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Leadership to the staff and volunteers of IJM Canada is provided by the Board of Directors and the Executive Director, who seek to implement in our Canadian context the global direction set by the leaders of IJM.
  • Anu George Canjanathoppil

    Chief Executive Officer at IJM Canada

Board of Directors

  • James Peters

    Chairperson | Past President, Hadrian Manufacturing Inc.

  • Marvin Devries

    Vice-Chair | Past President, Trojan Technologies

  • Kelly Semkiw

    Secretary | Consultant

  • Jon Faber

    Treasurer | Chief Financial Officer, Pason Systems

  • Angie Redecopp

    Lawyer, Impact Business Law

  • Jennifer Ip

    Lawyer; Past Unit Director & Counsel at LAWPRO

  • Jonathan Shui

    Director of Investments, Good & Well

  • Maranatha Weeks

    Nurse and Clinical Case Manager, Shriner's Hospital

  • Melissa Russell

    Regional President of North America, IJM

  • Wayne Alguire

    Former Senior Pastor, Trinity Church

  • Leigh Schumann

    Principal, Fawkes + Holly

  • Marv Penner

    Founder and Director: Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence

Gary Haugen, CEO & Founder

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Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary Haugen was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. Gary received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets. He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press). Gary was invited to share the themes of The Locust Effect at the annual TED Conference in a talk entitled: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now.

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