Senior Leadership

Debra D. Kerby
M.Sc., MBA
President & CEO

Since taking on leadership of Canadian Feed The Children in 2010, Debra has led the agency on its journey to change – transforming the organization from charity to change agent, moving to a long-term sustainable approach to community development, and driving high standards of excellence in financial transparency and governance; all with the goal of making an increasingly significant and measurable impact in children’s lives.

Working in marketing and communications in the private sector (Warner Lambert, Labatt Breweries and Mariposa Communications) before following her true calling into international development and humanitarian work, Debra has travelled the globe building partnerships and leading change and innovation.

Prior to joining CFTC, Debra was Executive Director-Strategic Partnerships and Chief Program and Policy Officer for Right To Play, working alongside the CEO and founder to set the foundation and deliver rapid organizational growth. She holds an M.Sc. in International Development Management from the London School of Economics; an International MBA from the University of Edinburgh; and a B.A. from Queen’s University.

Peter Timmerman
Vice President, Programs

Peter brings 22 years in community-led international development management to CFTC from leadership roles with World Renew and World Vision. He joined CFTC after a five-year assignment as World Renew’s South Africa Regional Team Leader based in Malawi.

Peter has a strong track record and reputation for building teams, and for leadership and management of community and organizational development processes. He brings expertise in community-led development through a Theory of Change methodology to deliver enhanced livelihoods, sustainable food security and improved maternal and child health. He has lived and worked in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi, and has been engaged in program work in 19 different countries in Africa.

Peter’s research interests include the application of complex adaptive systems theories to community and poverty assessment and planning.

Luckson Zireva
Vice President, Finance

Luckson brings over 17 years of experience in international development to his role as VP Finance with Canadian Feed The Children. Prior to joining CFTC, he held leadership, senior financial and compliance positions and led efforts to expand the reach and business operations of several prominent non-profit organizations, including Canadian Executive Service Organization, Plan International Canada, Habitat for Humanity International, Save the Children UK and Actionaid International.

Luckson holds a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of South Wales, UK and is a CPA, CGA in Canada and a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant – ACCA (UK).

Gail Black
Vice President, Development

Gail brings over 20 years of experience as a fundraising professional and 12 years of providing direct leadership in raising funds, managing teams, engaging philanthropists and working with senior volunteers and Board of Directors to her role as Vice President, Development at Canadian Feed The Children.

Her international development experience includes senior roles with Save The Children Canada and World Vision. Gail has also spent time as a Senior Consultant with Blue North Strategies where she was the primary consultant working with World Vision U.S. supporting many departments to achieve their fundraising goals.

She was highly involved in the creation of their For Every Child campaign which raised half a billion dollars in five years. Gail is interested in expanding her focus in the field of international development and being part of a strong team-based environment in the service of children.

Jennifer Watson
Vice President, Communications

Jennifer brings 20+ years of communications experience to her role as Vice President, Communications, with specializations in branding, product development, content and thought leadership marketing. She and her team work collaboratively to spread the word about the vital work that CFTC does and engage donors and the public in CFTC’s mission. Jennifer’s passion for ideas and innovation and her commitment to CFTC’s vision and values is coupled with a strong background in both new and traditional media. Jennifer has degrees in English and Psychology from McMaster University and York University.

Danielle Mandell, M.A., CHRL
Vice President, People

Danielle brings over 15 years of experience in executive leadership in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors to the CFTC team, most recently from Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area. Skilled across the full spectrum of HR, volunteer and governance functions, she has developed people-centred policies, programs and practices that enhance growth and maximize the stakeholder experience. She brings this same passion and commitment to people to CFTC.

As an active volunteer for organizations in multi-cultural Toronto, Danielle understands the importance of inclusion and respect for diversity. Danielle holds an M.A. in International HR Management from Newcastle University (UK). She obtained an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor Law School/Stitt, Feld Handy Group and has certificates in management programs from Harvard University and The Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.