Board of Directors


Dr. David Turpin, Chair
David H. Turpin, CM, PhD, FRSC, is ​the ​President ​and Vice-Chancellor ​of the University of Alberta and is the former President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria. An internationally recognized scholar in botany and oceanography, Dr. Turpin has been listed as a highly cited researcher by Thomson ISI for his work in the fields of plant biochemistry and physiology. He has received numerous honours and distinctions for his many contributions including the Steacie Fellowship, election to the Royal Society of Canada and membership in the Order of Canada. He has also served as Vice-Principal Academic and Dean of Arts and Science at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

Dr. Don Wright, Vice Chair
Don Wright's career has spanned the academic, government and private sectors. He has taught economics at Harvard University and the University of Saskatchewan. His government service has included positions as secretary to treasury board and as deputy minister in the ministries of forests, trade and investment, and education in the Saskatchewan and British Columbia governments.

From 1997 to 2001, Don worked for Weldwood of Canada, a forest products company with annual sales in excess of $1 billion, and was a vice president there before he returned to government service in 2001. From 2003-08 Don was the principal of Analytica Consulting, which provided advice to public and private sector clients. From 2008-2013 Don was President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Don Wright was appointed President and CEO of Central 1 Credit Union in January 2014. Central 1 is the primary liquidity manager, payments processor and trade association for credit unions in B.C. and Ontario, with assets of $13 billion.

Don has served on a number of profit and not-for-profit boards. Dr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, a Masters in Economics from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Don and his wife Nancy have three children, living in Tokyo, Boston and Vancouver.

Margaret Biggs, Treasurer
Margaret Biggs is the Skelton-Clark Fellow at Queen's University. From 2008-2013 she was President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) responsible for overseeing Canada's international development and humanitarian assistance efforts worldwide. In this role, Ms. Biggs spearheaded Canadian initiatives on maternal and child health, education, sustainable economic growth, and food security. Previously, Ms. Biggs served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, and Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning, in the Privy Council Office. Ms. Biggs also has an extensive background in social and labour market policy and federal-provincial relations. She played a key role in the creation of Canada’s National Child Benefit. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.

PriyanKochhar Priyanka Kochhar, Regional Member Atlantic
Priyanka first began volunteering with WUSC during her studies at Acadia University. There, she served as the Student Refugee Program Coordinator and President of Acadia's Local Committee. Originally from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Priyanka now lives in St. John's, Newfoundland where she enjoys employment as a clinician in the medical industry. In her free time Priyanka volunteers with a number of organizations in St. John's including with WUSC as a Volunteer Regional Coordinator.

Erika Massoud

​​Erika Massoud, Regional Member​ Québec
Erika Massoud, originally from and currently residing in Montreal, is a graduate from the University of Ottawa in International Development and Globalization. She joined the WUSC Local Committee in her first year and occupied various leadership positions, including Treasurer, Secretary and Co-President. Throughout her studies, Erika gained international experience studying abroad in France, working with local activists in Tunisia and conducting research in Bangladesh. She will be participating in a Québec sans Frontières internship this summer in Bolivia through the WUSC and CECI Uniterra program. Erika is passionate about refugee rights, social activism and intercultural communication.

Aditya Rao, Regional Member Ontario
Aditya Rao is jointly a student of law at the University of Ottawa and an MA in International Affairs at Carleton's Norman Paterson School. A political and community organizer from Edmonton, Aditya began his involvement with WUSC in 2007 as a first year university student at the University of Alberta and has been with the organization in various capacities ever since. His experience includes working with the federal government, a Member of Parliament and a Washington DC government relations firm in addition to being part of municipal, provincial and federal political organizing. An active member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, he also works as a campaigns consultant and a contract legal researcher. He was elected to represent the BC/AB/NWT region on the board for a two-year term starting in 2013, and was re-elected for a three-year term in 2015 to serve as the representative for Ontario.

He can be found on Twitter (@aditrao) and LinkedIn (/in/aditrao).

David Arenas, Regional Member Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Nunavut
A graduate of the Global Political Economy program at the University of Manitoba, David currently works at his alma mater as Service-Learning Coordinator for the Student Life Office.  His involvement with WUSC began as a student supporting the SRP program. David also completed a Students Without Borders Internship in Malawi in 2010 where he worked for the Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with HIV/AIDS (MANERELA+). As an international educator and facilitator of experiential programs, David works with students to develop their intercultural competence and awareness of global socioeconomic issues.  

David has lived, worked, and studied in Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Chile and Malawi. He is also an avid football (soccer) fan.

Waqas Yousafzai, Regional Member Alberta/British Columbia/Yukon/Northwest Territories
Waqas Yousafzai is a policy and governance professional with experience at the Canadian municipal, provincial, and federal levels. He is currently a Strategic Advisor in Alberta's Public Service and a Director of Governance at the Canadian Art Therapy Association. His overseas employment experience spans stints in Doha, Vienna, Damascus, and Accra and his post secondary studies have been in 3 Canadian provinces, Sweden, and Israel. Waqas is also a WUSC alumni and promoted gender equality and primary education for women and girls as a Communications Advisor in Ghana with Uniterra. He holds a Bachelors in Environment and Business (uWaterloo), MA in Public and International Affairs (uOttawa), and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management (Royal Roads University). He can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.



Dr. Nicole Lacasse, Member-at-Large
Nicole Lacasse is the Associate Vice-rector of Academic and International Activities at the University Laval. Nicole holds a Licentiate in Law from the University of  Sherbrooke and a PhD Doctorate in International Trade Law from the University Panthéon-Sorbonne. Nicole Lacasse founded and was the first chairholder of the Stephen-Jarislowsky Chair in International Business Management. Nicole Lacasse has directed several projects for international organizations. 


Rajendra Theagarajah, Member-at-Large
Mr. Theagarajah is the current chairman of Lanka Financial Services Bureau. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Sri Lanka Governing Board, Member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce EXCO, Member of the Sri Lanka Auditing Quality Assurance Board, Member of Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board, Member of Academic Council of the Institute of Bankers Sri Lanka, Member of Council of the Employer's Federation of Ceylon, Colours of Courage (Cancer Trust) and Council Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors. Mr Theagarajah is a past Chairman of the Sri Lanka Banks' Association and Past President of the Association of Professional Bankers in Sri Lanka. He is the first Sri Lankan to assume Chairmanship of the Asian Bankers' Association from November 1st 2010 for a two-year tenure.


Hervé Pilon, Member-at-Large
Hervé Pilon is the Director General of Collège Montmorency in Laval since August 2013. Previously, he led the Cégep André -Laurendeau for more than eight years after serving for two years as Director of Studies. He also has five years as Director of Continuing Education at Collège de Maisonneuve. Currently , he is member of the Board of Directors of the National School of Public Administration , the Executive Committee of the Salle André -Mathieu and is chairman of the organizing committee of the congress of the Federation of CEGEPs on the internationalization of colleges that held in Montreal in October 2014.

Hervé holds a MBA from the National School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Political Science in the field of international relations.


Dr. Chris Whitaker, Member-at-Large
Chris Whitaker is President and CEO, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. He is the fourth president in the college's history. Prior to Humber, Whitaker was President and CEO at St. Lawrence College. He was previously VP Academic and Dean of the School of Business at St. Lawrence. Whitaker has worked in the Ontario postsecondary sector for 25 years. He brings a strong academic background and a wealth of senior administrative experience to Humber. He is passionate about student success and the role of colleges in providing access and pathways to postsecondary education opportunities.

His education includes a PhD from University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, an MA from York University and a BA from Queen's University.

Among his commitments to Humber and the communities they serve, Whitaker is a member of the board for Polytechnics Canada, the Ontario Colleges Library Service, the Canadian Literacy & Learning Network, the League for Innovation in the Community College, Community Colleges for International Development and World University Service of Canada.


Dr. J. Colin Dodds, Member-at-Large
Dr. J. Colin Dodds is President and Vice-Chancellor of Saint Mary’s University, a Director of the Bank of Canada and on the board of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation. He is also a Co-chair of the Premier’s Immigration Council of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Dodds is a former Chair of the Board of the Canadian Bureau of International Education and past Chair of the Board of the Canadian Scholarship Trust, the Greater Halifax Partnership and the Board of the Better Business Bureau for Atlantic Canada.

He has published many books, journal articles and conference papers, particularly on financial markets and continues to teach international finance to graduate students at Saint Mary’s University. Educated in the United Kingdom and holding BA, BSc, MA and PhD degrees, Dr. Dodds has taught at many universities in the U.K., Asia and Canada.

Dr. Roseann Runte, Member-at-Large
Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte is President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University. Author of numerous scholarly works, she has served as President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Chair of the Board of the Foundation for International Training, Vice-Chair of the Board of the Gardiner Museum, and member of the Virginia Commission for Industry and Economic Development. A creative writer, she has received a poetry prize from the Academie francaise. She has also received the Order of Canada, the French Order of Merit, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Stephen Wallace, Member-at-Large
Stephen Wallace has served as Secretary to the Governor General and Secretary-General of the Order of Canada since February 2011. One of nine children from a naval family, Mr. Wallace grew up in Halifax and Ottawa, studied the arts and business administration, and has dedicated his career to international cooperation and public service. His early work as a teacher, volunteer, diplomat and aid worker concentrated mainly on Africa and Central America. Mr. Wallace spent many years with the Canadian International Development Agency, where he managed several reconstruction programs and served as the vice-president of the Afghanistan Task Force. His public policy assignments included the Special Joint Committee of Parliament Reviewing Canadian Foreign Policy, as well as work on civil society with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. As a senior public servant, Mr. Wallace has served as an assistant secretary at the Treasury Board Secretariat and associate deputy minister at the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Paul Turcot, Member-at-Large
Paul Turcot is a Uniterra volunteer who returned from Ghana in 2015. An engineer, he holds a Masters degree in Applied Sciences from Laval University and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario; he also graduated as a Corporate Director from the Collège de Administrateurs de Sociétés. He held executive positions such as Vice-President for the Laurentian Bank of Canada, and for an important private Trust Company; recently he was Vice-president and private banker for Eterna Investment Management. In industry, he occupied similar functions such as Vice-President for IPL, a leader in the plastics industry and similar functions for Innotech Aviation, a leader in the corporate aircraft industry and Cantel, today Rogers Communications. He has served on many boards in the social, cultural, associative and private sectors.