DDI Canada is the Canadian arm of the Diamond Development Initiative International, whose secretariat is based in Ottawa. As an affiliate organization, DDI Canada shares the aims and objectives of DDI International, to transform the artisanal diamond mining sector into a source of sustainable socio-economic development for miners and their communities. DDI’s programs address issues such as workers’ and human rights, child labour, health and safety, and environmental impact.We believe that Canadians care about the source of their jewelry, including the impact on the people and the environment where diamonds are mined. And as a diamond-producing country, Canada has a special interest in ensuring that the global industry lives up to the reputation of its product as a symbol of beauty and love.DDI Canada works to raise public awareness about the conditions and importance of artisanal diamond mining, provide educational programs and materials, and offer opportunities for Canadians to support the mission of DDI International.

DDI Canada is registered as a non-profit charitable organization with Canada Revenue Agency registration number 84188 3606 RR0001.


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Edward Jackson (Chair)

Edward Jackson is a management consultant, university professor and author. His areas of specialization include innovative finance and impact investing, youth development, gender equality, governance, higher and basic education, program evaluation and project management. A Canadian national, he is President of E. T. Jackson and Associates, Senior Research Fellow at Carleton University and Honorary Associate with the Institute of Development Studies, and has advised foundations, development agencies, governments and civil society organizations in more than 50 countries. He has earned recognition for his leadership in community development, development management, graduate teaching, program evaluation and university partnerships.

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Ian Smillie (Member)

Ian Smillie is a development professional and foreign aid critic with an extensive history of involvement in the artisanal mining sector. A founder of Inter Pares and past Executive Director of CUSO, he has lived and worked in Africa and Asia. He is currently a development consultant and is the author of several books, two about diamonds: Diamonds (2014) and Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade (2010). Ian Smillie was a founder-participant in the Kimberley Process, the global certification system to halt the traffic in conflict diamonds. He serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003.

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John Lowden (Member)

John Lowden is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a former partner of a major international accounting firm. He brings more than 30 years of experience dealing with financial and tax planning issues involving a wide variety of assignments including major corporate reorganizations and international engagements for large companies. John Lowden acts as a judge for The John Molson School of Business International MBA Case Study Competition at Concordia University.

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Ian Rowe (Ex-Officio)

Ian Rowe brings two decades of experience in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean where he has worked with civil society organizations and United Nations agencies in the areas of development, socio-economic recovery and conflict prevention. He has held senior UN management positions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti, and has worked in a variety of staff and consulting positions in Kenya, Somalia, Burundi and Bolivia. In 2008 he served on a UN Panel of Experts on the Sudan, investigating violations of the arms embargo on Darfur. Prior to joining DDI, he served as Director of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Repatriation, reintegration and Resettlement Division within the UN Stabilisation Mission in Congo (MONUSCO). Based out of Goma he held responsibility for managing 14 regional offices in support of the government-led disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration process. Ian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University in French and Spanish, and a Master's degree in international conflict analysis from the University of Kent.



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