Stanford University.

Roger Charles, UCW Faculty

Roger Charles

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Roger Charles has been teaching at University Canada West for six years. His areas of specialization are tourism and hospitality, global business issues and cultural and political systems. In addition to teaching at University Canada West and mentoring at the University of Victoria Business School, he is president of EBI Educational Group which designs and develops customized training programs for international clients.

Roger spent 30 years in international business activities, rising to CEO at two international organizations, the International Student Travel Confederation (now WYSETC) and the International Youth Hostel Federation. Both organizations operate in more than 80 countries and serve millions of customers each year.

After nearly 20 years in Europe running these organizations, Roger and his wife moved to Victoria BC. Roger has an MA from University of Ottawa and his MIBA from Alliant International University in London, UK.

Rui Silva, UCW Faculty

Rui Silva

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Rui Silva teaches entrepreneurship in the MBA and BCOM programs at University Canada West. He is a passionate educator and has years of experience working and teaching in both Asia and North America. As an MBA graduate in entrepreneurship, marketing, and strategy, he is also involved with consulting and education startups in Vancouver.

Rui holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Service Opare, UCW Faculty

Dr. Service Opare

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Service Opare taught various undergraduate courses at the University of Calgary and currently teaches Physical Geography at University Canada West. His interests lie in the exploration of bio-gas production and other climate-change mitigation options.

Dr. Opare worked with Ghana's Department of Community Development and rose to the position of Assistant Director before joining The Hunger Project- Ghana; the Ghana branch of a US-based NGO, as its program coordinator. During this period, he spearheaded implementation of environment-related projects funded by UNDP, UNICEF, DANIDA and other reputable international agencies.

Dr. Opare completed his PhD in Geography (Environment and Development specialization) at The University of Calgary. Prior to his doctoral study, he pursued various courses at The University of Ghana, The University of Oslo and Erasmus University's International Institute of Social Studies at The Hague.

Dr. Shawn Ireland, UCW Faculty

Dr. Shawn Ireland

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Shawn Ireland is a practicing clinical psychologist who has been working in the field for nearly thirty years, applying behavioral sciences to his work with organizations. Outside of academia, he has been managing director of HRCgroup, an international consulting practice based in London (UK), Singapore and Orlando, Florida for the past thirty years.

Dr. Ireland has a master's degree in clinical and group psychology from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, and a masters degree in organization behavior and doctor of education from Columbia University in New York.

Tarek Elneweihi, UCW Faculty

Tarek Elneweihi

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Tarek Elneweihi is a practicing lawyer and associate at Altman and Company, a Business and Entertainment Law firm located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tarek’s law practice focuses on Corporate/Commercial matters, Intellectual Property (especially Copyright and Trademarks), Digital Rights, New Media, Internet, Film & Television and Music Law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tarek worked as a professional musician, producer and recording engineer for more than 15 years, and continues to work in these areas in his spare time.

Thomas Leung, UCW Faculty

Thomas Leung

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Thomas Leung teaches various accounting and finance courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels for a number of post-secondary institutions in the Greater Vancouver area, including University Canada West.

Thomas spent most of his early career working as an auditor. He was trained up as a professional accountant by PricewaterhouseCoopers in the 1980s, before setting up his own accounting firm and providing professional auditing, accounting and corporate tax services for some years. He has held various senior accounting positions and has supervised teams of accounting staff in several major publicly listed companies for over a decade.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and became a Certified Public Accountant in Hong Kong. He then earned his master’s degree in business administration and became a chartered accountant in England and Wales. He is also a Certified General Accountant in British Columbia, Canada.

Tom Chan, UCW Faculty

Tom Chan

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Tom Chan has been a college professor for the last seven years. Prior to teaching, he held senior corporate Human Resource Management (HRM) positions with several international financial institutions for more than 20 years.  As a HRM professional, he has experience in a wide spectrum of HR functional areas, and held a number of in-country HR leadership and Asia Pacific regional coordination roles. His accomplishments include designing and implementing standardized job grading and performance management system across 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

His roles required him to work in collaboration with HR colleagues across four continents. He recruited senior management positions and facilitated expatriation and cross-border transfers globally. He had successfully managed challenging industrial relations issues and coordinated cross-border change management initiatives.  

Tom received a Bachelor Degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master Degree from the University of South Australia. As well, he is a Chartered Professional in Human Resource Management (CPHR) and board member of a charity in Surrey, BC.

Tongpil Min, UCW Faculty

Tongpil Min

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Tong had his Ph.D. from Washington State University (Pullman WA, USA) and did his post-doctoral training at Weil Medical School of Cornell University (New York, NY USA). Then, he worked as a lead scientist at Columbia University (New York, NY USA). As he immigrated to Canada, he worked as a scientist at National Research Council (Montreal, QC) and also started hemophilia drug development research project as an adjunct professor at Concordia University (Montreal, QC).

After he moved to Vancouver, BC, he started developing novel education methodology - currently being referred as Learn How to Learn. The specific methods are to guide individuals 16 years of age and older to develop critical thinking (also referred to as wisdom).

As he teaches science subjects at University Canada West, he guides students to develop critical thinking skills using scientific knowledge by combining his experiences in science field and his newly developed education methodology (Learn How to Learn). In his class, students are having hands-on training in developing their critical thinking and this is unique educational approaches that have not been seen from any other educational systems including universities so far.

You can find ‘Learn how to learn’ summarized version of his education from the following YouTube link here.

Yuri Taira, UCW Faculty

Yuri Taira

Teaching Bachelor of Commerce

Yuri Taira teaches in the Bcom program at University Canada West. She has years of work experience with Fortune 500 companies including Mazda Motor Corporation and AOL Japan. As a business consultant, Yuri had coached TPS (Toyota Production System), TPS (Toyota Problem Solving), 5S and Lean Methodology to executives in Fortune 500 companies in Canada and Japan.

Yuri is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), as well as a Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) of British Columbia. As Managing Director of an immigration and career consulting firm in Vancouver, she has helped hundreds of people start new lives in Canada.

Yuri earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Konan University in Japan.

Dr. Abeba Nigussie Turi, UCW Faculty

Dr. Abeba Nigussie Turi

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Abeba Nigussie Turi is a scholar with expertise in the Digital Economy. She obtained her PhD (with an international mention) specializing in the areas of the Digital Economy at the Rovira i Virgili University in Spain. She has a Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance from Charles University in Prague and a BA Degree in Economics from Hawassa University, Ethiopia.  

Dr. Turi has served in various teaching positions at the Charles University in Prague and Ambo University, Ethiopia. She has taken part in three international projects. She has worked as an assistant researcher in a co-utility project, with a theme of "Conciliating Individual Freedom and the Common Good in the Information Society" in Spain, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. She has also participated in the preliminary project draft of two CTI projects at the HES-SO Valais, Institute of Entrepreneurship & Management in Switzerland.

The CTI projects she has taken part are PACIOLI-building trust company of the future and HEALTH LOTTERY. These are applied researches in collaboration with a Swiss Company WinBiz and the later with the HealthBank.

Both projects mainly focused on disintermediating the traditional form of business through new technological solutions. 

Currently, Dr. Turi is a collaborating researcher at the Blockchain@UBC, Canada, a research cluster working on the applications of the digital ledger technology.   

Her research works have been presented in a number of international indexed conferences in Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK and China. Dr. Turi is a co-author of the book Co-utility: Theory and Applications, published by the Springer in 2017. 

She is actively involved in the disruptive tech space. She has attended a certified summer institute program on the Blockchain technology hosted by the University of British Columbia, Canada. 

Dr. Turi identifies herself as a "Disruptive Tech and Decentralization" Enthusiast. Her research interest areas include Digital/Collaborative Economy, Tech Policy Analysis, Empirical Data Analysis, Mechanism Design and Game-Theoretic Analysis, Economics of Blockchain and its Applications, Experimental Economics, and  Business Model Innovation and Design.

Beyond her career in the field of the academia, she has also served as an admin support at the Immigrant Services Society of BC in Canada. 

Dr. Nisa Chand, UCW Faculty

Dr. Nisa Chand

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Nisa Chand teaches Organizational Behaviour at University Canada West.

She brings more than 10 years of experience in Business and Education. Dr. Chand, has an extensive educational background in the field of Business Studies. She received her PhD degree (Human Resources Management) and postgraduate diploma in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University, UK. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Management from Bristol University, UK. Additionally, Dr. Chand holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors in Commerce degree from Shah Latif University Pakistan.

Dr. Chand lived in UK for 6 years, first as Postgraduate student and then as a PhD researcher. She was a University Ambassador at Cardiff University for 3 years where she was responsible for handling settlement issues faced by International students.

Being an international student herself, she had first-hand exposure to the problems commonly faced by international students and their specific classroom needs. As a result, Dr. Chand’s teaching methodology addresses these important issues.

Apart from regular teaching at Cardiff University, she also delivered guest lectures to postgraduate students on the topic of Management Consultancy. Dr. Chand has also taught as a full-time lecturer at Shah Latif University and taught a wide range of Business Studies subjects. At present, Dr. Chand also teaches at the University Of British Columbia (UBC) and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Beside her teaching career, Nisa has also worked on several managerial and administrative posts within and outside of academia. Her industry experience has equipped her to understand the practical implications of HRM practices in both Pakistan and Canada.

Dr. Chand, has also undertaken consultancy assignments in UK, where she helped in developing long-term strategic management plan for small companies including Yeo Valley.

Dr. Chand is keenly interested in research and has presented her research work at various platforms including Cardiff Organisational Researcher’s Group Conferences held in various cities. She also participated in and presented a working paper on her research at ‘Translations: Exchange of ideas’ 2013: themed interdisciplinary conference. At present Nisa is working on her Journal publication ‘Organizations and their choice of technology: Issues concerning rigour and ontology’.

Dr. Diep Nguyen, UCW Faculty

Dr. Diep Nguyen

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Diep Nguyen is an expert in Finance, Risk Management, and Accounting. At University Canada West, she teaches Quantitative Skills for Business. Dr. Nguyen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tulsa (Oklahoma, USA), and a Master of Science in Finance from Clark University (Massachusetts, USA). She received her Ph.D. in Finance from Western University (London, Ontario, Canada).

Her research includes empirical asset pricing and international finance. Her industry experience includes conducting accounting and financial analysis in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments.

Dr. Summer Pervez, UCW Faculty

Dr. Summer Pervez

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Summer Pervez obtained her BA and MA from the University of Western Ontario and her PhD from the University of Ottawa.

She has been teaching in universities in Canada and Pakistan since 2002 as specialist in World Literature and Film, with an emphasis on the South Asian British and Canadian diasporas, and has published a range of articles on world literature, film, and music.

After studying filmmaking at the Vancouver Film School in Canada in 2013, Dr. Pervez made several short narrative films, which are currently circulating in festivals worldwide. She recently moved back to Vancouver from Lahore, where she was an Associate Professor of English and Media Studies, Art & Design in the School of Business at the Lahore School of Economics.

Along with teaching and researching, she is also a filmmaker, photographer and activist for minority rights. She is currently working some upcoming short and feature-length film projects.

Urvish Pankajkumar Subodh, UCW Faculty

Urvish Pankajkumar Subodh

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Urvish Pankajkumar Subodh is an experienced professional working in Financial Institutions. His experience ranges from Management Consulting, Data Analytics, Corporate Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions to teaching Business Economics.

Urvish graduated from Gujarat University with a Bachelors of Commerce in Advance Accounting and Auditing. He moved to London, England to study a Masters in Science at Middlesex University. He returned to India soon after, where he joined Ahmedabad University to teach Econometrics to Bachelors of Commerce students. He continued teaching for over two years. He has worked with over 6,000 students at 4 different Universities/Institutions.

In 2013, He moved to the corporate to work as a Mergers and Acquisition Analyst at S&P Global Intelligence (Formerly SNL Financial) for a year before moving into a Corporate Finance role at a Family business.

In 2015, Urvish moved to Nanaimo. At Vancouver Island University, he took MBA-MScIM dual degree program. While pursuing his second Masters, Urvish was part of the Executive Committee that organized the MBA Games and helped raise $300,000 for the Moosehide Campaign.

With over six years of work experience, Urvish's core competency is simplifying complex scenarios. He has worked in wide variety of teams ranging across different cultures in India, United Kingdom and Canada. Apart from professional engagements, Urvish is an avid fan of outdoor sports and music.

Jennifer Killam, MBA Faculty

Jennifer Killam, MBA

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Jennifer Killam, MBA, is a communications consultant with 15+ years of health sector experience in both British Columbia and Ontario. She has a strong background in stakeholder relations, internal communications, issues management, crisis communications, and media relations.

Her expertise includes building communications programs that integrate an organization’s digital communications channels (e.g. social media, website, intranet, digital signage, e-newsletters) to profile organizational achievements to stakeholders. She is a skilled writer with an aptitude for translating complex information into simple stories, and she enjoys mentoring teams to develop this ability. Jennifer has been published in The Toronto Star, Triathlon Magazine Canada and VeloNews, among other outlets. She obtained her Executive MBA from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in 2018. She is certified in Prosci Change Management and Hootsuite Advanced Social Media Marketing.

Tao Liu, UCW Faculty

Tao Liu

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Before teaching at University Canada West, Tao Liu has years of work experience in junior mining, venture capital and investment banking in Canada. He is a Certified Management Accountant of British Columbia. His areas of expertise include managerial accounting, corporate finance, business valuation and strategy management.  Currently, Tao is pursuing his entrepreneurship and acting as a managing partner in several businesses in Canada and China.

Tao holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Schulich School of Business at York University, a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University. He is pursuing a Master of Education Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Naïma Cherchem, UCW Faculty

Dr. Naïma Cherchem

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Naïma Cherchem is a full-time faculty member at University Canada West.

She earned a Ph.D. in business administration at IAELyon School of Management - University of Jean Moulin (France), and pursued a Post-Doc position at HEC Montreal (Canada). She received an M.Sc. in Human Resource Management (Rennes Graduate School of Management, France), and a Master of Business in Marketing (University of Oran, Algeria). 

For the past 10 years, Dr. Cherchem has accumulated academic and professional experience. She has taught in international business schools and in different programs. This includes certificate, BBA, Specialized Graduate Diploma, M.Sc. and MBA. She has supervised student projects in BBA and M.Sc. programs.

Dr. Cherchem has been involved in developing business program curriculum for International Business Schools in France and Canada.

She is a Research Fellow at the Strategy and Society Chair of Strategic Management - HEC Montreal.

Her research interests explore topics in strategic entrepreneurship in family and non-family firms, entrepreneurship in emerging countries, and internationalization of businesses in specific contexts.

She has published academic articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Family Business Strategy, and Small Business Economics Journal, in addition to several academic works.

Dr. Cherchem has also acted as a consultant to Business Families Foundation and Fondation d’Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Penny Farley, UCW Faculty

Dr. Penny Farley

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Penny Farley has a research-based PhD from the University of Exeter (UK) in Leadership. She has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, curriculum designer, teacher trainer, life coach and mentor. She completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Hong Kong, focusing on improving second language learner’s composition skills, and completed both of her Bachelor’s Degrees at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Farley has taught at Sauder Business School, BCIT, The National Women’s University in Dubai, and was the Associate Director of English Language Studies at the University of Manitoba, in addition to working at other places. Living and working overseas in Japan, China, and Dubai before returning to her hometown of Vancouver, has given Penny a unique global perspective on leadership and how to best develop Canadian leaders with a global perspective.

Sylvain Charbonneau, UCW Faculty

Sylvain Charbonneau

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Sylvain Charbonneau is a professional, manager and educator of communication and international business with about 20 years of experience in Montreal and Vancouver.

He holds a Master of Sciences of Communication and a Bachelor of Sciences in Communication and Psychology from the University of Montreal. He is also a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) from the Forum for International Training (FITT), based in Ottawa.

Sylvain has experience as an adviser, manager and consultant with small, medium and large organizations in the public and private sector from various industries.

While he was a PhD candidate in 2006, Sylvain started to teach communication planning at the University of Montreal. In 2010, he moves to Cairo, Egypt, for a teaching contract in business and marketing for a private school. After his contract, he consulted in international business and since 2012 he teaches international business and marketing at various Institutions in Vancouver.

Dr. Eli Sopow, UCW Faculty

Dr. Eli Sopow

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Eli Sopow is a national and international award-winning practitioner in organizational change and issues management. He has served as research director for the national RCMP change management project, is director of research and analysis with BC RCMP headquarters, has served as vice-president with an international management consulting firm, and as an Associate Deputy Minister with the BC government overseeing strategic communication and issues management.

Eli has taught change leadership at the Pacific Region Training Centre for federal and provincial employees and at the University of Canada West, stakeholder relations at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and issues management at both the Niagara Institute and the U.S. Issues Management Council.

He has a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems, an MA in Leadership and Learning, and an undergraduate diploma in Public Sector Management. Eli has written three books on management. Throughout his career Eli has completed over 120 research studies looking at the correlation between organizational systems, employee morale and engagement, and organizational performance.  

Mostafa Nazari, UCW Faculty

Mostafa Nazari

Teaching MBA

Mostafa Nazari teaches MBA foundation courses (Business and Academic Writing) at University Canada West.

His bachelor and master degrees are in English language teaching (TESL) with a TESOL diploma from Toronto Coventry House International. As a visiting scholar at Simon Fraser University, Mostafa is completing his PhD. in TESL.

He has taught academic and business English courses at various universities such as Simon Fraser University, Trinity Western University, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He loves working with students and designing interactive classes which focus mainly on collaboration, critical thinking, and project-based learning.

His business-related experience has been the actual practice of correspondence, interpretation, and facilitation in the service and manufacturing industries. Recently, he is launching a business in the field of education in Vancouver.

Patrick Cheng, UCW Faculty

Patrick Cheng

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Patrick Cheng holds an MBA and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering.  He has been accepted for his Doctoral Degree (PhD) Program in Management specializing in organizational behavior.  Patrick has been teaching MBA courses at NYIT (New York Institute of Technology) and BBA courses at Acsenda School of Management.

He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PEng), a Licensed Realtor, a Licensed Rental Property Manager, and a Licensed Strata Manager. Patrick is also a full Union Professional Member of UBCP / ACTRA  ( Union of British Columbia Performers / Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists ). He is the Founder & President of A Planet Without Borders, Leading Capital Corporation and Leading-Tech Systems Corporation.

Patrick has many years of knowledge and experience in B2B and B2C marketing, sales, advertising, promotion, teaching, public speaking, entrepreneurship, and knowledge and experience in the area of organizational behavior and HR.

Dr. Amira Halperin, UCW Faculty

Dr. Amira Halperin

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Amira Halperin is a Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology at The University of British Columbia (UBC). She is a member of the research excellence cluster on migration at UBC, Policy and Community – University Partnerships working groups. 

Dr. Halperin is an expert of immigration and media, researching Middle Eastern refugees and asylum seekers for the last 15 years. She consulted to the British Parliament on migrant communities in United Kingdom.

Dr. Halperin worked as an Investigative Journalist and Television Reporter (1999-2006). The highlight of this route was her work on BBC 'Panorama' – the longest running current affairs program, researching the integration of the Muslim community in Britain.

Her research interests include immigration, information and communications technology, and government policy. She has been teaching news media, investigative journalism, politics and government, politics in the digital age, Middle East migration and media, as well as, additional courses.

Her current research focuses on migrant integration through media and technology. Her work includes interviews with Syrian refugees and examination of government policies to better understand how Canada's refugee system operates and how refugees operate inside. The aim of the research project is to write recommendations for Canadian and BC governments.

Dr. Halperin holds an MA in International Journalism (Broadcast), and PhD in Communication and Media from University of Westminster, United Kingdom. She conducted pioneering research on the impact of the new media on the Palestinian community, both in the Middle East and in the Diaspora. In 2018, her book: 'The Use of New Media by the Palestinian Diaspora in the United Kingdom', was published, and has been reviewed as a breakthrough research.

Dr. Josiah Akinsanmi, UCW Faculty

Dr. Josiah Akinsanmi

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Josiah Akinsanmi has earned an MBA—(Finance Concentration), Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics), Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA;  MS (Agricultural Economics), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA;  BS (Agricultural Engineering), Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

Dr. Akinsanmi has over 20 years of experience in British Columbia Colleges and US Universities, teaching a number of Quantitative Business Courses including Business Math, Business Statistics, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics, Principles of Finance (Financial Management), Corporate Finance, Production Management and Management Science (Quantitative Decision Analysis).  

Knowledgeable and articulate in teaching international students with various academic and cultural background—adapting teaching strategies to various learning styles. He also has extensive experience at senior administrative level, at program coordinator and registrar positions.  

Dr. Akinsanmi participates actively in community events and activities, organizing seminars and information sessions on issues relating to personal health, immigrant integration and fundraising for foundations—sicklecell anemia, cancer, diabetes and so on.

Dr. Amit Kohli, UCW Faculty

Dr. Amit Kohli

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Amit Kohli’s first passion is teaching. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, India and did his Post Doctorate Research and served as a Senior Engineer at the University of Arizona, USA.

Dr. Kohli’s research interest includes “Interpretation of data through statistical technique: correlation, regression, and multivariant analysis”.

He has 14 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate classes. He was given the Best teacher award and Young scientist award. Dr. Amit Kohli has about about 50 research papers to his credit. His papers are published in various Global journals of repute like Taylor & Francis, springer, Inderscience etc.

He has participated in various International conferences held in countries such as UK, Italy etc. Dr. Amit Kohli is a publisher of two books and has two patent design. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton and traveling with his family.

Dr. Chiz Nwoye, UCW Faculty

Dr. Chiz Nwoye

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Chiz Nwoye obtained a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Walden University with specialization in leadership.

Dr. Nwoye’s background is mainly in the oil and gas services sector and he worked in operations, sales, and business development for more than 23 years.

 He has worked in different oil and gas servicing companies in various senior and leadership positions. He holds a Professional Engineer of Alberta (P.Eng.) designation.

His interests are in teaching business strategy and leadership. Dr. Nwoye obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Enugu State University of Science & Technology, and a Master of Business Administration, MBA degree from the Aberdeen Business School of the Robert Gordon University. He likes to effect social change through volunteering and supports various charity organizations.

Dr. Paul Fontaine, UCW Faculty

Dr. Paul Fontaine

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Paul Fontaine teaches communications and writing courses at University Canada West. He has a B.A. in English literature from the University of British Columbia, a MA in journalism studies from Concordia University, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from McGill University. Before starting at UCW, Dr. Fontaine taught as a sessional instructor at McGill University, and then as a term liberal arts instructor at Yukon College.

He has published in Canadian journals, and has co-written a book chapter on the representations of Punjabi men in South Asian-Canadian news media. He has also presented on a variety of topics including, the institutionalization of diasporic identity, the production of diasporic news outlets, and the characteristics of journalism education in Canada.

His current research interests are in the relationships between South Asian-Canadian communities and Canadian institutions, including universities and municipal governments. He is also interested in the experiences of international university and college students in Canada, and he is looking forward to working with colleagues engaged in pedagogical innovation to ensure that both international and domestic students have a rewarding and intellectually stimulating post-secondary experience.

Dave Keighron, UCW Faculty

Dave Keighron

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dave Keighron is part-time instructor and new programs coordinator at University Canada West (UCW), where he currently teaches a variety of courses including e-commerce, leadership and e-business. 

He is a Digital Business Strategist with over 25 years of experience in helping businesses of all sizes transform their organization to realize future gains with the use of technological advancement. He has worked with many different organizations from small start ups to large global organizations. Most recently over the last eight years, Dave has been mostly focused on consumer-base businesses in helping them migrate and/or optimize into the E-Business/E-Commerce space. 

Dave has a Master of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University, and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Capilano University.

Dr. Buarny Kunjappan, UCW Faculty

Dr. Buarny Kunjappan

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Buarny Kunjappan is a professor in the MBA Program at University Canada West. Before joining University Canada West in 2019, he has worked as a faculty member at Hanson International Academy. He served in the capacity of assistant professor in the MBA Program in India. He also worked as a lecturer in the business administration department at Shinas College of Technology, Oman. His primary area of expertise is marketing research, consumer behaviour, international marketing, international business management and microeconomics.

Dr. Buarny has nearly 15 years of experience spanning industry and teaching. He has been honored with the Faculty of the Year award in 2017 by Hanson International Academy. He also has published articles in international journals.

Dr. Buarny is a well-respected educator known for motivating students to achieve high goals and enhancing classroom experiences in an environment that values collaboration, integrity, and diversity — innovative and creative communicator, with a positive can-do attitude and genuine compassion for others.

Dr. Buarny holds a Ph.D., MPhil, MBA, and BCom from India. All his credentials are evaluated and authenticated by WES (World Education Services) as Canadian equivalency.

Hamid Kazemi, UCW Faculty

Hamid Kazemi

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Hamid Kazemi has a PhD in Business Management, having graduated in 2010 from Allameh Tabatabaei University in Iran. He received his MA in Financial Management and BA in Business Management from the same university.

In addition, Hamid has a CPHR Designation in BC & The Yukon.

Working in a variety of education systems like universities and scientific research centers for more than 25 years, as a researcher, instructor and CFO, helped him gain experience in HR project management, business intelligence, corporate strategy management, and change management.

As a researcher, he has done conducted research in academia and has published several papers in

distinguished journals. Hamid’s research interests include human resource strategy, and business strategy planning and implementation. He has implemented BSC in many universities and research centers, as a counselor.

As a faculty member, he taught courses on Human Resources Strategies, Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Corporate Strategies at both the MBA and PhD levels. Furthermore, having industrial experience came to his aid in creating classes to be very practical and efficient.

Hamid’s PhD dissertation is about “Explaining the relationship model of success factors of Information technology application and market management improvement in Small and medium size enterprises”.

For two years, he was the president of the National Research Institute for Science Policy (NRISP) in Iran, which is related to Ministry of Higher Education and had been Chief Human Resources Officer in the same office for 10 years. Working as a HR manager, has allowed him to grow and develop professionally as well as develop his leadership skills. Hamid established a performance development and career planning process that utilizes both internal and external development opportunities for employees including training sessions, employee relations and customer service.

Moreover, he is adept in program development, process improvement and employee relations.

Dr. Amanpreet Kang, UCW Faculty

Dr. Amanpreet Kang

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Amanpreet Kang has more than 16 years of experience in research, teaching and training. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Panjabi University, India. She has completed MBA and B.Sc. (Honours) from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. She believes in inter-disciplinary learning and her Ph.D. examines the impact of international food safety standards on food trade from Asian developing countries.

She has taught various subjects in the business management domain across general, specialized and sectoral MBA programmes. Dr. Amanpreet Kang has worked extensively as a faculty, content developer and an examiner in the prestigious e-learning project of Indian government (i.e. Pan-Africa e-Learning Project (https://amityonline.com/amityonline/PanAfrica.aspx). The students from more than 50 African countries were enrolled and taught under this program.

She has successfully supervised several masters’ dissertation, research projects and industry internship projects of students enrolled in undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.

Dr. Kang has worked in the market research industry for more than six years with reputed clients like Caterpillar, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Walmart, Hallmark and International Greetings across USA, South East Asia and Europe.

She has more than 20 research papers published in peer reviewed journals. She has also contributed management cases and presented the research insights of the projects to global clients as well as in International Conferences.

Dr. Kang is presently a sessional faculty with School of Business at University of Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of marketing, international business, business research methods and business statistics.

Dr. James Sexton, UCW faculty

Dr. James Sexton

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. James Sexton has doctorates in English from the University of Oregon (1980) and the University of Victoria (1997). He has been teaching a wide variety of English literature and language courses at universities and colleges in Canada, the U.S. and France since 1971. A member of the English department at Camosun College in Victoria, his teaching specialties are modern Canadian, British and American literature; utopian-dystopian fiction; and Shakespeare.

Sexton is an elected curator of the Center for Aldous Huxley Studies at University of Münster, and a contributing editor of The Aldous Huxley Annual. He has published numerous books and articles on Huxley and his circle as well as a scholarly edition of two novellas by Graham Greene. He is also active in the preparation of online learning resources, the latest of which is his 900-page "open textbook" English Literature: Victorians and Moderns, available at no charge on the BCCampus Open Text Initiative website.

Dr. Mahmood Kotb, UCW Faculty

Dr. Mahmood Kotb

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Dr. Mahmood Kotb has over 25 years of extensive experience in leadership and management. In addition to his Medical degree, Mahmood holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from UBC where he has also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship.

As well, Mahmood received his professional project management certification from the Sauder School of Business. Dr. Kotb worked at various leadership and Management capacities; he worked as a Chief Quality Officer, Executive Director, Director of Operations as well as a Senior Management Consultant. In 2012, Dr. Kotb received an international award for his significant contribution to improving the quality of care and reducing medical errors through hospital management initiatives that he was leading.

Dr. Lauren Florko, UCW Faculty

Dr. Lauren Florko

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Lauren Florko has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She also owns her own company Triple Threat Consulting based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. She specializes in talent management and for over a decade has worked for public, private, for-profit, and non-for-profit organizations, both at a local and global level.

Dr. Florko has researched workplace stress, test theory, and gender bias. She has taught both academically and within businesses on topics such as statistics, communication, and research methods. No matter the audience, her teaching philosophy is to deliver cutting-edge research while remaining rooted in practical application.

Amanda Carrasco, UCW Faculty

Amanda Carrasco

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication

Amanda Carrasco has an MA in Leadership from Trinity Western University and is in the process of completing a Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration with a focus on Global Leadership from Walden University. She volunteers with a non-profit organization that advocates governments to end extreme poverty called ONE. She owns a national company, Harmony Homestay, which works with international students from all over the world. She is also the Honorary Vice-Consul for the Republic of Kenya and is teaching Political Science at University Canada West.

Raymond Chen, UCW Faculty

Raymond Chen

Teaching MBA, Bachelor of Commerce

Raymond Chen is an Associate Professor at University Canada West. His teaching focus is Financial Management. Before Raymond joined University Canada West, his previous experiences including teaching at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in China. Raymond has also worked as a mentor to more than 50 students for their graduate essays.

In addition to Raymond’s teaching duties, he has dedicated his career in the finance areas. His extensive financial professional background includes his previous roles of Fiscal and Financial Analyst, later an Economist with Finance Branch, Government of Ontario. He can provide his students a great opportunity to learn Macro Economic and public financial management. He has worked with two Fortune 500 financial groups such as HSBC in Shanghai, and Credit Suisse at HK. Raymond’s financial career also covered Fund Management and he acted as a principal, CFO for various big Asset Management/Private Equity fund management companies.

Raymond has graduated from the Ivey Business School, the University of Western Canada with an MBA. He learnt and practices the case teaching methods, which give students more dynamic learning environment.