Members & Steering Committee

The Anglican Church of Canada
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Canadian Religious Conference
Christian Reformed Church in North America (Canada Corporation)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Mennonite Central Committee of Canada
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
The United Church of Canada


Board Member Ann Mitchel

Anne Mitchell, Chair

Canadian Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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Anne Mitchell is Chair and member of the Steering Committee of KAIROS, a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, a member of the Faith and Life Sciences Group of the Canadian Council of Churches, and a member of several Quaker committees. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, the Executive Director of the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (Canada), Adult Education Centre Coordinator with the World University Service of Canada in Swaziland, Development Education worker at the Ottawa/Hull Learner Centre (World Interaction) and a High School teacher of economics and business. She has an MA degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.

Beth Baskin

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Beth Baskin has served as Program Coordinator, Social Analysis and Congregational Engagement in the Church in Mission Unit for the United Church of Canada since 2017,  working with United Church-connected people seeking God’s justice for all. This takes a variety of forms and includes discernment of issues, development of resources, and communicating about the variety of United Church work through national, international, ecumenical and civil society partnerships.

As a theologically trained lay-person, she has worked in Anglican, United, and ecumenical church settings with a focus on children, youth and justice. Beth has lived by the Don river in downtown Toronto for over twenty years and was born and shaped by the Fraser River Valley on the west coast of Canada. Water, canoes, sailboats, and bicycles along with her family and friends keep her balanced and active.

Board Member Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch

Scarboro Missions, Canadian Religious Conference


Maura McGrath, CND

Canadian Religious Conference

Mike Hogeterp

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Mike Hogeterp directs the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue, a justice, peace and reconciliation advocacy office of the Christian Reformed Churches in Canada.  Mike is a long-term member and former chair of the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches and has served on a number of program committees and circles of KAIROS.  Mike chaired the CRCNA’s task force on the Doctrine of Discovery (DoD) (2013-16) in which the church declared the systemic colonial injustices of the DoD a heresy. The journey of this DoD task force has drawn Mike into PhD studies on settler responsibilities for reconciliation with NAIITS-an Indigenous Learning Community.  Mike is married to Michelle and is father to three adult children.  In his down time he plays percussion (often in church) and enjoys gardening, canoeing, skiing and travel.

Ray Jones

Indigenous Presence

Helen Smith

Rev. Helen Smith

The Presbyterian Church in Canada

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Rev. Helen Smith is a graduate of Knox College, Toronto. She has served congregations in Edmonton and Calgary AB, Chatham and Thornhill ON. She also served for nine years at Evangel Hall, an inner-city mission of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, in downtown Toronto, as Program Director, and as the minister on staff at a downtown agency for people who are homeless in Calgary, Calgary Urban Projects Society.

For the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Helen has served on the Justice Ministries Advisory Committee, and the Life and Mission Agency Committee. Ecumenically she has served on the Caribbean and North American Area Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and on the Working Group for Affordable Housing, KAIROS, Calgary.

Helen and her husband, Bob, retired in June 2016 and moved back to Toronto from Calgary. She enjoys reading, hiking, knitting and baking bread. Bob and Helen have three adult children and one granddaughter.

Rev. Paul Gehrs

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

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Rev. Paul Gehrs lives on Treaty One Territory in Winnipeg, MB. He is married to Melanie Whyte and they have two adult children. Paul serves as Assistant to the Bishop, Justice and Leadership for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

Laura Kavanagh

Rev. Laura Kavanagh

Presbyterian World Service & Development

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Rev. Laura Kavanagh is the minister at Knox Presbyterian Church in Victoria BC where she has served since 2003. Laura is wife to Steve and mother of two adult sons. She also has a wonderful dog that encourages her to walk regularly! Laura was a teacher for nearly 20 years in Edmonton and served the church as a lay leader in various ways before the call to ordained ministry. Laura has traveled extensively on behalf of Presbyterian World Service and Development and currently serves on the Steering Committee of KAIROS in addition to her pastoral and community ministry. Laura is passionate about the connection between worship, faith and action. She remains grateful for the many blessing that fill her life.

Leigh Kern

Rev. Leigh Kern

The Anglican Church of Canada

Steering Committee

Romain Duguay

Développement et Paix | Development and Peace

Ruth Plett

Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Will Postma

Will Postma

The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

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Since 2016, Will Postma has served as the Executive Director at the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the humanitarian and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada. He oversees operations and programs in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, sexual health and reproductive rights and food security.

Previously Director of Programs and then Vice President of Programs and Global Partnerships at Save the Children Canada, he managed program delivery and growth in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Canada. Will had also held senior management positions in the past with World Vision, CARE Canada and World Renew. Will has also published international development papers, carried out primary research and taught in secondary school, college and university settings.