Denise Byrnes is a Canadian change maker in the fields of Social justice and women’s rights and is the first woman to hold the position of Executive Director at Oxfam Québec in 45 year history. She has more than 25 years of experience in the international development sector and she was named one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women in 2018 by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).
She has led organizations as well as large humanitarian programs across the globe, more particularly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Her main focus is equality and women empowerment. She made sure Oxfam Québec attained parity within the first year of her nomination and has mentored many women within the organization to take on leadership roles.
She is the Chair of the Canadian Humanitarian Coalition and from 2014 to 2018, she was Vice Chair of the Canadian Council for international Cooperation.
2013-2019 – Oxfam-Québec (Executive Director)
2011-2013 – Oxfam-Québec (Senior Director, International Programs)
2009-2011 – SUCO (Executive Director)
2008-2010 – Université de Montréal (Lecturer)
2007-2009 – Ovarian Cancer Canada (Regional Director Quebec)
2002-2006 – Development and Peace (Team Leader, Africa)
1997-2002 – CUSO International (Program Officer)
1990-1997 – Canada World Youth (Program Coordinator)
2002-2006 – École national d’administration publique – ENAP (diplome d’études supérieures spécialisées, Administration internationale)
1994-1997- Université de Montréal – (Certificat, intervention en milieu multiethnique)
1986-1989 – University of Toronto – New College (Bachelor, Women’s Studies)