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.
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.
Treasurer, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee
Susan Handrigan is Vice-President, TD Commercial Banking TD Bank, Montreal-Est
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. From there, in 2013, Susan moved into an executive role with branch banking for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Montreal, and finally to her current role as VP, Commercial Banking for TD Bank in 2016.
Susan is also a CWY alumna, having participated in a project in Costa Rica in 1997 and is deeply involved in her community.
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.
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
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.
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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