MICHAEL MESSENGER – President and CEO

Michael provides leadership to World Vision Canada’s relief, development and advocacy work, supporting the world’s most vulnerable children. His keen interest in the most fragile regions has taken him to countries such as South Sudan, Central African Republic and Afghanistan, where he has met children and families who were living on the margins. Michael first joined World Vision in 1990 and was involved in early advocacy efforts in Canada and Geneva. In 1995, Michael moved 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. During this time, Michael was a member of the Board of Directors of World Vision Canada. He returned to a staff leadership role at World Vision in 2007, serving as Vice President for Public Affairs and Executive Vice President before assuming the role of President and CEO in 2015.  As President, Michael supports strategy realization, leadership development, and external engagement with key partners and stakeholders like media, churches, donors, other humanitarian organizations and government. Beyond his role in Canada, Michael plays a significant role in supporting international strategic initiatives with the World Vision Partnership.

Michael holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, a J.D. in law from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He has been involved with numerous non-profit and church boards. He and his wife, Yvonne, have two adult children and live near Toronto. They attend the Oakville parish of The Meeting House Church. In his spare time, Michael runs marathons with Team World Vision, raising awareness and funds for children so they can reach their God-given potential.

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Michael Messenger, World Vision Canada CEO and President and part of our leadership team.

 

Senior Leadership Team 

  Sumair Mirza, Chief Operating Officer

SUMAIR MIRZA - Chief Operating Officer

Sumair oversees operations and execution at World Vision Canada and has more than a decade of leadership experience in marketing, consulting and product development.  Previously, Sumair worked with GE Capital and Element Fleet Management and possesses a unique blend of creative, technological, and analytical skills. He has also acquired a deep knowledge of commercial, sourcing and IT. Sumair honed his business acumen by attending executive courses at acclaimed institutions such as GE Crotonville Management Institute and Harvard Business School. He is actively involved in his community through local volunteer work and through the Toronto Swatow Baptist Church, where he has been a Sunday School teacher, chair of the church board, and chair of the Christian education committee.


Shelley Pacheco, Chief People Officer at World Vision Canada


SHELLEY PACHECO - Chief People Officer

Shelley provides leadership to the People & Culture Division that supports World Vision Canada’s staff across the country. She has more than 30 years of experience in human resources and leadership development and has provided executive leadership to a variety of for-profit organizations in the engineering, construction and technology industries. Shelley has broad experience in talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness, compensation management, coaching and workplace culture. Shelley is a Certified Human Resources Leader and a Certified Professional Coach. Shelley is active in her community, serving most recently as a member of the Board of the Halton Poverty Round Table.


Anita Tong,  Chief Finance and Administration Officer at World Vision Canada
ANITA TONG - Chief Finance and Administration Officer

Anita Tong joined World Vision Canada 15 years ago and has led several teams, including financial planning and analysis, corporate performance, and efficiency innovation. As World Vision Canada’s Chief Finance and Administration Officer, Anita leads our finance, accounting and shared services functions, including our customer care and legal teams. A Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant, Anita previously held finance leadership roles at Allstream and Ernst & Young LLP. Anita holds a BA (Honours – Chartered Accountancy Studies) and a Masters  in Accounting from the University of Waterloo. Anita enjoys spending time with her family which includes serving at their church on the finance and risk committee, and in outreach programs.
Kevin Andrews, Vice President, Brand, Communications and Engagement


KEVIN ANDREWS - Vice President, Brand, Communications and Engagement 

Kevin Andrews brings over 20 years’ experience in Brand and Product Marketing leadership and a passion for purposeful brands that connect with their customers in authentic and meaningful ways. He has a broad range of marketing expertise in the technology and consumer packaged goods industries, having worked for leading organizations such as Microsoft Canada, Sharp Electronics Canada, and LG Canada. Kevin most recently led the top President’s Choice® and no name® brands for Loblaw Companies Ltd. Kevin has a BBA from the University of Toronto with a Marketing major and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He remains actively involved as alumni at both the University of Toronto and the Schulich School of Business programs, volunteering as a guest-lecturer on various topics to the next generation of marketing leaders.


Kim Fletcher, Vice President, Customer Experience and Vision Partners
KIM FLETCHER - Vice President of Customer Experience and Vision Partners

Kim leads the strategic direction of customer experience and philanthropic engagement at World Vision Canada. She has expertise in areas including brand management, product marketing and demand generation. Kim’s leadership experience and marketing skills were honed at industry-leading organizations such as KPMG, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble. She has certifications in both Project Management and Executive Marketing Management, as well as an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Kim has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Tyndale University College & Seminary, Muskoka Bible Ministries and Oakville Hospital Foundation.
Horace Matthews – Vice President of Digital & Information Technology


HORACE MATTHEWS - Vice President, Digital & Information Technology

Horace is in charge of building and leading multi-disciplinary technical teams to support marketing and technology initiatives at World Vision Canada. He has more than two decades of experience in information technology and has a deep expertise in digital transformation, enterprise architecture and cloud technologies. He has spent time working in both public and private sector organizations, including The City of Toronto, GS1 Canada, Rogers Communications and CGI. Horace has a computer science degree and is an accredited Project Management Professional. He also volunteers at Kingdom House Christian Centre and is a youth mentor and sponsor.


James Pothirajulu, Vice President of Programs and Policy at World Vision Canada
JAMES POTHIRAJULU - Vice President, Programs and Policy

James oversees a global portfolio of program commitments and advocacy initiatives. He has more than 30 years of experience in international development with a focus on child rights and justice issues. He has worked for World Vision Canada since 2005 in various management and field-facing roles. Previously, he worked in India with faith-based organizations, para-governmental agencies and organizations that promote people’s collectives and movements. James has a Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of Pune, India. James also serves on the Board of St. Bede’s Anglican Church in Toronto.
  • Cameron Bailey | Chief Strategy and Culture Officer, WVI, Eton, Berkshire, UK
  • Christine Cooper | Head of Diversified Industries, BMO, Mississauga, ON
  • Yolanda Dasselaar, Treasurer | Independent Marketing and Strategy Consultant, Toronto, ON
  • Drew Fitch, Chair | Retired professional accountant and past public company CFO and CEO, Calgary, AB
  • Deborah Holbrook, Vice-Chair and Secretary | Lawyer, Pickering, ON
  • Michael Kamel | Partner, Strategy & Business & Corporate Strategy, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Montreal, QC
  • Rob Meikle | CIO, City of Toronto and Pastor of Kingdom House Christian Centre, Brampton, ON
  • Suanne Miedema | President, Miedema's Board Consulting Inc., Concord, ON
  • Ken Shigematsu | Senior Pastor, Tenth Church, Vancouver, BC
  • Harry Spaling | Retired University Professor, Edmonton, AB
  • Alison Williams | Retired from BMO Capital Markets, Toronto, ON
  • Eva Wong | Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Borrowell, Toronto, ON

 

Key Board Policies 

Board Responsibilities
Gift Acceptance Policy
Fundraising Policy
General Investment Policy
Endowment Fund Investment Policy
Complaints Policy

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