Dear colleagues, supporters, and friends,

I am pleased to take this opportunity to welcome our newest members to the CCIC family. Together, they bring a breadth of experience and will significantly contribute to our ability to convene our stakeholders and enhance communications, government relations and capacity building efforts.

Nicolas Moyer, President and CEO
Canadian Council for International Co-operation


Shannon Kindornay, Director, Policy, Research and Practice

Shannon Kindornay has worked at the research-policy nexus in international development for ten years. Prior to joining CCIC, she built a successful independent consultancy business dedicated to meeting the research and policy analysis needs of Canadian and global civil society organizations, as well as international institutions such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Shannon is also an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and previously worked as a Senior Analyst for the Canadian International Development Platform.  

Shannon began her career as a researcher at the North-South Institute (NSI). During her time at NSI, Shannon led the development of the organization’s portfolio on the role of the private sector in development, managed policy-oriented research partnerships with organizations in Canada and around the world, and produced numerous reports, peer reviewed publications and commentaries on a range of policy issues. Shannon holds degrees from Carleton University and Wilfrid Laurier University.


Aislynn Row, HRN Coordinator

Aislynn coordinates the Humanitarian Response Network, supporting the member’s efforts to share lessons learned with the view to strengthen the quality and efficiency of humanitarian action by creating a conversation around key humanitarian policy issues and practices. She brings to this role her passion for humanitarian coordination, which was fostered at the London School of Economics, where she received a Masters in International Development Management focusing on SRHR in emergencies and the cluster system. Prior to CCIC, Aislynn worked with WUSC to engage their volunteers and staff through communities of practice on Gender equality, and Monitoring and evaluation.  



Sophie Rosa, Director, Public Affairs and Member Services

Sophie offers over 20 years of experience in leading the development, execution and evaluation of strategic communication, public relations and advocacy efforts. She has put forward her skills in strategic planning, government relations, public speaking, knowledge mobilization and capacity building in the public health and philanthropic sectors.

Sophie holds a Certificate in Global Health Delivery from the Harvard School of Medicine, an M.Sc. in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo, a B.Sc in Psychology from Concordia University, and a B.A. in Professional Writing in English from the Université de Sherbrooke.

Previously, she functioned as a consultant for Public Health Ontario, as a Senior communications advisor for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and as a health promotion specialist for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. 


Erika Richter, Member Engagement Officer

Erika has a range of experiences working with member-based organizations in the international development sector.  Most recently she has worked with CIVICUS supporting their regional and national networks and youth engagement work. 

Previously, as the Community Engagement Manager at RESULTS Canada, Erika worked on public advocacy campaigns that influenced Canada’s international development spending and policies.  Through her role with RESULTS, she mobilized and supported Canadians in advocating global institutions such as the World Bank, and multilateral funding mechanisms, as well as Canadian Parliamentarians, Ministers and Party Leaders.  

She was particularly interested in engaging Canadian youth in this advocacy work.  She has recently completed her master’s at Carleton University in International Affairs, specializing in Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution.  


Thida Ith, Media and Communications Officer

Thida has more than 15 years of diverse experience in communications, media relations, health promotion and behaviour change. She worked in small, non-profit community organizations, as well as provincial and nation-wide member organizations like the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and Dietitians of Canada.

She also worked in international development where she took a two-year contract with Oxfam-Québec in Honduras working in organizational development, health promotion and food security. 

She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal. She also completed a certificate in public relations management at McGill University, and a master’s degree in anthropology of food at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. 


Madeleine Lemaire, Events Planner

Madeleine completed her bachelor’s degree at Bishop’s University in Marketing and International Business and is currently completing her master’s degree in Marketing and Communication at the Rome Business School.

In the year following her Bachelors, she worked as a Business Advisor in Bolivia with underprivileged youth and upon her return, worked for Global Affairs Canada with the Consular Policy Bureau as the Administration Assistant to the Director-General. While working for the bureau, she worked on honorary consular and consular officer training as well as with the travel advice and advisories division. 

Through her experiences in these roles, Madeleine has developed strong communication, leadership and organizational skills.