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 Professor of international affairs and currently the Director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Ottawa’s Carleton University. He holds a PhD in Economics and has published widely on issues related to international economics and economic development. His current research focuses on domestic resource mobilization, fragile states, foreign aid, and income inequality. His most recent books are African Economic Development (Routledge, 2018), co-authored with Arch Ritter and Steven Langdon, and Exiting the Fragility Trap: Rethinking Our Approach to the World’s Most Fragile States (Ohio University Press, 2019), co-authored with David Carment. His research has appeared in journals such as the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Third World Quarterly, International Interactions, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Foreign Policy Analysis and Applied Economics.
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.
Gavin is Professor and Chair of Sustainability in Business at the University of Surrey. Gavin is a leading global authority on the environmental and social impacts of the small-scale mining sector. Having published over 300 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on the subject, his specialist knowledge widely recognized internationally. He has delivered talks on small-scale mining at United Nations headquarters in New York, the World Bank in Washington DC and several universities worldwide. He has also provided consultancy services on the subject for a range of organizations: the UK Department for International Development, World Bank and EGMONT (Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels); the NGO sector, including the Alliance for Responsible Mining and the WWF Guianas; and corporations such as Newmont Gold Mining and Gold Fields. Gavin is editor-in-chief of The Extractive Industries and Society (Elsevier Science), and is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier Science), Resources Policy (Elsevier Science), Mineral Economics (Springer) and The International Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environment (Taylor & Francis). He is also an executive board member of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), an NGO established to improve awareness and eliminate circulation of ‘conflict diamonds’.
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.