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

    Executive Director

    Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

  • Neil Cooper


    Conexus Credit Union

  • Bruno Dragani

    Chief People & Administration Officer

    Coastal Community Credit Union

  • Mark Hamel


    Harmony Holsteins

  • Erin Hancock

    Manager, Partnership & Promotion

    Co-operative Management Education Team, Saint Mary’s University

  • Tracey Kliesch

    General Manager & CEO

    CCEC Credit Union

  • Normand Lafrenière


    Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

  • Kelly McGiffin

    President & CEO

    FirstOntario Credit Union

  • Mark Needham

    Vice President, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, Board of Directors

    Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

  • Marc-André Pigeon

    Assistant Vice President

    Canadian Credit Union Association

  • Jeanette Wakelin

    Director of Product Solutions

    Atlantic Central

  • Read the full profiles of our Board Members here.



Who we are

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.


A world where self-reliant communities flourish.


To facilitate the current and future needs of international communities using co-operative principles.


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.



Business Development

Ingrid Fischer – Director, Business Development

Jean Roxas – Manager, Business Development

David Dern – Manager, Fundraising

David Shanks – Manager, Communications and Marketing

Gonzalo Rodriguez – Fundraising Officer

Lindsay Naish – Business Development Assistant


Diane Lanthier – Executive Assistant

Human Resources

Donna Miller – Director, Human Resources

Nathan Medema – IT and Office Manager

Keely Whitford – Human Resources Assistant

Finance & Operations

Sharon Alexanian – Corporate Finance Manager

Kathy Chen – Finance Officer

Ana Gonzalez – Finance Officer

Tasha Pierre – Accounting Assistant


Gioconda Ortega-Alarie – Director, Programs

Shannon Johnson – Manager, Programs

Philippa Wiens – Manager, Programs

Fresnel Devalon – Country Manager

Frewengel Woldemichael – Country Manager

Andri Mulia – Program Manager, Indonesia

Andrea Kohut – Program Manager, Peru

Brian Malcolm – Program Manager, INVEST

Adiba Karim – Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Rebecca Sivel – Program Officer, Ghana

Jessica Sunter – Program Officer, Colombia

Chima Okonkwo – Project Assistant

Overseas Staff

Lydia Makuch-Phillips – Country Director, Colombia

Innocent Muhureza – Country Manager, Malawi

Solomon Mwongyere – Country Manager, Sierra Leone

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