External Board Members
Simon Carter is a geographer, environmentalist and international development specialist with over 30 years' experience in applied research and research management in Africa and Latin America. At Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), he led efforts to mainstream multi-stakeholder approaches to natural resource management in Latin America, and established the first climate change adaptation research program for Africa. As Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa, he provided strategic advice and guidance for a large portfolio of policy-relevant applied research, represented the Centre at numerous scientific and diplomatic events and oversaw the day-to-day management of the Nairobi office.
Mary Anne Chambers
Mary Anne Chambers' life experience has spanned the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has held executive management roles in Canada's financial services sector. She held elected office as a Member of Provincial Parliament and Cabinet Minister in the Government of Ontario. She has also undertaken corporate governance and governance of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing opportunities for youth, education, health, community building and international development.
Dr. Craig Johnson is a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Guelph Institute of Development Studies at the University of Guelph. He holds a PhD in international development from the London School of Economics. He has taught at the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University College London and the University of Oxford. He has also worked with a large number of international development agencies, including the International Development Research Centre, the UK Department for International Development, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Berlin), the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (UK), the North-South Institute and the Overseas Development Institute. Dr. Johnson has published widely in the field of international development, focusing primarily on the politics of environmental sustainability in Asia and Latin America. He is also a senior fellow with the Global Cities Institute (University of Toronto) and the Sydney Environment Institute.
Serge LeVert-Chiasson is responsible for the impact investment advisory, operations, legal and compliance activities of Sarona, an asset management firm with over 30 years of experience investing in global growth markets. He has worked with Sarona Asset Management, formerly MEDA Investments, since 2008. He serves on several private equity funds’ advisory committees, corporate boards and chairs the Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development (CAFIID). Prior to Sarona, Serge was an underwriter and loan officer at Export Development Canada, business analyst at Crédit Lyonnais and founding chair of Agro Capital Management, a Ukrainian agricultural equipment leasing company. He holds an MSc in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics, an international MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a CFA charter holder.
Rosanne Marchesich is the head of the Emergency Response and Resilience Unit at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She is a University of Guelph alumna with over twenty years of international development experience with the United Nations. She is responsible for efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises worldwide including natural disaster, food chain crisis and protracted crisis. Ms. Marchesich has also served for several years as deputy FAO Representative in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sudan where she was responsible for strategy development, programming and aid coordination. She is a spokesperson for FAO and has been interviewed by Voice of America, Reuters, UN podcasts and local news stations.
John Millar has fifteen years experience running a variety of non-profit, First Nations focused education and training programs in Canada. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, in international development and the biophysical environment, and he gained his master’s degree at the University of Victoria. He has worked with numerous NGOs abroad in the fields of education and water. John is currently the executive director and founder of Water First, which addresses water challenges in Indigenous communities in Canada through education, training and meaningful collaboration. The organization now has 22 staff and has collaborated with over 50 Indigenous communities on a variety of water education and training projects in Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Labrador.
David Peck is a public engagement specialist, podcaster and social change consultant. With a master's degree in philosophy and postgraduate work in international development, he is the founder of SoChange, a social enterprise that works with the corporate and NGO community in leadership development, innovation and entrepreneurship. He hosts a popular podcast called Face2Face where film, ideas and social change meet and all voices are heard. He was named a global hero by Verge magazine in 2009. David is the creator of the Mosquitoes Suck Tour and yChange social justice initiatives. He has published two books, Irreconcilable Differences and Real Change is Incremental, which won a Word Guild culture award in 2015. He is currently working on his latest book Minimum Impact.
Byron Sheldrick is the acting dean of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. He holds a PhD in political science from York University, and a law degree from the University of Toronto. Before joining the University of Guelph in 2006, he taught law at Keele University in the UK and political science at the University of Winnipeg. He served two terms as chair of the Department of Political Science at U of G and one term as associate dean (academic). His research focuses on the intersection of law and politics, with a particular interest in social movement mobilization around issues of law and human rights.
Rebecca Tiessen is full professor and deputy director of the School of International Development and Global Studies and university chair in teaching at the University of Ottawa. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Guelph. Her areas of specialization include gender, foreign aid and development (her most recent book on this topic is Obligations and Omissions: Canada's Ambiguous Actions on Gender Equality (with Stephen Baranyi, 2017) and the role and impact of international volunteers in development programming (her most recent book is Insights on International Volunteering: Perspectives from the Global South with Benjamin Lough and Kate Grantham, 2018). She also researches student work/study abroad programs (her most recent book is Learning and Volunteering Abroad for Development, 2018) and the employment outcomes of international development studies graduates.
Lindsay Wallace is a senior economist and impact measurement specialist. She is currently a senior advisor with Limestone Analytics working with a variety of clients in international development. Prior to working with Limestone she was head of impact for the Mastercard Foundation where she oversaw impact measurement and evaluation for the foundation's over $3 billion of program commitments. She has extensive experience developing theories of change and leading learning partnerships to support portfolio-level M&E systems and impact reporting. She was previously deputy director of the financial inclusion program where she oversaw $500 million of blended finance investments. Lindsay previously led economic growth programming for the UK Department for International Development in Rwanda, where she was responsible for programming in trade, climate change, agriculture, land tenure reform and financial inclusion. She also has public finance experience working with ministries of finance in Ontario, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Guyana in budget reform, expenditure forecasting and fiscal transparency.