Core Members

InterCulture's "core" group comprises dedicated professionals with university affiliations who are involved in InterCulture's day-to-day operations, decision-making processes, and most of its projects. They often take the initiative in developing projects and serve as project heads.

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Anne-Marie GASTON (Ph.D.) 

Email: gaston@3web.com

Dr. Gaston received her D. Phil. and M.Litt. from Oxford University (UK). All of her classical Indian dance training has been in India over many years with celebrated hereditary masters.

Dr. Gaston received her M.Litt. and D. Phil. from Oxford University (UK), and has spent a lifetime researching the artistic traditions of India. She continues to conduct research of artistic and archaeological signficance, and has visited most of the major artistic sites in India from the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Islamic traditions, as well as many of the important artistic sites and museums in other parts of Asia.

Both an academic and internationally recognized dancer in several styles of South Asian dance styles (Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and SeraikellaChhau, Dr. Gaston has performed, under the stage name, Anjali, throughout India, UK, France, Greece, Mexico, USA and across Canada. She was a member of the Canadian Cultural Delegation for the Olympics in Mexico, and performed for Pierre Trudeau and Mrs. Indira Gandhi during her official visit to Canada.

Dr. Gaston continues to conduct artistic research at most of the major Hindu, Buddhist and Jain archaeological sites in India and in other parts of Asia. An elected fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, she is also a photographer / videographer, and the artistic director of Cultural Horizons / Anjali Dance.

Dr. Gaston brings to InterCulture her expertise on traditional performing arts, rituals and associated arts, and the impact of social change.

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Cheryl GAVER (Ph.D.) 

Email: cgaver@cogeco.ca

Dr. Gaver obtained her B.A. in French Literature from Vassar College in the United States, her M.Div. from Knox College/University of Toronto, a Certificate from the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Anglia Polytechnic University (Cambridge, UK), her M.A. in Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON), and her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2011. Her thesis, Solitudes in shared spaces: Aboriginal and EuroCanadian Anglicans in the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the post-residential school era deals with contemporary and historic relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada's North. A major portion of her research involved exploring the relationships that emerged in western Canada during the fur trading era and how they contributed to shaping interactions between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canadian Northern communities.

Dr. Gaver is a sessional instructor at the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON) and Sheridan College (GTA, ON), where she teaches a number of courses on the interaction between worldviews, cultures, and globalization. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Dr. Gaver is also interested in the relationship between "Church and State" in Canada's multicultural context. An amateur genealogist, Dr. Gaver researched and published a two-volume genealogical work, The Gaver families:A jigsaw puzzle history, in 1992.

A member of InterCulture since 2005, Dr. Gaver has worked for a number of years in the business world. She brings to many of InterCulture's projects an understanding of church operations, theology and missionary history along with her considerable experience in project management, her technical expertise and her organizational skills.

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Marie-Françoise GUÉDON 

Email: mguedon@uottawa.ca

Director of InterCulture and one of its founding members, Dr. Guédon is also Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. She received her several degrees from universities in France before coming to Canada where she received both her B.Ph. (Philosophy) and M.A. (Anthropology) from the Université de Montréal. She obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in the United States.

Dr. Guédon has expertise demonstrated both in teaching appointments and in publications on Aboriginal peoples of Canada and the world, applied anthropology and intercultural issues. Dr. Guédon has also served on the University of Ottawa's planning committee for the Aboriginal Studies program, and is involved in a number of InterCulture projects bringing together Aboriginal peoples and communities in Canada with Ethnic Minority peoples and communities in China.

Her most recent work, Le rêve et la forêt deals with shamanic practices among theNabesna people in the Yukon / Alaska region and was nominated for the Governor-General's Award for Literary Merit (Non-Fiction, French) in 2006.

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Martin KALULAMBI-PONGO (Ph.D.)

Email: mkalulambi@uottawa.ca

Dr. Kalulambi comes to us from the Congo. He obtained his M.A. from the University of Lubumbashi, Congo Kinshasa and his Ph.D. in African History from the Université de Laval in Quebec (Canada). He has graduate certificates in Pedagogy from Laval and in Conflict Resolution from St. Paul University (Ottawa, ON).

His specialty is in African ethnic minorities, conflict resolution, politics and the preservation of cultural heritage. He has worked not only in Canada, but also in France, Columbia and the Congo.

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LI Qiang (Ph.D.)

Email: liqiang.ott@gmail.com

Dr. Li, one of InterCulture's founding members, comes to us from China where he received both his B.A. and M.A. He received another M.A. (Cultural Anthropology) from Carleton University (Ottawa, ON), and his doctorate in the Sociology of Religion from the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Li works both as a consultant and project lead in special projects dealing with China. He is particularly interested in projects that promote development and modernization of China's ethnic groups while, at the time, preserve the vitality of their cultures.

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Hope MacLEAN (Ph.D.)

Email: mhopemaclean@hotmail.com

Dr. MacLean received her B.A. (Cultural Anthropology) and M.A. (Education) from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alberta. She has worked in a variety of settings: academic, government, legal and, most recently, as an outside consultant. Dr. MacLean is particularly interested in work with the Huichol peoples of Mexico and in issues dealing with appropriation and commodification of traditional knowledge.

As a historian, professional anthropologist and ethnographer working with Aboriginal people, Dr. MacLean brings considerable expertise on Canadian institutions dealing with Aboriginal peoples in a variety of capacities from education to experience.

In addition to her experience with all levels of the Canadian government bureaucracy, business organizations, and Aboriginal institutions and communities, Dr. MacLean brings to InterCulture a solid training in administration, a wealth of new ideas, and a wonderfully critical mind.

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Angela SUMEGI (Ph.D.)

Email: angela_sumegi@carleton.ca

An Assistant Professor of Humanities and Religion at Carleton University, Dr. Sumegi was born and raised in Jamaica, W.I., immigrating to Canada with her family in 1962.

Dr. Sumegi lived and studied in south India for five years (1981-86), two of which were devoted to Sanskrit Language study as a Fellow with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. During that time she was introduced to traditional Tibetan styles of scriptural study and meditation at Namdroling monastery. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Carleton University (Ottawa, ON), and her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. Her doctoral degree at the University of Ottawa (2003) focuses on the interface between Buddhism and Shamanism in Tibetan culture.

Her particular areas of expertise are Buddhism, Tibetan culture, the interface between Buddhism and Shamanism, and religious responses to death. Dr. Sumegi is the author of Dreamworlds of Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism: The Third Place, State University of New York Press, 2008. Her current research interests centre on the role of religious identity relative to issues of death and life after death.

Dr. Sumegi is an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies and, as a member of InterCulture, she has participated in projects relating to cultural and religious sensitivity training as well as research on the intangible culture of ethnic minorities of China. Outside of academia, she teaches Buddhist meditation and is the founder and director of Palyul Namdroling Foundation Canada, a Canadian charity that supports Tibetan refugee children in India.

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