Meet The Faculty

Terri Barber, ABT  Program Chair & Instructor

Terri Barber has over 20 years’ experience teaching in the Applied Business Technology program, teaching both online and in the classroom. She has taught a wide variety of the courses in the program but specializes in Microsoft Office computer applications, as well as human relations and office administration skills. Terri holds a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College and a Masters of Education degree from Athabasca University (Distance Education specialty). She believes strongly in the opportunities and skills the training in ABT provides for its students – she too was once a student in the program!

Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2386
Cowichan Campus
Phone: 250-746-3596


Patricia Adam, ABT Instructor

Patricia Adam has extensive experience in teaching and learning accounting courses both online and in the classroom. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Education from Vancouver Island University and she is a Certified Management Accountant.
Patricia draws on her former career working in industry and operating her own business in Nanaimo to teach Accounting and Computerized Accounting. She has delivered these courses in the classroom since 2002 and online since 2003. Her students enjoy her ability to make complex material understandable and her capacity to relate classroom studies to real-world applications.

Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2034


Doug McLean, ABT Instructor

Doug McLean has taught Applied Business Technology courses since 1997. He joined VIU in 2004 and has taught many courses, from Microsoft Office computer applications to Business English at the Cowichan and Nanaimo campuses, as well as online (ABTO). He holds a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University (Communications Studies major). Outside of university life, Doug operates a small transportation company, which allows him to draw on real-life, practical business situations to draw upon in his teaching. 

Cowichan Campus
Phone: 250-746-3525


Tara Smith, ABT Instructor

Applied Business Technology Instructor, Tara Smith

Tara Smith has 22 years’ experience as a Designated Paralegal working in Family Law and Civil Litigation. She holds a Paralegal Diploma with Capilano University, a Diploma in Criminology, and a Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate with Vancouver Island University. Tara is a member of the BC Paralegal Association and has been instructing in the Applied Business Technology Legal Specialty Program since 2016. Tara specializes in teaching Family Law and Civil Litigation part-time, while continuing to work in the field of civil litigation. Tara feels strongly that it is essential for an instructor in the legal specialty program to continue working in the legal field in order to remain current in procedural and substantive law. She continues to attend courses through the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, the Trial Lawyers Association, and the Canadian Defence Lawyers association. Continuing to work and further her education in the legal field enables Tara to achieve high standards of competency, professionalism and education in the practice of procedural law and to accurately relay that up-to-date information to her students.

Phone:  250-753-3245, Ext 2344