Chris has been working in international development for eighteen years. His primary focus is capacity building of local community development organizations around the world, and coordinating and evaluating community development programs. He currently serves as the Global Training Programs Specialist for the University of Calgary.
Chris managed international training projects at Bow Valley College in Calgary for four years. There, he developed and managed projects in East Africa and the Middle East. Specifically, Chris coordinated and monitored initiatives designed to build the training capacity of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in Tanzania, Kenya, and Jordan in the areas of competency-based education, entrepreneurship, distance learning, TVET teacher training, and early childhood education.
Chris lived and worked in Mwanza, Tanzania for six years with the NGO, World Renew to build the capacity of partner organizations and advise on the implementation of community development projects funded by Global Affairs Canada. He managed projects that built the self-reliance of local communities in the areas of sustainable livelihoods, climate-smart agriculture, adult education, savings and credit groups, gender equality, environmental conservation, and community leadership.
Chris has conducted evaluations with PlanNET in Ethiopia and Kenya and assisted in the data gathering and analysis of PlanNET evaluations around the world in the areas of youth skills development, ICT, justice, and security. He has trained organizations in results based management and project design. Chris is a certified trainer in facilitating organizational development. He was recently on the board of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation.
Chris has a Master’s degree in Rural Planning and International Development studies from the University of Guelph. He has traveled extensively and has lived in Tanzania and in Bangladesh. He is proficient in Swahili and speaks Bengali at a basic level.