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ALBERTA CHAPTER

Frank Kense

Regional Director, Alberta Chapter

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KAZAKHSTAN CHAPTER

Taskyn Koshman

Regional Director, Kazakhstan Chapter

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Taskyn has over 12 years of professional NGO experience protecting political and civil human rights and lecturing International Law at various universities.

She has extensive research experience, including local, regional, and national work on the Alternative Kazakh Report to the UN under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She has experience in legislation, having drafted amendments to the Law on Elections, the Political Parties Law, a number of parliamentary rules, and the civil and criminal codes.

She has worked with organizations from the UK, USA, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Canada, Kazakhstan. Taskyn also worked as a political analyst for the OSCE and took part in ENEMO assessment and observation missions to Italy, Belgium, Kosovo, Scotland, Macedonia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Moldova.  She received appreciation letters and recommendations from the OSCE, NDIMO, NED, Freedom House, FSK, USAID, Canada and a number of Ambassadors.

Taskyn’s educational background is in law and philology. She holds a Master of Jurisprudence degree and a teaching degree for the Kazakh language.  She completed the Chevening Fellowship in Birmingham UK and the USA Leadership program.


MONTREAL/OTTAWA CHAPTERS

Sébastien Dakin

Regional Director, Montreal and Ottawa Chapters

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Sébastien Dakin is Director of the Montreal and Ottawa offices of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association since June 2012. In his current capacity, he has been instrumental in supporting Québec and Canadian companies in developing their business relations with Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and other CIS countries, such as Azerbaijan, where he has organized the biggest Canadian business mission until now. As Director of the Ottawa office, he is responsible for Government Relations with Global Affairs Canada and the Embassies from countries under CERBA mandate. Prior to working at CERBA, he was posted in Moscow from 2007 to 2011 with the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), as Communications Manager. ISTC was an international program in the frame of the Global Partnership providing research grants to scientists from republics of the former Soviet Union to solve problems of common interest with the EU, the US, Canada, Japan, and South Korea. From 2004 to 2007, Sébastien worked as a journalist at the main TV network in the province of Québec, TVA. His educational background is BA in Journalism, with minors in Russian studies and economics, as well as graduate certificate in Public Relations Management. 


MOSCOW CHAPTER

Alex Grichine

Regional Director, Moscow Chapter

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Alex Grichine started his employment with CERBA as an intern in 2005. Since then, he has been consistently promoted first to the position of Regional Coordinator, then to Deputy Regional Director, and, finally, to the Regional Director for Russia, Head of CERBA Moscow office (since November 2014). For over 10 years Alex worked to promote the business interests of CERBA Member-companies, and facilitate the general improvement of the trade and investment relationships between countries under CERBA’s mandate. He played an active role in most of the major projects implemented by the Association during the last decade, and intends to continue putting his best efforts to the benefit of developing CERBA in its role as a bridge between Canada and the countries of Eurasia.  Alex’s education background is BA in Linguistics (English, Russian and Chinese languages) and Cross-cultural Communications,  and MA in International Relations. Prior to employment at CERBA, he held several managerial positions related to business development in tourism, education and services sectors.


TORONTO CHAPTER

Katherine Balabanova

Regional Director, Toronto Chapter, and National Coordinator

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Katherine is the National Coordinator of CERBA and the Regional Director of the Toronto Chapter. In this dual role, Katherine works closely with CERBA’s regional directors across Canada, Kazakhstan and Russia to provide Canadian companies with a competitive advantage in these markets based on a strong understanding of their economies, societies and competitive landscape.

Katherine’s educational background is in philology and lexicology, management, business administration and marketing. Katherine’s main professional strengths include diplomacy, project management and strategic communications.


Julia Tikhomirova, CMP

Deputy Regional Director, Toronto Chapter

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Julia provides consistent strategic support to the local and national operations and manages volunteer and internship programs at CERBA. She brings to CERBA over thirteen years of experience in event and conference management, operations, international business relations, and procurement. 

Julia has her BA in Linguistics and Intercultural Communications from Moscow Linguistic University and a post-graduate diploma in Sociology from French University College. She holds a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Convention Industry Council and is currently pursuing an MBA degree at Joseph L. Rotman School of Business (University of Toronto). Julia is fluent in English, Russian and French.


VANCOUVER CHAPTER

Tatiana Domilovskaya

Regional Director, Vancouver Chapter

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Raised in Ekaterinburg (Russia), Tatiana has been working in international business development since 1995, helping build up trade and investment between Europe, Americas and CIS countries first as the Deputy Director of the Enterprise Support Center – a project within the Technical Assistance CIS program, funded by EU and managed by the ATKearney Management consulting company (Canada). After the project expiration, Tatiana continued her career at the Urals Representative office of the Dresdner Bank AG as the Deputy Director, responsible for the coordination of the bank’s activities with the Russian industrial sector in the Urals, Siberia and the Far East. In 2000 Tatiana was invited to join the UK Trade International department at the UK Consulate General in Ekaterinburg and worked there as the Senior Advisor on Trade and Investment till 2004, when she moved in Vancouver. Her career in Canada includes three years of working at the largest in Canada heating and ventilation products supplier (EMCO Corp.). She joined CERBA as the Regional Director in 2010, when its Vancouver office was founded following the Vancouver Olympics.

Tatiana graduated from the Urals State Technical University with a degree in mechanical engineering and did her post-graduate study at the same university followed by a few years of scientific research at the Urals Brunch of the Russian Academy of Science.

Her international business development training includes Wilstrup Research Institute in Copenhagen (Denmark), industrial marketing training courses at Heraeus Corp. in Hanau (Germany), Project and Export financing courses at the Head Quarters of the Dresdner Bank AG (Frankfurt Am-Mein), and international trade and investment courses at the London’s Head Quarters of the UK Trade and Investment (British Trade International).

Tatiana enjoys international travel and has visited over 45 countries.