Our Team

Dr. Randall Martin
Executive Director

Email: martin@bccie.bc.ca
Tel: 604.637.6752
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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.

Jan Smith
Director, Operations and Communications

Email: jsmith@bccie.bc.ca
Tel: 604.637.6753
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Jan is responsible for Board administration, government relations, communications, finance, and operations, including HR, IT, facilities and contract management, strategic and operational planning, and crown agency reporting at BCCIE. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and is experienced in project management and implementation, governance, and quality assurance.

Jan is passionate about the well-being and positive mental health of communities and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and committed to Truth and Reconciliation. She loves her children and has a soft spot for dogs. She feels fulfilled when running, biking and/or swimming.

Colin Doerr
Director, External Relations

Email: cdoerr@bccie.bc.ca
Tel: 604.637.6760
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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.

Elizabeth Brin
Associate Director, Stakeholder Engagement

Email: ebrin@bccie.bc.ca
Tel: 604.637.6758
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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.

Yvonne Ohara
Senior Manager, Communications

Email: yohara@bccie.bc.ca
Tel: 604.637.6755
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Yvonne is responsible for overall strategic direction of BCCIE’s communications during Chelsea Dibble’s maternity leave. She is a writer, editor, and graphic designer with over 25 years of experience in post-secondary communications and international marketing. She has worked in a variety of sectors, including transportation, travel, publishing, non-for-profit, as well as education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC, Diploma in Publishing Techniques and Technologies from Langara College, and a Master of Professional Communications from Royal Roads University. She is an alumna of the Minerva Foundation’s Women Leading the Way program. Her passions include songwriting, travel, and yarn arts.

Miranda Wong
Senior Manager, Finance and Human Resources

Email: mwong@bccie.bc.ca
Tel: 604.637.6762
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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.

Kate Zhang
Manager, Market Support and Partnership Development

Email: kzhang@bccie.bc.ca
Tel: 604-637-6741
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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 Barnett
Executive Assistant

Email: cbarnett@bccie.bc.ca
Tel: 604.637.6757
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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.

Maria Tarasyuk
Coordinator, Communications

Email: mtarasyuk@bccie.bc.ca
Tel: 604.637.6754
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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 Senior Manager, Communications 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.