meet the minerva staff
Meet our small but mighty team.
As CEO of Minerva BC, Tina leads a team of thoughtful, talented change makers who develop, empower and promote women’s leadership. Tina first discovered Minerva in 2001 when working as an employment counsellor at Training Innovations - a leading BC career development company specializing in in-person and online career solutions. She referred her clients to Minerva’s Women Helping Women Work program because it offered mentorship and connection with accomplished women leaders. After 15 years of developing her expertise in leadership, career development, adult learning, HR and communications, she joined Minerva BC as the Programs Director in 2016. She assumed the CEO role in October 2017. Tina has a BA in International Relations from UBC and an MA in Communications from Royal Roads University. She has lived and worked in Germany, Costa Rica, Guyana and Taiwan. Tina’s strengths are seeing the big picture, empathic thinking, and quick learning.
DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS & ENGAGEMENT
Passionate about equity and values-based leadership, Trina joined Minerva BC in January 2020 as the Director of Partnerships and Engagement. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years in the areas of fund development, community engagement, research and granting. Previous work has included positions at Vancouver Foundation, Canada’s largest community foundation, as well as at BC Children’s Hospital. She is a graduate of the Master of Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership program at Carleton University, and also holds a Graduate diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo and a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University. Trina is an avid traveler and cyclist who likes to combine her passions whenever possible with multi-day endurance cycling trips.
director of programs
Katie joined Minerva BC as the Director of Programs in 2019. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Katie moved to Vancouver in 2006 to play for the National Field Hockey team and had the honour of captaining the team for three years. Growing up playing sports she learned first-hand how important role models, coaches and mentors are for personal growth and development, and is excited to pass this on through her work at Minerva BC. As a communications and engagement professional and Certified Executive Coach, Katie has worked in a variety of industries, including consulting for major energy, infrastructure and transportation projects. Her strengths include developing others, positivity, empathetic thinking, and communicating effectively.
youth programs manager
As Minerva's Youth Programs Manager, Ashley's strengths are rooted in respectful relationship-building and creating meaningful connections—to people, purpose, and place. Ashley lives from a foundation of values-based leadership and brings a strong sense of her values to all that she does. She cares deeply about emboldening the next generation of women leaders to find their voice and use it. Originally from Nova Scotia, she completed her Masters of English Literature in Montreal, where she recently returned after 8 years on the west coast. She lives with her human partner and three-legged kitty, Kitty.
Sarah has a passionate curiosity for learning and helping others learn. As a career strategist, facilitator, and curriculum designer, Sarah appreciates the deep connections and learning that can take place when people are willing to be vulnerable and challenge themselves. Sarah facilitates leadership programs at Minerva, including Learning to Lead™ and Women Leading the Way™. When not working, Sarah can be found training for her next triathlon, adventuring in the local mountains with her family, and getting on her mountain bike as often as possible.
Ankit is the newest addition to our team at Minerva, joining as the Communications Specialist. A recent immigrant to Canada, he comes with 7+ years of experience, primarily in the non-profit sector in India. Ankit has most recently worked with Oxfam in India and Canada. He is a creative professional with a Masters degree in Mass Communication and brings his skills in graphic design, photography, writing, social media and digital strategy to Minerva. We are thrilled to have a new voice in the team and are excitedly anticipating a great exchange of cultures and perspectives.
the face of leadership is changing
but it's not changing fast enough.
Minerva BC is a Vancouver-based charity that is
dedicated to advancing the leadership of women and girls.
Our office is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
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