Heather Johnston

Heather Johnston was a Learning Advisor at the Centre for Intercultural Learning, at Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) in Ottawa from 2000 - 2014. Heather was formerly with the Centre from 2003-2007, and with the CIDA Briefing Centre before that. Her area of expertise is intercultural communication in international contexts. She has lived and worked in Malawi, Honduras, the United States, Egypt and Ghana. 

Heather has worked as an on-line facilitator for the University of British Columbia’s Certificate in International Development, a course instructor in intercultural communication for Tele-com University in Lille, France, and has delivered various intercultural sessions for public, private sector and non-governmental clients over the past twenty years. Heather has worked for the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Cairo American College, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the North Vancouver School Board, and was a volunteer teacher with World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University in the United States. She has also taken Saint Francis Xavier University training in Adult Education and Conflict Resolution training from St. Paul’s University. Heather published a book based on her experiences living in Ghana. It is called “Please Be Upstanding – Letters from Ghana”.

Heather has also twice been a jury member for the Intercultural Innovation Award presented by the UN and BMW. She currently lives in Vancouver, works as a consultant, and has recently formed a consulting firm called Culture Coaches.