Staff Bios

Michael Simpson

Executive Director

Michael will be known to many BCCIC members as Executive Director of One Sky based in Smithers.  Michael founded and led One Sky for 14 years and at one time had a staff of 19, offices in three countries, and programming in 7 countries in Africa, Latin America, and in Canada.  Michael recently was a Board member of BCCIC and facilitated the development of our strategic plan, which was approved by the membership at our last AGM. Prior to One Sky, Michael founded and ran an independent award winning film production company that produced television documentaries on the environment, human rights and international development.  Michael has also been an official Canadian delegate to various UN conferences and has fostered corporate social responsibility in development.  Michael has recently moved with his wife, Gail and his two year old to the Lower Mainland.

Salamat Alieva

Program Officer

Salamat has more than 8 years of experience in managing community-based programs in developing countries, including Eastern Afghanistan, Western Georgia, Abkhazia and post-Soviet Central Asian and other countries.  Prior to moving to Vancouver Salamat was working as Program Officer with UN Refugee Agency in Afghanistan, managing programs aimed at pursuing voluntary repatriation and reintegration of Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan. Salamat holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis on International Development from the Washington University in St. Louis. 

Deborah Glaser

Senior Policy Analyst

Deborah joined BCCIC in 2014.  She most recently worked on regional and global climate change adaptation strategies through integrated watershed management planning. During this time, she founded the Mediterranean Cities Climate Change Consortium (MC-4), an international network for building resiliency to climate change among cities in the five Mediterranean-climate regions.  Prior to that, she worked on development projects in West and Central Africa, Latin America, and across Small Island Developing States. Deborah holds a Master of Environmental Science & Management with an emphasis on the Political Economy of the Environment and International Climate Change from the Bren School at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Deborah is from California and takes every opportunity to explore the outdoors, travel, read, and eat.

Rachel Levee

Inter-Council Network (ICN) National Coordinator

Rachel is a former Montrealer, now a Vancouverite, who has meandered through quite a bit of our beautiful country. An MA in African history, Rachel has spent time working, traveling and volunteering in diverse countries, including Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania, and Brasil. Prior to joining BCCIC and the ICN, Rachel worked in Ethiopia with Amref Health Africa in knowledge management and documentation, and in Vancouver as a television production coordinator. When not stuck with her nose in a book or sampling delicious foods, you’ll find Rachel wandering around the city, the mountains, or the ocean, exploring the amazing Cascadia region.

Kareen Wong

Communications Officer

Kareen brings to BCCIC a passion for creative interaction, sustainable development, and community engagement. Prior to her work at BCCIC, Kareen has spent time working with local-global initiatives including Aga Khan Foundation Canada, the Wilderness Committee, and the Rivershed Society of BC. After exploring Canadian culture through the Katimavik program, learning about community leadership and sustinable development while travelling the length of the Fraser River, and studying abroad in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam, Kareen joins BCCIC with a BA in International Studies. ´╗┐Born and raised on the Canadian West Coast, ´╗┐Kareen spends most of her time outdoors paddling, camping, hiking, and cycling.

 Dan Harris

Event Coordinator

Dan is a New Zealander with over seven years experience in the field of international community development working with NGOs in Latin America and the United States. Raised on a yacht, Dan’s love for international cooperation grew out of his own travels in Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, and the Pacific. With a Masters in Development Studies, Dan’s focus is participatory methodologies for community engagement and change leadership. While this work is his passion, Dan also loves the outdoors and exploring the wilderness either with a backpack or by sail.