Our People

Oxfam Canada 2016 - 2019 Board of Directors
Oxfam Canada 2016 - 2019 Board of Directors

Oxfam Canada is a people organization. We depend on and value our staff and volunteers, who provide the hard work, experience, commitment and vision that ensures our organization achieves its goals.

At Oxfam Canada, we are dedicated to advancing gender justice and diversity, to being an equal opportunity employer and to ensuring the safety of all staff and volunteers. (read our codes of conduct here)

We work hard to ensure our staff and volunteers feel connected to “One Oxfam” - a shared global culture that values and encourages innovation and agility, and is based on accountability, trust, realism and honesty, with role models and leadership from the highest levels.

Oxfam Canada Board for 2016 to 2019

Ricardo Acuña, Chair

Ricardo has spent over 25 years as a staff member, consultant, volunteer, and board member for numerous community, non-profit, labour, and political organizations. He has managed and monitored overseas development projects and provincial funding organizations, and built strong relationships with overseas communities. As Executive Director of a university-based think tank, he has extensive experience in financial management, fundraising and governance. Ricardo has been a Board member since 2013
Saad BashirSaad Bashir, Treasurer

Saad is currently the Chief Information Officer for the City of Ottawa and brings experience from multiple non-profit boards, providing both strategic planning advice and financial management oversight. During the last 6 years, as Director of Economic Development at the City of Ottawa, he has built strong relationships within the business community, as well as political space. His experience of growing up in Pakistan and seeing first-hand many of the poverty and injustice issues, gives him a perspective to better guide Oxfam's strategic planning and program development efforts. This is Saad’s first term on the Board of Directors.
Gerry Barr, Secretary
Nova Scotia

Gerry has years of experience as a professional manager for labour and civil society organizations and coalitions. As a community organizer and trade unionist, and as a leader in the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, he has worked to advance human rights and equity which has included supporting and, as a public spokesperson, promoting women’s rights and gender equality as part of CCIC’s “Ten Point Agenda” for Global Development.  Gerry is returning for his second term on the Board of Directors.

Mary Ellen MacCallum
British Columbia

Mary Ellen worked for many years on international development projects and has been an Oxfam supporter for all of her adult life. Her work, first with First Nations people and Inuit, and subsequently overseas, has underscored the value of diversity and increased her awareness of the injustices experienced on a daily basis by people who are marginalized. To be effective as a board member, she believes it’s essential to recognize the role of equity and inclusiveness in counteracting injustice, to be respectful of all and know how to listen. Mary Ellen is returning for her second term on the Board and is Chair of the Policy Committee.

Oliver Martin

A stakeholder engagement specialist with 15+ years of international experience working with leadership organisations, Oliver is an expert in the design and execution of research to identify innovations in marketing, brand and reputation strategy. A partner at Canada’s first innovation-focused travel and tourism development consultancy, Twenty3, he works closely with senior leadership teams. Oliver was formerly with reputation and sustainability consultancy, GlobeScan, where he led thought leadership and stakeholder engagement projects for numerous multinational/multilateral organisations. Oliver is returning for his second term on the Board and is Chair of the Governance Committee.
Nidhi Tandon

Originally from East Africa, now based in Toronto, Nidhi designs and facilitates grassroots workshops for women’s organizations, small business and farmer communities, enabling women to organize and articulate their priorities around sustainable development. Much of her work revolves around the relationships between women and water, energy, natural resources, food security and policy decisions, but she also works on issues related to information and communications technologies and applications that enhance women’s livelihoods in developing countries. Nidhi is the founder of Networked Intelligence for Development. Nidhi is returning for her third and final term on Oxfam Canada’s Board of Directors.
Delvina Bernard
Nova Scotia

Delvina has spent the past 20 years working for not-for-profit organizations and has been involved in women’s rights and gender issues for the past three decades. Currently, a doctoral student, in the faculty of International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, her area of study examines the political economy of globalization which focuses on promoting a clearer understanding of how local development and global factors interact; alternative development paradigms; new forms of social agency in the global south which move beyond mainstream concepts of human development; a critical analysis of global development institutions, an understanding of local responses - in particular, civil society organizations and social movements -  to the activities of transnational capital and global enterprise. Delvina is starting her second term on the Board of Directors.
Jessica McCormickJessica McCormick
Newfoundland & Labrador

Jessica is the Communications Officer for Fish, Food and Allied Workers, Unifor.  She has served on various non-profit boards over the past six years, including as the Student Representative on the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and as a regional representative and national chair of the Canadian Federation of Students. These experiences have provided her with extensive experience in governance, accountability and strategic planning. Jessica is looking forward to extending her activism and experience to the global fight to end poverty and injustice. This will be Jessica’s first term on the Board of Directors.
Andy JoyceAndy Joyce

A retired lawyer, Andy spent significant time during his legal career working in the governance and accountability areas and presenting seminars and workshops to non-profit boards on liability and governance issues. Andy has extensive experience on boards, and over the last several years, has volunteered with CUSO and had placements in four countries. He is looking forward to his continued involvement on issues of equity and justice both internationally and within Canada with Oxfam. This is his first term on the Board of Directors.
Bilan ArteBilan Arte

An experienced social justice advocate, Bilan is currently the National Chair and Manitoba Representative for the Canadian Federation of Students. As an activist within Canada’s student movement, she brings a wealth of experience on educating and agitating young people on issues of social concern. This is Bilan’s first term on the Board of Directors and she is excited to contribute to a team that is committed to advancing a progressive agenda for our world.

Oxfam Canada's Management Team

  • Julie Delahanty, Executive Director
  • Diane O’Reggio, Director of Finance and Operations
  • Jennifer Luedey, Director of Marketing and Fund Development
  • Lauren Ravon, Director of Policy and Campaigns (on parental leave)
  • Christina Polzot, Director of International Programs
  • Kate Higgins, Director of Communications and Deputy ED