Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health

Company Detail


The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) brings together over 100 Canadian organizations working to ensure that women and children worldwide survive and thrive. They do this by capitalizing on data revolution, connecting experts, and communicating impact to stakeholders. Through the power of partnerships, they strive to improve women’s and children’s health in 1,000 communities worldwide.

CanWaCH’s office is based in Peterborough, Ontario, with staff members working virtually from home offices based in Canada.

Focus Areas

  • Women and children’s health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Education
  • Governance
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Data
  • Stakeholder Engagement

CanWaCH Projects

Canadian organizations make a huge impact worldwide in the areas of global health and gender equality. CanWaCH is committed to capitalizing on the data revolution to strengthen monitoring and evaluation and data-driven policy engagement. CanWaCH has developed the Project Explorer (ProX) tool, which captures global health project data to provide a comprehensive view of Canadian impacts on improving the health and well-being of women and children worldwide. Check out more on ProX by clicking here.

CanWaCH also connects experts to leverage the power of partnership, providing access to knowledge and resources to strengthen impact. Sign up for their newsletter by clicking here to get the latest news and information about upcoming events.

CanWaCH is committed to communicating impact to stakeholders to improve programming and policy, profile results, and ensure accountability to women and children. In April 2018, CanWaCH brought together various national and international leaders to: 1) discuss and learn from Canada’s past ten years of health programming under the Muskoka commitment; 2) take stock of where we are at with regards to addressing key gaps; and 3) shape the way Canadian leadership on development and women and children’s health will unfold post-2020. Click here to check out the outcomes document from this Beyond 2020 conference.

Work Perks

  • Remote work: CanWaCH staff work from home offices, based in Canada
  • Training and development: CanWaCH supports the professional development of their staff

Meet Some Team Members

Jessica Ferne

Jessica currently serves as Director, Global Health Impact at CanWaCH. Prior to this, Jessica worked with CanWaCH as Manager, Global Health Impact. In both these roles, she has supported and led CanWaCH’s strategic efforts to strengthen Canadian monitoring and evaluation processes, capacity and collaborations, in order to drive evidence-driven programming and decision-making. Jessica holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, specializing in Health Promotion and Women’s Health. Jessica has worked in diverse senior program management, public health research and evaluation positions in Canada and internationally, including most recently as Director of Programs for IDRF, where she led an extensive portfolio of emergency response and development programs across several continents. Jessica is a part-time Professor at Centennial College, where she teaches international development courses on Global Health as well as on Humanitarian Action. In a volunteer capacity, Jessica serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Council for International Cooperation. Jessica is passionate about CanWaCH’s mandate to strengthen and deepen Canada’s impact in global health and gender equality. She greatly enjoys the virtual office environment as it lets her work with incredible colleagues from across Canada, and she loves connecting with CanWaCH’s diverse membership of civil society, academics, health professionals, and global partners.

Leigha McCarroll

Leigha is the Senior Knowledge Exchange Officer at CanWaCH, with a key role in overseeing the organization’s knowledge exchange work, including managing member engagement and supporting the stakeholder engagement team. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at Carleton University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University, focusing on knowledge mobilization among international NGOs to influence public policy. Before starting with CanWaCH, Leigha was involved with several non-profits, including serving as the Manager of Knowledge Mobilization and Member Services for Volunteer Canada. She has also volunteered for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and SafePet Ottawa, and serves on the board of JustChange Ottawa, a local giving circle that provides small grants for innovative community-based initiatives. Her personal interests include languages, used bookstores, senior dogs and ethical fashion and beauty. Previously at CanWaCH, Leigha worked as a Policy and Governance Officer. Through her work at CanWaCH, Leigha relishes the opportunity to connect with organizations large and small across Canada on a daily basis, and enjoys the flexibility of working on a virtual team.

Top Values

  • Connect
  • Collaborate
  • Communicate

How to get involved with CanWaCH

How often does CanWaCH hire people?

CanWaCH hires employees relatively regularly. Stay tuned for opportunities!

And volunteers?

They bring on volunteers on an ad hoc basis, as needed.

Internship opportunities?

CanWaCH does not provide internships at this time.

Top Things CanWaCH Looks For

CanWaCH looks for these qualities in their team members:

  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic and productive virtual team
  • Knowledge of gender equality, social justice, intersectionality, and global development
  • Integrity and trustworthiness