Having worked for World University Services Canada for more than a decade, Katharine Im-Jenkins is no stranger to the challenges associated with fundraising and international affairs.
WUSC is a non-profit that works to improve education and economic opportunities for young people around the world. Im-Jenkins has navigated many hurdles throughout her career, including increased terrorist activity in the organization’s partner regions, changes in local government and foreign policy as well as the recent emergence of COVID-19.
Despite the challenges, she has continued to strengthen the organization’s position locally and internationally, all while ensuring the safety of her team and the organization’s many international volunteers.
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She designed and renewed countless fundraising contracts, resulting in millions of dollars of new revenue for WUSC in the last five years that has allowed the organization to expand to more than 300 employees worldwide.
She was a longtime board member of the Equality Fund, and currently sits on the Brighter Investment board of directors. She is also involved in a private sponsorship group bringing Syrian refugees to the Ottawa community.
Im-Jenkins is also known to share her passion for education at numerous international development conferences. In 2019, she spoke at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals, and played a leading role at conferences in both Vancouver and Nairobi the same year.