VIU Campus


What Purchasing can do for you

We are your central source for the purchase of goods and services for VIU. Our objective is to provide you the best "value" while reducing risk for VIU. We also administer the Purchasing Card Program and manage programs and contracts such as stationery supplies and disposal of surplus goods.

Where we are

Purchasing is located in Building 300, Room 143, Nanaimo Campus
Fax: 250-740-6465

Who we are

The Purchasing Department provides professional advice for all of your sourcing and contracting requirements - be it simple to complex sourcing initiatives for required goods and services, assistance with contracts, or advice with managing your Contractors.

Name/Position Email Telephone

Kathleen Hayden, SCMP
Senior Manager, Strategic Procurement


Gary Gray, BA, SCMP
Manager, Procurement Operations


Denise Kranz, BComm, Juris Doctor
Contract Specialist


Karmen Yee


Arshad Ashraf, MBA, BSc, BA, SCMP


Within Purchasing buying responsibilities are allocated by commodity and a primary contact person is assigned to each VIU department. The primary contact is a starting point for your purchasing questions and is focused on meeting all of your purchasing needs.

Areas of Expertise

Responsibility Purchasing Contact

Project AURORA and other business transformation initiatives

Kathleen Hayden

Competitive bid processes (all areas) and overall day-to-day operations

Gary Gray

Contract management, including contract review, development, negotiations, recommendations, risk mitigation, and other contract related activities

Denise Kranz

Disposal of surplus goods, equipment and vehicles

Arshad Ashraf

Stationery, imprinting (stamps, name tags, etc.)

Arshad Ashraf

Purchasing Cards (VISA, gas cards, credit cards, etc.)

Karmen Yee

Cell Phones

Karmen Yee

Computer hardware and software

Karmen Yee

Contacts for Purchase Requisitions

Department/Area Purchasing Contact 

Administration (Executive, Financial Services)

Karmen Yee

Faculty of Trades & Applied Technology

  • Applied Business Technology
  • Trades & Apprenticeship Programs

Arshad Ashraf

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Karmen Yee

Ancillary Services

  • Campus Store
  • Food Services
  • Print Shop
  • Student Residence
  • On-campus vendors

Arshad Ashraf

Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation

Arshad Ashraf

Centre for Shellfish Research

Arshad Ashraf

Advancement & Alumni Relations

Karmen Yee

Faculty of Education

Arshad Ashraf

Facilities Services & Campus Development

Karmen Yee

Faculty of Health & Human Services

Karmen Yee

Human Resources and Health & Safety

Arshad Ashraf

Information Technology & Systems

Karmen Yee

International Education

  • ESL
  • MIHS

Arshad Ashraf


Arshad Ashraf

Faculty of Management

  • Business Programs
  • Hospitality Management
  • MBA Programs
  • Recreation and Tourism

Arshad Ashraf

University Relations

Karmen Yee

Milner Gardens

Arshad Ashraf

Parksville Centre

Arshad Ashraf

Regional Campuses:

  • Cowichan
  • Powell River

Arshad Ashraf

Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity

Karmen Yee

Faculty of Science & Technology

Arshad Ashraf

Faculty of Social Sciences

Arshad Ashraf

Student Affairs

  • Athletics
  • Registration

Karmen Yee