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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Our Team

Like many non-governmental organizations, the CTC relies on volunteers to carry out its broad scope of activities. The CTC has one paid staff person (part time) who is the Executive Director. Other staff members work in a volunteer capacity.

Board of Directors (alphabetical order)

Samphe Lhalungpa (Chair)

Samphe Lhalungpa was born and grew up in India where he lived with his Tibetan parents until settling in Canada in 1974. Following 7 years in the Canadian federal public service, including at the Asia branch of the Canadian International Development Agency, Samphe joined the United Nations in 1981 serving with UNICEF in Burma, Sudan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, and Turkmenistan.  His areas of expertise include the advancement of health and education programs in conflict zones, promotion of multilingual education for tribal communities, and the use of social data for policy development. Samphe received a B.A. in Government and Politics from City University in the UK, followed by a M.A. in Public Administration from Queen’s University in Canada.  He also studied journalism at Ottawa’s Carleton University and Development Communications at Cornell University in the U.S.  He speaks English, Hindi, Nepali and Tibetan with knowledge of French, Arabic, Burmese and Bengali.  Now retired, Samphe lives in Ottawa.

Luisa Durante

Luisa Durante is a graduate of International Development Studies and Anthropology from Trent University, Ontario. Luisa is currently an international development consultant, possessing over 20 years of experience  working with non-government organizations and not-for-profits in Canada and internationally in the areas of human rights, health and organizational development.  She has field experience working in several countries and continents around the world. She was drawn to the mission of the CTC in promoting democratic freedoms and expression of the Tibetan people and the vision of HHDL.  Luisa is a long-standing member of the CTC and has served in various volunteer positions with the Montreal branch as well as stepping in as interim Executive Director at the National Office during 2005/6. 

Matilde Bernabei 

Matilde (Mati) Bernabei is a professional educator in British Columbia and an advisor to the Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Education supporting its project to revitalize the Tibetan school system in India and Nepal. Mati holds a BSc in Engineering (Queen’s University), a BEd (University of British Columbia), and a Master of Arts and PhD in Education (Simon Fraser University). Her graduate research focused on the Tibetan education system in India and Nepal. She is a recipient of the Michel Laferrier Award (2001) from the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada. Mati has been a member of the Canada Tibet Committee since 1991 following her return to Canada from a two year journey to China, Tibet and Nepal. She has served on the CTC’s National Board of Directors since 2009.

Pema Lektsog

She has held senior executive positions in both business and the non-profit sectors.  At the beginning of her career she worked at CIBC as the national manager for a loyalty program and was also responsible for providing donations and sponsorship support to community organizations. For over 15 years, she also worked in the charitable sector holding senior fundraising roles for various charities including the Heart and Stroke of Canada, the University of Calgary and most recently Executive Director, Development at the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Pema joined CTC Toronto at the age of 18, holding several positions in the local chapter, and has been an active volunteer for Tibetan community associations in both Ontario and Alberta for the past 25 years. She was also part of the key organizing committee for the Kalachakra Initiation for World Peach conferred by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Toronto in 2004, responsible for organizing a 10-day event for over 10,000 people.  Today, Pema continues to volunteer for various organizations and charities and lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Raymond Yee

Raymond (Ray) Yee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Victoria and has worked in the telecommunications sector as a web application developer. Ray has been actively involved in the CTC for the past 20 years. He and his wife Janet were deeply affected by their experiences with Tibetans while traveling in India, Nepal, and Tibet during the early 90s. Upon returning to Canada, Ray and Janet joined the CTC’s Vancouver Branch in 1994 and subsequently assumed various key responsibilities in the organization. Ray has served on the CTC’s national Board of Directors since 2007. Ray enjoys photography, coaching soccer, and spending time outdoors with his three children.




Sherap Therchin, Executive Director

Sherap joined the Canada-Tibet Committee in January 2018 as its Executive Director. He was born and grew up in Tibetan refugee communities in Nepal and came to Canada in 2015. In Nepal, Sherap worked as Assistant Deputy Director of the Himalayan Society for Youth and Women Empowerment where he designed and monitored projects to empower indigenous women. He later moved to India to serve as Deputy Chief of Tibet Fund India, with responsibility for oversight and evaluation of USAID projects supporting education and healthcare in Tibetan refugee communities. Academically, Sherap obtained a Bachelor of Business Management from Bangalore University, and Master of Business Administration degree from PES University, India. In Canada, Sherap obtained a second Master degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Queen’s University. He has also worked in the office of Canadian MP Arif Virani, as a proposal consultant at Agriteam Canada Ltd.

Eva Cirnu, Coordinator, Francophone Outreach

Eva is a communications professional with expertise in project management and promotional design (graphic and website design). Before joining the CTC, Eva developed and implemented communications strategies for civil society organizations in Haiti, Nepal, and Madagascar. Eva is the Director of a documentary film entitled “The Tibet Within” released in 2013. She currently lives in Dharamsala, India.

Anvesh Jain, Research Associate

Anvesh Jain is a student pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto – St. George, with a specialisation in International Relations. He is actively involved both on and off campus in Toronto, as well as back home in Calgary, Alberta. Anvesh has worked as a Constituency Assistant in the Parliamentary Riding of Calgary Forest Lawn, and as a Research Analyst for the NATO Association of Canada. His research interests include topics in Canadian and South Asian international relations, and the cause of CTC and Tibetan rights is near to his heart. His work has been published by the Columbia SIPA Journal of International Affairs, the Southern California International Review, and the Literary Review of Canada, and he is an avid follower and player of Cricket. Visit his website for more information:

Marie-Claude Fleyfel, Senior Translator

After German studies in France and Germany, Marie-Claude immigrated to Quebec at the end of the 70’s where she worked as a translator, mainly in the financial and human rights fields. Her interest for the Tibetan medicine gave her the opportunity to meet with the Tibetan community in Longueuil. She first joined the Amitiés Tibet-Quebec at the end of the 80’s and then the CTC. She has provided translation services to the CTC since then on a volunteer basis.

Hoang Phuc Anh-Tu "Derrick": Webmaster & Digital Management Advisor

Anh-Tu brings more than 10 years’ experience to the CTC offering valued expertise in web design, e-marketing and project management. An "on-line marketing engineer" by profession, Anh-Tu is a graduate in economics from the University of Toronto and will recieve his MBA Certification December 2014 from the Rotman School of Management. He is the author of articles about how web and social media can best perform for NGOs for an influential industry website.

Jeanne Leblanc, Coordinator, Special Events

Jeanne is a founding member of the Canada Tibet Committee and served on its national executive committee from 1987 – 2006. Jeanne has recently retired from the teaching profession in Montreal where she specialized in early childhood education particularly for children with learning difficulties.

Yeshi Lhamo

Yeshi was born in Dharamsala, India and lived most of her life in Kathmandu, Nepal. She moved to Canada in 2003 to attend the University of Calgary where she later obtained her degree as a Chartered Accountant. Her areas of expertise are audit, corporate tax, and financial reporting standards..

Marley Morris 

Marley began her teaching career in 1979 working for the Cree School Board. Since completing her Master's in Educational Studies, she has been teaching university preparatory skills at Concordia University for more than 20 years. Her volunteer work with Amnesty International led her to the Canada Tibet Committee in 1988 after she visited northern Nepal.



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