The management of Amref Health Africa in Canada is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet quarterly.

Globally, Amref Health Africa is governed by an International Board of Directors that includes representatives from Africa, Europe and North America.

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Rene Beaudoin

René Beaudoin, Chair

René Beaudoin is CEO of Presagia, an industry-leading leave management technology firm and current Chair of the Board of Directors of Amref Health Africa in Canada. He has served on the Board of Amref Health Africa in Canada since 2010.

René has held an array of leadership positions across health care and benefits companies, including recently as Global COO of Mercer, overseeing all operations and technology with 9,000 people around the world, and Executive Vice President and CTO of Morneau Shepell, managing their US business division and their technology organization. He is an actuary by trade, an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the Project Management Institute and is bilingual in French and English.

René is passionate about developing talented, strong, and sustainable teams, and he believes diversity in a workforce delivers superior results. He has managed people and businesses across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe and Asia, including an offshoring operation in India. He appreciates and genuinely enjoys the various cultures around the world and loves to travel with his family.

In addition to his role as Chair of Amref Health African in Canada, René co-led an initiative to build a technology centre and a school for girls in Northern Kenya, at the Kakuma refugee camp.

Ian Brenner

Ian Brenner, CPA, CA

Ian Brenner is a partner with the Interim Management practice and is a key member of the Performance Improvement practice at Farber Financial Group. As leader of these practices, Ian’s group bridges or supplements gaps in the financial resources of a company, and works with companies to optimize the performance of the finance function to uncover sustainable profit enhancement opportunities. Prior to joining Farber, Ian was a fund manager for a Toronto-based private equity firm. Ian was responsible for sourcing investments in midmarket businesses that were underperforming, in a turnaround or distressed position or which required restructuring.

Ian trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa in 1989.

Marketa Evans

Marketa Evans, PhD

Marketa is Vice President, Community Programs and Vice President, Innovation at WoodGreen Community Services. She founded WoodGreen’s Innovation Lab which includes a portfolio of R&D projects including a new program for youth leaving care, a newcomer settlement innovation project and the development of a new congregate housing model, codesigned with youth.

She is leading WoodGreen’s newly integrated approach to Community Programs, including financial empowerment, employment, newcomer programming, English language training, Youth programs and volunteer services.

A former corporate banker with CIBC, Marketa was the first Executive Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where she managed growth and impact as the Centre flourished from 6 to 36 programs. Marketa is a collaborative leader, bringing clarity, consensus and alignment around strategic plans and projects and delivering results. She has held senior leadership roles in the public and private sectors, including with Global Affairs Canada, Plan International Canada, and United Way Toronto.

Marketa holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. She loves running, camping, travel and recently achieved her open water Scuba diving certificate.


Madeleine Féquière

As Corporate Credit Chief for publicly traded Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS), Madeleine provides oversight and support of credit risk management on a global scale.

She is recognized for her 25 years of extensive experience in leadership, corporate credit administration, credit risk & operations, credit enhancements and global trade. She has implemented new strategies and efficient credit structures across the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East in various sectors of the economy. Before joining Domtar, Madeleine held executive global positions with Abitibi/Bowater, Teleglobe, Microsoft, Softimage, Foxboro and Archer Daniels Midland.

Madeleine active involvement in business and humanitarian causes spans over 25 years of service through participation on numerous public, governmental and non-profit organizations boards and advisory committees. She is currently serving on the boards of Université de Montréal, Investissements Québec and the Canadian Center for the Purpose of the Corporation (expert panel member) as an independent director.

A highly sought-after speaker in the field of credit risk management and global commerce, Madeleine is a recurring Keynote guest speaker for major global conferences in her field such as: ICTF (International Credit Trade Finance); FCIB (Finance Credit International Business); NACM (National Association Credit Managers); CCR (Credit, Collections, Risk) and CIC (Credit Institute of Canada). Her articles are published in specialized Credit magazines globally.

A leader in her field, Madeleine is recipient of multiple awards among others: the AFFQ Leadership award (2016 in Montreal), the CCR World commendation excellence award (2011 in London, England), and the NACM-Canada award for the advancement of her profession (2009 in Toronto).

Madeleine holds a Directors Education Program (DEP) diploma in Governance from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, a short MBA from McGill Executive Institute, a BA in Specialized Translation from Concordia University and a diploma in Finance from HEC jointly with the Canadian Credit Institute.

Serena Hak

Serena Hak

In 2009, Serena Hak began her career in the philanthropic sector working with youth to help them better understand importance of social consciousness. Today, she is the Executive Director & Partner, The Donor Motivation Program®, a Senior Associate at Stonegate Private Counsel, and Head of Philanthropic Services for Assante Wealth Management. She is committed to helping Canadians better develop and implement their philanthropic goals. Serena is truly passionate about breaking down the barriers between the for-profit and non-profit sectors; continuously working with the charitable sector on joint projects and associations. Additionally, she is part of Vision 2020, a program bringing young philanthropists from diverse backgrounds together to better understand some of the most pressing challenges facing the city of Toronto. Outside of work she is an avid traveler and loves trotting around Toronto with her beagle, Bogart.

Zuwa Matondo

Zuwa Matondo

Zuwa Matondo is a public policy, governance and legal professional and has worked with national governments, international regional bodies, law firms and multi-national corporations on policy development as well as complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects. He possesses a multi-cultural fluency having worked in Africa, North America, Europe, and East Asia.

He is also the founder of Gov-Enhance Africa, a non-governmental platform for policy thinkers & governance practitioners to provide policy recommendations to African governments and engage in institutional capacity-building initiatives.

Zuwa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University; both Common and Civil Law Degrees also from McGill University; and a Masters in Public Policy from Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.

Jeff Pentland

Jeff Pentland

Jeff is the Managing Director of Northleaf Capital Partners. He serves on the advisory boards of several partnerships within Northleaf’s portfolio. Prior to joining Northleaf’s predecessor, TD Capital Private Equity Investors, in 2005, Jeff was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where he specialized in corporate strategy, finance and organizational behaviour, advising companies in financial services and other sectors. Previously, Jeff was a corporate/securities lawyer with Stikeman Elliott in Toronto, and Hamada Matsumoto in Tokyo, where he advised clients on private equity, infrastructure, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Prior to that, Jeff worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Togo, West Africa.

Jeff received a B.A. (First Class Honours) from the University of British Columbia, an M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University and an LL.B. (Dean’s Honours List) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.

Karen Wensley

Karen Wensley

Karen is a private consultant, providing HR related services including executive coaching and facilitation, as well as consulting services to the federal government on R&D policy. She is also a Lecturer on Business Ethics at the University of Waterloo, and a Volunteer mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Before her retirement, Karen was a Partner at Ernst & Young with overall responsibility for the HR functions of Ernst & Young Canada, and previously as a tax partner, specializing in the health care, biotechnology and IT industries. Her clients included several major research hospitals, and she also worked with the Boards of Directors and Audit Committees of her large public company clients.

Karen has served on the board of several organizations, including the Information Technology Association of Canada, and the Association for Bright Children.

Ryan Wiley

Ryan Wiley, PhD

Dr. Ryan Wiley is President of Shift Health, which he has helped to grow into one of the most dynamic and trusted advisory teams in the health and life sciences arena, with footholds in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Working with global leaders in the contexts of business, health care, science and policy, Ryan brings a unique ability to envision and unlock the benefits of collaboration across disciplines, sectors and borders.

Over his fifteen-year consulting career, Ryan has worked with the world’s largest biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies, for which he has supported product development and market access strategies globally; non-governmental and philanthropic organizations, with which he has worked on impactful public‐private and public health partnerships in the developing world; governments, which have sought his advice on policy and funding strategies to empower health research and innovation; and academic institutions, for which he has helped to mobilize more than $1 billion to support health R&D.

Ryan received his PhD in immunology from McMaster University, where he is now Adjunct Professor. He is Policy Advisor to and Past Chair of Research Canada, Co-chair of Life Sciences Ontario’s Annual Policy Forum, and a Director on the boards of Amref Health Africa, the Canadian International Health Education Association (CIHEA) and CanHealth International.