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World Vision Canada President, Michael Messenger
Michael, his wife Yvonne, and children Aidan and Annie

Michael Messenger 

President and Chief Executive Officer, World Vision Canada

As 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.

Prior 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.
 
Michael’s 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.
 
He 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 three years.
 
Michael 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.
 
During 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 Vision.
 
Michael 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.
 
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