GDI Associates


Edward Akuffo, Director

Edward Ansah Akuffo is an Associate Professor of International Relations, head of the department of political science, and lead associate of the Centre for Development at the University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada. His research focuses on Canada's foreign and security policy in Africa and African Union-NATO interregional security cooperation (including human security, terrorism, military intervention, and development assistance). His work has appeared in several journals and he is the author of Canadian Foreign Policy in Africa: Regional Approaches to Peace, Security, and Development (Ashgate, 2012).

Satwinder Bains

Satwinder Bains is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social, Cultural and Media Studies, with the Canada India Studies Program and is the Director of the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley.  Her research interest and expertise is n the field of cross-cultural education, immigration, Diaspora, race and anti-racism, and immigrant family settlement. Her work with South Asian families living in a cross-cultural world encompasses both abilities and disabilities of the family unit to manage the reality of living and functioning in a dominant culture. She has extensive work experience in community development and has worked collaboratively with women, youth and families from the South Asian community.

Adrienne Chan

Adrienne Chan holds a PhD in Adult/Continuing Education from the University of Kent at Canterbury. She is currently the AVP of Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies which includes leading and supporting the development of research activities among faculty and students, leveraging research and scholarship to foster community engagement with the region, fostering the integration of teaching and research, and increasing overall research funding from traditional and alternative sources. Adrienne's primary research interests have focused on higher education, institutional change, institutional culture, academic culture, policy studies, gender, race and issues of diversity in educational institutions. Her research history is extensive, and most recently she was successful as the Principal Investigator of a Canadian Health Institutes In Research (CIHR) operating grant: Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal People, Component 1.

Yvon Dandurand

Yvon Dandurand is a criminologist with expertise in governance issues and development. In particular, his specialty is the field of rule of law, criminal justice policy and law reform. He works with partners in Canada and around the globe to develop tools that advance law reform in developing nations. His particular interests at present are in child protection, human trafficking, juvenile justice, organized crime, corruption, and prison reform. A lot of his recent work has focused on institutional development in post-conflict societies. 

Cherie Enns

Cherie Enns continued her research in urban and suburban planning, and the development of age-friendly cities with a focus on child-friendly development in India, Kenya and Abbotsford. Cherie has maintained membership as a standing member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and continued her work as a consultant, where she was instrumental in the development in the award-winning Harmony Flex-Housing Affordable Housing Project and the implementation of the Child and Youth Friendly Statement of Intention. 

Garry Fehr

Garry Fehr is the Director of the Global Development Institute, the Senior Associate of the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies and an Instructor in the Department of Geography at the University of the Fraser Valley. His diverse research interests and development projects have primarily been focused on India and include sustainable rural livelihoods, environmental sustainability, rural governance, sustainable forestry and improvement of child and maternal health programs through peer-to-peer capacity building networks. However, Garry has also worked with local NGOs on refugee re-settlement in Belize, health and sanitation projects in both Haiti and India and community development in British Columbia’s northwestern communities.

Hayli Millar

Hayli Millar - who holds postgraduate degrees in criminology and international law - is a recently appointed faculty member to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).  Her research interests include comparative and international law and criminal justice, particularly in relation to state and institutional violence against women, indigenous peoples, and vulnerable groups including children and youth. She has lived and worked as an international consultant for the United Nations in Jordan and the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines, most recently participating in Asian Development Bank-International Organization for Migration sponsored country studies of Bangladesh, the Maldives, and Nepal and a regional study assessing the progress of seven states parties’ in implementing their obligations under the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution.  As part of this work, Dr. Millar participated and presented at two regional consultation meetings in Kathmandu, Nepal and Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has also lived, worked, and/or conducted field research in Australia, Canada, Guatemala, South Africa, and the Unites States.

Stephen Piper

Sociologist and Latin American Studies professor Stephen Piper has extensive international experience, principally in Indonesia, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. His research has concentrated on the role of intellectuals in promoting social change in China and Nicaragua. Most recently, he has been studying relationships between education and development in Nicaragua’s transitional economy.

Gayle Ramsden

Gayle Ramsden has international experience in program and curriculum development. She holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. Her research examines how cultural traditions and textile craft are transformed or lost due to shifts in economic and social structures. She has a particular interest in working to advance economic opportunities for women and promoting traditional craft livelihoods.
Contact Information:

Global Development Institute

33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC
Canada V2S 7M8

Edward Akuffo
Director, GDI

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