Board of Directors


Honorary President
Hon. Flora MacDonald (Canada)
Susan Côté-Freeman (Canada)
Baudouin Hamuli Kabarhuza (DRC)
Alex Neve (Canada)
Ross Gallinger (Canada)
Rolland Morier (Canada)
Charles Mutasa (Zimbabwe)
Mirabelle Rodrigues (Canada)
Mary Rusimbi (Tanzania)
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.
Susan Côté-Freeman, President
Susan 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.
Baudouin Hamuli Kabarhuza, Vice-President
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 is the author of several books, including “La société civile congolaise: état des lieux et perspectives” and “Donner sa chance au peuple congolais”.
Alex Neve, 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.
Ross Gallinger
Ross Gallinger is the President of RG Consulting, and was the former Executive Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and Senior Vice President of Health, Safety & Sustainability for IAMGOLD. Throughout his career Ross has successfully improved corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance on a variety of projects that have received numerous awards and distinctions. He is dedicated to forging collaborative relationships between industry and civil society, is a founding member and former co-chair of the Devonshire Initiative, a CIM Distinguished Lecturer, and was a key member of the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group. For the past three years, Ross has also been named by Embassy Magazine as one of the Top 100 Canadians influencing Canadian foreign policy.
Rolland Morier
Rolland Morier is President of Northern Strategies Inc., a consulting firm. Previously, he held executive positions in the mining and chemical industries, most recently as Vice-President, Finance & Strategy of Iron Ore Company of Canada, a Rio Tinto subsidiary. He has been involved with mining projects in South Africa, Madagascar, Guinea and Canada. His current activities include advising industrial and financial clients, volunteer mentoring to Montreal-area small business owners and working with non-profit organizations.  He is a Fellow of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and past Board member of the Society of Management Accountants of Quebec.
Charles Mutasa
Charles Mutasa has been working in civil society policy advocacy and social movement activism for the past 16 years. His main areas of interest are humanitarian law, human rights, governance and social and economic justice in Africa. He has written and published extensively on civil society in Africa, the MDGs, constitutional reforms and issues related to Africa’s engagement with the international financial institutions - on debt, aid, and poverty. He is a Development Policy consultant based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was previously Executive Director of MWENGO and Executive Director of the African Forum on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) – both pan African organizations seeking to influence policies on the way economic and social justice issues are handled in Africa. He also worked as Head of Programmes (Africa Division) for Christian Aid (UK).  Charles is a PhD Candidate, a holder of a Masters of Law degree (University of Washington); Masters of Development Studies (NMMU, SA); and a Masters of Population studies and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Political Science and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe.
Mirabelle Rodrigues
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
Mary Rusimbi is a gender specialist. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Women Fund Tanzania and provides support to civil society organisations within Tanzania. She was Executive Director of the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme, and worked previously with several international development agencies facilitating gender mainstreaming in development projects funded by them. 
Rebecca Tiessen
Rebecca Tiessen is Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. She was Canada Research Chair in Global Studies and Leadership at the Royal Military College and Adjunct Professor, International Development Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario from 2007-2013 and Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University from 1999-2007. She has carried out field research in Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Kenya, among other countries. Her research areas include gender mainstreaming, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS and human security, Canadian foreign aid, NGO-donor relations, and global citizenship.