CRIAW-ICREF is a not for profit charity that is governed by a board of directors.
Cindy Hanson, President (Oct. 2013 – 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.
Rosa Barker, President-Elect (Oct. 2014 – Sept. 2017)
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.
Selma Kouidri, Past-President (Oct. 2012 – Sept. 2015, Oct. 2015-Sept. 2018)
Her journey, her profession-al and life experiences as an immigrant, francophone and person liv-ing with a disability, as well as her collaborative spirit make Selma an important addition to the nominations of the committee. Selma has worked with a vulnerable, and often marginalized, clientele; hence her great sensitivity and marked interest towards people living social or other inequalities. Since 2008, Selma has been working for Action des femmes handicapées (Montréal) coordinating projects on development and promotion in order to increase the work and communication efficiency. Between 2005 to 2008, Selma worked for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). She speaks French, English and Arabic.
Amber Fletcher, Secretary (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, Treasurer (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.
Régine Alende Tshombokongo, Board Member (Oct. 2012 – Sept. 2015, Oct. 2015- Sept. 2018)
Régine is devoted to work which supports women immigrants in Québec. She has founded or sits on the board of various organizations aimed at increasing the quality of life of women and girls (particularly of immigrants), and promoting equality between women and men. In addition she participates actively in various regional, national and international committees, including the Women’s Committee of the Regional Conference of Elected Officials of Montréal (CRÉ) and the Network of Québec Business Women. She has just been named one of the winners of the Governor General’s Persons Award for 2012, commemorating the Person’s Case. She lives in Montréal.
Alana Cattapan, Board Member (Oct. 2015 – Sept. 2018)
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.
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.
Marie Lovrod, Board Member (Oct. 2016 - Sept. 2019)
Dr. Marie Lovrod is the coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies department at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the 2007 recipient of the University of Saskatchewan Student Union Teaching Award and University of Saskatchewan Women’s Centre Award. Marie has been a guest/invited speaker at local and international conferences. She has presented academic papers at conferences provincially, nationally, and internationally. She is actively involved in the Saskatoon women’s community and is one of the supporters of the Saskatoon CRIAW chapter. Marie is based in Saskatoon.
Marilyn Porter, Board Member (Oct. 2011 – Sept. 2014, Oct. 2014 – Sept. 2017)
Marilyn was born in UK and came to Canada in 1980. She has been an activist feminist and a feminist scholar since the 1960s. She was involved in setting up the Bristol Women’s Centre in the UK and completed one of the first explicitly feminist Ph.Ds in Sociology in 1979. Since coming to Canada she has been active locally, nationally and internationally. She was President of CRIAW/ICREF 1986-1989 and is returning with enthusiasm to the CRIAW Board. She edited Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal 1995-2002. She has worked on many feminist research projects, including ones with colleagues in Indonesia, Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan and Bangladesh and has an extensive publication record, including eight authored or co-authored books.
Mélanie Sarazin, Board Member (Oct. 2016 - Sept. 2019)
Mélanie Sarazin has more than 15 years of experience working in community-based and feminist organizations. A human rights activist, she has fought for the rights of her community, in particular women and families facing difficulties. After coordinating a women’s centre for five years and representing the Outaouais region in the coordinating committee of the « Regroupement des centres des femmes du Québec », she briefly held the role of coordinator in the Fédération des femmes de Québéc (FFQ). She is an inclusive activist and her feminist engagement centres on the motivation to transform and eliminate sexism and domination in all spheres of women’s lives with a goal of the autonomy of all women. Mélanie is currently President of the FFQ since September 2015.
Cherry Smiley, Board member (Oct. 2015 - Sept. 2018)
Cherry is Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) and Dine’ (Navajo) woman from British Columbia, she is currently a PhD student at Concordia University. Cherry has worked extensively in the area of violence against women, in front-line work, in education and prevention, and research. Through community-based activist academic research, and using both art-making and written text as methodologies, her research has examined topics such as male violence against Aboriginal women and girls, and colonialism and consequential social and economic inequalities as they relate to Aboriginal women and girls. Cherry has received numerous awards for her work, including the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case (Youth) in 2013.
Marlihan Lopez, Board Member (Jan. 2017- Sept. 2017)
Marlihan Lopez has been involved for over 10 years in community organizing as well as that of feminist intervention. She has a Master's degree in International Studies and has been very active in the women’s rights and afro-descendant rights movements in countries like Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. She also has been an activist in different collectives that fight against racisme, sexisme and all other forms of discrimination. She is a liaison agent in the field of intersectionnality at Le regroupement québécois des centres d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions a caractère sexuel (RQCALACS). Lopez is also the President for the foundation Parole de femmes, a non profit organization, with a mission to create inclusive spaces where racialised women can share their experiences and diverse perspectives.
Nancy Beauchamp, Board Member (Jan. 2017- Sept. 2017)
Since she entered the workforce Nancy Beauchamp has been interested in the union movement. She was a part of a group of contract workers at Canada Post, predominantly comprised of women, that were successful in unionizing and negotiating their first collective agreement in 2004. Since then, Nancy has been involved in diverse functions in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), currently she is working on pay equity. In addition, her permanent role as union member in the Metro-Montreal region, she has a seat on the National Committee of Women of CUPW and also is on the Women's Committee in her local in Montreal working to promote the participation of women in all aspects of society,