Our Team

The CAP Network is governed by a elected volunteer Board of Directors. Network operations are managed by two part-time staff who provide oversight to partner projects and financial administration and support the outreach and fundraising efforts of our Canadian Communities of Support.

Staff

Claire Holloway Wadhwani, Executive Director – Claire joined the CAP Network as Executive Director in 2010 bringing more than 10 years’ experience in the non-profit sector specializing in fundraising, organizational management and impact assessment. She has worked with NGOs in Canada, Africa and India working to improve the efficiency of organizational management systems, to raise their profile and to generate resources to support their work. Claire is the founder of Small Shop Big Impact working with small charities to maximise their impact on a budget. Claire has also served President of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation where she further developed her understanding of changing needs and trends within the nonprofit sector. Claire has a passion for grassroots participation, partnership and the beauty of smaller, community-based initiatives both as a means of advancing community development goals and meaningfully engaging supporters. Claire holds a B.A.H in International Development from Queens University, an M.A. from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Impact Assessment for International Projects from the University of Victoria.

Board of Directors

Blair Bowen, Toronto – Blair is a trial lawyer specializing in corporate and commercial litigation and has conducted more than 40 trials and commercial arbitrations and more than 15 appeals. Blair has appeared as counsel in matters before the Superior Courts of the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia, the Courts of Appeal for Ontario and British Columbia, the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada and on applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Blair has been an active supporter of the CAP Network for more than five years as a regular participant in Bike2CAPAIDS and as a third party fundraiser through his Golf Tournaments in Toronto.

Chris Friesen, Vancouver, BC – Chris has been working in the field of refugee and immigrant settlement both in Canada and abroad for over two decades. Chris spent three years in Kenya coordinating an educational trust focused on student refugees from Northern and Eastern Africa. Currently, Chris is the Director of Settlement Services for Immigrant Services Society of BC. A frequent speaker in Canada and abroad on issues related to the settlement and integration of newcomers, Chris was awarded the TOESL International Advocacy Award in 2000. Chris co-authored the Simon-Fraser University report titled “A System in Crisis” – the first comprehensive overview of the current state of immigrant settlement and language programs in Canada. A founding member of the CAP Network, Chris served as President from 2003-2010 and, after this hiatus, has once again joined the Board of Directors.

Cora Larussa, Victoria, BC – Cora is a fundraising professional with a strong international development background. She has been working and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector since 2006 and holds a BA from the University of Victoria. From 2011 to 2014, Cora was the Executive Director at Ethiopiaid Canada, an international NGO working to support local community development initiatives in Ethiopia. Cora is currently the Director of Fundraising for the Green Party of Canada.

David Lane, Guelph, ON – After completing Bachelor’s Degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Education at St. Francis Xavier University and Memorial University respectively David took a job as a teacher with the Kativik School Board in the Nunavik Region of Northern Quebec. David went on to complete an MSc in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph emphasizing participatory development and monitoring and evaluation practices: including a major research paper using CAPAIDS-Uganda as a case study. While in Uganda, David spent some time volunteering, supporting project development and conducting capacity building workshops for local partners. David has since taken on several research projects primarily focused on education and aboriginal programming. He currently works as a consultant specializing in Monitoring & Evaluation of international projects.

Hilary Ferguson, Toronto, ON – Hilary has an M.A. in Geography from the University of Toronto and an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University. She has published articles in academic journals, several of which are based on fieldwork undertaken in Uganda. Hilary has also worked and volunteered for various development organizations, including the CAP Network and End Poverty Now (EPN). Currently, she is a policy analyst at the Ontario Public Service.

Kate Mulvale, Toronto, ON – Kate is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied Cultural/Social Anthropology and focused on the spread and effects of the African AIDS epidemic. This, along with her experience studying abroad in Indonesia and Kenya, has strengthened her dedication to help the fight against HIV/AIDS.  After graduation, Kate volunteered with the CAP Network on a regular basis supporting administrative functions at the office one day per week as well as working to establish an online store to fundraise through the sale of handmade Ugandan jewelry.  Kate currently works at Telus Mobility and Kate looks forward to the opportunity to continue working with the CAP Network and deepen her commitment to the organization.

Kevin Perkins, Ottawa, ON – Kevin Perkins is the Founding Executive Director of the CAP Network. His interest in creating the CAP Network (then CAP/AIDS) goes back to his days as a Senior Program Manager for a Canadian charity that implements integrated community development programs in Africa. While serving as program manager, Kevin witnessed the terrible unfolding of the AIDS pandemic. Kevin left CPAR in 1997 in order to work on local economic development initiatives in his own community of Riverdale, Toronto . Yet, the terrible reality of the AIDS crisis in Africa was never far from his mind, and Kevin felt that he had to devote his time, energy, skills and knowledge to doing his small part to help. The illness and death of several friends from AIDS – in Canada and Africa – heightened Kevin’s desire to dedicate himself to fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Kevin brought together a group of his friends and colleagues, and together they decided to establish CAP/AIDS. On December 1, 2002, the first meeting of the founding group launched this new NGO. Kevin left his job at Riverdale in January 2004, and became the founding Executive Director of CAP/AIDS on a part-time basis. In the spring of 2006, Kevin became the Executive Director of the Developing Countries Farm Radio Network.

Peter Ssekiziyivu, Toronto, ON – Prior to moving to Canada from Uganda, Peter spent years working with Canadian NGOs in Kampala supporting the financial management of development projects. Peter is an accountant, CPA and CGA who has worked with a variety of non-profit organisations including Dignitas International, World Vision, Plan Canada and Habitat for Humanity and is currently Manager of Finance with the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer.