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Co-Executive Directors coming to USC Canada

USC Canada's Board of Directors has made a bold decision on our future leadership.

Co-Executive Directors coming to USC Canada

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Ottawa, April 26, 2016 - USC Canada's Board of Directors has made a bold decision on our future leadership. Following an intensive search process, the USC Canada Board has unanimously supported their Hiring Committee's recommendation to adopt a shared leadership model proposed by two outstanding internal candidates - Jane Rabinowicz, Director of The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, and Martin Settle, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Finance and Human Resources.

"The board is excited by the collaborative approach to leadership Rabinowicz and Settle offer," said Board Chair Kenton Lobe.

"Both bring a solid history of dynamic leadership and complementary skills and experience. To have such strong co-applicants from within USC Canada confirms a healthy work culture. It is also a reflection of the outgoing Executive Director's deep commitment to distributed leadership and mentoring."

"I would like to thank Susan Walsh for having guided the organization in ways that have allowed USC Canada to emerge as a leading organization on food and seed security at home and in the global South. We also appreciate the care she demonstrated by providing a generous period of notice regarding her intent to step down in the fall of 2016. We are very grateful and wish her the warmest of wishes as she pursues new adventures."

j.rabinowiczRabinowicz brings to the co-leadership position twenty years of commitment to the Canadian food sovereignty movement. Before joining USC Canada, Jane was Director of Development at Equiterre, one of Quebec's best-known environmental organizations. From 2005-2010, she served as Executive Director of Santropol Roulant, a highly innovative meals on wheels program in Montreal that celebrates intergenerationalism and youth leadership for sustainable food systems. She is co-founder of the Silver Dollar Foundation, and sits on the Board of Directors of Centraide du Grand Montréal. She previously volunteered her time on the Boards of Directors of Food Secure Canada, Girls Action Foundation, and the Centre for Community Organizations. Jane joined the USC Canada team in 2011 to collaborate with farmers and partners to bring our innovative Seeds of Survival home to Canada.

martiOriginally from rural Alberta, Settle also has two decades of experience in social justice work particularly related to youth, food sovereignty, and social housing within three provinces - Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario - and in England, where he helped to establish a cooperative school meals program prioritizing local, organic and fair trade produce. Identifying a need for strong financial management skills in the social justice civil society sector, he became a Chartered Professional Accountant. Upon returning to Canada in 2009, Martin was recruited to serve as Treasurer to the USC Canada Board. In 2013, he joined the staff team as Director of Finance and Human Resources, and subsequently took on the additional role of Deputy Executive Director with increased oversight of the organization's award-winning international Seeds of Survival program His work with USC Canada has included field visits to the birthplace of the SoS program, Ethiopia, as well as to Burkina Faso, Mali, Timor Leste and Bangladesh.

Jane and Martin will assume their new role in early September.

USC Canada was founded in 1945 by Order of Canada recipient Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova and is one of Canada's most experienced international co-operation and social justice organizations.

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For more information:
Sheila Petzold
Director Communications & Outreach
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