Monique Charron

Executive Director 

Monique joined Vets without Borders in 2014 after gaining many years of international development experience working with various Canadian organizations - first with the Canadian Red Cross, then the Canadian Co-operative Association and finally the Canadian Labour Congress. Realizing the very important relationship we all have with animals, and in line with her passion for improving the lives of vulnerable people in the global south and in Canada’s north, Monique has embraced the One Health approach in the delivery of programs. Since 2017 Monique has been the Executive Director of the organization supporting its growth as an internationally recognized international development player.

kristen rodrigues

Program Director 

Kristen is an international development practitioner with over 10 years experience in global project management and multilateral cooperation. She holds a Masters in Development Practice, specializing in Global Health and Sustainable Development, as well as a Bachelors in Environment Resource and Business Studies.  Through her experiences working across Africa and Asia, Kristen has gained deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of cross-sectoral and cross-cultural understanding. Kristen brings extensive knowledge of food security, MEL(monitoring, evaluation and learning), and women’s economic empowerment to her role within the VWB/VSF Canada team from her time with WUSC, CIDA, the Guyana Red Cross, and SEW Tanzania. She is passionate about improving the lives of the most vulnerable through international cooperation and committed to strengthening communities’ relationships with animals and their environment.

Laura Lortie-Maurel

Africa Program Officer

Laura holds a Bachelors’ Degree in International Development and Globalization and a Masters in Gender Equality from the University of Ottawa. She is a passionate advocate for gender empowerment, social justice and animal rights. Her most critical research was on women’s access to land in the peanut industry in Senegal, analyzed through a feminist approach. She worked for the past 5 years as a Gender Equality Specialist for various local NGO's in Central America, specifically in Nicaragua and Honduras and helped reinforce their capacities in project management, MEL processes and gender equality policies for the reduction of barriers for women's empowerment. Through her field experience in West Africa and in Latin America, Laura gained extensive hands-on experience in project and volunteer management, public engagement, donor relations and program administration. Laura enjoys traveling, living a healthy and active lifestyle and discovering new cultures and foods.


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