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Merle Jacobs (Chairperson):
Dr. Merle Jacobs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Equity Studies at York University. She has also been very active in social justice, human rights and refugees issues, and has particular connections and interests in Burma and its continuing development. She also served in the capacity of board chair and director in a number of organizations including L.C.B.O.

Timothy Zaw Zaw (Vice Chair):
Mr. Timothy Zaw Zaw is a leader of the Burmese Community in Toronto. Previously he was a university student and H.G.P. chambers student who took part in the 1988 democracy uprising in Burma. He was also a member of the Central Committee of the United Democratic Youth League Party of Burma in 1988. In 1989 Timothy travelled to the Thai-Burma border and joined ABSDF. Currently he is on the Board of Directors of Burmese Students Democratic Organization (Canada), and is Coordinator of the Burmese Canadian Network.

Thet Thet Tun (Secratary):
Ms. Thet Thet Htun is running a private business while studying at Concordia University in Montreal. Previously she has worked for MSF (The Netherlands) from 1996 to 1999. She also worked as Secretary to the Country Director for International Committee for the Red Cross in Burma (Myanmar Red Cross joint Program). She is currently a joint-Coordinator of Burma Forum Canada, and also active within the Burmese Canadian Network.

Kevin Robert Edward McCormick:
Dr. Kevin McCormick is President and Vice Chancellor of Huntington University (federated with Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario.) He established the Canadian Institute for International Policing and the first Teaching and Learning Center of Excellence in Northern Ontario. He also developed a comprehensive international program including agreements with institutions in countries such as Thailand enabling faculty and students to engage in exchanges and program growth opportunities. He also participates on various Boards including United Way, Access AIDS Network, Big Brothers Big Sisters, among others. He received a number of awards including Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, Order of Crown of Thailand in 2010 and Award of Excellence – Humanitarianism in 2008 by Chiangrai Rajabhat University, Thailand.

Livy Anthony Visano
Dr. Livy Visano is a Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University. He continues his long history of active engagement with a large number of community based agencies in Canada and internationally (Thailand, Vietnam, Haiti). Professionally as consultant, researcher, educator and advisor to all levels of governments and personally as a former refugee, he is a champion of social justice, community empowerment   and refugees issues, and is extremely interested in promoting the progressive and productive development of Burma. His publications include topics relating to culture, law and inquality. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, UK (2006-); he also serves as Vice President - External, York University Faculty Association.

Htay Aung:
Mr. Htay Aung was a student at Rangoon University and took part as a student activist in the 1988 democracy uprising. He went to the Thai-Burma border after the Burma Army's brutal crackdown on student-led demonstrations and joined the All Burma Student's Democratic Front (ABSDF). He arrived in Canada mid-1990s and helped organize the Burmese Student's Democratic Organization (BSDO-Canada). He is a key community and campaign organizer and has been volunteering with CFOB since 2005 from the West Coast.

Toe Kyi:
Mr. Toe Kyi is an IT and Networking Specialist, and is currently working as a teacher for an international volunteer organization in Asia. He is originally from Moulmein, Burma and spent several years in Thailand, where he was active in the student movement before coming to Canada. He took part in the 1988 democracy uprising in Burma and helped found All Burma Basic Education Student Union in Thialand and Burmese Students Democratic Organization (BSDO) in Canada. Toe Kyi is CFOB’s veteran board member, having repeatedly served with CFOB since 2000.

Tin Maung Htoo:
Mr. Tin Maung Htoo was a student activist in Burma during the 1988 democracy uprising and, after coming to Canada, later obtained his degree in economics and politics from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a founder of Burmese Students’ Democratic Organization (Canada), and of Burma Forum Canada. Tin Maung Htoo has been serving as CFOB Executive Director since 2005. He has also published articles in several news organizations and organized major events and conferences related to Burma.


Board of Directors

Merle Jacobs (Chairperson)

Timothy Zaw Zaw (Vice-Chiar)

Thet Thet Htun (Secratary)

Kevin McCormick

Livy Visano

Htay Aung

Toe Kyi

Tin Maung Htoo