Our Team

Our Team2018-09-27T17:09:06+00:00
Madeline Weld, Ph.DPresident
Madeline Weld, B.Sc., M.S., Ph.D., has been with PIC since its inception in 1992 and its President since 1995. Retired from Health Canada, she is a Director of Canadian Humanist Publications and an editor of the quarterly magazine it publishes, Humanist Perspectives.
Clifford GarrardVP/Executive Director
Clifford Garrard, B.A., M.Sc., served in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the USA, as student, overseas development volunteer and, for 32 years, Foreign Service officer. Work included environmental affairs, foreign aid, political-intelligence assessments and, in Northern Ireland, conflict resolution within the peace process. Past Director, Canada’s Middle East Relations division, he was Canada’s representative on the Joint Intelligence Committee, UK Cabinet Office, and is on the Advisory Council, Population Matters, PIC’s British vis à vis.
Sheila AyalaTreasurer & Membership Secretary
Sheila Ayala is a long-time Canadian Humanists member, serving for several years as its Senior Administrator until 2005. She worked on the Charter of Rights & Freedoms petition, handled Humanist media relations, and campaigned against Sharia law in Ontario. She also served on Board of Secular Ontario. PIC duties include maintaining membership data and correspondence, and, as Treasurer, recording/managing finances.
Cindy GrahamDirector Outreach
Cindy Graham, B.A., (Political Science), Dalhousie University; School of Media & Design, Algonquin College (Professional Writing program, including speech writing, social media & desktop publishing, power-point presentations, media releases, web & print-based writing for target audiences). Dean’s Honours List, Best Blog Honourable Mention for “Repratriating the Ex-Pat” on returning to Canada after living 12 years in Japan. While there co-coordinated fundraising project to aid relief for victims of 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Researcher, Dovercourt Editorial Services, Ottawa; Researcher & Contributor, Vanier Institute of the Family. PIC duties include producing monthly Newsletter, timely/significant items for Home Page website Newsroom & as a regular contributor to PIC’s Facebook & Twitter pages & its Blog.
David HorleyDirector at Large
David Horley, M.Sc., Queen’s University (MBA credits, York U.); Polymer Corporation ( R & D; Marketing); then Ontario Department, Trade & Development; then 30-year Foreign Service (Trade). Embassy assignments: Brussels; Washington, DC (World Bank & Inter American Development Bank, liaison); Zaire/Congo; Beijing, China; London, UK (Alternate Director, Cda & Morocco) European Bank for Reconstruction & Development. In retirement be was Hanoi (Resident Director, Oxfam Quebec) then, for 6 years (communications & policy) was on Board of National Assn. of Federal Retirees, Ottawa Branch.
Osamu WakabayashiDirector Marketing and Communication
Osamu Wakabayashi, B.A. Honours, Commerce, University of Hakodate, Japan. A marketing consultant and web designer, he has worked with businesses, governments and nonprofits to “promote a more sustainable world”. At Natural Resources Canada, he travelled internationally to advance sustainable building and community development. In 2007, he was project leader demonstrating the first Net Zero Energy home in Japan. He owns a design company (www.zenideas.ca) that strives for “smart, bold and enduring visual identity and communications” with emphasis on simplicity to create visual media components that communicate to best effect.
Jo SaundersDirector-at-Large
Jo grew up in the Yukon, Alberta, Germany and in Ontario where she taught in the Upper Canada School Board. She also travelled with her family on a teaching exchange in England, followed by a sabbatical year island hopping in the South Pacific. Since retiring Jo has volunteered with NGO’s in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tanzania and Madagascar in all of which she witnessed the harm that overpopulation was doing to the environment and to individuals, families, communities and the countries with which she interacted. As a result, she believes passionately that women world- wide deserve the same reproductive rights and choices as are available to women in Canada, “no more, no less”.
Jo is a long-time, loyal member of PIC. She has assisted in “hands on”, special projects, including research relating to website updating and by volunteering in schools with talks on the environment, especially trees. Jo has lived on a 160 year old farm, near Ottawa, for 46 years. Jo has had two children of her own and fostered or adopted 14 others.
Bennison SmithSocial Media Officer
Bennison Smith, B.Soc.Sci., (International Development and Globalization; English Literature minor), University of Ottawa. Juris Doctor Candidate (2020), University of Windsor. Parliamentary Assistant at Parliament of Canada (2017). Vice President of the Rotarac Club of Ottawa (2016-2017). Former Constituency Assistant for Ottawa-region Member of Provincial Parliament (2015-2016).

Benn has a lead role within a three-person team by selecting, uploading and interacting with visitors of PIC’s FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.