New CEO of the Canadian Hunger Foundation will lead the organization through continued period of growth

OTTAWA, April 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) announced the appointment of Stewart Hardacre today as its new President and CEO. Hardacre joins the organization—one of Canada's longest-standing development non-profits—during a period of growth and transition. "Stewart brings an incredible blend of talents to our team here at the Canadian Hunger Foundation," said Louise Bergeron, Chair of CHF's Board. "His private sector experience is complemented by the work he has done with non-profits like Habitat for Humanity. He is exactly the right kind of leader for CHF at this important point in our history."

Having worked in finance and leadership positions within both corporate and non-profit organizations, Hardacre was most recently the head of Habitat for Humanity Canada. During his tenure there, fundraising almost doubled to $15.8 million per year and funding to international programmes increased by 300 percent.

Hardacre has served as a senior executive at a number of Canadian businesses, including McMillan LLP, the Toronto-based law firm, and Towers Watson (formerly Watson Wyatt) the global human resources consultancy where he worked for more than a decade. He has also served as a board member at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

"I'm truly excited to join a team that is doing such important work," says Hardacre. "It is easy to be passionate about what CHF does to build up incomes and food security for some of the world's poorest families. I'm looking forward to investing my energy in the organization."

For over 50 years in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas, the Canadian Hunger Foundation supported poor rural families to overcome poverty and hunger. It has a track record of achieving results in some of the world's most challenging environments.

For example, in Ethiopia, a new CHF project helped families CHF works with to boost their use of irrigation from 17% to 53% in just one year. And in Cambodia, CHF's work led the percentage of households accessing markets outside of their communities to shoot up from 10.5% to 45%.

CHF is currently implementing 10 projects in 16 countries that support over 450,000 people worldwide.

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