Who We Are


Staff

Benoit Andre
Executive Director

Constance Naud-Arcand
Junior Program and Admin Officer

 

Board

Ed Bianchi
Interim Chair

Ed manages KAIROS' education and advocacy programs. KAIROS' 11 churches and religious organizations work collaboratively on human rights and ecological justice. From 2001-2012, Ed coordinated KAIROS' Indigenous Rights Program, and worked with Indigenous peoples and their allies to address governments, corporations and the general public using innovative public education and action initiatives, in Canada and internationally, towards the recognition and enforcement of Indigenous peoples' rights.

KAIROS' creation in 2001 brought together 10 formally separate social justice ecumenical coalitions, including the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC), a coalition of churches, church organizations, Indigenous peoples and regional groups. Ed was ARC's National Coordinator from 1995 to 2001.

Ed was the first graduate student at York University in Toronto to successfully complete a combined Masters Degree in Fine Arts (Film) and Environmental Studies. He also has a Bachelor of Journalism (Television) from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Ed's a hockey and soccer dad who lives in rinks and on pitches in Ottawa with his partner, Nancy, and their three children, Graham, Gabriella and Robertson.

 
Pete Cross
Treasurer

Retired partner of Taylor Leibow, chartered accountants, Peter has been active in many charitable and not for profit organizations. He has been involved with refugee settlement in Canada since 1979, less so recently. Peter is an active Quaker and is treasurer of the Donald Berman Foundation, Victoria Curling Club, Skyway Seniors Bowling and incoming treasurer of the Canadian Friends Service Committee (to be confirmed). He is also a trustee of Canadian Yearly Meeting (Quakers) and Samuel Rogers Memorial Trust.

Peter is a sports enthusiast. He is married to Isabel and they are the proud parents of 5 kids and 5 grandchildren.

 
Viviane Weitzner
Member-at-large


Fiona Meyer Cook
Member-at-large

Fiona brings her strength in research and policy analysis in Indigenous women’s rights, post TRC challenges and trade and human rights in the Americas, with a particular focus on Indigenous Peoples, to PBI-Canada. She has previously worked for the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, the North-South Institute, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Status of Women Canada, The Gender and Economy Group (in Peru) and taught International Social Work at Carleton University.

She is a collaborative PhD Candidate at Carleton University’s School of Social Work and Institute of Political Economy. While working as the coordinator of CCIC’s America’s Policy Group from 2006-2010, she played an instrumental role in bringing Latin American human rights defenders concerns to the attention of Canadian parliamentarians  and decision makers, helped ensure the adoption of mandatory human rights impact assessment reporting on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and coordinated research and policy dialogues between civil society and Canadian officials on the condition of human rights defenders following the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras.

Fiona’s a water sport and music enthusiast.  She lives in Ottawa, where she spends a lot of time parenting young Isabela and supporting her junior string orchestra adventures.

Amanda Montgomery
Member-at-large


Heather Neun
Member-at-large


Paul Bocking
Member-at-large