CARE Canada welcomes new members to Board of Directors

OTTAWA, 15 SEPTEMBER 2020 – CARE Canada is pleased to announce that four new members have been elected to its Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Cindy Karugia, Dr. Victoria Lee, Lisa Raitt P.C., and Dr. David Turpin, CM, FRSC, to our board,” said Victor Thomas, Chair of CARE Canada’s Board of Directors. “The deep experience and range of perspectives brought by these dynamic leaders will enrich our existing board leadership. With CARE’s mission more relevant than ever before, we are thankful for the passion and dedication these new Board Members share for building a better and more equal world.”

New Board Members:

  • Cindy Karugia: Cindy Karugia is a Financial Advisor at Canada’s largest financial institution, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). At RBC, she helps lead a collaborative team dedicated to serving the needs of her local community by making financial literacy accessible and affordable to all. In her work, Ms. Karugia advocates for the importance of diverse viewpoints as the branch champion of RBC’s Future Launch and as co-chair of the RBC Regional Board. Outside of work, she lends her time and expertise to local and national projects with the likes of G(irls) 20, YWCA Canada, and Plan International Canada. Ms. Karugia’s volunteerism spans gender equality, multiculturalism, and inclusive leadership.
  • Dr. Victoria Lee: Dr. Victoria Lee is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operations of Fraser Health, one of five regional health authorities in British Columbia, which provides a wide range of integrated health services to more than 1.8 million people. Before joining Fraser Health, she worked in collaboration with national and international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank in the areas of comparative health systems, health policy, health financing and eco-health. Dr. Lee has also worked as a physician in rural and Indigenous communities in Central and South American countries.
  • Hon. Lisa Raitt P.C.: The Honourable Lisa Raitt is currently the Vice-Chair, Global Investment Banking at CIBC Capital Markets, with previous leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. She was elected into the House of Commons in 2008, where she went on to hold three senior portfolios serving as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Labour, and Minister of Transport. Most recently, Ms. Raitt was the Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada. Prior to her political career, she was the President and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority.
  • Dr. David Turpin, CM, FRSC: Over a 40-year career, Dr. Turpin has established a reputation as an effective values-based leader and team builder in large, complex, multi-stakeholder public-sector organizations. He has served as President of two of Canada’s leading Universities, the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria. Prior to these positions, Dr. Turpin was the VP Academic at Queen’s University, Dean of Arts and Science at Queen’s, and Head of the Botany Department at UBC. Throughout his career as an academic leader, he has been passionate about the importance of building global citizens and creating strong relationships between academic and global communities. Dr. Turpin has built and stewarded academic partnerships with institutions on all continents and brought an international focus to all aspects of the universities’ work.

“These new Members will bring valuable insights to our board and strengthen our commitment to equality as CARE Canada plots a course for the future,” said CARE Canada President and CEO Barbara Grantham.

CARE Canada’s Board of Directors represents a broad cross-section of innovative Canadian leaders who are making a difference in their communities and in the humanitarian sector.


CARE has spokespeople available. For media inquiries, please contact:

Lama Alsafi | 613-228-5641


The biographies of CARE Canada’s Board Members are available here.

About CARE Canada:

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE develops solutions alongside women and girls in developing countries to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty and out of crisis. CARE stands with women and girls around the world in economic empowerment. We bring women, girls, and their communities together to challenge inequality while facing issues like food insecurity, climate change, and emergency relief in times of crisis or disaster. CARE works in 100 countries around the world.

To learn more about CARE Canada, visit


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