Our Team

Victoria Bowns

Chairperson

Hi, my name is Victoria Bowns, I was the Vice Chair for VILC 10 and have been granted the privilege of being this year’s Chair. I am from the beautiful Creston Valley in the Kootenays and am just finishing up my degree in Sociology and Criminology. I have dedicated my time throughout my degree to uphold positions in my department as a research assistant, student representative, and club president while also volunteering for Women’s shelters handing issues regarding domestic abuse. Over the last year, I have contributed to various research projects dealing with plastic marine debris and social issues experienced by sex workers in Nanaimo, fuelling my passion for social justice. When I’m not invested in these projects, you can catch me playing shows singing and playing guitar. 

 

 

I believe leadership is fundamental in any avenue of one’s life and am excited to contribute my own experiences to create a conference for student’s to discover their own strengths and confidence for their future pursuits.

Seth Recalma

Vice-Chairperson

Hi there, my name is Seth Recalma and I have been chosen as this year’s Vice-Chair for the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference. I have grown up on Vancouver Island and am proud to have the opportunity to host our islands leaders and give them a chance to learn in a hands-on environment. I am a third-year business student at Vancouver Island University and am currently pursuing a career in marketing and advertising. In addition to my position with the VILC, I also work as a Photographer and Social Media Coordinator for the Business Students Association at VIU.

 

I am excited to be a part of the VILC 2019 organizing team because it will give me a chance to not only practice and gain hands-on experience in leadership, but to provide students with the best tools to not only build a better community through leadership and empower diverse thinking in the ever-changing world.  

Anastasia Kryvonos

Marketing Coordinator

My name is Anastasiya Kryvonos and this is my fourth year on Vancouver Island.

I am in my last year of a double major of Sociology and Global Studies. Coming originally from Ukraine, I especially enjoy being surrounded by the beautiful BC nature, ocean and mountains.

I am currently doing my work op with the office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning, which has provided me with a lot of opportunities that have enabled me to pursue my passion and expand my skills.

I am looking forward to this year’s conference, all the upcoming opportunities and unforgettable memories.

Rosanne Nguyen

Registration and Finance Coordinator

Xin Chao. I am Rosanne Nguyen, from the bustling Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam. I am currently a full-time MBA candidate with Finance specialization. If I am not in the classroom and at least 3 team meetings a week, I can be found practicing piano at home or hiking. Also, I am taking part in more volunteering activities of Volunteer Nanaimo to widen my Canada experience.

 

I was a tax consultant at Deloitte Vietnam and I enjoyed crunching numbers. I also cooperated with a friend to have an online business selling yoga mats and I am well aware of the importance of leadership in not only business but also in daily life. Therefore, I believe that Vancouver Island Leadership Conference is a great event for students to explore, discover themselves and to play the lead role of their lives and inspire others.

 

registration@vilc.ca

Jonah Ferguson

Social Media Coordinator

My name is Jonah Ferguson and I am a second-year BBA student, with previous studies in the Political Sciences. I have grown up in Nanaimo, and I am interested in pursuing marketing, management, and business development. I am a photographer & social media specialist, currently serving as the Social Media Director of VILC.

 

I see this conference as an opportunity to expand my leadership capabilities, to network with other like-minded individuals, and to work with our team to produce an exceptional experience for all parties involved. I look forward to working with my team, and seeing you all at the conference!

 

media@vilc.ca

Brodie Hay

Logistics Coordinator

 

My name is Brodie Hay and I am a third-year Computer Science student at VIU. I have been part of the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning for two years. In my faculty, I often volunteer to educate younger students about programming and computer science. When I’m not in class I enjoy riding my bike, volunteering around campus, and exploring our beautiful country. I applied for VILC because of my extensive knowledge about Logistics and Registration that I hoped to provide to the team. I look forward to contributing to this exciting event and ensuring that all participants have an amazing and unforgettable weekend.

 

logistics@vilc.ca

Dustin King

Sponsorship Coordinator

My name's Dustin and after 23 years in the business of

 

life I’ve learned that I’m the normal one. It’s those that spend their days acting out who they think they should be that are the weird ones. With that said, I’m a very open-minded individual who, just like everyone else, has an unlimited capacity to learn. I plan to use this capacity, over the next few years, to develop my personality to the point that the world doesn’t mind watching.

I’m excited to be a part of the VILC 2019 because it allows me the opportunity to continue developing my interpersonal skills at a professional level. Not only that but it’s an amazing chance to have like-minded individuals come together to work towards a future that’s well worth living!

sponsor@vilc.ca

 

 

Taylor Lundy

Special Projects Co-ordinator

Hey there! My name is Taylor Lundy, originally from a small island called Salt spring but I’ve called Nanaimo home for the past year! Currently in my first year at VIU for a Bachelor of Arts degree hopefully majoring in psychology but still yet to be determined also have a big passion for music! I am so excited and grateful to be part of the VILC team this year as I believe discovering, exploring and inspiring is a very important part of every day, it provides an opportunity to grow within yourself and share those experiences in the hope that it inspires others to do the same!

Simran Singh

Logistics and Registration Coordinator

Simran Singh is Logistics & Registration Coordinator working with Vancouver Island Leadership Conference who plans and executes all areas relating to the event and registration.

 

He is experienced in all aspects of supply operations, management, inventory management, logistics, applied business systems, and integrated business process management. He has demonstrated leadership and innovation with the application of IT and redesigned business processes.

 

Simran is currently pursuing his MBA from Vancouver Island University and holds various certifications including Project Management Essentials, Auditing, and Cost Management and Event management.

Omar Chaker Sultani Espinoza

Administrative Leader

Hey there everyone! My name is Omar Chaker Sultani Espinoza and I’m a first-year student here at Vancouver Island University for physical education. I’m Lebanese Mexican as well as had the privilege to live in 4 different countries. My transitional moving phases made me realize what it truly means to become a leader which motivates me as I finally have the opportunity to embrace leadership here in Canada. Outside of school, my hobbies would have to be exercising and fitness as it gives me constant goals to achieve and it forces me to self-develop, along with outdoor activities as Canada showed me how beautiful it is to be alive and explore.

I am honored and it is a privilege to become a part of the VILC team because it means we build a community of leaders with an emphasis on empowering students as we all have the potential to be outstanding!

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