About Us

ECIDS is an annual project by the students in the Saint Mary’s University International Development Studies Undergraduate Society (IDSUS) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. After travelling to Ottawa in January 2019 to attend the WUSC International Forum, IDSUS students felt there should be more opportunities in the Atlantic region for development students to both engage one another and learn from experts. With that in mind, our founding team organized the first East Coast International Development Summit in February 2020 with local and international academics, experts, and professionals, winning the society an award for “Most Improved Society” from the SMU Students’ Association that year. ECIDS remains entirely student-led, creating a space for SMU’s international development students to collaborate, expand their skill set, and build connections.

Meet The Team

Operations Co-Chair

Operations Co-Chair


Kayla Dunphy

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Kayla is a fourth year Bachelor of Arts student working towards a double major in International Development Studies and Anthropology. She has a particular interest for health and development as well as conflict resolution. Outside of her studies, she is currently the Senior Program Director for the Peaceful Schools International program at Saint Mary’s University and previously worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Victorian Order of Nurses.


Camille Bazot

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Camille is in her final year of studies at Saint Mary’s University, double majoring in International Development Studies and Psychology. She has been recognized for her work at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York, and previously worked as a Research Assistant in the field of Literacy Development in Psychology. With a passion for education, Camille aspires to pursue a graduate degree in Education and Development upon completing her Bachelor of Arts.

Communications Chair

Fundraising Chair

Cerridwen Heron

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Cerridwen is graduating in the spring with a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Political Science. Passionate about migration and health, her interest in development stems from her experiences abroad working on projects in Kenya, Peru and the Philippines. Before studying at Saint Mary’s University, Cerridwen became a CELTA certified ESL teacher and taught English in China. She is currently a member of the Global Shapers Halifax hub.

Trinity Gadway

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Trinity is a second-year undergraduate studying International Development. Before studying at Saint Mary's University, she volunteered in northern Thailand with a Rustic Pathways project that funds secondary education for rural students. In addition to her studies, Trinity also works as a Teaching Assistant for the Philosophy department.


Alison Horton

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Marketing Chair

Alison is a fourth year Bachelor of Arts student, completing an Honours in International Development Studies with a minor in Political Science. Her honours thesis is examining Biosocial Approaches to Tuberculosis in Haiti. Alison currently works at the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation as a Program Support Assistant.