Board of Directors
PAC's Board of Directors is made up of both Canadian and African members. The posts of President and Vice-President alternate between representatives from Africa and Canada.
Hon. Flora MacDonald (Canada)
David Kalete (Uganda)
Susan Côté-Freeman (Canada)
Alex Neve (Canada)
Baudouin Hamuli Kabarhuza (DRC)
Mario Malouin (Canada)
Charles Mutasa (Zimbabwe)
Mirabelle Rodrigues (Canada)
Mary Rusimbi (Tanzania)
Marie-Angélique Savané (Sénégal)
Rebecca Tiessen (Canada)
|Hon Flora MacDonald, Honorary President
Hon Flora MacDonald was first elected to the Parliament of Canada in 1972 and served as the MP for Kingston and the Islands until 1988. During that time she held three Cabinet posts: Secretary of State for External Affairs (1979-1980); Minister of Employment and Immigration (1984-1986); Minister of Communications and Culture (1986-1988). She was Chairperson of the International Development Research Centre - IDRC (1992-1997) and Chairperson of HelpAge International (1996-2001). She served on the Carnegie Commission on the Prevention of Deadly Conflict (1994-1999). She has also served on the board or advisory council of numerous organizations in Canada and internationally. Hon Flora MacDonald was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in April 1993, and Companion of the Order of Canada in April 1999; Order of Ontario in 1995, and Order of Nova Scotia in 2007. In 1999, she was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal.
| David Kalete, President
David Kalete is the Civil Society Liaison Manger at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. He was previously Director of Programmes for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation in Johannesburg, South Africa. A Ugandan national, he has a wealth of senior experience in civil society capacity and alliance building, programme planning, implementation and monitoring, and relations between civil society and government. He has also previously worked with the International Council for Social Welfare, one of the oldest global networks for social development and DENIVA, the national umbrella body for Ugandan NGOs. Prior to that he held a senior post in the Ugandan government, responsible for the coordination of international development assistance.
Susan Côté-Freeman, Vice-PresidentSusan Côté-Freeman has been working with Transparency International, the leading global organization dedicated to the fight against corruption, since 1998. As a member of Transparency International’s private sector team she manages projects aimed at raising standards of corporate anti-corruption practice. Her work has taken her to countries such as Lebanon, Mauritius, Indonesia, Argentina and Taiwan to conduct seminars, speak at conferences and work with TI national chapters. She represents Transparency International on the World Economic Forum Partnering against Corruption Initiative and the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. Before joining Transparency International, she worked with the Ottawa-based Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens.
|Alex Neve, Secretary-Treasurer
Alex Neve is the Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada’s English-speaking Branch, Ottawa. He has participated in Amnesty International missions to Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Honduras, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Grassy Narrows, Ontario. He has appeared before numerous Canadian parliamentary committees as well as various UN and Inter-American human rights bodies. He appears and writes regularly in the media and speaks to audiences across the country on a range of human rights topics. He has delivered keynote speeches and lectures at various venues, including Oxford and Harvard Universities. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
| Baudouin Hamuli Kabarhuza
Baudouin Hamuli Kabarhuza has been an active civil society leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the past 30 years. From 1990 to 1999, he was the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Development NGOs in the DRC. From 2000 to 2012, he was Executive Director of the Centre National d’Appui au Développement et à la Participation Populaire (CENADEP). He is the DRC’s National Co-ordinator for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. He has published several books, including “La société civile congolaise: état des lieux et perspectives” and “Donner sa chance au peuple congolais”.
Mario Malouin is Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. Mr. Malouin holds an MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, a BA in Business Administration from l’Université Laval and a certificate in risk management from l’Université de Mons (Belgium). Mr. Malouin is a chartered accountant, a member of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec and Ontario, and teaches in graduate studies at l’Université du Québec en Outaouais. In addition to his duties, Mr. Malouin serves on Boards of Directors of nonprofit organizations.
| Charles Mutasa
Charles Mutasa has been working in civil society policy advocacy and social movement activism for the past 11 years. His main areas of interest have been governance and social and economic justice in Africa. He has written and published extensively on issues related to Africa’s engagement with the international financial institutions - on debt, aid, poverty and health. He is Executive Director of MWENGO - the East and Southern Africa NGO Reflection Centre. He was previously Executive Director of the African Forum on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) – a pan African organization seeking to influence policies on the way debt and aid issues are handled in Africa. Prior to this he worked as a Programme Officer for the Poverty Reduction Forum, and as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Social Development Fund in Zimbabwe.
Mirabelle Rodrigues is Executive Director of the Foundation for International Training (FIT), Markham, Ontario. FIT’s projects range from the promotion of social cohesion through community based organizations in Jamaica, and Bangladesh to ones that promote employment creation and poverty reduction in Egypt, environmental protection in China and training for the public sector in Ethiopia. In relation to governance structures, she has extensive experience in board and committee development and management, and has designed committee structures, protocols and procedures for a variety of donor funded projects.
Mary Rusimbi is a gender specialist. She was until recently Executive Director of the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP), an NGO based in Dar Es Salaam that works in Tanzania and the SADC region. She was previously Gender Programme Officer with the Royal Netherlands Embassy, facilitating gender mainstreaming in development projects funded by them. Prior to this, she worked with CIDA, being responsible for Women and Development and Human Resources Development activities in CIDA’s projects in Tanzania.
Marie Angelique Savané is a sociologist from Senegal. She has worked with various UN agencies such as the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). She served as a member of various independent commissions, such as the South Commission and the Global Governance Commission. She was also a key person in the emerging African civil society in the seventies and eighties. She was the founder of the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD) in 1977 and was also involved in research networks such as the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). She was recently President of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
Rebecca Tiessen is Associate Professor and Research Chair in Global Studies and Leadership at the Royal Military College and Adjunct Professor, International Development Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. She has carried out field research in Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Kenya. Her research areas include gender mainstreaming, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS and human security, Canadian foreign aid, NGO-donor relations, and global citizenship.