Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of Women in Cities International. Its role is to provide leadership and oversight of WICI activities. It also sets the direction and priorities of WICI. The Board of Directors strives to represent community-based women’s groups, policy makers and researchers. At least five of the seven volunteer board members are Canadian citizens and an effort is made to include one member from each of the WICI founding cities of Montréal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto and Vancouver. The Board of Directors is elected by members of WICI for two year renewable terms. If you are interested in becoming a WICI member, please click here to learn more.


Barbara  Holtmann, President

Barbara Holtmann is a process facilitator, working primarily with fragile system transformations. After three years as Project Director at Business against Crime in the mid-nineties, Barbara served as Chief Director of Communications for the Secretariat of Safety and Security. Thereafter, Barbara led research into the development of community safety approaches at the Council for Scientifc and Industrial Research (CSIR) for 10 years.  She has a Doctorate of Philosophy in the Management of Technology and Innovation from the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management and a Master of Management (P&DM) degree from the Wits School of Public and Development Management. Her research was the basis of the formation of the Action for a Safe South Africa (AFSSA) initiative in 2008 and Barbara was a founding member of AFSSA. In response to her work, she was the recipient of the Ann van Dyk Applied Research Award 2010. Barbara is Vice President of the Canadian-based International Centre for Prevention of Crime (ICPC).  Barbara is the author of the book What it looks like when it’s fixed published by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in 2011.



Tiffany Muller Myrdahl, Secretary

Tiffany Muller Myrdahl is an urbanist and feminist geographer. Her work focuses on collaborative approaches to researching and responding to urban change. Tiffanycompleted a PhD in Geography and Feminist Studies (2008) and a Master in Public Policy (2002) from the University of Minnesota. She is a Senior Lecturer at Simon Fraser University, where she held the Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair from 2012-2015. Tiffany has served on the board of Women in Cities International since 2012 and served on the board of Women Transforming Cities (Vancouver) from 2012-2015. 


margaretMargaret Shaw, Treasurer

Margaret Shaw PhD is a sociologist and criminologist working as an independent consultant, and formerly Director of Analysis and Exchange at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) in Montréal, Canada. She worked as a research and policy advisor for over 20 years in the Home Office, England, and in Canada, in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Concordia University, Montréal, and as a Research Consultant to the Federal and provincial and municipal governments on issues including women’s imprisonment, evaluation, restorative justice, and policing. She joined ICPC in 1999, and has undertaken many reviews and comparative reports on international strategies and practice in crime prevention, including the role of local government and women’s safety. She has worked closely with UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme on issues of youth at risk, and youth participation and urban governance, and with UNODC on the development of the Crime Prevention Assessment Tool and Handbook on the UN Crime Prevention Guidelines. She helped organize the workshops on crime prevention for the 11th and 12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2005, and Salvador, Brazil in April 2010, and is one of the five coeditors of Building Inclusive Cities published by Earthscan/Routledge in 2012.


carolineCaroline  Andrew, Member

Caroline Andrew is the Director of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests cover the relations between equity-seeking community-based groups and municipal governments (particularly community-based women’s groups and groups organized around the integration of immigrants), urban development and the governance of city-regions. She is on the Board of the Lowertown Community Resource Centre, the steering committee of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership and of the City for All Women Initiative.

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 Cathy Hillman, Member

An urban architect who uses restorative, and inclusive design practises that expand the capacity of public spaces, ecological sites and built environments to generate positive social change. As the president of UN Women-USNC LA she oversees the Women’s Cross Cultural Exchange (WCCE) and Safe Cities LA (SCLA) an initiative which has established a meaningful space for inclusive and collaborative efforts such as transit audits and safety walks to ensure the wellbeing of women and girls in local urban spaces. Cathy is the Director of ‘Green Our Walls’ a grassroots effort to make our communities safer and healthier by maximizing the productivity of urban walls in the built environment with living walls and vertical gardens. Cathy’s multifaceted experiences and expertise in urban architecture, disaster recovery and research in gendered spaces offer a unique perspective on global and local challenges. Cathy has dedicated her life’s work to empowering women to organize and become truly active participants in reclaiming and re-imagining their own communities.


Fran Klodawsky, Member

Dr. Klodawsky is Full Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University. Her areas of expertise include: public policy and social inclusion/exclusion in cities, especially in relation to housing, and feminist perspectives on cities, on community organizing, on housing and on homelessness. Her work utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods within a collaborative, community-based framework. Currently (June 2012-15), she is the Principal Investigator of a SSHRC funded project titled “Intersectionality in Practice: Feminist Theory and Urban Governance”, and she also led a previous SSHRC funded study (May 2008-12), titled “Learning through Difference”. She was the Co-PI of the Panel Study on Homelessness in Ottawa, the first large-scale longitudinal survey of homeless persons in Canada. Recent publications include: “Gendered Livelihoods and Inclusive Cities” (2012) in Carolyn Whitzman et. al., Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City , Earthscan/Routledge; “Home Spaces and Rights to the City: Thinking Social Justice for Chronically Homeless Women”,Urban Geography (2009); “ ‘Choosing’ Participatory Research: Partnerships in Time- Space”,Environment and Planning A (2007); and “Landscapes on the Margins: Gender and Homelessness” in Canada, Gender Place and Culture (2006). Fran Klodawsky is on the board of Multifaith Housing Initiative. She is also on the Steering Committees of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Ottawa and City for All Women Initiative.