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

Board Members


Cindy Hanson, 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. 

Amber Fletcher, President-Elect (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.

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.

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. 

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.

Nicole Beier, Board Member (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.

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.

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.

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.

lanie 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.