Press releases


Christian Children’s Fund of Canada welcomes a new Chief Executive Officer

For information:
Bonar Bell
communications manager
At a glance…
  • Patrick Canagasingham to become Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s CEO
  • The human-rights activist has held senior roles at Oxfam and World Vision

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada welcomes a new Chief Executive Officer

Patrick CCFC CEO

MARKHAM, Ont. — Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), a leading child-focused international development organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Canagasingham to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

“Patrick has devoted his career to transforming the lives of those experiencing suffering, poverty and injustice,” notes Douglas Ellenor, Chair, Board of Directors, CCFC. “His significant leadership experience in international development includes diverse roles in the field working directly with communities, fundraising and with the international offices of Oxfam and World Vision. I am very confident Patrick is the right person to take our bold vision for the future forward as we seek to help ever more children and families in need.”

In his previous position as Chief Operating Officer at Oxfam International, Canagasingham combined expert operational management, strategic planning and organizational leadership. Prior to Oxfam, Canagasingham held senior roles with World Vision, including, Vice-President, International Programs at World Vision Canada, where he was accountable for planning, implementing and evaluating the organization’s international program commitments in close to 70 countries in conjunction with other World Vision offices.

The breadth of Canagasingham’s experience includes practical and leadership responsibilities with humanitarian non-governmental organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. He also has corporate experience in the Canadian banking sector and played a key role in engaging the private sector to promote peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

“Patrick is a gifted communicator with a unique perspective on international development,” says Ellenor. “He is a motivated strategic thinker with a record of building teams and driving effective organizational change. We’re very excited to have him join our leadership team to guide the way at Christian Children’s Fund of Canada.”

“I’m very proud to be joining Christian Children’s Fund of Canada as CEO,” says Canagasingham. “I am motivated by the great work of CCFC and look forward to working with the team to help children, families and communities in developing countries thrive.”

Canagasingham holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights from the University of London, U.K. and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, from York University, Toronto.

Sharing is caring:


Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60+ years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.

Skip to content