Board of Directors

The Board of Directors governs the affairs of CWY and acts as a trustee on behalf of the interests of the organization. In this oversight function, the Board has, but is not limited to, the following key responsibilities: to establish the organization’s direction and to ensure its financial sustainability.

The Board is composed of independent professionals who offer a variety of expertise and experience and represent different cultural backgrounds and regions of Canada.


Rob Norris, MLA, Director

Rob Norris


Rob Norris is Senior Strategist for Partnerships at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to this he was MLA, and was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature  for the constituency of Saskatoon Greystone in the 2007 provincial election and was re-elected in the 2011 provincial election. Rob has served as the Minister responsible for Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration, the Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Power Corporation, and the Minister responsible for Innovation, among other responsibilities. He also served as the Legislative Secretary for First Nations and Metis Engagement and the Legislative Secretary for International Trade and Education.

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Susan Handrigan


Susan Handrigan is District Vice President at Scotiabank, responsible for a network of 28 retail branches in Montreal and the North Shore.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Applied Economics from Queens, Susan started her career with the Royal Bank of Canada. In 2001 she was recruited to Roynat Capital where she participated until 2006 in over 100 diversified transactions including real estate, leasing, minority ownership, majority ownership, IPO, Succession Planning and Privatization. During her time at Roynat, she acquired many technical skills including structuring, analysing, modelling, negotiating, Board of Directors responsibilities and Corporate Governance. In 2009, she was promoted to Director and District Manager of the Montreal and North Shore markets. It was in this role that she became versed in recruitment, management and scheduling.

Susan is also a CWY alumna, having participated in a project in Costa Rica in 1997.

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Salvatore Badali, Director

Salvatore Badali


Salvatore (Sal) Badali is a Partner in the Public Sector and Non-Profit practice of Odgers Berndtson, an international executive search firm.

Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Sal was a Director in the Strategy and Operations group of Deloitte & Touche and has a financial, strategic planning and governance background. He has worked on a range of projects within the private, public and voluntary sectors in Canada and around the world. Sal holds an MBA from York University, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for service to the community. In May 2015, Sal received the Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Service Award.

Sal is a Governor of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Director of Ballet Jörgen, a former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the ROM, a past Chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a former member of the Board of Directors of Canada’s National Ballet School.

Previously, he served on the Boards of the Sunnybrook Hospital, the Orthopaedic & Arthritic Hospital, and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts.

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Scott Elliott, Director

Scott Elliott


Scott Elliott’s relationship with youth programs stems back to 1982 when he participated in Katimavik. Inspired by the opportunity, he subsequently was a participant in Canada World Youth, field staff, and then regional and head office staff. He is passionate about the mission and objectives of non-formal education programs and their role in creating opportunities for young people to learn and grow into more engaged citizens.

His professional fundraising career spans more than two decades with significant experience leading and influencing corporate, philanthropic and community leaders. He specializes in creating sustainable systems, structures and relationships that leverage and increase the depth of commitment between the donor and recipient organizations.

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Dr. Michael Hawes


Dr. Michael Hawes is a political science professor, a life-­long advocate of international education, and a proud alumnus of the Fulbright program. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America and Executive Director of Fulbright Canada. Since 1985, he has been a professor of international relations (currently on leave) in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston and is cross-­‐appointed to the Queen’s School of Business. He currently chairs the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Studies in International Development at McGill University.

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Shainoor Khoja, Director

Shainoor Khoja


Shainoor Khoja is a global change maker and a serial entrepreneur. As the founder and CEO of Better Business Enterprise (BBE), a consultancy firm, she drives impact through designing innovative sustainable solutions in emerging and developed markets to address the needs of base of the pyramid populations.

Shainoor works with international development agencies. She is the Gulf Regional Advisor for Mercy Corps where she raises awareness around Mercy Corps’ work globally and builds strategic partnerships in the region. The goal is to leverage the intellectual capacity of business to bring groundbreaking collaborative solutions to some of the worlds most challenging problems. In 2014, she also worked as a Project Coordinator in Syria to create and implement the AKDN Multiple Input Crisis Program.

Shainoor was the Managing Director of Roshan Community at Afghanistan’s #1 mobile operator, Roshan for a decade. She was an integral part of fundraising over USD 180 million for the company as well as establishing Roshan’s award-winning CSR program. The program incubated initiatives such as telemedicine, e-learning, mobile money and real-time agricultural commodity prices for financial inclusion, which evolved into core commercial products. Shainoor comes from a strong business background, having spent over ten years as an owner and operator of multiple physiotherapy clinics. In addition to her passion in healthcare, Shainoor is also a property wizard, currently managing a portfolio that spans five countries.

As a champion for social impact, Shainoor was awarded the 2016 Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award from Babson College. Given her years of experience, she is excited to share her knowledge and expertise with up and coming entrepreneurs who are navigating the social impact space. Shainoor sits on several boards and committees such as the International Development Research Center Canada (IDRC), Arab Excellence, UAE University, and she is a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College.

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Christian Paradis, Director

Hon. Christian Paradis


Recognized as a results-driven political figure, the Honourable Christian Paradis was Member of the Parliament of Canada for the Mégantic-L’Érable from 2006 to 2015, and Cabinet Minister between 2007 and 2015, of Public Works and Government Services, Natural Resources, Industry and International Development and La Francophonie. During his years in office, Christian Paradis played key roles in different files and at the global stage, he had a leadership role with his involvement in developing and pushing on blended finance for international development.

The Honourable Christian Paradis did not seek a fourth mandate and joined GardaWorld in January 2016 as Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Protective Services. His mission is primarily to promote the benefits of public-private partnerships of security services.

The Honourable Christian Paradis is also co-founder Global Development Solutions (GDS) Canada inc., an organisation facilitating social investments in frontier and emerging markets.

A native of Thetford Mines, Québec, Christian Paradis graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in civil law and holds a graduate degree in law from Université Laval companies. He is married with 3 children.

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John Parisella, Director

John Parisella


John Parisella is currently Executive Director of Campus Montreal, which is responsible for the current major fundraising campaign at HEC Montréal (business school), Polytechnique Montréal (engineering school) and Université de Montréal. A graduate of McGill University in political science, education, and management, and Concordia University in political science, John holds a certificate in senior government management from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Throughout his career, he has worked in three areas: education, politics where he served as Director General of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Chief of Staff of the premiers Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson, as well as adviser to the Premier Jean Charest, and the business community as President of BCP (a marketing/communications firm). From 2009 to 2012, he served as Québec’s Delegate General in New York.

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