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)
Matilde Bernabei (Vice Chair)
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.
Lara Braitstein is professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal where she obtained both doctorate and masters’ degrees. She teaches courses on Classical Literary Tibetan, Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. Her principal areas of research include esoteric traditions of Tibetan and Indian Buddhism, Classical Tibetan literature, and Buddhist Sanskrit literature. Her work has appeared in the Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, Studies in Religion, and Consciousness, Literature and the Arts. Lara speaks English, French and Tibetan. Lara is a former Executive Committee member of CTC’s Montreal Branch and previously served on the National Board during the 1990’s.
Consiglio DiNino (Chair)
The Honourable Consiglio (Con) Di Nino has held senior executive positions in business, the public sector, and community organizations for more than four decades. His extensive financial sector career includes founder, President and CEO of Cabot Trust Company (1979/1991). In addition to his business experience, Mr. Di Nino is a respected former member of the Senate of Canada (1990/2012). His significant volunteer commitments include: Chairman Harbourfront Corporation, Chairman Villa Charities Inc., President Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association, and President Scouts Canada-Greater Toronto Region. While in the Senate, DiNino was a long-standing and dedicated member of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet which he chaired from 1997 until his retirement from the Senate in June 2012.
Luisa Durante is a graduate of International Development Studies and Anthropology from Trent University, Ontario. Luisa is currently the Regional Program Manager for the World Federation of Hemophilia and is responsible for the deployment of all WFH programming in the Americas. Previously, Luisa worked with human rights and social justice organizations in Indonesia and the Great Lakes region of Africa, in particular on community-level conflict resolution. She speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and Bahasa Indonesian. 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.
Raymond Yee (Secretary)
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.
Carole Samdup, Executive Director
Carole is a founding member of the Canada Tibet Committee and served as a volunteer on its National Executive Committee for seventeen years until 2004. She worked eighteen years at the International Centre for Human Rights & Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy), as a senior policy advisor on economic and social rights specializing in human rights methodology, trade and investment policy, and the human right to food.
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.
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: Accountant
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.
Raquel Gutierrez Martinez: Coordinator, Graphic Design and Branding
Raquel has 15 years’ experience in the private sector working in print design, branding, and development of marketing solutions for companies in Spain, Argentina and most recently in China where she became interested in the Tibetan culture. Previously, Raquel was a Lecturer in Creative Advertising, Art Direction and Digital Design at Escuela Universitaria de Diseño e Innovación (ESNE) in Spain. Raquel speaks Spanish, English and French and currently lives in Montreal, Canada.
Marley Morris: Coordinator, Database
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.
Tenzing Musu: Coordinator, Donor Relations
Tenzing was born in born in Shimla, North India, grew up in Hunsur, South India and came to Canada in 1986. Tenzing was co-founder of the Tibetan Arts Center in Montreal, and since 2008 served as an executive member of the Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec. She says “I believe that acting on an idea is better than having an idea”.