Michael Messenger is the President and CEO of World Vision Canada. Before taking on this role, he was the agency’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer giving oversight to the senior leadership team and to all operations, including sponsorship activities that benefit over 480,000 children, emergency response in a variety of crises, and revenue of more than $415 million.
Mr. Messenger has traveled regularly to take part in World Vision’s efforts around the world. This has included on-the-ground assessment during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and an extended visit to Zimbabwe in 2013 to participate in community development and humanitarian relief programs.
Outside of his professional role, Mr. Messenger is a board member of The Meeting House church and Tyndale University College and Seminary. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He practiced law for nine years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a partner at Cox & Palmer, he developed a broad litigation practice and served as chief counsel to a high-profile public inquiry on issues of youth justice. Mr. Messenger maintained his connection with World Vision during his law career, serving on the Canadian Board of Directors for more than three years.