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Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

Glynis Steen - Dean of Trades and Applied Technology

Over the next ten years, there will be a shortage of skilled workers in British Columbia due to retirements and the creation of new jobs because of the province’s economic growth. I’m excited to help ensure that our students have the skills required to fill these jobs. At the Faculty of Trades & Technology here at Vancouver Island University, we promote dynamic training opportunities in trades and technical fields, and our training facilities and equipment are among the best in the province. We have a solid partnership with industry and have access to advanced technologies and equipment that are available on worksites. Our entire team of skilled instructors and dedicated staff is committed to supporting your success and student experience!

Glynis Steen, Dean, Trades & Applied Technology



Message from the Associate Dean

Paul Mottershead - Associate Dean, Trades and Applied Technology

We work closely with industry to ensure that our curriculum meets the highest standards for skills and knowledge that will prepare you for employment in your chosen career. You will have an opportunity to learn in our classrooms, shops, and lab facilities. Our highly skilled instructors and staff will give you a hands-on experience that will prepare you for a placement in the workplace. Our entire faculty team is dedicated to supporting your success and ensuring that you have a positive learning experience.

Paul Mottershead, Associate Dean, Trades & Applied Technology


Message from the Associate Deanphoto of Dr. Sally Vinden


 “The need for skilled professionals in B.C. is rapidly increasing, which brings forth many exciting and well-paid employment opportunities. The TAT Faculty at VIU prepares students to take advantage of such opportunities. We offer a diverse range of programs that combine real world experience with curriculum to

offer powerful teaching strategies, including experiential ‘hands-on’ learning. Our approach is student-centered. We make learning engaging and relevant to the needs of real people, professions, and industries. Our highly-skilled and knowledgeable instructors and staff are proud to support your learning journey towards success.”

Dr. Sally Vinden, Associate Dean, Trades and Applied Technology