CanWaCH AGM Voting Information

Welcome! To facilitate the participation of CanWaCH members from across Canada, we’ve launched a secure, online advanced voting system for our 2020 Annual General Meeting. Below, you will find all the information you need to vote. You will also find a space where we welcome you to leave comments, thoughts, suggestions or to ask questions.

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Agenda and Voting Information

AGM: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 (1:00 – 2:30 PM EST)

Advance voting closes at 5:00 PM EST on Monday, November 23, 2020. 


Motion: To approve the 2020 Annual General Meeting Agenda. 

    • Welcome
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of 2019 AGM Minutes
    • Chair Report – Stan Zlotkin
    • Chief Executive Officer Report – Julia Anderson, CEO
    • Finance Committee Report – Sian Fitzgerald, Board Treasurer
      • Appoint public accountant
    • Election of new Directors – Tonia Occhionero, Governance Committee Chair


Motion: To approve the 2019 Fourth Annual General Meeting of the Members meeting minutes.


Motion: To approve the appointment of BDO Canada LLP – Lindsay as the Public Accountant of the Corporation until the 2020-2021 Annual General Meeting of members or until their successors are appointed at a remuneration to be fixed by the Board of Directors and the Board of Directors are authorized to fix such remuneration. MOTION 4: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

Motion: To approve that effective November 24, 2020, the following named persons be:

Elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term:

Mark Brender, National Director, Partners in Health Canada

Mark Brender is National Director of Partners In Health Canada, a global health NGO striving to make health care a human right for all people. Mark opened the PIH Canada office in 2011 and is passionate about raising awareness and funds for this effort. Prior to 2011 he held leadership positions with national and international charitable organizations and worked as a journalist.

 Under Mark’s leadership, PIH Canada has grown from a single staff person and less than $400,000 in revenue six years ago to projected revenue of $5-million+ in the current fiscal year, with six full-time staff. A gender-based violence prevention and treatment program in Haiti linking medical, legal and psychosocial supports was among PIH Canada’s earliest initiatives; since then PIH Canada’s gender equality portfolio has grown to include IDRC-funded research in Haiti and Global Affairs Canada-funded SRHR projects in Haiti, Sierra Leone, and Malawi.

Mark possesses strong communications and analytical skills, and would bring broad health system strengthening, partnership, and government accompaniment perspectives to the CanWaCH board through the experience of PIH’s work in impoverished settings for more than three decades.

PIH Canada has actively participated in various CanWaCH initiatives including the Haiti working group and Lead on Canada ‘Spotlight on Haiti’ series, Gender Equality Week public relations efforts, and the CanWaCH film festival.

Rowena Pinto, Chief Program Officer, UNICEF Canada

Rowena Pinto has significant experience in public affairs, health policy and advocacy, communications, marketing and citizen engagement. She started her career in the federal government and continued to the Canadian Cancer Society, where she spearheaded numerous advocacy campaigns and initiatives, including the adoption of an HPV vaccination school program for Ontario, and supported several Canadian health policy and legislative changes. She is well versed in creating public campaigns, change management and risk communications. Since starting at UNICEF Canada in April 2018, Rowena has contributed to the agency’s global mission through the implementation of an organizational GR strategy, including advocacy for the Thrive agenda and newborn health; and leading the development and implementation of UNICEF Canada’s first federal election campaign “Vote For Every Child,” putting women and children’s health as the global ask. Rowena launched a new UNICEF brand presence in Canada and co-led the organization’s presence at Women Deliver, and has successfully secured significant dollars for UNICEF Canada programs for adolescent girls in West Africa and the Horn of Africa. Rowena also co-leads UNICEF Canada’s diversity and inclusion work, and represents UNICEF national committees on the UNICEF Global Non-Discrimination Task team. She would be happy to apply her knowledge and expertise to the Board of CanWaCH in order to advance the health of children and women around the world, and would welcome the opportunity to work with the other members of the Board in amplifying and increasing Canada’s role in global health and gender equality.

Barbara Grantham, President and CEO, CARE Canada

Barbara Grantham, President and CEO of CARE Canada, would bring a unique and important voice to the CanWaCH Board. She has strong expertise working in the Canadian health sector, a deep commitment to social justice and gender equality work with over 30 years of leadership experience in the charitable sector. Her deep understanding of the Canadian health landscape and the important interplay between domestic and global health programming, and her background in public administration and non-for-profit leadership positions her well to advise CanWaCH on how we can better articulate our work to a broader range of stakeholders. Her successful track record in leading large public engagement and philanthropy campaigns would be a key contribution to the sector-wide priority to make the case for global heath programming in the pandemic context. Finally, CARE’s robust health portfolio and strong gender transformative programming provides Barbara access to program data to contribute to key Board discussions. Barbara is currently leading the strategic planning process at CARE, which would dovetail nicely with the development of the new CanWaCH strategic plan. Before joining CARE, Barbara held the position of President/CEO at the VGH and the UBC Hospital Foundation, and has held executive positions with the Vancouver Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the StreetoHome Foundation. In 2016, she was named one of Women’s Executive Network’s annual Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She also received the 2019 AFP Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising Award recognizing her decades of philanthropic leadership.

Re-elected for a second three-year term:

Tonia Occhionero, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Midwives

Ms Tonia Occhionero joined the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) in 2005 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2010. Under her leadership, CAM has multiplied its capacity to increase the influence of midwifery on the national health policy agenda; to support the growth of midwifery and Indigenous midwifery across the country; and to strengthen global partnerships. Since 2006, Ms Occhionero has successfully managed program funding from the Canadian government including the First Nations Inuit Heath Branch of Health Canada and Heritage Canada. Ms Occhionero oversees CAM’s Global Program which includes projects aimed at strengthening midwifery and funded by Global Affairs Canada in South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Bénin and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ms Occhionero graduated from York University in 1994. She has over 18 years’ experience in management, both in the corporate and in the not-for-profit sectors. She is also a certified doula and served as an Executive member on Boards of several organizations working to improve maternal and newborn care for Canadians. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of her districts’ School Council. Ms Occhionero holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE).

Bill Chambers, President and CEO, Save the Children Canada

William B. Chambers is President and CEO of Save the Children Canada. He has been a long-time supporter of Save the Children, including serving as the Chair of the Board Directors (2005-2009).Previously, Bill Chambers was the Principal at W.B. Chambers Consulting, focusing on strategy, governance and leadership consulting for Non-Governmental Organisations. Prior to this role, Bill was the Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs for CBC/Radio- Canada and served in various roles on CBC’s Senior Executive Team from 2003 to 2015.

From 1997 to 2003, he worked for Goldfarb Consultants a leading market and strategic research firm, first in Paris as Managing Director of Goldfarb Consultants France and then in London as Managing Director of Goldfarb Consultants Europe. Bill has also worked for The Molson Companies Limited where he served as, among other things, Vice President Corporate Affairs.

From 1981 – 1988, Bill worked in government and served as Chief of Staff to then Foreign Minister, The Right Honourable Joe Clark.

Bill holds a Master of Business Administration from the European School of Management (EAP/ESCP) in Paris, France, a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University and a Diplôme d’étude française from the Université des Langues et Lettres de Grenoble.

In addition to his service to Save the Children, Bill has sat on the boards of numerous NGO’s including UNICEF Canada, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, Pollution Probe and the Toronto Dance Theatre, among others. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of St. Elizabeth Health Care.

Margaret Biggs, Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy at Queen’s University

Margaret Biggs is currently the Mathews Fellow in Global Public Policy at Queen’s University and Chairperson of the Board of Governors for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). From 2008-2013, she was President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and responsible for overseeing Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance efforts worldwide. In this capacity, she led CIDA’s efforts in support of Canada’s 2010 G8 Muskoka Initiative on maternal, newborn and child health and the UN’s Every Woman, Every Child effort. Previously, Ms. Biggs served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning, in the Privy Council Office. Ms. Biggs has also represented Canada in numerous international fora and serves on a number of boards and advisory bodies, including World University Service Canada. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.

Important Documents 

CanWaCH 2019 Annual General Meeting Minutes

2019-2020 Annual Report

Thank you for taking the time to participate in CanWaCH’s AGM! 

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST.