Alumni profiles

Bailey Quaite

Senior Advisor, Community Engagement & Communications
Alberta Health Services

At Alberta Health Services, Bailey works in public engagement on health policy and healthcare delivery while supporting regional advisory councils. Her career trajectory has included negotiation work for the BC Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and community relations for CEDA, an Alberta-based energy services company. In 2015, Bailey was selected for a Young Women in Energy Award.

Economics - BSc (2008)

Sadaf Mirza

Chief Economist & Executive Director
Economic Forecasting and Analysis, BC Government

Sadaf has 18 years of experience working as an economist with the BC government, including successive leadership positions in the Ministry of Finance. As Chief Economist for the BC Ministry of Finance she is responsible for developing the provincial government economic forecast, and provides strategic analysis and advice to senior levels of government on the economy and economic policy.

Economics - BSc (1997), MA (1999)

Nawin Chirapant

Diplomatic Officer (Second Secretary)
United Nations Security Council, Peace, Security, and Disarmament Division, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand

As a Diplomatic Officer, Nawin is responsible for policy analysis and implementation of Thailand's engagements with United Nations disarmament framework of conventional weapons.

Economics - BSc (Hons.) (2008), MA (2012)

Phil Ashworth

Portfolio Manager
Odlum Brown Limited

As a Portfolio Manager, Phil deals with a wide range of retail investors, tailoring portfolios to individual circumstances and ensuring that asset allocation is correct based on each client’s objectives and risk tolerance. After graduating from UVic, Phil began his career trading money market securities, stocks and options. Read more

Economics - BSc (2006)

Joanne McBurnie

Limbic Media

Johanna serves as ScrumMaster for Limbic Media Corporation, a Victoria tech company specializing in interactive lighting art installations and products. As the company's ScrumMaster, she facilitates project planning in a people-centred way, making space for quick changes and team self-organization.

Economics - BA (With Distinction), and Social Justice Studies - Diploma (2013)

Tracy Redies

MLA, Surrey-White Rock
Legislative Assembly of BC

Tracy was elected in the riding of Surrey-White Rock in 2017. Her areas of expertise include strategic development and positioning, mergers and acquisitions, commercial banking; personal financial services, wealth management, e-business and IT. Tracy was formerly Director of BC Hydro and CEO of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, Canada's second largest credit union.

Economics and Pacific and Asian Studies - BA (1984)

Jennifer Davison

Senior Policy Analyst
BC Government

Jennifer's current position with the BC government involves developing and implementing standards for renewable energy and reduced carbon emissions from transportation fuels. She works with senior government and industry officials on challenging and high profile public policy issues like offshore oil and gas, low carbon transportation, the Canada-US softwood lumber dispute and industry competitiveness.

Economics - BA, MA (2003)

Kelsey Ramsden

Belvedere Place Development and SparkPlay

Kelsey is Canada's Top Female Entrepreneur, ranked #1 by Profit and Chatelaine Magazine's 100 list in 2012. She has founded and run businesses ranging from construction to children's toys. She is President of Belvedere Place Development, a land development and construction firm, and Spark Play, a monthly play subscription service. She is also a speaker, consultant and coach.

Economics - BA (2000)

Tony Yu

CEO, Vessi

Tony is one of BC’s Top 30 under 30 and featured in the June 2020 BC Business Magazine. Vessi was launched in 2018 with a fully waterproof knit sneaker. As market leaders in this new category, their products drive happiness by enabling people to live without constraints, rain or shine. Vessi believes giving back to the community in ways that create a childlike, puddle jumping happiness feeling.  A pay it forward option with purchase of Vessi supports their community fund program that spark community heroes with micro-grants.

Tony credits the co-op program which gave him the opportunity to travel and see the world from a different perspective. The experience opened up another world of ideas and the creativity hasn’t stopped since.

Economics & Business Minor (2012)