Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

BCCIC is a volunteer run organization with an elected Board of Directors from the membership and with active Committees. The role of the BCCIC Board of Directors is to provide strategic leadership, and in consultaion with the membership, sets the direction. BCCIC has a minimum of five and a maximum of 11 Board members.

BCCIC works to ensure a balanced Board by taking into account:

  • size of organization
  • region of the province
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • overseas projects
  • development education
  • type of membership


BCCIC is a volunteer run organization with an elected Board of Directors from the membership and with active Committees. BCCIC represents its membership through:

  • Global Affairs Canada: BCCIC draws GAC’s attention to our BC-based membership’s concerns.
  • CCIC: BCCIC is a member of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and coordinates provincial support for CCIC initiatives.
  • Joint Provincial Councils: BCCIC represents the province’s interests and shares resources with councils from other provinces.
  • Federal Government: BCCIC monitors Canadian foreign policy and coordinates provincial NGO responses and advocacy to foreign policy.
  • Provincial Government: BCCIC maintains contact with MLAs through one-on-one and joint initiatives to share perspectives.
  • Networking: BCCIC hosts and co-sponsors forums and workshops on topical subjects.
  • Academic Community: BCCIC maintains links with academic institutions on sustainable development.

Current Board of Directors

Jose Lamyin

Jose is Managing Partner of Deetken Impact, a private asset management company focused on impact investing in emerging markets. Deetken Impact is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a certified B Corporation. The aim of Deetken Impact investments is to achieve strong, stable returns while creating meaningful positive social or environmental benefits for […]

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Shirin Kiani

Shirin has worked as a disability specialist in humanitarian aid and international development for the last 11 years, mainly with an NGO called ‘Humanity and Inclusion’ (previously called Handicap International) in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Haiti, Iraq, Laos and Syria. The focus of her work has been to ensure persons with injuries and […]

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Mari Otomo


Mari’s passion for children’s rights, global issues and contributing to sustainable and intergenerational transformative social change is grounded in her educational background in political science (BA) and social work (BSW, MSW). In addition to working in government agencies, Mari has a diverse range of experiences in grassroots and national non-profit agencies as well as the […]

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Rosalind Warner


Secretary Rosalind has 25 years of experience teaching and researching in the areas of international development, global environmental politics and Canadian international policy.  She is the Contributing Editor of two books on Canadian Foreign Policy. She holds a PhD in Political Science from York University with specializations in International Relations and Canadian Politics, with a […]

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Kaila Borrelli


Kaila is a Regional Sales Manager for Ledcor Technical Services, managing a team of Project Coordinators across Albert and B.C. She is also the Co-Founder for Advocacy Vancouver, a non-profit that aims to build awareness in Vancouver about local socials justice, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and educational events through digital promotion. This organization is bringing […]

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Rebecca Mellett

Rebecca Mellett (BA, MA Carleton; MSc LSE) is a specialist in development economics and governance, with post-graduate Certification in Sustainability Management (Harvard) and will complete a Certificate in Applied Evaluation Methods (The Evaluators Institute) in 2019. She brings more than twenty years of experience in federal public policy, programs and evaluation for the (former) Canadian International […]

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Ariel Mishkin

Ariel is the Co-Founder of Advocacy Vancouver, a non-profit that builds awareness in Vancouver about local social justice, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and educational events by providing digital marketing support for various organizations. She is currently employed as the event planner for the Communicable Disease and Public Health Unit of the First Nations Health Authority, […]

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Lynn Thornton


Home Board of Directors Lynn Thornton Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA) Lynn Thornton has been the Executive Director of VIDEA for the past 11 years. Before moving to Canada and taking up this role, Lynn worked as the Head of the Campaigns Group Unit at Greenpeace UK, and as a Regional Officer at ActionAid […]

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Darren Schemmer

Home Board of Directors Darren Schemmer Co-Chair Darren Schemmer served in many executive positions in the federal public service and is currently Executive Director, SFU International at Simon Fraser University. He has extensive international experience successfully planning strategies, managing multi-million dollar budgets and motivating diverse workforces to achieve results in complex environments. He joined the […]

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Meaghan Hume

Home Board of Directors Meaghan Hume Co-Chair Meaghan is a communications and community relations leader with 10 years’ experience working in public sector, First Nations, non-profit and international development organizations. Overseas, she’s coordinated gender and food security projects for drought-affected regions of Uganda. Locally, she has worked for over 7 years with Indigenous communities in […]

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Tamara Baldwin

Home Board of Directors Tamara Baldwin Tamara Baldwin, is the Director of the office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE) at the University of British Columbia. She has worked in higher education for nearly two decades with a background in community/international development, strategic planning, student engagement, curriculum design, assessment and facilitation. Tamara is currently […]

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