Board of Directors
Alan is the Founder and President of Alma. He is a Director and Portfolio Manager at ScotiaMcLeod where he has managed socially and environmentally responsible portfolios since 1987. Alan started his first charity at the age of 27 and has shown a weakness for founding social purpose organizations since then. He has held senior roles in a variety of civil society initiatives and has sat on several charity boards, most recently Variety Village, Bereaved Families of Ontario and Small Change Fund.
Anatol von Hahn is the former Group Head, Canadian Banking, at Scotiabank. Anatol was born in Chile and has lived and worked in several Latin American countries. He has held various senior positions in both Canadian and International banking at Scotiabank. Anatol has been involved in several charitable initiatives dating back to his University days and currently sits on the board of Ronald McDonald House and UNICEF.
Sandy is the President of the Metcalf Foundation, a leading private Toronto-based foundation focused on sustainability, creativity and social justice. Sandy has a background in law and mediation and has worked as a consultant and advisor in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. As a volunteer Sandy has served on numerous boards and committees and was the founding Chair of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
Rob Djurfeldt is the Managing Director, Head of ScotiaMcLeod. Previously, he managed Scotiabank’s brokerage operations in Mexico. He has lived in several South American countries and shares our passion for the welfare of children in those countries. Rob and his sons have visited our projects in Peru in each of the past three years.
Michael is a senior executive at Flybits. Previously he was the Director of Software Solutions at Hewlett Packard. He has held senior management roles in Fortune 500 software companies for 25 years. In the not-for-profit world, Michael worked for TV Ontario and The Art Gallery of Ontario.
Trevor is a Director and Senior Wealth Advisor at ScotiaMcLeod. After visiting our remote communities in 2013, and witnessing our work, Trevor began fundraising and organizing events for Alma. Trevor is a devoted father to his two children Jason and Megan and enjoys spending time at the cottage in Honey Harbour with his dogs Manhattan and Rio in tow.
Originally from Peru, Ana Maria is a Director for Retail Investment Products at Scotiabank. Ana Maria has been volunteering with ALMA since 2012 and was instrumental in creating the Leadership Circle in Peru, as well as other initiatives to raise awareness within the Peruvian community. She has two young children and is passionate about providing youth with fair opportunities for quality education, particularly in the poorest areas of her home country.
Andy has been a longtime supporter of Alma and social enterprise in general. His career at major Canadian Banks focused on building innovative, high performance Fixed Income Trading businesses within Capital Markets. Andy’s derivatives expertise spans Equity, Foreign Exchange, Credit, and Interest Rate products. In retirement Andy enjoys cycling, traveling, investing, and philanthropy.
Walter Meekes is the founder of the HoPe Holland Peru Foundation. He has lived in Cusco Peru since 1991 doing social development programs. HoPe has built over 150 schools in small remote communities, trained over 500 teachers in bilingual and intercultural education and developed educational material in Quechua (the local indigenous language).
Carolina Benavides holds a masters degree in clinical psychology. She has worked extensively in the design and management of social projects in Peruvian and international settings (Office of the President of Peru, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, among others). Carolina is the founder of Nexos Voluntarios a Peruvian charity that provides volunteer and exchange opportunities for students. Currently, she is Manager of Social Assets at Mibanco, Peru’s leading microcredit bank.
Chance Lindsley is a grateful husband and father who is the principal of Newbury Elementary School in rural Vermont. He is passionate about cultivating critical thinking skills through project/ Service-based learning. His hope is that the awareness and practice of harmony with self, others, and nature might lead society toward sustainable communities and, possibly, world peace.
Louise was a Program Director for Alma in 2011 and 2012. She has a deep understanding of community and sustainability in Peru. Louise was the founder of Leap Local, a very cool organization that offers travellers direct contact with local guides. She was also Director of the Inka Porter Project in Cusco Peru and was Associate Producer for the documentary “Sons of the Sun” (the impact of tourism in Peru’s Sacred Valley). She lives in Ollantaytambo Peru where she owns and runs a small lodge.