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

The United Church of Canada / L’Église Unie du Canada


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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.

Lori Ransom

The United Church of Canada / L’Église Unie du Canada


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Lori Ransom became the Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator, Indigenous Ministries and Justice, United Church of Canada in 2017.  Lori is a member of the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation (near Eganville, Ontario) who has lived off reserve all of her life (Toronto, Ottawa, and Regina).  Lori deepened her knowledge of and passion for the work of healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples after being appointed as the first Healing and Reconciliation Program Animator for The Presbyterian Church in Canada and later as Senior Advisor, Church and Interfaith Relations, for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  Having also held a number of leadership positions at the federal government department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Lori has developed a breadth of understanding of the issues of importance to Indigenous peoples and the policies which affect Indigenous peoples and communities.  Her positions in government encompassed work in the areas of Executive Services and Communications, Parliamentary Relations, Research Claims Funding, Intergovernmental Affairs, Education, and Human Resources.  Lori is an ordained Elder of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) who has served as a Clerk of Session, a representative Elder at presbytery, and a commissioner to the General Assembly.  She currently serves on the Trustee Board of the PCC, as an ecumenical member of the Canadian Indigenous Ministries Advisory Committee of the Christian Reformed Church of North America, and on the Aboriginal Education Council of Centennial College, Scarborough.  Lori lives in downtown Toronto where she enjoys the city’s lively arts scene and from where she likes to travel and explore the world.

Maura

Maura McGrath, CND

Canadian Religious Conference


Mike Hogeterp

Christian Reformed Church in North America


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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.

Pauline Lally

Sister of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul


Ray Jones

Indigenous Presence


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.