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Emerging Leaders Network

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ELN Members

Members of the ELN are individuals who work in the sector and self-identify as part of the next generation of sector leaders. While Emerging Leaders can self-identify, they must also complete a registration form, signed by their supervisor (ideally at the Executive Director level). This endorsement demonstrates the CCIC member organization’s commitment to the Network’s vision and activities as well as the participation of the respective ELN member. Please note, there is no age limit to join the ELN nor is there a limit of ELN members per organization. Members must feel represented by the mandate and work of the network.

ELN application and endorsement form can be found here.

Current ELN Members

Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights
Sarah Kennell, Public Affairs Officer

Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Sara Power, Public Affairs Officer

Canadian Cooperative Association
Anna Brown, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Calais Caswell, Gender Officer

Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Anna-Marie Janzen, Public Engagement Advisor
Jared Klassen, Public Policy Advisor
Naomi Happychuk, Youth Engagement Coordinator

CARE Canada
Laura Blair, Program Development Manager
Maxime Michel, Program Officer
Shantelle Binette, Program Development Officer

Cuso International
Carolina Palacios, Head of Programs, Quality & Learning

Dignitas International
Alyx Bovee-Begun, Institutional Funding Advisor

Inter Pares

Kathryn Dingle, Co-manager

Ontario Council for International Cooperation

Lisa Swainston, Membership and Administrative Manager

Oxfam Canada

Kelly Bowden, Campaigns Manager

Results Canada

Erika Richter, Grassroots Coordinator
Taryn Russell, Campaigns Officer

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation
Robbi Humble, Communications Officer

SOS Children’s Villages Canada

Marc Bonomo, Director International Partnerships
Maude Pelland-Tessier, Partnership Program Coordinator

USC Canada

Lise-Anne Léveillé, Program Officer

Meagan Hume, Program Assistant

World Vision Canada

Simon Lewchuk, Senior Policy Advisor
Elmer Lighid , Regional Lead - South Asia and the Pacific, International Programs

ELN Member Benefits

ELN Member Responsibilities

Opportunity to be part of a unique and diverse network of professionals working together within the development sector

Ensure your organization understands and is committed to the ELN, its activities and objectives and endorses your participation

Access to Emerging Leaders participation at the annual CCIC Conference and other CCIC member activities / events

Active and constructive contribution to the network, either through event attendance, contribution to online conversation or involvement at the organizational/ planning level

Participation in thought-leadership activities, and professional development opportunities

Promote the network amongst your colleagues and to other potential emerging leaders

Connection to relevant mentorship from leaders within the sector

Information sharing with other members about events, articles and opportunities via the listserv

For all questions regarding the Emerging Leaders Network, please contact Michelle Bested


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