Leadership Changes at CIRDI

CIRDI has made a few changes to our leadership team in the past several months.

We are excited to announce that Jaime Revenaz Webbe, CIRDI’s Director of Program Delivery, has stepped into a new role as Chief Operating Officer.  Jaime brings twenty years of resource governance and climate policy experience with the World Bank and the United Nations. She has served as the head of UN Environment’s Environmental Education Unit, the Asia-Pacific Regional Manager for Climate Technologies under the UN Climate Convention, and the lead on climate change within the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biodiversity. Jaime brings a commitment to applying innovation and creativity to CIRDI’s work with full support for the inventiveness of our local and national partners in governance transformation.

Jaime’s appointment comes as CIRDI says goodbye to outgoing CEO Elaine Pura, after 5 years with the Institute. Elaine’s approachable leadership style and global partnerships orientation, coupled with her diligence in institutionalizing leading practices for operational excellence, were instrumental factors that enabled CIRDI to evolve from a fledgling start-up to a global sustainability partner in its own right. During her tenure, CIRDI delivered on natural resource governance programming in 22 countries, with impressive results. It is with appreciation that we recognize Elaine’s many contributions and wish her well in all her future endeavours.

We are happy to welcome the newest member of the CIRDI Executive Committee, Calvin Liu. Calvin stepped into the role of Finance Manager in the spring and has seamlessly taken over the management of CIRDI’s financial operations, while providing strategic financial planning and leading the administrative team. Calvin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and obtained his CPA-CGA designation while he was working at PricewaterhouseCoopers. With over eight years of controllership experience in a local construction company, and also in a top BC technology company, Calvin specializes in variance analysis, budgeting, cash management, job costing, financial reporting and systems implementation.

We also want to thank Dr. Priya Bala-Miller as she moves on from her role as Director of Partnerships and Program Development. Priya brought a unique strategic lens to her work that was admired by staff, senior advisors and partners. Among her many impactful contributions were the development of CIRDI’s best-in-class strategy for advancing Gender Equality in Natural Resource Governance and significantly scaling institutional partnerships for development impact and innovation. Priya brought an elevated level of rigour to policy analysis on resource governance issues that resulted in tangible reputation gains for the Institute. UBC students who have come through CIRDI’s co-op, community-based experiential learning and Work Learn programs have also benefitted greatly from Priya’s generous guidance and mentorship.

While these leadership changes are responsibly managed by our Executive team, our staff continue to focus on delivering CIRDI projects with our partners and sharing knowledge to support leading-practice natural resource governance.