Heather McPherson

Heather McPherson

Executive Director, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC)

Heather McPherson is the Executive Director of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC), a coalition of over 70 voluntary sector organizations and individuals located in Alberta, working locally and globally to achieve sustainable human development. ACGC builds capacity with the global education and international cooperation sector, networks people from with and without the sector, engages young people through the formal education system, and advocates for its members at the provincial, national, and international level.

“The SDGs are a big part of ACGC's work right now,” says Heather, “We hosted Together 2017: Collaboration, Innovation and the Sustainable Development Goals Symposium in Calgary last year and are preparing for Together 2018 in November 2018.”

Heather hopes to contribute to the Summit in a number of ways. “I want to share my experience and expertise, particularly around convening multi-stakeholder conversations. I want to learn best practices and new ideas from others,” she says, “I want to be part of the national conversation moving the SDGs forward in Canada and around the world.”

Heather is driven by respect, inclusiveness, equality, collaboration, sustainability, and mutual learning. She stays motivated by doing new things. “Nothing kills my motivation like monotony or predictability,” explains Heather. Along with her partner, children and two giant dogs, she finds fun by taking full advantage of her proximity to mountains, forests, and lakes. She’s happiest outside, preferably swimming.