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 has newly been appointed as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada where she oversees the organizations mandate to promote science-based solutions for the planet. The organization is supported by 2.8 million people worldwide. Prior to this, she was the Chief Executive Officer of ActionAid International, a global federation with over 2800 staff working in over 45 countries committed to finding sustainable solutions to end poverty and injustice. She was Policy Director at Oxfam Canada and was awarded a leadership prize for her significant role as Executive Director of the Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). She has been an advisor to numerous organisations including Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, Mama Cash, the UN Trust Fund on Violence Against Women, and The Stephen Lewis Foundation. In the nineties she was a Senior Researcher at the Ottawa based think-tank, The North-South Institute. 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.
Nancy Gordon: Vice-Chair and Secretary
Nancy Gordon was the Senior Vice-President at CARE Canada until her retirement in July 2006. Throughout her 13 years at CARE, Nancy held a number of positions including Director of Communications as well as Democratic Development and as Marketing Unit Leader. Prior to her work at CARE, Nancy was the Director of Public Programmes at the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security (CIIPS). Nancy was educated at Queen’s University and joined the Department of External Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer in 1963. She taught Political Science at Brandon University and served as Executive Director with the United Nations Association in Canada. In 2002, she was elected National President of the United Nations Association in Canada, a position she held until 2006.
Maxine Ifill: Treasurer
Currently a director general at Public Works and Government Services Canada, Maxine Ifill has held executive level positions in the Federal Public Service for over eight years. Maxine has ten years of private sector business marketing experience, managing quarterly marketing campaigns with Bell Canada and conducting national 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 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: Director
Marcia Cardamore is the Founder and Executive Director of PeopleSense Foundation (and PeopleSense Inc.), which provides philanthropic support through consultation and leadership that aids in the development and effectiveness of organizations run by women for the benefit of women and girls, globally. With over 30 years of expertise in organizational development in the high tech/software industry and academia (teaching at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University), Marcia commits to high potential organizations that are poised as either early start-ups or undergoing reinvention and intent on making profound improvements in women and girls’ human rights and social justice through systemic change. Marcia is driven by the conviction – coupled with a deep sense of urgency – that; “There is no greater imperative facing the world today than the alleviation of pain, suffering and persecution of females and the inclusion of women within the global community as leaders who can help heal the world.”
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 he is responsible for providing vision and growing the business and he provides strategic oversight for a client portfolio including Best Buy Canada, Egg Farmers of Canada, Procter & Gamble, Hydro One, Hyundai, and Bayer Inc. 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 created the Canadian Carpet Recovery Effort, is a former Board member of the Design Exchange, and a blogger for the Huffington Post Canada.
Katharine Im-Jenkins: Director
Katharine Im-Jenkins is the Director of Programs at WUSC. Her role is to foster the institutional partnership between WUSC and The MATCH International Women’s Fund. Katharine 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.
Barbara McInnes: Director
Barbara McInnes was with the Community Foundation since its inception in 1987, overseeing its growth to what is now one the largest and most highly regarded of Canada’s 190+ community foundations. Barbara was awarded the Order of Canada in 2008 for her contributions as a leader and catalyst for the development of community-based philanthropy in her city, across Canada and around the world. Active in her community, she has been a Governor of Carleton University, President of the Ottawa Estate Planning Council and of the Ottawa School of Art, board member of United Way and numerous other professional associations and voluntary sector boards. Having received many honours and awards for her work, she is now enjoying the next very active phase of her life. Currently she serves as a director of the Shorefast Foundation, HUB Ottawa, the Telus Ottawa Community Board, a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the National Arts Centre and on the Advisory Board of PAL Ottawa.
Douglas Tanton: Director
Douglas Tanton is a veteran global fundraiser, marketer, narrative and campaign communications expert with 25+ years experience. His work has included leadership roles as Global Director of Fundraising and Global Investment Fund Chair with Greenpeace International, and Global Director of Resource Development & Public Engagement with CARE International. Via his work and passion for a world embracing positive change he has advised and shaped some of the leading public engagement and fundraising campaigns of our generation. Currently as Vice President of Development at 2evolve Pty. Ltd. he provides senior leadership in the arena of Fundraising, Communications, Marketing, Branding and Narrative Development to leading non profit and media organizations in development, arts/culture, environment and education. An accomplished marketer, results driven innovative fundraiser and original thinker, Douglas participates actively in global industry peer support and continuing education events and publications. He has authored or led a variety of trainings, workshops, masterclasses and industry insights. Mr. Tanton serves his community on Boards/Committees of leading Arts & Development organizations and is honoured to serve on the Board of Directors of The MATCH Fund. Now splitting his time between Toronto and the countryside of South Frontenac Ontario, Douglas gathers his inspiration from the wisdom of his wife Ulla and their two ridiculously talented musician children David & Astrid, dog Maggie and of course, don’t forget the cats!
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!
Sophie Gupta: Director
As a passionate advocate for successful philanthropy through systemic change efforts, Sophie is a firm believer that women, women’s groups and women’s funds are catalysts for innovation and the very disrupters needed to achieve gender equality. In her day-job, Sophie is the Managing Director of Somel Investments Inc. and the Director of Operations of Yaletown Partners, each of which invests in high-tech emergent-growth companies developing products to address resource sustainability, climate change and foster next generation technologies and serving enterprise customers to improve physical capital and knowledge worker productivity. Her professional life sits at the intersection of the technology industry and venture capital; two platforms in which she actively seeks to create greater opportunities for participation among women, in particular with respect to governance and leadership roles. Sophie runs and manages the Gupta Family Foundation; whose mandate is to support the empowerment of girls and women through educational and economic advancement opportunities. Sophie is an active volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross and, in addition to her involvement with The MATCH Fund, also serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.