Dr. Marie-Hélène Adrien,
President of Universalia
Dr. Marie-Hélène Adrien is the President of Universalia and a senior consultant who specializes in evaluation, capacity building in monitoring and evaluation, and research in the field of evaluation. She has conducted assignments in more than 80 countries, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean and Latin America. As the President of Universalia she is proud to lead the new generation of Universalia consultants in addressing challenges in international development.
Under her presidency, Universalia was nominated as the Best Business of the Year (2007) by the International Chamber of Commerce of Montreal. Dr. Adrien was awarded the Montreal Business Woman of the Year award in 2004.
Dr. Adrien is very active in the evaluation field, as Past President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and as the author of several publi-cations on evaluation, including Assessing Organisational Performance - a Tool box for Self Assessment which has been a leading instrument in the world for assessing the performance of private, public, and not-for-profit organizations.
In addition to her consulting work, Dr. Adrien is a faculty member of the McGill International Executive Institute and of the International Programme for Development Evaluation Training (Carleton University and the World Bank).
Dr. Adrien has been a member of the Board of several organizations, including Le Bureau des relations internationales de l’École Polytechnique (Montréal), the Canadian Evaluation Society, and la Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme. She also volunteers for organizations such as the YMCA of Greater Montreal and the Scout Association of Greater Montreal.
Originally from Haiti, Dr. Adrien is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Créole.
Chief Executive Officer, Cowater International Inc.
Mr. Baron is President and CEO of Cowater, and has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the company and its four operating groups, as well as leading strategic alliance and partnership opportunities for the firm. He provides oversight to business development efforts, with particular attention to emerging business and areas of growth. He is the leader of Cowater’s senior management team, and works closely with the Chief Operating Officer and the firm’s four group Vice Presidents (Municipal Services and Enterprise Development; Public Financial Management and Accountability; Social Development; and Water, Sanitation and Environment). Mr. Baron came to Cowater from Export Development Canada in 2006 where he had gained wide-ranging experience in project management and leadership while guiding teams in both the government and private sector environments. During his tenure with EDC, Mr. Baron led and managed transaction teams throughout all stages of project implementation while refining his leadership, management and negotiation/arbitration skills. He has worked extensively in collaboration with many internationally-recognized consultants, financial partners and legal firms. Mr. Baron has liaised with all levels of government, both in Canada and internationally, throughout the lengthy project and transaction management process at both EDC and Cowater. Mr. Baron has led and managed numerous Cowater projects as both Project Director and Project Principal with the key responsibility of overall quality control, and has extensive work experience in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Mr. Baron graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1998 with a Bachelor degree in Social Science (political science and economics) and furthered his education at Australia’s Sydney University Graduate School of Business, where he obtained a Masters’ degree in International Business Administration in 2001. Mr. Baron is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board at CRC Sogema and a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Canadian Council on Africa.
After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees with a concentration in African Studies, Richard embarked on a career of 31 years in the Canadian public service, much of it in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). During the CIDA years, Richard worked in a variety of programs at CIDA headquarters and, from 1995 to 1998, was posted to Accra, Ghana where he was Director of CIDA programs in 4 West African countries; his last CIDA position prior to retirement in 2002 was Director-General of Youth Programs. Following retirement, Richard had the opportunity to carry out a variety of consulting assignments for clients that included CIDA, United Nations Volunteers, United Nations Development Program and the Government of Switzerland. From 2004 to 2007, Richard served as an adviser to the governments of the Central European countries that joined the EU in 2004 - in particular Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech republic - as part of a CIDA-funded program designed to help these countries establish their own development assistance programs. Richard has served on the boards of several non-governmental organizations, including the National Capital chapter of IPAC. He is currently President of the Canadian Association of International Development Consultants (CAIDC), Chair of the Board of the Foundation for International Training (FIT) and a member of the Board of the Osu Children's Library Fund.
Malcolm N. Bernstein,
Malcolm Bernstein is a consultant in Strategy, Organizational and Leadership Development, and Executive Search.
Malcolm’s background includes executive positions in Human Resources, Information Technology, and Sales and Marketing, as well as a partnership in a major human capital consulting firm. He has also served in a senior capacity in a leading executive search firm specializing in the not-for-profit and public sectors.
Malcolm has a BA in Economics from McGill University, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, and the Certified Management Consulting designation. He is bilingual.
He has worked in and consulted to several sectors, and has been exposed to many challenging business situations throughout his career. Malcolm prides himself on building trusted relationships, striving for excellence, and operating with utmost integrity.
Malcolm is on the board of the Strategic Leadership Forum and chairs the Social Sector Council, and has served in a voluntary capacity with Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Wellspring Cancer Support Centres, Hospice Thornhill, and Starlight Foundation.
Malcolm is committed to enhancing the effectiveness and success of individuals and organizations, and helping them fulfill their potential. Through his work, he hopes to contribute to making the communities in which his clients live and operate a better place.
Paul Brennan currently holds the position of Vice-President, International Partnerships, at the ACCC. The ACCC is the national association and voice for the 130 public colleges, cégeps and institutes of technology in Canada who collectively reach 1.5 million learners per year in over 1,000 Canadian communities.
He is responsible for the development and administration of all of ACCC’s international institutional partnership programs for its members, such as the Education for Employment Programs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean region, and the Asian Development Bank funded projects to help countries in Asia, such as Vietnam and Cambodia, design and set up networks of colleges. He also leads ACCC’s initiatives to support colleges in their international student recruitment efforts, as well as to convince and support more Canadian students to study and intern abroad.
Paul Brennan has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees specializing in modern Asian and African history, and a Master’s degree of Management at McGill University focusing on Leadership of National Not-for-profit Associations. He is fluent in French (mother tongue), English, Mandarin Chinese and some Brazilian Portuguese. He has also studied, lived and worked in China, Indonesia and Zimbabwe during his career.
Senior Manager, Trust Fund Quality Assurance & Compliance,
The World Bank Distinguished Senior Fellow in Global Innovation, University of Toronto
Paul Cadario advises the World Bank Group’s CFO on results, compliance, and process issues associated with the nearly $7 billion annual trust fund disbursements, overseeing the World Bank’s $40 billion trust fund portfolio to “make the Bank a safer place for other people’s money.” In his nearly 37 years at the Bank, Mr Cadario has done frontline operational work on transportation and agriculture projects and on technical assistance and economic reform in Western Africa, and country strategy and public sector capacity development in Asia, notably on China from 1987 to 1993. He managed strategy and finance for the launch of the Bank program in the former USSR and central Europe in the mid-90s.
As Distinguished Senior Fellow in Global Innovation from May 2012, cross-appointed to the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and the Center for Global Engineering, Mr Cadario will work with faculty and students to prepare global citizens to help address the world’s great 21st Century challenge, to make societies peaceful, prosperous and sustainable. A long-time UofT volunteer, he served for nine years as an elected member of the University’s Governing Council and was President of the University of Toronto Alumni Association. He also serves on the external advisory board for UofT’s School of Public Policy and Governance, and as president of the Associates of the University of Toronto, Inc.
Mr. Cadario graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned master’s degrees in Economics and Political Science from Oxford University and in Organization Development from American University.
Michel Chaurette is currently the director of the Uniterra Program, one of the leading international volunteer cooperation programs in Canada. Uniterra is jointly managed by the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Center for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and is funded by CIDA. Mr Chaurette has 39 years of international development experience as a project officer, program director and ED with WUSC, CECI, CIDA and OFQJ. Before joining WUSC in 2010, Mr. Chaurette was CECI’s executive director for 10 years. During his term, he initiated various strategies to innovate and reposition the organization as well as the volunteer programs. His innovations include the WUSC and CECI partnership, the Uniterra program, the Alliance Agricole. He has a degree in Anthropology and a MBA. He is currently a member of the executive committee of Forum, a global network of volunteer cooperation agencies. He has been a member of CIDA’s Expert Panel on Partnership, FIM’s Board member, chair of Alliance Agricole Internationale, and member of various NGOs coalitions. Mr. Chaurette is regularly invited as a speaker to national and international conferences on development issues and the role of civil society organizations and volunteering.
Dr. Andrew Cooper
Andrew F. Cooper is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo where he teaches in the areas of International Political Economy, Global Governance and Comparative Politics. He holds a D.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University. From January to May 2009, he served as Visiting Fulbright Chair at the Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, and has previously been a visiting professor at Australian National University, Stellenbosch University and Harvard University.
Dr. Cooper has led training sessions on trade issues, governance and diplomacy in Canada, South Africa and at the World Trade Organization, and in 1993-94 was scholar in residence at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). He has attended the numerous G8 summits and each of the G20 summits and is currently leading a major research project on the global economic crisis and reform of the international financial architecture, in partnership with Chatham House. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of both the GARNET Network of Excellence and the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, and has been a member of the Warwick Commission.
Dr. Cooper's most recent publications focus on emerging powers, G8 reform, small states, Latin America, global health governance and the phenomenon of celebrity diplomacy.
Executive Director, World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
He has worked in Canada and overseas with a variety of non-governmental, international development organizations (including AGA Khan Foundation Canada), supporting education, rural development and local governance initiatives.
In late 2009, Chris returned to Canada from a four year term in Afghanistan, where he headed the operations and programs of Aga Khan Foundation, as Chief Executive Officer. Chris is now the Executive Director of World University Service of Canada.
Chris has Bachelors (1989) and Masters (1991) degrees from the University of Toronto in international development and political science respectively.
Program Specialist at Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) at the US Agency for International Development. At DIV, Carolyn is part of a team that supports innovative ideas in development—those that are more cost-effective, efficient, and scalable than standard practice—tests them using rigorous methods, and scales those proven to work. Carolyn has worked on the growth of the DIV program, with a focus on writing and communications strategy, strategic planning and coordination, and selection of DIV grantees. She received her BA from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Scholars in the Nations’ Service Initiative (SINSI) fellowship. As part of SINSI, she will receive an MPA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 2014. Carolyn is from Toronto, ON.
Otto is the Director of the Resource Development & Collaborative Innovation (RDCI) Department of World Vision Canada. He brings over fifteen years in the international development and humanitarian field. His experience includes leadership, program management, research, technical consultation, and training. In his current role, Otto provides leadership to strategic program resource acquisition, innovation and multi-sector partnering functions within the International & Canadian Programs Division. He is particularly interested in innovation management in large not-for-profit organizations, and recognized for promoting practical solutions and approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship within the humanitarian sector. He is also involved in facilitating collaborative initiatives between public, private and civil–society organizations in emerging economies, involving multinational corporations, as well as promoting innovation through information technology (IT) solutions in humanitarian relief and development work. Otto has a Master of Arts degree in the Social Sciences from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest in Hungary. He is accredited by the Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme (PBAS) through the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the International Business Leader Forum (IBLF) in the UK. He also lectures at the Business School of Humber College in Toronto in International Development. He also serves on the Grant Panel for the Humanitarian Innovation Fund.
Chairman of the Board
John Farrow is Chair of LEA Group Holdings Ltd. an international transportation, civil engineering, urban planning and management consultants with over 1,100 employees in eight countries. Previously he was Canadian Managing Partner for The Coopers & Lybrand Consulting Group, President of Toromont Energy Ltd. and President of the Canadian Urban Institute.
He is a professional planner and management consultant focused on city management and urban policy. He has undertaken projects on city planning, city management, economic development and institutional strengthening in 10 countries. He has also worked extensively for the private sector including Honda, General Motors, Mazda, Spar Aerospace, the Bank of Montreal, Bentall Capital and a number of real estate development companies. He currently serves on the Board of the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation in the UK.
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Nigel Fisher was appointed in July 2010 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) at the rank of Assistant Secretary-General; he is also Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN system agencies in Haiti. Mr. Fisher had just previously completed an assignment as Senior United Nations System Representative to the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment in Haiti following the tragic earthquake of 12 January 2010. Before returning to the United Nations, Nigel Fisher was President and CEO of UNICEF Canada. Dr. Fisher has worked for three decades with the United Nations in a dozen countries, with UNICEF for over two decades in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with the Department of Peacekeeping – first in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban and currently in Haiti, and as Executive Director of the United Nations Office of Project Services, at the rank of Assistant Secretary-General.
His UN career has predominantly been in conflict- and crisis-affected countries: besides Afghanistan and Haiti, he was UNICEF’s special representative for Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, in the immediate aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. He led UNICEF’s response to the first Gulf War in the Middle East in the early 1990s, moving to northern Iraq after the Gulf War to re-start UNICEF operations there. He has also been UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Operations and Regional Director for South Asia.In addition, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN’s World Conference on Education for All and in 1998 acted as an adviser to Canada’s Foreign Minister on the issue of children and armed conflict in Canada’s foreign policy. He has published on issues of trauma recovery, children in armed conflict and basic education. A Canadian national, he is married and has two daughters.
President of the Institute On Governance
As the President of the Institute On Governance, Maryantonett Flumian is responsible for the development of the Institute’s vision and strategic direction, project and partnership development, and the fostering of programs to promote public discussion of governance issues.
She is a seasoned senior executive at the Deputy Minister level in the Canadian federal Public Service with more than 20 years of large-scale operational experience in the economic, social and federal/provincial domains. She is internationally recognized for her work as a transformational leader across many complex areas of public policy and administration such as labour markets, firearms, fisheries, and environmental issues. She was the first Deputy Minister of Service Canada. Her current research focuses on leadership, collaboration, governance, and the transformational potential of technology primarily in the area of citizen-centered services. Maryantonett spent the last three years at the University of Ottawa initiating programming for the development of senior public service leaders.
Maryantonett sits on the advisory board of the Harvard Policy Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the advisory group of nGenera’s Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government and Democracy research program. Maryantonett holds a Master’s Degree in History and completed comprehensive exams towards a PhD in History at the University of Ottawa.
Program Manager Children and Emergencies
Diana Gee-Silverman knows a thing or two about jumping into the heart of a disaster to do her job. Less than one month after starting with Plan Canada, she was deployed to the Haiti Earthquake Emergency Response team to act as Information Officer for Plan's global operations. In her current role, Gee-Silverman is responsible for rapid onset disaster response within the Emergencies team, while creating and implementing relief programs, including child health in Haiti, cholera response in Cameroon, and response to the 2011 drought in East Africa. Most recently she was in Niger supporting Plan's response to the Malian refugee crisis.
Previous to her work at Plan, Gee-Silverman worked for international relief organizations in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing in India and the Canadian government mission to the United Nations in Geneva. She holds a Humanitarian Action masters degree from Uppsala University in Sweden, a certificate in Humanitarian Studies from Harvard University, and a Masters of Journalism from Carleton University where she was awarded the Bill McWhinney Memorial Scholarship in International Development and Journalism, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.
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Program Coordinator of the Public Administration postgraduate program at Humber
Dr. Ted Glenn is currently Professor and Program Coordinator of the postgraduate programs in international development and public administration at Humber College. His areas of expertise in public sector governance include legislative capacity-building, executive decision-making, communications, leadership development, and talent management. Over the past decade, Ted has worked in Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bhutan, Mexico and Tanzania on a variety of projects dealing with needs assessment and curriculum development/delivery, technical/vocational education and training policy and capacity-building, program monitoring and evaluation, and organizational change.
Director, Music and Special Initiatives
Barbara began her professional life as a Journalist / TV Producer working in various capacities for Global TV, CBC and CHUM TV. She also spent four years covering international news (Bosnian war, Princess Diana’s death, Hong Kong handover and more) for Associated Press TV in London, England. Barbara was introduced to War Child in 2004 as the Producer of the Gemini nominated documentary Rocked: Sum 41 in Congo. Barbara returned to War Child in 2006 as War Child’s Director of Music and Communications and is currently the Director of Music and Special Initiatives.
John Herhalt is a Partner in the Canadian Advisory Services practice, the Global Chair of Government & Infrastructure and the Global Chair of the Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare Line of Business. For over 33 years, John has led many projects within the public and power and utilities sectors, and has advised clients extensively in areas of strategic and business planning, governance, organizational restructuring, risk management, performance management, alternate service delivery and process improvement. John's experience includes projects with municipalities, universities and colleges, hospitals, school boards, public utilities, provincial government ministries, federal government ministries, crown corporations and agencies and regulatory authorities.
Dean R. Hirsch,
DRH & Associates
Dean Hirsch is serving as a part time consultant to a number of non-profit agencies that are providing assistance domestically and internationally. His focus remains on programs serving the poor and disadvantaged. Among his clients are World Vision, KPMG and Child Help.
As KPMG ambassador, Dean R. Hirsch seeks to assist and build alliances for KPMG's public sector practices, including International Development Services and the Global Grants Program. KPMG partnerships engage in sustainable development practices bringing hope to people in many countries.
"In this role, Hirsch is representative of the dynamic team that KPMG has developed to engage with global issues." states Timothy A.A. Stiles, Global Lead for KPMG International Development Services. Hirsch, who was WVI president from 1996 through September 2009 and served as Global Amabasador for World Vision until 2010, is now charged with representing KPMG at various meetings, events and other engagements.
Hirsch is known for refocusing World Vision's development and advocacy work on children. Globally, World Vision programmes now benefit more than 3.6 million children and their families and communities. On Hirsch's watch, World Vision dramatically scaled up its relief operations, responding to large scale disasters including the Asian tsunami in 2005-06 and the Myanmar cyclone and Sichuan earthquake in 2008. During Hirsch's presidency, World Vision's income grew five-fold. Today, its 40,000 staff members provide health care, education, clean water, emergency food, tools, shelter and technical know-how to millions of the world's poorest inhabitants.
Helping children has been Hirsch's overriding concern. "We should not tolerate the needless suffering of children," he says. "Our mission is to help create a world in which no child suffers or dies for lack of food, clean water, shelter or protection from exploitation or war."
A veteran of world trouble spots including Somalia and North Korea, Hirsch has worked extensively in disaster and post-conflict situations. He has helped set up famine relief in Ethiopia, AIDS prevention work in Africa and Asia, and peace building programmes in countries such as Bosnia, Rwanda and EI Salvador.
Prior to his appointment as WVI president in 1996, Hirsch served as chief operating officer, vice president for development and vice president for relief operations. He joined World Vision in 1976 as manager of computer operations.
Hirsch, 63, holds a Master of Science degree from Indiana State University and a bachelor of arts and an honorary doctorate from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He was also awarded honorary doctorates from Pepperdine University (2006), Eastern University of Pennsylvania (2001) and Myongji University in Seoul, Korea (1999).
Director of International Volunteering, CUSO International
Barb Hogan is the Director of International Volunteering at CUSO International, one of the largest North American international volunteer sending non- profit organizations. Cuso International works collaboratively on development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Cuso is a strategic alliance partner of VSO, a worldwide federation of Voluntary Service Overseas organizations. Her work has focused on the development of international volunteer programming grounded in the principles of partnership, inclusiveness and quality as effective approaches to address key development challenges. This has included innovative volunteer management approaches and a range of partnership work including collaboration with Diaspora communities in Canada.
Barb’s interest in international development was ignited through her work in community development and planning in Canada’s North. She has worked in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the South Pacific in the areas of environmental conservation, organizational capacity building and volunteer management programming. She has a BA in Geography and a Master’s in Environmental Studies.
She is a member of the executive committee of Forum, a global network of volunteer cooperation agencies. She is also a volunteer with organizations involved in supporting new immigrants to Canada. She is the President of Chelsea Fiddleheads Theatre Group, a community arts and theatre group in her home community and manages a small beekeeping business.
David Hughes is President and CEO at Pathways to Education Canada, a charitable organization created to reduce poverty and its effects by lowering the high school dropout rate and increasing access to post-secondary education among disadvantaged youth in Canada. From 2002-2008, David served as President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. David held leadership positions with the international headquarters of the SOS Children’s Villages, an independent, non-governmental, social development organisation that provides family-based care for children in 133 countries and territories and that advocates the concerns, rights and needs of children.
David is a proven leader with a track record of increasing the performance, accountability and sustainability of organizations in Canada and abroad. He is driven by a desire to expand and strengthen organizations working to reduce poverty and solve important social, economic and environmental issues.
David served as senior executive for organizations in Canada, USA, Europe, Africa, Asia and while posted to the United Nations. Also David serves as an advisor and public speaker on issues pertaining to leadership, change management, stakeholder engagement, corporate social responsibility, and the importance of closing the 'achievement gap'. David achieves results through strategic alignment of resources, collaborative stakeholder engagement, win-win partnerships, social marketing, thoughtful policy and program development, and by motivating people to bring new levels of innovation and energy to their work.
Joseph K. Ingram,
President and CEO of The North-South Institute
Joseph K. Ingram became the President and CEO of The North-South Institute in August 2010. Previously, after retiring from the World Bank in 2006, Mr. Ingram served as a Senior Advisor to the World Trade Organization and as a consultant to both the UN High Commission on Human Rights, the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency. During his 30-year career with the World Bank, Mr. Ingram held senior positions including Special Representative to the UN and to the WTO in Geneva, Director of the World Bank’s office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Deputy Director of The World Bank Institute, Director of the Bank’s office in Cameroon and Deputy Resident Representative in the Bank’s Nigeria office. Before joining the Bank Mr. Ingram represented the International Development Research Center in Beirut. Mr. Ingram holds a Master’s degree in political economy and studied at McMaster University in Canada and the Harvard Business School.
Dr. Moses N. Kiggundu
Dr. Moses N. Kiggundu is Professor of Management and International Business at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, where he is actively involved in the newly established MBA Concentration in International Development Management (IDM). He teaches and supervises undergraduate and graduate students in Canada and abroad, including in China, Iran, the West Indies and Africa. He earned his PhD. in Management and Administration from the University of Toronto, an MBA from University of Alberta, Edmonton and B.A. (Hons.) in Business Studies from Makerere University in Uganda.
For over thirty years, he was worked with NGOs, multinational companies, the United Nations, international organizations and foreign governments on development management at home and abroad. He has published over fifty conference papers, journal articles, book chapters and several books. Dr. Kiggundu is the author of a number of pioneering publications on management and organizations in emerging economies and developing countries, with a particular focus on African countries. His publications include, Managing Organizations in Developing Countries: An Operational and Strategic Approach (Kumarian Press) and Managing Globalization in Developing Countries and Transition Economies was published by Greenwood Press.
Dr. Kiggundu's current research focuses on the search for knowledge based practical and collaborative solutions for managing globalization and creating conditions for improving the human conditions in developing countries and emerging economies. Recently, he has been researching China's internationalization of business, in Africa, alternative models of doing business and development together, anti-proverty progressive social change South-South economic engagements. He is interested in the study of building state and non-state capacities in open societies, including the study of public administrative reform and corporate social responsibility in high-risk environments.
Co-Founder and Principal of public consulting firm MASS LBP
Peter MacLeod is the co-founder and principal of MASS LBP, an innovative firm based in Toronto which works with visionary governments and corporations to deepen and improve public consultation and engagement. Over the past ten years he has worked with leading organizations in North America and Europe, including Fast Company magazine, Vancouver's Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Britain's Demos think tank and the Kaospilots, a Danish school for business design and social innovation. In 2001, he created The Planning Desk, an innovative studio for public systems design that produced a series of high-profile projects to improve the character, quality and efficacy of citizen-state interactions. A fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's University, he writes and speaks frequently about the citizen's experience of the state, the importance of public imagination and the future of responsible government. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Queen's University, he subsequently left his doctoral program at the London School of Economics to found MASS, after travelling across Canada and visiting nearly 100 federal constituency offices. He is the 2008 recipient of the Public Policy Forum's prestigious Emerging Leaders Award.
Director of International Programs
As IPAC’s Director of International Programs since 2001, Ann Masson is responsible for the procurement, management and knowledge sharing of IPAC’s several international programs offered in approximately 30 countries. These programs provide IPAC members with opportunities to share their knowledge and expertise with their counterparts worldwide. Programs focus on political-bureaucratic leadership, public sector reform, integrated planning and budgeting, human resource and results based management, policy, communications and citizen centered service delivery.
Previously working with both the federal and provincial orders of government, Ann has held executive positions in labour market policy and programming, trade negotiations, citizenship, gender and aboriginal affairs, including co-management, with her First Nations counterpart, of the Ontario award-winning Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy.
Ann has considerable experience building partnerships with institutions and senior public servants with the aim of implementing new and innovative international development programs. She manages complex and multi-faceted international programs using various approaches including institutional twinning, peer-to-peer and institutional seminars and training, mentoring, job-shadowing, and study tours. This work is complimented by her recent introduction of a robust international research and publication program which includes global case studies, leadership briefs and articles for publication in IPAC’s scholarly journal and magazine.
Franklin J McDonald
University of the West Indies (UWI), Institute for Sustainable Development, Disaster Risk Reduction Centre, Jamaica
Visiting Scholar, York University, Disaster / Emergency Management Programme, School of Administrative Studies
Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, Toronto, Canada
Franklin McDonald is an Engineering Geologist and Graduate of the University of the West Indies and Leeds University. He has been active for several decades in Caribbean and Global programmes related to Hazard Assessment, Risk Reduction, Natural Resource Management and Environmental Conservation.
He has headed Jamaica’s focal points dealing with Earth / Geological Science; Disaster Management; and Environmental Conservation. He was a member of the Pan Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Project (PCDPPP) team and served on the UN Group which conceptualised and promoted the 1990s as the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). He has been a member of Jamaicas delegations to several Regional and Global Fora including UNCED (Rio, 1992), SIDS (Barbados 1994) and the WSSD (Johannesburg 2002).
Since retiring from the Jamaican public service in 2004, he has been involved with several capacity building initiatives in the Wider Caribbean. These include efforts to strenghten the UWI Institute for Sustainable Development, and improving coordination of natural resource / coastal / marine area management through the UNEP Caribbean Environment Programmes Regional Coordinating Unit (CEP/RCU). He is one of the Co Editors of the 2011 EARTHSCAN Special Issue on ‘’Reducing Disaster Risks: Progress and Challenges in the Caribbean Region’’.
He is currently an elected partner of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), a Director of PANOS Caribbean, and (since 2011) a Visiting Scholar at York University attached to the Disaster / Emergency Management Programme, School of Administrative Studies (Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies).
David has recently been active in the academic, entertainment, and international development sectors. With regards to academic activity, he achieved an MA in Philosophy from the University of Guelph in 2004; in addition, the graduate thesis which led to this degree has recently been published. He completed post graduate work in International Development at the IPMP program at Humber College. He currently lectures at various universities, including Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, and served on the "Mentorship Committee" at Toronto's York University. David is also becoming established in the entertainment sector, most notably as co-producer of the children's educational TV show "Spellz". His paramount passion, however, is contributing to the international development community. David has spoken on numerous occasions in collaboration with organizations such as UNICEF and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and has provided consulting services for health and literacy projects in Cambodia and Mongolia, respectively. He currently devotes much of his time to managing "SoChange", a groundbreaking organization which works along side members of the non-governmental community in areas such as fundraising, advocacy, and donor relations. In addition to working to raise the capacity of organizations such as PLAN, Make Poverty History and UNICEF, SoChange has recently spearheaded events such as "Why Everything Must Change", which brought together prominent social justice advocates in a conference setting, and the Mosquitoes Suck Tour, which collaborates with the Canadian initiative "Spread the Net" to raise funds and awareness for malaria alleviation efforts in Africa.
Policy Analyst (Aid), Canadian Council for
Fraser is the Policy Analyst on Aid and International Cooperation for the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), the umbrella organization for Canadian not-for profit organizations engaged in international development work. He sits on the Management Committee of the Reality of Aid Network as Vice-Chair, and is a member of the Coordinating Group of the BetterAid platform and the Global Facilitation Group of the Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness. Prior to joining CCIC, Fraser worked for eight years at the Halifax Initiative Coalition (HI), the Canadian presence for public interest research, advocacy and education on International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and Export Credit Agencies (ECAs). While at HI, he worked extensively on issues related to global governance, international development finance, and human rights and the IFIs, among other things. Fraser has also worked at the United Nations Association in Canada, the Youth Unit of the United Nations, and as an English teacher in Ecuador. In a volunteer capacity, he has sat on the boards of the Canary Research Institute on Mining, Environment and Health and UNIFEM Canada, and has done research on trade and development issues for Action Aid UK and on gender issues for Pueblito Canada. He has a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
Director of Government Relations, Open Text
Hugh has worked in information management for over 20 years; working extensively with several document management companies developing solutions for a wide variety of industries including Energy, Government, and Finance. He is a specialist in business processes dealing with various regulations. Currently, Hugh works closely with Open Text’s global customer base, partner channel and staff to develop vertical market solutions focusing on content management technologies, collaboration, social media, and cloud computing. In addition, he has developed expertise in GIS and spatial collaboration.
President-CEO, Canadian Council for International Cooperation
Julia, who was appointed in May 2011 as the new President-CEO of CCIC, brings 18 years of experience in top level international development management, including 13 years working in developing countries. Until recently, she served as Regional and National Campaigns Director for the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA/Tcktcktck.org) and previous to that worked for 14 years at the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), one of Canada’s oldest and largest international development agencies. She has also worked as a consultant with Oxfam Great Britain, with USAID, and in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and a variety of other donor agencies such as IDB, ADB, UNHCR, etc.
Throughout her career she has provided leadership to a wide variety of projects in 16 countries - including Bolivia, Guatemala, Nepal, India, Mali, and other countries in Asia and Latin America - in areas such as humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, governance, democratic development, community-based economic development and international volunteering.
Julia completed a double major in Political Science and Economics at McGill University (1985) and returned to McGill for an MA in Economics (1996) after doing several years of development work in Bolivia and Guatemala. Her specialization is in development and international economics.
Julia has now moved to Ottawa from India with her husband and 12-year-old son, and formally joined CCIC on August 15th, 2011.
Director, International Development Projects and Coordinator,
Bachelor of International Development Degree Program, Humber College
Kent has 15 years experience working on a variety of international development initiatives in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. He has worked as a project manager, trainer, researcher and evaluation consultant for projects focused on governance, microfinance, HIV/AIDS, entrepreneurship development and community health. Kent also managed a governance and capacity building initiative with indigenous peoples in the Canadian arctic. He has written and published on a range of development issues including North/South partnership building, participation and development, the role of values in development, higher education and development and the application of complexity theory to development practice.
Director, Human Resources
Deborah Singh is the Director Human Resources and Volunteer Services of Plan Canada and is responsible for leading the people and culture strategy for the organization. This includes building a foundation for Plan's Total Rewards Philosophy, ensuring that we recruit with inclusivity in mind and helping to create an environment where Plan is seen as an employer of choice. Throughout her career, Deborah has leveraged the international arena to bring talent to Canada and created programs to facilitate secondments across the globe.
Deborah has spent the last 20 years in Human Resources working in the not for profit, public and private sectors. Outside of Plan Deborah spends time teaching as an associate professor at Centennial College and the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) in the areas of Business and Human Resources. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo with a dual focus in Sociology and Social Work, and a Masters in Counseling from California State University.
Rahul Singh founded the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (GlobalMedic) in 1999 to honour the memory of his best friend who tragically lost his life in 1998. In just 11 years, Singh’s tireless efforts have resulted in a globally recognized, innovative and efficient organization. He has personally led over 30 GlobalMedic missions around the world.Singh has been a professional emergency worker since 1988. Currently he serves the citizens of Toronto as a frontline Paramedic. Singh has also worked on capacity building missions for the UN. Combining a passion for humanitarian assistance with a frontline emergency perspective, Singh created GlobalMedic’s unique operational mandate of providing efficient and cost effective disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe with professional emergency workers.
Prime Minister Harper presented Singh with the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s 2006 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Singh also received the Ontario Paramedic Association’s Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2007, an award from Toronto Paramedic Association for Humanitarian Effort in 2005, and the William Allen Award from Toronto EMS in 2004. In 2010, Singh was on Time Magazine's List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and received the Caldwell Partners award for the Top 40 Under 40 in Canada.
Ian Smillie has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Bangladesh. He was a founder of the Canadian NGO, Inter Pares, was Executive Director of CUSO and is a long-time foreign aid watcher and critic. He has worked at Tufts and Tulane Universities and as a development consultant with many Canadian, American and European organizations. He is the author of several books, including The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World (with Larry Minear, 2004) and Freedom from Want; The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC (2009). A book on ‘blood diamonds’ will be published in 2010. Ian Smillie served on a UN Security Council Expert Panel examining the relationship between diamonds and weapons in West Africa, and he helped develop the 48-government ‘Kimberley Process,’ a global certification system to halt the traffic in conflict diamonds. He was the first witness at Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial in The Hague and he chairs the Diamond Development Initiative. Ian Smillie was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003.
Prior to assuming leadership of the Global Grants Program in 2000, Tim was the Director of the West Region Exempt Organizations (EXOTAX) practice, over-seeing the delivery of services to all not-for-profit clients in 13 states throughout the western United States. He was instrumental in founding KPMG’s national EXOTAX practice in 1995, and served in the exempt division of the firm’s Washington National Tax Practice.
Tim has over twenty years experience providing services to tax-exempt organizations.His clients have included social service organizations, institutions of higher education, hospitals, governmental entities, museums, foundations, and other organizations with local, national and multi-national operations.
He now focuses exclusively on serving not-for-profit organizations, and particularly family foundations, corporate foundations, and other private foundations and grant-making organizations. Tim assists organizations in making grants and funding projects for a variety of charitable purposes in over 130 countries on six continents. In addition, he has experience on special projects involving:
- Grant Program Design;
- Expenditure responsibility and charitable affidavit requirements;
- Program-related Investments;
- Microfinance Arrangements;
- Unrelated business income tax analysis;
- Tax consultations and other considerations of foreign operations;
- Functionality-related business considerations;
- Analysis on grant effectiveness;
- Jeopardy investments, self-dealing and excess business holdings
- Advisory member, KPMG Disaster Relief Fund
- Board member, KPMG National Diversity Advisory Board
- Board member, KPMG Pride Advisory Board
- Global Chairman, International Development Services Practice
- Committee member, Global Government Sector Steering Committee
- Founding Partner, International Tax Exempt Services Practice
Karen Takacs has served as Executive Director of Canadian Crossroads International since 2001. During this time, Karen has helped lead the transformation of Crossroads from an organization focused on cross-cultural exchange to one focused on key development challenges. Today Crossroads supports innovative international projects and partnerships between organizations in Canada and eight countries in West Africa, Southern Africa and South America, working to advance the rights of women and girls and the right to sustainable livelihoods for all.
Karen has extensive experience working with a wide range of organizations at the community, provincial and national level as a senior manager, funder and volunteer. She is past Chair of the Board of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Canada’s coalition of pre-eminent international development organizations, and served on the Executive of International Forum for Development Service from 2002 to 2008.
She holds a Masters of Management for National Voluntary Sector Leaders from McGill University and most recently was awarded the YWCA of Toronto 2011 Women of Distinction for International Development and Advocacy in recognition of her leadership in the field and her work advancing equality for women and girls.
Michael Hatton is Vice President Academic at Humber Institute in Toronto, where he has served in various academic roles for more than twenty years. He holds an M.S.Ed. from Niagara University, an M.B.A. from York University, a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto as well as certificates from Pennsylvania State University and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
For more than twenty years, Michael has developed, managed, provided technical assistance to, monitored and evaluated a variety of international development projects, primarily in Africa (Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam). He served for several years as Canada’s representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Human Resource Development Working Group’s (HRDWG) industrial technology network. His sector specializations include economic development and technical education.
Research areas include corporate governance, community-based tourism, economic development, and teaching and learning. A sample of publications include: Corporations and Directors: Comparing the Profit and Not-for-Profit Sectors; Results-based management: friend or foe in Development in Practice 17(3) (with Kent Schroeder), Community colleges: Untapped assistance for international disaster relief in Community College Journal, (with Kent Schroeder); A Pure Theory of Lifelong Learning in Lifelong Learning: Programs, Practices & Policies; and Community-Based Tourism in the Asia Pacific (editor).
Robert P. Taylor,
CEO of IPAC
Dr. Robert Taylor has had an extensive professional career spanning over 25 years. As the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry’s Municipal Services Division, Dr. Taylor was responsible for coordinating and delivering key ministry and government priorities.
Prior to joining Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 2008, he was the acting Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI). Prior to his work at MRI, Dr. Taylor was the Director of the Land and Waters Branch at the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).
Dr. Taylor’s career also extends beyond the Ontario Public Service to include working as the Planning Director with the Municipality of Prince Edward County and as a team leader in areas of Southern Africa to help establish essential municipal and environmental programs. He has also worked extensively with Queen’s University on a number of programs with the Government of People’s Republic of China.
Dr. Taylor was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) on November 29, 2010, a position he currently holds.
Dr. Taylor holds a PhD from the University of South Africa, where his studies focused on strategic planning processes. He also has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University and an undergraduate degree in Urban Geography from McGill University.