Our Team

Our Board Members

CDF Canada is governed by an independent board of directors who have strong links to Canada’s co-operative business sector in addition to international development expertise.

  • Michele Aasgard

    Former Executive Director

    Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

  • Julie Breuer

    Vice President, Member Relations & Stakeholder Engagement

    Central 1 Credit Union

  • Korinne Collins

    Vice President, Professional Development & Education

    Canadian Credit Union Association

  • Neil Cooper

    Chief Financial Officer

    Conexus Credit Union

  • Bruno Dragani

    Chief People & Administration Officer

    Coastal Community Credit Union

  • Tracey Kliesch

    Business Readiness Partner

    Vancity Credit Union

  • Kelly McGiffin

    Retired, Former President & CEO

    FirstOntario Credit Union

  • Cory Munden

    Chief Executive Officer

    Leading Edge Credit Union

  • Mark Needham

    First Vice President (Arctic Co-op) and Chair of Human Resource Committee (CMC)

    Arctic Co-op and Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

  • Marc-André Pigeon

    Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

    University of Saskatchewan

  • Mark Ripplinger

    President & CEO

    Everlink Payment Services, Inc.

  • Jeanette Wakelin

    Director of Product Solutions

    Atlantic Central

  • Jack Wilkinson


    The Co-operators Group Limited


Our Staff

We’re a team of collaborators, facilitators and co-operators living out our Vision and Mission each day to build a global co-operative community.

Please reach out to any of our team members for more information on how you can help us close the gap on inequality, promote financial inclusion and strengthen resilience and sustainability around the world.



Ben André – Executive Director

Amyn Hyder Ali – Director, Finance

Donna Miller – Director, Operations and Engagement

Business Development & Communications

Victor Neagu – Manager, Business Development & Communications

Alisa Gehrels-Mallette – Senior Business Development Officer


Sharon Alexanian – Manager, Finance

Jihan Qunoo – Finance Officer

Raushan Delmanova – Finance Assistant


Nathan Medema – IT and Office Manager

Sheila Vaselenak – Corporate Secretary

Women’s Mentorship Program Officer


Frewengel Woldemichael – Regional Director, Africa

Sanjeev Singh – Manager of Programs

Jean Roxas – Manager, Business Development / Micro-insurance Advisor – Asia

Brian Malcolm – Program Manager, Malawi & Mongolia

Lidia Karamaoun – Program Manager, Colombia & Peru

Inna Ilienko – Program Manager, Indonesia

Jane Kuluo – Program Manager, IFAD, IRFITCO, 4R

Elizabeth Cook – Gender Specialist

Susan Sekirime – Acting Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Qian Wan – Co-operative Development Specialist

Millicent Letoya – Volunteer Manager

Overseas Staff

Adriana Benjumea Rua – Country Manager, Colombia

Behanu Ambaw – Country Manager, Ethiopia

Christiana Yakubu – Country Manager, Ghana

Diolina Marcado – Country Manager, Philippines

Innocent Muhereza – Country Manager, Malawi

Renia Salinas – Country Manager, Myanmar

Yolanda Alim – Country Manager, Myanmar

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