Meet the BCCIC Team!

Meet the people working full time in our Vancouver office! Each member of the BCCIC team brings with them a unique background, having worked widely in the fields of human rights, international relations, and development. Our interdisciplinary colleagues work hard to make the collective dreams of the BCCIC network a reality.

We are a friendly group with an open-door policy. Come by and say ‘hi’ to us next time you’re in the neighbourhood.

Michael Simpson

Executive Director

Home Staff Michael Simpson Executive Director Mike is the Executive Director of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC). Prior to working for BCCIC, Mike was the Executive Director of One Sky – The Canadian Institute for Sustainable Living. His work with One Sky varied from leading major bilateral projects in West Africa, including […]

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Sara Michel

Program Director

Sara is temporarily replacing Dan Harris as Program Director from March until the end of June 2020, at which time Dan will resume his position. Sara has been working with the Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation through the Inter-Council Network since April of 2017. Sara was working at the BCCIC office when BCCIC hosted the ICN from […]

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Dr. Zosa Gruber (nee De Sas Kropiwnicki)

Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist

Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist Dr. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki-Gruber is a Senior Policy Analyst & Gender Specialist at BCCIC. She has a doctorate in International Development Studies from the University of Oxford, as well as two Masters degrees in Political Science and Social Policy from Leeds University and Rhodes University, respectively. Zosa has […]

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Rowen Siemens

Communications Officer

Communications Officer Rowen Siemens is the Communications Officer at the BC Council for International Cooperation, and she is grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples. Rowen has a Masters in Human Rights from the London […]

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Laurel Wayne-Nixon

Office Manager & Partnership Development

Officer Manager & Head of Partnership Development Laurel moved to Vancouver in the summer of 2018 to do an internship with BCCIC. She had spent the previous year in Norway, busy with the first year of her Masters in International Environmental Studies. Prior to moving abroad, Laurel lived in Victoria and attained a BA in […]

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