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)
Carolyn McAskie, an Officer of the Order of Canada, is a retired senior official of the Canadian Government and of the United Nations. She 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 (as Head of the UN Mission in Burundi) 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 as well as in Burundi with the United Nations.
Since retiring, she has been a Senior Fellow with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Ottawa, a member of the Board of the Pearson Centre, a mentor with the Trudeau Foundation and a trainer with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
Carolyn McAskie has played a prominent role in political, developmental and financial negotiations: as a Canadian delegate to the United Nations and the International Financial Institutions; as a member of the Facilitation Team of the Burundi Peace Process in Arusha under the late Julius Nyerere, the former President of Tanzania; as Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the humanitarian crisis in Cote d’Ivoire and as Special Representative of the Secretary General in Burundi.
Areas of Interest:
- Fragile States
- Multilateral Organizations and negotiations
- Sub-Saharan Africa (Great Lakes region, East Africa, West Africa)
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.
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 Ottawa Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Rideau and the Rideau Waterway Land Trust.
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 decentralisation process. He has been a Senior Fellow at Ottawa University’s School of International Development and Global Studies. He is a Distinguished Associate of the North-South Institute, Canada’s principal development think-tank. He has worked in recent years 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, G20, development/aid effectiveness, post-Busan agendas, evaluation, country and donor performance, results, fragile states, emerging Economies/BRICS, governance/corruption, institutional effectiveness, roles of CSOs/NGOs, inclusiveness and decentralisation.
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
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
- Programme Evaluation and Results-Based Management
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
- African politics
- political violence
- peacebuilding and transitional justice