MCIC Staff

  • Janice Hamilton

    Janice Hamilton

    Executive Director |

    Janice has worked at MCIC since 1988, in various capacities, and has been the Executive Director since 2000. She has a keen interest in public engagement and enjoys finding creative ways to get more people interested in international development and seeing the connections between global and local issues, with the ultimate goal of creating more global citizens. She has participated in a number of committees, both nationally and provincially, regarding public engagement. Her first international experience was as a Canadian Crossroads International volunteer in Kenya. She has also worked for the Canadian Red Cross, The Marquis Project and World Food Day Association. Janice considers it an honour to be able to work with such great colleagues on staff, board, with our member agencies and with so many others who are working to make this a more just world for all.

  • Jane Mychasiw

    Jane Mychasiw

    Office Coordinator |

    Jane is new to the non-profit sector, having recently moved from working for 20 years in hotels. Originally from Victoria, BC, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria. She has lived overseas in Dubai, UAE and London, UK and is looking forward to contributing to the MCIC office and members.

  • Grace Van Mil

    Grace Van Mil

    Public Engagement Specialist |

    Grace has a decade of experience working in international and community development, ranging from locally based community projects to international NGOs operating around the world. Whether within communities here in Canada or as part of development projects in East Africa, Grace’s passion for social justice has informed her life and work.

    A lifelong learner, Grace enjoys facilitating learning opportunities for others and exploring innovative ideas for development practice. She is a graduate of the International Development post-graduate program at The Business School at Humber College and looks forward to supporting MCIC members and engaging Manitobans as global citizens.

  • Abdal Qeshta

    Abdal Qeshta

    International Program Coordinator |

    Abdal holds a Bachelor degree in political science, and an MBA in Global Management from Paris ESLSCA Business School in Egypt. He has previous experience in international development focusing in business development, education, and humanitarian programs in the Middle East funded by USAID and European Union.

    Recently, he was working with the United Nations Association in Canada as a Regional Coordinator in Manitoba for the Canada Green Corps Program and with iDE Canada as a Fundraising Manager.

    Abdal considers it an honour to be able to work with great colleagues - staff, board, and with our member agencies; and being able to contribute to the great work of MCIC and our members.

  • Tyler H. Andrade

    Tyler H. Andrade

    Communications Specialist |

    Tyler is a proud graduate from the University of Winnipeg with a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications.

    He is a passionate advocate for human rights and is the most recent recipient of the Manitoba LGBT Chamber of Commerce – Student of the Year Award (2018/19). He comes to MCIC with experience in non-profit communications, donor relations, program development and public engagement. He sits on the Fundraising Committee for 1JustCity, is a member of the Canadian Council of Young Feminists (CCYF-CCJF) and is honoured to share the responsibility of being an uncle to an adorable dog.

    He has consulted and liaised with many non-profit organizations domestically and internationally for events, conferences, and public engagement opportunities. He looks forward to collaborating with staff, board and member agencies to share the stories of MCIC members with Manitobans in an effort to create a more just world for future generations to call home.

  • Patricia Maruschak

    Patricia Maruschak

    Director of Engagement and Learning |

    Patricia has worked in international development and humanitarian assistance for over 20 years for organizations such as the Canadian Bureau for International Education, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Finance Corporation – World Bank Group and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

    After beginning her career as a teacher in Winnipeg she went on to complete a Masters in Public Administration and International Development at Carleton University in Ottawa which led to managing development projects on policy reform, juvenile justice, education reform and corporate governance in Jordan and several countries in eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has also been responsible for food assistance, food security and humanitarian response projects supporting refugee populations in Palestine, Myanmar, Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Iraq.

    Patricia is excited to be a part of the team at MCIC and to work with our partners to raise awareness about global citizenship and the great work Manitoba organizations are doing internationally.

  • Anna Kroeker

    Anna Kroeker

    Public Engagement Specialist |

    A champion of social justice in her personal and professional life, Anna has been involved in the non-profit world for many years. She holds a Bachelors degree in international relations from the University of British Columbia, and looks forward to snowy winters now that she is home in Manitoba. She has worked in youth engagement for many years, coming to MCIC from Lower Fort Garry and Fort Whyte Alive. She recently interned for Seva Canada and Susila Dharma International Association and was honoured to work on such important global projects.

    Her work at MCIC brings together her passions for youth engagement and global issues. She looks forward to engaging Manitobans in the efforts of advancing sustainability. She looks forward to creating relationships with MCIC members and citizens across Manitoba.

  • Laura Wiebe

    Laura Wiebe

    Sustainability Specialist |

    Laura holds a 4-year Bachelor of Arts - Advanced with a major in anthropology and minor in sociology from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Environmental Studies in Geography – Tourism Policy and Planning from the University of Waterloo. A strong appreciation for culture and the knowledge of the impact of intercultural contact led Laura to engage with issues related to international development through the lens of pro-poor tourism during her time as a grad student at Waterloo and beyond. International social human development is a stronghold priority for her.

    Throughout various roles in the hospitality and tourism industry, Laura has been involved in encouraging sustainable business operations and enjoys the challenges of sustainable operations problem-solving. She looks forward to working on sustainability initiatives with MCIC members, partners and other stakeholders.