Helen Hirsh Spence
Helen Hirsh Spence brings a wealth of experience in senior leadership positions and is past Chair of the Board of Directors. Helen consults, lectures and facilitates internationally with a focus on leadership development, education and environmental issues. The Canadian Board Diversity Council recently selected Helen as a Diversity 50 winner.
Dr. Rick Quinn, a veterinary ophthalmologist in private referral practice with academic experience in teaching and research, has lectured internationally. The Founding Director of Docs4GreatApes, Rick is passionate about humanitarian, conservation and social justice issues in developing countries and a strong proponent of the One Health approach to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.
Dr. Shawn M. Lehman sits on the Africa Programs Committee and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is currently directing a long-term, NSERC-supported study of how forest landscape processes influence lemur ecology in Madagascar. Dr. Lehman is also founder and director of the Tropical Research in Edge Effects (TREE) program at the University of Toronto, and has published numerous scientific articles on primates and tropical forests, and is author of Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology.
Vivian Leung is a seasoned lawyer with a wide range of expertise and experience. She started her career as a corporate lawyer at nationally recognized law firms in the United States (Wilmer Hale LLP) and Canada (Stikeman Elliott LLP). She was Associate General Counsel at OpenText and is currently the General Counsel of BlueCat, a leading Canadian technology company. When not thinking about work, Vivian enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with her two adorable dogs and exploring new restaurants with friends.
Dr. Rohit Ramchandani sits on the Africa Programs Committee and the Resource Committee. He is trained as a Doctor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He works to improve the health of women, children and adolescents in low and middle income countries around the world, and is Founder and CEO of Antara Global Health Advisors, a Canadian consultancy that provides public health and management advice to leading organizations around the world.
Sarah Wertkin volunteered in the JGI Canada office before becoming a Board member. She holds a MA in education from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently working on a master’s degree in Anthrozoology at Canisius College. Sarah is most interested in animal behaviour and dog cognition. Sarah, her husband, two children, dogs and cats love living in Toronto after relocating from the United States.
Chelsea Caldwell is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, and is currently articling with Department of Justice Canada in Ottawa. Her passion for social justice has led her to work with UNICEF in their Geneva & Bangkok regional offices, as well as intern with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Chelsea sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Laura Couvrette sits on the Audit Committee. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and nature enthusiast at heart, who lives and works in Toronto as a Partner at Fuller Landau LLP. She was recently designated a Woman for Nature through Nature Canada, and at Fuller Landau, she champions the firm’s environmental sustainability initiatives. Laura loves when she is able to combine her favorite activities together, spending time with her family, running and traveling.
Sujeet Kini is the Interim Chief Financial Officer at Solium Capital. He has an extensive background in corporate finance and over 20 years of experience in public and private companies, including leadership roles at Hootsuite, Open Text, GT Group Telecom, and PwC. Sujeet sits on the Audit and Finance Committee.
An award-winning educator, Sherri Black is the Director of Learning Supports for Rocky View School Division in Calgary, AB and a speaker on the impact of poverty and complex trauma on learning and behavioural outcomes. She is a long-time advocate for inclusive education and on behalf of disenfranchised children, youth and families and received an award for Organizational Excellence Toward Creating a Fully Inclusive Society from the Government of Manitoba.
Corinne Caldwell is the Chief Operating Officer with the BC Real Estate Association. Corinne has received the Chartered Director designation and volunteers as a finance committee member, facilitator and coach with several organizations. Corinne is passionate about the conservation of wildlife and has travelled the world to see animals in their natural habitat.
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