The Centre Team

The Centre's strength lies with its staff and team of associates. A group of dynamic individuals with a passion for learning about, and teaching others about, the cultures of the world, our is team committed to helping individuals and organizations maximize their cultural endeavors.

Below is a list of our team members (hyperlinked names include additional biographical information).

Director
Steven Rheault-Kihara
Telephone: 819-994-0038
Email: steven.rheault-kihara@international.gc.ca
Deputy Director
Brigitte Lapierre
Telephone: 819-994-2857
Email: brigitte.lapierre@international.gc.ca

Brigitte Lapierre is Director (Acting) of the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL). She has been with CIL since 2005, first as Learning Specialist and later as Senior Learning Advisor, with a focus on research and training for high risk missions. Her work has had intercultural dynamics as a main focus since 1991 when she began working overseas as Project Supervisor for an NGO in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean.

Brigitte has worked extensively in the area of adult education; she designed and delivered workshops in the areas of Intercultural Effectiveness, Pre-Departure Orientation, Harassment Awareness, Diversity in the Workplace, Training the Trainers, and Re-entry for Canadians working overseas as well as Adaptation to Canada for newcomers. Brigitte is adept at working with groups composed of individuals with varying profiles.

Brigitte holds a Bachelor of Arts, History, from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as a certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. In addition she has participated in training courses focused on Conflict Mediation, Results-based Planning and Strengthening Civil Society.

Operations
Suzette Hupé
Telephone: 819-994-7188
Email: suzette.hupe@international.gc.ca
Operations
Christine Petit
Telephone: 8819-953-6579
Email: christine.petit@international.gc.ca
Operations
Danielle Savard
Telephone: 819-994-7195
Email: danielle.savard@international.gc.ca
Client Services/ Communications
Joanne Ness
Telephone: 819-934-3780
Email: joanne.ness@international.gc.ca

Joanne Ness has been a Learning Specialist at the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) since 2010. Prior to her employment as a public servant, Joanne spent several years as a research assistant and organizer of educational events at The Conference Board of Canada, an independent, not-for-profit applied research organization.

Joanne also enjoyed nine years as a teacher of English as a Second Language in the adult education sector, working with international students both in Canada and The United Arab Emirates. In addition to teaching, she was involved with fundraising, educational event organizing, financial administration, volunteer coordination, and workshop facilitation.

As part of her responsibilities, Joanne acts as a Centre-wide resource person by coordinating client inquiries for training, products and services; developing and coordinating internal and external communications; and updating the information management strategy and website enhancement project. Joanne has also contributed to developing adult learning programs and projects using instructional design frameworks in the field of Intercultural Effectiveness.

Joanne Ness holds a Bachelor of Education, Specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language, as well as a Bachelor of Arts, History, both from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She is currently completing her certificate in Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Learning Advisor Team
Hugo Bastidas
Telephone: 819-994-2674
Email: hugo.bastidas@international.gc.ca

Hugo Bastidas has been a Learning Advisor with the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) since 2007. His current focus is Results-Based Management (RBM) training in multi-stakeholder and intercultural contexts; the integration of rights and results-based approaches in child-centered programming; and the facilitation of participatory organizational development processes.

For over twenty years he has worked in social research, community development and capacity building. In the recent past, on behalf of government donors (CIDA, USAID), international organizations (IUCN, Red Cross) and diverse NGO's, Hugo has designed and facilitated learning-based interventions in several countries in Latin America, Australia and Canada. Curriculum design, competency training and the facilitation of intercultural dialogue for effective development collaborations are part of his skill set. Hugo has also worked with indigenous peoples, women in prison and youth in risk situations.

Hugo holds a Master's degree in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto, a Licenciatura in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Catholic University of Quito, and a Diploma in Physics and Mathematics from Ecuador's National Polytechnic School. He is currently completing a certificate in Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada.

Learning Advisor Team
Fodé Beaudet
Telephone: 819-934-3776
Email: fode.beaudet@international.gc.ca

Fodé Beaudet has been a learning advisor at the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) since 2008. As part of his responsibilities at the Centre, Fodé designs learning programs and projects in the field of Intercultural Effectiveness. Clients include the Canadian Forces and organizations deployed in Fragile States. He is a facilitator for multi-stakeholder processes and he also contributes to the Centre's research agenda. For example, he led a project that investigated the intercultural competencies required for effective short-term overseas assignments as part of Expo 2010, Shanghai, China.

Prior to joining CIL, Fodé led the national chapter of the largest student-run association in the world (Aiesec) and managed global partnerships with Fortune companies, NGO's and international organizations (Aiesec Inernational). He co-created systemic change initiatives involving unlearning notions of African leadership with self-organized networks such as the Berkana Institute. He has also been involved with recruitment and selection of volunteers for international cooperation as well as leading a project to redesign the volunteer experience (CUSO, now CUSO-VSO).

Fodé has work experience in Australia, Ecuador, Senegal, South Africa and The Netherlands. He has chaired global conferences in more than a dozen countries and co-moderated a workshop during the Youth Speak Out for Development: An Interactive Forum with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean (2006).

Fodé Beaudet holds a Bachelor degree in Finance from l'Université de Sherbrooke. He has a certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and is a Graduate Assistant from the Dale Carnegie Course (Australia).

He has authored two books, including an essay A Caminho de Mim (2004) published in Portugal and a collection of short stories, Dormons, l'éveil sera brutal (2011).

Learning Advisor Team
Heather Johnston
Telephone: 819 997-4613
Email: heather.johnston@international.gc.ca

Heather Johnston has been a Learning Advisor at the Centre since July 2011. Heather was formerly with the Centre from 2003-2007 and has recently returned from a three-year posting in Ghana, West Africa. During her posting she was involved in a number of projects, including a fundraiser for the Society for Women and Aids in Africa and a large-scale maternal health project. Her area of expertise is intercultural communication in international contexts. She has lived and worked in Malawi, Honduras, the United States, Egypt and Ghana.

Heather has worked as an on-line facilitator for the University of British Columbia's certificate in International Development, a course instructor in intercultural communication for Tele-com University in Lille, France, and has delivered various intercultural sessions for public, private sector and non-governmental clients over the past twenty years. Heather has worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Cairo American College, the Canadian International Development Agency, the North Vancouver School Board, and was a volunteer teacher with World University Service of Canada in Malawi.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University in the United States. She has also taken Saint Francis Xavier University training in Adult Education and Conflict Resolution training from St. Paul's University.

Heather recently published a book based on her experiences living in Ghana. It is called “Please Be Upstanding – Letters from Ghana”.

Learning Advisor Team
Heather Mackinnon
Telephone: 819-994-7013
Email: heather.mackinnon@international.gc.ca

Heather MacKinnon has been a Learning Advisor at the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) since 2009. Prior to her employment as a public servant, Heather was a consultant in international development and a manager at Graybridge Malkam, a firm specializing in international development, diversity and intercultural training.

Heather began teaching in Vienna, Austria where she also worked in trade and investment promotion from Canada's embassy in Austria. Thereafter, she worked as an intern with a Chilean women's organization in Chile building capacity in the use of information and communications technologies. Heather has also worked in promoting Canada's education sector through Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and its support for science and technology through the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

As part of her responsibilities at the Centre, Heather manages adult learning programs and projects using instructional design frameworks in the field of Intercultural Effectiveness, specifically for Canadian and Aboriginal youth and their partners. Heather has also contributed to developing a centre-wide knowledge management strategy.

Heather MacKinnon holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from Carleton Universitys Norman Paterson School (2000) and she has certificates in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University (2005) and English Language Teaching to Adults from Cambridge University (1997).

Learning Advisor Team
Amanda White
Telephone: 819-943-3776
Email: amanda.white@international.gc.ca

Amanda White has been a Learning Advisor at the Centre for Intercultural Learning (CIL) since 2008. Prior to her employment as a public servant, Amanda was a researcher and instructor at Canadian academic and government-funded research institutions (e.g. the University of Ottawa, McMaster University, and the North-South Institute).

Since the 1990s, Amanda has worked on research projects in Western Europe and South America. These projects focused on the changing cultural practices and socioeconomic conditions of marginal groups and the re-emergence of cultural identities in the context of globalizing processes.

As part of her responsibilities at the Centre, Amanda manages and evaluates adult learning programs and projects using instructional design frameworks in the field of Intercultural Effectiveness, specifically for Canadian youth and their partners. Amanda also contributes to the Centre's research. For example, at Expo 2010 in Shanghai she participated in a project that investigated the intercultural competencies required for effective short-term overseas assignments.

Amanda White holds a Doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology from McMaster University (2007) and she has a certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University (2009). She has written or co-authored a number of publications and research papers, including Strengthening Intercultural Effectiveness among the Millennials (2010); Dialogue on Changes in the Environment of International work (2009) and From Servitude to Dignity? A Community in Transition (2008). Amanda has also presented at conferences, notably in Washington D.C., at the 2010 Intercultural Management Institute Conference and in Ottawa, in 2008, for the Canadian Anthropology Society.

Multimedia Team
Raymond Séguin
Telephone: 819-994-7180
Email: raymond.seguin@international.gc.ca
Multimedia Team
Leigh Blackburn
Telephone: 819-953-0743
Email: leigh.blackburn@international.gc.ca
Coordination Unit
Laura Blanco
Telephone: 613-688-0255 extension 306
Email: laura.blanco@intercultures.ca
Coordination Unit
Lidice Hidalgo
Telephone: 613-688-0255 extension 307
Email: lidice.hidalgo@intercultures.ca
Coordination Unit
Diana Navarro
Telephone: 819-994-2819
Email: diana.navarro@international.gc.ca
Coordination Unit
Javier Poveda
Telephone: 819-997-7199
Email: javier.poveda@international.gc.ca
Coordination Unit
Wendy Storey
Telephone: 613-688-0255 extension 308
Email: wendy.storey@intercultures.ca