Salima Stanley-Bhanji | CEO
Salima is a lawyer, filmmaker and yoga teacher. In 2008 she became the Executive Director of Vibrant Calgary, a not for profit working in poverty reduction and advocacy. She then spent almost five years as the General Counsel of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. She has run several half marathons (one barefoot) and a full marathon. Last year, she hiked 1,200 kilometres from Switzerland to Spain to raise awareness of the world’s 59.5 million displaced people. Salima has lived in Australia, India, New Zealand and Canada and likes to ride her Vespa, drink cappuccinos and use creativity as a force for spontaneous change.
Christine Jensen | Director, Operations
Chris comes to CCGC | Humainologie after 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 Blais | Senior Videographer
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.
Stacie Harrison | Senior Production Advisor
Stacie is a local actor, director and acting instructor. She is a primary instructor at Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio where she specializes in the Meisner Technique and Voice for the Actor. A graduate of the BFA program at the University of Calgary, Stacie was the founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Valley in Cochrane, Alberta. She has worked with most of Calgary’s theatre companies and indie film production companies and has taught workshops at numerous educational and corporate institutions across the city. The foundation of her work as a teacher and actor is based on Sanford Meisner’s principle that “until you are a more honest human being, you can not be a truthful actor.” She applies this approach to her work in all areas of life including her passion for connecting with people and observing the secret language of behaviour. Stacie is an avid exerciser, reader and art lover.