Heather McPherson

Executive Director Email:
I am committed to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) because unless we strengthen current and develop new partnerships we will not be able to achieve the global by 2030. Doing more of what we are already doing will not get us there. Working together, developing new partnerships and new ways of finding solutions is how we will move our collective agenda forward. I am the ACGC Executive Director. Prior to ACGC, I spent many years working with Canadian and international educational and community development organizations around the world. I have a Masters Degree from the University of Alberta in Educational Policy Studies in International Education where my thesis focused on the vital incorporation of indigenous knowledges in the achievement of development priorities. Envisioning new possibilities and developing innovative ways to support our members and partners is the most rewarding part of my job.   Along with my delightful partner, my two amazing children, and my two huge dogs, I love living in Edmonton taking advantage of the proximity to mountains, forests, and lakes.

Leah Ettarh

Program Manager Email:
I am committed to SDGs #4 because access to quality education is key to a democratic and inclusive society. I am ACGC’s Program Manager, responsible for public engagement, with a specific interest in engaging youth and educators as global citizens. As a teacher, I am passionate about helping students become aware of the impact they make, and can make, in the world. This passion led me to spend time teaching Middle and Upper Secondary Social Studies in schools around the globe, including in Bolivia, China, Kenya, and Canada. After completing a Masters degree in International Humanitarian Action, I worked out of the classroom in the field of Education in Emergencies as a consultant with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies in New York.  Working at ACGC has allowed me to blend my two passions - education and international development - in a very meaningful way!

Leslie Robinson

Communications Coordinator Email:

I am committed to SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) because unequal power relations are at the root of all our global challenges and partnering across all kinds of differences is key to overcoming them.

I am ACGC's Communications Coordinator. With graduate degrees in visual communication design and education I weave together community engagement, creative drive, and a dedication to serving through a critical social justice lens. I have worked and volunteered in Senegal, Mali, and finally Uganda, where I am co-founder of the artivists 4 life community of practice. I am currently coordinating ACGC’s storytelling initiative Together: Alberta’s Notebook for the Global Goals. Get in touch with me to get involved!

Laveza Khan

Membership and Government Relations Coordinator Email:

I am committed to Goal 5 (Gender Equality) because humanity at large will exceed a lot further when women and girls are given equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making. I also support Goal 8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth) because access to productive employment and decent work is crucial to human development as well as sustainable development.

I am ACGC’s Membership and Government Relations Coordinator. I completed my postgraduate studies at Humber College in International Development and have an Honours BA from McMaster University in Labour Studies and Sociology. I am passionate about social justice, gender equality, employment and human rights policies and am excited to engage with these issues directly through the work of ACGC members. I am currently taking the lead on ACGC’s Together 2017 Symposium and look forward to seeing the cross collaboration which will follow for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.