Plan International Canada Welcomes Three New Board Members

TORONTO, November 30, 2017 – Plan International Canada announced today that three new members have been appointed to its Board of Directors.

“We are so fortunate to have this esteemed group of individuals join the Plan International Canada Board,” said Caroline Riseboro, Plan International Canada’s President and CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome three new champions for girls’ rights, who will help us to lead the charge for children’s rights and equality for girls.”

New Board Members

The Honourable Rona Ambrose
The Honourable Rona Ambrose is the former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons, and the former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, as well as an outspoken champion for the rights of women and girls. Collaboratively she led the global movement to create the International Day of the Girl at the United Nations.

In addition to serving as an independent corporate director, Rona is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington DC, focusing on key Canada US bilateral trade and competitiveness issues. She also serves on the advisory board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and was recently named to the Advisory Council on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Rona is also the Co-Chair of the new McGill Max Bell School of Public Policy, and has received many meaningful awards for her advocacy and public policy over the last decade.

Christine Magee
Christine Magee is the Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chair of Sleep Country Canada, the largest mattress retailer in Canada. She believes strongly in giving back to her community and is involved in multiple mentoring programs including the Women’s Executive Network. Christine is a Member of the Order of Canada, was awarded the Excellence Canada Board of Governors’ Special Recognition of Achievement Award, and has been inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. She has also been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, inducted in the Marketing Hall of Legends and the Retail Council of Canada Hall of Fame and has received the Wilfrid Laurier Outstanding Business Leader Award.

Christine sits on the board of several companies and organizations, including Trillium Health Partners, Metro Inc., Woodbine Entertainment Group, the Mentoring Council of the Province of Ontario Innovation Fund and the Talent Fund.

Michael Rolland, CPA, CA
As OMERS Chief Investment Officer, Private Markets, Michael Rolland leads both OMERS Infrastructure, the pension plan’s infrastructure investment advisory and management arm, and OMERS Private Equity, the investment management arm of the plan’s global private equity portfolio. He also has lead responsibility for the development of the OMERS presence in Singapore; the plan’s office there opens in January 2018.

Michael has a diverse background in accounting, commercial finance and a broad range of industry sectors, and he holds the CPA and CA designations. He also has an Honours degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Combining his business experience with his deep commitment to giving back, Michael has served on a variety of public, private, charity and community organization boards, both domestically and internationally.

Rona, Christine and Michael join the existing members of Plan International Canada’s board:

Patsy Anderson, C.M. Chair
David Adams, CPA, CA
David Court
Sasha Jacob, M.B.A.
Joshua Liswood, LL.B.
Colleen McMorrow, FCPA, FCA
Aaron Regent, FCPA, FCA
Leagh Turner, M.A.


About Plan International Canada and the Because I am a Girl initiative

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

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Media contact:

Meghan Francis, Media and Public Relations Manager
Plan International Canada
T: 416-920-1654 x376