NATIONAL OFFICE TEAM
President & Research Director
Over the past decade, Mark’s research has focused on peace building and state building processes in fragile and conflict-affected states. He has conducted research on several countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the Balkans. Mark has been a consultant to governments, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs, including the United Nations, Global Affairs Canada and the UK Department for International Development. In 2012, Mark founded the Security Governance Group, a private research consulting firm, and the Centre for Security Governance, a non-profit think tank, both of which specialize in international peace and security issues. He is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs.
Mark has held a variety of positions in the international affairs field both in Canada and globally, including: Senior Researcher and Program Leader at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Cadieux-Léger Fellow at Global Affairs Canada; Visiting Research Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; and Researcher and Project Manager at the Bonn International Centre for Conversion. He has published widely and is a regular commentator on security issues in the Canadian and international press. His most recent book, Security Sector Reform in Conflict-Affected Countries: The Evolution of a Model, was published by Routledge in the fall of 2016.
Erica brings project management, development, and operations experience from the not-for-profit and educational sectors. She has worked for both research and social service organizations including Samara Canada and the YWCA. Erica is an alumna of the University of Toronto where she studied Political Science and European History, and Ryerson University where she studied Public Administration and Governance.
Digital Communications Manager & Project Officer
Andrew Koltun has over six years of experience in project design and management, grant development, stakeholder relations and communications through his work with non-profits, including: Centre for Security Governance; Canadian Global Security; Academic Council on the United Nations System. He obtained field experience when stationed in Antakya, Turkey as the Project Development Officer for Syria Relief. Andrew holds a M.A. in Global Governance from Waterloo University and a BA Honours in History and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Researcher & Managing Editor of International Journal
Communications & Outreach Assistant
Jéssica has over 9 years of experience in digital communications and has worked the last five years as a Digital Communications Coordinator at Doctors Without Borders Brazil. She holds a Bachelor degree in Journalism, a Postgraduate diploma in Marketing and is studying Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees at Seneca College.
Ian Keddie is a journalist and analyst who specialises in defence and international relations. He has written on a range of military topics for Jane’s, The Guardian, Vice, and Maclean’s and previously worked as a researcher at The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Ian served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, deploying on a number of global operations.
Phaedra de Saint
The Signal Board Correspondents