Founders of The Royal

Kelly Marion
Editor-in-Chief / Co-Founder

Kelly Marion

Kelly holds a diploma in Applied Communication from Camosun College and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University. She has worked for the past six years in project management, marketing, communications, and journalism.

After a two year stint at BC Hydro as an engineering technologist, she returned to the communications world as a marketing coordinator while concurrently freelancing as the Fun City Editor for The Vancouver Observer. She quickly immersed herself into the world of lifestyle writing, covering anything from non-profit fundraisers and charity events, to food and adventure FAM trips all over the Pacific Northwest. Some of her notable achievements include being a culinary judge for Cornucopia, Whistler’s premier food and drink festival, and earning the Regional Media Award from the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch.

Kelly owes her knack for photojournalism to her parents — her mother went to J-School and her father studied photography — but considers her time as a self-developed columnist/feature writer in her college newspaper as a pivotal phase in her love for literature. When she’s not fixated on words, Kelly can be found hiking in the middle of nowhere, cruising around the city on her bicycle, or drinking craft beer in the local pub with friends.

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Zameer Karim
Co-Founder / Publisher

Zameer Karim

Zameer is an experienced broadcast journalist, coming to The Royal Magazine from a television and radio news and sports background. He has a Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Journalism and Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is currently a Bachelor of Professional Communications student at Royal Roads University.

Karim was the play-by-play announcer for Simon Fraser University’s Men’s Ice Hockey Team for three seasons and sideline reporter for SFU’s football broadcasts during their inaugural season in the NCAA. He joined Rogers TV in Toronto in various on and off-air roles covering local sports.

He had two short stints in local news with CFTK-TV News in Northwest BC as a Video Journalist and with CKPG News in Prince George as a General Assignment Reporter. In October 2013, Karim joined the international cable news network Al Jazeera English as a Sports Producer working in Doha, Qatar headquarters.

When he isn’t studying, you can find Karim calling hockey games for the University of Victoria Men’s Hockey Team.

Mike Westwick
Editor / Business Manager

MikeW_PhotoMike is a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University. He holds a diploma in Media and Communication Studies from the University of the Fraser Valley.

His main professional experiences come in the field of journalism. He has had pieces published in the University of the Fraser Valley’s Cascade newspaper and the Abbotsford Times. His background in business management supplements his education and experience in writing and communications. His passions for arts, culture, and politics inform his writing.

His personal time is spent in the company of guitars, bicycles, bodies of water, and craft beers.

After Royal Roads, he hopes to find a way to continue profiting from his words.


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