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Rosemary McCarney

President and CEO, Plan International Canada

Rosemary McCarney is an award-winning humanitarian and business leader, a recognized public speaker and author, and an expert on international economic development. She is the Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. She was the former President and CEO of Plan International Canada Inc. ( Plan Canada).

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. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, it has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children.

Rosemary has had an extensive international career in law, business and the not-for-profit sector, having worked in more than 100 countries. Prior to joining Plan Canada, she was the Executive Director of Street Kids International.

Rosemary received her law degree from the University of Western Ontario and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has taught both international and constitutional law. Rosemary has worked in international economic development with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, USAID and CIDA, as well as other governments and UN bodies.

Rosemary has been a member of the Board of Directors of numerous private sector, not-for-profit and community organizations. She is currently the Chair of The Humanitarian Coalition, Chair of the Canadian Network on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and serves on the Advisory Board of The Canada-United States Law Institute as well as on the Public Policy Committee of Imagine Canada.