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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.


Press Releases/Statements and News

Burma Parliamentary delegation expected in Canada

CFOB statement on latest communal violence in Burma

What more can Canada do in Burma? - Tin Maung Htoo

Burma’s Kachin seek Canadian support

Staying true for human rights for all - Rebecca Wolsak

Why Inter Pares is wrong on Burma - Tin Maunng Htoo

CFOB concerned with Kachin conflicts in northern Burma

CFOB 2012 Annual Report released!

Statement on CFOB AGM on Dec. 15, 2012

Burmese Civil Society Organizations Dismayed by Inter Pares

CFOB AGM on Dec. 15 in Toronto

Minister Jason Kenney to Meet with Prominent Buddhist Monk

CFOB in Crisis with Rohingya in Burma

Baird Concerned about Renewed Violence in Rekhine State

Burmese Foreign Minister Queitly Visited to Canada

CFOB Policy Statement: “Navigating the thaw: Burma-Canada Relations in 2012 and beyond”

Over 70 Canadians and Burmese activists cleared from 'Blacklist'

Revised: Canada Calls for Peaceful Solution in Arakan state of Burma

Advocating humanitarian assistance to Kachin IDPs in Burma

Parliamentary Testimony with Aung Din (USCB)

Parliamentary Testimony with Tin Maung Htoo (CFOB)

Minister Kenney Surprises Burmese Community with Announcement

Minister Jason Kenney to meet with Burmese community leaders in Toronto

Policy Consultation on Burma

Burma Day - Celebrating 20th of CFOB

Long-time Burma supporter Brian John passed away

CFOB pleased by prisoners release but more reform needed

CFOB Welcomes Fine For Firm That Illegally Exported Plane to Burma

CFOB Welcomes U.S Secretary of States Visit to Burma

CFOB Saddend by the Loss of Jack Layton

Cross Canada bike ride for Burma reaching to final destination

Ivanhoe received US$103 million from Burma's copper mines

Burmese President accepts credentials of Canadian Ambassador to Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi supports UN commission of inquiry on Burma

Transfer of Ivanhoe's Burmese assets to weapons firm must be probed

Canada Sends Best Wishes to Aung San Suu Kyi on Her Birthday

66th Birthday Events of Aung San Suu Kyi in Canada

Suu Kyi to be honored on Canada Day in Côte Saint-Luc

Cross-Canada Bike Ride for Burma

Suu Kyi addresses to Conference on ‘Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict’

New Burmese Ambassador to Canada: a messenger for new regime in Burma?

Media coverage on detained Canadian in Burma

Suu Kyi to deliver video message at Carleton University

Carleton University to Honour Aung San Suu Kyi

Canada to Support 'Commission of Inquiry' on Burma's rights violations

Canada to Renew humanitarian support

Canada to welcome additional 1,300 Karen Refugees from Thai-Burma Border

CFOB Welcomes Opposition Party Calling for Economic Sanctions

Two events today in Toronto and Vancouver to mark DSSAK Day

CFOB applauds government and Parliament for granting Honorary Citizenship for Suu Kyi, and urges more action on Burma

CFOB welcomes throne speech to honor Suu Kyi with Honorary Citizenship

Canada Welcomes Statement by the United Nations Security Council on Burma

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Annual Reports

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report

2008 Annual Report

2006 Annual Report

2005 Annual Report


We offer an archive of many publications from agendas of upcoming events to reports and booklets.