Guillaume Landry

Director General

Guillaume Landry is a specialist in child protection, having gained considerable professional and academic experience in over 40 countries across the world. He has been involved with various prominent organisations, such as UNICEF Quebec, where he was the Young Ambassador for action against anti-personnel mines (2002—2003), and the ECPAT International network in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was on the team researching the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Since then, the African continent has become his area of interest: he acted as Child Protection Advisor for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and served as Research Specialist and Project Manager in West Africa on behalf of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. Author of numerous texts and publications, Guillaume wrote a number of works, including Children and Armed Conflict – A Guide to International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law (2009) and a series of country profiles on the realisation of children’s rights in North Africa (2007), in the African Great Lakes (2009) and in the Middle East and North Africa (2012), as well as the reference book Connaître les droits des enfants appliqués au Québec (Knowing the Rights of Children Applied in Quebec) (2009). Thanks to his advanced knowledge, he was asked to collaborate on updating the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations training module on child protection with the support of Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Guillaume is also a teacher, giving classes and leading numerous training sessions on subjects related to children’s rights. He also works as a consultant for UNICEF, the World Bank, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, GIZ, Save the Children and the Canadian International Development Agency. He became Director of Programmes and Development at the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBCR) in September 2006 and was named Director General in April 2014. He graduated from York University (Canada) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) in International Studies, and from Uppsala University (Sweden) in Humanitarian Aid. He is the father of two young boys. He speaks French and English, and has a basic knowledge of Hebrew, Spanish and Portuguese.               Ext. #222

Cathy Launay-Alcala

Communications & Partnership Director

Cathy Launay-Alcala has more than 15 years of experience working in the tourism and events industry in Europe, the Caribbean and North America. Having acted as a project manager for several years, she quickly turned her attention to managing organisations in the tourism industry, including managing a hotel and co-founding a travel and events company in the Dominican Republic. Through her professional experience and personal travels around the world, Cathy often witnessed exploitation involving minors, including sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism and child labour. This led her to regularly solicit her clients (including corporations and members of the general public) for fundraising initiatives, and motivated her to volunteer at an orphanage and become a member of the National Council for Children and Adolescents in Santo Domingo. 

Cathy immigrated to Canada in 2013 and joined the IBCR in September 2014.  She has a Master’s of Business Administration from Bretagne Sud University in France and a Certificate in Economy from the Centre for Empirical Economic Studies in Dominican Republic. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Italian.              Ext. 243

Karla Ponce

Director of Administration, Finance and Human Ressources

Karla Ponce was born in El Salvador and emigrated to Canada with her family, at a very young age.

During her career as a member and senior manager at one of Canada's largest IT services provider, Karla simultaneously managed several large teams and projects on schedule and within budget. With her enthusiasm and organisational skills, she has over 11 years of experience in human resources management, customer service, coaching and training. Karla is also studying management at HEC Montréal.

Karla has always been drawn to different humanitarian causes and is especially sensitive to causes affecting women and children. The opportunity to defend her convictions and have a rewarding experience led her to join the IBCR team and take up this new challenge!

Karla speaks French, English and Spanish.                       Ext. 223

Yvan Conoir

Director of Programmes

After starting out as a journalist, Yvan Conoir worked for nearly 20 years for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF, CARE Canada, CECI and the L.B. Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. Since 2008, Mr. Conoir has been a senior consultant for Universalia Management Group, serving as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Union, the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations (UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP UNDP, UNESCO, DPKO, PBSO, UNV) and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Canada, France and Switzerland, as well as a variety of NGOs and private entities. He is also a researcher in residence at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair (UQAM) and a member of the Scientific Council of the French Red Cross. His professional functions have led him to work in some sixty countries in the African Great Lakes region, East and West Africa, South Asia, Central America, the Balkans, as well as Europe and Canada.

Mr. Conoir is a graduate of the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, holds an MA (Political Science) and an MBA (International Management). In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Conoir teaches at Université Laval and Université de Montréal. At Laval University Press, he published L'action humanitaire du Canada (PUL-2002), Faire la paix - Concepts et pratiques de la consolidation de la paix (PUL-2005) and DDR - Désarmer, démobiliser et réintégrer - Défis humains, enjeux globaux (PUL-2006). His latest book is entitled "International Development Project Management and Humanitarian Action (PUL-2016)" ; ext. 104


Programmes and Development

Roxana Gallant

Operations Coordinator

A graduate in political science and a master's degree in public and international affairs, Roxana has worked for several years in the field of international development and human rights. Before joining IBCR, she worked for nearly two years on the field, in international cooperation, where she developed an expertise in gender and project management.

She recently worked for Oxfam-Québec in Burkina Faso, where she implemented a project to combat violence against women and girls and strengthened the capacity of local organisations in women's economic empowerment. She has also worked at the Center for Studies and International Cooperation as a gender equality advisor and at Médecins du Monde Canada's headquarters in support of international project management.

Her passion for human rights led her to work in several other countries, including Austria, where she worked on conflict prevention issues with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and in Chile, where she did research on the application of international law on indigenous rights.

Roxana is fluent in French, English, Spanish, German and Farsi.   ext. 244

Alejandro Rodríguez Aguirre

Expertise & International Development Coordinator

Inspired by the protection of human rights, Alejandro has worked for nearly 9 years in international cooperation projects and humanitarian aid in Colombia, Sao Tomé and Principe, France and recently in Canada.

His areas of expertise are adolescence, sexual and reproductive rights, maternal and child health, HIV prevention and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.

Mobilized by his interests, Alejandro has had the opportunity to coordinate the implementation of large-scale projects within United Nations agencies (UNFPA and IOM). He has also actively participated in the drafting of public policy documents geared to generating platforms to guarantee the rights of children, adolescents and women.

Alejandro has a Bachelor of Health Sciences, a Specialized Studies Diploma in Public Services Administration, a Master of Science in Development and Public Health from the University of Bordeaux (France) and a Master of Arts in Health Promotion from the University of Navarra (Spain). He also holds a University Certificate in French-speaking Culture from the University of Bordeaux.

Alejandro joined the IBCR team in November 2017 as a Support Officer for the AMENA Program.                         Ext. #242

Julie Potvin-Lajoie

MEAL and National Development Coordinator

Graduated in international studies and modern languages and holding a postgraduate degree in sustainable development management, Julie has been working for several years in international cooperation, economic development and project management, both in Quebec and in the field. She has worked with groups of artisan women in Guatemala and Bolivia and helped with the outreach and commercialization of fair trade products for the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation. More recently, she worked as a development and management consultant in Honduras with Oxfam’s-Québec partners in Tegucigalpa and in the dry tropic region of Honduras, collaborating in the implementation of social art projects for young people and projects addressing violence against women. These experiences allowed Julie to work in widely varying environments, with committed young people as well as with artisan women in rural areas. She also worked in human resources, as a volunteer recruitment officer for Crossroads International and as administrative agent of international programs for Oxfam-Québec. Julie is fluent in French, English and Spanish.                  Ext. #247

Daredjane Assathiany

Expertise Officer For Children & Justice

Daredjane Assathiany is a lawyer, with diplomas in International Development and Latin-American Studies. She also holds a Master’s Degree in International Law, during which she focused on penal, migrant and refugee issues.

For the last 15 years, she has dedicated herself to ensuring proper accessibility to the justice system, while defending the vulnerable and the marginalized. While working for various NGO’s in Guatemala and Burundi, she acquired expertise in subjects such as impunity in the aftermath of an armed conflict, by intervening among victims, women and children. She has also gained valuable experience regarding education and the implementation of human rights, for migrants and victims of racial profiling, in rural areas, such as Burkina Faso and Quebec.

Before joining the IBCR in 2016 as a Quality Control and Documentation Officer, Daredjane worked in the Netherlands (2009-2014), as a lawyer at the International Criminal Court (ICC). She was part of the team having judged Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo, both from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Daredjane later integrated the ICC’s Outreach Unit, where she facilitated the comprehension of legal developments by the population.

After a period of consultancy works, Daredjane chose to rejoin the IBCR as a Justice for Children Specialist.

Linda Tremblay

Expert - Violence and Children

Linda Tremblay holds a Master's degree in Psychosocial Practices Studies. After working in Canada as a specialist in gender equality and violence against women and children in centres for assistance to fight against sexual assault, and then as a teacher at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), she went to work in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as an advisor on legal issues and services for victims of violence.

Linda has also worked as an international specialist on a bilateral project between the Canadian Embassy and the Ministry of Education in Honduras, the implementation of a Gender Commission within the Ministry and a study on reported cases of violence in 8,025 schools in the country's 18 departments, among others. She has lived in Bolivia and Peru where she supported the creation of inter-institutional networks against domestic violence, in addition to being a consultant for UNICEF. In Haiti, Linda has worked on behalf of UN Women and the major women's organizations she has supported in their services to victims (shelters, shelters for sexually assaulted minors, day centers). She also participated in a major research project in Jamaica by the Jamaican Coalition for Children's Rights (JCRC) on the implementation of the rights of very young children (0-8 years).

As a member of the first cohort of the Flora Tristan and Manuela Ramos House International Human Rights Course in Peru, Linda identified good human rights practices in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Kenya. She has worked at the Centre for Arab Studies for Development (CÉAD) and at SALAM, the group for Peace in Palestine.  It also carried out a mission to observe peace agreements in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza). An activist involved in the struggle against apartheid, she participated in the first African National Congress in South Africa.

Upon her return to Canada, she joined the team at the International Bureau for Children's Rights as an expert on violence against children. Linda is fluent in French, English, Spanish and créole.

Simon Tourte

Pedagogial Expert

With a master's degree in Organisational Psychology and a master's degree in Industrial Relations, Simon began his career as a Human Resources Consultant. Subsequently, his interest in skills development led him to specialise in training development and coordination. With experiences in several sectors, ranging from Non-profit Organisations to the video game industry, Simon has developed strong skills in needs analysis and the design of adapted solutions.

Curious and creative, he quickly learned to use different tools to meet the challenges facing him, including online training tools and strategies. Sensitive to international issues, Simon studied in China and worked in Italy with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), supporting training projects to train Social Protection experts. By joining the IBCR, Simon is happy to be able to put his knowledge and experience in support of a cause that is close to his heart. ; Ext. 243

Tarik Marc

Project Manager, Voluntary Cooperation Programme

Tarik Marc studied International Development and Project Management at the University of Montreal before setting out to work on several international cooperation projects in Latin America and Africa, which has occupied his time for the past 10 years. He has coordinated projects in diverse contexts, ranging from rural communities in Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras and Guatemala to assisting the President’s Office in Senegal with the organisation of the Summit of La Francophonie. He has also managed voluntary cooperation programmes at the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation in Guatemala and Senegal.                  Ext. 233

Fernando A. Chinchilla

Special Project Officer

Fernando is a specialist in the field of international cooperation, particularly in conflict resolution and collective violence. Its regions of specialisation are Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

Before joining the IBCR, Fernando was a researcher and professor in Latin America and a consultant to several international governmental and non-governmental organisations. He is currently an associate member of Les Afriques dans le monde (Bordeaux), an expert member of the Peace Operations Network (Montreal), a member of the Laboratory of Criminology and Social Studies on Violence (Lima) and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian International Council (Toronto).

Since joining the IBCR as a special project officer, he has written, supervised and managed the development of specialised training kits (trafficking in persons; emergency situations), including adult education and skills development programmes, mapping, and external evaluations, for several IBCR partners, including Save the Children Spain in Mauritania, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Chad, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Fernando is of Costa Rican origin and holds a PhD in political science from the University of Montreal. He speaks Spanish, French and English, and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese.; 234

Daniel Martin Santos

Project Manager - Honduras

Daniel is a psychology graduate from the University of the Basque Country in Spain. He holds a post graduate degree in Speech Therapy as well as a degree as an Agent for Equal Opportunities for Women from the Interuniversity Europe/Latin-American Network for Social Policy Applied Studies. 

For more than 13 years, he has been working in humanitarian contexts, on different topics such as armed conflicts, general violence, natural disaster, and emergency disasters such as Haiti’s earthquake in 2010. He has an experience working in different countries including Colombia, Algeria, Bolivia, Burundi, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Honduras.

Daniel participated in different workshops and events aiming to strengthen and mobilize children, young people and leaders in civil societies as well as to promote the protection of the rights of most vulnerable population.

His previous mission was in Honduras where he led the development of documents and protocols related to Child Protection including the Monitoring and Evaluation Manual for temporary protection centres, social protection subsystem, conceptual and functional framework and guidelines for Foster Care.

Daniel joined the IBCR in February 2018 as Project Chief in Honduras.

Lorena Mayén

Social Work Expert on Human Trafficking - Honduras

Bio to come

Ivannia María López Padgett

Legal expert against human trafficking

Ivannia María López Padgett is a lawyer, consultant and specialist in the defence of the human rights of people in vulnerable situations, in particular women, children and the LGBT community. She was a prosecutor with the Honduran Public Prosecutor's Office and a judicial officer until 2009. In the years that followed, she coordinated the Centre for Women's Rights' (CDM) programme for the prevention and attention of violence against women and the SOMOS legal programme, the Centre for Development and Cooperation LGTBI in Honduras. These two spaces have enabled her to take strategic legal action on crimes of sexual violence, feminicide and hate crimes. She has prepared studies and newsletters that highlight the major obstacles and challenges faced by victims in their intention to access justice and, together with the women's movement, Ivannia has carried out major reforms of national legislation for the benefit of these groups. In 2015, she was hosted by the Spanish section of Amnesty International's programme for the protection of human rights defenders, from which she gave lectures and presentations in various provinces on the human rights situation in Honduras. In 2017, Ivannia coordinated the Access to Justice and Ending Impunity in Cases of Gender-Based Violence for Indigenous Women project in the eastern part of the country.

Ivannia joined the IBCR team in May 2019 as a legal expert against human trafficking.

Gerardo Molina

Finance and Administrative Officer, Honduras

Gerardo has worked as an internal auditor for more than 6 years in  vehicle distribution groups (Nissan, Kawazaki, Chrysler) and in different banks in Honduras, also as head of credit card operations for a financial group, all before entering the international cooperation sector. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a finance coordinator for Oxfam Great Britain, where he was responsible for the financial, accounting and administrative oversight of various economic development, human rights and humanitarian interventions. He has an extensive experience working with partners in international development projects such as civil society organizations, but also with several donors. Finally, Mr Molina works in both Spanish and English.

Martin Causin

Project Manager - Burkina Faso

After a graduate of law (university of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium), Martin moved to Burkina Faso where he worked a few years as a volunteer for the Belgian association ADJAO. He was in charge of the global management of projects in education with a focus on girls' access to primary school and better access to leisure activities and culture for all children. From 2013, he continued his career in international NGOs, and still on the African continent. The first three years, he worked for Lawyers Without Borders (Belgium), first as regional manager in DRC, then as head of mission in Tunisia and finally as project manager in CAR. He worked on projects improving access to justice for the most vulnerable populations, particulary women and minors, as well as projects in assistance and legal representation to victims on international criminal justice.

To come back in West Africa, he became flying head of mission for french NGO Islamic Relief France (short missions in Mali and Niger) and, after completing a year, he joined IBCR to work again in Burkina Faso and to contribute to the protection and promotion of children's rights in this country for which he really wanted to act.

Agnès Kaboré

Technical Coordinator - Burkina Faso

Agnès Kaboré/Ouattara is a socio-economist by training and holds a Higher Diploma in International Social Work and a Master of Arts in Administration and Social Economics, obtained at the University of Aix Marseille II (France). She has held several positions of responsibility in public administration in Burkina Faso (Director General of Social Action, Director-General for the Protection of the Child, Director of Family Promotion, National Director of several projects…) and in NGOS and international institutions. Agnès Kaboré has a solid experience about social issues and particularly those related to the protection of the child and the rights of women in her country and in Africa. She has chaired several working groups on the issues of population and of the child in Burkina Faso, is a member of the National Council for population and was, from 2008 to 2013, member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child of the African Union (AU), where she successively held the functions of vice-chair and chair. In the framework of these different functions, Agnès has contributed to the development of several reference documents on policies and strategies for the promotion of the rights of children in a situation of vulnerability in her country and in Africa.

Agnès is very active in the associative sector, is president of an association responsible for the coordination of social interventions in the city of Ouagadougou and is a member of the Red Cross in Burkina Faso since 2005. She has been an advisor at the Economic and Social Council of Burkina Faso and a member of several boards of directors including UNICEF, the National Social Security Fund, the University’s National Center of Works as well as the Training and Development Center in Social Work, of which she was the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

Agnès loves sports and particularly volleyball. She has evolved on the national level in Burkina Faso. She was captain of the team of the Africa International Sport (Ivory Coast) from 1981 to 1984 and the holder of many trophies.

Goro Palenfo

Social Work Expert - Burkina Faso

After his studies in Sociology at the University of Ouagadougou, Goro Palenfo has followed a vocational training at the National Training Institute in Social Work (INFTS), which has enabled him to start his professional career in the public administration where he has worked as a state agent within the Ministry of Women, the National Solidarity and the Family, in Burkina Faso. During these years, he has served in various services at the regional and the central level of this specific Ministry. He has collaborated with the INFTS as a lecturer, coach of students trainees and director of Master’s thesis for students in Administration and Social Affairs.

The protection of the Child in Burkina Faso is a domain that Goro therefore knows particularly well, which has allowed him to accompany and strengthen the capabilities of several national organizations and associations working in this field. He is also a founding member of the "Social Impact Service," a local association which aims to contribute to the implementation of the socio-educational policy of the Government of Burkina Faso, by proposing innovative services offers adapted to the social needs of populations.

He joined the project team of the IBCR in Burkina Faso in August 2017 in order to contribute actively to strengthening the capacity of social workers.

Wakilou Senou

Expert for training Security Forces in Children's Rights - Burkina Faso

My name is Wakilou Senou, I am 34 years old and I am married with two children. I have engaged with the IBCR in Burkina Faso as a Defense and Security Forces expert. I hold a Master's degree in Law from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and a Master's degree in International Security and Defense Law from the University of Grenoble (France).

Before joining the IBCR, I was police commissioner in the Burkinabe National Police, where I gained 7 years of experience in the management of public security and the protection of people and property.

My commitment to the cause of children dates from my early childhood because I came from a family where excision was practiced. I rebelled against this practice, which stopped it for my younger sisters. During my academic career, I followed many trainings in order to reinforce my capacities in the field of child protection. On the field, during the seven years I've worked in the police, the issue of the rights of children has always occupied a place of choice. In my first position of responsibility, in Fada N'gourma (in the East of Burkina Faso), I set up, with the regional actors of child protection, the first network of protection of the child in this area. My second position has allowed me to strengthen the collaboration with other protection actors and to oppose children detention under inadequate conditions. My last position, at the Ouagadougou Central City Police Station, led me to be designated human rights focal point within this department and I became a teacher of human rights courses at the National Police School of Ouagadougou. 

The goal in integrating the IBCR project team in Burkina Faso is to concretize my commitment in a professional and permanent way, within a structure whose mandate is to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights by building the capacity of actors and contributing to better multisectoral coordination.

Sabine Zongo

Finance and Administrative Officer, Burkina Faso

Sabine Kiemtore Zongo has been working since 2005, first as the internal auditor for an international NGO (Compassion Internationale), then as an accountant for the CRS (Catholic Relief Service), where she worked on the support programme for women and children as well as the on support programme for child education. Sabine is married and the mother of a little girl. Sabine likes to prepare Mossi and Ivorian dishes for her friends and family.

Émile Darribère

Project Manager - Democratic Republic of Congo

Biography coming soon

Fabrice Kazadi

Social work expert - Democratic Republic of Congo

Fabrice Kazadi is a graduate in sociology and has taught in high school for 10 years before following the path of social work. 

During 15 years, he has been the project manager in a local NGO protecting children where he worked in the field of family reunification and socio-economic reintegration for children living on the street as well as children who were previously associated with armed groups.


While working as a project manager, he's also been part of the team of supervisors of the Educators Network for Street Children (Réseau des éducateurs des enfants et jeunes de la rue, REEJER), a group of NGOs working to protect children. 

Since 2008 and until he started working at the IBCR, Fabrice has been a national trainer in social work. He has trained several social workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

He joined the IBCR in August 2017 as a social work expert. 

Bruno Sadila Badianga

Police Expert - Democratic Republic of Congo

After studying law at the University of Kinshasa, Bruno Sadila became involved in the judiciary, where he worked as a judge for children.

While working at the courthouse, he has also taught law and the rights of citizens while supporting human rights organisations and women farmer's organisation as a consultant.

Bruno Sadila also brought his expertise on a project regarding the Democratic Republic of Congo's police reform implementing a new mode of police operation called local police. He joined the IBCR in September 2017 as a police expert. 

Odon of Christ Mupepe Mandola G.N

Justice Expert – Democratic Republic of Congo

Holding a BA degree in law from the University of Kinshasa, Odon du Christ Mupepe began his professional career in the judiciary as a Public Prosecutor, then as a judge of the peace, acting as a judge for children.

In addition to the judiciary, he has been involved as a training consultant in elementary legal concepts by training paralegals and resource personel in civil society organisations on behalf of the Belgian International NGO RCN Justice & Democracy.

Odon du Christ Mupepe has a long, solid, rich and versatile professional experience. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of planning, management and the implementation of development projects. 

He has representation  and coordination capabilities and manages international development programs, particularly in the areas of judicial capacity-building and police reform, including the area of child protection and the fight against impunity for sexual violence.

He has worked with RCN Justice & Democracy as Head of Antenna Bas-Congo and Project Manager, with ProJustice/USAID as Coordinator of Judicial Training, with PwC/SSAPR as Provincial Coordinator in Kasaï Occidental now known as Kasaï Central and also as Project Manager to support the General Inspection of the Police. Has has also worked with Avocats sans Frontières as Program Manager and GIZ/Project to strengthen the Congolese National Police in the fight against sexual violence and the protection of the child.

Odon joined the IBCR in January 2018 as a Justice Expert in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Cécile Bettega

Communications and partnerships officer

With a master’s degree in communications, and having studied marketing and sociology, Cecile have chosen to focus her career on non-profit organisations. She worked for several years in cultural and university fields in France, where she implemented and managed communications strategies, with a specialisation in event organisation and image management from the web presence to the media.

French of Spanish and Italian origin, Cécile has always had a strong attraction for the international and multicultural contexts, as evidenced by her academic and professional background. She studied in the United States, and worked in Spain and France, before moving to Canada in 2018, and speaks French, English and Spanish.

Very aware of issues related to gender equality and social justice and driven by a desire to act in favour of human rights, Cécile joins the IBCR team with the desire to put her skills at the service of a cause that benefits our societies. ; poste 242

Cassandre Brouard

Human Resources Officer

A graduate in business management with a master's degree in human resources management, Cassandre has been working for several years in staff management, training and recruitment.

Before joining the IBCR, she worked for an international company in Europe where she discovered the world of human resources and its importance in the field. Realistic, rigorous and involved in the work she does, Cassandre is convinced that human relations are fundamental to the workplace. In parallel with her studies, she was a municipal councillor for the young people of her city in order to allow children to express themselves on behalf of their generation and to improve their living environment. Cassandre is delighted to join the IBCR team and to use her skills within an international organisation with strong values. ; Ext. 228

Dionne Marsans

Financial support officer

After graduating in economics at the University of Havana in 2005, Dionne Marsans began his career in accounting and finance in the food sector. For 12 years, she participated in the management of major projects focused on the financing and purchase of equipment and production machinery.

Upon her arrival in Canada, she chose to get involved in the fight against the phenomenon of homelessness and poverty. Driven by the desire to work for human rights and in particular children, Dionne joined the team of the International Bureau for Children's Rights as a financial support officer. She speaks French, English and Spanish.    post 232

Natalia Arboleda

assistant accountant

With a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Natalia also pursues her studies in management of social and collective enterprises at UQAM. She has more than 10 years of experience in finance and accounting, including 4 years in non-profit organizations.

Throughout her career, she is also a co-founder and active part of AGAPE, a non-profit organization in Colombia, committed to the welfare of Animals and the education of their families and specially, the children.

Through her experience at Avenir d'enfants and at the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, she has developed a special interest in community development and international cooperation, especially in cases affecting the protection of children.

The opportunity to work for children brings her to join the IBCR team as an accounting assistant!

Natalia speaks French, English and Spanish. ; 231 

Patricia Hajjali

Executive Assistant

Patricia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, a Minor in Arabic language ​​and culture and a Certificate in Socio-digital Communication of Organisations.

Throughout her career, she has worked with several non-profit organisations, such as Juripop, as a researcher social media manager for the programme Droit de Cité and Artist Without Borders Canada (ASF Canada) as a public relations trainee.

More recently, she has been actively involved in developing an online presence audit for the Institute of Packaging Technology and Food Engineering (ITEGA).

By joining the IBCR team, Patricia aspires today to be able to combine her passion for social justice and international development and her expertise in communications.