Charley Beresford | Executive Director

Charley PictureCharley Beresford is the Executive Director of the Columbia Institute.  As Executive Director, Charley observed the climate change discussions in Copenhagen and regularly contributes research and analysis on emerging sustainability issues.

Prior to joining the Institute, Charley worked with public and private sector organizations focused on community development, serving four years as a Director in the BC Ministry of Finance overseeing appointments to provincial agencies, boards and commissions.

As a School Board Trustee from 1996 through 2008, Charley successfully campaigned to save provincially-funded Inner City School Funds and led the development of a ground breaking anti-homophobia action plan and anti-discrimination policy.

Charley’s involvement with community organizations and public policy development includes the Green Economy Network, SPARC BC, BC Recreation and Parks Association, Big Sisters, The Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Therapeutic Riding Association of BC.



Amor Verdeflor-Alvarado | Office Administrator

Amor Pic2Before joining Columbia Institute, Amor Verdeflor-Alvarado worked with Amnesty International-PRO as Office Coordinator for 1 year and with FORGE, a non-profit organization based in the Philippines, as HR/Administrative Officer for 8 years.

Amor earned her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology and Master’s in Business Management from the University of the Philippines. She has also completed her office administration program from Vancouver Community College.



Christine Boyle | Strategic Communications Specialist

Chris Bio PhotoChristine Boyle comes to this work with a range experience in communications, strategic planning, and community development. Prior to joining the Columbia Institute, Christine led Communications for a environmental camp and retreat centre, and before that spend many years running sustainability programming within the Vancouver School Board. She holds a BSc in Urban Agriculture and First Nations Studies from the University of British Columbia, and an MA in community organizing from Berkeley, California. Christine is also a NextUp alumni.



Robert Duffy | Research Analyst

Rob Bio PictureRobert holds a Masters in Communications from Simon Fraser University.   Active with NGOs and social movements in Canada and the United Kingdom, Robert Duffy’s CV includes research positions in the BC legislature and at the national office of the Canadian Federation of Students. Prior to joining the Columbia Institute, he did legislative and communications work in the Canadian Parliament.