Meet the Faculty
Tazul Islam, Department Chair (Kelowna)
Tazul joined the Department of Economics in August 2007 and has been serving as Chair since 2014. He's taught previously at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, University of Guelph in Ontario and La Trobe University in Melbourne where he lectured on subjects ranging from principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, managerial economics, mathematical economics, price economics to some higher level courses on environmental economics, international trade, econometrics and business statistics. Tazul also taught at Tianjin University of Technology in China and the Canadian Institute of International Studies in India. As a Visiting Professor in summer terms, Tazul has been teaching some higher level Economics courses at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus.
Tazul holds a Ph.D. in Economics from La Trobe University, Melbourne where his research focused on economics of global warming and climate change. His research paper co-authored with Professor John Kennedy titled, "Transition from Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy Sources by the North and the South:A Game Theoretic Analysis in Response to Global Warming" was ranked one of the top three submissions in the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MODSIM) conference in 2001. Tazul's other seminal work on technological innovation and growth of labor productivity in Bangladesh agriculture was published in the Journal of Development Studies in 1996. He is currently working on another research paper to be published shortly.
Tazul came to Okanagan Valley with a decade of work experience in his home country, Bangladesh. He served as an Economist in the Central Bank of Bangladesh and as a Senior Assistant Secretary in Planning Commission and in the President's Secretariat, Bangladesh. Tazul lives in Kelowna with his wife, Mahfuza Begum Lona. In the off-days if you don't see Tazul in his office, you will definitely find him with Lona fishing at the Okanagan Lake or working at the Gibbs community garden in Rutland.
Credentials: Ph.D.(La Trobe University, Melbourne), M.Ec.(UNE, Australia), B.Sc.Ag.Econ (Hons) & M.Sc.Ag.Econ (BAU)
Sandra holds a PhD (ABD) in Agricultural Economics, an MA in Economics, as well as a BA in Psychology from University of Saskatchewan. Before coming to Okanagan College in 2005, Sandra taught at University of Saskatchewan, St. Thomas More College, SIAST and Okanagan University College.
Her teaching portfolio includes Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Economic Development, International Economics, Competitiveness in the International Economy, Labour Economics and Public Finance. Her research interests are in the areas of Development Economics, Psychology and Economics and Socioeconomics.
If Sandra is not playing in the kitchen or in the garden, she and her husband can be found hiking, scuba-diving or wind tunnel flying.
Masum finished his undergraduate education from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh and started teaching at the University of Chittagong in 1993. Being an Economics professor, he specialized in Economics literature. He did his Masters of Arts (MA) in Economics from the University of Hawaii, USA in the year 2004 and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics from the University of Birmingham, UK in the year 2012. He specialized in Development Economics focusing mainly population ageing, health, intergenerational education and residency issues. He was awarded the East-West Center Graduate Fellowship and the University of Birmingham PhD Fellowship to finish the MA and the PhD degree respectively. During his higher study in the University of Hawaii and the University of Birmingham, he got the opportunity of working as teaching assistant, which enhanced his teaching experience in educational institutions of developed countries. He took voluntary retirement from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh and joined as an Economics teacher at Okanagan College, Canada in the year 2013. He has published more than ten research articles in peer reviewed international journals such as Australian Journal on Ageing, Global Journal of Economics, and Asian Profile etc. He likes travelling to understand socio-economic culture of an area and to enjoy the nature and environment. He also likes to watch television. He wishes to be a good teacher and a researcher.
Brad graduated with a Masters of Arts in Economics from Simon Fraser University where he specialized in econometrics with research in exchange rates. After his studies Brad worked for PepsiCo for 5 years before moving on to international business and economics consulting working in the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Europe. Brad, and his wife Janice now live Vernon where he teaches microeconomics and macroeconomics at the Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses and offers a Behavioural Economics class via a virtual online classroom to students on all campuses. Both he and Janice have a passion for travel and the outdoors.
Michael holds a Doctorate Degree in Economics from the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa and has over 15 years’ experience teaching Economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He enjoys all aspects of academia, including instructing, collaboration, mentoring students, international exchange, and research. Michael’s research interests include applied microeconomics, with an emphasis on non-market valuation techniques.