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Charley Beresford is the Executive Director of the Columbia Institute. Today's climate change and social equity challenges are at the forefront of her work with the Institute. As Executive Director, Charley observed the climate change discussions in Copenhagen and regularly contributes research and analysis on emerging sustainability issues. As a School Board Trustee from 1996 through 2008,...
Strategic Communications Specialist
Christine Boyle comes to this work with a range experience in communications, strategic planning, and community development. Prior to joining the Columbia Institute, Christine led Communications for a environmental camp and retreat centre, and before that spend many years running sustainability programming within the Vancouver School Board. She holds a BSc in Urban Agriculture and First Nations...
Steve Bradshaw is our Centre for Civic Governance Coordinator in Alberta. Steve arrived in Alberta from Southern Ontario in 1978. From his initial foray as restaurant owner in Grande Prairie to 12 years as an elected representative of the Amalgamated Transit Union in Edmonton, along with his continuing leadership in community organizations, Steve is focused on developing better communities.
Robert holds a Masters in Communications from Simon Fraser University. Active with NGOs and social movements in Canada and the United Kingdom, Robert Duffy’s CV includes research positions in the BC legislature and at the national office of the Canadian Federation of Students. Prior to joining the Columbia Institute, he did legislative and communications work in the Canadian Parliament.
Special Projects Coordinator
Norman Gludovatz is the Special Projects Coordinator at Columbia Institute; he brings over 10 years experience in public engagement and event organization (event planning and management, facilitation, focus groups, and surveys). Norman has worked with government, the non-profit sector (international and local), business organizations, trade unions and individuals to engage citizens and members....
A former city hall newspaper reporter, Columbia Institute's Ontario Director, Stephanie Levesque, has a wide breadth of community organizing experience across the entire province. Her extensive networks and knowledge of local issues around Ontario through her work with initiatives such as the Ontario Health Coalition and Municipalities Matter underpins her work at the Columbia Institute. Prior to...
Tracey Mitchell is our Centre for Civic Governance Coordinator in Saskatchewan. Tracey has worked with various community-based and non-profit groups from mental health organizations to international development agencies. She has helped these organizations create innovative programming for public engagement, as well as evaluating and improving those programs. Tracey has a BA in History and...
Lisa is the Awards Administrator at the Columbia Institute and brings over a decade of experience in scholarship, award and bursary administration and development. For the last two years, Lisa has worked with local school trustees on bridging the gap between parents and school districts as a means of improving education. Lisa is currently a director of the LeRoi Community Foundation and works...
Before joining Columbia Institute, Amor Verdeflor-Alvarado worked with Amnesty International-PRO as Office Coordinator for 1 year and with FORGE, a non-profit organization based in the Philippines, as HR/Administrative Officer for 8 years. Amor earned her Bachelor's degree in Industrial Psychology and Master's in Business Management from the University of the Philippines. She has also completed...