The Capilano University Alumni (CUAA) is a global network committed to providing our graduates with life-long learning, support and inspiration.

The Capilano University Alumni Association (CUAA) board is led by a group of dedicated volunteers who make up our Board of Directors and ensure that alumni voices are represented throughout the university.

Alumni Awards event with speaker and recipients

Learn more about our Board members and our vision below.

Capilano University Alumni Board Chair Brittany Barnes.

Brittany has been involved with the CapU community for over 10 years, earning her Associate of Arts (Global Stewardship) and her Bachelor of Communication Studies.

During her time as a student, she served as student union president and class valedictorian. After graduating, she remained involved with the University through alumni relations and went on to serve as Chair of the CUAA in November 2019.

In her professional life, Brittany works at Cassie + Friends Society for Juvenile Arthritis and is passionate about the intersection between non-for-profits and corporate social responsibility.

In her spare time, you can find her on a hiking trail with her dog-son Obi, talking politics, or tasting beer at a local brewery.

Laura J. Brown is an eLearning, Training and Development specialist with experience across several industries including telecommunications, banking and the tech sector.

She contributes to organizations by building and managing onboarding, employee development and certification programs on digital platforms.

In addition to being a Capilano University alumnus from the School of Business, Brown has obtained a Graduate Diploma of Technology Enhanced Learning and Design from Royal Roads University.

When she was a CapU student, she served as president of the School of Business Student Association.

Capilano University Alumni Board member Alvaro Calderon.

Alvaro Calderon is a creator and a creative professional at heart. He defines himself as an entrepreneur, author, musician, producer, and marketer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and a Post Baccalaureate in North American Business Management from Capilano University.

His professional experience consists of more than 25 years of producing content for television, events, and shows and operating businesses related to advertising and production.

Alvaro is the co-founder of the Mexican company Nacion de Ideas, established in 2010 and Alive Creative, an advertising and communications company based in Vancouver.

Alvaro is keen to apply artistic concepts to communication strategies to provide a holistic, fresh, and unique approach to the way people and markets interact.

Pardis Daneshyar is a Supply Chain Management Professional with a business degree from CapU.

During her studies, she was involved with the IBA (International Business Associate), CIE (Center for International Experience) and the Student Union. Daneshyar led or contributed to over 500 community events during the time of her degree.

In her career of 5 years, Daneshyar has managed to get on a corporate level in the Logistics and Transportation industry of a fortune 500 company.

She started and manages four centralized teams that support over 20 Transportation Brokerage branches in tracking, sourcing, digital capacity and carrier sustainability and diversity planning.

Daneshyar is also involved in the North Shore pottery community and lives on the north shore. By being part of the CUAA, she wants to be able to give back to the institution that gave her wings.

Capilano University Alumni Board member Amina El Mantari.

Amina El mantari is a community change maker. Making the difference is one of her top core values.

Amina’s professional focus is human resources and people engagement. With 14 years of experience on Human Resources. Amina has extensive leadership, student governance and administration experience.

She currently hold a role of People & Culture Specialist at Neptune Bulk Terminals. Over the course of her career she has led Policy and Governance Committee, Employee issues management, and diversity and inclusion functions.

In addition to being a Capilano University alumna, Amina is an ICF certified Coach and continuing her professional development with plans to pursue her Master Engagement Strategist Coach. When she was a CapU student, she served on the CapU student union executive.

Amina has continued serving her community. She currently sits on SHARP Workplaces Advisory Committee for Ending Violence association of BC, and volunteered for both the North Shore Crisis Services Society and the Parkgate Community Services Society.

Amina was first place Winner of Soroptimist International Award of the North Shore in 2016, an organization working to improve the lives of girls and women in the North Shore, and later she was awarded the Capilano University Alumni Association Unified Award of Excellence in 2018.

She is always delighted to talk about coaching, law, cross-culture, supporting mental health, and feminism.

Capilano University Alumni Board member Eddie Jang.

Eddie Jang has a strong background in Banking and the Financial Services industry. He has worked at the CIBC headquarters in Toronto as a Financial Analyst in the Personal & Small Business Banking Finance Division.

Jang worked closely with key executives, who oversaw a large part of the Retail's Bank operation. Also, he has worked in Commercial Banking at the Toronto Dominion Bank (TD). Now, Jang works in the Financial Technology industry as an Underwriter, managing Credit Risk at Merchant Growth.

Jang has been always involved in the community by being a mentor for Junior Achievement BC (JABC), volunteering in the community under the United Way in Toronto.

In addition, he was a mentor in the International Mentor program at Capilano University while attending as a student.

Jang holds a Business Diploma in General Management from Capilano University and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance from the University of British Columbia.

Capilano University Alumni Board member Jamil Kara.

Jamil Kara has over 15 years of experience specializing in Human Resources and Strategic Management in varying sectors across Canada including Retail, Accommodations/Food Services and Financial Services.

In his current role, Jamil is leading the organizational response to the pandemic while developing the strategy for the future of work for CWB Financial Group. Prior to this role, Jamil lead various teams across the Bank within Sales Effectiveness and Human Resources.

These roles have been closely tied to the organization's growth objectives as it continues to develop the boutique banking experience for business owners in Canada, and develop an unrivalled employee experience.

Before joining CWB Financial Group in 2017, Jamil spent the previous ten years leading HR and Labour Relations teams within Aramark and Walmart Canada.

A graduate of Capilano University's Bachelor of Business Administration degree program in 2006, Jamil continued his learning journey by obtaining professional certifications in workforce planning and completing the Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CPHR) in 2011.

He is currently in the process of obtaining the Certified Leadership Coach (CLC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designations.

Capilano University Alumni Board member Ritika Rana.

Leadership, mentorship, and entrepreneurship are three core values that have intrigued Ritika Rana since childhood.

Inspired by her family, where both her parents and siblings have their own independent businesses, Ritika pursed an education in the School of Business at CapU and graduated from North American Business Management Post Baccalaureate program in 2020. She is now working as a Management Analyst.

As an international student new to Canada, Capilano University provided a wonderful study abroad experience for Ritika. She is thrilled to be part of the CUAA Board to help reciprocate the love, caring and advancement efforts that the university provided her as a student, to now support our alumni community.

Ritika enjoys art, nature and people. She spends her leisure time learning more about different people and perspectives, painting canvases and being active in nature.

Capilano University Alumni Board member Matthew Smith.

Matthew Smith is the National Sales Manger at W3 Solutions/IA Service Plan, a division under the umbrella of the IA Financial Group – Canada’s fourth largest insurance company.

As a CapU Business Administration grad, Matthew is very excited to now be a part of the CUAA Board, and to have the opportunity to connect and serve other alumni and students.

Matthew enjoys a very active lifestyle and loves to hike, ski, snowboard and backpack in the mountains of BC.

Capilano University Alumni Board member Milla Zaenker.

Milla Zaenker is an accomplished human resources and organizational development professional with a business-based perspective, who is passionate about creating a work environment that supports growth to enhance organizational effectiveness through people.

Having worked with government organizations and international business, her expertise lies in human resources and organizational development, leadership development, coaching, relationship management, and change management.

She is currently working as a Manager of Learning and Organizational Development at the Legal Services Society of BC where she is responsible for the development and delivery of strategies, programs and initiatives aimed at developing LSS and its people in support of the mission, vision, values and key goals.

Building trusting relationships and inspiring people to collectively build organizations where they can use their talents to create meaningful work leading to success is at the heart of Milla’s philosophy.

Milla holds a Masters of Business Administration, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), ProSci certified change practitioner, and a Certified Insights Discovery practitioner.

About the Board of Directors

The Alumni Association inspires to support and develop our members, foster student success and celebrate achievements within our communities.

Alumni Pride
Lifelong Relationships
Support and Engagement
Community Stewardship and Service
Authentic and Quality Student Experience

The alumni representative to the Senate ensures that alumni have a voice at the table when discussing educational policies and producers. Pardis Daneshyar currently sits on the Senate as our alumni representative.

The Senate is established in conformity with the University Act of British Columbia and is responsible for policies concerning student evaluation, withdrawal, academic standing, appeals, grading, awards for excellence and curriculum content.

The Board of Governors obtains advice from Senate on a variety of matters.

The alumni representative to the Board of Governors ensures that alumni have a voice at the table when discussing and directing affairs of the university, and when setting policies in accordance with the University Act of British Columbia. Cherian Itty and Duncan Brown currently sit on the Board of Governors as our alumni representatives.

The Board is responsible for the management, administration and control of property revenue, business and affairs of the University.

If you are interested in getting involved with the CUAA please review the governing documents and information package below and submit your CV and Expression of Interest to alumni@capilanou.ca.


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