Board of Directors
CPAR’s dedicated Board members bring a diversified skill set and wide-ranging expertise in health care, community development, law, government relations and communications. Recruited from both Canada and from each of CPAR’s program countries, the Board of Directors’ role is to lead the organization towards achieving our vision, mission.
Secretary and Executive Director
A graduate of the University of Toronto and past member of the G7 Research Group, Dusanka Pavlica has over 25 years of experience working with a variety of NGOs, contributing to her broad experience on specific issues facing NGOs, volunteer management, fundraising, and establishing cross-NGO cooperation and partnerships. Having held senior positions at NGOs focussed on food security and nutrition, eliminating child poverty, and advancing the position of women, Dusanka is dedicated to not only CPAR’s role in improving the health of the communities in which we work, but on forging partnerships that lead to the advancement of shared learning amongst members of the international development community, which will lead to improvements and excellence in our work. As Executive Director Dusanka’s responsibilities include managing board relations, overseeing staff in Canada, and managing and supporting staff in CPAR’s country offices.
Dr. Steve Ferracuti
Steve is a family physician based in Haliburton, Ontario. He is a staff physician at Haliburton Highlands Health Services and Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Steve is currently Chair of CPAR’s Physicians Advisory Committee. He is the race director, and occasionally a runner, in the Kash End of Summer Dash Run held annually in support of CPAR.
Judith is a communications professional with a Masters in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta. A long time independent consultant, much of her practice has been public sector and health-related, including public engagement and policy work in primary care, health human resources, patient safety, and legislation.
Bonnie has spent the majority of her 15-year legal career working as in-house/company counsel, including positions at KPMG and DuPont Canada. Since joining Cognition LLP in 2010, Bonnie has provided “virtual” in-house counsel services to a wide variety of clients, ranging from small technology startups to a Canadian bank and the Canadian division of a global health care products company.
The scope of Bonnie’s experience is wide ranging, providing her with a profound knowledge of various matters including commercial sales contracts, non-disclosure agreements, software and technology licensing arrangements, commercial leasing and litigation management. When not practising law, Bonnie enjoys running through Toronto’s trail systems and ravines with her canine running “partner”, and serves on the Board of the Consumers Council of Canada, in addition to serving on the Board of CPAR.
Andrew Williamson, past Chair
Andrew possesses 15 years of experience working with governments in the areas of Business Development, Technology Transfer/Licensing and International Research Collaboration. He also has 15 years of consulting experience with high tech start-ups in the Life Science/Biotech field in the areas of raising financing, joint ventures and licensing. Andrew is currently involved in real estate sales and real estate investment. He graduated from York University, Toronto, with a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Economics. Aside from serving as the Chair of CPAR’s Board of Directors, Andrew is also Vice-Chair of the East End Community Health Centre Board, and volunteers with the Out of the Cold program in Toronto.
Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Getachew is the Program Director for ChildFund Ethiopia (a US-based International NGO). Getachew holds an M.Sc. degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford (UK), a post-graduate diploma in Development Planning Techniques from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands, and a BA in Economics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
He previously worked as a Senior Resource Mobilization and Response Officer for the Government of Ethiopia’s Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS), and in various positions for the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission.
Dr. Rita Laker-Ojok
Rita holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. An American citizen, she has been a permanent resident of Uganda since 1985. She is employed by TetraTech/ARD as the Chief of Party for the USAID Uganda Feed the Future Agricultural Inputs Activity. She previously served as the Executive Director of Appropriate Technology Uganda.
Rita is also Chair of the board of CPAR Uganda Ltd, an independently registered local NGO, and acts as an external examiner for the Makerere Faculty of Agriculture in Kampala, Uganda.
Her consulting work has been accompanied by an intensive portfolio of volunteer commitments. She was recently appointed by the Association of Canadian Faculties of Medicine as the Public Member for the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). Judith chaired the board of Accreditation Canada, guiding the organization through the construction of its headquarters in Ottawa as well as its rebranding and renaming initiative. She is also past Chair of Kids Kottage, a crisis nursery located in Edmonton.
Tony is a skilled administrator and team leader with 20 years of progressive and senior management experience in the public and non-profit sectors. Specializing in international student services, international student mobility and international development, Tony has many years of experience developing, proposing, implementing and evaluating complex projects and programs. Having worked in the Canadian higher education sector, in headquarters and in the field for established non-governmental organizations, and as a consultant to bilateral and multilateral development agencies, Tony has proven experience developing strategic partnerships, using participatory planning techniques, applying performance management frameworks, and managing change in challenging situations.
Currently the Director of the International Centre for Students at the University of Manitoba, Tony has experience as an Intercultural Trainer and is a qualified I.D.I © Administrator. He holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) from York University and a BA from the University of Manitoba. His experience in non-profit governance includes executive roles with the Manitoba Council for International Education, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, and the CSRAI, Canadian Support for Rural African Initiatives. He has also served on the board of World University Services of Canada. Tony’s experience in countries throughout Africa spans five decades. He has worked with both local and international non-governmental agencies (including six years with CPAR) conducting research, organizing internships and community service learning placements, consulting for bilateral development agencies.
Max Alfred Anyuru
Max is a Social Sector Specialist with over 20 years of experience in program development, management, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation. He has spent 10 of those years as a Senior Consultant in Program/Project Reviews and Evaluation, Baseline Studies and Impact Assessment at the national, regional and international level.
Max holds a master of arts degree in social sector planning and management. He has worked as an employee of several development agencies, but over the last 12 years he has worked as an independent consultant. Max has consulted with United Nations agencies, multilateral and bilateral agencies, governments, and civil society organizations. His expertise is diverse and he has consulted on a wide range of programs, including those related to livelihoods, post-conflict recovery, education, disaster risk reduction and early warning, and governance. He has conducted research, reviews, evaluations on international development topics and has been involved in advocacy efforts in several African countries.
The Hon. Justice Michael Brown
The Honourable Michael Brown is the Regional Senior Judge of Central East Region of the Superior Court of Justice. He is the former Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice. Justice Brown is a former Crown Counsel and the former Senior Discipline Counsel for the Law Society of Upper Canada. Justice Brown was also the Senior Policy Advisor and Executive Assistant to the federal Minister of Justice.
Justice Brown is a past executive assistant and senior policy advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Ontario. He also served as senior counsel for discipline at the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is a past Crown counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. Justice Brown’s main practice area was criminal law.
Gizaw, Farm Radio International’s Director of Operations, has been managing community-based development programs in Africa since 1988. He joined CPAR after completing his master’s degree in Civil Engineering, serving as the Regional Director for all activities in Africa. Gizaw later went on to spearhead the establishment and registration of CAP/AIDS-Uganda, coordinated the establishment of the CAP/AIDS African Advisory Board, and established CAP/AIDS' presence in Arusha, Tanzania, where he lives and works.