Staff & Partners

Director

Anne-Marie was born and raised in England. She studied languages and worked in the arts. She gained extensive experience as a leader of global justice education and action, working with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as regional facilitator, program coordinator and then director. She led numerous groups on visits and delegations to partners in the Global South. Anne-Marie joined the Jesuit Forum in 2007.

Special Advisor

Bill is a Jesuit priest and has a Phd in economics from Harvard University.  He is the author of numerous publications, particularly on Catholic social teaching, globalization and interfaith dialogue.

Bill was director of Social Affairs for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He then moved to Washington, DC as founding Director of the Center of Concern. Bill returned to Canada to take up the position of Jesuit Provincial for English Canada. Later he was General Secretary at the CCCB, and also acted as Special Advisor to the International Development Resource Centre's project on Culture, Spirituality and Economic Development. Bill has been with the Forum since 2007.

Consultant

Kevin grew up in Ottawa and entered the Society of Jesus in 2011 after working for 12 years with the pharmaceutical company, Merck & Co where he held a number of leadership positions in Canada, the US and Europe. He is currently studying philosophy, psychology and theology at Regis College in Toronto. One of his interests includes integrating Ignatian spirituality and the business world.

Part-time Executive Assistant

Tara graduated from McMaster University's Bachelor of Arts program in 2015, with a focus on justice, political philosophy and law. She has experience working in retail management and as a senior community advisor for McMaster University Housing. She is currently enrolled in the Paralegal Program at Mohawk College, where she also acts as an assistant to the registrar. Tara joined the Forum in 2016.

Ann has a strong background in education having worked in teacher education and formation at OISE/UT, York University and Niagara University in Ontario as well as the TCDSB and DPCDSB. Her passion for education and justice have been developed during her years as a teacher and chaplain and her work with teachers in a variety of contexts. Her theological studies at Toronto School of Theology have shaped her own consciousness and understanding of Catholic social teaching, spirituality and faith. Ann McGowan is currently Director of the Mary Ward Centre, a centre for justice and education.

Writing Team

Janet Somerville was born (1938) in Toronto in a family where she inhaled social justice aspirations along with her father's cigarette smoke. As a young man, Henry Somerville had become a workers'-rights militant through the influence of Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum, promoted by Jesuits in his working-class neighbourhood of Leeds, England. The family atmosphere gave Janet the impression that theology is a hot real-life topic; so as soon as it became possible for lay people in Toronto to study theology at a graduate level, Janet did so, earning her M.A. in 1965. Her first job after that was with CBC Radio, where for five years she was a producer of the just-arrived Ideas program. But the ferment in many churches over issues of faith and social justice pulled Janet into "freelance" ecumenical work as an adult religious educator. Invited to join the staff of Catholic New Times newspaper by its founding editor Dr. Mary Jo Leddy, Janet worked with CNT until 1997, when she was appointed General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, a post she held until her retirement in 2002.