World Vision names Canadian as new international president

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - Kevin Jenkins, managing director of
Canadian investment firm TriWest Capital Partners, and vice-chair of the board
of directors of World Vision Canada, has been appointed the new president and
chief executive officer of World Vision International (WVI), the world's
largest Christian humanitarian aid organization. The appointment is effective
October 1, the first day of WVI's next fiscal year.
    At its semi-annual meeting in Kenya last week, the WVI Board unanimously
voted for Jenkins to succeed Dean Hirsch, who announced last year that he was
stepping down as president.
    A relief, development and advocacy organization, World Vision operates in
98 countries with 40,000 staff and an annual budget of US$2.5 billion. Its
community-based development work focuses on children while its relief arm
responds to major disasters, including drought, floods, earthquakes and
displacement and suffering as a result of man-made conflict. World Vision
serves more than 100 million people annually.
    Jenkins becomes the seventh president of World Vision International since
its founding in 1950 by Bob Pierce, an evangelist and humanitarian who sought
help for Korean war orphans.
    Fellow Canadian Denis St-Amour, the WVI board chair and member of the
presidential search committee, announced Jenkins' appointment. He praised him
as a committed Christian, a creative thinker, and a visionary leader with a
strong heart for children and the poor.
    Calling the presidential search process exhaustive, St-Amour said the
committee considered more than 300 candidates from six continents and 40
countries. "But, in the end," he said, "with God's guidance, we came to
    Hirsch, the outgoing president, said, "It's very clear to me that Kevin
wants to make a difference for the children of the world."
    "Kevin shares our deep concern for children and the poor. He's been an
active supporter, volunteer and board member, always generously giving his
time, influence and expertise," said Dave Toycen, president of World Vision
Canada. "As a Canadian, I'm especially proud that Kevin is the first president
of our international organization to come from Canada-and that he brings so
much leadership experience to this important role. I'm delighted to have the
opportunity to work closely with him." Toycen continues in his role as
president of World Vision Canada.
    Jenkins said he was deeply honoured and humbled to be chosen to lead
World Vision. "I have a great sense of calling to bring sustainable change and
dignity to the world's poorest children," he said, "and this is possible
because of World Vision's strong reputation and the effectiveness of its
    Jenkins, 52, is a managing director of TriWest Capital Partners, a
Calgary-based independent private equity firm. From 1996 to 2003, he was
president and chief executive officer of The Westaim Corporation, a technology
research and commercial product company. From 1985 to 1996, he held senior
executive positions with Canadian Airlines, including president and chief
executive officer.
    Jenkins has been an active member of the World Vision Canada board for
the past nine years, leading three significant initiatives with major donors
related to HIV and AIDS in Zambia, microfinance in Ethiopia and schooling in
Mali and Zambia. He served on the board of Young Life of Canada from 1992 to
2008, including as board chair from 2004 to 2008.
    Jenkins earned a master's degree in business administration from Harvard
Business School in 1985 and a law degree from the University of Alberta in
    He and his wife, Helen, have three adult children and live in Calgary.

    World Vision Canada, whose president and CEO is Dave Toycen, is a member
entity of World Vision International, a global partnership of 98 national
offices committed to a common humanitarian mission and vision.

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