CJI board

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of CJI is composed of at least three people who are elected at the Annual General Meeting by the members of the corporation. They are responsible for the management of the affairs of the corporation. The term of each director is one year.

Fr Erik Oland SJ
Provincial Superior

Fr Gilles Mongeau SJ
Socius to the Provincial

Fr Pierre Côté SJ
Province Treasurer

Board of Trustees

The Board of Directors entrusts the running of the corporation on its behalf to a Board of Trustees elected by the Board of Directors for their broad expertise and connection with the work of CJI. They meet three or more times a year.

Elizabeth McIsaac

TRIEC - Elizabeth McIsaac

Elizabeth chairs the CJI Board of Trustees. She has a keen interest in issues of public policy, including employment equity, diversity and immigration. She is currently President of Maytree Foundation, a charity committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada. Elizabeth has also worked for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Catholic Cross-Cultural Services and Amnesty International.

Marcelle DeFreitas

Marcelle is the Combined Degree Program and Specializations Coordinator at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). As a mentor for teacher candidates, she continues to champion the important role of the teacher in student achievement, and well-being. Marcelle also facilitates both teacher and principal learning teams in Ontario and China, and is a resource consultant to the Institute for Catholic Education, a facilitator of Leading Student Achievement for the Ontario Ministry of Education and an instructor in the teacher education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Fr Matthew Livingstone SJ

Matthew Livingstone SJ is dedicated to inter-religious dialogue, especially with Muslims and Jews, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Hebrew Bible at Saint Paul’s University. He previously studied Theology in Rome, and worked in Syria and Egypt on religious dialogue, and in Kenya and Ethiopia with African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN). His background is in political science and philosophy. He grew up in various countries in Africa as well as in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Tatiana Romero

Tatiana Romero

Tatiana is originally from Colombia. She has more than 15 years of experience in international development, with a focus on quality education and children’s rights. In Colombia she worked at CINEP (Centre for Research and Popular Education), a non-profit organization established by the Jesuits that aims to build an equitable society by promoting sustainable human development. She is currently Senior Program Manager at Plan International Canada. Tatiana brings to CJI her vast experience in Latin America and Africa.

Fr Philip Shano SJ

Fr Philip Shano

Fr Philip has been a Jesuit since 1978. He worked at the Jesuit retreat house in Guelph for more than ten years, was novice director at the Jesuit Novitiate in St Paul, Minnesota for six years, has been superior of Jesuit communities several times, and has served in many capacities of Jesuit leadership and governance. He has extensive experience teaching, giving retreats, and writing in the area of Ignatian spirituality. He is a member of the Jesuit Community in Pickering and is involved with Manresa-Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre. A formative experience was the several months he worked with the Darjeeling Jesuits.

Tom Walsh

Tom, from Brockville, Ontario, has spent most of his adult life in Latin America, as a Scarboro Mission lay missionary associate, a regional country representative with CAFOD-UK, a Secretary for the Diocese of Riobamba in Ecuador and a community development worker with the Andean population. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s business school and a Christian Meditator, Tom has a keen interest in spirituality and economics from the grassroots, institutional and corporate perspectives.

Jenny Cafiso

Jenny is the Director of Canadian Jesuits International. She previously served as program coordinator at the international office of the Jesuit Refugee Service based in Rome. She has also worked for 10 years as coordinator of education at the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace in Toronto. Jenny worked for two years in Peru with the leadership formation team of TAREA, a popular education centre working in slum areas of Lima. She has travelled extensively for work in Asia, Latin America and Africa.