Dana Collette, Professor at Vancouver Island University
Dana Collette's Bio:
Dana Collette is a Canadian business law professor at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in British Columbia. Dana began working at the island university in 2002 and currently teaches on a variety of topics including: Commercial Law, Negotiations, Business-Government Relations, and Principles of Management. She has also taught Introduction to Criminal Law, Computer Law, Computers & Society, and Law & Technology.
A resident of the beautiful west coast province most of her life, Dana earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Victoria (UVic) in 1999. After earning her BA, Dana went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the UVic Law School in 2003, and qualified that same year for her Real Estate License from the University of British Columbia.
At the end of Dana’s legal studies at UVic law school, Dana competed a term as a legal aid advocate at the Law Centre, for which she was awarded the 2003 Faculty of Law Award for Excellence in Community Law.
Dana practiced real estate for DFH Real Estate Ltd. in Victoria from 2003 to 2005. During that time and following, she also worked in the area of privacy law, accepting several opportunities for contract work with the B.C. provincial public sector, including at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the government ministry responsible for privacy and access legislation.
In 2002, Dana began her career as a post-secondary instructor, teaching Computers & Society on a part-time basis at VIU, and then also at UVic. In 2006 Dana accepted a full time teaching position at VIU, where she continues her more than 14 year long career as a post-secondary educator inspiring the next generation of future leaders.
In addition to her work in academia, Dana has over 20 years’ experience in management and marketing in the private and public sectors. She is also versed on administrative, interpersonal, public speaking and group facilitation skills.
Dana is fluent in Spanish and has previously worked as an interpreter.
Dana Collette contributed in the creation of the Canadian Academy of Legal Studies in Business, a national organization for Canadian business law teachers. Dana had been compiling a list of business law teachers in western Canada that later helped promote and establish the Canadian Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
Outside of her professional work, Dana is passionate about home design, interior decorating and photography.
Dana Collette is also enthusiastic about the outdoors and participates in a number of outdoor activities. One of her favourite activities is kayaking, a sport Dana has participated in for more than 20 years. Dana also enjoys hiking and walking the many trails in the Central Vancouver Island area.
In the city, you can find Dana working on her martial arts skills. She has studied Goju Ryu, Taekwondo and two styles of Kenpo. Dana especially likes the physical discipline and self-defense skills associated with martial arts training.
In her spare time Dana is an avid nonfiction reader who especially enjoys books about fostering a healthy lifestyle.
Dana Collette's Experience:
Professor at Vancouver Island University2002 - Present | Nanaimo, British Columbia
- Professor: Commercial Law, Negotiations, Business-Government Relations, Principles of Management (2006 to present). - Instructor: Commercial Law, Introduction to Criminal Law, Computer Law, Computers & Society, Law & Technology, Introduction to Computing (2002-2006) - Service & scholarship: +Design of Legal Studies Certificate program (in progress) +Advisor, Mark It Up! Marketing Week 2016 “Dress It Up” Fashion Show +Co-founding member, Canadian Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2014) +VIU Law Network, Founder & Co-chair (2006 to present) +Various ad-hoc hiring committees (2008 to present) +Community Engagement Student Project for City of Nanaimo, Academic Supervisor (Spring 2013) +Management & Law Curriculum Review Committee (2012-2013) +Co-chair, North America Mobility Project (2009-2011) +Research in Teaching & Learning for international and domestic students studying business law and learning legal analysis (2007-2011) +Study Abroad Committee (Chair, 2008-2010; Member, 2010-2011) +VIU International Scholar (2009-2010) +VIUFA Negotiating Committee (Member 2009/10) +Instructor Skills Workshop Facilitator (2008 to 2010) +Student Recruitment, Retention & Alumni Committee (Member, 2008/09) +Research Ethics Board (Member, Fall 2006 to 2008; Chair, 2007/08)
Consulting at Privacy Law ConsultingJanuary 2005 - December 2006 | Victoria, Canada
Privacy law consulting for organizations, including the B.C. Ministry of Education, including drafting privacy guidelines and giving training workshops.
Real Estate Sales Representative at DFH Real Estate Ltd.September 2003 - November 2005 | Victoria, Canada
Instructor, Marketing & Communications Manager, Work-Study Student at University of Victoria1996 - 2005 | Victoria, British Columbia
-Instructor, Computers & Society (Summer 2003, 2004; Spring 2005) -Coordinator, Marketing & Communications, Alumni Affairs (1998-2000) -Work/study: Alumni Communications Assistant; Career Resource Assistant (1996-1997)
Contract June to December 2004.
Portfolio Officer, Law Student Co-Op, Legal Research and Writing at Office of the Information and Privacy CommissionerFebruary 2004 - June 2004 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Portfolio Officer (Contract: February to June 2004) Law Student Co-op / Legal Research & Writing (Summer 2001)
Articling Student at Stevenson, Luchies & Legh Barristers & SolicitorsMay 2003 - August 2003
Law Student Co-Op/Temporary Articled Student at Arvay Finlay BarristersMay 2002 - August 2002 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Independent Spanish/English Translator at Various Local Translation AgenciesSeptember 1994 - August 1996 | Vancouver, Canada
Work/Study: Research Assistant; Spanish Interpreter at Douglas College1991 - 1993 | British Columbia, Canada
Advertising Coordinator at Ward Music Ltd.September 1990 - August 1991 | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Marketing Services Coordinator at General Paint Ltd.September 1988 - August 1990 | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Assistant, VP Marketing and Sales at Jantzen Canada Inc.September 1985 - August 1987 | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Dana Collette's Education:
University of Victoria Law School2000 – 2003Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law
The University of British ColumbiaReal Estate License
University of VictoriaBachelors Degree, Psychology/SociologyActivities: Graduated with distinction.
Dana Collette's Interests & Activities:
Paddle boarding, traveling, martial arts, kayaking, hiking, cooking, gardening