Our Staff

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Our administrative office is in Ottawa, Canada.


USC Canada
56 Sparks Street
Suite 600
Ottawa, ON K1P 5B1

tel: (613) 234-6827
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Executive Directors

Jane-RabinowiczJane Rabinowicz
Jane joined USC Canada in 2011, working with farmers and partners across the country to bring USC Canada’s innovative Seeds of Survival program home to Canada, through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Jane is co-founder of the Silver Dollar Foundation, and was formerly Director of Development at Équiterre and Executive Director of Santropol Roulant. She has volunteered her time on the Boards of Directors of Centraide du Grand-Montréal, Food Secure Canada, Girls Action Foundation, and the Centre for Community Organizations. Jane became Executive Director of USC Canada in 2016, sharing the title with Martin Settle as a leadership team.

Martin-SettleMartin Settle
Passionate about social and economic justice, Marti has two decades of experience in social justice work particularly related to youth services, food sovereignty, and social housing in three provinces – Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario – and in England, where he helped establish a locally sourced hot meal program in Dorset Primary Schools. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and was recruited to the USC Canada Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2009. He was (and still is) delighted to join the staff team in 2013 as Director of Finance and Human Resources. Marti became co-Executive Director of USC Canada along with Jane Rabinowicz in 2016.

Senior Management Team

faris Faris Ahmed
Director, Policy & Campaigns
Faris joined USC Canada in 2005 and leads policy work in close collaboration with ecological agriculture, biodiversity and food sovereignty networks in the South and in Canada. He is an active member of the civil society networks of the Committee for World Food Security (CFS), the CBD Alliance and Food Secure Canada. Faris has worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Oxfam, South Asia Partnership, and as a photographer/writer covering environmental issues. He holds an MA in International Development Studies from the University of Toronto.

jeff-de-jong Jeff de Jong 
Director, International Programs
Jeff joined the USC Canada team in September 2016. He holds an MBA and brings considerable knowledge on value-chain development, cooperative development and years of experience developing and managing strategic, operational and business processes involving smallholder farmers in Latin America and Africa. More recently he worked as a business advisor and team manager on a food security and climate resiliency agricultural project in Ethiopia.

brian square headshotBrian McFarlane
Director, Fundraising
Brian joined USC Canada in fall 2006. His experience in fundraising spans more than a decade, including a turn as Director of Fundraising and Communications at Santropol Roulant. He holds a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology as well as a Graduate Diploma in Management, both from McGill University.


k.breenKatie Breen
Program Manager, Education and Outreach
Katie joined USC Canada as the Sow and Save program coordinator in 2014. She has a Masters in plant ecology and a background in education, outreach and program management. She is a master gardener, a board member of the Ottawa Children’s Garden and loves to help kids get their green thumbs dirty.

kcKathleen G Clark
Communications Officer
Kathleen holds a Bachelor of journalism from Carleton University. After writing for Canadian Geographic magazine for a time, she joined USC Canada in 2014.

aabir-deyAabir Dey
National Program Manager and Eastern Ontario Coordinator, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
Aabir graduated from York University's Master of Environmental Studies program, where he researched the viability of organic vegetable seed co-operatives in Southwestern Ontario. He has been working for The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security since, connecting with seed producers and farmers across Canada to better understand the challenges of producing organic seed. Aabir works at Everdale, in Hillsburgh, Ontario, a teaching farm that provides hands-on food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities. His passion for seeds began there while helping Bob Wildfong harvest 120 garlic varieties as part of Seeds of Diversity's Great Canadian Garlic collection project.

mariedMarie Dulude
Senior Assistant to the Executive Directors
Marie has been with USC Canada for 30 years, serving as translator, a program manager, and now as assistant to the Executive Director. One of her biggest highlights was in her role as a Program Manager, helping bring the Seeds of Survival program into being more than 20 years ago in Ethiopia. “Nothing can beat the experience of stepping into the village chief’s humble abode to request permission to visit with his villagers and to learn from them.”

n.galambosNicholas Galambos
Financial Analyst
Nicholas worked as Accounting Coordinator with USC Canada before stepping into the role of Financial Analyst in 2016. Nicholas has prior work experience in finance departments in numerous not-for-profit organizations in the Ottawa area. He obtained his undergraduate degree and his MBA from the University of Ottawa. In his free time, Nicholas’ interests include baking, travelling and running marathons.

t.garavitoTeresa Garavito
Fundraising Systems Analyst
Teresa is a Fundraising Systems Analyst at USC Canada. She joined the USC Canada fundraising team in 2002. She is responsible for the administration of the fundraising database and oversees the daily operations of processing donations. Teresa has a background in information systems and has worked mainly in the health sector and as an academic professor back in her home country, Colombia.

Marvin-GomezMarvin Gómez 
Latin America Regional Facilitator
Marvin is an agronomist and specialist in participatory research and plant genetic resources. He joined the USC Canada team as Latin America Regional Facilitator for the SoS program in 2015. Marvin has been seconded from the Foundation for Participatory Research with Honduran Farmers (Fundación para la Investigación Participativa con Agricultores de Honduras, FIPAH) where he has worked for more than 10 years and played an especially important role liaising with donors and other leading agricultural institutions in Honduras. He has also taken a lead on policy conversations in-country, regionally and internationally.

kategreenKate Green
Program Manager, Asia
Kate has been the program manager for Asia at USC Canada for close to 20 years. In that time, she has focused on the work with farmers in Nepal, Bangladesh and Timor Leste and is quite well connected to the seed movement in Canada. She has degrees from Queen's, the University of East Anglia (UK) and Ryerson University. Outside of her work at USC Canada, Kate has also been on the board of Seeds of Diversity since 2012.

GenevieveGenevieve Grossenbacher
Manager, Policy & Campaigns
Passionate about food and social justice, Genevieve joined USC Canada in March 2010, where her work includes coordinating Seedmap.org. Having worked at many levels of the food movement – from urban garden animator, to farm-to-cafeteria program coordinator in 75 schools and hospitals, to vice-president of Canadian Organic Growers – Geneviève literally loves getting her hands dirty. That's why, in her spare time she jointly runs Our Little Farm. She also works to lift barriers new family farmers face in Canada.

helenHelen Jensen
Quebec Regional Coordinator, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security Coordinator; Scientific Advisor
Long fascinated by cultivated plant species, Helen studied on-farm seed conservation in Morocco for five years, as part of her PhD research at McGill University. She worked with farmers to conduct on-farm trials of local barley varieties and conducted participatory assessments of barley diversity. Previously, Helen worked with farmers on agroecology projects in the Philippines. She is deeply committed to agrobiodiversity conservation both in Canada and internationally.

photolise-anneLise-Anne Léveillé 
Program Manager, Latin America
Lise-Anne is part of USC Canada’s international program team. Her passion for food justice and international solidarity makes her a strong supporter of the Seed of Survival program. She supported different projects in Latin America and West Africa and has a Master degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa where she focused her research on food sovereignty.

Marie-EveMarie-Eve Levert 
National Program Manager and Eastern Ontario Coordinator, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
Fascinated by agriculture policies and their impact on food sovereignty, Marie-Eve studied Canadian seed governance as part as her Masters at the University of Ottawa. She joined USC Canada in 2017, having been involved in the early stage of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security as the author of their report on The Market for Organic and Ecological Seed in Canada. Marie-Eve currently serves as a member of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable (OVCRT). She also co-authored the 2014, 2015, and 2016 chapter on Canada in IFOAM's annual publication The World of Organic Agriculture. Marie-Eve previously worked as the Director of International and Regulatory Affairs at the Canada Organic Trade Association, overseeing trade missions in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

e.manthaElodie Mantha
Manager, Constituencies & Engagement
As Manager of Constituencies and Engagement, Elodie’s connects USC Canada with its supporters by developing and overseeing public engagement initiatives. She also manages USC Canada’s volunteer program. An avid volunteer herself with a background in public policy, environmental sciences and international development, Elodie is passionate about social movements and their power to bridge the gap between citizens and decision-makers.

HugoHugo Martorell
Quebec Regional Coordinator, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security Coordinator
Hugo is filling a one year maternity leave position at USC Canada. He holds a BA in political science at McGill University, and completed his masters degree at Concordia University’s interdisciplinary program, where he studied food policy and governance at municipal, provincial and federal levels. Over the years, he has nurtured his engagement with food and farming networks in Quebec through research, media, advocacy, teaching, facilitation and outreach. Hugo is active with the Montreal Food Strategy, and has worked nationally for the Eat, Think, Vote campaign organized by Food Secure Canada during the 2015 elections. He is passionate about (re)building the commons, and loves to grow, cook and share meals when he is not outside biking.

avatarMarta Monaghan
Fundraising Assistant
Marta joined USC Canada in July, 2011 after many years in client services. She works with the fundraising team, taking on administrative duties and responding to donors’ inquiries. If you are a donor and have any questions, she would be happy to hear from you! Marta holds a BA in History from Carleton University.

beatriz-oliverBeatriz Oliver
Program Manager, Latin America
Beatriz Oliver works on the Latin American Seeds of Survival program. She is a cultural anthropologist with specialization in participatory research and sustainable agriculture. She has worked with environmental and popular education groups in Canada and Latin America, and has been with USC Canada from 2005-2009 and 2015-present. Beatriz has a Ph.D. in anthropology from McGill University based on her research with agroecological cooperatives and food sovereignty networks in Uruguay, and has taught at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies of the University of Ottawa.

avatarIbrahim Ouédraogo
Regional Facilitator, West Africa
Ibrahim joined USC Canada 2016. He is an expert in agroecology, inclusive and sustainable value chains, and agricultural policy and farmers organizations. He is a founding board member of The Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN), and has notable experience in participatory methodologies, monitoring and evaluation, cooperatives.

avatarDenise Paradis
Office Manager 
Denise came to USC Canada 13 years ago with a strong background in administration, meeting planning, website maintenance and desktop publishing, having worked for several non-profits throughout her career. Since joining the team, she has taken over the management of the office and premises, the IT network and equipment, the accounts payables and assists with the financial reporting for The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

avatarNorbey Perez 
Fincance Clerk
Norbey joined USC Canada in September 2016. He holds a Bachelor in Economics from the Universidad Central de Las Villas in Santa Clara, Cuba and he is currently pursuing a Chartered Professional Accountant designation with CPA Ontario. Having grown up in rural Cuba where agriculture is the primary industry, Norbey is passionate about the work that USC Canada does to support rural communities in developing countries to implement sustainable farming practices and attain food security..

sylvie 2Sylvie Perras
Program Manager, West Africa
Sylvie joined USC Canada in June 2013. Sylvie worked with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation as coordinator of the Africa-Canada Forum, a coalition of 40 Canadian civil society organizations with specific interests in development issues and social justice in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior, she was program manager for Latin America and West Africa at the social justice organization, Inter Pares. She brings to USC Canada her program management skills, policy knowledge and long-time experience in international development. Sylvie holds a Masters in international relations.

avatarPaula Richardson 
Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Paula joined the USC Canada team in 2016. She is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with a passion for using data to make a difference in project decision-making. She holds a Masters degree in International Affairs, an honours undergraduate degree in Development and Gender, and has undertaken further training on M&E and Program Management from IPDET, Humber College & the School of Oriental & African Affairs in London, UK. For the past 10+ years she has been managing, monitoring and evaluating development projects in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. Paula is known as a dynamic trainer and has supported several non-profit organizations to improve their M&E systems including the Canadian Hunger Foundation, Plan International, Save the Children, World University Services of Canada, Aga Khan Foundation, Canadian Feed the Children and Humber College's Business School.

pratap-shresthaPratap Kumar Shrestha, PhD 
Program Specialist, Seed Systems and Plant Genetic Resources
Pratap, formerly the Asia Regional Representative and Scientific Advisor, is our new Program Specialist on Seed Systems and Plant Genetic Resources. Dr. Shrestha has a PhD in Agricultural Economics focussed on participatory technology development and local knowledge systems. He has more than 15 years of experience in research and development on seed systems, on-farm, in-situ conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity.
Nepal contact:
PO Box 322, Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal
Tel: +977-61-539941

yann-vergrieteYann Vergriete
Program Manager, Ethiopia
Before joining the international program team, Yann had been coordinating The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security in Quebec. He holds an M.Sc. in Agroforestry from Laval University and has over 10 years experience in applied biological research around the world. Yann will support M&E of SoS African partners and is looking forward to support the adaptability of farming systems to climate change in the African context.

Daphne-WellmanDaphne Wellman
Program Manager, Donor Advisor
Daphne has a B.Sc (Hon) in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto and is passionate about finding ways to work sustainably with nature, especially in the area of food production. In addition to knowledge about the farming sector, she brings over a decade of experience in fundraising. At USC Canada, she manages relationships with our donors - introducing them to the world of smallholder farming and working collaboratively with them to bring about change in our food production systems.


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Our field office in Mali:

Mr. Abdrahamane Goïta
USC Canada Mali
BP : 16 Douentza/Mopti/Mali 

Program Director, Douentza/Mopti
tel: 011 (223) 21 42 16 69 
cell: 011 (223) 66 75 16 86/6679-4192 or 7625-9239 
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We’re called USC Canada because we started out way back in 1945 as the Unitarian Service Committee, founded by the energetic Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. We’re still planting the seeds that Lotta sowed. Find out more about our founder, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova.



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