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:




Deputy Director

View Brigitte Lapierre biography

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.






Learning Advisor Team

View Fodé Beaudet biography

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 Support


Multimedia Team


Coordination Unit