MCIC Staff

Janice Hamilton

Janice Hamilton

Executive Director

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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.

James Kornelsen

James Kornelsen

Director of Engagement and Learning

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James has worked in the field of international development and humanitarian assistance for 18 years. He is a teacher by profession, having taught in middle and high school classrooms in Manitoba. James served as a community development worker with Mennonite Central Committee in Mozambique for four years and later went on to work as public engagement coordinator for Canadian Foodgrains Bank for 14 years.

James’ experience in public engagement includes leading numerous learning tours on global food security to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East. He has developed educational activities for Canadians to learn about global issues and has given leadership to learning and advocacy campaigns encouraging Canada to do more on international aid and development assistance.

James lives with his family in Winnipeg. He is excited to be part of a dynamic team at MCIC engaging Manitobans on global citizenship and raising awareness about the great work Manitoba organizations are doing internationally. 

Jane Mychasiw

Jane Mychasiw

Office Coordinator

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Jane has been working at MCIC since 2015, having made a mid-career change after working in hotels for 20 years. Originally from Victoria, BC, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria and is currently taking her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University. She has lived overseas in Dubai, UAE and London, UK and is trying to change the world one office coordinator task at a time.

Abdal Qeshta

Abdal Qeshta

Global Partnerships Manager

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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.

Lauren Roberts

Lauren Roberts

Digital Media Specialist

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Oluchi Gloria Ogbu

Oluchi Gloria Ogbu

Public Engagement Specialist

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Leeza Oravec

Leeza Oravec

Education Specialist

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Ben Dearing

Ben Dearing

Communications Specialist

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Ben is a lifelong advocate of justice and global equity.  He holds a Diploma in Public Relations, Strategic Communications and Marketing from the University of Winnipeg, and has worked and volunteered with multiple non-profits working in Canada. He is excited to turn to international development with MCIC. 

Ben's previous work includes time spent with the YMCA and Tim Horton's Children's Camps as an educator and program facilitator for youth from disadvantaged communities.  Seeing the potential of newly empowered young people first-hand motivates him to promote organizations doing similar work in communities around the world.  

He is eager to grow MCIC's reach in the community, making it an accessible and authoritative voice on sustainable development and global equity.