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 - ROBERT FOX
Robert Fox has served as Executive Director of Oxfam Canada since July 2005. In that time, he has led a renewal process that had seen Oxfam Canada adopt women’s rights and gender equality as the central focus for its program, policy, campaign and advocacy work. Robert is the Executive Director with lead responsibility for aid effectiveness for Oxfams globally, participating in the High Level Forums in Accra and Busan. He sits on the Board of Oxfam International and has chaired the boards of several CSOs. Robert has worked as the Oxfam Canada Representative for Central America and Mexico, based in Managua, Nicaragua and as Director of Communications for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
OXFAM-QUÉBEC- DENISE BYRNES
Denise Byrnes is Executive Director of Oxfam-Québec and CLUB 2/3.
Ms. Byrnes 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 - ROSEMARY MCCARNEY
Rosemary McCarney is the President and CEO of Plan Canada. She has more than 20 years of international development work – always with a focus on children. Her skills and passion have backstopped Plan Canada’s sector-leading growth in revenues. Among her many accomplishments, she has played a pivotal role in Plan’s expansion into Darfur. She is also a major driver of the nine-year Because I am a Girl campaign that advocates for girls’ rights. Not many international development experts spent time as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street, but then again Rosemary McCarney is certainly an original. Despite her unrelenting schedule, she enjoys a close relationship with her three children.
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.