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
Salima 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 during Tanya Ogilvie’s maternity leave. Salima comes to BCCIE from the BC provincial government with nearly 15 years of experience working in strategy, program development as well as international trade. Salima spent a few years in the international education sector focussed on supporting trade missions as well as overseeing the Education Marketing Managers (EMMs).
Prior to joining government in 2007, Salima worked in the not-for-profit sector including a role as grants manager at the United Way of the Lower Mainland, program director of the BC Council for International Cooperation, and several overseas postings in India and Africa with the Aga Khan Development Network. Salima was born in Kenya, raised in Alberta, and moved to BC 20 years ago. Salima has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta and recently completed a Master’s degree in Global Management from Royal Roads University. Salima is passionate about family and travel, having just returned from a trip to Spain and Portugal.
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 nine 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, and is an avid skier on Vancouver’s North Shore mountains.
Senior Manager, Marketing and International Initiatives
Chelsey has worked in the international education sector for over a decade, specializing in international marketing initiatives and partnership development, internationalization strategy and policy, and intercultural competency training. At BCCIE, she is responsible for various international initiatives including market development and support for the sector. In particular, Chelsey builds on her extensive experience in Southeast Asia through various projects, including relations with the SEAMEO network and the National Secretariat position for Canada in the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Consortium.
Chelsey is completing her Doctorate in Education from Simon Fraser University and teaches as a sessional instructor at University of the Fraser Valley. Chelsey calls Port Moody home and enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Burrard Inlet with her partner and son.
Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives and 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 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.
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, 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 BC’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 moved to Vancouver with his wife and son to continue to serve BC's international education sector.
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.
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 student from Simon Fraser University (SFU). After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, Melena 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 Communicators Coordinator, Mel 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.
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.