ABOUT US

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Patricia Perez-Coutts

Chair, Board of Directors

Patricia is CFA Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, of Westwood Holdings Group, which she joined in 2012.She leads its Emerging Markets strategies and co-leads Global Equity strategy. Prior to joining Westwood, Ms. Perez-Coutts managed emerging markets portfolios for eleven years for AGF Investments Inc. Prior to 2001, she served as Vice President and Portfolio Manager for another Canadian investment management firm, Vice President of Research for a Canadian private merchant bank and Economist for Peru’s Institute of Foreign Trade. Ms. Perez-Coutts earned an Honours VBA in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú and a BA in Mathematics for Commerce from York University. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto Society of Financial Analysis.

Lynn Graham

Vice-Chair, Chair of the Program Committee ​​​​​​​

Lynn Graham is a former Cuso Ghana volunteer and Cuso Ottawa staff member. She has extensive governance experience, primarily in the education, health, and social service sectors. She served three years as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and four years as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Champlain Community Care Access Centre. She is a member of the Council of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, and on the Board of Youturn-Youth Support Services, Eastern Ontario’s youth justice agency. Lynn has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Social Work (Community Development) from Waterloo Lutheran University. She is a recipient of several public service awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Justin Winchiu

Chair, Finance and Audit Committee

Justin is a Canadian chartered professional accountant with prior experience in both Board and management roles in the private, non-profit, and charitable sectors. He has led teams, departments, and organizations through periods of change to deliver improved financial stability, enhanced internal controls and effective risk management. Justin is currently on the senior management team at an Ottawa software company. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Finance and Operations at Cuso International and was a senior finance manager with the Micronutrient Initiative. He has held Board and committee roles with Youth Ottawa and Habitat for Humanity (National Capital). Justin is a mentor through programs at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University, of which he is an alumnus.

Jeff Cates

Chair, Resource Development Committee

Jeff is the President and CEO of Intuit Canada, a software development company that produces premier brands such as TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint. Under Jeff's leadership, Intuit Canada has risen to become one of the top places to work in Canada, as ranked by the Great Place to Work Institute. He is responsible for helping the company become recognized as the nation’s undisputed financial solutions leader in every market it serves, by leading a team of over 400 employees dedicated to simplifying the business of life. Jeff joined Intuit in 2011, with a background that includes innovative marketing, partner management, and entrepreneurship. Previously, Cates worked at Apple Canada leading their commercial business, and Hewlett Packard as vice president of their consumer division. He earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.

Bruce Alexander McKean

Chair Programs Nomination and Governance Committee, Member Program Committee

Bruce is a Cuso “rv” (returned volunteer) from Papua New Guinea (1971-1973) who joined the Cuso International Board in 2015. In the interim he spent 10 years with what is now called Global Affairs Canada (with postings in India, Thailand and Egypt), 13 years with what is now called Natural Resources Canada (with international responsibilities related to mining and its many issues), and 13 years with the international nickel industry (with environmental and sustainability responsibilities). He has worked in more than 30 countries. He has continued as a consultant in environmental and social issues associated with mining and metal production. In recent years, he has become deeply engaged with mental health research with CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Toronto), the Royal Hospital for Mental Health in Ottawa, and the University of Ottawa. Most recently he has become involved with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

Dr. Nora Murdock

Member, Programs Committee and Nomination and Governance

​Dr. Murdock has dedicated her career to First Nations on-reserve education. She currently works as Director of System Development for Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, a service delivery organization that provides education services to 57 First Nations controlled schools on reserves in Manitoba with approximately 17,000 students. Previously, she served as Director of Education for the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba for 10 years. She has worked in First Nations education administration for over twenty years as a vice principal, principal, and education director. Her work as a Director of Education led to Fisher River Cree Nation is widely known as an exemplary First Nations on-reserve education system. In addition to the University of Winnipeg Board of Regents, Dr. Murdock is active nationally and provincially on several boards and advisory committees, related to First Nations Education and First Nations well-being. She has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Manitoba. Her Ph.D. thesis is on First Nations educational leadership using a postcolonial theoretical framework.

Wayne Robertson

Chair, Nomination and Governance, Member Finance and Audit Committee

Wayne Robertson, now retired, was the former Executive Director of the Law Foundation of British Columbia, where he oversaw over 80 legal aid, law reform, and public legal education programs and 50+ law-related projects throughout the province. He began his career as a child welfare social worker for the Alberta Social Services in Calgary, moved on to a social worker with the Services for the Handicapped in Edmonton, Director at St. Paul Community Legal Services, and as a volunteer with Crossroads International in Gambia, West Africa, where he organized a Juvenile Probation Unit and researched proposed amendments to the country’s Family Laws. He joined North Shore Neighborhood Legal Clinic in North Vancouver after passing the Bar and became a partner in General Litigation with Lindsay Kenney in Vancouver. Prior to the Law Foundation, Wayne worked as a lawyer and Client Services Manager with the Legal Services Society. He has extensive volunteer experience with several not-for-profit associations, including trustee, member, and Canadian representative with the National Association of Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) Programs from 2009 to 2012. He is the recipient of numerous distinguished service awards and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009. Wayne received a B.A. in English/Psychology from Carleton University in 1974, a B.S.W. in Community Development from the University of Calgary in 1977, and an LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 1981. He was called to the Board of British Columbia in 1983.

Grant Curtis

Board Member

Grant Curtis is the Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University. He began his career in international development as Cuso Field Staff in Nigeria (1982-84). Over the next thirty years he held a number of field-based assignments in several countries in Africa and Asia with United Nations system agencies, international NGOs, and the Asian Development Bank, working largely in post-conflict reconstruction and development. Most recently Grant served as a Cuso volunteer in Myanmar (2016-2017). He has served on the Board of Capital Health (Nova Scotia’s then-largest health district) and is a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Lucie Edwards

Board Member

In her 34-year career with Global Affairs Canada as Chief Strategist, Lucie Edwards worked to integrate foreign policy and program delivery. To mark her retirement, she was awarded the Department’s Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence for 2009. She had previously served in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister for Corporate Services. Overseas, she served as Canadian High Commissioner to India, South Africa, and Kenya. Throughout her career Lucie has specialized in international development, with a particular interest in food security, and rural poverty in Africa and Asia. Today Lucie serves as a Senior Mentor in the National Security Program of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. She previously taught International Relations and Public Policy in the Political Science Departments at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, and Trent University.

Darrell Louise Gregersen

Board Member, Mus.Bac, FAHP, ICD.D

Darrell Louise Gregersen is an experienced fundraising professional who has earned an outstanding reputation in Canada leading major organizations to transformational fundraising results over the last 30+ years. In 2018 Darrell retired from her role as President and CEO with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation and is now a strategic advisor in fund development to a variety of Canadian charitable organizations in health, the arts, and global issues. While at CAMH she led two highly successful back to back campaigns of $100M and $200M. Darrell has held senior leadership positions at the Hospital for Sick Children and the National Arts Centre. She is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and a recent recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Toronto Chapter Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award.

Rosemary McCarney

Board Member

An award-winning humanitarian, recognized international development expert, business leader, public speaker and author, Rosemary McCarney is the 2020-2021 Senior Fellow in Foreign and Defence Policy at Massey College, University of Toronto. She currently teaches Multilateral Diplomacy and Global Governance at Trinity College, University of Toronto where she was appointed the inaugural 2020 Pearson Sabia Distinguished Visiting Professor in International Relations. She is an award-winning author of several children’s books, bringing to life human rights and responsibilities to a new generation of human rights activists. From September 2015 to September 2019, Rosemary served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Office of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament based in Geneva, Switzerland. Immediately prior to this appointment, she successfully led Plan International Canada as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Lori Spadorcia

Board Member

Lori is the Executive Vice-President of Public Affairs and Partnerships and Chief Strategy Officer at CAMH. A passionate advocate, Lori is changing the conversation about mental health, improving awareness, and understanding of mental illness and working with governments and communities to improve health systems and policy. She supports the alignment of mission critical activities designed to be responsive to CAMH’s many stakeholders and is engaging partners and resources to better position the hospital to make a sustainable system contribution to mental health. As a former senior political advisor, Lori has advanced public policy in areas such as early learning, childcare, skills, and innovation. She is devoted to building healthy communities and driving social change.