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Four VIU microbiology and culinary arts work on their fermented seaweed products.

VIU students pitch their seaweed products on Dragons’ Den-style show

November 9, 2022

What: The Urchin Tank, hosted by VIU’s Centre for Seafood Innovation When:  November 23, 2022, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre, Nanaimo campus Nanaimo, BC: The Urchin Tank is a Dragons’ Den-style show where Vancouver Island University (VIU) microbiology and culinary arts students pitch their fermented seaweed products to a panel of judges.  The judges will provide constructive... Read more


Debra Hellbach sits on the beach with a dog.

5 Questions with Debra Hellbach

October 20, 2021

Debra Hellbach has been steering the helm as Manager of VIU’s Centre for Seafood Innovation (CSI) since April 2021. She brings a wealth of knowledge, including 35 years’ experience in the food processing industry, holds a degree in Food Science from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s degree in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University and was a Mitacs intern. “As Carl... Read more