Salima Stanley-Bhanji | CEO
Salima is a lawyer and filmmaker. She has spent a decade in management roles in the not for profit sector, including as the Executive Director of Vibrant Calgary, a not for profit working in poverty reduction and advocacy; and as the General Counsel of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. In 2015, she hiked 1,200 kilometres from Geneva, Switzerland to Pamplona, Spain to raise awareness of the world’s 60 million displaced people. Salima has run several half marathons (including two barefoot) and a full marathon. She grew up in Australia, and has lived in India, New Zealand, Perú and Canada. Salima has produced/directed over 20 short films for Humainologie in three languages receiving 10 awards and over 20 selections at film festivals worldwide. Salima is a member of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee and a mentor for SheMeets, which supports the success of women of colour. She values empathy, creativity, accountability, self awareness and unknowingness. She feels great privilege in being mother to one small bundle of wonder.
Chris has spent nearly 30 years in academic administration, with ten of those spent in international university branch campuses in the Middle East. She has a Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Applied Communication from Royal Roads University. She is a planner, organizer and creative thinker who has a keen ability to see situations from different perspectives to find creative solutions to complex problems.
Chris is a gentle soul who naturally connects with others in a respectful and collegial way. She has travelled extensively and has developed a deeply personal sense of global citizenship and interconnectedness. Chris enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband at their small, rustic acreage in the country. Her grandchildren bring her great joy.
Richard brings with him a passion for knowledge and understanding, and devotion to storytelling wherever he goes. He has been honing his craft as a professional Videographer in Calgary for years, starting with a diploma from SAIT in Television Production. With an early appetite for journalism, he began his ongoing work with CTV News Calgary nearly a decade ago as an Editor and Video Journalist. In this position he recently won the revered RTDNA National and Regional Awards, and has been lucky enough to travel across this province and country to cover a variety of important stories.
In more recent years his creative side and growing interest in social justice has lead him to also pursue independent work including documentary filmmaking, wedding videography, commercials, music videos, and event coverage. Whether volunteering or filmmaking in Uganda, Nepal, or across Canada (so far), Richard’s driving fuel is his growing commitment to learning from all people and places, and giving voices to the voiceless to share their stories.