Stephen Brown is Professor of Political Science at the University of Ottawa. He worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for several years and has served as a consultant for several development-related organizations, including UNDP, the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/DAC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on foreign aid, as well as the editor of Struggling for Effectiveness: CIDA and Canadian Foreign Aid (2012) and co-editor of Rethinking Canadian Aid (Second Edition, 2016) and The Securitization of Foreign Aid (2016). Further information can be found at www.stephenbrown.xyz.
Topics of interest:
- foreign aid/development cooperation
- policy coherence for development
- international LGBTI rights
- African politics
- political violence
- peacebuilding and transitional justice
Susan has recently retired from a 35+ year career in international development, humanitarian action and global policy advocacy.
With Oxfam-Canada, Susan spent much of the 1980s in Central America, leading programs that supported refugees and displaced populations (in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras) and women’s rights and food security programs (in Nicaragua).
As head of the international section of the Canadian Red Cross, Susan led the negotiations that resulted in the establishment of the first strategic partnership between the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian government (now Global Affairs Canada), established the Canadian Red Cross’ medical emergency response unit as part of the international Red Cross global network of first responders, and collaborated with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on campaigns such as the Even Wars Have Limits and Health Care in Danger.
As head of operations for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva, Susan managed the Red Cross’ global humanitarian response to epic tragedies such as the 2004 South Asian Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, as well as successfully negotiated with UN OCHA for the IFRC to take on the shelter lead as part of the UN reform process (the cluster system) introduced in 2006. While in New York as the IFRC’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Susan launched the IFRC initiative to consolidate and strengthen the network’s approach to humanitarian diplomacy, including how to mobilize the network’s local presence more effectively, as well as the IFRC’s voice at UN and other global fora.
Susan has an MBA from the University of Ottawa, and is the recipient of several awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the Order of the Red Cross (2017).
Laura Macdonald is Director of the Institute of Political Economy and a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. She has published numerous articles in journals and edited collections on such issues as the role of non-governmental organizations in development, global civil society, citizenship struggles in Latin America, Canadian development assistance and the political impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on human rights and democracy in the three member states. She is author of Supporting Civil Society: The Political Impact of NGO Assistance to Central America (Macmillan/St. Martin’s 1997), co-author of Women, Democracy, and Globalization in North America: A Comparative Study (Palgrave Macmillan 2006), and co-editor of Post-Neoliberalism in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan 2009, with Arne Ruckert), Contentious Politics in North America (Palgrave Macmillan 2009, with Jeffrey Ayres) and North America in Question (University of Toronto Press 2012, with Jeffrey Ayres).
Sectoral areas of interest:
- Democracy and human rights
- Canadian foreign assistance
- Development theories
- Non-governmental organizations and civil society
- International trade and regionalization
Geographic areas of interest:
- Latin America (especially Mexico)
- North America
Elizabeth McAllister has served in leadership positions in the international development community for over 25 years. From 1997 to 2005, she held a number of senior assignments at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., including Director of the Operations Evaluation Department (OED), Director of External Affairs and United Nations Relations and Special Advisor to the Vice Presidency for East Asia and Pacific.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. McAllister held executive positions in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) including Director General of Performance Review, Director General for Latin American and the Caribbean Region, Director of the China Country Program and Director of Women in Development. She twice chaired the DAC Working Group on Women In Development From 1985 to 1988, she was Counselor for Development in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In 2007/8, she chaired the International Panel for the Independent Review of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research System (report available on www.cgiar.org/externalreview/).
Ms McAllister enjoys an active practice in international development focuses on organizational strategy, results based management, evaluation management and gender analysis. Her clients include the World Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Canadian International Development Agency and the Caribbean Development Bank. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council to the Gregg Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick and an advisor to organizations working for people with disabilities.
Ms. McAllister is a recipient of numerous awards for community service and leadership, including a 1994 Governor General’s Commemorative Medal in her native Canada. A graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (MPA) and the University of New Brunswick, she lives in Ottawa.
Carolyn McAskie has had a career in the Canadian International Development Agency (Assistant Deputy Minister), particularly in Multilateral Affairs, followed by almost a decade in the United Nations (Assistant Secretary General) in Humanitarian Affairs, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (launching the UN’s new Peacebuilding Commission). She has served abroad in Kenya; with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, UK; as Canadian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka; and as SRSG (Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of Mission) in Burundi with the United Nations.
Since her official retirement, she has been a Mentor with the Trudeau Foundation; has served as a Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Ottawa; was Vice-Chair of the Board of the Pearson (Peacekeeping) Centre and a member of the Board of CANADEM. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and lives in Wakefield QC, where she is the President of the Wakefield La Pêche Chamber.
Carolyn McAskie has played a prominent role in political, developmental and financial negotiations: as a Canadian delegate to the UN Funds and Programmes, the Commonwealth, and the International Financial Institutions, particularly the Regional Development Banks; as a member of the Facilitation Team of the Burundi Peace Process in Arusha under the late Julius Nyerere, the former President of Tanzania; and as Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the humanitarian crisis in Côte d’Ivoire.
Areas of Interest:
- Fragile states
- Multilateral organizations
- International negotiations
- Sub-Saharan Africa (Great Lakes region, East Africa, West Africa)
Hunter McGill is an international development policy consultant and Senior Fellow at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. His consulting practice focuses on good bilateral donor practice, aid effectiveness, and humanitarian assistance. He spent 30 years at the Canadian International Development Agency, and worked at the OECD for five years as head of peer review and evaluation operations for the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). He is a member of the boards of the Friends of the Rideau, the Rideau Waterway Land Trust, and Heritage Ottawa.
Betty Plewes has had a long term interest in African development, gender and non-governmental organizations. After teaching in Ontario she worked as teacher trainer for three years in northern Nigeria. Following graduate studies in anthropology, she joined the CUSO staff where she worked as Director of Overseas Programs and was a founding member of Partnership Africa Canada which supported African non-governmental organizations. For nearly a decade, she was President and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, acting as spokesperson on behalf of the 100 members of the Council with the media, Members of Parliament, and with the public. In 1995 she participated in the creation of the Voluntary Sector Roundtable, a group of organizations that came together to strengthen the voice of Canada’s voluntary sector with the federal government. Her experience in the voluntary sector includes serving on boards, editing a journal on the sector and writing on many aspects of sector work.
Sectoral Areas of Interest
- Gender and international development
- Voluntary sector organizations, issues and trends (domestic and international)
Diana Rivington is a consultant with expertise in gender equality and social equity. She enjoyed a long career at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where her last assignment was as Director, Human Development and Gender Equality. Prior to joining CIDA, she worked for World University Service of Canada, CUSO, and Canada World Youth. She has worked and lived in Jamaica, Philippines, Colombia, and Honduras. She is fluent in French and in Spanish.
John Sinclair, born in the UK, has lived in Canada since 1974. After studying economics at Cambridge University, he has followed a career as an international development practitioner, mainly working for CIDA and the World Bank. For both these institutions, he was involved in strategic policy issues as well as leading country programs. With the World Bank he was active in shifting its agenda to a pro-poor focus, as well as working on effectiveness issues, including the Bank’s major decentralization process. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies. He was a Distinguished Associate of the North-South Institute, Canada’s principal development think-tank. He has worked as a consultant with the World Bank, AsDB, IFAD, UNICEF and the Ford Foundation. As a member of the McLeod Group, he is now a thinker/policy advocate on development issues, a role reinforced by writing in journals and newspapers.
His geographic focus is Africa and Asia. He has lived as a development professional in Sri Lanka, Egypt and most recently Indonesia. Major countries of involvement include India, China, Bangladesh, Nepal and Ghana.
His current thematic interests are global development architecture, G7/G20, development/aid effectiveness, post-Busan agendas, Agenda 2030/SDGs, evaluation, country programming/donor performance, results, LDCs/fragile states, emerging economies/BRICS, governance/corruption, institutional effectiveness, roles of CSOs/NGOs, inclusiveness and decentralization.
Rieky Stuart is a consultant in international development, specializing in organizational strategy and change and in gender equality. She has worked in international development since the late 1960s. She has worked and lived in Africa, Asia and Canada as a teacher, development programmer, consultant and manager. She is currently a senior associate of Gender at Work. She was Executive Director of Oxfam Canada from 1999 to 2005. She was Deputy Director for the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, and was Associate Professor at St. Francis Xavier University’s Coady International Institute for ten years. She has volunteered as a Board Member of Canadian and global NGOs.
Sectoral Areas of Interest
- International cooperation
- Organizational leadership and strategy
- Gender equality
- Agricultural and rural development
- Program evaluation and results-based management