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UNICEF Canada’s Executive Team

Linton Carter, Chief Development Officer, UNICEF Canada

Linton Carter is the Chief Development Officer of UNICEF Canada, a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children around the world survive, thrive and reach their full potential.

For more than 25 years, Linton’s ability to develop donor relationships, generate revenue and motivate staff and volunteers within the charitable sector has resulted in significant and measurable impact in fundraising and community engagement.

As a member of the executive leadership team at UNICEF Canada, Linton infuses foresight, energy and long-term strategic thinking into the organization, driving it forward to help achieve its ever-evolving and demanding mandate. She spearheads innovative fundraising campaigns to reach newer and more diverse donors, and positions UNICEF Canada as a charity of choice with key donor groups across multiple revenue channels.

A forward thinker with a knack for powering organizations in their philanthropic efforts, Linton possesses a deep commitment to children. Prior to joining UNICEF Canada, she worked as Chief Development Officer at the Children’s Aid Foundation, overseeing fundraising and grants, and heading its successful National Campaign for Child Welfare. She also served as Vice President, Philanthropy, for the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and as Senior Director, Community Involvement for SickKids Foundation.

Linton is a long-time champion of strong community relations, having launched social and charitable partnerships for Hudson’s Bay Company and Foresters, in addition to running successful campaigns for the MS Society of Canada and Branksome Hall.

Linton’s passion for giving back both personally and professionally has empowered her to develop strong volunteer, donor and organizational relationships that have resulted in successful programs and, more importantly, improved child well-being across Canada and the world.

Linton completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Bishop’s University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. She is married to a high school teacher and has two teenage sons.

Meg French, Chief Program Officer, UNICEF Canada

Meg French is the Chief Program Officer of UNICEF Canada, a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children around the world survive, thrive and reach their full potential.

Meg brings nearly 20 years of experience and expertise into this position, having devoted her career to advancing child rights internationally, and the promotion of global sustainable development.

As a member of the executive leadership team at UNICEF Canada, Meg brings strategic vision and direction to ensure the organization delivers on its mandate of supporting children in need globally. She spearheads policy and advocacy efforts to champion child rights in Canada and around the world, and leads the organization’s engagement across UNICEF’s global network.

Meg led UNICEF Canada’s collaboration with other Canadian organizations to influence the Government of Canada’s $6.35 billion investment in maternal and child health from 2010-2020. Through her engagement with the organization’s 25th Team, Meg has spearheaded a partnership with Global Affairs Canada in an innovative program with 60 influential supporters to address major challenges to child survival in five countries.

Committed to using design-thinking approaches to improve child well-being, Meg is leading a movement that leverages innovative approaches, partnerships and data to make Canada the best place to grow up for every child. She heads UNICEF Canada’s communications and brand portfolio, bringing the organization front and centre in the hearts and minds of Canadians. She also guides the promotion of child rights across Canadian business and government, ensuring accountability for the world’s most vulnerable citizens.

Prior to joining UNICEF Canada, Meg drove gender mainstreaming efforts in the Philippines, and worked as a passionate educator of children in Canada and the Marshall Islands. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Development Studies and Women’s Studies from Trent University and her Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education from the University of Toronto.

A long-time champion of child rights, Meg is a dynamic, visionary and passionate leader committed to making the world a better place for her two children and all others.

Dave Spedding, Chief Operating Officer, UNICEF Canada

Dave Spedding is the Chief Operating Officer of UNICEF Canada, a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children around the world survive, thrive and reach their full potential.

For almost 25 years, Dave has brought his vision, commitment and experience leading large-scale philanthropy and business operations to non-profit organizations across Canada. A champion for children, he has spearheaded efforts to provide support, opportunity and hope to the most vulnerable children in Canada and around the world.

As a member of the executive leadership team at UNICEF Canada, Dave provides critical guidance and oversight to the organization, ensuring it delivers on its mandate to help vulnerable children in the most efficient, effective and timely manner. He has been at the forefront of UNICEF Canada’s fundraising response to several global emergencies, ensuring Canadian support is directed to those who need it most.

Under Dave’s leadership, UNICEF Canada became one of the first 100 charities in Canada to have received the Imagine Canada Standard’s Accreditation, which measure good governance, transparency and best practices. Dave is a volunteer with the Imagine Canada peer review committee serving as a member of their team that reviews and evaluates other charities that apply to the Imagine Canada Standards Program.

A strategic thinker with the discipline to maximize resources for results, Dave plays a fundamental role in ensuring UNICEF Canada remains a top organization for Canadians looking to help children around the world.

Prior to joining UNICEF Canada, Dave led fundraising efforts and expanded the reach of several prominent non-profit organizations, including Save the Children Canada, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto, United Way and the MS Society of Canada.

Through his commitment to good governance, transparency and advancing organizational excellence, Dave has contributed to the growth and improved performance of organizations, empowering them to better deliver on their promises to children.

Dave completed his certificate in Broadcast Journalism at Loyalist College in his hometown of Belleville, Ontario. His wife has also worked in the non-profit sector for 20 years. They live in Toronto with their daughter and son.

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