Dr. Eric Accili - Chair
The CU Alumni Association board's current chair is an accomplished fellow. Currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Eric earned a BSc, MSc and PhD from UBC after taking two years of arts and sciences at Capilano. Not only is he an expert on the electrical behavior of nerves and the heart, he's chair of the Canadian Physiological Society and Chair of the National Research Budget Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The former Capilano Blues soccer star presently keeps very active chasing after his five-year-old twin boys.
Since earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Capilano in 2007, Rattan Bagga has worked in just about every role in his family’s network of food businesses. Currently CEO of New World Natural Foods, Rattan gives back generously of his time to the community. He is a cabinet member of the Night of Miracles Gala which supports the Children’s Hospital Acute Care Unit and is co-founder of the Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL) Canada, a non-profit that mentors high-school students on entrepreneurship. Rattan was honored with a BC Business Magazine 30 Under 30 Award in 2014 and a Capilano One to Watch Award in 2015. He joined the CUAA board in 2015.
While earning his Bachelor of Business Administration and an Advanced Diploma in Marketing at Capilano, Brad found time to introduce a new social media strategy to the School of Business. Also during his Capilano studies, he was named as a top 10 finalist in Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec campaign, chosen from a field of 400 business students from across Canada. Currently an Investment Analyst with T&M Group of Companies, Brad manages a portfolio of investments across various industries and conducts due diligence on various private equity investment opportunities. As a relatively recent Cap graduate, Brad believes he will bring a fresh perspective to the CUAA on making connections with graduating students and current alumni. Brad is an avid athlete, recently completing his first triathlon. He joined the CUAA board in 2015.
After obtaining a degree in Law and Politics from the University of Durham in the UK, Marion worked for several years as a litigation paralegal at a large Vancouver legal firm and began teaching at Capilano. During her 38-year tenure at Capilano, she served on many committees, culminating in acting as chair of Education Council and vice-chair of Senate working closely with two Capilano presidents. Now retired from teaching, she is a busy volunteer lending her services to such institutions as the Alouette Institution for Women's Community Advisory Board and has taught law courses to inmates at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women. Marion sits on the Capilano Foundation board as vice-chair. Marion began her term as an ex- officio member of the CUAA board in 2015, is thrilled to be a new grandmother, and enjoys travelling the world with her husband who is a lawyer.
A respected instructor in Capilano’s Paralegal Program, Deb is known for her ability to demystify the complex word of civil litigation. She is passionate about the law and a legal scholar who re-wrote the BC Guide to Civil Litigation in 2010 as a result of changes to the BC Supreme Court Civil Rules. Deb completed a Paralegal Diploma at Cap after earning a BA from UBC and still practices part-time as a paralegal with a major Vancouver law firm. She received the Award for Excellence in Empowering Learning from Capilano in 2013. A busy mom of two, Deb loves to steal away to the action of Las Vegas when time permits. She joined the CUAA board in 2015.
A Cap BBA graduate, Dennis is a marketing entrepreneur who provides strategic and creative consulting services. In 2009 he founded Motive8Media, a web design and internet marketing agency. Dennis then launched Popcorn in 2011 to provide PR and digital communications services for the hospitality and food and beverage industries. He also operates the lifestyles blog, Pangcouver, owns a bespoke suit company called Raffinatto, and recently became a dad. When asked what he does in his spare time, Dennis asks “what’s that?” He is a sought after speaker on social media issues and gives back countless hours as a volunteer, lending his social media expertise to such organizations as the Vancouver Board of Trade and the YMCA. He was awarded the One to Watch Award by Capilano in 2013. Dennis joined the board in 2013 and has been active on the Communications Committee.
Lindy was so impressed with the teaching experience she had in Capilano’s School of Legal Studies, she returned to Cap to teach in both the Legal Administrative Assistant and Paralegal programs. Currently, Lindy is working on her Master’s degree in Education and is reportedly a 6 a.m. “gym rat”, a pastime that enables her to keep fit enough to run after her young son and daughter. Lindy is known for her down to earth and intelligent approach to just about everything life throws at her.
After graduating with distinction from Capilano’s Bachelor of Business Administration program, Maria began working at Cap in a variety of roles, most recently as a student recruitment officer. Maria also holds an advanced diploma in Strategic Human Resources Management and has an impressive background in marketing, communications and project management. Maria has a young daughter who just entered elementary school and is reportedly a talented chef. She joined the CUAA board in 2015.
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