Our Team

Mark Butler, Director of International Education Department

Mark Butler is the Director, Bow Valley College International. Mark is an international development leader with more than 15 years of extensive experience across many diverse countries and regions including Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.  Mark runs a multi-faceted International Education department at Bow Valley College and on the International Development portfolio oversees strategic and risk management, partnership development, project management and contract development and negotiations.

Mark has developed and delivered many educational management and leadership projects, programs and courses implementing with a participative and entrepreneurial leadership style. Combined with his academic background and industry engagement it has allowed other local and international organizations to develop and grow their own senior management independent leadership styles. Mark has extensive international project management experience, specifically in Eastern Africa and the CARICOM region (via Education for Employment programs and through TVET systems).

Mark holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (International) from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary with a focus on International and Marketing.

Tristan Cole, International Development Officer

Tristan Cole is an International Development Officer at Bow Valley College, whose focus has been on developing internal capacity and formalising institutional best practises and procedures concerning BVC’s international initiatives for faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, another area of focus is in identifying and managing international engagement opportunities in the Caribbean and South America, including regional stewardship and community development initiatives in Jamaica and Belize.  

Prior to joining Bow Valley College, Tristan worked in the post-secondary sector at a university in Eastern Canada in the same area of international education and project management. Tristan has experience managing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) & Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, and has worked in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. Additionally Tristan has participated in business development initiatives worldwide. Tristan has a bachelor’s degree (Honours) in History and Politics, and a MA in International Relations from the University of East Anglia, in the United Kingdom.

Chris Enns, International Development Officer

Chris Enns is an International Development Officer at Bow Valley College, with a focus on developing and managing our projects in East and Southern Africa. He is currently overseeing our interests and partnerships in Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique for capacity building of partner institutions in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), entrepreneurship, and Early Learning and Childcare programming.

His work experience has been primarily in designing and managing community development projects using Results Based Management and effective monitoring and evaluation principles; organizational capacity building, and using appreciative inquiry and PRA (participatory rural appraisal) principles to help communities living in poverty take charge of their own development. Prior to joining BVC, Chris lived and worked in Mwanza, Tanzania with World Renew to build the capacity of its partner organizations and advise them on the implementation of their community development projects with a focus on sustainable livelihoods, adult education, agriculture, savings and credit groups, gender equality, environmental conservation, and community leadership. He also has experience in conducting project evaluations and training organizations in Results Based Management and project design. Chris is a certified trainer in Facilitating Organizational Development.

Chris has a joint Master’s degree from the University of Guelph in Rural Planning and International Development Studies, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary in International Relations. He has traveled extensively around the world throughout his life and lived in Tanzania for six years and Bangladesh for nine years. He is fluent in Swahili and speaks Bengali at an intermediate level.

Maureen Stewart, Teaching and Learning Consultant

Maureen Stewart is a Teaching and Learning Consultant with International Education at Bow Valley College. Maureen works with the International Education team to support projects in the areas of curriculum review, revision, and development, teacher training, educational technology, train the trainer, essential skills, intercultural competence, CBET, and TVET. Before joining the IE team, Maureen worked extensively in the areas of curriculum development, adult literacy, ESL literacy, essential skills, at-risk youth educational development, and project management, and conference management. Maureen is the current Past President of ATESL (Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language) and has served on the ATESL board since 2009. She is also a member of several Bow Valley College committees including the Professional Affairs Committee and served on BVC’s Academic Council for 7 years. Maureen was a Bow Valley College Board of Governors member from 2013-2015, a board member of AIMGA (Alberta International Medical Graduate Association) from 2013-2016, and a member of the BVC Faculty Association Executive from 2013-2015. Maureen holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in English and History from Brock University, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts of Global Leadership at Royal Roads University. Maureen has lived and worked in China, Australia, India, and Tanzania.

Laura Myers, ISTEP Project Manager

Laura Myers is the Project Manager for ISTEP-06, a Government of Canada and CICan led technical vocational education and training initiative in Tanzania. BVC is the lead partner of this four year project with Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College and Nova Scotia Community College.

Laura’s previous work experience includes the development and management of health (maternal and child, Ebola response), educational and environmental programs in Sierra Leone, Guatemala and Honduras. Laura spent six months living in rural Sierra Leone managing the construction of the country’s first sanitary landfill project, in addition to monitoring of a microfinance program. Laura also has experience as a grant and report writer, project coordinator and event manager in Canmore, Alberta. Laura’s management experience also includes six seasons in the forestry sector in British Columbia.

Laura has lived, studied and worked in Singapore, the UK, Canada, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics at the University of Victoria. During her studies, Laura was awarded an international scholarship to pursue studies in South East Asian Politics at the National University of Singapore.

 

Felipe Civita Ferreira, International Development Support

Felipe Civita Ferreira is an International Development Support with Bow Valley College International Education. His role includes the monitoring RFPs worldwide, supporting BVC’s international capacity by developing and managing global business development efforts. Felipe works closely with the rest of the International Projects Team in assisting with various international expansion efforts. His previous work experience has been primarily in the Extractives sector; as a Management Trainee in Operations Management for a large energy firm. Felipe is a graduate from the University of Lethbridge (Bachelor of Management), he has been the recipient of local and national awards for his enthusiasm, skills, and involvement in several business competitions and conferences across Canada.

Felipe has studied and lived in South Korea, Hungary, Malaysia and Brazil. Additionally, Felipe completed a successful international internship with a large Oil & Gas firm in Malaysia in 2014. He is fluent in Portuguese and English and has professional proficiency in Spanish.