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Meet our new Executive Director: Joe Belliveau

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Belliveau as incoming Executive Director. “We are truly delighted that Joe has returned to his roots by taking on the role of Executive Director,” says Dr. Wendy Lai, President of MSF Canada’s Board of Directors. “MSF Canada supports MSF’s humanitarian and medical programs worldwide by providing essential funding, high-quality personnel, strong advocacy and innovative programs such as telemedicine and distance-learning. We know that Joe’s extensive knowledge of the humanitarian sector will take MSF Canada’s contribution to these global humanitarian medical efforts to a new level.” 

Belliveau first joined MSF Canada as a field logistician in 2000, when he worked in a refugee camp in eastern Zambia. He pursued subsequent field assignments on the front lines of the organization’s humanitarian emergency response efforts in Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Zimbabwe, before overseeing MSF’s field operations from headquarters in Europe.

Over the course of his career with MSF, Belliveau has helped the organization respond to a wide variety of humanitarian crises created by armed conflict, disease outbreaks and natural disasters. Throughout his years with MSF, and also through his recent role as Program Director with Conflict Dynamics International, Belliveau developed particular expertise in managing and supporting teams seeking to provide humanitarian and medical care to people in need.

Belliveau is a champion of MSF’s advocacy work, including speaking out against international policies and global actions that cause human suffering or that interfere with humanitarian medical relief. He is an engaging public speaker and an accomplished writer on topics concerning the management of humanitarian projects in complex environments.

Belliveau is bilingual and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is the world's leading independent international medical relief organization, with medical projects in over 65 countries. MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, field project managers and many other professionals work together to deliver emergency medical and humanitarian relief in regions affected by epidemics, conflict or natural disasters. MSF is guided by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, and over 90 per cent of MSF’s fundraising revenue comes from private individual donors from around the world. Together with office and field staff, donors, volunteers, partners and supporters, we create the global movement of Doctors without Borders.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Joe Belliveau, please contact:

Idriss Lomba, MSF Canada

(647) 746-0297 | idriss.lomba@toronto.msf.org / www.doctorswithoutborders.ca

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