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Rita S. Karakas

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada World Youth


Rita S. Karakas is a Senior Advisor with over 20 years of global experience in both the government and non-government sector. Rita has considerable expertise and proven specialization in developing solid strategies for corporate planning, organizational change and strategic management planning.


Rita has a substantive track record as a determined and conscientious senior executive and has demonstrated her ability to bring about continual and recognizable transformation at, the United Way/Centraide Canada, YWCA of/du Canada, TVOntario, and Oxfam Great Britain. Ms. Karakas was the principal and managing partner of RSK Associates Inc an international strategic management advisory practice specializing in non-governmental organizations. She has worked extensively with global clients such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Australian Government's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Council, Oxfam Australia, Oxfam Quebec and Oxfam International.


During her career, Rita has served on many Boards at international and national levels. In particular, she was a Board Member of Green Shield Canada, a non-profit company with annual revenues of over $1 billion, which specializes in individual health and dental benefit programs and administration. During her 20 year tenure, she chaired the corporation's strategic planning committee. At the time of retirement, she was the Chair of the Compensation and HR Committee.


Rita's sound business strategies and corporate governance restructuring expertise has allowed companies and organizations to achieve up to 169% increases in revenues.

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