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2011 Distinguished Alumni Shelley Zapp

Camosun College is proud to announce its annual distinguished Alumni Award.

2011 Distinguished Alumni award winner Shelly Zapp

2011 Distinguished Alumni award winner Shelly Zapp

Distinguished Alumni Shelley Zapp 

President, UNIT4 Business Software

Shelley Zapp is a 1984 graduate of Camosun's Diploma in Technology in Computing, Business Option program. After graduation, she continued to increase her business skills, taking courses at Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria.

Shelley joined UNIT4 Business Software in 1999 as a systems developer and quickly rose to become President of the company, which is now a subsidiary of one of the world's leading suppliers of business software. Zapp oversees the company's management and operations for North America, and under her leadership, has transformed UNIT4 into a growing, thriving business and one of the top 25 tech companies in Greater Victoria. Her company has been recognized as Employer of the Year from the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and she holds the title of Executive of the Year from VIATEC.

"Camosun taught me three great skills: technical, business and communication," she says. "In my role as President, understanding technology, business and having good communication skills to present, run meetings and manage conflict, is invaluable when you're the liaison between technologists and business groups. When I'm looking to hire new employees, I look to Camosun graduates because of these skills learned in the classroom. It is truly an honour to receive this award and I am proud to be a Camosun College graduate."

When Shelley Zapp isn't travelling the globe on business, she's busy giving back to Camosun as a member of the Computer Systems Technology Advisory Board and is an active member of Victoria's technology and business community.

Contact information

Camosun College

Communications Department