People

Executive & Staff

Cathy Beehan

As the founding chief executive officer of Action Canada, Cathy Beehan plays a key role in designing and implementing the country’s premier leadership development program. In 2015 the Women’s Executive Network named her among the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. A former senior public servant, Cathy received the Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service Excellence—the highest award for persons holding executive positions in the federal public service. Cathy was the first Canadian head of the NAFTA Secretariat and has expertise in NAFTA dispute settlement. She has also served as senior policy advisor to a federal Minister.

She holds degrees in law and music, graduating with distinction in both. She was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for her work with Action Canada, building leadership for Canada’s future. Cathy continues to play violin in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, which she joined in 1976. Tennis and alpine and cross-country skiing are the sports she enjoys most when she’s not hiking with her husband and dog.

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Stella Ablett

The co-founder and Head of School of Alcuin College, Stella is an experienced mathematics and science educator and school administrator. She has taught in both the public and independent school systems since 1990, with responsibility for academic programs from Kindergarten through to grade 12. A proponent of school reform, Stella has worked to create a unique, personalized learning environment for children to thrive.

A member of the Action Canada team, Stella acts as Director of Operations. She has also worked with the BC Ministry of Education on various curriculum and assessment committees and has co-authored several mathematics textbooks in use across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Stella holds Bachelor degrees from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree from Simon Fraser University.

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Helen Augustin

Helen Augustin is Action Canada’s Director, Conferences. From 2005 to 2009 she was Executive Director of Street Angels Society, a Vancouver-based aid organization helping impoverished women in a shantytown on the outskirts of Salvador, Brazil keep their children off the streets and in school. Helen has a BA from Simon Fraser University, with a joint major in Latin American Studies and Communication. She was the recipient of the university’s 2002 Gordon M. Shrum gold medal for academic excellence.



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Christine Carrillo

Christine Carrillo, Director of Administration for Action Canada, was born and raised in beautiful Vancouver, BC. After completing a B.A. in Psychology at Simon Fraser University she indulged her travel bug and spent time in Australia, Mexico, United States and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Action Canada, Christine worked as a tram operator at Grouse Mountain, a hotel front desk clerk, and in administration at a private school. When she’s not organizing conferences, Christine and her husband enjoy Mexican cuisine and culture, playing tennis, travelling, discovering local food and wine, and playing video games.



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Elodie Jacquet

Elodie Jacquet is Director of conferences and Alumni Initiatives. She was previously the dialogue convenor for Carbon Talks and before that spent two years working as an outreach and program coordinator for Canada’s World, a national citizen engagement initiative on foreign policy, both projects of the SFU Centre for Dialogue. She has had extensive experience in the corporate sector working for global companies such as Microsoft and L’Oréal and has been a volunteer in the non-profit sector for 17 years.

Part of her time is spent working with families in Vancouver as a doula and prenatal educator and hosting a food show on cooperative radio. Elodie is a former behavioural biologist who still enjoys studying whales off the coast of BC and beekeeping when she is not camping with her two children and her husband.

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