Mara O'Brien

Mara O’Brien James
President and CEO (Interim)

Mara O’Brien James has over 18 years of senior leadership experience with direct organizational responsibility in Partnership Building, Brand/Marketing, Communications, Human Resources, Government Relations and Advocacy, Volunteer Management, International Safety and Security, Information & Technology, Knowledge Management and Strategic Planning. Before joining CARE Canada in 2009, Mara worked in management in healthcare, and also had a successful consulting practice with a wide range of clients, including healthcare agencies, UN agencies, high-tech firms, and government organizations.

At CARE Canada, Mara is responsible for leading the organization 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, Mara 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.

Mara has a BA from Trent University specializing in Canadian History (with an emphasis in Indigenous Studies) 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.

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Grant Carioni
Acting Vice President, People & Culture

Grant Carioni brings 19 years of HR practitioner and leadership experience to CARE Canada. With both an international and Canadian focus, Grant leads his team to deliver operational, compliance and systems support while evaluating, monitoring and influencing employee engagement and culture. Grant Joined CARE Canada in 2014 from the private sector where he held leadership roles at TD Bank and BlackBerry. Grant brings a wealth of HR practitioner experience from the telecommunications, manufacturing and insurance industries. Grant holds a bachelors degree in Environmental studies, with a minor in Human Resources from the University of Waterloo as well as a Masters in Industrial Relations from Queens University.

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Kadry Furany
Vice President, International Operations and Programs

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 and Programs 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

Edward Grasmeyer
Vice President, Corporate 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 Corporate Services Department which provides support for CARE Canada and the CARE country offices operations and provides strategic support and direction to the organization.


Jessie Thomson
Vice President, Partnerships for Global Change

Jessie Thomson has been working on issues related to international development and humanitarian assistance for more than 15 years. She has a Masters in International Development Studies from the London School of Economics, with a focus on conflict, humanitarian action and forced migration. With a career spanning multiple sectors, including the Canadian public service, the United Nations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and now CARE Canada, Jessie brings a unique perspective on the critical operational and policy questions facing international development and humanitarian action. She is a respected thought-leader and partnership builder, with both programming and operational experience. Jessie joined CARE Canada in 2011, focused on Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Response. Now, as Vice-President of the Partnerships for Global Change team, Jessie is responsible for ensuring that CARE Canada is at the leading edge of innovation, tracking the evolving nature of INGOs, mobilizing resources and developing future-ready and impactful programs and partnerships to meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities around the world. Jessie is a passionate feminist and gender equality advocate, bringing this lens to all of her work with CARE.