Saturday, June 19th at 10:00AM EDT online
It’s that time of year again! CEED’s Annual General Meeting is near! The Annual General Meeting is the most important meeting of the year where students, volunteers, interns, partners, staff and general members of CEED get together to help shape the future of this organization.
The AGM provides an excellent opportunity for students who want to get involved with upcoming CEED projects as the CEED team will share a comprehensive overview of what we’ve accomplished over the past year, which will allow attendees to get a greater sense of what our organization stands for and aspires to. Furthermore, besides learning about CEED’s recent activities, all AGM attendees will also have the opportunity to see our new Annual Report, vote on changes to CEED’s constitution and elect new Board of Directors members who will provide direction and governance over CEED’s initiatives. In other words, this event is everyone’s greatest opportunity to provide feedback and shape CEED’s future!
In order to get involved and better understand this upcoming event, below is the basic information you need to know about our AGM, followed by a detailed breakdown of the meeting agenda and the biographies of the 3 candidates who are running to join CEED’s Board of Directors.
Originally from Togo, Ekué Afanou completed his university studies in Morocco and France, after which he obtained a master’s degree in financial engineering and a master’s in banking-finance. Passionate about technology and data, he is pursuing professional certification in data analysis at McGill University.
Afanou has held several positions within financial institutions in France and Canada, such as BNP Paribas and National Bank of Canada. Currently a Senior Business Intelligence Advisor at the National Bank of Canada, he is involved with his employer on issues of organizational cultural development and diversity. He has served on the boards of community and professional organizations.
Afanou is also a mentor at Academos and founded the educational platform Énogné School and the Finkekeli initiative, which supports the education of orphans in Togo. He firmly believes that education is the key to reducing inequalities. Afanou was on the board of directors of Force Leadership Africain and Loma Montréal. He is part of the 2021 cohort of Concertation Montréal’s Groupe des Trente program.
Eric Gagnon is an ESG Manager (environmental, social and corporate governance) and a Communities and Social Performance Practitioner with extensive experience on both the African and North American continents.
Gagnon feels particularly connected to CEED’s mission to “shape better communities and future leaders for a better tomorrow” as he has strived towards similar goals in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Uganda since 2004.
Furthermore, Gagnon has volunteered his time at a range of associations including the International Association for Impact Assessment, the Canada Madagascar Chamber of Commerce and Cooperation and Fondation Rivières. Notably, he founded the organizations RHQ Northern Quebec and Révérence Rupert to improve environmental and social issues in the city of Chibougamau in northern Quebec.
As a multilingual professional with over 30 years of work experience, Gagnon looks forward to applying his knowledge of project management and non-profit best practices towards his potential role on the Board of Directors at CEED.
Born in Burundi and raised in Montreal, Tessie Nikuze is passionate about the cross-cultural engagement and youth community-led development that CEED embodies.
Nikuze is currently pursuing a certificate in project management and has an academic background in international development and social entrepreneurship. She looks forward to applying the skills and knowledge acquired in these fields to her work on CEED’s Board.
Her current position as an Executive Management Assistant at Fondation Jeunes En Tête sharpened her interest in governance through her work supporting the management team in the preparation of their Board of Directors and Executive Board meetings and attending these meetings. Nikuze also has experience in the fields of management, administration and community work which has prepared her for implementing impact strategies. Furthermore, she has previously participated on an advisory committee for an initiative seeking to welcome asylum seekers and foster a sense of solidarity and connectedness between newcomers and Montrealers which was spearheaded by the Samuel Center for Social Connectedness.
Ultimately, Nikuze looks forward to contributing to this organization’s mission of shaping better communities and future leaders by joining CEED’s Board.
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We look forward to joining you all on Zoom!