Caroline Roach, BBA '10 - President
Caroline Roach is a Mortgage Broker and Co-Owner of Fitzwilliam Mortgage Corp. She started her post secondary education at Mal UC and by the time she was done it was VIU. She obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. As well as volunteering for the Alumni Association, she is on the board of directors for the Nanaimo Art Gallery where she serves as Treasurer, and acts as President of the Bayview Elementary School PAC.
Erin Brook, BA '04 - Past President
Erin Brook is the lawyer behind her firm Brook Law here in Nanaimo. She attended VIU for her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Philosophy in 2004, before moving to Calgary for Law School. Erin is actively involved in the community and was the Alumni Representative on the VIU Senate for 4 years and is the current past President of the VIU Alumni Association Board. Erin is the Nanaimo Family Law Section Chair and current Secretary for the National Family Law Section as well she is the past BC Family Law Representative to the Canadian Bar Association National Family Law Section.
Tasha Brooks, MBA '17
Tasha is the Indigenous Education Navigator at VIU’s Cowichan Campus, she is a graduate of VIU’s BBA and MBA program and is currently working on a Doctorate of Business Administration with a research focus on Indigenous entrepreneurship. Tasha is a Cowichan Tribes member and has previously worked in her community as the post-secondary advisor. Tasha is passionate about Indigenous education and economic development, she has previously sat as a National director on Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers. Tasha is committed to serving her community in any capacity she can.
John Bratkowski, BBA '10
John Bratkowski, partner at Johnston, Johnston & Associates Ltd, 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.
Carol Cen, MBA ‘18
Carol Cen currently works at Tilray as Project Coordinator for various types of global projects. She is also self-employed as a certified Chinese teacher. Before coming to Canada, Carol worked at international companies in different fields for several years. These experiences make her have a passion to highly engage different volunteering work of the community, improving the environment, helping international students fit in the new environment, caregiving elderly people. Carol is excited to join the Alumni Association Board because she loves VIU, where she starts her international life and wishes to contribute to its further development.
Aubrey Robertson, BSc Comp. Sc '17
Aubrey Robertson works at VIU as Project Coordinator for Project AURORA. He has also been self-employed as an IT Consultant providing services in the Nanaimo region for the past 12 years. He is highly engaged within the community as a volunteer and has served on several local non-profit boards. He is currently enrolled in graduate studies at Simon Fraser University pursuing a diploma in Business Administration.
Paris Gaudet, BA '07
Paris Gaudet has been an integral part of developing the technology sector both regionally and provincially for over a decade. She is known as a collaborative leader with a demonstrated history of creating partnerships, connecting the dots, developing programs, and executing plans. Paris is a passionate advocate for diversity in the tech sector and is currently supporting the Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster with their Capacity Building Programs.
Colby Scott, BBA '10
Colby Scott, currently a Business Account Manager of RBC at Woodgrove Centre. 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.
Robert Lee, BA '04
Robert Lee, currently Branch Manager of RBC Brooks Landing in Nanaim and has worked for RBC for 12 years. Robert graduated from VIU in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Business Finance. He joined the Alumni Association Board because he believes VIU is such an important institution to Vancouver Island and strongly wishes to advocate for its continued success!
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 on the board of directors for the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society and VIU association, an ambassador with the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and proud Rotarian of the Nanaimo Oceanside Rotary club.
Michael Ribicic, Political Studies and History Student
Michael Ribicic. As a 4th year political studies and history student, Michael has served on over half a dozen committees and boards at VIU including the Senate and the Program Review and Oversight Committee.