Governance

CRIAW-ICREF is a not for profit charity that is governed by a board of directors.

Board Members


Amber Fletcher, President (Oct. 2016 – Sept. 2019)

Dr. Amber Fletcher is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies, University of Regina. Her interdisciplinary research examines the everyday experiences of macro-level changes in policy and climate, with particular focus on women in agriculture.

Amber is currently leading a research project on the social and gender dimensions of climate hazards in Saskatchewan’s agricultural and forestry communities using an intersectionality framework. She is also involved with a national research project on policy engagement strategies for gender issues in Canada. Her research has been published in a number of international peer-reviewed journals and anthologies. Her book (with Wendee Kubik) entitled Women in Agriculture Worldwide: Key Issues and Practical Approaches was published by Routledge in 2016.

In 2011 Amber received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case and in 2014 she received the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for her doctoral research. She has served as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (2012) and as a gender consultant to the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme.


Angela Regnier, President-Elect (Oct. 2016 - Sept. 2019)

As a long-time activist in the labour and higher education sectors, Angela Regnier has a deep commitment to advocacy rooted in an intersectional feminist framework. Her feminist organizing experience spans local, regional, and pan-Canadian levels in public services, global justice, disability rights, diversity and human rights. Angela has held professional positions with the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, Canadian Association of University Teachers, and the Canadian Federation of Students.  Based in Calgary, Angela is now working for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. Angela holds an MA in Sociology from York University and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School.


Cindy Hanson, Past-President (Oct. 2013 – Sept. 2016, Oct. 2016- Sept. 2019)

Cindy Hanson is an Associate Professor and Director of the Adult Education Unit at the University of Regina. She has worked widely in gender, Indigenous and feminist-based research. Her research uses participatory frameworks. Cindy also holds a research award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada which involves working with Indigenous Mapuche weavers in Chile and beaders in Saskatchewan – exploring how learning is passed (and ruptured) intergenerationally. Cindy is involved in a participatory action research project with the Prairie School for Union Women and is also working on a study funded by the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre that involves a gender-specific study of women survivors of the Indian Residential School Claims Process.  Cindy writes and works on several projects that take an intersectional and participatory approach to training for gender equality internationally and has conducted gender analysis training and studies in Canada and globally in over 12 countries. 


Nicole Beier, Secretary (Oct. 2017 – Sept. 2020)

Nicole has a BA (Hons.) in Human Rights from Carleton University and has dedicated 10 years to volunteering with various human rights organizations including: Amnesty International, CRIAW, Oxfam Canada, Engineers without Borders, and CycleTO. Nicole was the founding Co-Chair of the Oxfam in Toronto Community Group and the special events fundraiser for Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation from 2013 to 2017.  Nicole is currently a graduate student in the Master’s of Public Policy and Administration program at Carleton University where she is focusing her studies on human rights, gender justice and social policy.


Rosa Barker, Board Member (Oct. 2014 – Sept. 2017, Oct. 2017-Sept. 2020)

Rosa Barker is the Canadian Association of University Teacher’s Equity Officer. She works closely with members to develop concrete strategies to challenge inequality at Canadian universities and colleges. 

Rosa also works with other national unions and organizations to promote equity and diversity in the labour movement and the world at large. She has a decade experience as a First Nations solidarity activist specifically within the unceded Algonquin territory of the Ottawa Valley, the territory of her partner and children.

Before joining CAUT in 2010, she taught courses at Trent and Queen’s universities in women’s studies, postcolonial studies, and English literature. She played a pivotal role in organizing the teaching assistants at Queen’s, and before that was chief steward for the State University of New York Buffalo chapter of the Graduate Student Employees Union (Communications Workers of America Local 1104), and president of CUPE 3908 Unit 2, representing student academic workers at Trent University.


Alana Cattapan, Board Member (Oct. 2015 – Sept. 2018, Sept. 2018 - Sept. 2021)

Alana is a feminist researcher and activist with a range of publication and grant-writing experience. She has a doctorate in political science from York University, and she is currently a CIHR postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She is actively involved with the Rise Up!  feminist collective (archiving Canadian feminist history online), and Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes. Her research focuses on women’s reproductive health and public policy, and trans access to health care services.


Genevieve Desrosier, Board Member (Sept. 2018 - Sept. 2021)

Geneviève Desrosiers has extensive training and experience centered on public, financial and international administration, as well as project and community management. She has worked for many years at Status of Women and at the Ministry of Immigration, as well as volunteered for various non-profit organisation centered on children, parenting and childcare. She also devoted many years volunteering at the Centre d’Encadrement pour Jeunes Femmes Immigrantes (CEJFI), where she was the Treasurer, and also worked as a Coordinator. Geneviève is currently a Consultant at the Cabinet Conseil RHRE.


Tammy Findlay, Board Member (Oct. 2017 – Sept. 2020)

Tammy Findlay is an associate professor and Chair in the Department of Political and Canadian Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. Her research focuses on feminist intersectionality and social policy, child care policy, women’s representation and democratic governance. She is the author of the book, Femocratic Administration: Gender, Governance and Democracy in Ontario (2015), and is a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Nova Scotia.


Arlene Haché, Board Member (Oct. 2017 – Sept. 2020)

Arlene Haché has spent her entire career working with communities in northern Canada, in particular Indigenous women. Arlene was Executive Director of Yellowknife Women’s Society/Centre for Northern Families for over 22 years. She has extensive experience undertaking community-based research and gender-specific program delivery.


Carol Hiscock, Board Member (Sept. 2018 - Sept. 2021)

Carol Hiscock is a physiotherapist and health care administration professional with extensive not-for profit and health care experience. She has a long-standing interest in women’s issues from a Northern perspective, particularly in regards to Northern women’s access to healthcare and services. She has directed and coordinated many research and education projects on this issue.

Before moving to Winnipeg in 2004, Carol worked in northern Manitoba where she provided physiotherapy services to communities and reserves, and worked to develop a variety of not-for profit organizations. This ranged from development of a northern regional service for a provincial organization providing services to individuals with disabilities (SMD), initiating women focused health and education programming through a co-operative model (Gatekeepers and NOW), to identifying a need for and developing/ delivering on- site physiotherapy services for many years.

Carol is currently immediate past Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba (WECM) Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of the Council for the college of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba and President of the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba.


Prabha Khosla, Board Member (Oct. 2016 - Sept. 2019)

For over fifteen years Prabha has worked on issues of urban sustainability, urban environments, democratizing local governance, water and sanitation, training and capacity building and equality and equity in local governance, planning and management. She has worked with local communities and local and national governments in numerous countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her worked is shaped by social, environmental and gender justice.

She has worked as a consultant to the the Gender and Water Alliance, IUCN, UN-HABITAT, Women in Cities International,  and other international organizations. She has authored books, articles and papers on the above-mentioned issues. She is a founding member of Toronto Women’s City Alliance and the Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre. Prabha has a Master’s in Urban Planning from the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto.


Priti Gami Shah, Board Member (Sept. 2018 - Sept. 2021)

Priti Gami Shah brings 30 years of experience and insights to her advocacy work for equity, justice and peace. Her activism and political advocacy has been shaped by her upbringing in India and her experiences as a racialized immigrant in Canada. Much of her work is focused on challenging systemic racism and approaches that negate immigrant, refugee, and non-status women's potential and experiences. This inequity inspired her to establish Drishti Consulting services.

Over the last 30 years, she has been working with non-profit organizations, public sector unions, governments, interfaith organizations, and grass roots collectives. She has created over 350 workshops/programs which challenge gender and racial inequality. She challenges and encourages organizations to practice intersectionality. She has designed, coordinated and facilitated local/international conferences focused on issues of social justice, Our voices Rising (CUPE 2006) and Redistribution of Wealth - Economic and Environmental Justice from Indigenous and faith perspectives (2010). She was awarded the TOP 25 Canadian Immigrant award, 2018, as well as many other awards.