Our Team

The individual members of ICGE’s team are senior professionals who bring years of accomplished experience in leading major projects. Clients benefit from their diverse backgrounds—as academics and practitioners, employees and independent contractors, for private, public and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Currie

Russell Currie, Ph.D., Principal

Russell advises organizations on institutional performance. Russell is the former Senior Academic and Research Officer for the University of British Columbia Okanagan, in addition to being a Dean and Associate Dean of Management. He has also served Thompson Rivers University as Dean, School of Business and Economics.
Dr. Currie is the former Senior Academic and Research Officer for the University of British Columbia Okanagan, in addition to being a Dean and Associate Dean of Management. He has also served Thompson Rivers University as Dean, School of Business and Economics. As a consultant, Russell has worked with various First Nations (BC and Alberta), corporations, universities and colleges in the areas of on strategic planning; management education: feasibility analysis; and stakeholder analysis, strategy and engagement. He has served on the Boards of both private and public organizations; is a former member of the UBC Ch’nook Advisory Board and BC Ventures Society Board, and served as Chair for the SIG Tourism for the American Marketing Association. Russell’s research is published in leading business journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management, Learning and Education, Journal of Banking and Finance, Annals of Tourism Research, amongst others. He serves on several editorial boards and is an invited speaker and panelist. Russell resides in Kamloops, BC, with his family.
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Lucille Gnanasihamany, M.A., Senior Associate

Lucille Gnanasihamany brings over 25 years of accomplishment in helping organizations hone and grow their reputation, competitive advantage and market profile through the strategic application of marketing and communications on-line, on-air, in person and in print.
Lucille Gnanasihamany brings over 30 years of accomplishment in helping organizations hone and grow their reputation, competitive advantage and market profile through the strategic application of marketing and communications on-line, on-air, in person and in print. She has also led complex, multi-stakeholder consultations for organizations to support the creation of strategic frameworks, including 5- and 10-year institutional strategic goals, mission, vision and values, brands, and new program offerings. Lucille’s post-secondary experience spans almost eight years as Associate Vice-President Marketing & Communications at Thompson Rivers University, BC and seven years as Director of Marketing at Mount Royal University, Alberta. In the two decades before joining MRU, Lucille held positions as Senior Consultant at Aon Consulting and Creative Director and Senior Writer roles at agencies in Toronto and Calgary. Lucille holds a Master of Arts from Royal Roads University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta, as well as certificates in Leading Transformative Change from Harvard Business School and in Leadership from Queen’s University. Lucille resides in Kamloops, BC, with her family.
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Jacki McPherson, Associate and Indigenous Advisor

Jacki is the current Vice-Chair and Board Member for the Canadian Mental Health Association, a Committee Member for Health Standards of Canada and on the Indigenous Leadership Committee for British Columbia Health Justice and the past President and Board Member for the First Nation Health Director Association.
Jacki is the current Vice-Chair and Board Member for the Canadian Mental Health Association, a Committee Member for Health Standards of Canada and on the Indigenous Leadership Committee for British Columbia Health Justice and the past President and Board Member for the First Nation Health Director Association. Jacki is an accomplished and disciplined professional with specialized experience in Indigenous affairs and health care in both the public and private sectors. Her in-depth understanding of First Nations, federal and provincial health care environments provide valuable perspective and insight into evaluating individual and population mental health needs and recommending holistic services and solutions to address them. As a former Health Director for the Lower Similkameen Indian Band and the Osoyoos Indian Band, Jacki is well versed in areas of critical relevance, including organizational governance, human resource position description drafting and management, and community engagement. Jacki is personally and professionally dedicated to enabling culturally safe health services, programs, and curricula for Indigenous people across British Columbia. She is currently involved in curriculum development and teaching with the FNDA College of Indigenous Health and the Faculty of Medicine Indigenous Health at the University of British Columbia. A member of the Syilx Nation, Jacki resides in Penticton, BC, with her family.
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Lauren Brown, M.A., Associate

Lauren is a sought-after Indigenous leader and executive coach. She currently sits on the Minister's Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW) for British Columbia. She has worked and served on several boards: Home Care Nurse Advisor, First Nations Chiefs Health Committee; First Nations Patient Advocate, Women's & Children's Hospital; and…
Lauren is a sought-after Indigenous leader and executive coach. She currently sits on the Minister's Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW) for British Columbia. She has worked and served on several boards: Home Care Nurse Advisor, First Nations Chiefs Health Committee; First Nations Patient Advocate, Women's & Children's Hospital; and seven years on the First Nations Health Directors Association Board. Lauren has developed her leadership and coaching skill set through 17 years of managing health care and fostering leadership in others. Lauren's Indigenous worldview and experience are fundamental in her consulting practice. She excels in building partnerships and believes in restoring balance in self, organizations and communities. She holds a BSN from the University of British Columbia, a Masters in Leadership-Health and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. Lauren has been involved with the Mentor Language Apprenticeship Program since 2018, increasing her fluency in Haida.
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Maggie Fung, MBA, Associate

Maggie Fung is a seasoned IT executive with over 25 years’ experience in the BC Higher Education sector. Maggie is passionate about technology’s strategic role in enabling the 21st century universities to deliver on their strategic goals and to support student success.
Maggie Fung is a seasoned IT executive with 28 years’ experience in the BC Higher Education sector. Maggie is passionate about technology’s strategic role in enabling the 21st century universities to deliver on their strategic goals and to support student success. She developed her deep knowledge and appreciation for higher education through her long tenure at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, growing the IT department from a tactical unit to a strategic partner. Maggie recently retired from her position as Associate VP Digital Strategies & Chief Information Officer at Thompson Rivers University, having developed the institutes’ digital strategy, laying the foundation for the university’s digital transformation. Maggie is a highly effective technology executive who consistently delivers on strategic and operational goals. She is a progressive leader with a growth mindset whose approach can best be described by the words “People, Partnerships, Possibilities”: empower and develop People, engage and collaborate through Partnerships, innovate and thrive by being open to Possibilities. Maggie has a BSc from the University of Alberta and an MBA from York University. She lives with her family and works out of Merritt, B.C..
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Matti Haverila, Ph.D., Associate

Dr. Haverila has worked as a consultant and professor on three continents, learning to interact, respect and appreciate a divergent array of cultures. He has significant teaching experience in management and leadership training seminars both in traditional as well as in an eLearning environment.
Dr. Haverila has worked as a consultant and professor on three continents, learning to interact, respect and appreciate a divergent array of cultures. He has significant teaching experience in management and leadership training seminars both in traditional as well as in an eLearning environment. In his consulting engagements, he performed market analysis, feasibility studies, marketing strategy consulting, SWOT and competitive analysis, and target market awareness studies in the North America for technology companies. These efforts lead to the formation of strategic partnerships with technology companies to take advantage of market opportunities. As a result of these alliances, new product strategies were developed for the firms operating in information technology and communication industries. These efforts were later developed into unified branding and communications strategies. Through his university experience and educational background, Matti has developed a sound understanding of innovative educational tools, including mind-maps, learning portfolios, learning diaries, wikis, simulations, course management systems and e-learning platforms (Moodle, Blackboard, etc.). He is sought out for his knowledge in the assurance of learning practices, implementation of closing the loop activities, and direct and indirect assessment (e.g., student satisfaction surveys) in higher education. Matti resides in Kamloops, BC, with his family.
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Florriann Fehr, Ph.D., Associate

Dr. Fehr’s lived nursing experiences shape her research and consulting practices. She started her career as a Street Nurse in Calgary before moving north and working as an Outpost Community Health Nurse in the Northwest Territories.
Dr. Fehr’s lived nursing experiences shape her research and consulting practices. She started her career as a Street Nurse in Calgary before moving north and working as an Outpost Community Health Nurse in the Northwest Territories. Florriann has worked in several First Nations communities (Behchokǫ̀, K'asho Got'ine, Délįne Sachs Harbour, and Tuktoyaktuk) as the community nurse, giving her a vast range of nursing experience (maternity health, child health, women’s health, family health, and child sexual abuse). Florriann’s research, consulting and teaching interests developed from over 25 years as a general duty acute care nurse. As an educator, Florriann teaches primarily in the areas of child growth and development, maternity health, community nursing, nurse teaching and learning processes, and relational communications practice. She is a leading national anti-bullying consultant and educator, using Cognitive Rehearsal Training strategies for students in healthcare. As researcher and consultant Florriann is considered an expert in the field of cannabis as it relates to the practice of nursing. Her latest and on-going project started in 2019 is titled: Exploring Nurse Educator Understanding of Medical Cannabis and Educational Practice Needs in Nurse Curriculum. Florriann resides in Kamloops, BC, with her family.
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Robert Campbell, Ph.D., Associate

Dr. Robert Campbell has a background in Educational Technology and Instructional Systems Design. Robert was the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.
Dr. Robert Campbell has a background in Educational Technology and Instructional Systems Design. Robert was the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Robert has worked in the software sector as an instructional designer, software developer, and art director. He has consulted on several innovative educational research projects. Currently, he is an associate professor in UBC’s Okanagan School of Education, where he teaches courses in educational technology, media arts, and Instructional design. His main research areas focus on creative coding, robotics, and STEM and STEAM education. He is a proponent of innovative technology-enhanced learning environments that support collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
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Scott Rankin, Ph.D., Associate

Scott brings insight into people management gained from both the study and the practice of the field. He has been an educator for a decade, a consultant with a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations and an HR leader with national and international firms such as Suncor Energy and ExxonMobil.…
Scott brings insight into people management gained from both the study and the practice of the field. He has been an educator for a decade, a consultant with a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations and an HR leader with national and international firms such as Suncor Energy and ExxonMobil. Scott is a consultant and a professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Thompson Rivers University. Scott has significant expertise in adult education, teaching in undergraduate, graduate (MBA), and executive education. In addition, he has experience in educational governance, acting for several years as a board member of the Westmount Charter School for Gifted Education and as a sitting member of several TRU committees, including MBA, the Coyote Project for Indigenization Initiatives and Academic Integrity Appeals. Scott has deep expertise in a range of organizational areas, including HR strategy development, compensation management, executive compensation, change management, decision making, inclusion and diversity and employee alignment and engagement. He has advised senior leaders and implemented programs in these areas as both an internal and an external consultant. He is a member of CPHR, BC and Yukon and the Academy of Management.
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Lisa Anderson, M.Sc., Associate

Working primarily in marketing and strategy areas for over 20 years, Lisa has had the pleasure to coach and lead people, forecast and manage multimillion-dollar projects. Lisa has led market research teams, managed company relationships, brought new products to market and lead national multi-product, cross channel, multi-media campaigns.
Working primarily in marketing and strategy areas for over 20 years, Lisa has had the pleasure to coach and lead people, forecast and manage multimillion-dollar projects. Lisa has led market research teams, managed company relationships, brought new products to market and lead national multi-product, cross channel, multi-media campaigns. Crafting project and area budgets, including planned sales volumes and revenues, resource quantities, costs and expenses, assets, liabilities and cash flows, is one of Lisa’s strengths. She excels at framing opportunities, using market research and data, and collaborating with multiple stakeholders at all levels to develop strategic plans and lead implementation. Lisa received recognition for her service on the board of the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association (BCAMA) as a Director then was elected Vice President. She actively volunteers in her community, having mentored new Canadians with Mosaic, acted as a board member of the North Shore Girls Soccer club, helped at the food bank and currently coaches girls youth basketball and volleyball. Lisa holds a Master’s of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She has lived in various small towns and cities, including Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and Santiago, Chile and now happily resides in Kamloops, BC with her family and two dogs.
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Alexis Brown, Ph.D., Associate

Dr. Alexis Brown has worked in the K-12 and post-secondary education systems in British Columbia for over a decade, teaching in urban, rural, alternative education settings and universities. Her consulting, teaching and research have been primarily with Indigenous learners, focusing on developing culturally revitalizing and sustaining practices through curriculum and…
Dr. Alexis Brown has worked in the K-12 and post-secondary education systems in British Columbia for over a decade, teaching in urban, rural, alternative education settings and universities. Her consulting, teaching and research have been primarily with Indigenous learners, focusing on developing culturally revitalizing and sustaining practices through curriculum and program development. Alexis has received numerous grants to investigate critical literacies; critical theory and pedagogy; adolescent literacies and learning; Indigenous youth; developing culturally sustaining and revitalizing curricula; social studies methodologies; English language arts methodologies; transformative inquiry; dialogic pedagogy.
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Laura Lamb, Ph.D., Associate

Dr. Laura Lamb is a professor in the Department of Economics at Thompson Rivers University. She has over 20 publications in refereed journals and book chapters mainly in the areas of community economic development, financial exclusion, Indigenous economics, non-profits and applied microeconomics.
Dr. Laura Lamb is a professor in the Department of Economics at Thompson Rivers University. She has over 20 publications in refereed journals and book chapters mainly in the areas of community economic development, financial exclusion, Indigenous economics, non-profits and applied microeconomics. Laura currently serves as the Academic Program Coordinator for the Master’s programs in Environmental Economics and Management. She has presented her research at over 20 international conferences and supervised over 20 students in the School of Business and Economics’ graduate programs. Laura teaches such courses as sustainable community economic development, principles of microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, and local economic development. She is active in the community with roles such a Chair of the board of directors for Community Futures Thompson Country.
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Sarah Johnston, B.B.A., Researcher

Sarah brings a rare combination of big-picture thinking, detail orientation and innate curiosity to every research assignment. She is excellent at applying her academic training and experience to reinforce business strategies with best practice rationale and validate operational recommendations with concrete proof.
Sarah brings a rare combination of big-picture thinking, detail orientation and innate curiosity to every research assignment. She is excellent at applying her academic training and experience to reinforce business strategies with best practice rationale and validate operational recommendations with concrete proof. Sarah has had the opportunity to hone her research and project management skills while attaining her Bachelor of Business Administration at TRU, and through supplementary education through the University of Calgary, University of Saltford (UK), and the University of Victoria. Through diverse roles as Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR) advisor, graphic design contractor and sales representative, Sarah has honed her organizational acumen, proficiency in written and verbal communications, and abilities in creative problem-solving. A valued and versatile member of the ICGE team, Sarah enjoys living in Kamloops in the company of her partner, family, and friends.
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