PAC Staff


Bernard Taylor
Executive Director
Bernard Taylor has worked with NGOs in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and the United Kingdom. He joined PAC when it managed a $75M project fund for Africa. He has wide experience in project management, as well as with multistakeholder processes related to natural resource governance and conflict. He has overseen PAC’s support for the Kimberley Process, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and Publish What You Pay. 
Contact: btaylor(at)   
Josée Létourneau
Director, Finance and Administration
Josée Létourneau brings to PAC a strong background in finance and administration within a variety of non-profit organizations. She also has considerable experience in event and conference management, and has international work experience in Togo, Mali, Nicaragua and Nepal.
Contact: jletourneau(at)  
 Joanne-webpic Joanne Lebert
Director, Great Lakes Programme
Prior to joining PAC in 2011, Joanne Lebert was based at the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre, where she developed and supported research and policy advocacy related to gender-based sexual violence in conflict settings in Africa, and examined its intersections with the extractive industries. She was also Deputy Director at the Canadian NGO, Peacebuild, where she worked to strengthen Canadian foreign policy options and practice. Previously, she carried out anthropological fieldwork for her doctoral studies in Namibia and Angola and was a Visiting Fellow in Refugee Studies at the University of Oxford. She has lectured at Carleton University and worked for the OSCE in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, Amnesty International and CARE International-Zambia.
Contact: jlebert(at)
Alan Martin
Director of Research
Alan Martin worked as a researcher to the late Jack Layton in Canada's Parliament, prior to joining PAC. Before that he spent over a decade working as a journalist in Canada, the UK and various countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also taught international journalism as an Adjunct Professor within Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Born and raised in Southern Africa, he holds a Master’s degree in conflict and development from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Contact: amartin(at) 
Kady Seguin
Policy Analyst
Kady Seguin leads the PWYP-Canada Capacity Building Project for African civil society PWYP members and PAC’s work on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. She holds a M.A. in the field of Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa. Her research focused on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, a multistakeholder initiative in the area of security and human rights in the extractive sector. While completing her M.A. programme, she worked with the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) in the University of Ottawa.
Contact: kseguin(at)
Claire-webpic Claire Woodside
Director, Publish What You Pay Canada
Claire Woodside holds a M.A. in Political Science from Dalhousie University, where she completed a thesis focused on the implementation of EITI in Nigeria. She is currently a doctoral candidate with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University where her thesis research focuses on company-community conflicts in the mining sector. Prior to joining PWYP-Canada in 2012, Claire worked and consulted on a variety of extractive sector issues for NGOs, think tanks, Canadian government departments and universities. She has also actively supported and been a consultant with PWYP-Canada since its inception in 2008.
Contact: cwoodside(at)
Generose Bifunge 
Financeand Administration Officer
Generose Bifunge has wide experience in the financial administration of international development projects and programs in East African countries, Africa francophone countries, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Caribbean. Before joining PAC, she worked as Finance and Administration Officer at Universities Canada (AUCC) for the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program funded by the Government of Canada. She also worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Burundi and with the civil society platform in Burundi.


PAC Associates

Shawn in Rwanda

Shawn Blore

Shawn Blore is an award-winning journalist and author with extensive experience engaging in research and policy analysis in the area of conflict minerals. Shawn has conducted field research in South America, and Western and Central Africa, which has helped him develop his expertise in the areas of conflict financing, mineral certification, and artisanal mining. Shawn has also worked as a consultant for TetraTech (USAID), the Diamond Development Initiative, the German Geological Survey (BGR), and GIZ. He is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Victor Kangela  
Victor Kangela
Victor Kangela is coordinator of PAC’s Just Gold project in DRC, which focuses on monitoring, certification and export of artisanal gold from eastern DRC. He is also a researcher on governance issues in the area of ​​gold mining in the DRC. Prior to joining PAC, Victor developed expertise on issues related to the socio-economic and environmental impacts of natural resource extraction in the DRC, working for 10 years with a number of NGOs including OCEAN, IPIS, Global Witness, 11 11 11, Greenpeace, WWF. Victor has a Masters in Management of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Management from the University of Kisangani in Orientale Province / DRC.
Gisèle Eva Côté 
Gisèle Eva Côté has 25 years of international experience in human rights programming, including design and management of projects addressing human rights, women’s rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, rights to land and natural resources. Her areas of expertise include sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict contexts; programme evaluation; gender analysis; development and women’s rights issues, and mining. With extensive field experience, working in French, Spanish and English, Gisèle has built capacity through training and design of training modules for researchers. Skills include strategic planning, action research and alliance building from an international cooperation perspective; capacity to adapt to various contexts for field work; social commitment; and good communication skills. She is extensively networked in developing, particularly Francophone countries, and has worked closely with numerous organizations and women's NGOs in the DRC and elsewhere.