MEDA welcomes interim Chief Financial & Investment Officer, Wendy Clayson

We are pleased to announce that on September 13th, 2021, Wendy Clayson joined MEDA’s team to serve as Interim Chief Financial & Investment Officer (CFIO). Wendy will serve in this role over the next year as we continue conducting a full executive search for a permanent CFIO.

We are extremely grateful for the contributions that our former acting CFIO, Rob Schlegel, has made to MEDA over the last few months. Rob has played a crucial role in supporting MEDA’s financial operations and external stakeholder relations since May 2021, following the tragic loss of our dear departed friend and colleague, Orvie Bowman

Wendy is a senior finance leader with extensive experience in internal controls, oversight and working with teams to enhance their systems and processes. Wendy possesses strong leadership skills including experience managing large departments and processes, mentoring and coaching staff, and leading groups through organizational change.  

Most recently, Wendy worked as the Chief Financial Officer at CarePartners, a 4,000-employee strong Ontario-based Home Health Care Provider that provides integrated and holistic services. In this CFO role, she provided oversight to finance, procurement, risk, privacy, performance, and project management, in addition to strategic recommendations to the CEO and Executive team.

In addition to Wendy’s professional work experience, she has worked with several boards, audit, and investment committees. She has a Business Administration Diploma from Fanshawe College and graduate certificates in Human Resources Management and Not for Profit Governance from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. Wendy also holds CPA and CMA professional designations.

Wendy lives in Guelph, Ontario and will be based out of MEDA’s Waterloo office. Please join us in welcoming Wendy to MEDA!

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  • MEDA is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. We work in agri-food market systems, focusing primarily on women and youth in rural communities in the Global South. Our success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of decent work.

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