OUR VISION AND STRATEGY
Value for money donated
CanEducate’s lean operating model makes it the charity of choice for donors when it comes to delivering the funds where it matters most – the students and communities they live in.
Transparent and trusted
CanEducate has a reputation among donors and our partners for strong governance and transparent, clear reporting.
Sustainable operating model
CanEducate is distinctive for its disciplined donor strategy and "plug and play" model for working with partner organizations.
WHAT MAKES CANEDUCATE DIFFERENT?
First and foremost, CanEducate is run by a group of volunteers who want your money to go directly to the children who need it most. We keep administrative costs low by delivering our sponsorships through partners with well-established community networks in our target regions.
Many large charities that support student sponsorships in the developing world have administrative costs as high as 20%. They spend a chunk of your donation on elaborate marketing and advertising campaigns.
At CanEducate, our administrative costs are less than 3%, ensuring more of your donation goes directly to the children in need!
CANEDUCATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rishi Ghuldu is currently Director, Operational Excellence at Goldcorp Inc. Rishi's expertise includes formulation and implementation of enterprise Business Improvement strategy, change management, supply chain and merger integrations. Prior to joining Goldcorp, Rishi led Barrick’s Business Improvement function and worked with the Supply Chain group to launch Barrick’s Supplier Development Program. Rishi started his career in the automotive industry and holds a Manufacturing Engineering degree from McMaster University and an Executive MBA jointly offered by Kellogg-Schulich (Northwestern/York University) School of Business.
Eban Bari is currently Director, Financial Reporting at Barrick Gold. His expertise includes financial reporting and accounting policy. Prior to joining Barrick, Eban worked at Manulife Financial. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Toronto. Additionally he is a Chartered Accountant (Ontario), Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and a Certified Management Accountant (Ontario).
Brent Bergeron is currently Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Goldcorp. He joined Goldcorp in November 2010, assuming the role of Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Prior to joining the company, he served as a senior executive at several international companies and has extensive experience in the areas of government and public relations, corporate affairs, operations and communications. Brent is responsible for Goldcorp's external relationships with governments and other relevant stakeholders, communications and for growing the company's Corporate Social Responsibility function. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in Economics and a Masters of Arts (Economics) degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. He also serves as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the Responsible Gold Standard Initiative at the World Gold Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Quebec Mining Association and MinAlliance.
Dave Elliott is currently Vice President, Copper at Barrick Gold. Dave is responsible for Barrick’s Zaldivar copper mine in Chile, and business services for the Global Copper Business Unit, which includes operations in Zambia and Saudi Arabia. Previous roles included leading the Corporate Business Strategy and the Global Business Improvement functions for Barrick. He has over 20 years of operations management experience within the mining and automotive manufacturing sectors, with a recent focus on business performance management. Dave has a depth of international experience, having worked in North and South America, Europe and Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mechanical) degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Peter Geleta joined Acacia in May 2012 and has extensive experience on the African continent, having worked across a number of African countries in various operational and corporate roles. Prior to joining Acacia he held a number of roles at Barrick, including Organisational Effectiveness Director for Barrick Africa, Human Resources Director for the Australia Pacific Region and General Manager for Barrick’s Cowal Gold Mine in New South Wales. Before joining Barrick, Peter worked for AngloGold Ashanti for 25 years, where he held a number of roles including Head of Human Resources and Sustainability for AngloGold Ashanti’s Africa Operations and General Manager of the Navachab Mine in Namibia.He holds an Executive MBA qualification from the University of Cape Town.
Nick Greenfield is the Director of Marketing Strategy at MNP, a leading professional services firm in Canada. He was previously the Director of Industry and Segment Marketing at PwC Canada, where held a number of positions over 15 years, including leading corporate communications, PR and marketing and business development for the firm in Alberta. Nick has a proven track record in developing innovative and impactful marketing and communications strategies that achieve measureable results. His expertise includes marketing, communications and change management, strategic planning, brand positioning and sponsorships. Nick holds a Masters Certificate in Marketing and Communications Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University.
Chad Hiley is currently the Senior Vice-President of Human Resources at Finning. He is responsible for HR, safety and health, community relations and communications for Finning’s Canadian operations, based in Edmonton. Prior to Finning, Chad spent over 10 years with Barrick Gold Corporation in a variety of operations and administrative leadership roles, both in the corporate office and in the company’s international business units, including Chile, and Russia. His expertise includes talent management, succession planning, change management and merger integration. Prior to joining Barrick, Chad was a member of the merger and acquisitions practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a Bachelor of Business and Accounting degree and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo.
Katrina White is General Counsel and Company Secretary of Acacia Mining Plc and a member of the company’s senior leadership team. Katrina previously served as Regional General Counsel for Barrick’s Australia Pacific region. Prior to joining Barrick, Katrina was employed as a senior associate at Hunt & Humphry in Australia. Katrina has an Honours degree in Law from the University of Western Australia. She is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia, the High Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia.
FRIENDS OF CANEDUCATE
Pablo Castaños is currently Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Goldcorp. Prior to this appointment and upon joining Goldcorp in August 2013 he served as Director, Environmental Compliance. Mr. Castaños has more 17 years of international experience including two years as a World Bank Consultant and 10 years in the mining industry with Golden Minerals and Apex Silver Mines in different roles which includes Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Director, Government Affairs. Mr. Castaños holds a Licentiate in Economics and a Licentiate in Business Administration from the Universidad Gabriela Mistral in Chile and an MBA in Finance from a joint program between the Universidad Gabriela Mistral and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Steve Kisayke is currently the Chief Advisor for Corporate Social Responsibility at Acacia Mining Plc. He also serves as the lead for all CanEducate programs in Tanzania. He joined Acacia (formally African Barrick Gold) in 2008 and has held various positions within the Corporate Community Relations team. Prior to joining Acacia, Steve worked extensively across Africa with various development organizations including Mèdecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) and The Clinton Foundation and undertook collaborative work with UN Agencies, PEPFAR, Global Fund and various African Governments and Ministries in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa. He holds a a Public health qualification from the Makerere University and a Post Graduate qualification in Business Management from the University of Cape Town – Global Business School. Stephen also sits on the board of Tuende Pamoja Charity; an NGO that aims at supporting a community that lives in a conservation area near the Saadani National Park in Tanzania.
Jesse Audet is currently a corporate social responsibility (CSR) specialist at Barrick Gold Corporation. He is an expert in external relations and manages Barrick’s compliance with conflict minerals regulations. Jesse began volunteering with CanEducate because of his belief in the transformative power of education in international development. He holds a Master of Arts in Geography and International Relations through the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Carleton University.
Yuri Park is currently the Marketing & Communications Manager for PwC in the GTA. Her expertise is in developing and managing integrated communications programs that include media relations, digital media, content and experiential marketing, and issues management. Yuri previously worked with global and boutique Public Relations agencies in Toronto and in the UK where she worked with clients in not-for-profit, healthcare, corporate/financial services, consumer and technology sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies with a Specialization in Finance from Western University.