Executive Leadership Team

Gillian Barth

Gillian Barth
President and CEO

Gillian Barth brings over 30 years of global development and humanitarian aid experience to her leadership role as president and chief executive officer at CARE Canada.

Since joining CARE in 1991, as program manager of the Latin America program, Ms. Barth has served in progressively senior positions in a wide range of development sectors, including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH);  environment; monitoring and evaluation, corporate resource and business development, global human resources and knowledge management and senior external relations and representation.

Today, as an experienced and passionate leader and strategic thinker, Ms. Barth leads CARE Canada in fulfilling its mission to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities of the world. Leading the successful execution of CARE Canada’s strategic and business plans, Ms. Barth continues to position the organization for success in a constantly changing global environment, ensures the acquisition of timely and essential human and financial resources and actively engages in the governance of CARE Canada and CARE International.

Ms. Barth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations. She volunteers for and chairs numerous non-governmental organization boards, is a regularly sought after speaker and has lived, worked and travelled to over 55 countries on all major continents.

In 2013, Ms. Barth received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for her tireless work with CARE.


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Kadry Furany
Vice President, International Operations 

Kadry Furany has been engaged in international development since 1993, mostly with CARE. Mr. Furany started his career as a Field Officer and moved into higher levels of management, specializing in micro-finance and micro-enterprise development. Mr. Furany served several missions at the senior management level nationally and internationally. He joined CARE Canada overseas in 2003, and moved to headquarters in Ottawa in 2006. Mr Furany now leads the CARE Canada International Operations department which oversees the infrastructure of CARE’s Canada work around the globe. The department provides support both for CARE Canada’s programs and for the programs that other CARE members operate in the countries that CARE Canada manages in behalf of CARE International.

Edward Grasmeyer
Vice President, Financial Services
Chief Financial Officer

Ed Grasmeyer is a CPA with more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector with extensive expertise in budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting and strategic planning. He joined CARE in 2015 after serving fifteen years in a senior finance role with the Conference Board of Canada, one of Canada’s most respected independent research organizations. Ed leads the Financial Services Department which provides support for CARE Canada and the CARE country offices operations and provides strategic support and direction to the organization.

Mara O'Brien-James

Mara O’Brien James
Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness

Mara O’Brien James has 15 years of experience in knowledge management, employee engagement and leadership. Before joining CARE Canada in 2009, Mara worked in senior management in healthcare, and also had a successful consulting practice with a wide range of clients, including UN agencies, high-tech firms, and government organizations. At CARE, Mara is responsible for Organizational Development, Information & Communications Technology, Human Resources, Change Management, Knowledge Management and our organizational commitment to Gender Equality. Mara has a BA from Trent University specializing in aboriginal studies and education and has also studied organizational development at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business. Having lived and worked on three continents Mara came to CARE because of our commitment to women’s and girl’s empowerment.

Jacquelyn Wright

Jacquelyn Wright
Vice President, International Programs

Jacquelyn Wright joined CARE Canada in 2013. She has previously worked for more than 25 years in humanitarian response and international development with the Red Cross in Canada and overseas with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). From 2010 to 2013, she was the Canadian Red Cross country representative in Indonesia, where she was responsible for overseeing humanitarian programming, including disaster risk reduction.  Throughout her multi-faceted career she has managed food security and drought relief programs in the Sudan; refugee camps in Uganda (after the 1994 Rwandan Genocide); an orthopedic centre in Tajikistan following the civil war in that country; and post-conflict programs for the Balkans. Ms. Wright also held senior positions in post-conflict Sierra Leone, where she was responsible for capacity building of the local Red Cross society; she was head ICRC operations in war-torn Somalia, and worked at ICRC headquarters in Geneva.

Ms. Wright also worked for the Red Cross in Canada in a variety of positions based in Calgary, Winnipeg and at headquarters in Ottawa. As Canadian Red Cross Western Canada regional director, she led the 1997 Red River flood response.

Ms. Wright has a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.