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.

  • Bruno Dragani

    Chair of CDF Canada Board - Chief People & Administration Officer

    Coastal Community Credit Union

  • Michele Aasgard

    Vice-Chair of CDF Canada Board - Former Executive Director

    Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

  • Tracey Kliesch

    Director, Strategic Alliances

    Concentra Bank

  • Neil Cooper

    CDF Canada Audit and Risk Committee Chair - Chief Financial Officer

    Conexus Credit Union

  • Mark Needham

    CDF Canada Governance Committee Chair - President (Arctic Co-op) and Chair of Finance Committee (CMC)

    Arctic Co-op and Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

  • Jeanette Wakelin

    CDF Canada HR Committee Chair - Director of Product Solutions

    Atlantic Central

  • Julie Breuer

    Vice President, Member Relations & Stakeholder Engagement

    Central 1 Credit Union

  • Korinne Collins

    Vice President, Professional Development & Education

    Canadian Credit Union Association

  • Kelly McGiffin


    Lakeland Credit Union

  • Cory Munden

    Chief Executive Officer

    Leading Edge Credit Union

  • Marc-André Pigeon

    Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

    University of Saskatchewan

  • Mark Ripplinger

    President & CEO

    Everlink Payment Services, Inc.

  • 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

Sanjeev Singh – Director, Program Development

Headquarters Staff (Canada)

Jimmy Agbayani – Proposal and Grant Writer

Alisa Gehrels-Mallette – Senior Business Development Officer (on leave)

Sharon Alexanian – Manager, Finance

Jihan Qunoo – Finance Officer

Chris YJ Chung – Donors Relations Officer

Vaishali Dassani – Communications Officer

Ibrokhim Karimov – IT and Office Coordinator

Sheila Vaselenak – Executive Assistant

Jane Kuluo – Manager, Programs

Inna Ilienko – Program Manager, SEW Ukraine

Hajra Atiq – Program Officer

Chima Okonkwo – Volunteer Officer

Betsi Estevez-Darling – Gender Specialist

Elizabeth Cook – Gender Specialist (on leave)

Shafaq Masud – M&E Specialist

Qian Wan – Co-operative Development Specialist

Overseas Staff

Berhanu Ambaw – Country Manager, Ethiopia

Christiana Yakubu – Country Manager, Ghana

Maksym Filiak – Country Manager, Ukraine

Metiku Argaw – Climate Change Specialist, Ethiopia

Rose Nyambi – Regional Coordinator, Malawi

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