Engineering Program Advisory Committee (EPAC)

The VIU’s Engineering Program Advisory Committee (EPAC) has been established to make recommendations to the Dean of Science and Technology to ensure the relevance of its engineering transfer and technology programs to its students, employers, and the community-at-large. 

Committee Function and Role 

The EPAC meets at least once a year, and considers the following:

  • curriculum design to educate and train students for purposes of employment;
  • criteria for length of program;
  • types of specialized equipment and appropriate laboratory or workshop layouts;
  • public awareness through information and advertising; 
  • academic experience, maturity, health and other particular requirements of students for admission to the program;
  • placement of students in work experience opportunities (including practicums);
  • assistance in obtaining student bursaries and scholarships for the program;
  • program evaluation and follow-up on the performance of graduates, ensuring relevance of program and assessing career opportunities and identifying changes in the labour market;
  • acquisition of additional resources (material, personnel, methods) that will enhance the value of the program;
  • transfer arrangements to other institutions; and,
  • recruitment of students into the program.


The current membership of this committee consists of:

  • Eve Stringham -  Dean, Science and Technology (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Brian Dick - Program Coordinator (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Stephen Elwood, Teacher within School District #68 (EPAC Chair)
  • Maya Charnell - Chair, Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (EGBC) - Vancouver Island branch
  • Dennis Lightfoot - North Island College
  • LillAnne Jackson - University of Victoria
  • Scott Jensen, Alumni
  • Geoff Dean, Alumni
  • Barry Fitzgerald, VMAC Technologies Inc.
  • Poul Rosen, City of Nanaimo
  • Don Stedeford