Susan D. Handrigan
President and Chief Executive Officer
A former participant of Canada World Youth’s Exchange Program (Costa Rica, 1997), Susan is an engaged and dedicated community leader, giving generously of her time and fundraising expertise for causes that are dear to her heart. These include serving on multiple not-for-profit boards, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Québec Division), the Douglas Hospital Foundation, and the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie. As a career business solution professional in the financial services industry, most recently as VP at TD Bank, Susan has excelled in private equity, specialized financing solutions, merchant banking, retail and commercial banking.
She has worked with a number of entrepreneurs in Canada’s largest financial markets (Toronto and Montreal) successfully growing their businesses and helping them position themselves for success. Susan prides herself on the relationships that she has developed with these businesses and business owners; relationships that go well beyond financial considerations.
Susan holds a degree in Applied Economics from Queen’s University and several professional designations and certificates including business valuation, data & analytics, media training, emotional intelligence and leadership from Queen’s, University of Toronto, McGill, HEC and Concordia.
She is an important member of her community in the East End of Montreal where she lives with her husband and her two children.
Director, Monitoring and Evaluation
Fabienne Pierre-Jacques’ position at CWY allows her to combine a strong track record supporting youth engagement and a commitment to community-lead development. Social justice and women’s rights have always guided both her paid and volunteer work, as demonstrated by her various positions in women’s groups including as Program Director at Girls Action Foundation in Montreal, and Director Socio-Economic Development at the Women’s Ministry in Haiti. As Civil Society Coordinator for the Lutheran World Federation and Country Representative for the International Cooperation for Development, she supported the implementation of health, agricultural, media and capacity building projects all over Haiti. Though of Haitian origin, she grew up in Montreal and holds a degree in Sociology from McGill University.
Vice-President, Programming and Operations
Mike Power has over 25 years experience with Canada World Youth designing and developing youth-focused and youth-led development initiatives. Working in collaboration with partners in dozens of countries and communities across Canada, he has had an opportunity to help create responsive programming that emphasizes youth’s key role as agents of change and as legitimate actors in development. Mike’s passion is to foster positive spaces for youth to acquire new skills and to frame responses to development challenges in their own communities and in communities around the globe. After a degree in History from Carleton University, extensive experience in international development and volunteering and multiple positions within the organization, including National Director of Programming and Development and Director of the Youth Leaders in Action Program, Mike was named Vice-President, Programming and Operations, in 2015.
Hélène Paquet-Young M.A., CPA, CMA
Director, Finance and Administration
Recognized for her leadership and expertise in Finance, Administration and Risk Management in International Development, Hélène Paquet-Young joined Canada World Youth in March 2019. She previously worked as Risk & Accountability Manager for Oxfam International after 9 years in the position of Director of Organizational Services for Oxfam Canada. She also acted as Director of Finance for CARE Canada and the Canadian Unity Council. She is currently Director on the National Capital Chapter of RIMS (Risk & Insurance Management Society).
Hélène holds a M.A. in Public Administration (International Development) as well as a Certificate in Risk Management from Carleton University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA). She is currently studying towards the designation of RIMS-CRM.
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