Our leadership


Patrick Canagasingham


“My childhood dream was to be a global citizen.”

Three words that best describe him

passionate, compassionate, courageous

What’s his role and connection to the cause?

Patrick, a passionate human-rights advocate, has been championing the needs of vulnerable children and working globally to promote positive change since before he took the helm of the organization in 2017.

With extensive senior-level experience at World Vision Canada, Oxfam International and other international development organizations in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, Patrick has a unique global perspective.

The motivated, strategic-thinker leads a people-focused organization united in a common goal to transform the lives of children, families and communities experiencing poverty and injustice. He is the corporate face of the organization, overseeing its strategic vision.

What academic work set him up for success?

Patrick holds a master of arts degree in Human Rights from the University of London in the U.K. and a bachelor of arts, political science from York University in Toronto.

Interesting tidbit

Patrick enjoys watching rugby and cricket as well as travelling with his wife and son.