Michael Johnson
 

Michael Johnson is the Chair of ICA. He has been involved with ICA as a volunteer for over 10 years and was honoured to assume the Chair in 2017. He was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, where he currently resides along with his wife, Kelly, his two sons and 4 grandchildren. Both Kelly and Michael have been to Cameroon several times and have witnessed first hand the wonderful work that is being done with ICA Canada and CIC (Centre for International Cooperation), the partner organization in Cameroon. Working directly with CIC has afforded ICA the luxury to be able to build schools in a very efficient and cost sensitive manner. He looks forward to working with ICA for many years to come and welcomes everyone to reach out to fellow ICA volunteers for more information or for ways that you can help us continue the great work that is being done in Cameroon.

 

Ed Smith

Ed Smith is the founder and previous president of ICA from 1994-2016. A career military officer, he retired in 2011 with 25 years of service and a diversity of training including working with the United Nations in South Sudan where he continued to lead development initiatives until 2014. He is a recipient of the Order of Military Merit, a Paul Harris Fellowship, an Honorary PhD. from Nipissing University and other awards for his work in the development field. A graduate of the Humber College International Development Management Studies, he is dedicated to the issues of social justice, international development and environmental stewardship. He has led ICA projects in Cameroon for more than 20 years. He now devotes much of his time immersing himself in development issues and continuing to support ICA with their successful operations

 

Dave Marshall

 

Dave Marshall was born in Horning’s Mills, Ontario and graduated from Centre Wellington District High School, in Fergus, Ontario. He has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Western University, a diploma in Education from Lakehead University and a M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta. He taught at many institutions across the world and in 1990, he became President of Nipissing University College and led the institution to full university status in 1992. In 2003 Dave became President of Mount Royal College and led that institution to full university status in 2009. While maintaining an active consultancy role, he retired from full time work in 2011 and is still active on international development foundations. Dave took his first trip with Ed Smith to Cameroon in 1995 to explore both the “mountain” and the villages. Since then he has been to both the Mount Cameroon and villages six times, raising over $100,000 to support the water, lighting and school building projects. As a lifelong educator, Dave is committed to the power of education as a personal and international development vehicle, and ICA is an outstanding model of that vehicle.

 

Mason Brookwell

Mason Brookwell has been involved with ICA for many years now and what continues to bring him back is the sustainable approach in which they solve problems. ICA is very much about empowering local leaders to bring out the best in their own communities through sustainable models. He believes this is the cornerstone to ICA’s success and is what sets ICA apart. Mason’s background and experience with ICA started with a discussion about micro funding and how a small loan could help a villager become successful and provide for his family. His passion grew from there to create a micro funding program to help villagers reduce their reliance on unsustainable fuel based kerosene lanterns by utilizing solar systems. There have been many lessons learned along the way but Mason’s passion for helping others help themselves has grown and he looks forward to continuing this work with ICA Canada.
 

Justin Chartrand

Justin Chartrand joined the ICA Board in 2009 as the Treasurer and has fulfilled a variety of roles since then. Breaking from 2012 to 2015 to pursue an opportunity in Australia, he returned to the ICA Board in 2015 to continue in the Treasurer role. He now resides in Winnipeg with his Spouse, and recently added a puppy to the family! He is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Winnipeg Risk Consulting practice with over 10 years of risk consulting, major project advisory, and auditing experience. Justin feels it has been very fulfilling to be able to take the risk and governance experiences gained in his career and apply it to the projects and activities of ICA Canada. He is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Public Accountant with the Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario (CPAO), as well as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) with the Institute of Internal Auditors. Justin is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
 

Trisha Cowie

Trisha Cowie is a lawyer and operates her own law firm in Muskoka, Ontario. Trisha is a member of Hiawatha First Nation and is an advocate for First Nation communities and individuals. She is passionate in her pursuit for social justice. In 2016, Trisha travelled to Cameroon with ICA. During this visit, she was able to connect with children and teachers to discuss their needs in overcoming challenges to education, health and sanitation. Her experience in Cameroon showed her that ICA is about empowering communities, particularly youth, and she has been involved with the organization ever since.
 

Conrad Bereznicki

 

Conrad Bereznicki joined the ICA Board in 2018 and is excited to be a part of an organization focusing on improving the quality of education and welfare of Cameroon citizens. Conrad is focusing his efforts on the marketing strategy in order to increase awareness and to promote the various projects ICA currently has underway. He believes everyone should have access to education. He has a BSc. in Oil & Gas Engineering with a Minor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development from the University of Calgary. He lives in Calgary, Alberta and he is currently working at Canadian Natural Resources as an Exploitation Engineer. Conrad is also pursuing his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
 

Lorraine Frost

 

Dr. Lorraine Frost has been a teacher for 44 years. Currently, she is a professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, having also taught at other universities in Canada. She started her teaching career in Norway House, Manitoba, which was an indigenous community accessible only by air. She taught in rural Manitoba and inner city Toronto before commencing her PhD studies in Special Education at the University of Toronto. She started her university career in 1988 and has taught and supervised at the undergraduate and graduate levels since that time. She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters and one grandson.