Board of Directors

Board of Directors 

JenniferLonerganJennifer Lonergan, PhD, has worked with over 50 artisans and artisan groups in a dozen developing world nations in Latin America,  Asia, and Africa.  As a buyer for fair trade and ethical wholesale and retail markets in North America—in particular, for the boutique she owned, Artistri—and in partnership with international development organizations in the US and Canada, she has helped support artisans’ efforts to generate revenue by capitalizing on their strengths to meet the needs of fast-paced marketplace.  Jennifer has a PhD in women’s history and fifteen years’ experience in education and curriculum development, both critical tools in her efforts to build capacity among artisans to meet market needs while supporting cultural heritage preservation.


Ana Amelia QuevedoAna Amelia Quevedo is an Economist with vast experience in the fields of management consulting, compliance in the financial markets and strategic initiatives in Peru. With an MBA obtained at John Molson School of Business and a certificate in International Finance and Leadership at the Levin Institute of the State University of New York, for the last seven years she has been working for the National Bank of Canada in the areas of Financial Performance and, currently, Financial Markets Operations. Her work as a volunteer started at the Association of MBAs of Quebec where she was a Member of the Executive Board in charge of the University relations committee. Her growing interest for women empowerment and fight against poverty in developing countries led her way to Artistri Sud.


 Jordana Armstrong leads the social enterprise program for the intellectual property management team at Innovate Calgary, providing strategic direction for university-based projects that aim to move beyond research to create direct impact in the community. She co-developed the RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator program at Innovate Calgary and plays an on-going role developing curriculum related to creating sustainable impact. Jordana has experience working and living in Montreal, New York, Italy, Hong Kong and her hometown of Edmonton, and aims to keep the number of new countries visited on par with her age. She is passionate about sustainability and social inclusion, reflected in her extensive work with social enterprise. She holds a BA (joint honours) from McGill University.


Sophie Desilets is a single mother of 4, a serial entrepreneur, intrapreneur and marketing consultant.  She joined Artistri Sud as a volunteer and is now Chair of Fundraising.  Her goal is to partner with corporations, foundations and private donors in order to create sustainable funding for our organization to reach our goal of 1000 women in 5 countries. Being involved in ArtistriSud, creating events and supporting its mission is an extremely rewarding part of my life.




Gillian Elias is a senior economist at the BDC providing advice to management and clients on the economic environment in which BDC operates. Gillian has worked for many prestigious institutions such as the Federal Government, General Motors, Finance Canada, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Gillian mentors a young woman from Senegal who is studying for her Master’s in Public Finance through a bursary programme for African Leaders of the Future run by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. Gillian’s diverse set of interests in the arts, economics, international development, empowerment, and her desire to help others, especially women, have culminated in her role serving on the Board of Artistri Sud. 


Do You want to Join the Board?

Artisti Sud is a growing organization and we are now looking for new board members to help us achieve our goals.

If you are determined to make a difference in the lives of thousands of women, and you are willing to give your time and expertise to our organization, join our team. We welcome people who can:

  • Provide active leadership to enable the organization to grow and fulfill its objectives in line with its vision and mission.
  • Provide support in gathering resources needed for Artistri Sud to achieve its objectives.  Resources may include: contacts (experts, consultants, potential donors, senior managers at targeted corporations and in government, leads to funding organizations, etc), hands-on support based on your expertise, etc.
  • Provide leadership and oversight in the evolution of the governance of the organization.

In particular, we are seeking motivated individuals with expertise in fundraising, Public Relations and Marketing, Communications, as well as a trained lawyer to serve on the Board.


For further information and/or to send your resume, please contact Jennifer Lonergan, President and Executive Director, at Please note that positions on the Board of Directors are unpaid.