FinDev Canada Advisory Council

To complement our expertise, an Advisory Council, whose role is to provide strategic advice and guidance with a focus on inclusive development finance and international development issues has been appointed. Council members are appointed in consultation with the Minister of International Trade and the Minister of International Development, based on their expertise, experience and leadership in international development through or with the private sector.

Margaret Biggs - Chair of the International Development Research Centre

Margaret Biggs previously served as President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 2008 to 2013, and as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Assistant Secretary, Priorities, and Planning, in the Privy Council Office (Government of Canada) from 2002 to 2008. 
She has represented Canada in numerous international fora and has served as Canada’s Alternate Governor to the World Bank, as International Executive Co-Chair of the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development. She is an active contributor on issues related to Canada and global sustainable development and author of “Inclusive Trade, Inclusive Development: Opportunities for Canadian Leadership (Institute for Research on Public Policy, Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities, 2017). 
Ms. Biggs is the current Matthews Fellow on Global Public Policy at Queen’s University; Chair of the International Advisory Committee of UN University’s Institute on Water, Environment and Health; and she sits on the Board of World University Services Canada. 

Debby Carreau - CEO of Inspired HR

Debby Carreau is an entrepreneur, author and Founder and CEO of both Inspired HR and Inspired WorkplaceTM. She is widely recognized in the media and the business community as a workplace thought leader. 
Debby has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women on several occasions, marking her entry into Canada’s Top 100 Hall of Fame as their youngest inductee. Her book, The Mentor Myth is a staple for professionals who are new to the work force. 
Ms. Carreau is a proven leader in helping businesses to create great workplaces. Debby is a board member of Young Presidents Organization (BC Chapter), Elevation Group and a member of the Board of Governors of Collingwood School. She was previously an Advisory Board member for Women’s Executive Network, Respect in the Workplace and is the Chair for 1000 Women Rising. 
Her firm has been recognized as Canada’s Top HR Consultancy and listed as one of Canada’s Top 25 HR Professionals. 

Piers Cumberlege - Chair, Straightview Intl.

Piers Cumberlege has had an international career working in and with multi-national corporations, private equity, governments and civil society organisations across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.  Currently Vice-Chair of the Investment Committee of Global Sustainable Capital Management; Head of UK for professional services firm All You Need for Growth; Director of global sustainability consultancy South Pole Group. Formerly Head of Partnership at the World Economic Forum. 

Piers has significant experience in Sustainable Economic Development. He was Head of Direct Investments at Moscow-based Delta Capital, managing a large multi-sector portfolio.  More recently he co-managed the Canada Investment Fund for Africa. In 2009 he established an SME social venture fund in West Africa.

Piers has a strong personal engagement in civil society: formerly Director of CARE Canada, Chair of CARE Enterprise Partners; currently Investment Committee of Engineers Without Borders; advises and participates in Crossroads Foundation’s A Day in the Life of a Refugee simulation.

MA Oxford, business degree Coventry & GEC, ICD.D McGill/ICD.  Speaks a number of languages.  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Canada.

John Hendra – Former UN Assistant Secretary-General

John Hendra recently retired from the United Nations after a dynamic 32-year career as a development leader and reformer. His most recent position was as UN Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) helping the UN Development System become more “fit for purpose” to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Before that he served as UN ASG and Deputy Executive Director at UN Women (2011-14) and as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam (2006-2011), Tanzania (2002-2006) and Latvia (1993-1997). He has published articles on various development issues including SDG financing, a “theory of change” for making the UN development system fit to support the 2030 agenda and the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality.

He’s served as a Yale World Fellow (2009) and was awarded the Three Star Order of Latvia (1997) and Vietnam’s Friendship Medal (2011) in recognition of his contributions in those countries. John has an MA in Development Studies from the University of Toronto and an Honours BA from Queen’s University.

Danièle Henkel - CEO of Danièle Henkel Inc.

Danièle Henkel is a compassionate and articulate businesswoman who has made her mark, both personally and professionally, in Quebec. Her eponymous companies have helped pave the way for wellness and “beauty in authenticity” as a new social standard in the business world.
As an influencer, Danièle Henkel lends her voice to many causes that are close to her heart. One of the areas she is dedicated to is creating a stronger Quebec that is more open to the world. Her passion for Quebec (and female) entrepreneurship leads her to invest in, fund, support and guide companies in which she sees potential.
Danièle Henkel has high hopes for a next generation that’s strong from both an economic and a human standpoint, and so she focuses on education. She shares her knowledge through memorable lectures here and abroad, including in Europe and Africa. Her best-selling autobiography Quand l’intuition trace la route has inspired several generations of women to stand tall.

Joan Larrea - CEO of Convergence

As CEO of Convergence, Joan leads the world’s first institution dedicated to increasing private sector investment in emerging markets by helping investors execute blended finance deals. Joan is an expert in catalyzing investment in places that need it most and brings with her over 20 years of experience in emerging markets investing. Prior to joining Convergence, she served as U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation's Managing Director for Business Development and Partnerships, leading efforts to partner with philanthropic and private investors to increase capital flows to OPIC's target markets. Before OPIC, Joan served as a managing director on the emerging markets team at Global Environment Fund, a privately held asset manager with $1 billion in assets under management, dedicated to the energy, environmental, and natural resource sectors. She began her career as an investment officer at the International Finance Corporation, where she concluded pioneering transactions in diverse infrastructure and manufacturing sectors across Asia.

Boris Martin - CEO - Engineers Without Borders Canada

Mr. Martin joined Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada’s Toronto-based executive team as Vice President of Strategy and Investment in 2011. There he led an organisational transformation process to enable EWB to adopt a social venture investments approach in Sub-Saharan Africa.  He has served as CEO to EWB Canada since 2014.  
Mr. Martin brings expertise in agriculture and small and growing business development from his own experience as an EWB Fellow in West Africa, and through EWB's current portfolio of seed stage ventures and talent development programming.
He holds a PhD in engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation