CIC Vancouver Branch Leadership Biographies

Charles Dumbrille

Branch President

Charles Dumbrille is a seasoned, results-oriented Business Risk Management Analyst with extensive experience supporting organizations in managing country risk and conflict disruptions; building international portfolios; garnering stakeholder support; and strengthening brand reputation. He possesses diverse cultural knowledge acquired from substantial on-the-ground monitoring within 70+ countries across six continents.  Consistently recognized by peers as a subject matter expert in identifying risks and business opportunities, Charles has excellent analytical and research skills – complemented by the ability to forge cross-cultural partnerships to stay abreast of financial, socio-economic, political, and security trends across the globe. Originally from Ontario, Charles now resides in Vancouver, BC where he is a President of IN-D-TEL International, and lives with his wife and beloved cat.

Grant Duckworth

Branch Vice-President

Grant Duckworth is the founder of Vancouver Strategic & Integrated Research (VSIR), a management consultancy specializing in knowledge innovation and strategic intelligence. Grant launched VSIR after 17 years with the Government of Canada providing strategic advice and intelligence analysis to senior executives on complex migration, border security, and geopolitical issues. He has studied at five different Canadian universities including the University of British Columbia (UBC), where received an MA in (Human) Geography.  
Before returning to Vancouver in 2016, he was a member of the CIC Ottawa branch.  

Jacob Diner


Jacob Diner is an undergraduate student studying political science at the University of British Columbia, focusing on Canadian Foreign Policy and Security. He currently works as a Junior Analyst for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and is training as an Army Reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces. Within the Vancouver Branch of the CIC Jacob works to promote the council’s events and activities through social media and outreach with other organizations.


Brett Shearing

Administrative Coordinator

Brett is a recent international relations graduate from the University of British Columbia. He has previously worked in federal politics and is hoping to ultimately work in public policy. Born and raised in Vancouver, Brett loves the outdoors and is an ardent board game enthusiast.

Tony Southgate


Tony has served as Treasurer of the Vancouver Branch of the CIC for several years.  He has a B.A. (UBC) and an M.F.A. (UBC), has studied International Relations at UNBC and travelled extensively throughout the world.  He is a retired business owner.   

Michelle Eades

Outreach Coordinator and NGO Liaison

Michelle Eades has her MA in Conflict Analysis and Management as well as a BA in Sociology. She is a conflict and peace specialist facilitating community dialogues bringing people together with the goal of understanding different perspectives. Michelle also consults with international organizations on how to effectively leverage multinational corporations’ economic power to bring sustainable peace to conflict zones. Her extensive travel has fueled her passion for understanding and knowledge of different ways of seeing the world.

Avril Espinosa-Malpica

Outreach Team

Avril Espinosa-Malpica is a Trade Commissioner at Global Affairs Canada, where she supports market diversification efforts to build a sustainable and inclusive Canadian economy. Outside of the office, Avril is committed to improving her community. She is a Young Director of the G(irls)20 Girls on Boards – an initiative that aims to achieve gender-balance in leadership positions. Avril also serves on the Board of Directors of Immigrant Women’s Services Ottawa and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian International Council – Vancouver Branch. Avril’s interest in global socio-economic issues can be traced back to her days at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she recently received her BA, Combined Economics and Political Science Major, French Minor. At UBC, she was published and selected for the cover photo in the Outside-In International Photojournal; her piece explored the need for minority language inclusion in decision making processes. Avril’s achievements have been recognized through the UBC Arts Co-op 2017 Undergraduate Student of the Year Award, and through UBC’s “For a Better BC” campaign which she was featured on. Having lived in Mexico, Canada and France, Avril is trilingual, culturally adaptable and globally minded. In her spare time, Avril enjoys developing her interest in photography.

Adam Brosgall

Government and Consulate Liaison

Adam Brosgall is the owner and principal of Brosgall Legal, a downtown Vancouver law firm. Adam has been a BC lawyer and notary public for 18 years. His legal practice now focuses on international transactions, and he is well known for his specialty in consular legalization (Apostille) services. Adam works closely with foreign consulates in Vancouver and Toronto, as well as the many foreign missions based in Ottawa. Over the past decade, Adam has authenticated and legalized thousands of documents for use in over 100 different countries, making him Vancouver’s leading practitioner in this unique area of international law. Adam was called to the Bar in 1999, and is a member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia. For his international work, he is also accredited by the BC Ministry of Justice in Victoria, and Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Canadian International Council – Vancouver Branch, is a member of the Canadian Council on International Law, and is a Research Panellist with Export Development Canada. Adam received his BA in Geography from UBC, his MA with distinction in Geography from the University of Leeds, and his law degree from the University of Calgary.

Heidi Tworek

Academic Liaison

Dr. Heidi Tworek is Assistant Professor of International History at the University of British Columbia. She is also a non-resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard University. She works on the history of news and of international organizations. Alongside academic publications, she also writes about German and transatlantic politics and media for a wide variety of venues including Foreign Affairs and Wired.