Founders & Structure

Board of Directors
CWEF Executive
CWEF Committees
London Council

FOUNDERS: The late Dr. Guru Mathur, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Windsor, envisioned CWEF as an organization that would address the shortage of funds available to widows in India for the education of their children. CWEF started operating in 1996. CWEF became a charitable tax-exempt organization in Canada in May, 2001


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors of CWEF is comprised of up to eight individuals.  A director’s term is up to two years with no limit to the number of terms to which a director may be elected. Directors are elected by members of the organization at CWEF’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Commencing September 2012:

Yash Aneja (term ends 2014)
Melissa Hobbs (term ends 2013)
Shashi Jasra (term ends 2013)
Ravi Syal (term ends 2013)
Sushil Jain (term ends 2014)
Shahnaz Mahajan (term ends 2014)
Siyaram Pandey (term ends 2014)
Hasmukh Patel (term ends 2014)

DIRECTORS-ELECT: Four directors-elect are elected by members of the organization at CWEF’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Directors-elect attend board meetings and participate in discussions, however have no vote when motions are considered. A director elect becomes a director after completing one year of service

Commencing September 2012:

Bharat Maheshwari
Wendy Caron
Rick Caron
Kai Hildebrandt

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OFFICERS: Officers are appointed by the Board of Directors (BOD) of CWEF. They manage the affairs of the organization. Presently, the president, vice-president, general manager, treasurer and secretary are the officers appointed by the BOD. The office of the president must be held by a director. In absence of the president, the vice-president assumes interim responsibilities of the president in absentia.

September 2012 – September 2013:

Yash Aneja (President)
Siyaram Pandey (Vice-President)
Ravi Syal (Treasurer)
Kai Hildebrandt (Secretary)
Ron Barron (General Manager)
Om Chandna (Office Administrator)
Hasmukh Patel (Liaison Officer – London Chapter)

MEMBERS: A committed donor is and can be a member of CWEF. Members are not currently mandated to pay dues.

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Finance Committee

The committee shall be comprised of five members. The treasurer shall serve as chairperson of this committee.

Ravi Syal (Chair)
Pardeep Jasra
Shahnaz Mahajan
Yash Aneja
Ritu Madaan

Website and Awareness Committee

The committee shall be comprised of five members. The term of the chairperson shall be two years.

Aaron Miller (Chair)
Sanjay Chitte
Vedant Pandey
Manjari Maheshwari

Nominating Committee

 The committee shall be comprised of three members. The general manager of CWEF shall serve as the chairperson of this committee. The remaining two members may be chosen from other officers and directors of CWEF.

Ron Barron (Chair)
Om Chandna
Yash Aneja

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London Council: The London Council of CWEF was established to:
• Augment the commitment and profile of CWEF members residing in London and surrounding areas;
• Enhance the visibility of CWEF activities;
• Enlarge the donation base; and
• Assist the CWEF head office in the management of some aspects of the CWEF activities.
Composition: The CWEF London Council consists of 5 to 7 members elected by the council membership. The elected councillors in consultation with the CWEF President will appoint a Chair for a non renewable 2 year term. However, the retiring Chair may continue on the council and may be reappointed Chair after at least one missed term. The CWEF President or delegate is an ex officio member of the London Council.
Office bearers: The Council operates with three officers:
• Chair (liaison with CWEF and the Assistance to Widows project of the India Chapter)
• Vice Chair (Promotion, fund raising and membership)
• Secretary (Meetings, Record keeping, input to CWEF web site)

• Take responsibility of one or more schools assigned to it for Assistance to Widows project by the CWEF Board for generating funds for these and transferring the collected amounts to CWEF.
• Maintain records of funds and contributors; assist in the transfer of funds to schools assigned by CWEF to London Council.
• Notify CWEF of the names of donors and amounts donated so that official tax receipt can be issued.
• Assist CWEF in correspondence with assigned school principals, students and mothers.

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