Our Team

STEERING COMMITTEE

Co-chair:
Susan Grossman
Director, Centre for Community Engaged Learning, University of British Columbia

Co-chair:
Shady Hafez
Research Advisor, National Association of Friendship Centres 
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Nicole Bedford
Project Manager and Film maker 
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Dayle Eshelby 
Facilitator, Food Processing Skills Canada  

Lynn Gidluck
Community Director, Community Engagement and Research Centre, University of Regina
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Am Johal
Director of Community Engagement, Simon Fraser University Vancity Office of Community Engagement 
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Susan Mide Kiss
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in Community Engagement, University of Calgary
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TCCBE Board Liaison: 
Jim Blake
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STAFF

Magda Goemans
Manager
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Shady Hafez

Shady Hafez is currently the Research Advisor at the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC). He holds an MA in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria and is currently supporting the development of research capacity and projects within the NAFC in the hopes of creating better programs and services for urban Indigenous peoples. Shady … Continue reading Shady Hafez

Nicole Bedford

Project Manager and Filmmaker Nicole Bedford is the past Project Manager of the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project from which Community Campus Engage Canada was born. She has a lengthy resume of communications-related positions in Government, NGOs, and the private sector. These experiences have provided her with a wealth of skills in … Continue reading Nicole Bedford

Michael Classens

Assistant Professor, Trent University Michael is an Assistant Professor in the Trent School of the Environment. He is broadly interested in areas of social and environmental (in)justice, with an empirical focus on food, agriculture, soil and energy. As a teacher, researcher and learner, he is committed to connecting theory with practice, and scholarship with social … Continue reading Michael Classens

Lynn Gidluck

Lynn joined the University of Regina in August 2017. She leads their Community Engagement and Research Centre (CERC). Though the CERC is funded by the Faculty of Arts, it serves the broader university and communities in Regina and surrounding areas by facilitating community-campus engagement efforts, funding and directing community-based research projects, and facilitating student experiential learning … Continue reading Lynn Gidluck

Am Johal

Director of Community Engagement, Simon Fraser University Vancity Office of Community Engagement Am Johal is Director of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Co-Director of SFU’s Community Engaged Research Centre. He is an Associate of SFU’s Institute for the Humanities and is an Associate with SFU’s Centre for Dialogue. He has been a Visiting … Continue reading Am Johal

Susan Mide Kiss

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in Community Engagement, University of Calgary Susan Mide Kiss is the Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in Community Engagement within the Vice Provost Teaching and Learning (VPTL) portfolio at the University of Calgary (UCalgary). Recently seconded into this two-year role, Susan is responsible for leading the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement Canadian … Continue reading Susan Mide Kiss

Jim Blake

TCCBE Board Liaison Jim resides in Haliburton, Ontario where he works as a facilitator, consultant, project manager, educator and community volunteer. Since 2002 he has worked with the Haliburton County Development Corporation as their Community Economic Development Consultant. In this role he works with the not-for-profit sector, businesses, business associations, municipalities and other levels of … Continue reading Jim Blake

Magda Goemans

Manager Magda actively supports the development of national and regional communities of practice within CCEC, and oversees operations and fundraising. Prior to this position, Magda provided broad research, evaluation and writing support to the multi-year CFICE research project through varied media formats. During the community demonstration project phase of CFICE, she also provided direct research … Continue reading Magda Goemans