President and Chief Executive Officer, World Vision Canada
President and Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Canada, Michael Messenger
is the head of Canada’s leading humanitarian relief, development and advocacy
organization. With its Canadian operations based in Mississauga, Ontario, the
Christian charity works in more than 100 countries around the world.
to becoming president, Michael was the agency’s Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer for five years, giving oversight to the senior leadership
team and to all operations, including sponsorship activities that benefit over
480,000 children, emergency response in a variety of crises, and revenue of
more than $415 million. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Public Affairs
for three years, giving leadership to public relations, advocacy and education,
government relations and communications.
connection with World Vision began in 1990 when, as a recent university
graduate, he worked for the agency for five years in public policy and
international relations in Geneva and Toronto.
left World Vision in 1995 to attend law school and then practiced law for nine
years in Halifax. As a partner at Cox & Palmer, he developed a broad
litigation practice and served as chief counsel to a high-profile public inquiry
on issues of youth justice. Michael maintained his connection with World Vision
during his law career, serving on the Canadian Board of Directors for more than
travels regularly to take part in World Vision’s work around the world. This
has included on-the-ground assessment during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and
during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and an extended visit to Zimbabwe in
2013 to participate in community development and humanitarian relief programs.
He is passionate about seeing every child reach their God-given potential, and
about child and maternal health issues, community advocacy, and education. He believes
strongly in the power of innovation to help bring lasting solutions to poverty.
He is excited to engage with Canadians, to share with them just how significant
their support is in bringing about transformation for children.
his years with World Vision, he has been a vocal representative to audiences in
Canada and around the world, including with governments, media, churches, donors,
and other non-governmental organizations. He has also been active in grassroots
fundraising, participating six times in the New Year’s Day Courage Polar Bear
Dip in Lake Ontario, and running half and full marathons with Team World
was born and grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick. He holds an undergraduate
degree in economics from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and a law
degree from the University of Toronto. Outside of his professional role, he is
a board member of The Meeting House church, Tyndale University College and
Seminary, and the Burloak Canoe Club. He and his wife, Yvonne, have two
high-school aged children, Aidan and Annie, and live in Oakville, Ontario.