President & CEO
Joanna Kerr provides overall strategic direction for Tides Canada, and identifies opportunities to bring philanthropy, civil society, business, and government together in pursuit of positive social change. Joanna has dedicated her career to advancing social justice and women’s rights, a healthy environment, and strong civil society. Prior to joining Tides Canada in 2019, Joanna served for five years as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, part of a global network working to stop climate change, protect biodiversity, and advance Indigenous rights.
Joanna was the first female Chief Executive of ActionAid International, a global federation based in South Africa working in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. She also led the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, transforming it into one of the most significant global conveners and advocates for women’s rights, for which she was awarded a leadership prize from the Sigrid Rausing Trust. Joanna has held senior positions with Oxfam Canada and the North-South Institute, and currently serves and Board Chair for The MATCH International Women’s Fund, Canada’s global fund for women.