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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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.
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-QUÉBEC- 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 CANADA - MARIE STAUNTON
Marie Staunton is the interim CEO of Plan Canada. She is the Chair of Crown Agents — an international development company, founded in 1833. She is also the U.K. Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum, Chair of Raleigh International, and Trustee of the Baring Foundation. Until 2013, she was the Chief Executive of Plan U.K. and U.K. government Independent member of the EU Fundamental Rights agency. She was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in respect to her humanitarian work. She also served as U.K. Director at Amnesty International and Vice-Chair of their International Executive Committee, before becoming Deputy Director at UNICEF U.K. As a human rights lawyer, she has worked with community groups and women’s organizations. Marie started her career with the Simon Community, setting up shelters and hostels for homeless families, women, men and youth in England and Ireland.
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.