Speakers

 

Faris Ahmed

Faris Ahmed
Director, Policy and Campaigns
USC Canada

Faris joined USC Canada in 2005 and leads policy work in close collaboration with ecological agriculture, biodiversity and food sovereignty networks in the South and in Canada. He is an active member of the civil society networks of the Committee for World Food Security (CFS), the CBD Alliance and Food Secure Canada. Faris has worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Oxfam, South Asia Partnership, and as a photographer/writer covering environmental issues. He holds an MA in International Development Studies from the University of Toronto.

  

Michèle Asselin

Michèle Asselin
Executive Director
Quebec Association of International Cooperation Organizations (QQOCI).

Michèle Asselin is the Executive Director of the Quebec Association of International Cooperation Organizations (QQOCI). Prior to starting this role in March 2015, she was the coordinator of the International Workers' Solidarity Centre (International Center for Labour Solidarity). She was the chairwoman of the Women's Federation of Quebec from 2003 to 2009. She has over 25 years of experience in the women's movement. She is an executive board member the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), the League of Rights and Freedoms and collective kitchen of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

  

Margaret Biggs

Margaret Biggs
Skelton-Clark Fellow, School of Policy Studies
Queen's University

Margaret Biggs is currently the Skelton-Clark Fellow at the School of Policy Studies, Queen's University. From 2008-2013 she was President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) responsible for overseeing Canada's international development and humanitarian assistance efforts worldwide. Previously, Margaret served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, and Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning, in the Privy Council Office from 2002-2008. She has extensive background at the Assistant Deputy Minister level in social, labour market and learning policy and in federal-provincial relations. Margaret has represented Canada in numerous international fora. A native of Vancouver, Margaret is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.

  

Ed Bianchi

Ed Bianchi
Program Manager
KAIROS

Ed has been KAIROS’ Program Manager since 2012. From 2001-2012, Ed coordinated KAIROS’ Indigenous Rights Program, and worked with Indigenous peoples and their allies on innovative public education and action initiatives, in Canada and internationally, towards the recognition and enforcement of Indigenous peoples’ rights. KAIROS’ creation in 2001 brought together 10 social justice ecumenical coalitions, including the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC), a coalition of churches, church organizations, Indigenous peoples and regional groups.  Ed was ARC’s National Coordinator from 1995 to 2001. In 1986, Ed co-founded Friends of the Lubicon (FOL), a Toronto-based support group for the Lubicon Lake Cree First Nation.  FOL’s international boycott of the Daishowa Paper Mfg. Co. was so successful the company sued, claiming the boycott was illegal.  In 1998, the Ontario Court of Appeals ruled that the boycott was both legal and an example of how information campaigns should be conducted in a democratic society. 

  

Kelly Bowden

Kelly Bowden
Acting Director, Policy and Campaigns
Oxfam Canada

Kelly Bowden is the acting Director for Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam Canada where she works to build public support for pro-poor, women’s rights focused policies. With an emphasis on closing the gap between the rich and the poor, Oxfam is working to close tax loopholes, promote investment in public services and ensure wages and working conditions are of benefit to everyone, not just the wealthy few. Prior to Oxfam, Kelly worked at the national and international level building human rights campaigns on issues of fair trade, peace and security and environmental sustainability. She was the Director of Programs at the Otesha Project, a global trainer for CISV International and started her career doing education work for Fair Trade Canada. Her degree is in Political Science.

  

Chris Braeuel

Christopher Braeuel
Executive Director
Veterinarians without Borders

Chris is an international development practitioner and leader with over 15 years' experience in multilateral negotiations and global project/program management in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Veterinarians Without Borders, Chris served as Country Director for Cuso International in Nigeria. In 2010, he was First Secretary for Development with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Kabul where he led and managed Canada's support to Afghanistan's basic education and vocational training sectors. Following his service, he was awarded the Queen's Operational Service Medal (South West Asia) from the Government of Canada for his contributions. Prior to this, Chris represented Canada in the United Nations as the Canadian Focal Point, Chief Adviser and Bureau Vice-President to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and land degradation. Chris is passionate about international and community volunteering, having served as a Cuso Volunteer in Tanzania overseeing a national birth registration initiative and serving on the boards of various local organizations including the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO).

  

Ian Capstick

Ian Capstick
Founding Partner and Creative Director
MediaStyle

With over 20 years of professional political and communications experience, Ian is MediaStyle’s strategic engine. He manages the creative and strategic side of your project from overseeing communications audits, strategic approaches, to communications and marketing plans and branding. He has worked for Cabinet ministers and opposition members in the House of Commons, including some of Canada’s most colourful and influential political minds from both the New Democrats and Liberals. Ian is passionate about creating social change through communications. An experienced media coach, political tactician and engaging speaker, he is quoted widely in Canada’s media. He is a regular on CBC’s Power & Politics and is a go-to source for comment on the changing world of communications. Ian sits on the boards of director’s for Forum for Young Canadians, is an active advisor to LeadNow.ca and chairs Ottawa’s LGBTQ Village committee. He was recognized as one of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 for his contribution to the community. His opinion work has been published in the Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail and PostMedia newspapers across Canada.

  

Terence Carter

Terrance Carter
Managing Partner
Carters Professional Corporation

Terrance Carter is Managing Partner of Carters Professional Corporation.  Mr. Carter practices in the area of charity and not-for-profit law, and is counsel to Fasken Martineau on charitable matters. Mr. Carter is a co-author of Corporate and Practice Manual for Charitable and Not-for-Profit Corporations to be published by Carswell, a co-editor of Charities Legislation & Commentary (2015 Edition), contributing author to The Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada, and co-author of Branding and Copyright Handbook for Charities and Non-Profit Organizations. Mr. Carter is recognized as a leading expert in Canada by Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of charity and not-for-profit law.  He is a past member of the Technical Issues Working Group of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Charities Directorate, as well as Past Chair of the Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section of both the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and Ontario Bar Association (OBA) . Mr. Carter is the editor of www.charitylaw.cawww.churchlaw.ca and www.antiterrorism.ca.

  

Lindsay Coates

Lindsay Coates
President
InterAction

Lindsay Coates is the president of InterAction, overseeing all management issues and institutional outreach to InterAction members and partners. A life-long advocate for human dignity, Lindsay currently serves on the steering committee of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the executive committee for Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), and the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) and United State Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC).  She also served on the Obama administration’s task force on Global Poverty, was a Trustee for her alma mater the University of the South at Sewanee, and a board member for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Global Heath Council. Before joining InterAction in 2008, she was the COO of Population Action International, a leading international NGO advocating for access to family planning services. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Lindsay practiced civil rights law in various capacities. She began her career in Mississippi, and then served as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education, and an equal employment opportunity attorney at the National Gallery of Art. From 2008-2009, Lindsay was a nonresident fellow of Seminar XXI, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies. She holds a JD from the University of Mississippi, a B.A. magna cum laude from Sewanee, and has studied at the London School of Economics.

  

Kiné Fatime

Kiné Fatime Diop
Campaign Manager
Amnesty International

Kiné Fatime is a Senegalese activist committed to the protection and promotion of women's rights. A graduate of Political science and Communication at the University of Nice Sofia Antipolis, she has worked for nearly 10 years for various human rights organizations in West Africa. Her work includes research for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda's section providing support to victims and witnesses and planning and implementing an Action Aid project on violence against women as an obstacle to girls' education. Kiné Fatime has also worked for the regional office of Oxfam in West Africa as lead campaigner on the the right to food. This campaign focused on Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Ghana and involved working closely with women's organizations, farmers and ranchers. In November 2014, she joined Amnesty International as Campaigner for French-speaking countries of West Africa in the newly-opened Regional Office for West and Central Africa. Kine Fatime oversees the organization's campaigning in 9 Francophone countries: Benin, Burkina, Mali, Niger, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Togo. She coordinates the current '' My body, my rights '' campaign in Burkina Faso and a project on child marriages in Mali and Burkina Faso.

  

Kevin Dunbar

Kevin Dunbar
Director, Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team
CARE Canada

Kevin is the Director of the Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team at CARE Canada and the Co-Chair of the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada.  Kevin has led operational responses in a variety of complex contexts including Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Myanmar, Turkey and South Sudan.  With Save the Children he worked on the Fragile States Project, developing approaches, tools, and operational structures to effectively deliver humanitarian responses in highly operational and conflict affected locations.  Kevin strongly believes in bridging the humanitarian and development spectrum, focussing on responses that are delivered through meaningful consultation with affected populations.  Kevin brings his previously experience in business and finance and aims to blend private sector approaches to funding, management and leadership in humanitarian work.

  

Okalik Eegeesiak

Okalik Eegeesiak
Chair
Inuit Circumpolar Council

(Josie) Okalik Eegeesiak was elected Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) in July 2014. ICC represents the international interests of Inuit in Canada, Greenland, Chukotka (Russia) and Alaska (USA). Ms. Eegeesiak was President of Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) from 2008-2014. QIA represents approximately 14,000 Inuit in 13 communities of the Qikiqtani Region. QIA’s mandate includes to protect, preserve, and promote Inuit rights, interests, and aspirations. Prior to the QIA, Ms. Eegeesiak was self-employed focussing on human resource and community development. Her background includes representing the Inuit community in various capacities through government and non-government organizations at the international, national, territorial and community level through boards and committees, including: Nunasi Corporation, Larga Baffin, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (2007-2010), Nunavut Planning Commission (2009-2012). She has served as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (1996-1999), Vice-President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference Canada (1996 to 1999), and was appointed to the National Pathways Structural Review National Aboriginal Management Board. She was also community, territorial, and national Inuit representative to the National Aboriginal Management Board. Ms. Eegeesiak is fluent in written and oral Inuktitut, and was born, raised, and schooled in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. Okalik attended post-secondary institutions such as Nunavut Arctic College and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. She is the oldest of ten with five sisters and four brothers and her mother, Seemeega, an active member of the elders centre in Iqaluit.

  

Pearl Eliadis

Pearl Eliadis
B.C.L., LL.B., B.C.L. (Oxon.)
Human Rights Lawyer

Pearl Eliadis is a human rights lawyer in private practice based in Montreal. With more than 20 years' experience in law and public policy, Pearl also works extensively with civil society organizations, social movements and human rights institutions. Her law practice is mainly advisory, and she has been retained by institutional and multilateral organizations including the UN Development Programme, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Women and the European Commission on a range of human rights and governance issues. Pearl has worked in Central and East Africa and throughout Asia, as well as in Canada. A McGill and Oxford grad, Pearl teaches Civil Liberties at the Faculty of Law at McGill University and is affiliated with the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. She is co-editor of the National Research Network on Dissent, Democracy and the Law, the research arm of the Voices-Voix Coalition. In 2013, she was appointed President of the Quebec Bar Association's Human Rights Committee and has received several awards for her community work. She has published extensively, and her book, Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada's Human Rights System, was named one of the best books of 2014 by the Hill Times and won the 2015 Huguenot Society of Canada Award for freedom of expression and conscience.

  

Lise Filiatrault

Lise Filiatrault
Assistant Deputy Minister, Sub-Saharan Africa Branch
Global Affairs Canada

Ms. Lise Filiatrault has served in her current role since November 2013. She has held various positions at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) such as Regional Director General for the Americas, acting Regional Director General for the Europe, Middle East and Maghreb Directorate, Director General for the Europe Division. Ms. Filiatrault also served abroad, notably in Cuba, Chile and Guyana. She holds a Graduate Studies Diploma in International Development and Cooperation from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor in Biology / Ecology from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

  

Julie Gelfand

Julie Gelfand
Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Office of the Auditor General

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014.  Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition.

  

Robert Greenhill

Robert Greenhill
Executive Chairman, Global Canada, and Senior Fellow, CIGI

Robert Greenhill is Executive Chairman of the Global Canada Initiative. Previous roles include Managing Director and Chief Business Officer of the World Economic Forum, Deputy Minister and President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Group of Bombardier Inc. Robert started his career with McKinsey & Company. Robert sits on the board of the UN Global Compact, a unique initiative engaging business in support of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption principles and UN goals and activities. Robert has a BA from the University of Alberta, MA from the London School of Economics, and MBA from INSEAD.

  

Shannon Kindornay

Shannon Kindornay
Adjunct Research Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Carleton University

Shannon Kindornay is an Adjunct Research Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Her research focuses on development cooperation, global governance, the global sustainable development agenda, and aid and the private sector. Prior to joining Carleton University, Ms. Kindornay was a researcher at the North-South Institute for nearly five years where she produced numerous reports, peer reviewed publications and commentaries on a range of policy issues, including multilateral development cooperation, Canada's development cooperation program and the role of the private sector in development. Ms. Kindornay holds degrees from Carleton University and Wilfrid Laurier University.

  

Brittany Lambert

Brittany Lambert
Women's Rights Policy & Advocacy Specialist, Policy and Campaigns
Oxfam Canada

Brittany Lambert is a Women's Rights Policy Specialist at Oxfam Canada. She leads the organization's research and advocacy work on economic and gender inequality, and co-authored Making Women Count, a new report by Oxfam Canada and the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives released in March 2016. Previously, she spent several years working at the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy.

  

Megan Leslie

Megan Leslie
Senior Consultant on Oceans Governance
WWF-Canada

Megan Leslie is a Senior Consultant on Oceans Governance for WWF-Canada. An activist since Grade 10 when she and her girlfriends organized against a toxic waste dump coming to her hometown (with placards reading “no no we won’t glow”), Megan has focused her education and her career on seeking economic, environmental, and social justice.

Megan served as the MP for Halifax from 2008-2015. She held roles as the NDP’s critic for Housing and Homelessness, Health Critic, Environment Critic, and in 2012 was named Deputy Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition.

  

Melissa Matlow

Melissa Matlow
Legislative and Public Affairs Manager
World Animal Protection

Melissa Matlow earned her Master’s in Environmental Studies with a focus on food policy at York University and a Bachelors in Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. As the Legislative and Public Affairs Manager at World Animal Protection, she advises governments, corporations and other stakeholders on programs and policies related to animal welfare, humane and sustainable agriculture, food security, disaster risk reduction and wildlife protection. For more than 50 years, World Animal Protection has been helping local communities and governments protect their animals during disasters. It delivers emergency response and disaster preparedness and risk reduction planning. 

  

John McArthur

John McArthur
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Senior Advisor, UN Foundation

John W. McArthur is a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow with the United Nations Foundation. A Canadian from Vancouver, he previously managed the UN Millennium Project, the advisory body to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and served as CEO of Millennium Promise, the international non-governmental organization. He has been a faculty member at Columbia University and Policy Director at the Earth Institute. As a Research Fellow at the Harvard Center for International Development he supported the WHO Commission on Macroeconomics and Health and co-authored the Global Competitiveness Report. In 2013-14 he chaired the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Poverty and Sustainable Development. In 2009 he was recognized as a Young Global Leader. He received a DPhil (PhD) and MPhil in Economics at Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar), an MPP at Harvard Kennedy School and a BA (Honours) at UBC.

  

Heather McPherson

Heather McPherson
Executive Director
Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC)

Heather has worked as the Executive Director of ACGC since 2008. Prior to her work at ACGC, Heather spent over a decade working with Canadian and international educational and community development organizations in a variety of positions. Heather has a Masters Degree from the University of Alberta in Educational Policy Studies in Cultural, Theoretical and International Studies in Education. She has also completed her Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education.

  

Dave Metcalf

Dave Metcalfe
Director General –Europe and the Middle East
Global Affairs Canada

Dave Metcalfe is currently Director General responsible for Canada's bilateral development programming in Europe and the Middle-East.  He has provided leadership related to Canada's international development programs since 2007; for six years he was responsible for various facets of Canada's largest development program in Afghanistan, including programming operations in Kandahar Province.  Mr. Metcalfe has over twenty five years of experience within Canadian Federal Public Service, spanning across 5 departments and agencies including: the Canada Revenue Agency; the Department of National Defence; Public Works and Government Services Canada; the Canadian International Development Agency; and Global Affairs Canada.  In each organization, he was responsible for advancing large government transformation projects and other key initiatives in policy, operations and international development programming.

  

James Milner

James Milner
Associate Professor of Political Science
Carleton University

James is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University. His research and teaching focus on issues relating to forced migration and the United Nations System. In recent years, he has undertaken field research in Burundi, Guinea, Kenya, India, Tanzania and Thailand, and has presented research findings to stakeholders in New York, Geneva, London, Ottawa, Bangkok, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and elsewhere. He has worked as a Consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in India, Cameroon, Guinea and its Geneva Headquarters. He is author of Refugees, the State and the Politics of Asylum in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), co-author (with Alexander Betts and Gil Loescher) of UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (Routledge, 2012), and co-editor of Protracted Refugee Situations: Political, Human Rights and Security Implications (UN University Press, 2008).

  

David Morrison

David Morrison
Assistant Deputy Minister, Americas
Global Affairs Canada

David Morrison is Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas at Canada’s epartment of Global Affairs (GAC). David joined CIDA in 2012 as CIDA’s Senior Vice-President for geographic programs, overseeing Canada’s bilateral development assistance worldwide.  From 2008-2012, he served as Executive Secretary at the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in New York. Over the years, David has held numerous prestigious positions within the UNDP, the Canadian Foreign Service, the World Economic Forum, and NetAid (a partnership between UNDP and Cisco Systems to use the internet to fight poverty).  He has also been a contributing editor at Foreign Policy Magazine and a consultant for the Mexico Business Summit, the UN Foundation and the World Economic Forum. 

  

Dr. David Nabarro

Dr. David Nabarro
Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change
United Nations

David Nabarro serves as Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change.  He works with Governments and other stakeholders to galvanize action on implementation of both the 2030 and Climate Action agendas.  He also oversees the Secretary-General’s special initiatives, including Every Woman Every Child, Global Pulse and Zero Hunger Challenge, and the UN Office for Partnerships. David Nabarro has more than 30 years’ experience of public health, nutrition and development at country, regional and global levels, and has held positions in non-governmental organizations, universities, national Governments and the United Nations (UN) system. David Nabarro joined the UN system in 1999, leading the Roll Back Malaria initiative at the World Health Organization (WHO).  He was appointed as a WHO Executive Director in 2001 and led WHO’s Department for Health Action in Crises from 2003. Between 2005 and 2014 he served as the UN System’s Senior Coordinator for Avian and Pandemic Influenza.  Since 2009 he has been the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition, a position he continues to hold.  From 2011 to 2015 he served as Coordinator of the Movement to Scale Up Nutrition.  From September 2014 until December 2015 he was Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Ebola, providing strategic and policy direction for the international response.

  

Jeff Nankivell

Jeff Nankivell
Director General, Programming, Asia-Pacific Branch
Global Affairs Canada

Since 2011, Jeff Nankivell has served as Director General responsible for Canada’s official development assistance in Asia, with the Canadian International Development Agency and then with Global Affairs Canada. After joining the Foreign Service in 1988, he served in various capacities with CIDA: as a project team leader with the China Program; at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, for two postings (1991 to 1995 and 2000 to 2004); as Country Analyst with the Russia Program; as Senior Program Manager for the World Bank Group, Multilateral Programs Branch; as Director, Strategic Policy in the Agency’s Policy Branch, and as Director, China and Northeast Asia. From 2008 to 2011, he was posted again to the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission. He has also worked at the Ontario Legislature and at South-The Third World Newsmagazine. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, an MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics, and a Certificate (one-year program) in Chinese Language and Culture from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  

Naheed Nenshi

Naheed Nenshi
Mayor
City of Calgary

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is currently serving his second term and is Calgary’s 36th mayor. During his first term in office, Mayor Nenshi’s leadership resulted in many positive changes in Calgary to build better communities, keep Calgarians moving, and transform government to reinforce a culture of constant citizen-focused improvement at The City of Calgary. In February 2015, he was awarded the World Mayor Prize. His real passion is to make cities, especially Calgary, work better.

Prior to becoming mayor, he was Canada's first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management at Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business and a trusted business advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the USA.

  

Vincent Rigby

Vincent Rigby
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy
Global Affairs Canada

Vincent Rigby is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy at Global Affairs Canada, where he provides advice that reflects the foreign policy, development and trade/economic streams of the department. In this role, Vincent has acted as Sherpa to the G-20, Sous-Sherpa at the G-7, Chief Negotiator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and Chair of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials. Previously, he was Vice-President of Strategic Policy and Performance Branch at CIDA; the Executive Director of the International Assessments Staff (IAS) and Afghanistan Intelligence Lead Official at the Privy Council Office; and Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy) at the Department of National Defence. Vincent holds an MA in Diplomatic and Military History from Carleton University in Ottawa.

  

Alex Sardar

Alex Sardar
Chief Incubation Officer
CIVICUS

Alex Sardar is CIVICUS’ Chief Incubation Officer, providing strategic oversight and donor management support to DataShift. Previously Alex led a grassroots human rights organization, the Armenian National Committee and worked for Counterpart International, engaging local civil society groups from Honduras to Afghanistan, from Georgia to Egypt and Senegal to build the next generation of civic and political leaders globally. Alex is Armenian and based in Montreal.

  

Shelagh Savage

Shelagh Savage
Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships
Coady International Institute

Shelagh Savage joined Coady International Institute in June 2009 - returning to Nova Scotia after years of working internationally and in Ottawa. As Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships, she is responsible for strategic support to partnership programming and educational design in order to enhance Coady’s development impact. This involves collaboration with key donors and educational/learning partners; management of youth and partner programs as well as research, design and facilitation of  Coady Certificates and short courses in “Re-thinking Partnership”.  With a strong belief that coalition building and collaboration is essential to influence positive change, Shelagh has worked in partnership with communities and civil society organizations in South Asia, East Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as with governments and UN organizations such as ILO, UNOCHA and UNICEF. She has also been active in Canadian civil society networking through local community organizations and national board memberships and is currently a Board member of CCIC.  Recent publications include work on Community Participation and Conflict Management as well as Facilitating Transformative Leadership Learning and Equitable Partnership.

  

Philipp Schönrock
Director
CEPEI (Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional)

Philipp Schönrock has been the Director of CEPEI for the last ten years. He has also worked as a Program Official for the Ecole de la Paix in Grenoble and has served as an adviser to the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation in Paris, France. In the public sector he has been an advisor for the government of Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Peru, among others. Over the past few years, he has conducted numerous targeted research projects and proposed policy strategies. This work is grounded in research developed in over 20 countries, in 4 continents, based on data and assessments from the field. As a consultant, he has worked with UNDP, GIZ, World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, Ford Foundation and the King ́s College in London. Philipp has published numerous essays in Latin America, Europe and the United States and writes periodically in the Latin American press. He is also a guest ­lecture at various universities across the LAC region. He is a Board Member of the Executive Committee of the Colombian Confederation of NGO and Co­Chair of the global Beyond 2015 campaign, OP of the UN NGOs Major Group, member of the UN Post­2015 Strategy Hub, as well as Co­Chair of the LAC SCO Community of Practice on Management for Development Results.

  

Tracy Sonny

Tracy Sonny
National Coordinator
Botswana Climate Change Network

Tracy Sonny is the National Coordinator of Botswana Climate Change Network, an organisation which focuses on the development and implementation of initiatives that addresses climate change, environment and energy challenges in a bid to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development at the national, regional and international level.

A testimony to her achievements are her demonstrated unique ability to catalyse, evolve and impact new ideas that result in change which translate into sustainable development. Ms Sonny is a proven trendsetter and facilitator in the development arena. She has enhanced awareness and advocacy on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the countries working with women small scale farmers and assisted them to identify and adopt feasible agriculture models that complement the environment. She has trained trainers in the climate change agenda, and worked on demonstration projects on conservation agriculture. She participates in efforts to integrate climate change into business, research and development.

Her interest in ensuring access to energy has seen her participating in the development and implementation of energy frameworks in partnership with SADC, UNIDO, EU, World Bank, UNECA, and the Government of Botswana. Mainstreaming of gender in climate change and energy projects and policy, raising awareness and sensitising communities on small scale alternative green energy, energy diversification, off-grid –solutions, and energy efficiency solutions also forms part of her portfolio.

  

Loraine Swift

Lorraine Swift
Executive Director
Change for Children

Lorraine has been a staff member at Change for Children since July of 2002. Prior to that, Lorraine lived in NIcaragua for 4 years where she worked with Miskito indigenous peoples in the BOSAWAS biosphere rainforest. She studied Political Science and Native Studies at the University of Alberta, during which time she sat on the Change for Children Board and volunteered organizing fundraising events. Lorraine also worked for various organizations in Canada's environmental movement prior to attending university. Lorraine is currently studying a Diploma for Graduates in International Development through the University of London’s School of Economics

  

Scott Vaughan

Scott Vaughan
President and CEO
International Institute for Sustainable Development

Scott Vaughan is IISD President. He has been Canada’s federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS), a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Head of Economics at the NAFTA Environment Commission and Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Mr. Vaughan held various positions with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), including initiating the UNEP Finance Initiative. In the late 1980s, he worked at the head office of the Royal Bank (now RBC) Financial Group. He holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, and an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University.

  

Ann Witteveen

Ann Witteveen
Co-Chair, Humanitarian Response Network of Canada (HRN) & Manager of the Humanitarian Unit
Oxfam Canada

Ann has worked on International Development and Emergency relief since 1991 in Asia and Africa. Before joining Oxfam Canada in 2012, Ann worked for Oxfam GB in the Southern Africa region, most recently as the Deputy Regional Director and previously Country Director for Zambia.  Ann’s humanitarian experience is in the food security sector where she worked as a technical expert in food aid, cash transfer and emergency livelihood programming Sudan, South Sudan and Southern Africa for Oxfam, Save the Children and the UN.  Ann was also a WUSC volunteer in Swaziland and a Project Leader for Canada World Youth in Thailand and India.  At Oxfam Canada Ann manages the Humanitarian Unit. Ann has been an active member of the executive committee of HRN and its predecessor (PAGER) since mid-2012 and has been Co-Chair (with CARE Canada) since June 2015. 

  

Bart Witteveen

Bart Witteveen
Director of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs
World Vision Canada

With 25 years of experience in humanitarian assistance, Bart Witteveen is currently the Director of the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Department of World Vision Canada.  Bart started his humanitarian career in 1991 with Médecins Sans Frontières in Somalia;  he has also held leadership positions with Save the Children and the Danish Refugee Council, and for the 8 years prior to joining World Vision, worked with the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, ECHO, heading up their office in Palestine as well as a policy advisor on the principles and legal aspects of humanitarian aid.  He has worked in a wide range of countries, including the fragile contexts of Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, DR Congo, Palestine, Iraq, and Libya; and participated in rapid response missions to major natural disasters in Columbia, Honduras, Pakistan, and Nepal.  He was an election observer for the European Union in 1994, monitoring the first democratic elections in South Africa and Malawi.  He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada and a Member of the Board of the Sphere Project.