Our Board of Directors
Rolland is President of the consulting firm Northern Strategies Inc. Previously, he held executive positions in the mining and chemical industries, most recently as Vice-President of Finance & Strategy for the Iron Ore Company of Canada (a Rio Tinto subsidiary). He has been involved with mining projects in South Africa, Madagascar, Guinea, and Canada. His current activities include advising industrial and financial clients, working with non-profit organizations, and mentoring Montreal-area small business owners on a voluntary basis. He is a Fellow of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and past Board member of the Society of Management Accountants of Quebec.
Nicole is the Vice-President, Global Operations at Women in Governance (WiG) a not-for-profit organization that works to increase the presence of women in decision-making roles in business and politics. She is a seasoned HR Executive who has led HR professionals at Bombardier, RioTinto, Iron Ore Company of Canada, FedEx Canada, and Royal Bank of Canada. During her career, she has implemented and overseen HR policies, engagement programs to improve the workplace, and negotiated the first impact benefit agreements between Iron Ore Company of Canada and various indigenous communities in Labrador. Ms. Piggott holds a Board position at WiG USA Ltd. and is the co-lead for the Goodman Cancer Research Institute lecture series at McGill University and was formerly on the Board at the École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec Foundation and the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Finally, she shares the fruits of her good fortune by sponsoring the entrance scholarship for the Black Academic Scholarship Fund that her mother co-founded over 25 years ago.
Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy
Teddy is a Full Professor and Director at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Ottawa’s Carleton University. He holds a PhD in Economics and has published widely on issues related to international economics and economic development. He was the co-editor of the 2013 issue of Canada Among Nations on the topic of Canada-Africa relations. His textbook (co-authored with Arch Ritter and Steven Langdon) on African Economic Development will be published by Routledge in early 2018. His current research areas include state fragility, the effectiveness of international aid, domestic resource mobilization, and income inequality.
Allan is a Partner at Loopstra Nixon, a Toronto-based legal firm, where he leads the Canada-US Cross Border practice and serves on the governing Executive Committee. He previously worked at the Toronto office of a U.S.-based, global law firm. He has particular expertise conducting international transactions on behalf of foreign businesses entering the North American market and domestic businesses seeking global opportunities. He also serves a number of foreign law firms as Canadian agent counsel. Allan is licensed to practice law in Canada (Ontario) and the United States (New York) and manages a global corporate finance and commercial law practice. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Corporate and Commercial Law and by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada as a specialist in Corporate Finance. His clients include private and publicly traded corporations, large financial institutions, private equity funds, and high net worth individuals and families.
Bruce is a professor of law at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). His research focuses on efforts to create and apply an effective, law-based system of international justice. He studies topics such as universal jurisdiction, the International Criminal Court, the impact of illegal war economies on human security, and the legal responsibilities of businesses operating in conflict settings. Prior to joining UQAM, Bruce promoted international criminal justice with various civil society organizations.
Ezra is the Executive Director of the MS TCDC knowledge sharing and learning hub, whose mission is to facilitate learning aimed at contributing to improved leadership and democratic governance. Prior to his current role at the MS TCDC, Ezra was the Executive Director of the Akiba Uhaki Foundation– a human rights and social justice fund for Eastern Africa. He was the founding Executive Director of MWENGO for 14 years –a reflection and development centre for NGOs in eastern and southern Africa. He has served in a voluntary capacity with the Kenya NGO Council, the Commonwealth Foundation NGO Advisory Committee, the Resource Alliance, the Montreal International Forum, the Charities Aid Foundation of South Africa, CIVICUS, and the International Board of PLAN International. He serves on the International Grants committee of Comic Relief, co-chairs the Kenyan Civil Society Reference Group, is a board member of OXFAM South Africa, and is the Vice Chairperson of the African Grantmakers Network. Ezra has a degree from Kenyatta University and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Paulo De Sa
Paulo is a Senior Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank. Previously, he was a Practice Manager with the Energy and Extractives Global Practice at the World Bank. There he coordinated and led oil, gas, and mining lending activities and technical assistance in more than 50 countries. He also headed three global partnership programs in the oil, gas, and mineral sectors including: the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR), and the Extractive Industries Technical Advisory Services (EI-TAF). With the World Bank Paulo also held the positions of Lead Operations Officer for the Latin America region and Lead Industrial Economist. Before joining the World Bank, he worked in Strategy and Operations for Usinor-Sacilor, a leading steel producer in France. He holds a Doctorate in Mineral Economics from the Paris School of Mines.
Torwoli is a lawyer with expertise in international development, human rights and criminal justice. She has advised on law reform, access to justice, and capacity building initiatives in Canada, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Torwoli managed a natural resource governance project funded by Global Affairs Canada with the Canadian Bar Association working with government, civil society, and extractive sector stakeholders across East Africa to enhance inclusive development and empower communities affected by mining, oil, and gas industries. Torwoli previously worked at the Department of Justice Canada as legal counsel on extradition matters, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, Rule of Law Division on programs to combat corruption and transnational crimes. Torwoli volunteers with the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking.