Board of Directors

Anna Calderon

Anna Calderon

Chair

Anna is currently employed by the Government of Canada. She holds a Masters in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University, where she investigated domestic worker resistance faced with financial, psychological and physical violence in Lima, Peru. Anna further holds two Bachelors of Arts degrees in Criminology and Political Science from the Simon Fraser University and Concordia University, respectively.

Anna is passionate about worker and migrant rights, and community development. She started volunteering at the age of 12 while living in Lima and has volunteered ever since in both Peru and Canada. She was a mentor for seven years at Big Brothers and Sisters of Langley and has volunteered for other organizations such as the Immigrant Society of British Columbia, Free The Children, Circle of Support and Accountability Vancouver (CoSA), among others.

Anna started her journey at Say Ça! as a tutor when the organization was founded early in 2016 and is honoured to now be trusted with the positions of Executive Director and member of the Board of Directors.

Peter Stoett

Peter Stoett

Vice-chair

Peter Stoett has a PhD from Queen’s University and is currently the Dean of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He was previously a professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal and Director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre. He was part of the original team that applied for the first Say Ca Fulbright grant. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Durham Outlook for the Needy in Ontario.

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Kate Woolhouse

Secretary

Kate’s area of expertise is in Human Resources; Organization Development and Learning.  She began her career working in education and youth leadership development, contributing to the growth of psycho-social programming across the Montreal Area.
Following the completion of a Masters degree from Concordia University in Human Systems Intervention, she transitioned into corporate strategy development assisting organizations such as the Business Development Bank of Canada, Quebec Ministry of Education, Global Affairs Canada, and others in human resource strategy.  She now works as the Organizational Learning and Development Specialist for the City of Kingston where she has designed and implemented the new onboarding program, a corporate leadership competency-based development program, as well as change management insight and guidance for over 23 departments. 

Her role on the Board is to contribute industry knowledge, and support the people growth and development strategy for Say Ca!

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Benjamin Barrows

Treasurer

Ben is the Director of Operations for the Abraham Path Initiative, a US-based non-profit that seeks to inspire people worldwide through stories, trekking, and hospitality along the international path of Abraham in the Middle East. Ben is also the Founder of the tech startup Cabot7 and an accomplished professional with domestic and international experience in the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. He is specialized in humanitarian assistance, and spent more than ten years in and out of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, working with governments, multi-laterals and civil society on resilience, technical assistance and economic development, as well as disaster risk reduction and food security. The many years of working with refugees and displaced populations overseas highlights how inspirational and important is the Say Ça! mission of education and transition assistance. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from American University, a certificate in Mediation from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Cristina Romanelli

Cristina Romanelli

Board Member

Cristina Romanelli has over 18 years of experience as a sustainable development professional working in policy evaluation and development, multi-stakeholder engagement, and interdisciplinary research with the United Nations, specialized agencies, the public sector, and non-governmental organizations. She has provided high- level scientific and policy advice in research and regulatory-compliance settings in the areas of biodiversity science and policy, global and public health, climate change, One Health and regulatory energy policy.

She has also co-organized numerous cross-sectoral capacity building workshops, bringing together Ministries of Health and Ministries of Environment and local community representatives spanning some 90 countries. She currently works with the World Health Organization, where she is the interagency liaison for the WHO’s joint work programme on biodiversity and health with the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on biological diversity. She is deeply committed to environmental sustainability, health security and social justice issues.

Ana Sofia Hibon

Ana Sofia Hibon

Board Member

Based in Montreal, Ana Sofia currently works at the McConnell Foundation – a philanthropic organization that applies social innovation and social finance approaches to advance a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient Canada. Prior to this, she advocated for the rights of migrants at the Mexico-Guatemala border, researched Montreal’s newcomer resettlement system, and engaged in community development and poverty reduction initiatives in her home country of Peru.

Ana Sofia is passionate about the power of community-led action and stories to create systemic change. Her work, study and volunteer experiences span different regions –including North America, East Africa and the Peruvian Amazon– and topics ranging from forced migration to mental health and civic engagement.

Ana Sofia holds a B.A in International Development and a double minor in Communication Studies and Management from McGill University.