Staff & Board

Our Team

Get to know us! Our team is comprised of two sub-teams: the ACGC core team addresses non-profit capacity building in Alberta, while the Spur Change team works to build the capacity of teachers and SMOs (small and medium organizations) across Canada.

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LEAH ETTARH

Executive Director

I am committed to SDG 4 (Quality Education) because access to quality education is key to a democratic and inclusive society.

I spent five years as ACGC’s Program Manager prior to taking on the Executive Director role, where I was responsible for public engagement and monitoring and evaluation of ACGC’s programming. With a BPhil in Leadership and a BEd in Secondary Education, from the University of New Brunswick, and a Masters degree in International Humanitarian Action from Uppsala University in Sweden, I have spent my career blending my passions for education and international development. This included working in the field of Education in Emergencies as a consultant with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies in New York; and teaching secondary school in Bolivia, China, Kenya, and Canada. 

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ANDRÉANNE MARTEL

National Program Director

spurchange@icn-rcc.ca

I am committed to Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goal) because working in collaboration is the only way to face current challenges including climate change. I also support Goal 5 (Gender Equality) because it’s through empowerment and access to decision making that marginalized people will swift the power balance. 
 
I am the Director of the Spur Change Program, which is a 5 years initiative aiming to increase the effectiveness of Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs). Prior to joining ACGC, I was the lead of the Next Generation: Collaboration for Development program, a joint initiative between the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) aiming to foster better collaboration between practitioners and academics in the Canadian global development sector. My background is in research and M&E. I held a Research Award position in the Policy and Evaluation Division at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and used to be the coordinator of a research centre on international development at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM). Since 2010, I have also evaluated several major post-earthquake projects and programs implemented in Haiti by NGOs and international organizations. I have a Master’s degree in Political Science from UQAM.
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NOMAZWE SIZIBA-SIVELA

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Gender Equality and Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator

info@acgc.ca

Nothing beats inclusion and quality education, the keys to international sustainable development. Almost every language has a saying that resonates with “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime” hence my commitment lies with SDG 5 (Gender equality) and SDG 4 (Quality Education). They both emphasize inclusion, which comes with security, access, availability, stability, use and utilisation. Gender equality gives value to every human being recognising intersectionality and ensuring inclusivity, this coupled with quality education form a solid foundation that will bring and ensure sustainable international development.  

Nomazwe has a PhD in Ag Economics from UFH, South Africa; MSc in International Rural Development from RAU, England, UK; BSc Hons Ag Economics from UZ, Zimbabwe which she has infused with a diverse international sustainable development practice that includes capacity building, research, consultancy, program management, coordination, planning and implementation experience from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and the United Kingdom. Her work includes the fields of development economics, agriculture and rural development, gender equality, governance, health economics, disaster risk reduction, food security, building resilience, resource economics, water security and climate change adaptation.

She has worked as a development practitioner in the NGO sector, a consultant and advisor, a lecturer and high school teacher in economics, mathematics and Agriculture.

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THOMAS COLDWELL

Global Citizenship Education Specialist

projects@acgc.ca

I am committed to Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 5 (Gender Equality), and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities) because alleviating poverty and inequality means more opportunity for individuals and communities to thrive.  

I’ve been working in the international development sector for about seven years with nonprofit organizations. Before joining ACGC, I worked in various positions focused on program coordination, youth engagement, communications, and leadership, and I’ve been privileged to engage with partners in several places, including Kenya, Palestine & Israel, Nepal, and North Korea. As a Global Citizenship Education Specialist, I hope to equip others to grow as active global citizens through merging my passions for youth engagement and international development. I hold a BA (Hon) in Sociology (Social Justice) and an MA in Globalization and International Development specializing in Feminist and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa. 

When I’m not in the office, I’m an avid outdoor enthusiast and can often be found hiking or camping in the Rockies. I also spend time volunteering with conservation organizations (with a limited science background!) to learn more about environmental sustainability. I’m learning how to better protect the wild spaces we hold dear. I suppose that’s connected to Goal 13 (Climate Action), right?

Originally from Nova Scotia, I currently live and work in Calgary (Treaty 7).

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DONNA NG

SDG Youth Coordinator

SDGhub@acgc.ca

I am all about inclusive and collective approaches to strengthening communities. As someone that has worked locally (in Calgary) and abroad as a communications practitioner in maternal newborn and child health, sexual reproductive health and rights, homelessness and drug policy, I am passionate about the intersections between different development and social justice issues. For this reason, I am most committed to SDG #17: Partnerships for the Goals.

In my role as SDG Youth Coordinator, I strive to amplify diverse youth narratives, create spaces for meaningful conversations and action, and support youth in realizing their potential. I have a BA in Communication and Media Studies with a Drama Minor from the University of Calgary. Outside of work, I enjoy volunteering, activating events, and seeing/creating art. 

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CEDAR MACRAE

Financial & Administrative Officer

finance@acgc.ca

I am committed to SDG 1 (No Poverty). Poverty, to me, means the difference between short term thinking and long term goals. Only when an individual’s basic needs are secure, can one move on to long term considerations, meaning access to choice and opportunity in the pursuit of happiness. Then we may all truly aspire to be the best version of ourselves. Other SDG’s that resonate strongly with me are SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

KIM TURCOTTE

Communications and M&E Coordinator

spurchange@icn-rcc.ca

I am committed to Goals 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 13 (Climate Action) because challenging our patterns of consumption and addressing climate change are crucial to build a more sustainable and fairer world. As global citizens, we all have responsibilities towards each other and the planet as we’re all interdependent and to make a positive global impact I strongly believe it starts with individual engagement.

In the past years, I’ve been delighted to contribute to the development and implementation of projects for renewable energy technology and social justice, here in Canada and in South America. I’ve also been involved in welcoming refugee and immigrant families as a volunteer with the Service d’aide aux Néo-Canadiens (Sherbrooke, Qc). My role within the Spur Change team is to coordinate the communications and oversee the execution of the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.

I have a Master’s degree in International Development Management and a BA in Communications & Marketing. I’m a nature lover – you’ll most likely find me there camping, trail running, mountain biking, in the middle of a yoga session or drinking a cup of (fair trade) coffee!

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MARIE-CATHERINE THOUIN

Global Citizenship National Program Coordinator​

spurchange@icn-rcc.ca

I am committed to SDG 4 – Quality Education and SDG 5 – Gender Equality. I believe that providing a quality education to young people is key to developing a democratic society. A quality education helps youth, women, marginalized groups and people in general, become more aware of their rights, be more inclined to claim them and become more confident in their leadership abilities.

Educating girls and women helps build stronger families and communities and contributes to their economic growth.

Providing girls with an education has important economic impacts that can help achieve both SDG 1 – No poverty and SDG 8 – Reduced inequalities. By investing in education for girls, it is possible to help families who live in poverty send their girls to school, increasing their future job prospects and growing their economic outcomes, which can end vicious circles of poverty.

When girls attend school, there is a better chance to achieve SDG 3 – Health and well-being. When girls go to school, they are better informed about health issues. In a (post) pandemic era, it will be important for girls and women to be informed of the risks related to health to make the best decisions for their family and community.

Prior to taking the role of Spur Change’s Learning Coordinator, I was an Education Specialist at Equitas for a project on gender equality in Haïti. I am also a trained ESL teacher and I have taught for a few years both in Quebec and abroad.

Needless to say, that for me education is not only essential, but it’s fun!

As the Project Officer of the Spur Change program, I hope to support these goals by bringing together youths, educators, and SMOs from all over, and by delivering projects that stimulate curiosity and the desire to learn while aligning with their educational needs and own goals. Before joining ACGC, I worked with non-profit organizations developing communication and digital strategies and planning events, whether in person or online. These include organizations whose mission is to promote inter-generational and lifelong learning, climate action, and women empowerment around the world through entrepreneurship. I have a Bachelor in marketing and a postsecondary degree in science, and have completed the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Global Training. In my spare time, you’ll find me in nature either hiking, swimming, or trying out new outdoor activities, or at home, reading a book, trying new cooking recipes, or attending to my plants!

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HOPE SALIM

Administrative Assistant

info@acgc.ca

I am committed to SDG 5 (Gender Equality) because people of all genders must be safe, heard, and active in order to build thriving communities. Inclusivity promotes health and wellbeing, which then further fosters good community, creating a sustainable cycle. Gender Equality is a win for everyone involved! I am also passionate about SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) because there is a critical need to address world hunger as millions of people go hungry every day. I am always interested in seeing what roles science and technology play in potential solutions.

As ACGC’s Administrative Assistant, I am involved in general administration, programming, and finance but am also happy to lend a hand wherever needed! My previous experiences include programming, event planning, and customer service. I have a degree in Psychology and International Studies from the University of Alberta. International development has always been near to my heart, and I had the opportunity to intern with two NGOs in Fiji as part of the Certificate in International Learning. Outside of work, I am an equally big fan of volunteering with children and all things Marvel Studios.

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John Kunicki

Administrative Assistant

info@acgc.ca

I am committed to SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth). Ensuring just wages, fair labour practices, and opportunities inclusive of gender identity strengthens collective voice and unites communities for further sustainable change. In the same way, I am also committed to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) as I believe meaningful change and development can only occur through cooperation and collective engagement.

As an Administrative assistant at ACGC, my role entails general administration, some program support, and whatever else I can help with. I have a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literacy and English from the University of Alberta with a Certificate in Translation Studies. That being said, I look forward to working with the ACGC team and our community in promoting global citizenship.

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Rain Bossert

Communications Coordinator

communications@acgc.ca

I am committed to SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 5 (Gender Equality). I am passionate about literacy (language and other) equality, as well as the importance of providing education around the world that is equal, accessible, and sustainable. I am committed to the global movement for gender equality, and believe in the vitality of safe and equal spaces/rights for people of all genders, sexualities, orientations, etc.

As Communications Coordinator at ACGC, I am responsible for working alongside the ICN’s network of communications professionals, as well as the rest of ACGCs team, to communicate with the public about ACGC’s work, messages, ideas, and programs. I have a Bachelor of Professional Communication from Grant MacEwan University, and a rich history of experience in the communications field and the not-for-profit sector.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and our two puppies, and volunteering with various organizations in my spare time.

Board Members

About the ACGC Board

ACGC is governed by an elected Board of Directors comprised of not less than seven and no more than thirteen persons, being Directors at large, and drawn from a representative mixture of diverse organizations. The Board of ACGC is a working board, made up of volunteers committed to the goals of the Council. The activities of ACGC are planned, implemented and evaluated by standing sub-committees. Standing committees are composed of Board members and persons drawn from the larger membership as required. The Executive Director works with the Board to carry out programming and the administration of the Council. ACGC is a member of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

 Directors

Aditya Chaudhury – Engineers Without Borders Calgary

Ashley Anderson – Operation Eyesight Universal

Bev Carrick – Embrace International Foundation

Carrie Malloy – University of Alberta International – Global Education, University of Alberta International

Daniel Zopoula – Bridges of Hope

Danielle Skogen – Canadian Humanitarian

Felipe Civita Ferreira – Norquest College 

Flora Trebi Ollennu, Trebi Ollennu Foundation for Community Development (TKOFCD)

Katrin Hoffman – Sombrilla International Development Society

Lorraine Swift – Change for Children Association 

Murwarid Ziayee – Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Nina Delling – United Nations Association of Canada, Edmonton Branch

Tahira Ebrahim – Bow Valley College