PWS&D is led by a committee of dedicated ministers and lay leaders from across Canada and around the world. Our leadership is committed to alleviating poverty and creating a more sustainable, compassionate and just world.

Meet the PWS&D governance team!

Rob Robertson-committeeRob Robertson
Convener, Ontario

Rob joined PWS&D’s committee in 2015.  He is the administrative clerk of session of St. Andrew’s Ottawa.  He is the former general counsel of the International Development Research Centre where he specialized in programs on women’s rights and intellectual property.  He is the former president of Amnesty International Canada and former board chair of the HealthBridge Foundation of Canada.

John Bannerman
Committee, Ontario
John joined PWS&D’s committee in 2018. He is minister of Chalmers Presbyterian Church in London, ON. In 2017, John participated in the PCC’s Healing and Reconciliation Tour and remains active in stewardship and mission, currently serving as convener of the Presbytery of London’s mission team. John enjoys music, family life, sports and exploring God’s creation.

Committee-Ian-Fraser

Ian Fraser
Executive Committee, Quebec

Ian joined PWS&D’s committee in 2014. He is the former minister of St. Columba by-the-Lake in Pointe-Claire, QC, and is currently Interim Associate Minister at St. Andrew & St. Paul in Montreal. Ian has traveled to Malawi and Kenya on PCC mission trips and more recently visited Haiti to explore PWS&D project opportunities. He is pleased to support this vital response to global inequities.

Amanda Henderson-Bolton
Committee, Prince Edward Island
Amanda joined PWS&D’s committee in 2016.  She is the minister of St. James Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown, PE. Amanda’s first mission trip was to Nicaragua through Youth In Mission in 1999.  Since then, she has traveled to a number of countries through both school and mission work.  She believes we are called to be the hands and heart of Christ in the world and is excited to be part of the PWS&D initiative.

Andrea Perrett
Committee, British Columbia
Andrea joined PWS&D’s committee in the fall of 2016. After practicing as a registered dietitian in Alberta and British Columbia, where she focused on community health and program development, Andrea completed her theological training to become a Presbyterian minister. Andrea is excited to be involved with PWS&D, which combines both of her professional passions.

SteveMcInnis

Steve McInnis
Committee, Ontario

Steve joined PWS&D in 2013. Prior to joining our team, Steve worked with the Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh from 1990-1993 and in 2012 traveled to Kenya and Rwanda with Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Passionate about hunger issues, he convenes an ecumenical growing project for CFGB in Woodstock, ON and represents PWS&D on CFGB’s board.

Susan Viegas
Committee, Ontario
Susan joined PWS&D’s committee in 2018. She is senior advisor at the City of Toronto’s Economic Development Division and has experience in government, academia and the private sector in technology-related and financial services and consumer packaged goods. Passionate about global politics and community development, Susan looks forward to contributing towards a compassionate and sustainable agenda.

ErinWhittaker

Erin Whittaker
Executive Committee, Manitoba

Erin joined PWS&D’s committee in 2013 after traveling to Malawi on a PCC study tour. She is a social worker from Winnipeg, where she manages a caseload of women exploited through the sex trade or involved in human trafficking. She is passionate about engaging young people on global issues and believes that anything is possible when we work together to create change from within.

Geoff Zakaib-committeeGeoff Zakaib
Executive Committee, Alberta

Geoff joined PWS&D’s committee in 2015. Geoff is an engineer from Calgary and has been active for many years on social issues such homelessness, poverty reduction and international development. He recently travelled to Nicaragua representing PWS&D on a Canadian Foodgrains Bank trip. Geoff is currently the chair of the KAIROS Calgary Working Group on homelessness and affordable housing.

Jean Williams, Atlantic Mission Society Representative

Debbie Kallender, Women’s Missionary Society