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Meet the Board of Directors

Colby Scott, BBA '10 - President

Colby Scott, currently a Student with the Societies of Notary Public of British Columbia, Colby graduated Valedictorian in 2010 with a dual Business Administration Degree in Marketing and Management. She was heavily involved in the Business Students Association and received life changing guidance throughout the 4 year program. Colby hopes to pay it forward by mentoring current students and help them achieve their goals.

Michael Ribicic, BA Political Studies '19 and B.Ed 2021 - Vice President

Michael Ribicic is a teacher in School District 68. He holds a B.A. with majors in Political Studies and History (2019) from Vancouver Island University, along with a B.Ed (2021). Michael was born and raised in Nanaimo and is passionate about volunteering and giving back to his community. He has contributed to various boards and organizations in the area, having served as the Chair of the Nanaimo Youth Advisory Council, the Administrative Chair of the Lantzville Rotary Club, and now Vice President of Vancouver Island University’s Alumni Board Association. He has also contributed to over six boards at VIU over the years, including the university’s Senate.

Vanessa Stratton

 Vanessa Stratton, MBA '19 

Vanessa Stratton graduated from the MBA program in 2019 and currently works for Western University. She is an educational leader with over 10 years of experience working in the post-secondary industry providing leadership, management and coordination of programs and services to ensure optimal outcomes and alignment with institutional goals. She prides herself on assuming a hands-on style to operational leadership that emphasizes teamwork and collaboration with a strong emphasis on developing and promoting the talents and ambitions of staff and students. Vanessa is a strong believer in building interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders including students, staff, employers, mentors and partner organizations. 

Emeka Udeagha

Emeka Udeagha, MBA '14

Emeka has built long term relationships with clients over the years, helping them identify and surpass their financial goals. He works with families to build after-tax wealth, protect their families and businesses and ensure a future by design. Emeka is very active in the community and is currently the President of the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society and VIU association, an ambassador with the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and President of the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside.

Alexis Gardner

Alexis Gardner, BA in Sociology  ‘19

Alexis Gardner is a recent graduate of the BA '19 program where she majored in Sociology and minored in Gender Studies. She was elected Student Representative for the Faculty of Social Sciences and was involved in several organizations on campus. Since graduating from VIU she has continued to grow, develop and seek experiences that reflect her commitment to social innovation and community member resilience. Alexis has completed an intensive Research Fellowship with the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness working with multiple stakeholders and youth-serving organizations across the country. She has also worked for the Vancouver Board of Education creating after school programs, supporting high school students with their leadership development and worked with schools and local organizations to identify community needs. Alexis is extremely passionate about youth empowerment and eliminating barriers towards participation. 

Britta Petersen

Britta Peterson, MASLM '19

Britta is an unsettled settler on the traditional territories of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. She has lived and played across Canada, from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designated by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Britta earned a Recreation and Sport Management Diploma (Malaspina University College), a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation (Douglas College), a Master’s degree in Sustainable Leisure Management (Vancouver Island University), and a Graduate Certificate, Masters focus on Northern Tourism (University of the Arctic and the Thematic Research Network on Northern Tourism). She currently works as a Recreation Therapist and Cultural Support Worker for the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre. She brings with her a passion for exploring nature by canoe and bike, drinking lattes and challenging social and systemic inequities.

John Bratkowski, BBA '10

John Bratkowski, partner at JJA Chartered Professional Accountants, completed his Bachelor of Business Administration at VIU in 2010 with an accounting degree. He then bridged into the Certified General Accountant program and obtained his designation in June 2014. John is excited to be on the board for the university where his career began and to give back to the community. In his free time, John likes to spend his free time with his wife, daughter, and dog outdoors.

Ryan Butler Alumni Association

Ryan Butler, BA in Political Science and Sociology '14

Ryan is an emerging commercial and civil litigator with Heath Law LLP. He will be called to the Bar in May 2021. Ryan completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vancouver Island University in 2014, majoring in both Political Science and Sociology. He then obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria in 2017 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alberta in 2020.

Ryan strives to be an active member of the community. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Island Crisis Society, a charity that provides suicide prevention services. He has also volunteered with Edmonton’s Student Legal Services, Blind Beginnings, the World University Services of Canada, and various academic committees. 

Ryan joined VIUAA to provide the same generosity he received from community members while attending VIU. To that end, he encourages students to reach out by phone or email.