Windsor Plywood Trades Discovery Centre

Windsor Plywood Foundation Gift Transforms VIU's Nanaimo Campus

September 18, 2019

In recognition of a leadership gift in support of students, the Trades Discovery Centre now bears the Windsor Plywood name.The foundation for successful careers in the trades is being built at Vancouver Island University (VIU), and a leadership gift by the Windsor Plywood Foundation is supporting students to get the high-quality educational experiences needed to succeed.The Trades Discovery... Read more

Two VIU Academics Join The Royal Society of Canada's Class of 2019

Two VIU Academics Join The Royal Society of Canada's Class of 2019

September 17, 2019

Dr. Pam Shaw and Dr. Ralph Nilson are being recognized for the outstanding contributions they have made in their fields and to Canadian public life.­­Two accomplished Vancouver Island University (VIU) leaders are being welcomed into the highly respected 2019 class of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Dr. Pam Shaw, Director of VIU’s Master of Community Planning program, and Dr. Ralph Nilson... Read more

People Plan diagram

VIU People Plan Officially Adopted and Ready for Action

September 17, 2019

By Dan VanderSluis, Associate-Vice President, Human ResourcesI am so pleased to announce that the VIU People Plan: You Matter Here has been approved by the Vancouver Island University Board of Governors. This is the final step in the VIU Integrated Planning process for the plan to be officially adopted by VIU.It was created with the input and advice of many of VIU’s employees. Through the various... Read more

Statement from VIU President Deborah Saucier regarding Bamfield Bus Accident

September 14, 2019

I am deeply saddened by the tragic accident last night involving University of Victoria students near Bamfield. Please see this news story for more details. On behalf of Vancouver Island University, we express our sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones and our thoughts are with all of those who were directly impacted.Counselling and other services for VIU students... Read more


September 13, 2019

Vancouver Island University encourages its people to challenge themselves. To seek new heights in their careers and education, to critically question our world, conduct unique, impactful research. When our people reach these milestones, we want to celebrate with them. If you know of anyone, yourself included, who has recently reached a new milestone in his or her career, please share it with us... Read more

VIU brand standards will be available soon

VIU Brand Standards Ease the Guesswork on Logos, Email Signatures, Fonts and More

September 12, 2019

In the spring, the Strategic Marketing team released new brand standards. This helpful guide will teach you how to use VIU’s logo, correct fonts, create an email signature and more. VIU’s brand is a significant piece of VIU’s reputation. Its creation is informed by VIU’s values and elements of the brand often serve as the first impression a prospective student, their parents or a future... Read more

Learn How to Manage Your VIU Mobile Phone Outside Canada

September 10, 2019

Mobile phone roaming overage charges are one of the largest waste expenses Vancouver Island University incurs. In 2018, VIU paid $54,940.83 to Rogers Wireless in roaming overages.Roaming overage charges occur when people take their VIU phones outside of Canada having not purchased an international data/text/calls package and neglect to put their phone on airplane mode or turn it off.Each... Read more

Printing: Solving Three Problems with One Solution

September 10, 2019

Interesting fact: the way we print, scan documents and make photo copies affects three different areas of focus for improvement in VIU’s operations.Those areas are security, sustainability and operational effectiveness. Let’s look at the issue and how it is being solved.SecurityAn in-depth study of printer use at VIU showed that confidential or sensitive materials are printed and either forgotten... Read more

Engaged Citizens Speaker Series

VIU Launches New Speaker Series with Renowned Expert on Democracy and Civil Society

September 9, 2019

How and why is citizenship critical to democracy and civil society? Does corporate citizenship exist? What rights and responsibilities should citizens have?Dr. Philip Oxhorn, Dean of International Education at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will explore these questions and more in the inaugural Engaged Citizens Speaker Series talk on Wednesday, September 11.“Democracy is what we make of it... Read more

Trades Discovery Centre Named in Honour of Leadership Gift

September 4, 2019

Vancouver Island University Foundation extends heartfelt gratitude to the Windsor Plywood Foundation for their leadership gift in support of the Imagine VIU campaign and our students. In honour of this gift and their long history of support, the new Trades Discovery Centre will now be known as the Windsor Plywood Trades Discovery Centre. The new name went up on the front of the building facing... Read more