Board of Directors

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KEVIN KELLY sj

Chair

Kevin grew up in Ottawa and entered the Society of Jesus in 2011 after working for 12 years with the pharmaceutical company, Merck & Co where he held a number of leadership positions in Canada, the US and Europe. He is currently studying philosophy, psychology and theology at Regis College in Toronto. One of his interests includes integrating Ignatian spirituality and the business world.

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EVANNE HUNTER

Vice-Chair

Evanne recently completed a 6 year term as Provincial of the IBVM (Loretto Sisters) in Canada. Prior to that she spent 3 years in New York establishing the IBVM presence as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with Associative Status with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. She has for 25 years been working with SalvAide, an Ottawa based NGO, as coordinator of the Loretto/La Bermuda Project, a twinned relationship with a rural re-population in El Salvador.

After many years as teacher and high school principal at Loretto Abbey in Toronto, Evanne remains involved in many aspects of education for justice, promoting learning experiences for students with Loretto sisters in India, at the UN in New York and at the Mary Ward Centre in Toronto.

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JEAN-MARC LAPORT sj

Secretary-Treasurer

Jean-Marc was born in Edmundston NB and spent his early youth in Sackville NB. The family moved to Montreal, and Jean-Marc went to Loyola High School and College. He entered the Jesuits in English Canada in 1958, was ordained in 1967, and spent many years teaching theology at Regis College, the Jesuit faculty of theology at the University of Toronto. Jean-Marc was its president from 1975 to 1982 and the director of the ecumenical federation of schools of theology in the U of T, known as the Toronto School of Theology, from 1992 to 1999.

From 2002 to 2008 Jean-Marc served as provincial superior of the Jesuits in English Canada. Currently, he is the director of the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the priest-in-charge of the neighbouring parish of St. Patrick's.

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SAMI HELEWA sj

Member

Sami Helewa, S.J. is a member of the Canadian Jesuit Province. He is of Palestinian origin, born and lived in Lebanon where he received his first formal education. He has been in Canada since 1981 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1998 after a career in the financial sector and journalism.

He was an editor of the G-7 Report - a quarterly periodical on international economics. As a Jesuit, he studied philosophy (2002) and first round of theology at Regis College (U of T, 1998); earned a Th.M and STL from Western Jesuit School of Theology (Cambridge, 2006); an MA in Islam (U of T, 2008) and a PhD in Islam (University of Edinburgh, 2012). He completed his tertianship in Ghana, Africa, in the first half of 2013. He is awaiting for final vows and since July 2013 he has been appointed a teaching post at Campion College (Regina, SK) where he teaches Islam, Catholic Studies and Arabic. In his spare time, Sami enjoys reading about spirituality, historical novels, biographies, cooking, hiking and doing stained glass projects.

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ANN MCGOWAN

Member

Ann has a strong background in education having worked in teacher education and formation at OISE/UT, York University and Niagara University in Ontario as well as the TCDSB and DPCDSB.

Her passion for education and justice have been developed during her years as a teacher and chaplain and her work with teachers in a variety of contexts. Her theological studies at Toronto School of Theology have shaped her own consciousness and understanding of Catholic social teaching, spirituality and faith. Ann McGowan is currently Director of the Mary Ward Centre, a centre for justice and education.

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GREG KENNEDY sj

Member

A Jesuit since 2006 and a priest since 2015, Greg holds a PhD in philosophy (University of Ottawa), a Masters of Divinity (University of Toronto) and a Masters of Theology (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia). His studies have focused on humanity’s relation with the rest of creation. Greg works in the spiritual and ecological ministries of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph, Ontario. Most of his creative energies are poured into poetry.

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