Microcredit Chair Mr. Lawrence Keenan along with his wife, owns a prominent English language school and since helping in Kalmunai immediately after the tsunami in 2004 has been a regular contributor to Rose Charity projects. Their school, C.S.L.I. supports educational projects in Kalmunai such as Rose university scholarships, community centre and the recently founded language school. He is planning a Trans-Canada Trail bike ride in 2010 to create greater awareness about the benefits micro-credit.
Technical Expert Dr Yoga Yogendran came to Canada from Sri Lanka. In Canada he completed his PhD in engineering in Alberta and worked as a consultant for the energy sector for four years. He moved to BC in 1991 to work for BC Hydro’s Powertech labs and became the Director responsible for the Clean and Renewable energy programs. In 1996 he completed an executive MBA program at SFU after which he shifted from science to management of technology development and commercialization. In 2004 he moved to National Research Council as a Director of Technology Deployment and Commercialization at the Fuel Cell Innovation Institute and is focused on technologies to mitigate climate change and improve the environment. Since the tsunami in 2005 he has been involved with Rose Charities and worked with Sri Lankan and Vancouver groups to implement a number of projects. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Rose Charities Canada.
Fund Raising Mr. Paul Pigeon TD Waterhouse
Fund-Raising Ms. Josephine de Freitas has a BSc in Mining Engineering (Imperial College, London,1974) She spent 25 years in international development starting with a war widows cooperative in Zimbabwe in 1978. In 1994 she volunteered at the BC Children’s Hospital to create their International Health Programs and initiated projects in South Africa and Guyana. In 1996 she assisted UBC to develop the Centre for International Health and organized “Bridging the Pacific” APEC conference on distance education. In 2004 she managed the CIDA funded project in Guyana “Strengthening Public Health in Guyana” a $5 million CIDA funded project on HIV/AIDS and TB. She is a member of the board of Rose Charities Canada.
Communications Ms. Brigitte Witzel has a Master in Health Administration from UBC.. She has experience working with the World Health Organization in Brussels, the Institute of Health Promotion Research at UBC, the Canadian as a Second Language Institute in Vancouver, among other places. She is currently working as the Coordinator for the First Contact program with the Canadian Red Cross assisting refugee claimants upon their arrival in the Lower Mainland. She is Brazilian born Canadian and speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French.
Technology, Marketing Mr. Boyan Blocka along with his wife are the directors of Kyosei Consulting International, Inc. a business coaching, consulting and training firm based in Vancouver and serving clients worldwide. Some of their more well-known clients include Blenz Coffee, Business Objects (SAP), CSLI, Google, Lafarge, Nokia, VanCity, and VANOC. Their work ranges from start-up business training and employee engagement to leadership development, strategic marketing, and authentic culture creation. They love their work and their clients.
Global Agents for Change Partner Ms Christina Wu has a Bachelor of Business Administration from SFU, with a joint major in Communications. She has held communications positions at the BC Transmissions Corporation, Nokia and Grey Vancouver. She is a founding member of the not-for-profit Global Agents for Change, which drives sustainable solutions to global poverty and inspires youth to create a better world. She has been spearheading marketing communications programs since the non-profits birth and now also works on strategy and planning as a Board Member. She currently works in communications with the B.C. Council for International Education, which serves as an infomation source for studenst, parents and educators, and support network for international educational practicioners in B.C.