President and Chief Executive Officer
Rita S. 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.
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 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 in Montréal (UQAM); 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.
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 and Action Program, Mike was named Vice-President, Programming and Operations, in 2015.
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