Heather McPherson

Executive Director Email:

Heather has worked as the Executive Director of ACGC since 2008.  In this role, Heather oversees the strategic direction of the Council, while ensuring all programming and initiatives align with ACGC’s mission and mandate.  Heather is the councils’ primary liaison with the various partners including the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation, and Global Affairs Canada. 

Prior to her work at ACGC, Heather spent over a decade working with Canadian and international educational and community development organizations with partners around the world. Heather has worked primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa with organizations such as United Nations Development Programme, Canada World Youth, and Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO).

Leah Ettarh

Program Manager Email:

Leah is ACGC’s Program Manager, responsible for public engagement activities, as well as ACGC’s youth and educator programming and initiatives.  Leah is a teacher by trade, with a degree in International Humanitarian Action.  Prior to working at ACGC, Leah taught in international schools around the globe, including Bolivia, China, and Kenya, and worked out of the classroom in the field of Education in Emergencies, with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies in New York.

Denby Jorgensen

Social Media and Technology Coordinator Email:

Denby’s role with the ACGC as Social Media and Technology Coordinator is to plan, execute, and report on technological and social media activities and initiatives. Currently, Denby is finishing up her Computing Science degree and working on Women and Gender Studies courses, with her free time working with groups such as Ada’s Team - a group of students at the University of Alberta dedicated to promoting diversity in computing, games, and technology.

Leslie Robinson

International Development Week Coordinator Email:

Leslie joined ACGC as the International Development Week Coordinator for 2016-2017.  

Richie Assaly

National Program Manager for the EQWIP HUBS Email:

Richie is the National Program Manager for EQWIP HUBS, responsible for developing the initiative's national public engagement strategy, and supporting returning EQWIP HUB volunteers in sharing their stories with Canadians.  Over the past several years, Richie has worked with ACGC in various roles both as a full-time staff member and as a writer and consultant.  With a background in Political Science, Richie was previously the social media coordinator for Leadnow, an independent advocacy organization dedicated to mobilizing Canadians for an open democracy, a fair economy, and a clean climate.

Val Wiebe

Bookkeeper and Office Administrator Email:

Val recently joined ACGC in the new position of part-time Bookkeeper and Office Administrator. Val is responsible for all aspects of financial accounting and administration. Val has a background in the non-profit sector of over 20 years. She has held various positions in this sector bringing a knowledge of experience to the duties she performs with ACGC.