Raimo Marttala


B.A. – Honours (Lakehead University)
M.A (Queen’s University, Canada)
Teaching area: Economics

Professional Experiences

Academic Experience

University-College Professor
Faculty of Management, Vancouver Island University, Canada

College Instructor
Lambton College, Canada

Industrial Experience

Budget Tax Services, British Columbia, Canada

Import Store, Ontario, Canada

Manpower Counsellor
Federal Government, Ontario, Canada

Scholarly Activity

Program and Course Development

  • Oversaw as Chair, and personally contributed to, the development of the BA in Economics, Major and Minor, the BBA Economics Concentration, and developed new courses.
  • Developed (with others) from scratch the BA in Global Studies, Major and Minor.
  • Compiled course packages for Econ 340 and 360, and GLST 200, 211, 390, and 491

Work for Publishers

  • Prepared the Student On-Line Learning Centre for McGraw-Hill for the text Principles of Macroeconomics, by Sayre and Morris.
  • Numerous book reviews for various publishers

University Governance

  • Member of eighteen different hiring committees, including four for Dean’s positions, in the last twelve years
  • Member of other committees over the years including the Joint Scholarly Research, COPS for MFA, Radio Malaspina Development, Scholarship and Bursaries, Professional Development, MBA Development, and Chair of GLST Internship Committee
  • Since January 2010, serving as the PDDB Academic Advisor

Other Activities

  • Organized and hosted the province-wide Economics Articulation Conference, April 2008
  • Guest speaker for Western Canada Rights and Democracy Conference, February 2009; topic “Fair Trade vs Free Trade”
  • Guest speaker for Certified Professional Purchasers of BC Conference, September 2009; topic “Current Economic Crisis”
  • Co-investigator for the VIU Economic Impact Study, Fall 2009
  • Over the years, have supervised over thirty theses, and twenty Applied Business Projects for MBA students
  • Organized the Economics and the Global Studies Awards
  • Established a system of Economics Tutors
  • Numerous interviews with the local media on economics-related issues


  • Actively teaching/participating in three different areas: Economics, Global Studies, and the MBA program
  • Received the best IMBA professor of the year award, 2005