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



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.




Benoît André – Executive Director

Amyn Hyder Ali – Director, Finance

Donna Miller – Director, People & Systems

Gioconda Ortega-Alarie – Director, Programs

Ingrid Fischer – Director, Business Development

Business Development

Jean Roxas – Manager, Business Development

David Dern – Manager, Fundraising

David Shanks – Manager, Communications and Marketing

People & Systems

Gonzalo Rodriguez – Volunteer Manager

Nathan Medema – IT and Office Manager

Keely Whitford – Human Resources Coordinator


Sharon Alexanian – Corporate Finance Manager

Kathy Chen – Finance Officer

Ana Gonzalez – Finance Officer


Shannon Johnson – Manager, Programs

Philippa Wiens – Manager, Programs

Fresnel Devalon – Country Manager

Frewengel Wolde-Michael – Country Manager

Andri Mulia – Program Manager, Indonesia

Brian Malcolm – Program Manager, Malawi, Mongolia & Peru

Adiba Karim – Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Rebecca Sivel – Project Officer

Chima Okonkwo – Project Officer

Overseas Staff

Innocent Muhureza – Country Manager, Malawi

Solomon Mwongyere – Country Manager, Sierra Leone

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