The Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new President and CEO, Mr. Jean J. Gauthier.

A widely respected expert with more than 35 years with the public service, Jean Gauthier is also the Secretary / Treasurer of the Canada Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, one of the 2005 PAFSO Award Recipients and previously a Special Advisor to CCAfrica.  He takes office as of today, replacing Lucien Bradet who has been President and CEO of CCAfrica since its creation.

In addition, Gregory Nazaire was appointed as Vice-President of the Atlantic bureau of CCAfrica and Nola Kianza, founder of CCAfrica, has joined the Board of Directors. Below is a short biographical profile of our new members.

Thank you for your continued support as we move forward to build our team to support your goals and expectations.

Jean J. Gauthier – The new President and CEO of CCAfrica

Jean Gauthier joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1977. While working in various divisions as a Junior Officer, Jean completed his studies and secured his M. Sc. in 1979 while serving as the Senior Officer for the Senior Management Services of the Deputy Minister’s Secretariat.

Jean and his family then embarked in a long career of overseas assignments that have seen him working in the Middle East (Egypt, Kuwait and Gulf, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf plus Yemen) where political developments and trade and oil policies were his daily focus.

Following his return from Baghdad in 1991, Jean moved to his second specialization within the Department as Officer for African issues at the United Nations and Head of Canada’s Democratic Unit. This led him to an assignment in Tanzania (immediately after the Rwanda Genocide and during the prolonged one that affected neighbouring Burundi) where he headed both the Political and the Commercial sections then active in the mining and the gas-to-electricity sectors. Representing Canada at the launching of the Arusha Peace Process (for Burundi) in August 1994, Jean will remain a member of the Canadian delegation to the Arusha Peace Process for Burundi until July 1999.  He had returned to Ottawa in September 1996 to take up the position of Deputy Director of the Great Lakes Region and Central Africa in the Africa Bureau.

After more than three years in Saudi Arabia (1999-2002), Jean returned to Ottawa and became the Deputy to Canada’s Special Envoy and Ambassador for the African Great Lakes Region, cumulating the responsibilities of Secretary to the Group of Friends of the Great Lakes Region and its Board of Trustees that was supporting the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. From May 2006 to August 2009, Jean became, in addition to these responsibilities for the Great Lakes Region, Deputy Director for the African Great Lakes Region, Central Africa and Nigeria where he had special responsibilities for coordinating Canada’s bilateral relations with Nigeria.

In September 2009, Jean was appointed the first Deputy High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria with responsibilities for the Deputy High Commission of Canada in Lagos and as Senior Regional Trade Commissioner for Nigeria and Central Africa. Jean ended his assignment in Lagos on August 30, 2012 at which time he also retired from Canada’s Foreign Service with more than 35 and a half years of service.

Connect with our new President & CEO Mr. Jean Gauthier

​Gregory Nazaire – The New Vice-President (Atlantic)

Prior to joining the Black Business Initiative, Greg worked for several large financial institutions across North America as a banker and investments manager where he advised businesses and high net worth individuals on investments, financial planning and risk management. Since 2005, Mr. Nazaire has also brought his passion for business into the classroom as a senior lecturer in finance at Dalhousie University (both on-campus and online) where he teaches topics such as: investment planning, corporate and managerial finance. He also developed the first online corporate finance class for the Commerce program.

He is actively involved in the community where he volunteers at many community based events and as an advisor to many grassroots organizations.  He also serves on several boards and committees.

Connect with our new Vice President of Atlantic Canada Mr. Gregory Nazaire

Nola Kianza – new member of the Board of CCAfrica

Mr. Nola Kianza, founder of Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica) and has been with CCAfrica from its inception as Vice President, Ontario (11 Years). Nola is founder, President & CEO Trans Africa Resource Corp. a Mining Exploration Company currently operating in Ethiopia. Prior to CCAfrica, Nola was with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) as senior Business Consultant for Africa and the Caribbean and Project Manager of Canadian Alliance for Business in South Africa (CABSA), a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) founded project to facilitate business linkages / match-making between Canadian and South African companies. Nola has extensive experience working with Non Profit organizations, manufacturing industry, retail / wholesale sector, and International Trade in region such as Asia, Americas and Europe. Nola believes that private sector plays key role in sustainable development, poverty reduction, job creation, etc., which lead to peace, security, prosperity, good education and self-esteem of a society. His vision is to introduce Canadian expertise, know-how, technologies, across a diverse range of industries, to the multitude of opportunities that are emerging throughout the African continent. Canada is in a position to be a great business partner with Africa due to its vast experience, knowledge and technology in various sectors such as: natural resources, services / engineering, infrastructure, education, etc.

Connect with Founder and new member of the Board, Mr. Nola Kianza


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