Our Team

Executive Director
As Executive Director of the Columbia Institute, Charley attended the UNFCCC climate discussions in Copenhagen (2009) and Paris (2015) and regularly contributes research and analysis on sustainability issues and emerging public policy issues. Under her stewardship, the Institute has developed four research streams – green economy, public finance, local economy and governance – helping shape the...
Green Jobs BC Co-ordinator at Columbia Institute
Helesia is a public interest communications and strategic planning specialist. Helesia has over twenty years of experience working with communities on some of the most pressing public interest issues in Canada, including climate change and other environmental issues, poverty and homelessness, and public education. Prior to joining the Columbia team, Helesia ran her own consultancy and before that...
Special Projects
Sharon Roling heads up Columbia Institute's special projects. Before joining us, Sharon worked at a boutique consulting firm in New York, taking the lead on developing global advocacy, marketing and research initiatives on a range of socio-economic development projects, mainly across Africa, for non-profit organizations working in partnership with universities, business, and government. Prior to...
Office Administrator
Before joining Columbia Institute, Amor Verdeflor-Alvarado worked with Amnesty International-PRO as Office Coordinator for 1 year and with FORGE, a non-profit organization based in the Philippines, as HR/Administrative Officer for 8 years. Amor earned her Bachelor's degree in Industrial Psychology and Master's in Business Management from the University of the Philippines. She has also completed...

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