Oxfam Canada’s organizational culture supports leadership development and is aligned with Oxfam values and brand. We are dedicated to advancing gender justice, diversity, being an equal opportunity employer and ensuring the safety of all staff and volunteers, including commitments to LGBTI staff (read our Code of Conduct here).
We work with our partners around the world to help them become more effective change agents as well at the local/community level, through the use of more democratic and gender-equal organizational structures, policies, procedures and programming (learn more about our 2009-14 Engendering Change program here).
At Oxfam Canada, 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
|Sima Sharifi, Vice Chair|
As the Chair of the S. and A. Inspiration Foundation, Sima participated in the development of the Arctic Inspiration Prize. As well she has been involved with international development projects with Canadian NGOs, including Oxfam, in Central America, Bolivia, Zambia and Ethiopia. A committed feminist, Sima has just completed her PhD on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Iran. In addition to her life experiences - raised in Iran in a working class family who experienced triple discrimination: for being members of a minority ethnic group, poor and illiterate - and political activism, Sima believe that Oxfam’s vision of a just world without poverty is a vision which is in total harmony with her basic values of creating a peaceful no-suffering world for everyone regardless of race and creed. This is Sima’s first term on the Board of Directors.
|Saad 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 will give me 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|
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 this 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
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, be respectful of all and know how to listen. Mary Ellen is returning for her second term on the Board and will be Chair of the Policy Committee.
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, Twenty31 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 will be Chair of the Governance Committee.
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 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.
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 Rep 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.
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. He has extensive experience on boards and over the last several years, Andy 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 Canada. This is his first term on the Board of Directors.
An experienced social justice advocate, Bilan is currently the National Chair and Manitoba Rep 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.
Rikia is CEO and Principal Strategist with Rikia Saddy Strategy and is highly experienced in strategic planning and brand building. She has extensive experience on Non-Profit boards as well as consulting to diverse non-profit clients and stakeholders. She is passionate about women’s rights and gender equality as well as strong financial management, governance and accountability. This is Rikia’s first term on the Board of Directors.
Oxfam Canada's Management Team
- Julie Delahanty, Executive Director
- Caroline Marrs, Director, International Programs
- Tony Cantin, Director of Finance and Operations
- Lauren Ravon, Director of Policy and Campaigns
- Leslie Turcotte, Director, Marketing and Fund Development
The involvement and contribution of the Management Team to the Board and organization as a whole is important to the ongoing success of Oxfam Canada.