Randall has experience spanning more than 30 years in post-secondary education, development education, project management and implementation, and international education, having worked on projects in institutions, associations, and societies across BC.
He is the author or co-authored of numerous papers, a sought-after speaker, and a regular presenter at national and international conferences and symposia. Randall regularly engages in external reviews and consultations for institutions and other jurisdictions. Since 2006, he has led BCCIE in advancing the Province of British Columbia’s agenda on international education.
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 contributed to the support of community-based international development education programs through his tenure with Canada World Youth. Colin 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
Tanya is responsible for overseeing the organization’s complex operations including IT, HR, Finance, Board Relations, Government Relations, and Strategic Planning as well as managing the enhanced portfolio of Stakeholder Professional Development activities. Tanya comes to BCCIE from the health sector with nearly 10 years of experience working in research, government, the not-for-profit sector, and most recently as a private consultant and facilitator. Tanya grew up in Saskatoon and moved to BC after completing her Master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Tanya has a passion for travelling and has spent time living in China, Australia, and the UK. She is also passionate about family, loves dogs, and enjoys leading an active lifestyle.
Associate Director, Stakeholder Engagement
Elizabeth (EJ) Brin oversees the strategic direction for initiatives and stakeholder engagement activities. She is passionate about embedding equity and inclusion in all areas of her work including BCCIE’s ongoing professional development programming and intercultural, international, and indigenous initiatives. EJ is deeply committed to developing strong partnerships inside BC, across Canada, and abroad as well as building bridges across communities through BCCIE’s regional and international initiatives, Mentorship Program, the BC Study Abroad Consortium, and BCCIE’s annual Summer Conference.
EJ has nearly15 years of experience in project management, research, and program development in the field of international education at institutions and organizations in BC and abroad. She holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education from University of British Columbia, is a certified IDI Administrator, and recently finished her posting as an elected Chair member of NAFSA Region I. Along with her passion for people, the ocean and mountains, she enjoys making things happen and building her skills as a leader, mentor, and educator in the field of international education.
Associate Director, Communications and Research
Chelsea is responsible for guiding the overall strategic direction of BCCIE’s communications and research activities. She has more than 10 years of experience in media relations and communications, both agency and client-side, most recently at Mitacs as a senior communications specialist. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, and a Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In addition to her passion for crafting a great story, Chelsea likes to keep active with her husband, and is an avid skier on Vancouver’s North Shore mountains.
Senior 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.
Manager, Events and Special Initiatives
Terrilyn is a seasoned, tech-savvy events professional with over six years of experience managing international corporate and not-for-profit events. She manages BCCIE’s events and special initiatives, working closely with the Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement to develop meaningful content and deliver professional events to the international education sector.
Terrilyn completed her BA in Political Science at York University and pursued her passion for event marketing at a number of Toronto agencies before relocating to Vancouver. Drawn to the beauty of Canada’s West Coast, she moved to Vancouver in 2017 where she enjoys hiking, camping, and planning road trips around BC.
Manager, Market Support and Partnership Development
Kate is a trilingual professional with more than eight years of experience working in the international education field. She grew up in China and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics in South Korea, where she first had the opportunity to be immersed in a different culture. Kate holds a Master’s of Education Degree from the University of Regina.
Reporting to the Associate Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Kate oversees market support activities, strategic partnership development, as well as facilitating internationalization efforts of BC’s post-secondary institutions. Having lived and studied in different countries made Kate realize the value of diversity, and she is committed to build robust relationships between institutions and communities.
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, Market Support and International Initiatives
Luke was born and raised in Nova Scotia and has called Vancouver home for the past two years. He has been teaching and supporting students of all ages for over ten years. He began his career working for a non-profit organization in Ecuador, teaching English and supporting a range of community initiatives and facilitating volunteer trips for students. He has also worked with adult ESL students to prepare them for post-secondary studies and life in Canada. He is passionate about supporting opportunities for student exchanges and studying abroad. Luke recently began working towards an M.Ed degree in Instructional Design from Athabasca University. In his spare time he enjoys music, baking, and spending time outdoors exploring the natural beauty of British Columbia.
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. She joined BCCIE in 2013 as a Co-op student from Simon Fraser University (SFU). After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, she returned to BCCIE. She has since worked in various positions at the organization including in the programs department providing coordination and support for the Ministry of Education’s international education scholarships and awards. As Communications Coordinator, Melena supports the Associate Director of Communications and Research, primarily in the areas of graphic design, print production, website maintenance, social media, and digital marketing. During her spare time, Melena enjoys watching horror movies and trying out different cuisines in Vancouver.
Maria moved to Canada from Russia in 2015 to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at Simon Fraser University. After graduating in 2021, she joined BCCIE as Communications Coordinator. In her role, Maria supports the Associate Director of Communications and Research primarily in the areas of graphic design, print production, website maintenance, social media, and digital marketing. In her spare time, Maria enjoys visual arts, yoga, and ramen.
Coordinator, Programs and Events (Latin America)
Gabriel is responsible for coordinating a wide array of special events, professional development events, missions, seminars, and market support initiatives for BCCIE’s Latin America portfolio. He comes from a diverse work background, and has experience working with farmer cooperatives, permaculture, sustainable food systems, and wildlife conservation and protection in Latin America.
Having lived in multiple places during his life including Bolivia, Colombia, and now Canada, Gabriel has a strong interest in promoting and strengthening the international education mobility of students in BC’s schools. Gabriel is passionate about education, as well as documentaries, dancing, photography, and social justice. He has an Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia.