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

Chair of the Board of Directors

Rob Norris is Senior Strategist for Partnerships at the University of Saskatchewan

Prior to his position as Senior Strategist for Partnerships at the University of Saskatchewan, Rob Norris was Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Saskatchewan and was first elected 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 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. Mr. Norris is also Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Saskatchewan.

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Dr. Michael Hawes

Chair of the Governance and Nominating Commitee

Dr. Michael Hawes is the CEO of Fulbright Canada

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 Education 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. His work was recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Letters at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s). He currently Chairs the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Studies in International Development at McGill University. Dr. Hawes is also the current Chair of the CWY Board Governance and Nominating Committee

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Dr. Susan Machum

Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee

Dr. Susan Machum is the Dean of Social Sciences at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB

Prior to taking on the Dean’s role, Dr. Machum held a Canada Research Chair in Rural Social Justice and taught in the Sociology Department at St. Thomas. As a Canada World Youth participant in Bolivia (1984), Zaire (1985), and Costa Rica (1989), she gained a passion for experiential learning that has continued to infuse her teaching and research. Interactive learning, role playing, reflection, and engagement promoting social justice on multiple fronts have continued to inform her pedagogy and social engagement. Her research program uses participatory action research approaches to study women’s work in agriculture, global food systems, and rural-urban relations. Prior to entering the world of academia, she worked in the non-profit sector at Ecology Action Centre, CWY, and as the Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

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Salvatore Badali, Director

Salvatore Badali

Secretary to the Board of Directors

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

Prior to joining Odgers Berndston, Sal was a Director in the Strategy and Operations group of Deloitte and 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 Jorgen, 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 and Arthritic Hospital, and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts.

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Shainoor Khoja, Director

Shainoor Khoja


Shainoor Khoja is the CEO of Better Business Enterprise

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 the private sector, family foundations and international development agencies. She is the Gulf lead for The Global Partnership for Education, a World Bank affiliate tackling the issues of out of school children and strengthening educational systems globally. Shainoor was the Managing Director Roshan Community at Afghanistan’s #1 mobile operator, Roshan for a decade. She has also held the position of Gulf Regional Advisor for Mercy Corps and was the Project Coordinator to AKF to deliver the Multi-Input Crisis Program in Syria during the current crisis.

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 Centre Canada (IDRC), Canada World Youth, Arab Excellence, UAE University, and she is a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College.

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Christian Paradis, Director

The Hon. Christian Paradis


The Hon. Christian Paradis is Vice-President, Strategic Development, Protective Services for GardaWorld

Recognized as a results-driven political figure, the Honourable Christian Paradis was a Member of the Parliament of Canada for Mégantic-L’Érable from 2006-2015, and Cabinet Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Natural Resources, Industry and International Development and La Francophonie between 2007-2015. 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 Garda World 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 of Global Development Solutions (GDSC) Canada Inc., an organization facilitating social investments in frontier and emerging markets.

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Carol Stuart, Director

Dr. Carol Stuart


Dr. Carol Stuart is the Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia

Dr. Stuart has dedicated her career to working in higher education, having been with Vancouver Island University since 2011 as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Human Services before taking on the role of Associate Vice-President, Academic. Previously, she held academic appointments at MacEwan University, the University of Victoria and at Ryerson University. She brings an extensive background in human services, with particular interest in the concerns and challenges of young people and Indigenous peoples; and has maintained an agenda focused on applied, community-engaged research which enhances service quality and the personal, relational approach to change.

She holds degrees from Queen’s University (B.P.H.E. Physical and Health Education and B.A. Psychology); the University of Alberta (M.Ed. Counselling Psychology); and the University of Victoria (Ph.D. in Psychological Foundations). When not working Dr. Stuart can be found appreciating the Wild West Coast paddling, camping, or running the trails.

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