Our Team

Office Administrator
Sherry Lipp, PMP, joined Columbia Institute in November 2019, taking on the term position of Office Administrator. Sherry began her career working in corporate securities in a Vancouver Law firm, first as administrative support and then as a securities paralegal. Eventually, she opened a paralegal business in Vancouver, providing services to lawyers and public companies. During this time she was...
Executive Director (volunteer)
David Levi currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Institute. He is also the organization's interim Executive Director. Outside volunteering his time to the non-profit, David is the President & CEO of Working Enterprises Ltd. In 1992, he founded the Working Opportunity Fund (WOF), BC's original labour-sponsored investment fund, and was CEO until 2016. WOF has invested $600...
Special Projects
Sharon heads up Columbia Institute’s special projects. Before joining us, she worked at a consulting firm in New York, taking the lead on developing global marketing, advocacy and research initiatives on a wide range of socio-economic development projects, mainly across Africa. Prior to that, she worked on a UN Global Conflict Prevention initiative at UN headquarters in NYC, and at a peace-making...
Intern
Aidan Shirley joined Columbia Institute as a practicum student in 2019 and is currently working towards his BA in Applied Geography at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His interests include urban sustainability and environmental planning, with past research projects addressing topics such as the benefits of car-free urban centres, the relationship between population growth and ecological...
Office Administration (On leave beginning November 26)
Before joining Columbia Institute, Amor Verdeflor-Alvarado worked with Amnesty International-PRO as Office Coordinator for one year and with FORGE, a non-profit organization based in the Philippines, as HR/Administrative Officer for eight 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...

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