Projets Autochtones du Québec (PAQ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Johnston as the Executive Director of the organization. This appointment follows the departure of Adrienne Campbell, who provided leadership, direction and inspiration to PAQ for eight years. PAQ also thanks Pierre Legros who served as interim Executive Director for a four-month period in 2019.
Heather has over 20 years of experience in delivering impactful programs in the areas of health, education and food security internationally, and with Indigenous organisations and communities in New Brunswick and Ontario. She brings to PAQ a diverse background in not-for-profit leadership, strategic planning, fundraising, program and grant management, Board governance, and volunteer coordination.
Heather recently served as President and CEO of Dignitas International, a Toronto-based global health and research organisation. From 1999 to 2012 she worked in Mali, West Africa, managing a diverse portfolio of projects for international development organisations, including Oxfam GB.
Heather is fluently bilingual in English and French. She holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, and an MA in Management and Development of Cooperatives from the Université de Sherbrooke. In her spare time, Heather enjoys backwoods camping and canoeing, and being a soccer mom!
Please join us in welcoming Heather into this role.