Dr. Randall Martin has experience spanning more than 25 years in post-secondary education, development education and International Education, including development work as well as more than 15 years supporting the internationalization efforts of Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. He began his professional career teaching in the college sector, then moved to a university development project in Eastern and Central Indonesia, after which he returned to Canada mandated to design, build and implement international and international student programming for SFU. He assumed leadership of BCCIE in 2006. Dr. Martin has an earned doctorate in International Education and is an acknowledged presenter, speaker and mentor in the field.
Director, External Relations
Colin has worked in International Education and programming for over 12 years, managing both university as well as community-based International Education initiatives. He has worked to advance international mobility programs at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and most recently has contributed to the support of community-based international development education programs through his tenure with Canada World Youth. Mr. Doerr was also one of BCCIE’s early recipients of the Asia Pacific Award that enabled him to pursue language and cultural studies in Beijing, China. He has since finished graduate studies in Education at SFU and is now completing his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of British Columbia.
Director, Operations and Communications
Leonel has more than 15 years of experience combined working in the areas of international education, international marketing, trade development, and investment attraction. His career has included tenures within the Alberta government, the BC government, the City of Edmonton and, more recently, the University of British Columbia. At UBC, Leonel was the Associate Director, International, within the VP Research and International office where he was responsible for strategic partnerships and advising the UBC President and other executives on international issues and priorities. Leonel has an undergraduate degree in Political Economy and a Master’s degree in the same.
Senior Manager, Internationalization and Market Support
Chelsey Laird has worked in the Canadian international education sector for more than 7 years. At BCCIE, she is responsible for leading market support initiatives, such as Team BC missions, incoming delegations, and familiarization tours. Additionally, Chelsey supports internationalization initiatives and events in British Columbia. Chelsey has held positions at post-secondary institutions across Canada, and has specialized knowledge in partnership development, international relations strategy and policy, and intercultural competency training. Chelsey has earned degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is currently working towards completing her Doctorate of Education at Simon Fraser University which focuses on staff experiences of internationalization in post-secondary institutions. In addition to her passion for international education, Chelsey enjoys hiking, yoga, watching documentary films, and exploring new countries and cultures through travel.
A/ Senior Manager, Initiatives and Programs
Elizabeth (EJ) has over eight years of experience in the field of International Education. She has worked in both the language and post-secondary sectors, managing student services and assisting with international policy implementation and diversity training. EJ received her Master of Arts from the University of British Columbia where she researched international student experience and identity formation in the context of multiculturalism and internationalization. At BCCIE she oversees the Mentorship Program, manages various study abroad initiatives including the BC Study Abroad Consortium, leads BCCIE’s annual Summer Conference and assists with incoming and outgoing delegation visits. Along with her passion for International Education, EJ is an outdoor enthusiast who tries to get into the mountains whenever possible. In addition, she loves international adventures and has worked, studied and traveled to more than 30 countries.
Manager, Country Strategies and Programs
Tom joined BCCIE with over 10 years experience working in International Education. He most recently served as one of BC’s Education Marketing Mangers at the BC International Trade and Investment Representative Office (South China) in Guangzhou. He was responsible for building the Province's market presence in B.C.’s fastest growing market. Prior to his work at the BC office, Tom worked as a senior councillor in an overseas study agent and as a visa/administrative officer in the Consulate General of Sweden in Guangzhou. Tom holds degrees from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and University of Reading, UK. He speaks fluent English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Tom has moved to Vancouver with his wife and son to continue to serve BC's International Education sector.
Manager, Finance and Human Resources
Miranda, CGA, is responsible for meeting the finance and human resource needs of BCCIE. She has more than 20 years experience in accounting, human resources, and payroll, in private sector as well as non-profit organizations in Canada and Hong Kong. Her human resources and payroll experience includes developing and implementing company policies, programs and procedures regarding human resource planning, recruitment, training and development, occupation classification and compensation and benefit administration. She enjoys working with clients, putting an emphasis on creating sound accounting systems, preparation of financial statements, budgeting, and cash flow forecasting, as well as developing and managing employment programs, salary compensation and job evaluations, promotions, and training programs. Miranda worked full time while studying for her Bachelor degree from BCIT and CGA designation. She has extensive knowledge of many software programs including QuickBooks, Simply Accounting, ACCPAC and Microsoft Office. Miranda has lived in Vancouver since 1993. She has volunteered as the Treasurer of Parent Support Group at Lionsgate Montessori School. She and her husband share an interest in doing activities with their four children.
Chantal oversees a variety of communications initiatives to inform educators within BC and beyond about BCCIE’s activities. She brings several years of experience in communications to her role and has worked for large institutions such as the University of British Columbia and TELUS, as well as on the agency side. She holds degrees from Queen's University and Acadia University and a certificate from BCIT. Chantal became a strong believer in the benefits of intercultural experiences after teaching English in rural Japan. She is multilingual and loves to travel. She has visited over 20 countries and counting.
Christina is responsible for office administration and providing support to board and stakeholder relations, programs and events, and the EQA portfolio. She has five years of experience in post-secondary education in Human Resources at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In addition, she has over seven years of experience in the hospitality industry, including a year at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. She has travelled in Asia, Europe, North and Central America, and plans to do more travelling in the future. Christina has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
Coordinator, Programs and Events
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Alfredo first arrived to Canada in 2009 to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, Alfredo joined the First Year Experience Team at UBC as a Program Coordinator for UBC Jump Start – an orientation and transition program for first-year international students.
With a background in project and event management, Alfredo supports BCCIE’s Professional Development programs and the Annual Summer Conference, in addition to other projects as directed. An avid snowboarder, Alfredo enjoys any opportunity to ‘hit the slopes’ during the winter, while making time to visit Vancouver’s beautiful beaches in the summer.
Coordinator, Communications and Programs
Melena was born and raised in Taiwan until the age of six. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1996 and has lived in Vancouver since. Melena joined BCCIE in 2013 as a Co-op Education student from Simon Fraser University and served the Communications Department. She is now a new graduate holding a Bachelor of Communication Degree and a Co-op Education Degree designation, and has returned to BCCIE as the Programs Assistant.
Melena is responsible for providing assistance and support for key BCCIE projects such as the memorandum of understanding (MOU) and Study Abroad project, the Annual Summer Conference, the BC Study Abroad Consortium, the Mentorship Program and other projects as directed by the Manager, Initiatives and Programs. She also supports coordination of a range of activities and responsibilities for event-related communications under the direction of the Manager, Communications. During her spare time, Melena enjoys taking dance lessons, watching horror movies, and trying out different cuisines in Vancouver.
Coordinator, Digital Marketing and Programs
Vivien grew up in multicultural Vancouver and was inspired to learn more about the world from a young age. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a minor in Commerce at the University of British Columbia while pursuing international opportunities. During her degree, Vivien completed an internship in Taiwan leading youth camps, an academic exchange at the National University of Singapore and a security studies research seminar in Ethiopia. Passionate about intercultural experiences, she proceeded to work as an English teacher in rural Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme before joining BCCIE.
Vivien supports both Communications and Programs at BCCIE. She provides assistance in digital marketing and information management to support BCCIE’s key projects such as the Annual Summer Conference and Northern Initiatives. As well, she is responsible for IT and vendor management. Vivien enjoys the entire process of travel from planning and getting lost to documenting on her hobby travel blog. When she is not researching where to explore next, she is looking for new DIY projects to try.