Meet the Speakers




Instructor at the Insurance Institute & Business Development Manager at FirstOnSite Restoration

A 25 year vetern of insurance agencies from single location family run operations to large national corporate operations.  Kerry’s CV also includes a 5 year regulatory role as an inspector with the Insurance Council of BC.   He currently teaches for the Insurance Institute, and is currently in the 9th year of the Institute’s Ambassador program, with over 50 classroom and career fair events.  Kerry is often consulted to mentor within the insurance industry.  He has recently retired from over 20 years coaching in community youth basketball, and was a founding director of the Tri-Cities Youth Basketball Association

Topic: After Graduation: Study, Work or Travel? 

Speaking at: Vancouver



Professor and Director of the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria

Dr. Kushniruk teaches and conducts research in a number of areas including usability engineering, electronic health records, evaluation of information technologies, health informatics education and human-computer interaction in healthcare. His work is known internationally as he has published widely in the area of health informatics and he has advised on many national and international committees and projects. Dr. Kushniruk has held academic positions at a number of Canadian universities and worked with many major hospitals and hospitals in Canada, the United States and internationally. He holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology, as well as a MSc in Computer Science from McMaster University and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from McGill University.

Topic: Health, Wellness & Workplace Safety

Speaking at: Nanaimo, Surrey and Kelowna



Aboriginal Recruitment Officer at Vancouver Island University

Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Creative Writing from VIU in 2009. Heather is Métis with ancestral  roots in the former Red River Settlement in Manitoba. She is passionate about connecting all students with the transformative power of education and demystifying the process of getting to university.

Topic: Life Through the Eyes of a University Student

Speaking at: Nanaimo



Recruitment Officer at Vancouver Island University

Rob is a graduate of the Bachelor of Tourism Management, Major in Recreation & Sport Management program at VIU. He was also a varsity volleyball athlete and coach. One of his favourite memories during that time was representing the university at numerous Provincial and National Championships. He came to our top ranked Mariners Athletics Program from Kitimat, BC.

Topic: Life Through the Eyes of a University Student

Speaking at: Nanaimo


Admissions Advisor at SchoolCreative Institute of the Arts

Paul Donnett is an award-winning screenwriter for film and graphic novels, as well as a producer and film score composer. He co-hosts the web TV series Two Pauls and the Film Night podcast and teaches screenwriting at SchoolCreative Institute of the Arts in Vancouver.

Topic: Balancing Work, Life and Money

Speaking at: Nanaimo, Surrey, Abbotsford and Kelowna


Group Consultant, RBC Group Advantage at the Royal Bank of Canada

As an RBC Group Advantage Consultant, Derek delivers effective employee engagement solutions with a focus on financial wellness. Derek was a successful small business owner, and coupled with nine years financial services experience, can implement an efficient strategy with returns aligned to your objectives. He has been delivering financial wellness workshops to students and seniors across the lower Mainland since 2009 and in 2015, received a National award in Ottawa for his efforts through the Canadian Bankers Association.

Topic: Saving for Higher Education

Speaking at: Surrey, Vancouver and Abbotsford



Public Service Commission

Representatives with the Public Service Commission will be speaking on the importance of work experience and bring a wealth of information for those interested in learning about opportunities with the Government.

Topic: The Importance of Work Experience During High School

Speaking at: Nanaimo, Surrey, Vancouver, Kelowna


Topic: After Graduation: Study, Work or Travel

Speaking at: Abbotsford


Topic: Health, Wellness & Workplace Safety

Speaking at: Vancouver