Management Team

Rita S. Karakas

Rita S. Karakas

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Karakas has over 30 years of global experience in both the government and non-government sector. Over the years, Ms. Karakas has specialized in developing solid strategies for policy development, advocacy, international program development and communications. She has a substantive track record as a determined and conscientious senior executive and has demonstrated her ability to bring about continual and recognizable transformation at Centennial College, Save the Children Canada, the YWCA of/du Canada, TVOntario, and other non-governmental organizations such as Oxfam International and Oxfam Great Britain.

Ms. Karakas was also the principal and managing partner of RSK Associates Inc. an international organizational development practice specializing in non-governmental organizations. She has worked extensively with global clients such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Australian Government’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Council, Oxfam Australia and Oxfam Quebec. She has served as an independent Director for Green Shield Canada from 1988 to 2007. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf, and on the International Advisory Board of the McGill Institute for the Study of International Development.

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Annie Aningmiuq

Annie Aningmiuq

Director, Indigenous Programming

Canada World Youth is pleased to announce and welcome Ms. Annie Aningmiuq as Director of Indigenous Programming. We look forward to working with her as she helps lead our Indigenous Youth Leadership Program to its next strategic levels. “I strongly believe in Canada World Youth’s approach to asset-based programming centered on indigenous knowledge and to working in partnership with Indigenous communities. It creates active and engaged global leaders,” says Ms. Aningmiuq. She recently attended the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York City as well as met with the Permanent Mission of Canada at the United Nations in laying out the ground work for CWY’s indigenous youth participation at the 17th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will take place April 16-27, 2018 at the United Nations.

Annie Aningmiuq brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role. Her past experience includes Engagement Coordinator for Community Foundations of Canada, establishing engagement of several communities across Canada, including working on the development of an Arctic Foundation; Coordinator of Health Policy and Programs for Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, the national representative organization of Inuit women in Canada; Policy Advisor for Oral Health; Youth Projects Coordinator for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), as well as Office Manager for the Member of Parliament for Nunavut.

Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, she studied at the University of Guelph and the University of the Arctic and is fluent in English and Inuktitut. As a traditional throat singer, she has performed for multiple organizations, events and concerts in Canada, the United States and Europe. She believes that cultural pride is important in staying mentally and emotionally healthy. Furthermore, Ms. Aningmiuq is no stranger to Canada World Youth as she participated in a CWY exchange with India in 2007.

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Joseph Ngom

Joseph Ngom

Director, Finance and Administration

Joseph Ngom joined Canada World Youth in June 2016. Previously, he held senior finance positions for Farm Radio International, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Burkina Faso, as well as for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Senegal, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Joseph is recognized for his strong financial, accounting and management skills and for his ability to solve complex financial problems, offering innovative solutions and high quality services to strategically support the programs under his administration. In addition, he has carried out capacity building and education activities in business schools in Canada and Africa to contribute to the emergence of the next generation of business leaders.

Joseph Ngom holds a Certificate in Economics as well as a BBA and an MBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), and pursued postgraduate studies at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University in preparation for CPA certification.

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Fabienne Pierre-Jacques

Fabienne Pierre-Jacques

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.

Mike Power

Mike Power

Vice-President, Programming and Operations

Mike has over 20 years experience with CWY 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.

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