Michael Messenger , President and CEO

Michael provides leadership to 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 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. After five years, 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. He then returned to World Vision and served as Vice-President, Public Affairs and Executive Vice-President before assuming the role of President in 2015. 

His leadership has sponsored numerous cross-functional initiatives and strategies throughout the Partnership. He has a degree in economics from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and a law degree from the University of Toronto. 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.


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.
DAWN DEVOE, General Counsel and Privacy Officer

DAWN DEVOE - General Counsel and Privacy Officer

Since joining WVC in 2010, Dawn has served as the organization’s key legal advisor for its domestic and international operations.  Dawn has a BA (Hons.) from York University, and a LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Executive Leadership Program and the Institute of Corporate Directors Not-for-Profit Program. Dawn is an active volunteer in the local community through food and nutrition programs.


Charlie Fluit, Chief Financial Officer at World Vision Canada
CHARLIE FLUIT - Chief Financial Officer

Charlie provides oversight and leadership to key financial and operational functions. He joined World Vision Canada in 1990 and was appointed Vice President in 1994. Charlie has a B. Comm. from McMaster University and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant. He has more than 35 years of experience in non-profit, manufacturing and public accounting. Charlie is an active volunteer, currently serving as an elder in a local Reformed church and recently as Past Chair of the Board of Governors of Redeemer University College.

Kathryn Goddard, Vice President of Products and Channels

KATHRYN GODDARD - Vice President of Products and Channels

Kathryn provides leadership over product and channels, which allows World Vision to build meaningful relationships between Canadians and children around the world. She joined World Vision in 1989 and since then, has held several senior-level marketing roles at WVC. During this time, she has been instrumental in advancing key partnership initiatives including revitalizing child sponsorship. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and more than 25 years of experience in profit and non-profit sectors. Kathryn is an exercise enthusiast and leverages her love for ‘spinning ‘ to raise money to help underprivileged children across Canada.

Marla Konrad, Chief of Staff at World Vision Canada

CHERYL HOTCHKISS - Vice President of Public Engagement

Cheryl helps support Canadians be active participants in shaping a fair and just society. She joined World Vision Canada in 2008 but has worked in the social justice advocacy field for more than 25 years. During her time at World Vision Canada, she has held several positions working in public engagement, public relations, communications, brand and creative solutions. Cheryl has BA, Political Science and History (Carleton), an MA, Human Systems Intervention (Concordia), courses in Brand Strategy, Marketing and HR.


Charlie Guy, 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 600 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. 

James Pothirajulu, Vice President of Programs and Policy at World Vision Canada JAMES POTHIRAJULU - Vice-President of 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-government agencies and organizations that promote people’s collectives and movements. James has a Master’s Degree in International Development from 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, Secretary | Independent Marketing and Strategy Consultant, Toronto, ON
  • Drew Fitch, Vice-Chair and Treasurer | Retired professional accountant and past public company CFO and CEO, Calgary, AB
  • Deborah Holbrook | Lawyer, Pickering, ON
  • Michael Kamel | Partner, Strategy & Business & Corporate Strategy, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Montreal, QC
  • Nicole Kraft | Therapist, Cares Counselling Society, Abbotsford, BC
  • Ron McKerlie | President, Mohawk College, Burlington, ON 
  • Rob Meikle | CIO, City of Toronto and Pastor of Kingdom House Christian Centre, Brampton, ON
  • Suanne Miedema, Chair | President, Miedema's Board Consulting Inc., Concord, ON
  • Ken Shigematsu | Senior Pastor, Tenth Church, Vancouver, BC
  • Harry Spaling | Professor, Geography & Environmental Studies, Edmonton, AB