Senior Leadership

President & CEO

Jacquelyn brings a depth and breadth of international development and humanitarian experience to the role of President & CEO. As CARE Canada’s Vice President, Partnerships for Global Change, she built a diversified program portfolio by strengthening strategic partnerships and growing revenue through evidence-based best practices, innovation, and future-ready programming. Prior to that, as Vice President, International Programs, she led CARE Canada’s development and humanitarian programming in 35 countries and strategically positioned CARE with key stakeholders, including the Government of Canada and the academic and civil society communities.

Prior to joining CARE in 2013, Jacquelyn spent more than 25 years in humanitarian response and international development with the Red Cross in Canada and with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) internationally. She served as the Canadian Red Cross country representative in Indonesia for nearly four years, where she oversaw country operations and humanitarian and disaster risk reduction programming.

Throughout her multi-faceted career, Jacquelyn has managed emergency relief and development programs in some of the most challenging conflict and post-conflict regions, including Sudan, Uganda after the Rwandan genocide, Sierra Leone and Somalia. She also worked for the Red Cross in Canada in a variety of positions based in Calgary, Winnipeg and at headquarters in Ottawa.

Strongly committed to the study and practice of leadership, Jacquelyn has a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, where she is co-chair of the Advisory Council of the School of Humanitarian Studies.

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.