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Janne Duncan, ChairJanne Duncan
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Janne Duncan, Chair of our Advisory Board, is a business lawyer, and participates in many aspects of corporate and securities law including initial public offerings, M&A transactions, corporate governance, securities law and regulatory compliance and investigations, take-over defences, shareholder disputes and general commercial matters including joint ventures. She focuses on global mining, agri-business and investment funds and has worked extensively with both major TSX/NYSE-listed corporations and junior TSX-V-listed exploration and development companies that carry on business and own properties in Canada and the United States, Latin America, Europe, Australia and Africa. She is involved in the area of corporate social responsibility and the firm's global business ethics and anti-corruption group.

Ms. Duncan has an LLB and an MA in English Literature from Queen’s University. She sits on the board of directors of PEN Canada and Necessary Angel Theatre Company. She lectures widely on corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and mining law and is a frequent speaker at Canadian universities.

Anu BoseDr. Anu Bose

Anu Bose, a Member of our Advisory Board, has a doctorate in behavioural economics and economic anthropology.  She is a resident of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Bose will assist The Townships Project with writing proposals and grant applications.

Dr. Bose was Project Director and Head of the Department of Public Administration at KIMEP, the Presidential Institute in Almaty, Kazakhstan for 4 years in the mid to late 1990s. This was a project of the Know-How Fund of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a fund designed specifically to help economies in transition.

Prior to that, Dr. Bose was based in Geneva where she was Secretary for (Overseas) Development of the World YWCA.

Lorraine KirchmannLorraine Kirchmann

Lorraine Kirchmann is a Member of the Advisory Board of The Townships Project. Mrs. Kirchmann is a Facilitator and Executive Coach and the principal at Lorraine Noble Associates. She studied at University of Toronto and has a Masters in Education.  Mrs. Kirchmann chaired the Lend to End [poverty] event for The Townships Project in 2012 and has participated in Lend to End [poverty] events in the past five years. Mrs. Kirchmann is also on the board of Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation and involved with Free Schools World Literacy Foundation. She and her husband Neville visit with partners and associates of The Townships Project on their annual visits to South Africa.

Neville KirchmannNeville Kirchmann

Neville W. Kirchmann, C.A. (S.A.), is a member of the Advisory Board of The Townships Project. Mr. Kirchmann served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and Chair of United Way of Greater Toronto. He worked with the Coca-Cola Company for 30 years, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Canada and Coca-Cola Southern Africa. Mr. Kirchmann's areas of expertise are corporate governance, finance, marketing and operations. He is currently a partner and director of Treehugger Organics Inc., an organic juice company, and serves on the boards of Norbord Inc. and Fibre Connections Inc. Mr. Kirchmann is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and has a PMD from Harvard University.

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2017 January/February SA Franchise Magazine Article
March 28, 2017
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2016 Annual Giving Letter
March 28, 2017
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2015 Annual Giving Letter
January 5, 2016
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