Rosemary McCarney


Rosemary McCarney


Canada’s Global Leadership on Behalf of Women and Children

October 22nd, 1:00-3:00 pm - CANCELLED

Not enough Canadians are aware of the depth and breadth of Canadians across the country who are leading the world to save the lives of women and their children from preventable deaths. The Canadian Government has made this a foreign policy priority bringing all of its weight to bear to bring today's terrible narrative for millions of mothers and children to a very different conclusion.


Rosemary McCarney is President and CEO of Toronto-based Plan Canada, one of the largest charities in Canada. She has been globally recognized as an influential leading executive in the NGO sector.

Rosemary McCarney is an award-winning humanitarian and business leader, a recognized public speaker and author and an expert on international economic development. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Plan International Canada Inc. (Plan Canada), one of the oldest and largest charities in Canada and a member of the global Plan Federation.

Rosemary received her law degree from the University of Western Ontario and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She has taught both international and constitutional law. Rosemary has worked in international economic development with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, USAID and CIDA, as well as other governments and UN bodies. Rosemary has also received the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation.

Rosemary has been a member of the Board of Directors of numerous private sector, not-for-profit and community organizations. She is currently the Vice-Chair of The Humanitarian Coalition, Co-Chair of the Canadian Network on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and serves on the Advisory Board of The Canada-United States Law Institute as well as on the Public Policy Committee of Imagine Canada.

Rosemary has had an extensive international career in law, business and the not-for-profit sector, having worked in more than 100 countries. Prior to joining Plan Canada she was the Executive Director of Street Kids International. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours. Rosemary has written for several publications and is a guest writer for Huffington Post. She is asked to appear regularly on national and international radio and television programmes. This spring she is launching a series of children’s books on social and rights issues affecting children in Canada and around the world, with Second Story Press.