The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health focuses on three core pillars to work towards our vision of a world where every woman, every newborn and every child survives and thrives. These are knowledge exchange, measuring results and stakeholder engagement. Peer-nominated Working Groups of Canadian experts in their field take these core pillars from theory to action.

Gender Equality Working Group

The Gender Equality Working Group will provide advice and support to CanWaCH staff and will provide leadership within the broader CanWaCH partnership. This advice and leadership will be focused on:

• Encouraging collaboration across CanWaCH membership to advance shared objectives on gender equality and health

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• Creating opportunities for dialogue among CanWaCH members and associates to build common ground, increasing leadership on best and innovative practices to advance gender equality and health

• Providing input into mapping gender equality capacity across CanWaCH membership, identifying strengths, challenges and opportunities for learning and collaboration

• Participating in and leading gender equality learning opportunities, including workshops and online tools focused on gender transformative approaches

• Advising on the development of principles of gender equality and health for the CanWaCH network, in consultation with CanWaCH members and associates

• Exploring emerging opportunities for joint research, learning and advocacy on gender equality and health.

• Working with other CanWaCH working groups to ensure issues related to gender equality is a cross-cutting lens applied to all CanWaCH work.

Terms of Reference

Group members
Sophie Bourdon Centre de coopération internationale en santé et développement
Andrea Papan Independent Consultant
Cassandra Morris Independent Consultant
Jeanine Cudmore Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
Jennifer Donville Independent Consultant
Saifullah Chaudhry Plan International Canada
Elizabeth Dyke Independent Health and Social Development Consultant
Juanita Gnanapragasam University of Alberta School of Public Health
Merydth Holte-McKenzie World Vision Canada
Morag Elizabeth Humble Alinea International
Dominique LaRochelle Save the Children Canada
Alison Riddle Gavi
Jennifer Savidge CowaterSogema International Inc.
Claudia Schauer SickKids Centre for Global Child Health
Paula Richardson Salanga
Sindy Zemura-Bernard Southern Africa Embrace Foundation
Melina Kalamandeen Independent Consultant
Nathalie Rainville Global Affairs Canada
Julia Cabassi International Consultant - Gender Equality & Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
Samantha Ash UNICEF Canada
Genevieve Nemouthe Care Canada
Sherry Leonard ADRA Canada
Paula Tenaglia Canadian Red Cross
Barb MacLaren Canadian Red Cross
Rebecca Boyce Global Affairs Canada
Aamina Adham Right to Play
Julia Muturia World Renew
Rita Houkayem Global Affairs Canada
Meaghan Anderson Digital Opportunity Trust

Metrics Working Group

Pursuant to the vision, mission and strategic plan for CanWaCH, the Metrics Working Group advises the CanWaCH Secretariat, Board of Directors, Research Nodes, Global Affairs Canada, and other key stakeholders on:

1) CanWaCH strategy and activities to strengthen sector capacity for monitoring and evaluation, and

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2) CanWaCH strategy and activities to create a collective account of Canadian investments and results in women and children’s health.

Terms of Reference

Group members
Fawad Akbari Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Luay Basil Canadian Red Cross
Rudy Broers Plan Canada International
Jenn Brenner Healthy Children Uganda/University of Calgary
Clarissa Teixeira CARE Canada
Erica Di Ruggiero University of Toronto
Bart Dickinson Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
Abena Thomas World Vision Canada
Peter Berti HealthBridge Foundation of Canada
Neff Walker John Hopkins University
Elsabé du Plessis University of Manitoba
Marnie Davidson Global Affairs Canada
Jakub Nemec Salanga
Kristin Neudorf Grand Challenges Canada
Holly Nazar McGill University
Sofia Jadavji Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Zuhra Aman Action Against Hunger Canada
Ericka Moerkerken Centre de cooperation internationale en sante et developpement (CCISD)
Sundus Khan University of Calgary
Pablo Acosta-Zamora Hope International
Catherine Addison Global Affairs Canada
Jessica Ferne

Public Engagement Working Group


The Public Engagement Working Group will provide input, expertise and advice towards CanWaCH’s public engagement coordination and outreach. The terms of reference are as follows:

Pursuant to the vision, mission and strategic plan for CanWaCH, the Public Engagement Working Group will:

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1. Provide input into CanWaCH Public Engagement coordination efforts, such that the Partnership strengthens the ability, and amplifies the voice, of our partners to engage the Canadian public and builds greater awareness of the importance of investing in women and children’s health globally. This includes providing advice and support towards:

  • CanWaCH’s efforts to monitor, support and share partner public engagement activities within the Partnership and to target audiences; and,
  • The identification of key milestones and opportunities for CanWaCH members to collectively strengthen those activities.

2. Provide review, expertise, and advice on the CanWaCH Public Engagement Campaign. This includes review and feedback on products produced by CanWaCH and contractors as part of this campaign, such as:

  • In-depth research and analysis on target audiences’ behaviour (concerns, issues, beliefs, mindset), as it relates to international development assistance and with a particular focus on women and children’s health;
  • Content, including key messages, Q&As, tool-kits, social media assets and more as applicable to align with CanWaCH members behind a common platform to influence the Canadian public’s engagement and behaviours in relation to investment in women and children’s health globally;
  • Processes that will enable CanWaCH members, regardless of internal capacity, to deliver on their public engagement mandates; and,
  • Media outreach conducted as part of the CanWaCH Public Engagement Initiative.

3. Provide advice on measuring and reporting on the success of public engagement activities by CanWaCH and its partners.

4. Provide input to the CanWaCH Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Working Group (SEPWG) on the reporting and results of public engagement activities by CanWaCH and its partners to government stakeholders.

5. Provide support and awareness for CanWaCH public engagement coordination and campaign initiatives across the membership by acting as public engagement ‘ambassadors’.

PEWG Terms of Reference

Group members
Jennifer Foulds Amref Health Africa in Canada
Terry Chemij (Co-Chair) World Vision Canada
Paul Galipeau Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Alex Wysocki-Najar Canadian Association of Midwives
Stephanie Wiafe HealthBridge Foundation of Canada
Jessica Bryant Save the Children Canada
Gabriel Perriau Humanity & Inclusion Canada
Zahra Baptiste (Co-Chair) Canadian Feed The Children
Daniel Quesada Horizons of Friendship
Deanne Berman Seva Canada
Spencer Henson University of Guelph
Douglas Chow Youth Delegate
Courtney Campbell Grand Challenges Canada
Tyler Warnock Youth Delegate
Charmaine Crockett
Lauren Murray CanWaCH

Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Working Group

The Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Working Group supports CanWaCH efforts to inform and advise various Canadian stakeholders about women and children’s health globally. This includes advice on reporting, strategic priorities and resource allocation.

Terms of Reference

Group members
Taryn Russell (Co-Chair) Save the Children Canada
Robyn Bright (Co-Chair) Nutrition International
Robyn Waite Results Canada
Rebecca Davidson CARE Canada
Annie Bodmer-Roy UNICEF Canada
Sara Schulz World Vision Canada
Sian Fitzgerald Healthbridge Foundation of Canada
Kristen Ostling Plan International Canada
Patricia Strong Canadian Red Cross
Julie Truelove WaterAid Canada
Jennifer Slawich Right to Play
Robin Montgomery Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development
Miranda Gallo Islamic Relief Canada
Lauren Alcorn One Drop Foundation
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