Fred Townley-McKay has provided consulting to both management and Boards of Directors, and strategic planning services to numerous organizations through CDF Canada. Since 2010, he has worked in (Uganda (UCCFS) Central organization, Sri Lanka (SANASA Development Bank), Malawi (both MUSCCO and FINCOOP SACCO), and MONCORD Credit Union, Mongolia. He has also acted as a liaison and contact with senior government ministers to assist these organizations in gaining their support. In addition, he continues to provide consulting and advice voluntarily to FINCOOP SACCO and MONCORD Credit Union via email as they continue to progress in their quest for recovery.
Catherine Dangerfield has worked for 26 years in financial services, six years at a large credit union in BC. She had led businesses in Retail Banking, HR, Direct Investing, Automotive Finance, Equipment Leasing, Business Banking, and Wealth Management and have been a finance executive for ten years.
Ms. Dangerfield’s expertise is in financial services, facilitation, and curriculum development. She has been an active volunteer with CDF Canada in the Women’s Mentorship Program since 2011, both facilitating and as an overseas coach. In addition, she leads a team that provides all of the education and training to Financial Planners and Investment Managers across Canada (over 4000 people) in her current role.
Naomi Harris has worked with international institutions (United Nations International Organization for Migration), Non-governmental Organizations (Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada, the Association of Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Engaging Organizations of Alberta, Youth Challenge International) in international cooperation, focusing on results-based Management and Monitoring and Evaluation in the areas of food security, cooperatives, climate change adaptation, migration, and alternative livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and North America. Naomi is fluent in English and has advanced knowledge of French and Spanish.
She is passionate about alternative livelihood approaches to economic empowerment and achieving results.
Mr. Norman Campbell Davidson graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. Agr. (hons.) in 1973, but spent his career in Information Technology, starting as a Programmer Analyst, and moving to CIO and VP IT at Credit Union Central of Ontario (CUCO) (10 yrs.).
He has volunteered as a coach and technical advisor at many turnkey projects in Kenya, Turkey, Malawi, and Ghana. He is passionate to contribute to ensuring the ongoing work of CDF Canada and Visiting Africa and contributing to the success of the people there has provided him with an opportunity to ‘give back’, and would like to continue to do so.
Robby Tulus pioneered the Credit Union Movement in Indonesia in the late 1960s, co-founded the Credit Union Counseling/Central Organization (CUCO) in Indonesia and the Asian Confederation of Credit Unions. He started his career as managing director of CUCO Indonesia (Jakarta 1971-80), Training Specialist of ACCU (Seoul, Korea 1981-83), Asia Region Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA, Ottawa, Canada, 1983-1993), Senior Policy Advisor of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA, New Delhi & Manila 1993-96), and Regional Director for Asia Pacific of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA, based in Geneva, New Delhi and Singapore 1996-2002).
After retiring from the ICA in 2002, Mr. Tulus continued his active involvement in co-operative development work, with consultancies for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), NTUC Income (Singapore), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA-SNCF – Singapore), International Labor Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and may more.
Mr. Tulus held various Board chairs and memberships in Canada, UK, and in Indonesia throughout his professional tenure.
Patrick Clark has a Ph.D. in Political Economy from Carleton University in Ottawa in 2019 and has been associated with CDF Canada since his work during the early days of Ph.D. He worked on rural development policies, institutionalizing food sovereignty, and the impact on smallholder farmer co-ops and organizations in Ecuador.
He is keen to learn and help build the relationship between public policies and the social economy/ co-ops, sustainable agriculture, and the politics behind the successful collaboration between governments and producer organizations like co-operatives.
Barbara Kuzyk has worked for nearly 25 years in the marketing department for Canada’s 6th largest credit union Conexus Credit Union.
She has extensive experience and knowledge in strategic planning, innovation, project management, and change management techniques developed through projects at Conexus Credit Union.
Ms. Kuzyk has developed strategic market research plans to provide quality customer service by defining corporate issues and objectives, obtaining customer and employee feedback, and interpreting the marketplace environment. In addition, she has mentored staff to formulate research designs and instruments: conduct pre-tests, data collection and data analysis; analyze results; and prepare reports with conclusions and recommendations for corporate clients.
Innocent Muhereza is a climate change expert and has closely worked with coops communities in building resilience for smallholder farmers. In addition, Dr. Muhereza has worked with farmers to increase agriculture productivity, value chain, and market access.
A Phd. in agri-business, Dr. Muhereza has worked in many projects in Africa in climate change, risk mitigation, and adoption. He has worked on projects from inception to completion, provided technical expertise in the development and capacity building of community-based initiatives, and helped design participatory planning, monitoring, and evaluation system structure.
William Clements has over 40 years of experience in business and finance. He has worked in finance on risk management for financial institutions. In addition, Mr. Clements has worked with entrepreneurs and small businesses and has found a passion for sustainability, the environment, and Governance in finance. In 2019-2020, Mr. Clements provided his insights to CDF Canada in the INVEST project in Indonesia.
Mr. Clements teaches global finance, international business, micro-finance, and investments at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Ingrid Fischer, is a cooperative development professional with more than 35 years of experience advising financial and non-financial cooperatives in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America. She brings 15 years of service as a finance executive and a board member of credit union associations, NGOs, and CBO’s to her work as a technical advisor to the international credit union and cooperative movements. She specializes in rural finance and emphasizes board development and good governance based on cooperative principles, risk management, strategic planning, policy development, financial management, and excellent member service as the foundation of strong cooperatives. As a credit union practitioner, Ms. Fischer has consulted on credit union legislation and regulation in Canada, Ghana, Mongolia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, The Gambia, and Uganda.
Her volunteer activities for CDF Canada with Credit Unions and Cooperative Banks in southern Africa led to a full-time career in international development. Her fascination with financial and non-financial cooperatives comes from the observation that they continually surprise, innovate and provide services to members against impossible odds while defying conventional sustainability measures. The diversity of cooperative solutions fit her belief that there are no panaceas; one size never fits all. Still, locally-driven initiatives are the best hope for improved global living standards.
John van Mossel is an expert in climate change adaptation and project and strategic evaluations. He has 40 years of experience in development and environmental programs in more than 30 countries, including 20 years directly related to climate change adaptation. He has worked with consulting firms and independently, building on 20 years of experience in program delivery and policy advocacy with Canadian NGOs.
His areas of expertise include- participatory monitoring and evaluation, including mid-term, final, and strategic evaluations. Led over 28 evaluation teams, managed results-based climate change adaptation projects, including design and delivery. Mr. Mossal also has experience in policy development and preparation for strategic climate change adaptation programs/projects, design, and delivery of national and sub-national climate change capacity-building initiatives.