OpenCanada.org

Canada's Hub for International Affairs

TEAM

President

Jennifer Jeffs Jennifer Jeffs
President
416-978-7911 | info@opencanada.org

Dr. Jennifer A. Jeffs is the President of the Canadian International Council (CIC), a non-partisan, membership-based research council focused on international affairs. Dr. Jeffs is a member of the editorial boards of International Journal, and Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica; a Director of Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos (CEPI); a Director of the World Wildlife Fund, Canada; and a member of the International Women’s Forum. She is on the adjudication committee for the Donner Book Prize. Dr. Jeffs holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the University of Toronto.

Staff

Jenn Jennifer Chylinski
Office Administrator
416-978-7911 | jchylinski@opencanada.org

Jennifer is an alumna of the University of Toronto where she received an B.A. (Hons) in Anthropology, World Religions and History. She has over seven years of experience in office administration and legal environments. Jennifer recently returned from working in Japan and has travelled extensively around South America. She has a strong background in community service and is especially interested in the study of languages and how to facilitate communication between cultures.

Tayab Mohammed
Accountant
416-946-7207 | tayabm@opencanada.org

Tayab Mohammed is the Accountant at the Canadian International Council (CIC). He is a Commerce graduate and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh. He headed the finance departments for a number of manufacturing industries outside Canada. From 1974-84 he was the finance manager and company secretary of Therapeutics (BD) Ltd., a pharmaceutical firm having manufacturing agreements with three American corporations: Cyanamid Overseas Corporation, Wyeth Laboratories and Bristol Myers Inc. In 1984, he moved to Zambia to join Zambia Oxygen Ltd., then a subsidiary of British Oxygen. His last assignment before immigrating to Canada was as the financial controller of Indeco Milling Ltd., a food-grain milling company with seven milling facilities spread over the country. Since 1997, Tayab has worked for various commercial and non-profit organizations in Canada. Before joining the CIC, he worked for a project of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Belmont House, Toronto.

Taylor Owen
Editor-in-Chief, OpenCanada.org
towen@opencanada.org

Taylor Owen is the Editor-in-Chief of OpenCanada.org. He is the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. He was previously a Banting Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC. He is the Research Director of the Munk Debates. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford, where he was Trudeau Scholar. He has been a lecturer at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto, Research Fellow at the Center for Global Governance at the LSE, Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University and he was an Action Canada Fellow. He has also worked as a researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. His personal website is www.taylorowen.com, where he hosts published research and writings on international affairs, politics and the changing nature of media.

Eva Eva Salinas
Managing Editor, OpenCanada.org
416-946-7067 | esalinas@opencanada.org

Eva recently completed her M.A. with McMaster University’s Institute on Globalization, where her research focused on Latin America, foreign policy and critical security studies. She was previously the Editor of The Santiago Times in Chile, where she was also a freelance correspondent for the Globe and Mail, The Times of London, and the CBC, among others. She has worked previously for the Financial Post, Journalists for Human Rights, and Athletes for Africa, where she remains a board member. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and studied international reporting at City University in London, UK. She is also the author of Latin Americans Thought of It, an educational book for children.

Deborah Shields
Director, Operations
416-946-7273 | dshields@opencanada.org

Deborah Shields joined the CIC team in the fall of 2009 and is the Director of Operations. She has worked in a variety of industries – banking, adventure travel and professional services, to name a few – and brings a wealth of experience to her role. Deborah has a Certificate in Business Management Fundamentals from the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

Laura Sunderland
Vice President, Programs
416-946-7071 | lsunderland@opencanada.org

Laura Sunderland is Vice President, Programs at the Canadian International Council (CIC). Since joining the CIC in 2007, she has worked on CIC programs and activities, communications and branch development. Prior to joining the CIC, Laura was Senior Researcher for the G8 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She has written articles on the G8 and global health governance in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization and in Ashgate’s Global Environmental Governance and Global Finance series. Laura holds a B.A. (Hons) in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, where she studied international relations, economics and conflict resolution.

Cameron Tulk
Production Manager, OpenCanada.org
416-946-7068 | ctulk@opencanada.org

Cameron Tulk is the Production Manager of OpenCanada.org. He was previously an editor at The Mark News. Cameron holds an M.A. in Media Production from Ryerson University, where he focused on multimedia storytelling and integration. He also has a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University.