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 J. Peter Bisson SJ

Fr J. Peter Bisson SJ
Provincial Superior

Fr John McCarthy SJ
Socius to the Provincial

Fr Winston Rye SJProvince Treasurer

Fr Winston Rye 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.

Fr David Creamer SJ

Fr David chairs the CJI Board of Trustees. He is originally from Saint John, NB, and joined the Society of Jesus in 1969. He later went on to earn a doctoral degree in the history and philosophy of education. Fr David taught at the University of Manitoba for 25 years in the Department of Religion and at the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice. Recently he moved from Winnipeg to Toronto. Fr David has led numerous study abroad programs to India, where CJI supports a number of projects.

Basant Kayastha

Basant Kayastha

Basant has extensive experience in Asia, including more than a decade of community development work with Caritas Cambodia. He holds a master’s degree in economics and is fluent in five languages, including English, Hindi, Khmer, Nepalese and Russian. In Canada, Basant now has more than 10 years of experience working with refugee claimants and homeless youth. He brings considerable knowledge of international programs and sustainable development to CJI.


Elizabeth McIsaac

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Elizabeth 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.


Ted Penton SJ

Ted Penton

Ted Penton SJ is currently studying theology at Regis College in Toronto. He recently spent three years working for the Ignatian Spirituality Project, offering retreats to men and women experiencing homelessness and in recovery from addiction. Before entering the Society of Jesus, Ted worked in Ottawa as a lawyer for the Human Rights Law Section of the Department of Justice.


Fr Hasiniaina Rakotoarisoa SJ

Hasiniaina Rakotoarisoa SJ, originally from Madagascar, is a Jesuit in the Province of the Jesuits in English Canada studying canon law at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Hasiniaina brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to CJI from his years teaching in Madagascar, his field work with HIV/AIDS terminal patients in South Africa, and his ministry with the First Nations in Ottawa.


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.

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.