Mark Bigland-Pritchard

Migration & Resettlement Coordinator, MCC Saskatchewan

MCC roles:

  • Since September 2018, Mark is responsible for facilitating private refugee sponsorship and building awareness of the root causes of displacement.
  • In 2009-10, as an energy consultant, Mark provided an environmental/climate assessment of all MCC’s main North American offices.

Specific topics:

  • Forced migration and refugee issues
  • Private refugee sponsorship
  • Climate responsibility
  • Creation care


  • Introduction to private refugee sponsorship
  • Orientation for private sponsors
  • Understanding the international refugee crisis
  • Understanding the climate crisis (and taking action – several variants possible)
  • Addressing ecological grief

Experiential learning exercises:

  • Forced to Flee (refugee simulation)


  • Subjects as above, plus whatever is in the lectionary

Professional background:

  • Energy consultancy / architectural physics, including 8 years teaching energy studies at 2 British universities.
  • Advocacy / campaign work, including 4 years as national coordinator of (British) Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Founder member of Climate Justice Saskatoon.

International experience:

  • Consultant to Warm in Winter (Mongolia), 2012-13


  • Member, Osler Mennonite Church. Former Mission & Service Chair, former refugee committee chair.


  • MA Chemical Engineering, MSc Energy Conservation, PhD Architectural Physics