Meet the Humanitarian Coalition Secretariat staff. We are a small team full of energy! We come to the Humanitarian Coalition with complimentary backgrounds and a shared dedication to helping our member agencies assist the most vulnerable when disasters strike.
The Humanitarian Coalition staff also works with a number of highly motivated and qualified interns.
Richard Morgan – Executive Director
Richard Morgan comes to the Humanitarian Coalition with a strong background in fundraising, communications, stakeholder relations and strategic partnership.
Richard spent 14 years at Trent University, taking on progressively more senior and demanding roles, culminating as Associate Vice-President, Advancement for the last 5 years. During his time at the liberal arts and science-focused institution, Richard played key roles in various fundraising initiatives, donor and volunteer stewardship activities as well as broad-based stakeholder consultations, feasibility studies and community, government and media relations.
Richard also has extensive experience in the humanitarian sector, having spent 10 years at Development and Peace as coordinator of financial resources, English sector. There, he was responsible for all fundraising initiatives in English Canada, including strategic planning, program and materials development and distribution, staff and volunteer training, budget management and communications.
He holds an M.A. in Sustainability Studies and a B.A. Honours in International Relations.
Marine de Clarens – Programs Manager
Marine de Clarens joined the Humanitarian Coalition in May 2015. She has strong experience in humanitarian affairs including working for Canada’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Department’s International Humanitarian Assistance Bureau (DFATD-IHA) and several years at the EU General Directorate of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO in Brussels). She also has experience working for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Marine worked on project management as well as policy, including on civil and military coordination. She gained solid research experience within a think tank specialized in humanitarian affairs and conflict prevention, the Institute of Studies in Conflicts and Humanitarian Action (IECAH) in Madrid. She has a good knowledge of the international humanitarian system, including on the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, on the UN Reform and the role of the clusters and rapid response mechanisms.
Her educational background is in Politics and International Relations and she did a Masters in Cooperation with Development and African Studies.
Rania Cotran – Appeals and Fundraising Manager
Rania Cotran joined the Humanitarian Coalition in April 2016. She has spent much of her career in the non-profit sector, starting as Events Coordinator at West Island Community Shares. Rania later moved on to become Executive Director at the West Island Community Resource Centre, where she spearheaded many community-based projects and sat on several committees focused on particular issues such as senior abuse and food security. Looking to do something different, Rania launched her own marketing and event planning business, organizing events as far away as Mexico. After a few years in business, Rania decided to return to her roots: the non-profit sector.
Rania has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Middle East Studies. She also has an MBA in Marketing from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal.
Rania was born in Lebanon, lived in a few different countries and then moved to Canada at the age of 10. She speaks English, French and Arabic and plans to add a few more languages to her repertoire in the future.
Yosé Cormier – Communications Advisor
Yosé Cormier joined the Humanitarian Coalition in October 2015. He has a well-rounded communications background, specialized in strategic communications with print journalism as its foundation.
Prior to joining the Coalition, Yosé worked at the Canadian Red Cross, providing communications support on Domestic Disaster Management initiatives. He worked for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (now Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) providing strategic communications advice to senior government officials on one of Canada’s largest mine remediation project. Yosé honed his writing and strategic communications skills in Northern Canada, first as a journalist and editor and then as a communications consultant.
He has a strong knowledge of the Canadian landscape, having worked across the country, including 10 years in Canada’s north. He’s now focused on bringing his experience to the international humanitarian context.
Caio Fernandes – Website Administrator / Graphic Designer
Caio Fernandes joined the Humanitarian Coalition in April 2016 as the in-house web administrator and graphic designer. His experience is a combination of web design and geographic information systems (GIS).
Prior to joining the Humanitarian Coalition, Caio worked as a freelance web designer and a GIS cartographer for both government and private industry, including Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, the City of Calgary and an environmental consulting company.
Caio brings strong web analytics knowledge and eye for design to maintain an effective web presence while providing quality and visually appealing materials to ensure effective fundraising in times of appeals.