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Liz Bernstein

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Executive Director

Liz Bernstein is the founding Director of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Previously, Liz served as Coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) from 1998 through 2004. Liz participated in the campaign since it began in the early 1990s. She lived in Thailand and Cambodia for 10 years (1986-1996), where she worked with local peace and justice advocacy organizations and co-founded the Coalition for Peace and Reconciliation. In 2005, she coordinated Make Poverty History Canada. Liz currently lives in Ottawa, Canada and is a co-founder of Ecology Ottawa .

Liz can be reached at lbernstein@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 111
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Rachel Vincent

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Director, Media and Communications

Rachel Vincent is the Director of Media and Communications for Nobel Women’s Initiative. She joined the team in April 2008. Rachel started her career as a radio journalist, working for six years in Canada, the US and Mexico, including hosting an afternoon radio program in Mexico City. She left journalism to be the head of communications for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, based in Montreal. For the last 16 years, Rachel has turned her in-depth understanding of media towards advising NGO’s and others on how to communicate their messages most effectively through media. She has worked as a senior communications advisor, speechwriter and media strategist for not-for-profit groups and governments on international and social justice issues, environment and health. Rachel is an active mother of three and stepmother of two.

Rachel can be reached at rvincent@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 113
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Lina Kastner

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Coordinator, Finance and Operations

Lina Kastner is the Coordinator of Finance and Operations for the Nobel Women’s Initiative. She joined the team in June 2016. Lina started her career as a Technical Writer and Software Tester in the Information Technology sector but later decided to pursue her passion for empowering women by moving into the non-profit sector. She comes to the Nobel Women’s Initiative with recent accounting training and experience in non-profit financial management. Lina has over 10 years of administration and operations experience, a degree in English and Psychology, and a post-graduate diploma in Information Technology.

Lina can be reached at lkastner@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 116
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Ashley Armstrong

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Coordinator, Online Media and Outreach (Acting)
Ashley Armstrong is the Online Media & Outreach Coordinator (Acting) with the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Ashley is committed to using her passion for writing to promote improved social justice policies – particularly those that impact women and children. She is a strong advocate for women’s increased representation in government and women’s participation at decision-making tables. She has contributed her skills to women’s organizations in the Ottawa area, including Informed Opinions and Equal Voice. Ashley is dedicated to promoting women’s and children’s rights in Latin America, and has worked with a variety of organizations in Honduras.

Ashley can be reached at aarmstrong@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 114
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Julie Jenkins

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Finance Manager

Julie is a Certified General Accountant with an extensive background and more than 20 years of experience in many areas of accounting. Julie provides senior financial support and training on varied accounting software packages and has implemented internal systems of control for a wide variety of companies. Her focus is on the not for profit sector, preparing yearly budgets, forecasts, external and internal financial reporting, all related working papers to comply with yearly external audits, prepares charity returns, and corporate T2 returns.

Julie can be reached at info@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 116
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Kimberley MacKenzie


Coordinator, Online Media and Outreach
(Currently on leave until August 2016)

Kimberley MacKenzie is the Online Media and Outreach Coordinator for the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Prior to this she worked for five years at the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. There she was the founding Coordinator of the Public Education Program, responsible for devising and implementing public education, cross cultural training, advocacy, and communications strategies and programming for the organization. She studied Political Science and has a passion for travel and learning languages.

Kim can be reached at kmackenzie@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 114
Fax: +1.613.691.1419



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