Chairpersons

Co-CHAIR

Nate Priest

Hello everyone, my name is Nate Priest and I am one of this year’s Co-Chairs for the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference. I have grown up on Vancouver Island and am fortunate to call it my home. I am in my final year of my Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in both Marketing and Management. As part of my university career I have been a part of different Student Association’s, taking on different roles, including becoming this year’s President of the Business Students’ Association. I am honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to be this year’s VILC Co-Chairperson, along side my phenomenal Co-Chairpeson Amber Lease. Together, we are striving to create a rich and unique experience for all students and young leaders. I began my journey with the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning over a year ago and have gained so many valuable experiences and pieces of wisdom. I hope I can take what I have gained from my experiences, as a student leader and bring to you a one of a kind experience at this year’s conference

Co-CHAIR

Amber Lease

Hi everyone, my name is Amber Lease and I am this year’s  one of this years Co-Chairs for the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference. I am originally from Klamath Falls, Oregon, but have been living on Vancouver Island since I started University; I have fallen in love with the Island and the beautiful people on it. I am in my final year of my Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Economics. My university experience has been an incredible journey, which I am honoured by. I have had the opportunities of being a part of VIU’s Women’s Basketball Team, as well as a student employee at the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning (OCCEL). Through my experiences as a student athlete and OCCEL program chair I have gained skills that have helped me become a student leader today and have made my experience at VIU something I will cherish forever. I want to bring these experiences to students alike, and I believe the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference is an opportunity to do so. Alongside, Nate Priest this year’s conference Co-Chairperson, we are hoping to create an extraordinary conference that will help students become the leaders they never knew they could be.

The Team

Engagemet Coordinator

Craig Rowan

Introducing Craig, Craig is this year's Engagement Coordinator for the VILC team. Craig is a Nanaimo local, and is in his final year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program with a major in Finance. Craig joined the VILC team to enhance Vancouver Island University and community engagement. In addition to the role of Engagement Coordinator, Craig is also current Vice President of VIU’s Business Student Association.

Social Media Coordinator

Kyra Fulford

Introducing Kyra, Kyra is this year's Social Media Coordinator for the VILC team. Kyra is a Nanaimo local and is in her final year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program with a major in finance. Kyra joined the VILC team this year as she wanted to meet new people and be a part of the team putting on the conference she had heard so many good things about. In addition to VILC, Kyra is also a part of the VIU Parks Canada Club. 

Community Outreach Coordinator

Emily Hoppe

Introducing Emily, Emily is this year's Community Outreach Coordinator for the 2021 VILC team. Emily is a Nanaimo local, and is currently in her 4th year of the Bachelor of Education program. Emily joined the VILC team this year because ever since starting university, she always wanted to participate in the conference. She is excited to work with a great group of people that are all passionate about making a difference. In Addition to VILC, Emily is also a part of VIU’s Club Education and does volunteer work in the community.

Sponsorship Coordinator

Kyle Colgan

Introducing Kyle, Kyle is one of this year's Scholarship Coordinators for the VILC team. Kyle is from Campbell River and is in his 1st year of university here at VIU! Kyle joined the VILC team as he wanted to be a part of a wonderful team and help with all the awesome events they come up with and offer to fellow students.

Scholarship Coordinator

Shivangi Mohite

Introducing Shivangi, Shivangi is one of this year's Scholarship Coordinators for the VILC team. Shivangi is an international student from Bangalore, India, and is currently in her second year of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Shivangi joined the VILC team as she thought the project seemed to be exciting and she felt that working on the team as sponsorship coordinator can help build valuable connections. Additional to VILC, Shivangi is also involved at VIU as both Student Facilitator and Project Manager at the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning (OCCEL), as well as coordinator at Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Website COORDINATOR

Kurtis Johnstone

Introducing Kurtis, Kurtis is this year's Website Coordinator for the 2021 VILC Team. Kurtis was born and raised on Vancouver Island in Cobble Hill, approximately 1 hour south of Nanaimo. Kurtis has been working in the technology field for over 6 years originally specializing in real estate. Kurtis is now pursuing his BA in Digital Media and working as the Co-Curricular App Lead for the Office of Co Curricular Engagement and Learning at VIU.