CANADEM HQ Staff

CANADEM HQ Staff

Paul LaRose-Edwards

Executive Director

Paul founded CANADEM in 1996, and has been working in the international community for over 30 years. In a 1995-1996 study of UN field operations for Canadian Foreign Affairs, he recommended the creation of CANADEM. The Canadian government asked him to action that direct recruitment support for the UN by setting up CANADEM as an independent NGO. Apart from a leave of absence to be the UN OHCHR Representative in Jakarta, he has headed CANADEM ever since.

Prior to CANADEM he had worked in the international community for several decades. Most of his international service was in international human rights, dealing with the politics of advancing rights. With an LL.B. and LL.M. in international human rights law, Paul worked in a variety of missions and countries including Rwanda, Kosovo, Croatia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Afghanistan. He has been staff with NGOs such as Amnesty International, as well as on staff with the Canadian Government, the UN and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He was a consultant for an even larger grouping including the OSCE, EU and NATO. Paul’s last diplomatic post was as Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Indonesia, and for four years he was the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Head of Human Rights in London UK.

A former Canadian Armoured Corps officer and Royal Military College graduate, he has and continues to do civ-mil work with various militaries including the Canadian Forces (Staff College, Peace Support Training Center); NATO civil-military training, doctrine and concept development; UK Staff College; and the US Naval War College. He and his wife Marilyn have one son, Mike.

Christine Vincent

Deputy Executive Director

Christine helped establish CANADEM in 1997 and has worked to promote the vast expertise in the Roster since then while monitoring all of our more than 150 projects valued at over $110 million. Holding a Masters degree in sociology with Ph.D. coursework, she has worked on immigration, refugee and humanitarian issues for over 20 years, much of the time focusing on women and peacebuilding.

Prior to joining CANADEM, she was an evaluation consultant who counted Justice Canada, Citizenship and Immigration and other government departments among her clients. As a research associate at Carleton University’s Research Resource Division for Refugees, she coordinated national communications and research projects promoting refugee settlement in Canada. She currently oversees CANADEM’s Financial Division; develops CANADEM proposals; and seeks out initiatives to tap into CANADEM’s Roster expertise.

Rose Cohoe

Finance Director

Rose Cohoe, as CANADEM’s Finance Director since May 2002, has successfully managed CANADEM’s financial expansion as we have grown from 3 projects in 2002 to over 20 projects in 2015 with a value of over $10 million. In addition to her CANADEM service, she has over 20 years of business experience in a variety of private industries.

Rose enjoys the fast paced environment of CANADEM and looks forward to new challenges that being CANADEM’s Director of Finance brings. Rose holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Athabasca University with an applied in Business and Administration.

Fiona Vincent Kitchen

Finance Officer

As CANADEM’s Finance Officer, Fiona Vincent Kitchen is responsible for the financial/administrative side of a project deployment— from budgeting, invoicing and reconciliations, to maintaining the organizational integrity of the Finance Department as part of CANADEM’s dedication to transparency and accountability. Prior to coming to CANADEM, she assisted with the 2010 and 2012 Ukraine Election Observation Missions in a surge personnel capacity. She holds an Honours Bachelor Degree of Social Science with a Major in Anthropology and a Minor in Religious Studies. She has benefited from the cultural insight gleaned from her academic work and uses its lens to approach each of CANADEM’s unique Roster deployments. Due to extensive travel abroad she has gained a wide experience with foreign currencies and an understanding of the specific financial challenges facing CANADEM’s experts overseas.

Carla O’Neill

Finance Assistant

Carla holds a Willis College diploma in Executive Business Administration and has over 10 years of financial experience working for Loblaw’s and the Ottawa Lynx Baseball Stadium. As CANADEM’s Finance Assistant, she works with CANADEM’s finance team on the day-to-day activities of the department, updating a vast array of project financial reports, maintaining the various filing systems and tracking CANADEM accounts receivables. Carla is also a writer of children’s books, such as “Jennifer Gets a New Smell”, a book on being yourself. Carla’s daughter illustrated that book.

Mustafa Elkanzi

Director of Field Operations

Mustafa has twenty years of experience in international development including emergency and post conflict settings with the UN and INGOs. His previous fourteen years were with IRC at the Country Director level in Africa and Asia. He has extensive field experience in managing multi-sectoral field programs including health, WASH, education, protection, income generation, food security, DRR, and governance. Mustafa was based long term in Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Guinea, Burundi, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, and Sudan, and operated short-term in many others.

He advises/mentors all of CANADEM’s field work with a view to validating or recommending changes to policies and procedures, particularly reference screening and selection of candidates for field operations; deployment procedures; and duty of care. CANADEM at any point has an average of 100 individuals in the field, seconded to UN, OSCE, etc. and Mustafa fills the role of a roving field director with a particular mandate to validate their wellbeing and performance.

He also assists in expanding field programming particularly reference missions/programs/projects in Africa and Arabic speaking countries. With a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, he is a native Arabic speaker, fluent in English, and working knowledge of French and Swahili.

Zoe Dugal

Senior Deputy Director of Field Operations

Zoe Dugal holds a Master degree in Political Science from McGill University. She started her career in Sierra Leone for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2002 to 2004, an independent organization investigating violations of human rights committed during the conflict in that country.

She has then worked on community disarmament for UNDP in Sierra Leone from 2004 to 2006. Zoe then worked as a Project Manager for the Pearson Peacekeeping Center from 2007 to 2011. In this position, she managed a capacity development project for police services in ten African countries to support them in their participation in UN and African Union peacekeeping operations, in collaboration with African multilateral organizations. From 2007 to 2011,  Zoe was an Advisor for GIZ, the German development agency, in Kenya where she worked with several government institutions, including the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. Zoe managed a project to build the capacity of the Afghan National Police in the area of children’s rights for the International Bureau for Children’s Rights in collaboration with UNICEF in 2015-2016.

Zoe previously worked with CANADEM in 2006-2007 and returned in May 2016 as Senior Deputy Director of Field Operations.

Cassandra Mathies

Deputy Director of Field Operations

Cassandra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) from the University of Waterloo as well as a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Ottawa. She has gained experience in the field of human rights and humanitarian affairs through various internships in Southeast Asia, China, Israel and Palestine, and at the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok.

Kristen Carson

Senior Field Operations Officer

Kristen joined CANADEM in 2014 as a Senior Field Operations Officer with the Humanitarian Response Team. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Ottawa in Public and International Affairs and B.A. in International Studies from Glendon College-York University. She has hands-on experience in the field of peace and reconciliation working in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and marginalized communities in the UK. She also gained international experience through an internship as a political affairs officer at the Canadian Embassy.

Janice Fu

Field Operations Officer

Janice is a Field Operations Officer with the Field Operations team. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Science in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa. While completing her Bachelor’s degree, Janice was a leader in spearheading the largest student run international development conference in Canada. Prior to joining CANADEM, she worked at Global Affairs Canada assisting in maintaining bilateral relations through the Southeast Asia and Oceania Relations division. Janice has also held numerous positions at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada working under various branches such as the Treaties and Aboriginal Government and the Chief Financial Officer. She has also previously conducted field research on occupational health and safety of the garment industry in Bangladesh.

Emma Jia

Field Operations Officer

Emma is a Field Operations Officer. She holds an Honours Bachelors of Geography and Sociology degree from the University of Ottawa. At CANADEM, she assists with the CANADEM’s secondments to the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and the Stand-by Partnership Program humanitarian secondments to such places as Sierra Leone, Jordan and South Sudan.

Dusan Jovanovic

Roster Director

Dusan joined CANADEM in 2007 and currently works as Director of Roster with primary responsibility for CANADEM’s Roster group, responsible for matching field experts to posts in different international organizations. Considered as CANADEM’s roster guru, he has helped drive innovative ways to cost effectively manage the current roster of over 22,000.

Dusan also manages the screening and selection of Canadian election observers for the DFATD-funded International Election Observation Program: his largest single screening/selection was of 422 observers from over 5,000 applicants. He deployed twice to Ukraine as part of CANADEM’s in-country senior mission management team for the 2010 and 2012 bi-lateral Canadian election observation missions. He holds a BA in Economics, a BA in International Relations, an MA in European and Russian Studies, and a Graduate Diploma in European Integration Studies.

Pantiwa Naksomboon

Senior Roster Officer

Pantiwa is a Roster Officer and holds an M.A. in Public and International Affairs from University of Ottawa, a B.A. in British and American Studies from Thammasat University, and and a post-graduate certificate in Event Management from Algonquin College. Her work consists of matching qualified and available Experts to positions and missions with the United Nations and other international organizations. These posts span the globe from Philippines to Syria and across Africa. Pantiwa also coordinates the deployment of those Experts to the field upon selection.

Luba Shmygol

Roster Officer

Luba joined CANADEM in 2016 as a Roster Officer. A Fulbright Scholarship recipient, she completed a Master’s Degree in Philosophy at Miami University, USA. While working towards her PhD at the University of Toronto, she contributed to a number of research projects on international relations, immigration, Canada’s non-profit sector, and corporate social responsibility. These research studies prompted her to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Ryerson University.

Prior to joining CANADEM, Luba worked for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada providing interpretation services to asylum seekers and recent immigrants. She has gained experience in the field of international development and humanitarian aid while providing program assistance at Right To Play Canada and through volunteering in Canada and Ukraine.

Ben James

Roster Officer

Ben joined the CANADEM roster team in 2016. He holds a Master of Arts in political science from Carleton University and an Honours Bachelors in political science and philosophy from Nipissing University. He is currently working on his PhD in political science at Carleton focusing on classical political philosophy and contemporary communitarian theory. Ben works to enhance the CANADEM roster by administering training opportunities and performing maintenance on the database. Along with his work on the roster team, Ben has been hosting a political talk radio show, The Filibuster, on CKCU FM since 2013.

Randy Weekes

Director of Duty of Care

Randy has been working in the fields of international development, conflict management and capacity building for more than 40 years. He has worked in education and rural development in Asia, multi-sector program management in Africa and in conflict areas including Kosovo, Bosnia and most recently Afghanistan. He has designed and delivered training programs for hundreds of groups in Canada and around the world. His clients have included military, police, diplomats, universities, businesses and NGOs.

Having experienced many of the challenges that come with international work in higher stress international environments himself, Randy supports CANADEM in ensuring that it and other agencies fulfil their Duty of Care to personnel sent abroad. Randy has a Graduate Certificate in International Psychosocial Consultation (U.E.L.) as well as Certificates in Adult Education (St.F.X.U.) and Financial Planning (C.I.F.P.) and a BA in Political Science (Queen’s U.).

Hugo Ortega

IT Director

Hugo Ortega is Director of Information Technology division at CANADEM. As Director of Information Technology, Hugo provides direction and leadership for all aspects of Information Technology, including strategy & business alignment, project management, process improvement, vendor & contract management, collaboration tools, staff support and networks. He ensures maintenance of all CANADEM IT systems locally and remotely, and continuously looks to upgrade the IT network, following closely the development of new technologies.

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