Having travelled extensively in Africa in the 1970's and having followed the failure of government to government aid, I see micro-lending as the most-likely-to-succeed method of bringing these countries out of poverty
I help people achieve their financial goals
Dec 26, 2006
Ron finally completed his formal education 21 years ago at the age of 40. It seems hardly to matter now, but his university training comprises a B.Sc in Math (1972) from McGill University, Montreal; a teaching diploma (1975), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC; an M.Ed in Counselling (1980), McGill; and an MBA (1989), McGill. More related to the Fellowship position is the nine months he spent travelling Africa in his relative youth, an almost life long interest in third world countries, and that he and a group of friends established a $100,000 micro lending facility in Kingston Ontario aimed at helping primarily the disadvantaged. Ron has lived and worked in five of Canada's 10 provinces and one of its northern territories. Over the last several years, one of his prime interests has been volunteering on the boards of local and national not-for-profits. He is currently president of Neurofibromatosis Canada. His two wonderful children are grown up and he was looking for something to pull him out of the routine of the last 15 years. As a Kiva lender since 2006, he finds the fellowship a perfect stepping stone to the next stage of life.