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.


Ian Fraser
Executive Committee, Quebec

Ian joined PWS&D’s committee in 2014. He is minister of St. Columba by-the-Lake Church in Pointe-Claire, QC. Ian traveled to Malawi and Kenya as part of a PCC mission trip and more recently visited Haiti to explore new projects opportunities with PWS&D. He is pleased to support this vital response to global inequities.



Mark Gaskin
Executive Committee, Ontario

Mark has been with PWS&D since 2012. He is a minister at Westside Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, Ontario.




Jan Rodda
Executive Committee, Saskatchewan

Jan joined PWS&D in October 2015. She is a member and elder at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Saskatoon.  Jan has spent 27 years in adult education and business training.  Jan is interested in raising awareness locally to support PWS&D’s partners in building sustainable livelihoods and opportunities for a fairer and more just world.


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.


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.


Erin Whittaker
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

Elza Furzer, Women’s Missionary Society

Emmeline Managbanag, Southern Partner Representative (Community World Service Asia)

Margaret Msukwa, Southern Partner Representative (Livingstonia Synod Health Department, Malawi)