Sevaun is the President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, the leading humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children around the world survive, thrive and reach their full potential. Sevaun is a widely respected Canadian leader who has built and led high-performing teams in each of the public, corporate and NGO/charitable sectors. As a strategist and values-driven executive, she finds creative solutions to challenges while operating in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN.
Before her appointment at UNICEF Canada effective June 1, 2023, she was a Senior Fellow at the Munk Centre of Global Affairs and Public Policy and executive advisor to leading companies in Canada and the U.S. on ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and its related impact on organizational strategy.
Prior to this, Sevaun served on the executive team of Rogers, a leading Canadian technology and media company. As Chief Communications Officer, she led communications, ESG and corporate responsibility across the company’s multiple business lines including wireless, cable, business services, TV, radio and sports.
Before joining Rogers, Sevaun was CEO of CivicAction, a prominent Canadian not-for-profit that boosts civic engagement and addresses critical urban issues by unlocking the collective impact of all people and sectors. Additionally, she held a series of leadership roles over the course of a decade with the Ontario Government including launching a strategy to attract future generations of leaders which included the award-winning Learn and Work Program to re-engage youth from priority communities.
An active member of the community, Sevaun has served as an advisory member to several orders of government and as a director on boards including Waterfront Toronto, NEXT Canada, NPower Canada and the Ivey Business School Leadership Council. Sevaun holds an M.A in history from Western University and has completed executive programs at the Ivey School of Business and Harvard School of Business.
Outgoing President and CEO
UNICEF Canada announced last fall that President and CEO David Morley will retire at the end of June of 2023 and step down from his role with the humanitarian organization after more than a decade of leadership. Under David’s leadership, UNICEF Canada has continued its work defending the right to a childhood in Canada and abroad in the face of political instability, climate change, and the global COVID-19 pandemic. David will continue to lead the organization during the transition. His last day will be June 30, 2023.
David Morley is the President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, and a prolific international speaker, commentator, human rights advocate and mobilizer. David has more than thirty years of experience advancing children’s rights and sustainable development on the world stage.
David is a passionate voice for the world’s most vulnerable citizens, and has dedicated his career to improving the lives of children and communities in Canada and around the world. He is an internationally recognized expert on humanitarian response, international development and child well-being.
Prior to joining UNICEF Canada, David served as Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders Canada, as President and CEO of Save the Children Canada and was the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
A recognized leader in the field, David has taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University and is Co-Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
An award-winning author of two best-selling books, including Healing Our World: Inside Doctors without Borders, David’s career has taken him around the world. In recognition of his dedication to global sustainable development, David has been appointed to the Order of Canada. As Canada's highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. David has been invested into the Order "for his leadership in international development and for his humanitarian commitment to improving the lives of children and families around the world."
David completed his Masters in Education at the University of British Columbia where he recently received the UBC Alumni Award for Global Citizenship. He did his B.A. (Hons.) History at Carleton and was recipient of the Carleton University Alumni Humanitarian Award in 2014.