The EUCAnet Team

Oliver Schmidtke

Co-Lead of the EUCAnet project, University of Victoria

Oliver Schmidtke is the director for the Center for Global Studies and Professor in the Departments of History and Political Science. He holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies. Dr. Schmidtke is the former Director of the European Studies Program (2005-2008) and President of the ECSA-C (European Community Studies Association-Canada 2004-2006).

Dr. Schmidtke received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence. After teaching at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany he was a J.F. Kennedy fellow at Harvard University, a F. Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute and a Marie Curie Fellow at Hamburg University. From 1999-2002 he was the DAAD lecturer in European and German Studies at the University of Victoria. His research interests are in the field of European politics, contemporary European history, and comparative politics with a focus on migration from a comparative transatlantic perspective.

Derek Fraser

Advisor, University of Victoria

Mr. Fraser also acted as a legal adviser, and analyst in many other capacities after joining the Department of External Affairs in 1963. In addition, after the election of the Parti Quebecois in 1976, he was temporarily assigned to the Federal-Provincial Relations Bureau of the Privy Council Office to work on the implications of the victory for Canadian federalism.

Professional Experience
Derek Fraser served as Ambassador at the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine from 1998 to 2001, in Greece from 1995 to 1998, and in Hungary from 1988 to 1993. He has also worked at Canadian missions in Vietnam, Germany, Russia and Belgium. At headquarters, he was variously Acting Director General, Cultural Affairs and Higher Education Bureau, Director at different times of the East and West European Divisions, and Deputy Director of Latin American Division.

Beate Schmidtke

Co-Lead & Manager of the EUCAnet projects: CEDoM/CEDoD/MSEUCA/ECSA-Cn and the Jean Monnet Network European Memory Politics), University of Victoria

Beate Schmidtke brought to the EUCAnet project experience of several projects that she managed with the funds of the European Commission (yearly up to 1.5 million Euros) focusing on implementation of the New Media in the field of culture and education in close collaboration with the Council of Europe and European wide networks (Germany, Italy, Poland, Netherlands).

Professional Experience
Since 2004 she concentrates on developing networking and outreach strategies in the field of European Studies in Canada. Past projects developed and managed are the Young Researchers Network in Canada (2005-2007) , the DAAD German Studies network (2005-2008), and the EUCAnet outreach branch for the Canada Europe Transatlantic Dialogue Strategic Knowledge Cluster (2008-2016).

Fazila Mat

Communications & Media Officer
PhD Student, Dept. of Political Science

Fazıla Mat is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria in the faculty of Political Science under the supervision of Dr. Oliver Schmidtke. Fazıla holds an MA degree in Humanities from the University of Milan and she has worked for 12 years as a journalist and commentator for Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) and other Italian and Swiss media covering Turkish politics, EU-Turkey relations, migration, civil society and media issues. For OBCT she has also carried out research on the EU-Turkey refugee deal (2017), media freedom in Turkey (2014 and 2018) and academic freedom in Turkey (2018). Her research interests include populism, migration and EU-Turkey relations.

Ann-Kathrin McLean

McLean earned her Master of Arts in Tourism Management from Royal Roads in 2015 and began her Doctor of Social Sciences in 2017. She is also the research assistant for the War Heritage Research Initiative and teaches in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Through the fellowship with the Centre for Global Studies, she hopes to mitigate memory loss across generations, and to create a sustainable and engaging framework for the future of Holocaust education.

Karen Yen

Design Advisor

Karen Yen is a freelance graphic designer with 20 years of experience that started in San Francisco, continuing on in New York and Barcelona, and now in Victoria.

She has had the experience of working on a variety of projects, ranging from nationwide retailers to small businesses, academic research and alternative projects. She has created logos, stationery, printed material as well packaging and websitesKaren has a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University in Canada and a BFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, US. She is also a practicing artist whose medium of expression is painting and drawing.

Laurence Claussen

MA, University of British Columbia
Assistant to the Jean Monnet Projects (2021)

Laurence Claussen graduated from the University of British Columbia in November 2020 with an MA in Political Science. His thesis focused on whether the US president promotes bipartisan policy-making, but he also focused on migration politics, ethics in democracy, and public opinion while at UBC. He received his BA in History from the University of Aberdeen. His studies there focused on Western European political and legal history, as well as Western ethics and English literature.

Laurence currently runs a blog on politics and history and intends to pursue a career in the US Foreign Service.

Svetlin Dimitriev

BA, University of Victoria
Assistant to the Jean Monnet Projects (2020-2021)

Svetlin  studied Political Science, with a Concentration in European Politics, and a Minor in History. His academic interests are primarily centered around the EU. After completing his undergraduate studies, he intends to pursue an MA in Political Science.


Christian Tautphäus

MA Student, Intern (Spring/Summer 2021)

Christian supports the EUCAnet Team during a six month long internship. He holds a BA in Public Management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in European Public Administration at the University of Applied Sciences Kehl, Germany. Next to international relations his major field of interest is environmental policy.

Julia Botscher

MA Student, Intern (Summer 2021)

Julia is a a second year Master’s student in European Public Administration at the University of Applied Sciences Kehl. Holding a BA in European Studies from the University of Passau, Julia is interested in the field of international relations and especially in the field of environmental policy. In her three month long internship, she supports EUCAnet’s Team and its outreach efforts.

Sophie Schmidtke

BA Student, Intern (Summer 2021)

Sophie is a 2nd year student at the University of British Columbia, she is currently exploring the fields of international relations and anthropology. In 2020 she was part of the Foundation Year Program at the University of Kings College in Halifax where she studied a mixture of philosophy, history and English literature.

Sebastien Leroy

BA Student, Intern (Summer 2021)

Sébastien is a student at the University of Victoria entering his second year of study. He is pursuing a BA in Philosophy and a Minor in Political Science. As a French and Canadian citizen he is interested in international perspectives and their effects on history and politics.

Sarah Cool-Fergus

MA Erasmus Student, Intern (Spring 2021)

Sarah joined the EUCAnet team  in her second year of the Erasmus Mundus Master Program in European Politics and Society. She holds a BA in International Studies from Bishop’s University and  focuses in city policies that are EU-Canada related. Read her blog contribution about her “EUCAnet Internship during COVID”.

Niklas Lehmann

MA Student, Intern (Spring 2021)

Niklas joined the CFGS through an international internship program. As an international student from Germany, his work at the University of Victoria focused on the EUCAnet and CGFS projects. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Engineering (2019) and is now concentrating on a more international level in the master’s program „European Public Administration“. His major field of interests are international business and administration, technical and legal developments in the field of artificial intelligence, cross-border-cooperation between Germany and France as well as intercultural relations especially between Europe and Canada/USA. Read about his “Internship under Special Conditions” .

Isabelle Staiger

MA Student, Intern (Summer 2020)

Isabelle Steiger, studies Public Management student at the University of Applied Sciences Kehl. She started and finished her EUCAnet internship at the Centre for Global Studies during the COVID lockdown restrictions in the summer 2020. In Spite of the quarantine regulations and the lockdown Isabelle was able to participate in EUCAnet’s  international collaborations and explored Victoria, BC with her bike.  After her internship, Isabelle continues her studies with a specialization in European Studies at her home university. Read her full story.