JAM Canada Board Members
Rick Ciaramitaro has been the senior pastor of Windsor Christian Fellowship in Windsor Ontario for the past 35 years.
He is passionate about everything he does. He is very involved impacting the local community by helping the poor and providing resources to strengthen marriages and families. Rick, and his wife Cathy, travel extensively to encourage leadership teams with a message of hope. He has being the catalyst for many being involved with JAM and has a huge heart to make a difference. Rick and Cathy have six children and sixteen grandchildren.
Steve Fleming has served Koinonia since founding it in 1984, in the greater Kitchener area. Over the years, their faithfulness has brought constant and steady growth. His compassion to help others has led him to serve on the board of directors for JAM. Steve and his wife Beth have 3 grown children. Their influence reaches far beyond to many others throughout Canada.
Dave Koop spent his early years pursuing further education, careers and raising a young family. He spent many year in a successful career in the oil industry. After many years he pioneered a new church plant in the core of downtown Vancouver, Canada in 1994 with their young family.
His years of business and influence has being a value added key to JAM He and his wife are proud parents of 4 grown children, 3 in-laws and 3 beautiful grandsons.
Robert is a partner at Gowling WLG based out of the firm’s Hamilton office where he is an experienced trial advocate. Robert routinely acts for financial institutions, non-institutional lenders and corporate clients both within Canada and Internationally.
Robert practised as a barrister in the UK before moving to Canada in 2007. Outside the firm, he is highly involved in his community.
Robert and his wife Nicole have 2 grown-up daughters. His years of business and influence are a great value to the work of JAM.
Ann Co-Founded Joint Aid Management (JAM) International in 1984. JAM is a South African-founded international, Christian, non-profit organization. Her husband Peter had a heart-breaking experience while visiting the war-torn and famine-stricken Mozambique where thousands of people were dying as a result of hunger and malnutrition. Peter and Ann resolved to do whatever they could do to alleviate the suffering of the people, and especially the children. This was the driving force to establish an organization focused on emergency relief and nutritional feeding.
Many describe Ann as “Mama JAM” due to her heart for the development of the people of Africa, but she describes herself as “a highly motivated, compassionate and emotional woman, passionate for the cause.” This mother of six, who now has 13 grandchildren, is a true family woman. Ann is gifted with great ability in Administration and Marketing and her contribution in these areas has brought JAM to where it is today. JAM has served more than 1.2 billion meals to its beneficiaries in the past 30 years.
Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of JAM Founders, Peter and Ann Pretorius. With 15 years of operational management experience on the continent of Africa, this has helped shape his passion to build strong African businesses and address the diverse needs of African communities, which is at the heart of his life’s work. Having worked across the continent with businesses, governments and NGO’s, Isak has developed an extensive network of relationships at the highest levels.
Previously Isak led Joint Aid Management International (JAM INT) as Group CEO and now takes great pleasure in serving JAM as a strategic advisory consultant, acting President for JAM USA and board member to JAM Canada, Germany, UK and USA.
Isak is also founding partner and CEO of Afriscope, a business offering strategic advisory and facilitation services to businesses and NGO’s wanting to enter African markets, as well as investment banking and capital raising services to African businesses seeking to raise global capital. In his role as CEO, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development relationships, as well as business partners in Sub-Saharan African countries, to help unlock opportunities for Afriscope’s partners and clients.
Isak, together with his wife, Terri, and their two children Kiera and Peter, live their lives as ambassadors for the poor in body and spirit.