Regional Programmes Manager
As a former ranger for the Uganda Wildlife Association and a Community Development Officer for over 10 years, we just knew Clement’s big personality came packaged with big smarts. His plethora of knowledge about Kisoro and unending passion for working with people both impresses and intimidates us at RTV, so we brought him on board to soak up his wisdom!
Finance and Administration Manager
Esther’s passion for things adding up has added up for RTV in a big way. Single-handedly sorting out the Uganda office’s finances and processes, the rest of the team can now focus on getting things done in the field.
Sr. M&E Officer
She’s the first female member of RTV’s ground team and the LAST face you’re likely to see before being left in a cloud of dust as she dirt bikes with impressive speed to the villages throughout the Virunga mountains. In other words, Remmie is Beyonce fierce. With a degree in Adult and Community Education, Remmie has great skill in facilitating community mobilization and gender empowerment; areas for which she has a great passion.
Project Officer – Southwestern Region
Sr. Project Officer – Eastern Region
As a former Field Coordinator for a Ugandan Science and Education Foundation, Patrick has a heart to help youth and communities better themselves. He also loves to better himself, with an education covering Social Action, Physics, Microsoft software, and now a Certificate in Global Health from John Hopkins. His other passions include travel, adventure — and singing!
Project Officer – Southwestern Region
Project Officer – Southwestern Region
M&E Officer – Southwestern Region
One of Raising The Village’s founding board members, Alan has served the organization in every capacity as one of its most dedicated volunteers. Prior to his appointment to Executive Director in 2015, he worked in a diverse set of non-profit, social enterprise, and chartiable organizations focusing on effecting change, particularly for people living on the margins. Alan has earned two degrees, having graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Hons. Bachelor of Business Admin, as well as receiving his M. Div. from Tyndale Seminary, in 2006.
In January of 2005, the course of my life had been paved for me: I was in line to receive my University degree in Business, had been hired by a major consulting firm, held a signing bonus in my pocket and the excitement of the big city lights within my reach. And yet I couldn’t help but wonder if this lifetime held something more for me; something apart from this identity I’d assumed. I knew I needed answers, so I applied for a position within a global volunteer network and received my invitation to work for a grassroots microfinance outfit in Uganda less than 24 hours later.
When I arrived in a town called Mukono just outside of Kampala, I found that Uganda’s reputation was still largely clouded by its former dictator, Idi Amin, and that 85% of its people were living below the extreme poverty line. Translated into dollars and cents, this meant that most citizens were trying to sustain themselves on the Ugandan equivalent of $1.25 US per day, which barely covered a few bowls of rice and vegetables, nevermind transportation, healthcare and education. This reality presented itself to me repeatedly as I travelled from town to town with a rag-tag crew of local volunteers and was personified by my friendship with Stephen – a fellow team member in his early 20s whose positive outlook was contagious. Over the course of several conversations, Stephen revealed that he hadn’t been able to finish school due to his inability to pay for tuition and that he felt he lacked the skills to secure a job. One day while slumped under a banana tree and uncharacteristically upset, Stephen summed up his position for me, “I have so many good ideas. I know what I want to do…I just need somebody to show me how.”
This was a simple statement but it rocked my world. Stephen – like so many other Ugandans I’d met throughout my experience – was an incredible, inspired and influential individual. He wasn’t looking for a handout, but instead for the kind of guidance and leadership that only a community of people and resources can provide. This is the foundation upon which Raising The Village was built. I believe that we are each other’s best assets and tools – that each of us possesses knowledge and skills that as part of a larger collective can change the future of Sub-Saharan Africa and free its citizens from the cycle of extreme poverty.
SHAWN CHEUNG, H.B. Comm., MPA (FOUNDER)
Shawn Cheung graduated from McMaster University in 2005 with an H.B. Commerce, specializing in Finance. Soon after, he began volunteering for a grassroots micro-finance organization in rural Uganda where he worked with village leadership and communities to identify their goals. Upon his return to Canada, Shawn joined Accenture as a management consultant, where he advised Senior Executive leadership of Fortune 500 firms on process design, strategic planning and business transformation within retail and product sectors. In 2014, Shawn obtained his MPA from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He currently leads the development, methodology and approach behind RTV.
VIRAJ DESAI, BSc. PT, MBA
Viraj Desai’s 25 years+ management and consulting experience spans leadership and consulting roles in healthcare organizations, in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations consulting practice and at her own consulting company “CIM Professional Services Inc”. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, operational and program reviews and corporate performance measurement across industry areas including public sector, retail, infrastructure, and telecommunications. Viraj currently sits on the Board of a large regional health care facility. She also provides mentorship to entrepreneurs with mental health challenges as part of a Rotman program. Viraj was born in Uganda. This combined with her familiarity with the developing world and her vast business experience led her to join the RTV Board.
CHERYL FILIP, HBA
With more than 30 years of financial services experience Cheryl shares a broad business skill set from her roles across a number of business lines including asset management, capital markets, human resources and domestic banking. In her current role as Vice President, National Accounts at Dynamic Funds Cheryl has responsibility for strategic management of a portfolio of industry leading clients. Her not for profit volunteer work has been with a focus on Africa following her daughter’s experience building schools in Kenya in 2009 and her own Africa trip in 2013 where she had a unique opportunity to spend time with the founders of a number of volunteer organizations. Working with organizations that can make a sustainable difference led Cheryl to join the board of RTV in February 2015. She is also a member of the fundraising committee.
Ciaran McGeown B.Sc., CA
Ciaran McGeown is a Manager of Corporate Expenses at Manulife Financial where he is responsible for providing reporting, analysis and budgeting to senior management. With his B.Sc. in Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast, Chartered Accountant designation and past experience as a mentor for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council program, Ciaran has proved himself a beneficial member of the RTV finance team and brings us significant insight and knowledge to best practices.
DERMOT MUIR LL.B (chair)
Dermot Muir is an experienced General Counsel Leader with the unique ability to balance strategy/operations, results/people and legal expertise/innovation. He served for 10 years as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Infrastructure Ontario (IO) a world leader in infrastructure finance and public private partnerships. He was the principal architect of the legal services for IO’s $7B pooled financing loan programme, one of the largest such programmes in North America and was also responsible for legal services for the Province of Ontario’s real estate portfolio, the second largest in Canada. Dermot serves on several NFP Boards and has a long history of involvement in corporate governance.
FRANCK N. PERRIN MA, CIM
With over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, Franck’s areas of expertise are investment finance, economic and business development, business management and operations, and international/intergovernmental relations. Franck also brings non-for-profit experience to RTV. He sat on the Canadian institute of International Relations’ Program and member’s Committees, the Children’s Aids Society Investment Committee and was Treasurer of l’Alliance Française de Toronto, anon-for- profit organization overseeing a $3 million budget and 90 employees. He currently is Chair of a non-for- profit endowment fund. Franck holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Development from the University of Toronto, a Certificate in Financial Business Management from the University of Lyon II in France, and is a Chartered Investment Manager. Franck has published articles in Canadian magazines and was a speaker at conferences and seminars on various financial topics.
JOHN PHYPER CSC, MASc, MBA
John Phyper has over 25 years of experience in the management of high growth companies and is currently the EVP of Sales, Marketing and Alliances at Intelex Technologies – a software company that specializes in solutions for environmental, health and safety quality issues. Additionally, John has co-authored seven books relating to environmental issues, his latest of which was released in 2009 and is entitled “Good to Green”.
DAN RICHARDS MBA
Over his 30 years in the financial industry, Dan Richards built and sold two start-up companies and was CEO of a public company. His not for profit experience includes three years as Vice Chair of the City of Toronto Planning Board, serving on the board of Big Brothers of Toronto and five terms on the campaign cabinet of the United Way of Greater Toronto. Dan holds an undergraduate degree in economics from McGill and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Since 1992 he has been an award winning instructor in the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Dan is chair of the fundraising committee of Raising the Village.
Ian Steaman A.B.
Ian Steaman works in partnership development for music and brand marketing agency, Embrace in Toronto. He graduated with honors from Harvard College with an A.B. in Economics and spent 17 years working in the music industry, most notably for the seminal dance and hip-hop record label, Tommy Boy records where he worked on several platinum & Grammy award winning albums and for the Sony Music label, Jive records (home of Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly Usher and Outkast) where he guided multiple projects to the top of the charts. Ian brings his experience in the areas of branding & marketing, including social media strategy, to Raising the Village’s marketing efforts.
BARNARD STEYN, MBA, MPhil
Barnard Steyn graduated from Edinburgh Business School in 2013 with an MBA, specializing in Finance. He also holds a Masters in Philosophy degree in Entrepreneurship from the University Of Pretoria. He has 7 years of experience working across Africa, including Uganda, in various development roles such as; leadership capacity building, economic development, management consulting, development finance and academic research. He has also worked in the USA as Senior Director of Operations for a Financial Services company. Currently Barnard works in the Banking industry in Canada, specifically focussing on corporate governance, risk and control. Barnard is involved with various non-profit initiatives in Toronto, including non-profit consulting.
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
ALAN LIU H.BBA M.Div
KRIS SOMERS MBA B.Comm.
ANGELA McLENNAN B.Ed. B.Comm. MPA
DR. ELIZABETH YOUNG B.Sc MD, FRCP(C) Pediatrics
ELIZABETH ‘BUFF’ COX B.A. M.Div
AUSTIN WONG B.A. M.A. LL.B
ANITA TONG B.A. MAcc CA
SAMMY YOUNAN B.A.
MONISH GANDHI B.A. Sc.
DAVID MAASSARANY B.A. PG.c
KHALID JANMOHAMED BSE, LL.B
Rohit Ramchandani B.Sc. MPH,
DrPH Candidate Rohit is a Public Health advisor for ColaLife, a member of the Innovation Working Group at UNSG Global Strategy for Maternal and Child Health and a Principal at Antara Global Health Advisors. His diverse experience in the field of public health has not only won him the Georgeda Buchbinder Research Award from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, but has also positioned him to be a candidate for John Hopkins as a Doctor of Public Health. His dedication and breadth of knowledge continually benefits the RTV team.
Dr. Atif Kubursi M.Sc. Ph.D.
Dr. Kubursi has been a Professor of Economics at McMaster University for over 3 decades and is the President of Econometric Research Limited which he founded in 1972. Additionally, Dr. Kubursi has been a Senior Development Officer for the United Nations Industrial Organization and his experiences through several UNIDO missions has swept him across Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sudan and Egypt. His vast knowledge in globalization and economic development issues makes him a vital member of our team.
Raising The Village was founded on the strength of volunteer effort. Every member of our team contributes invaluable skills, talents and countless hours to making Raising The Village what it is today. Here’s to all our volunteers, past and present.
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