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.


Chris Blache, Member

Chris Blache, an Urban Anthropologist, co-fonded Genre et Ville in 2012 with Urban Designer and Planner, Pascale Lapalud.  She studied Psychology at Paris’ University, graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn New York.  Back in France, she obtained a MBA degree at ESCP/EAP, Paris. She created and managed 9A+ Consulting from 1997 to 2012. An accomplished business and socio-ethno consultant with proven success and expertise in international market research and business innovation, she is actively involved in women and LGBTI rights since 2008, notably with the feminist activist group La Barbe. Coordinator of Genre et Ville, an organization composed of Urban Planners, Geographers, Architects, Sociologists, Artists with the goal to analyze and question Urban Planning through a Gender lens, while working with city boards and government administrations, to promote new planning, organization and practices in urban space and architecture, she manages the organization and the projects.


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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.


Miranda Sculthorp, Member

Miranda Sculthorp is an urban research analyst, who is passionate about developing and applying approaches for more gender-equal urban planning and cities. In her current position at OpenNorth, Miranda works with municipal governments and city agents for increased transparency and public participation, through the strategic planning of open data platforms. She aims to bring together critical perspectives on urban data collection and the use of technology, for more open and inclusive cities.

Miranda has been involved in WICI since 2017, as a volunteer for the Right to Campus Campaign and as a Project Coordinator. She initiated and carried forward a project to apply the women’s safety audit tool to metro stations in Laval, to support safer public spaces and transit for women and girls. As a Master’s of Urban planning student at McGill University, Miranda studied urban service provision in Indian metropolises, where she gained a strong appreciation for women’s roles in household water management. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Economics and French from the University of Ottawa.


Rosa Pires, Member

Jennifer Salahub, Member

Redi Tlhabi, Member

Jeanne Marie Verdugo Oviedo, Member