Staff

Heather McPherson

Executive Director Email: director@acgc.ca
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: projects@acgc.ca

Leslie Robinson

Communications Coordinator Email: leslie.robinson@acgc.ca

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: laveza.khan@acgc.ca

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.

Melissa Bui

Communications and Community-Engagement Intern Email: melissa.bui@acgc.ca

My area of focus lies with SDG 10, Reduced Inequalities. There are ongoing global problems until these injustices are dealt with, and we struggle to achieve peace and happiness for all until human rights are respected in all their forms.

For this summer I am the Communications and Community Engagement Intern at ACGC. The communications team and I are working hard on a new storytelling initiative, Together: Alberta's Notebook for the Global Goals. In the fall, I will return to finish my last year of Industrial and Visual Communications Design at the University of Alberta. I will also be taking the role of Director for the Student Design Association at school. I am excited to take action towards inclusivity and community engagement at ACGC.

Arden Burtnik

Written Communications Intern Email: arden.burtnik@acgc.ca

My loyalties lay in supporting the progress of SDG 4 (Quality Education). Without promoting the degree and magnitude by which young people are educated, we are ill-equipped for designing the future of international sustainability efforts.

I am the Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator at ACGC. In September I will be returning to the University of Alberta to finish my Bachelor of Arts where I am studying English literature. I also write for the school’s paper, The Gateway, and am a managing editor of Spectrum, an interdisciplinary undergraduate research journal. I am excited to put my writing and editing skills to the test for ACGC’s sustainable storytelling project, Together: Alberta’s Notebook for the Global Goals! I believe that feasible sustainability practices are the best guides for planning for future generations.

Zakiya Charania

Major Event Coordinator Email: zakiya.charania@acgc.ca

I believe in inclusive and quality education for all, no matter which gender you are, what country you come from, or what your status in society is. Every human has an inalienable right to education; it is the only way for humanity to progress!

I am the Major Event Coordinator at ACGC and support other staff members with various projects, including the Together 2017 Symposium. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Linguistics and a minor in Sociology in 2016 and will be completing my Bachelor of Education in spring 2018. I have a strong belief in the sustainable development work that ACGC advocates for and am excited to be a part of the team, making a difference in the world in whatever way I can.