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Resilient Minds | Brilliant Leaders 

June 1st - 25th 


Vancouver Island University through the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning will host the 12th annual Vancouver Island Leadership Conference (VILC). The VILC is a student-led, non-profit conference that aims to connect students with a passion for leadership and providing tools for change in building resiliency in one's whole-self.

It is our mission to provide students with the best tools to not only build a better community through leadership but also empower diverse thinking in the ever-changing world.

This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic we've decided the show must go on. To honor our theme of "Resilient Mind, Brilliant Leaders", we are now bringing the VILC to you! We will be streaming all of our keynote, and student speakers, along with a list of resiliency based workshops and activities.

This year's Co-Curricular topic relates to sharing your experience in overcoming and building resiliency through the obstacles that you may have faced within your life. The theme of "Resilient  Minds, Brilliant Leaders" is to share what a resilient mind means to you as well as how our challenges make us a better leader for ourselves and others.   

Keynote Speakers


Founder and CEO of CryptoChicks Int.

Elena Sinelnikova

Education Lead for National Inquiry into MMIW

Charlene Bearhead

President and Vice-Chancellor, Vancouver Island University

Deborah Saucier

CCR Talks Speakers


MBA Student at VIU



Visual Arts and Global Science Student at VIU

Kashmir Lesnick-Petrovicz

Political Science Student at University of Victoria

Fernanda Vilela Bernardo


The Excursions


Andre Arsenault


 Come take the time to relax with this invigorating Yoga and Guided Meditation session. Andre Arsenault will run you through this empowering excursion that is sure to calm and rejuvenate your Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Yoga and Meditation

Life Coach 

Andre is a graduating educator, volleyball coach, and yoga teacher. He specializes in Elementary Education but has taught various ages and grades from kindergarten to university students. Andre is a former student-athlete, having competed in the University Sport (USport) league at MacEwan University where he currently holds the digs/set match record. Before his USport career, Andre competed in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) at Medicine Hat College (MHC) for two years. Both years Andre was awarded by the ACAC with back to back All-Conference (All-Star) and Academic Athlete titles. Andre was awarded back to back prestigious Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Academic All Canadian and National Scholar Awards. He is also a social advocate for the LGBTQ2+ community and has traveled internationally to share his story of persevering through the adversity of being a gay athlete and to educate others on turning their trauma into power.


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Andre Arsenault


Holistic Nutrition

Holistic Nutritionist 

Hello, my name is Madison Day, I am a woman who loves all things health and wellness. Helping others better their health is my true passion. I previously attended VIU for business school but decided to switch gears into Nutrition after getting my hands on some holistic health products. Now I am currently attending the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Edmonton Alberta as a holistic nutrition student. In July, I graduate and will receive my certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. With that I am a firm believer that what you eat has a direct correlation with how well you perform in all areas, including your mental health. Mental health and Nutrition are two things I hold close to my heart. To give yourself a fighting chance at overall health, it is beneficial to give yourself a solid foundation of these principles. Personally I cope with chronic anxiety with I manage with the following strategies: Eating a whole foods based diet, supplementing with holistic health care products, proper exercise, adequate time in nature, constant education on self growth, and religious self care. Please tune in on June 10th at 5:00 MST to hear me explain my logic and approach, I look forward to seeing you there.


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Madison Day

Professional Development and Growth

Director of Operations

Joseph is committed to helping professionals elevate their businesses by offering a comprehensive and hands-on approach that focuses on proven and standardized methods. Joseph comes from an extensive background in Finance and has been in the field for over twenty years. He holds a degree in Psychology from Vancouver Island University. Prior to joining Jason Simard in the creation of Sims Coaching Systems, Joseph was a recognized leader in the Financial Community. Joseph has held various roles within Finance from Financial Advisor to Account Manager of Business Banking and Branch Leader/General Manager. Joseph was in a Leadership role for the duration of his career in Finance.  As a celebrated mentor and coach, Joseph has led his Teams to unprecedented levels of success by allowing each of his Team Members to find their superpower.

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Joseph Moretti is a husband, a father of two children, an owner of a pug named Gorgeous George. When Joseph is not at work, he can be found spending time with his family, taking road trips around the Island on his Harley, and going to baseball games, cheering on the Yankees.


Joseph Moretti


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June, 2020

June 1st


Opening Ceremony with Keynote Address from VILC 2020 Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson Seth Recalma and Kayla Passmore 

June 4th


Virtual Excursion #1: Yoga and Guided Meditation with Andre Arsenault

June 8th


Keynote #1: Elena Sinelnikova - CryptoChicks 

June 11th


Virtual Excursion #2: Holistic Nutrition with Madi Day

June 15th


Keynote #2: Charlene Bearhead - Moosehide Campaign 

June 18th


Virtual Excursion #3: Professional Development and Growth with Joe Moretti 

June 22nd


Keynote #3: Deborah Saucier - President and Vice-Chancellor of VIU





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Resilient Minds | Brilliant Leaders


Vancouver Island Leadership Conference 2020


June 1st - June 25th

Monday - Friday 

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