Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of the respective CEO or Executive Director of the five member agencies.
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Canadian Lutheran World Relief - Robert Granke
Robert Granke is the executive director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), having assumed these responsibilities in March 2006. Robert is also the President of the Board of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Prior to this, Mr. Granke was based in Geneva, Switzerland in his role as director of the Department for World Service (DWS), the relief and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Granke held the post of national secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), having been elected to this position in 1997 and 2001. While with the ELCIC, he also carried responsibility for its Mission in the World program and represented the ELCIC to the Canadian Council of Churches while serving as an officer of the church.
CARE Canada - Gillian Barth
Gillian Barth is the president and CEO of CARE Canada. She has more than 30 years experience in the field of global development and relief, specializing in program and human resources. Since joining CARE in 1991 as a manager of the Latin America program, Gillian has served in progressively senior management positions in a wide range of programs, including water, health and environment, resource development, monitoring, human resources and external relations. Earlier in her career, she worked with Global Development Group, Canadian University Services Overseas and World University Service of Canada in positions relating to long-term development programming and human resource applications, both in Canada and internationally. Gillian holds a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations. She has volunteered on several NGO boards and has travelled to 52 countries on six continents. In 2013, she was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in international development.
Islamic Relief Canada - Zaid Al-Rawni
Zaid Al-Rawni is the CEO of Islamic Relief Canada. He has worked in the humanitarian sector since 2002. He has worked in several emergencies context including in Darfur, Gaza, Haiti and the Philippines. He graduated with a communications degree and followed that up with an MSc in International Development Management, he is currently completing his MBA.
Oxfam Canada - Julie Delahanty
Julie Delahanty is a leader on gender equality and human rights with more than 20 years of international development experience. She has led an accomplished career at the Government level, working with both the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and formerly, the Canadian International Development Agency with work focused on human rights and gender equality. She has also worked as an independent consultant for Oxfam International, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the UK’s Department for International Development, and Health Canada. A published author, Julie has written extensively on issues of gender and employment, genes, garments and globalization. She began her career at the North South Institute and served on the boards of organizations such as USC Canada and Women’s Health Interaction. A committed feminist, she is very well connected with the Canadian women’s movement. Julie has lived and represented Canada in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and has built solid relationships with leaders in development theory and practice. She has extensive experience in managing complex issues, delicate relationships and people from diverse backgrounds. She works in English, French and Spanish.
Oxfam Quebec- Denise Byrnes
Denise Byrnes is Executive Director of Oxfam-Québec and CLUB 2/3.Denise joined Oxfam-Quebec as Senior Director of International Programs in 2011. A seasoned manager, Ms. Byrnes has extensive experience in the international NGO sector. For over 20 years, she has been developing and implementing programs, both in Canada and in the field, in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Ms. Byrnes has previously occupied the positions of Executive Director for SUCO, Regional Director for Ovarian Cancer Canada, Team Leader for Africa for Development and Peace, Programme officer for CUSO and Programme Coordinator for Canada World Youth.
Plan International Canada - Caroline Riseboro
Caroline Riseboro is the president and CEO of Plan International Canada. Prior to joining Plan in March 2016, Caroline was the Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. She has also held several senior executive roles in the international development sector, including Senior Vice-President at World Vision Canada where she oversaw its advocacy both nationally and globally — as the first and youngest woman in the agency’s history to serve in this senior role.
Her volunteer leadership positions span across numerous boards and task forces including Imagine Canada, the Association of Fundraising Professionals GTA chapter, and the Canadian Marketing Association’s Not-For-Profit Council. She has been credited as an innovator and champion of ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians in new ways on some of the world’s toughest issues.
Save the Children - Patricia Erb
Patricia Erb has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Canada since the spring of 2011. After earning a Master’s degree in International Development Planning at Cornell University, Patricia began working for Save the Children and has done so for more than twenty years. Key positions she has held include: Interim Program Director, Country Director for Bolivia and Peru, as well as Regional Director for Latin America. Her efforts in the area of both human and children’s rights, have received international recognition from both government and civil society. She has served as a board member for 27 non-governmental organizations including the Board of Directors of Defense for Children International (Bolivia Chapter). Patricia believes that the world can change for the better but only if we work for that change together.