Meet the members of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors
Amnesty International Canada's Board of Directors is made up of 10 elected members who volunteer their time to oversee our strategic direction and financial management, maintain strong links with the international movement of Amnesty International, and provide leadership and guidance in advancing our human rights work.
Members of the Board are happy to respond to questions about the governance of Amnesty Canada. Please contact us here.
Lana Verran, President
Lana Verran has been a member of Amnesty International Canada for over 15 years and previously served on the Board from 2009-2013. Her Amnesty engagement has included work on numerous committees, film festival organizing, Urgent Action member, participating in regional meetings, monthly donor and an international delegate in 2015.
With more than 25 years of experience in leading and managing teams, Lana brings expertise in organizational change management, communication, operational excellence, working with cross functional teams and building consensus. Human resource education and numerous certifications are additional skills that help to contribute to effective Board work.www.lanaverran.com.
Having grown up in Northern Ontario and Winnipeg, and a professional career that has taken her to Halifax, Toronto and now Vancouver, Lana has a great appreciation for the rich diversity of both people and geography within Canada. Leisure time in Vancouver includes reading, cycling, walking and the occasional mountain hike.
Gary Ockenden, Vice President
Gary has been an AI member and donor for 30 years – busy in the Urgent Action and WARN Networks, active in local Action Circle #55 in Nelson BC, and through efforts on many campaigns. He served on this AI board previously and has worked on national (and one international) Committees.
Gary earns his living as a consultant, supporting NGOs and other institutions with their strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and governance issues. He worked for many years in Canadian and International Red Cross before that.
Gary likes to travel, to paddle his canoe, to spend time with his adult kids, to read like crazy, to make puns…and some years ago he addressed his mini mid-life crisis by getting an AI tattoo on his left shoulder.
Andrew Thompson, Chair
Andrew Thompson is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, an adjunct assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, and the program officer for the global governance programs at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He has written and co-edited four books on human rights, and his work has been published in The Journal of Human Rights, The Journal of Canadian Studies, and the American Review of Canadian Studies. He has also appeared as an expert witness before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights. In 2004, he was a member of an Amnesty International human rights lobbying and fact-finding mission to Haiti, and has served as the Haiti Coordinator for AI Canada's English Speaking section since 2005. He was first elected to the Board in 2011.
For fun, Andrew enjoys traveling, playing piano, gardening, and indoor rock climbing with his daughters.
Nancy Kingsbury, Secretary
Amnesty has been an important part of Nancy's life for over 20 years. She is a long-term member of the Urgent Action Network, previously served on the Amnesty International Canada Board, including two years as President, and recently 2 years as an international Trustee for Amnesty International Charities Ltd. in London (UK). The longer she volunteers for Amnesty and the more members and staff she meets and works with, the deeper her respect for the movement and its activists.
Nancy’s other volunteer work includes being Treasurer for the Sunset & Sunrise Lakes Association in Vermont.
A scientist by training and profession, Nancy has extensive research experience in the Caribbean and South America, and is a Senior Science Advisor at Environment Canada. She is happily living in Ottawa and frequently going to the National Arts Centre to see dance and to the various museums to see art and dinosaur bones.
Brian Radburn, Treasurer
Brian is a knowledgeable financial expert with many years of executive experience in the field of financial accounting and management. Brian’s career began with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) based in their Ottawa office. Brian was an Audit Partner and trusted business advisor to client senior management and their Boards of Directors. One of Brian’s audit clients was Amnesty and it was through this relationship that he first met our senior management team and developed his understanding and appreciation for the work Amnesty does. Brian retired from PwC in 2007, after 25 years, and currently provides contract CFO and Financial Advisory services to a small group of clients, acting as an engaged member of their management teams.
From an early point in his career, Brian committed to contribute substantially, through expertise and time, to community organizations and remains actively involved in his community as a member of a number of not-for-profit and charitable Boards in addition to his role as Treasurer of Amnesty International, Canadian Section.
Brian is an avid reader, listens to a wide variety of music, live and recorded, and enjoys cooking.
Alex Catchpole, Director
Alex has been involved with Amnesty since 2007 when she worked as a fundraising canvasser in Vancouver. She has volunteered as a local Fieldworker since 2008 and has twice served on the Fieldworker Coordination Committee. She is currently a member of Group 17 in East Vancouver.
Alex received a Bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University in 2010 and a Master of Arts from the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at UBC in 2013. She has experience in research, teaching assistance, office administration, and fundraising. Outside of Amnesty, Alex is pursuing a degree in law at UBC.
In her free time, she loves to camp, hike, visit with family, and watch cheesy sci-fi shows.
Tim Carpentier, Director
Tim has been involved with Amnesty since 2002 and is currently a member of Group 63, the Action Network on Women's Human Rights, and the Speakers' Bureau in Toronto. His studies include a BA in Psychology and Global Studies, and a joint MA in International Humanitarian Action.
Tim has lived and travelled extensively throughout South America and East Africa and worked for a variety of NGOs both abroad and in Canada; he is currently working with Save the Children as an Associate Gender Advisor. Tim brings strong fundraising experience and a keen interest in Women's Human Rights to the table. His favourite way to get from A to B is on his bike and he loves playing squash.
Bill Rafoss, Director
Bill was elected to the Board in 2015. He is an active member of Group 33, in Saskatoon. For over 25 years, Bill was the chief investigating officer at the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, and he currently is a Sessional Instructor in Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon. Bill is President of a newcomer settlement agency in Saskatoon and he serves on a national post-secondary education task force. Bill has been to Africa several times, including 2013 when he worked as an election monitor in the Kenya election. Bill has also assisted in human rights training nationally and internationally in the Cayman Islands, Mongolia, and Uganda.
Sarah Damberger, Director
Sarah has been involved with Amnesty in Calgary, Alberta for the last seven years in a number of different roles. After reviving and leading the University of Calgary chapter for four years, she was hired by Amnesty Canada to the position of Southern Alberta Organizer, where she assessed activism in the area and identified opportunities for improving communication and engagement. Upon the completion of her contract, Sarah moved into the role of Local Organizer before joining the Fieldworker program last year.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Communications Studies from the University of Calgary. Her honours research focused on online activism campaigns and their effectiveness in supporting activist movements. While she is interested in a wide variety of human rights issues, she is most passionate about women's rights and indigenous rights in Canada.
When she isn't volunteering with Amnesty, Sarah works as a communications coordinator for STARS air ambulance, a donor-funded non-profit emergency medical transport service in Western Canada. She loves to travel, cook, and play badminton in her spare time.
Raheel Zaman, Director
Raheel is a Professional Engineer and Certified Management Consultant with over 20 years of experience in working with executive level teams in the public and non-profit sectors. Raheel specializes in assisting organizations with their strategies, organizational optimization, operational planning, governance/oversight, and information/technology management needs. Raheel’s professional experience has included working in the federal government and multi-national consulting organizations in senior roles. Currently, Raheel is the President of NordKapp Consulting Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in helping non-profit organizations do good things better.
Over the course of the last five years, Raheel has had the privilege of working on a number of projects with Amnesty International Canada. He has worked extensively with staff, management, and the Board in a variety of capacities through sharing knowledge and providing advice on strategic and operational matters.
In his spare time, Raheel can be found way off the beaten path on his motorcycle with a tent, patch kit, and an ear-to-ear grin in some remote and interesting part of the world.
Alex Neve, Secretary General
Alex Neve became Secretary General in January 2000. He shares the senior leadership with the Executive Director. Alex is the primary spokesperson for the Branch. Among his many other duties he has participated in Amnesty International missions to South Sudan, Côte d’Ivoïre, Tanzania, Ghana, Mexico, Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Guinea, Honduras, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Guantánamo Bay and Grassy Narrows, Ontario.
He has represented Amnesty International at international meetings such as the Summit of the Americas and the G8 Summit. He has appeared before numerous Canadian parliamentary committees as well as various UN and Inter-American human rights bodies. He appears and writes regularly in the media and speaks to audiences across the country on a range of human rights topics.
Alex is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for International Justice and a member of the Board of Directors of Partnership Africa Canada and the Centre for Law and Democracy. He served as a Trudeau Foundation Mentor from 2008-2009.
Alex holds a Bachelor Laws from Dalhousie and an LL.M In International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007.
Jayne Stoyles, Executive Director
Jayne Stoyles joined as Executive Director in September 2016, sharing leadership of the organization with its Secretary General.
She is a lawyer and international human rights advocate who served as Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) until 2016, and continues her involvement with CCIJ as an Advisory Committee Member. She is also a current member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Criminal Investigations.
Jayne was the Founder & CEO of the Philippe Kirsch Institute and has previously served as the Program Director of the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York, a global network of 2,000 NGOs that helped bring about the establishment of the Court. During her tenure, the Coalition was twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She has also been a Senior Adviser to the Institute for Global Policy in New York on issues of human security, UN reform and international justice, provided International Humanitarian Law training for the Red Cross, and taught international law at Carleton University in Canada.
Jayne was awarded a lifetime Ashoka Canada Fellowship in 2008, was the 2010 winner of the Walter S. Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award and of the 2010 Lord Reading Law Society Human Rights Award. She was named one of Ottawa’s Top 50 People by Ottawa Life Magazine, and has been featured in Canadian legal magazine The Precedent and in the on-line Charity Village Spotlight.
Jayne regularly speaks and writes about international justice issues, coalition-building, social enterprise and non-profit management. She holds a Bachelor of Law (L.L.B) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) from Queen’s University.
Gordon Mair, Director of Finance and Administration
Gordon Mair has been the Branch’s Director of Finance and Administration since March 2008 after holding similar positions with Sierra Club Canada, CARE International in Zambia, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture in Costa Rica. Previously he had worked for Forestry Canada and for the Office of the Auditor General.
Gordon has overall responsibility for the financial management of the Branch, including the preparation of financial statements, monitoring of revenue and expenses, risk management, health and safety, and liaison with auditors. He and his team carry out all of the financial functions for the Branch and the administrative functions related to the National Office.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University and a CMA designation.
Rosemary Oliver, Director of Fundraising
Rosemary Oliver joined Amnesty International Canada as Director of Fundraising in August 1999, after seven years as the Fundraising Director for Greenpeace Canada and five years on fundraising staff at Oxfam. She manages Amnesty Canada’s Fundraising Team whose members carry out programs in monthly giving, legacy gifts, major donors, direct mail, digital, telemarketing and face-to-face fundraising.
In addition to her fundraising efforts for Amnesty Canada, Rosemary was an active member of Amnesty’s global Fundraising Management Team for six years until 2015, and worked briefly as the monthly giving coordinator for Amnesty USA.
Rosemary enjoys sharing her passion for fundraising with others in the sector, and has spoken frequently at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Congress and Fundraising Day in Toronto, the International AFP Conference in the US (most recently in Boston, 2016), and at the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands.
Rosemary graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts, holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Humber College, and earned her professional CFRE designation (Certified Fundraising Executive) in 1991.