Plan International Canada - Female Executive of the Year in Canada
Company: Plan International Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada
Company Description: Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world's oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty and inequality for all. Under the direction of CEO & President, Caroline Riseboro, Plan International Canada has become a global leader in the fight for girls’ rights and gender equality.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Executive of the Year in Canada
Nomination Title: Caroline Riseboro – Girls’ rights advocate, visionary, change maker
Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated executive since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):
Since joining Plan International Canada as President & CEO in 2016, Caroline Riseboro has proven herself to be an outspoken champion for girls’ rights at home and abroad. Caroline is also a fierce crusader for women in leadership, and has built an all-female, lead C-suite at Plan International Canada. Leading by example and with bravery, Caroline empowers and inspires those she works with to break the mold and challenge the status quo.
Over the last two years Caroline has redefined and reimagined how traditional “international development” organizations work, demonstrating her affinity for innovative and out-of-the-box thinking. She believes gender inequality is the social and political issue of our time which requires everyone, regardless of where they live, to fight together for change. This means not only working in communities in the global south but here in Canada as well.
Caroline’s visionary leadership is the impetus behind Plan International Canada’s most recent groundbreaking advocacy work. In the lead up to the 2018 G7 Summit, Caroline lead a coalition of non-governmental organizations in petitioning the Canadian government to invest in the education of girls in crisis on the global stage. Thanks to this bold leadership, Caroline and her peers helped get girls’ rights on the global agenda, resulting in a Canadian-led G7 declaration to invest $3.8 billion CAD in education in emergencies, with a special emphasis on girls.
A committed champion of youth engagement and empowerment, Caroline spearheaded a partnership with the Economic Club of Canada to host Michelle Obama for her first speaking appearance in Canada in November 2017, while bringing over 1,500 youth to the event through a nationwide contest. This partnership provided youth leaders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in an in-depth discussion on gender inequality with top Canadian business leaders and the former American First Lady.
A passionate and driven leader, Caroline also knows the value of leaning in to listen, learn and build relationships. Even as she seeks to spark ambitious and innovative change as CEO & President of Plan, she remains committed to these guiding principles. This philosophy has formed the foundation of her success as the first woman under 40 to head a major Canadian charity.
Caroline’s influence in Canada extends beyond her role at Plan, to her voluntary leadership roles. She currently sits on the Board of the Humanitarian Coalition and CAN-WaCH (Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health), is the President-elect for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Area (GTA) chapter. She has sat on numerous boards and task forces including Imagine Canada and the Canadian Marketing Association’s Not-For-Profit Council.
Provide a brief biography of the nominated executive (up to 125 words):
Caroline Riseboro is the President & CEO of Plan International Canada – the leading NGO in Canada advancing the rights of children and equality for girls. Caroline is a passionate advocate for gender equality and is well-respected for her commitment to tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues. She has a proven track record of leading organizations to new heights by challenging the status quo, and has won multiple awards for her innovative approaches.Prior to joining Plan International Canada, Caroline was Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation and held multiple executive roles with World Vision Canada.