The MATCH International Women’s Fund Board of Directors is a group of strong, dedicated Canadian leaders who are passionate about women’s rights. Coming from diverse backgrounds, our Board is foundational to The MATCH Fund’s continued success.
Joanna Kerr: Chair
Joanna Kerr is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, part of a global network working to stop climate change, protect precious biodiversity and advance Indigenous rights. A lifelong feminist and activist, Joanna previously served as the first female Chief Executive of ActionAid International, a global federation based in South Africa working in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. There, she led an organization-wide strategy that put women’s rights at the core of its work. Before that, she led the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, transforming it into one of the most significant global conveners and feminist campaigners, for which she was awarded a leadership prize from the Sigrid Rausing Trust. Joanna has held senior positions with Oxfam Canada and the North-South Institute, where she wrote and edited numerous publications on women’s rights, development and globalization. Joanna Kerr holds an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. A Canadian, she has lived and worked in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
Maxine Ifill: Treasurer
Currently, a Senior Director at Shared Services Canada, Maxine Ifill has held executive level positions in the Federal Public Service since 2006. Maxine has ten years of private sector business marketing experience, managing quarterly marketing campaigns with Bell Canada and conducting national customer research studies with Canada Post. She is a former co-chair of the Black History Ottawa committee and a former board member of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre. Maxine holds an MBA in marketing and international business from McGill University as well as a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa.
Linda Plumpton: Director
Linda Plumpton, a member of Torys’ Executive Committee, is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice and Competition and Antitrust Practice Group. Her practice focuses on competition litigation, class action defence, corporate/commercial disputes, and securities litigation. She also practises in the areas of public law, constitutional law, and employment. Linda has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada, in all levels of court in Ontario, and in the Federal Court, as well as before the Competition Tribunal and the Ontario Securities Commission.
Marcia Cardamore is an executive, entrepreneur and venture investor in high tech with thirty years of building and managing software businesses. Her venture capital was acquired from the sale of DataMirror Corporation a publicly traded enterprise software business (Nasdaq: DMCX TSE: DMC) that she helped create, build, manage, take public and sell to IBM, in her capacity as Executive Managing Director, worldwide operations. In 2011 she founded PeopleSense Foundation a privately funded Canadian charity that focuses on systemic change initiatives that address violence against women and girls (VAWG) globally. As a women’s rights activist, Marcia supports and works with (in addition to The Match Fund): The Canadian Women’s Foundation (former Chair Education Salon Series, Advisor on Violence Prevention and Trafficking Committees since 2011), Women Moving Millions (former Chair, VAWG Circle, Board member 2018-22), The Equality Effect (former Advisor & Board Member & Chair 2011-14), and Everywoman Everywhere (Board Member 2018, Board Chair 2019-22) which is pursuing the creation of an international treaty to address violence against women and girls. Marcia is a former member of the Maverick Collective where she piloted a reproductive healthcare and rape crisis centre in Honduras. She is a member of the Central America Donors Forum based in Seattle, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada, International Women’s Forum and The Philanthropy Workshop. In 2018, she helped found GROW a Canadian wide giving circle of women leaders supporting women in Canada to overcome poverty and domestic violence. She has travelled extensively meeting with women’s rights organizations seeking a more just and equitable world for girls and women. Marcia holds degrees from Queen’s University (Psychology) and the University of Toronto (Human Resource Management and Labour Relations) where she taught organizational development part time for nearly twenty years while running her consulting firm, building software businesses and raising her three daughters with her husband. Marcia is grateful for the opportunity to work with The Match Fund and help bring much needed support to grassroots women’s groups in the global south.
Nick Cowling: Director
For almost 20 years, Nick has been crafting corporate and media strategies for clients and advising senior executives on maximizing communications to deliver direct business results. As President for North America of Citizen Relations, he is responsible for providing vision, growth of the business and strategic oversight for a client portfolio including Egg Farmers of Canada, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo Foods, Dyson, Loblaws and MolsonCoors. Before joining Citizen, Nick spent four years managing public relations, internal communications, community affairs, and the environment portfolio for The Home Depot Canada. He has a wide range of industry and sector experience including clean technology, financial services, energy, non-profit, and retail. Nick is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.
Katharine Im-Jenkins: Director
Katharine Im-Jenkins is the Director of Programs at WUSC. She holds a graduate degree in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Global Development and Political Studies. Katharine is passionate about women’s rights and is inspired by The MATCH International Women’s Fund’s mission and vision.
Susan Lewis: Director
Susan Lewis has been dedicated to the United Way movement since 1974 when she began working as a Campaign Manager at United Way of Winnipeg, ultimately assuming the role of President in 1985. Susan retired in November 2014 after over four decades of dedicated service to her community. As a CEO, she challenged the status quo and in the mid-1990s launched a transformational change process that led to a new vision and a new operating model and restructured every functional area of United Way of Winnipeg. In 2006, Susan led the formation of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council which included leadership from all sectors working together to address in real and measurable ways some of Winnipeg’s toughest issues. Susan has served on many boards and advisory councils and continues to do so in her retirement.
Robin Howlings: Director
Robin Howlings, Owner and CEO of Danamark WaterCare, has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canadian business, while leading Danamark to a market-leading position in the increasingly important water filtration business. In 2012, Robin was recognized as a Canadian Diversity Champion by Women of Influence. Robin is a past board member of MADD Canada, Mothers against Drunk Driving, and a past member of the advisory board for Canada’s Most Powerful Women-Top 100 and The Ted Rogers School of Business Management. Robin is a member of The International Women’s Forum (IWF) and The Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She is active in Ronald McDonald’s House Charities, and founded The Robin S. Howlings Foundation for Clean Water, in memory of her late father. Robin has completed the Institute for Corporate Directors (ICD) course for Not-for-profit boards. In 2014, Robin attended Harvard University as an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow. In Sept. 2015, Robin joined UNICEF Canada and the 25th Team; a National Women’s Giving Circle. Robin lives in Toronto with her partner, Paul Bowers and enjoys golf, cycling, good wine and cooking!
Alana Couvrette is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Over the past few years, she has worked enthusiastically with several organizations that seek to improve the wellbeing of at-risk and marginalized youth, especially young women and girls. As a budding feminist, Alana channeled her passion for women’s rights and empowerment into several causes, most notably the LeadHer Initiative, a project that provided a local young women’s shelter with one year of leadership and confidence building activities. She was also actively involved with YWCA as a Youth Advisor for their Leadership Institute Advisory Committee, a committee that sought to guide the development of Canada’s first young women’s leadership institute, as well as for their Project Shift Committee, a 30-month long project that sought to create a safer digital world for young women and girls.Alana joined The MATCH International Women’s Fund through G(irls)20’s Girls on Boards program.
Marissa Wesely is the Chief Executive Officer of Win-Win Strategies, a non-profit social enterprise that connects the power of business with the deep assets of women’s organizations to empower women globally. Win-Win Strategies grew out of the Win-Win Coalition, a global network of companies, women’s organizations, and foundations, for which Marissa acted as Coordinator until assuming her current role. Marissa has served as an Advisor to the “Path to Empowerment” series hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, and was a 2014 Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, affiliated with the Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. Marissa is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and, until her 9-year term ends in November 2018, the Board of Directors of Global Fund for Women. Marissa speaks and writes regularly on issues of women’s empowerment and rights, including as the author of the 2015 cover story in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Empowering Women at the Grassroots.” Prior to 2014, Marissa was a partner in the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and was regularly recognized as a leading lawyer in banking and finance. As a long-standing advocate for women in diverse settings, Marissa has received many awards, including the ABA’s 2014 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Marissa received her B.A. from Williams College, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude. Marissa lives in New York City with her husband, and has one daughter who is the Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker.
Peggy Antrobus is from the Caribbean – living and working in many of the island states. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics, a Professional Certificate in Social Work and a Doctorate in Education. Since 1974, when she served as Advisor on Women’s Affairs to the government of Jamaica and established their Women’s Bureau, she has worked for the advancement of women’s rights and development. In 1978 she set up the Women and Development (WAND) Unit at the University of the West Indies, and is a founding member of many regional and international organizations including CAFRA (the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action), and DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era). She has served on the Boards and Advisory Commitees of many international organisations including The Match Fund (1978-83), The Coady Institute (1987-1990), the Society for International Development, SID (1991-94) and the Center of Concern, a Washington-based Jesuit organization concerned with international development (1998-2006); and carried out consultancies for numerous agencies and foundations including CIDA, UNIFEM, UNDP, the Ford Foundation, the Rockerfeller Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She has contributed chapters and articles to many publications and her book, The Global Women’s Movement: Origins, Issues and Strategies, was published by Zed Books in 2004.
Diana Rivington is currently a member of the Gavi Vaccine Alliance Independent Review Committee and an independent consultant. Through her long career with the Canadian International Development Agency, Diana made major contributions to CIDA’s Gender Equality policy and programming which were globally recognized as innovative and leading edge. Her last position at CIDA was Director, Human Development and Gender Equality. During her posting to the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York, Diana sat on the Advisory Committee of UNIFEM and on the governing Bureau of UNICEF and was a key player in Canada’s successful promotion of the global effort that created UN Women. Diana has made significant contributions to numerous international fora focused on women’s empowerment, including as Chair of the OECD Working Party on Gender Equality from 1998-2000 and as a negotiator on the Canadian delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Her diplomatic postings also included Honduras and Colombia. Before joining CIDA, she worked with the Canadian NGOs World University Service of Canada, CUSO, and Canada World Youth. Diana’s involvement with Match goes back to when she was a student at the University of Ottawa, biking around Ottawa to organize a Christmas raffle fundraiser. More recently, as a “Friend of Match”, she has been involved with the Feminist Human Library and the recent Feminist Trivia Match.