Welcome to Capsule, home of Capilano University's stories.
Capsule is the work of CapU’s marketing and digital experience team. We are a collective of diverse talents but one common thread that unites us is our love of storytelling.
We created Capsule because we believe in connecting through stories, and it’s more important than ever to create ways to stay in touch with, learn about and learn from each other.
We hope this work provides insight into the CapU community and fosters your connection to it.
CapU Marketing and Digital Experience
Meet the team behind Capsule
Cari Bird holds a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications from Alberta University of the Arts and brings a wealth of skills as a creative director, designer, strategist and educator.
Her career began in the agency world, working with international brands and small-scale studios. She then transitioned in-house to Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) where she held the role of creative lead for 7 years, seeing the institution through two separate rebrands.
Outside of work, Cari’s commitment to the creative industry is apparent through her work teaching design basics in Continuing Studies at ECU, her role as a judge in the RGD’s In-house Design Awards and her participation on the Advisory Board for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Graphic Design for Marketing degree.
With more than 15 years’ experience as a designer and production artist, Rommel Cabanal brings levels of efficiency and agility to originating and leading specialized creative design implementation for CapU’s marketing and digital experience team.
Passionate about design in traditional and digital mediums, he’s always up for a quick debate that the greatest teacher is the natural environment.
Shannon Colin is CapU’s marketing supervisor. She has a BA from the University of British Columbia, and certificates in integrated branding, e-marketing, public relations and media writing.
She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and event management. As a key content creator at CapU, she has a talent for drawing out stories from students, alumni and subject matter experts and enjoys writing and sharing these stories across multiple platforms. Shannon’s role also includes writing and project management for the University’s award-winning Viewbook.
Denise Corcoran works on CapU’s marketing & digital experience (MDX) team as a digital communications specialist. Denise graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts then went to the Vancouver Film School and took their digital media certificate. Her goal was to up her skills and ensure she could be creative while happily employed.
She loves working at CapU and especially being part of MDX where she gets to work with talented, inspiring coworkers. As she likes to say “I won the job lottery.”
Outside of her regular job, she has a couple of side hustles. She gets paid to craft with kids (aka crafternoons), write for the Salvation Army Thrift Store... she’s even authored a crafty book sharing fun, simple DIYs.
In her spare time, Denise can be found trekking around on one of the many lush North Vancouver trails, enjoying bike dates with “Liv” (her new road bike) or enjoying a yummy craft beer at one of the local beweries.
Niki Hope is CapU’s Marketing Manager, driving strategic branding and digital storytelling. With an extensive background in journalism, Niki helps to guide and support Capsule.
After graduating with a journalism degree from Langara College, Niki spent more than a decade working for Glacier Media. She began her career as a reporter and then moved into magazine editing before transitioning into communications and marketing.
Niki loves collaborating with creatives to build compelling work that inspires and resonates. She also loves hanging out with her kids, working out, eating pizza and the occasional good TV binge.
Chelsea Kelso is one of CapU’s graphic designers. With 10+ years of design experience in a variety of corporate environments, she has created all kinds of materials from brochures and reports to in-store shop signage, packaging, web graphics and advertising campaigns that span across print and digital platforms.
She thrives in a team environment where brainstorming, collaboration and creativity are encouraged. Her current role at CapU has allowed her to explore the visual design strategies of storytelling and relating those stories to audiences of all ages.
On weekends you can find her hiking in the forest with her pup or curled up with a pot of tea and a good book.
Alisha Moolla is CapU’s director of marketing & digital experience, and a multi-disciplinary professional working at the intersection of creativity and strategy.
Alisha holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Communication Design from Emily Carr University, and has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and brand development for post-secondary education institutions like CapU, UBC and BCIT.
During her time in higher education, she managed the development of award-winning publications and helped to spearhead new digital strategies to support both prospective and current students.
Alisha greatly enjoys leading cross-functional teams, building meaningful relationships with collaborators, creating work that meets business goals, and engaging with diverse audiences. In her spare time, she can be found exploring B.C. with her husband and two daughters.
Linda Munro is a senior communications officer at CapU, focusing on media relations and external communications. With initial plans of joining the foreign service and becoming an ambassador, she completed a bachelor’s degree in geography and political science at Queen’s University. However, this education shifted her attention to community development and urban planning.
A series of internships in India and Thailand introduced her to marketing and communications, laying the foundation for her career. She completed an MA in journalism at Western University and has worked in public relations and communications for the last 20 years. Since 2016, she has worked in communications in higher education.
Outside of work, she is a school trustee and an active community volunteer, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and 1,000-piece puzzles
Kirk Pedersen is the marketing content generalist at CapU. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and got his start working as a reporter for various Black Press papers before being hired to work on the Need for Speed team at Electronic Arts (EA).
Since departing EA, he has spent a decade working in higher education, previously working in the marketing department at Douglas College.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, pointing out classic cars, expanding his knowledge of hockey and baseball history and rudely shouting out answers while watching Jeopardy! Kirk moved to the North Shore just before the pandemic hit and lives with his wife in Deep Cove.