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Karen Jackson

Karen Jackson, LL.B., M.B.A., Chair C.M.

Karen Jackson is the General Counsel at the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the University, she was a partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP. Ms. Jackson was elected to the Board of Plan International Canada in 2007.

Ms. Jackson has a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto (1974), a LL.B. from York University, Osgoode Hall Law School (1977) and a M.B.A. from York University (1982). She was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1979.

David Adams

David Adams, CPA, CA

David Adams served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aimia Inc., a global data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company that operates in 20 countries from 2007 until his retirement in March 2016. Prior to joining Aimia, Mr. Adams held senior executive positions with Photowatt, SR Telecom and CAE. Mr. Adams was elected to Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors in January 2016. He currently serves on the Boards of Cardlytics and Club Premier. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Stratford Festival. Mr. Adams is a CPA and CA, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree from the University of Toronto, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program.

Patsy Anderson

Patsy Anderson, C.M.

Patsy Anderson has served on a number of boards over the last 20 years, including The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, The Hospital for Sick Children, SickKids Foundation (Chair 2006-2011), The Aldeburgh Connection (Chair 2008-present), Roy Thomson Hall & Massey Hall (Chair 1999-2001), and Rosedale United Church (Chair 2014-2016). She is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Harvard Business School. In 2012, she was named to the Order of Canada for her board leadership roles.

Patricia Curadeau-Grou

Patricia Curadeau-Grou, B. Com., Finance, ICD.D.

Ms. Curadeau-Grou has been a senior officer of the National Bank of Canada since 1991 where she held several positions, including since June 2012, Strategic Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance, Risk and Treasury from 2007 to 2011. Prior to joining the National Bank, she held a number of key positions at major financial institutions, primarily in business development, credit and corporate planning. She has been a member of the Plan International Canada Board of Directors since March 2010.

Ms. Curadeau-Grou is also a member of the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame for Canada’s most powerful women. She received this honour after being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 three times. Ms. Curadeau-Grou has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from McGill University, a diploma from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and sits on several not-for-profit boards.

Sasha Jacob

Sasha Jacob, M.B.A.

Sasha Jacob is President & CEO of Jacob Securities Inc. an investment bank focused on the renewable power and cleantech sectors. In 2009, Mr. Jacob was elected to Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors, bringing to the table proven experience in executive leadership and renewable energy.

Mr. Jacob completed his B.A. at Bishop’s University and M.B.A. from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. He was the recipient of the Laurier M.B.A. 2009 Outstanding Executive Leadership Award.

Joshua Liswood

Joshua Liswood, LL.B.

Joshua Liswood is a Partner and the Chair of National Health Industry Practice for Miller Thomson LLP. Having joined the Board of Plan International Canada in 2006, Mr. Liswood is a member of the the Board's Governance and Nominating Committee. He has visited Plan International projects in Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda.

Mr. Liswood completed his B.A. at York University and LL.B. at York University, Osgoode Law School (1977).

Colleen McMorrow

Colleen McMorrow, FCPA, FCA

Colleen McMorrow is a Partner and Canadian leader of Strategic Growth Markets at Ernst & Young LLP. She was elected to Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors in 2015 and brings to the table proven experience in audit, accounting, tax, financing, acquisition due diligence, IPO, corporate governance and business planning. Ms. McMorrow is a past lecturer at the Small Business Enterprise Program, School of Continuing Studies, at The University of Toronto. In 2015, she was nominated as a trailblazer and trend-setter on Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 List.

Bernard Richard

Bernard Richard

Bernard Richard served as Ombudsman for the Province of New Brunswick from 2004 and as its Child and Youth Advocate from 2006, and held both posts until his retirement in March 2011. He received his B.A. in psychology from Université de Moncton and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick.

From 1991 to 2003, Mr. Richard served as an M.L.A. in New Brunswick and held cabinet positions for Aboriginal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Justice, Education and Social Policy Renewal. He joined the Board of Directors for Plan International Canada in 2007, and chairs the Board’s Governance and Nominating Committee. With a distinguished career in politics and children’s rights, he is Child Rights Advisor for Plan International Canada.

Stephen Stewart

Stephen Stewart, C.A.

Stephen Stewart is a Financial Consultant. Mr. Stewart joined the Board of Directors of Plan International Canada in 2006. He brings his wealth of expertise in the financial sector to the Finance and Audit Committee, for which he is the Chair, and the Governance and Nominating Committee.

A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Stewart has over 20 years of experience in the financial services and investment sectors with Canadian and US firms as well as international experience in Hong Kong. Mr. Stewart graduated with a double major in economics and management from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Leagh Turner

Leagh Turner, M.A.

Leagh Turner is the Chief Operating Officer for SAP Canada. In 2015, Ms. Turner was elected to Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors, bringing to the table proven experience in operations, marketing, and value and solution engineering. Ms. Turner received an M.A. from The University of Western Ontario.

The role of the board

Our supporters give generously and loyally to the work of Plan International around the world, and have a right to know that their money is being used appropriately.

The role of Plan International Canada’s board is to protect the interests of all stakeholders and ensure that expected standards of good governance, accountability and transparency are met. More specifically, the board:

  • Approves the budget, audited financial statements and governance policies
  • Ensures all by-laws and key policies – like those addressing child protection, conflict of interest, privacy and procurement – meet today’s standards, and updates them when necessary
  • Ensures standard board accountabilities are being fully addressed through the terms of reference of three board committees (governance, finance and audit, international programs)
  • Works with our independent auditors to ensure Plan International Canada meets the highest standards of accuracy in presenting our financial summary and statements
  • Oversees the work of an experienced risk manager with an independent reporting relationship to the board
  • Oversees executive compensation policy and decisions, assesses CEO performance and does succession planning.

The CEO performance assessment process begins with the board and the CEO agreeing upon annual performance objectives and the key indicators that will measure achievement. There is a review at the six-month mark and a formal review at year end. For the formal review, the CEO provides written feedback on accomplishments to the Chair of the Board and the full board meets to review this. The Chair of the Board is responsible for delivering the final performance assessment to the CEO, with an evaluation of accomplishments in relation to the objectives set out at the beginning of the year.

Board Charter (PDF)

Board By-Laws (PDF)