Michael Messenger , President and CEO, World Vision Canada

Michael Messenger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Canada, giving leadership to relief, development and advocacy work supporting the world’s most vulnerable children.

Since he became President and CEO in 2015, Michael has travelled regularly to visit World Vision's work around the world and to advocate on behalf of the people he meets. His keen interest in the most fragile regions and the most vulnerable children has taken him to countries such as South Sudan, where he met mothers and children who were living on the margins. He has spent time among Syrian refugees in Jordan and Syria, and provided on-site assessment following natural disasters such as the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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

Lara Dewar, Chief Marketing and Development Officer of World Vision CanadaLara Dewar, Chief Marketing and Development Officer

Lara Dewar is the Chief Marketing and Development Officer, working to raise and expand World Vision Canada’s resources. She spearheads operational and strategic direction for the organization’s marketing, integrated communications and fundraising teams.

Before joining World Vision, Lara developed extensive experience through 20 years in the financial services and energy sectors. She excels at developing an organization’s reputation, brand and strategy while delivering strong results.

Lara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Women’s Studies from the Western University, and has studied further at the Canadian Securities Institute and the Schulich School of Business.

Charlie Fluit, Chief Financial Officer at World Vision Canada

Charlie Fluit, Chief Financial Officer

Charlie Fluit is the Chief Financial Officer, providing oversight and leadership to key financial, technology and operational functions. He joined World Vision Canada in 1990 and was appointed Vice President in 1994.

Charlie has a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant. He has over 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.

Charlie Guy, Chief People Officer at World Vision Canada

Charlie Guy, Chief People Officer

Charlie Guy serves as the head of People & Culture for World Vision Canada, overseeing more than 600 employees across the country. He joined World Vision in 2006 as Director of Customer Service and was appointed Vice President of People & Culture in 2008.

Prior to joining World Vision, Charlie was Executive Director of International Child Care, an NGO serving children and families in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He also has nearly 30 years of corporate experience with Bell Canada, where he held a variety of senior management positions.

Charlie is a lifelong learner. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Western University and a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education from Brock University. He is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Management’s Advanced Program in Human Resource Management, the Arrow Executive Leadership program and holds the designation of (CHRE) Certified Human Resource Executive.

Marla Konrad, Chief of Staff at World Vision Canada

Marla Konrad, Chief of Staff

Marla Konrad is Chief of Staff in the Executive Office at World Vision Canada, where she plays an advisory role to the president, and oversees Board Governance, Strategy and Executive Communications.

Her previous posts at World Vision have included Director roles in Strategy, Public Relations and Internal Communications.

Marla has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music, and a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University. She is an Accredited Business Communicator with the International Association of Business Communicators, and has spent much of her career in communications roles.

  • Cameron Bailey | Chief Strategy Realization Office, WVI, Eton, Berkshire, UK
  • Christine Cooper | Head of Diversified Industries, BMO, Mississauga, ON
  • Yolanda Dasselaar, Secretary | Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Drew Fitch, Vice-Chair | CPA, CA (retired), former CFO of a public company, 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
  • Cheryl Leonhardt, Treasurer | Director, Leonhardt & Associates, Inc., Mississauga, ON
  • 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