Students at Can Tho University in Vietnam. © WUSC/Lorenzo Moscia
Students at Can Tho University in Vietnam. © WUSC/Lorenzo Moscia

Mission and Values

Our vision is a better world for all young people. It is a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world in which all young people, especially women and refugees, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

We work with a diverse network of students, volunteers, institutions, governments, and businesses to improve education, economic, and empowerment opportunities for young people.

  • Inclusivity

    Inclusivity

    We take a people-centered approach to development. We respect the contributions and diversity of volunteers, staff, partners, and development agents. We prioritize our support to some of the most marginalized.

  • Leadership

    Leadership

    We inform, engage, convene, and mobilize diverse development actors. We facilitate collaboration for sustainable development. We strive to be a strong voice for youth on the global stage.

  • Sustainability

    Sustainability

    We use an evidence-based approach in our work. We develop initiatives that produce measurable and sustainable results. We promote local ownership among development agents to ensure long-term impact.

  • Facilitation

    Facilitation

    We acknowledge that our work is only one step in the development process. We improve opportunities for people and partners who become agents for change. They use the knowledge and skills they gain to support further local and global development.

  • Integrity

    Integrity

    We build accountability measures into all our initiatives and offer transparent reporting.

Our History

WUSC (World University Service of Canada) was founded in the 1920s as part of a global network that provided support to displaced students in post-war Europe. Since then, we have evolved into a Canadian global development organization working in over a dozen countries around the world that supports education, economic opportunities, and empowerment for youth, their families, and their communities.

Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Margaret Biggs

Margaret Biggs

Chair

Dr. David Turpin

Dr. David Turpin

Past-Chair

Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker

Vice-Chair

Dr. J. Colin Dodds

Dr. J. Colin Dodds

Treasurer

Mary Pam Vincer

Mary Pam Vincer

Regional Member, Atlantic

Diana Torres Palacios

Diana Torres Palacios

Regional Member, Québec

Amelie Fabian

Amelie Fabian

Regional Member, Ontario

Brandy Robertson

Brandy Robertson

Regional Member, Manitoba / Saskatchewan / Nunavut

Waqas Yousafzai

Waqas Yousafzai

Regional Member, Alberta / British Columbia / Yukon / Northwest Territories

Dr. David Barnard

Dr. David Barnard

Member-at-Large

Janice Horne

Janice Horne

Member-at-Large

Dr. Nicole Lacasse

Dr. Nicole Lacasse

Member-at-Large

Prof. Sonia Laszlo

Prof. Sonia Laszlo

Member-at-Large

Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte

Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte

Member-at-Large

Stephen Wallace

Stephen Wallace

Member-at-Large

Dr. Don Wright

Dr. Don Wright

Member-at-Large

Senior Management

Chris Eaton

Chris Eaton

Executive Director
Stefan Hollmann

Stefan Hollmann

Chief Financial Officer
Sylvie Villemure

Sylvie Villemure

Chief Human Resources Officer (People, Security, Systems)
Katharine Im-Jenkins

Katharine Im-Jenkins

Chief Programs Officer
Sam Landon

Sam Landon

Director of Programs
Ravi Gupta

Ravi Gupta

Director, International Services
Erin Bateman

Erin Bateman

Director, Volunteer Cooperation Program
Michelle Manks

Michelle Manks

Senior Manager – Durable Solutions for Refugees
Stephanie Leclair

Stephanie Leclair

Senior Manager, Communications and Philanthropy

Country Offices

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Burkina Faso

Mailing/Office Address
s/c CECI, 01 BP 3440, Ouagadougou 01, Secteur 19, Arrondissement 4, Quartier Somgandé

+011-226-25-35-59-94
+011-226-25-35-58-86

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Ghana

Mailing Address
P.O. Box AH 1265, Achimota – Accra, Ghana

Office Address
No. 109 Haatso, Video Junction, Atomic Road, Haatso, Accra

+011-233-302-511029
+011-233-302-518776

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Iraq

Mailing/Office Address
Al Mansour District, Baghdad

+964-783-403-5323

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Jordan

Mailing/Office Address
P.O BOX 940764 Amman 11194 Jordan

+255-684-722-156
+255-782-077-767

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Kenya

Mailing/Office Address
Westcom Point – Block C, 7th floor, Mahiga Mairu Rd off Waiyaki Way, Westlands, PO Box 40521 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya

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Malawi

Mailing Address
WUSC-Malawi, Box 30268, Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Office Address
Plot No. 51, Sector 5, Area 47
Lilongwe, Malawi

+265-88-374-2179
+265-99-310-1948
[email protected]

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Sri Lanka

Mailing/Office Address
WUSC Sri Lanka, No. 16 Jawatte Road, Colombo 05, Sri Lanka

+011-94-11-259-9491
+011-94-11-259-9492
+011-94-11-250-4277
 +011-94-11-259-1902

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Vietnam

Mailing/Office Address
WUSC Vietnam, La Thanh Hotel, unit C, 218 Doi Can Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

+011-84-43-762-6438
+011-84-43-762-6438
[email protected]

WUSC Members

WUSC members play an important role in our programming globally and in Canada.

Institutional Members

Institutional Members

Institutional members are Canadian post-secondary institutions that are recognized by Universities Canada or Colleges and Institutes Canada. They support the objectives of WUSC and pay an annual membership fee. WUSC’s Institutional Members may send one voting delegate and an unlimited number of observers to the WUSC Annual Assembly.

General Members

General Members

WUSC General Members include individual donors, alumni, and the Canadian public. General Members declare that they will adhere to the mission and values of WUSC and pay an annual membership fee. To learn more about becoming a member of WUSC, download the general member form or contact us.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

WUSC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board meets three times per year to provide strategic direction to the organization. Board members are elected for three-year terms at WUSC’s Annual Assembly. Click here to view WUSC’s current Board of Directors.

Local Committees

WUSC Local Committees

Active Local Committees have a minimum of five members within a post-secondary institution. They support WUSC’s objectives and hold at least one activity proposed by WUSC each year. Active Canadian WUSC Local Committees may send one voting delegate and an unlimited number of observers to the WUSC Annual Assembly.

Annual Assembly

WUSC holds its AGA in conjunction with the International Forum. WUSC members from across the country attend this important business meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend and no registration is required. Only members in good standing have the right to vote. The AGA is conducted in both official languages.

Annual Reports

Download our most recent Annual Report to read about some of the new milestones we achieved; the new programming we launched; and the new and innovative approaches we deployed to deepen our impact on the lives of youth around the world. We also concluded two initiatives that expanded economic opportunities for youth and women through market-relevant skills training and market systems facilitation. Our global programming in over 20 countries reached some 3.5 million individuals - and indirectly contributed to improving the quality of life for many more.

Financial Statements

Accountability and Policies

WUSC requires that its personnel and affiliates observe high standards of ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. Employees, volunteers, consultants and partners must demonstrate honesty and integrity in fulfilling their responsibilities and comply with all applicable local and international laws as well as the WUSC Code of Conduct, policies and regulations.

We are committed to duty of care and best practices to mitigate risks to health, environment, safety, security, dignity, and life of individuals. Our commitments include the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, protection of children, prevention of modern slavery, mutual respect, diversity and inclusion, compliance with all legal obligations and regulations, and proper use of public funds and assets.

Networks and Councils

Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC)

The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and institutions working in the Atlantic region, which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all.

Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)

The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) is Canada’s independent national voice for international development. Together with 80+ member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and promote social justice and human dignity for all.

Canadian Council for Refugees

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The membership is made up of organizations involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants.

Devonshire Initiative

The Devonshire Initiative is a multi-stakeholder forum focused on improving development outcomes in the mining context. They provide support and resources to drive cross-sector collaboration. Members include mining companies, non-profit organizations and other practitioners.

International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum)

The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) is the most significant global network of International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations (IVCO). Forum exists to share information, develop good practice and enhance cooperation across the international volunteering and development sectors.

Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC)

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of organizations involved in international development who are committed to respect, empowerment, self-determination, and social justice. MCIC supports, connects and amplifies the work of its members and partners.

Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER)

The Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER) is an online clearinghouse that provides information about educational opportunities for displaced and refugee students, and other resources.

Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)

The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is an expanding community of Ontario-based international cooperation and global citizenship-focused organizations, institutions, and individual associate members committed to working for global social justice, human dignity and participation for all.

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC)

The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to advance sustainable global development. Members include international development agencies, the peace-building and humanitarian bodies of major faith groups, educational organizations, solidarity groups, local community organizations, and local individuals committed to SCIC’s mission, vision, and principles.

Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network (SEEP)

The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network (SEEP) is a collaborative learning network. With its members, SEEP supports strategies that create opportunities for vulnerable populations, especially women, to participate in markets and improve their quality of life.