Board of Directors

Chair of the Board

Sami Helewa, S.J. is a member of the Canadian Jesuit Province. He is of Palestinian origin, born and lived in Lebanon where he received his first formal education. He has been in Canada since 1981 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1998 after a career in the financial sector and journalism. He was an editor of the G-7 Report - a quarterly periodical on international economics. As a Jesuit, he studied philosophy (2002) and first round of theology at Regis College (U of T, 1998); earned a Th.M and STL from Western Jesuit School of Theology (Cambridge, 2006); an MA in Islam (U of T, 2008) and a PhD in Islam (University of Edinburgh, 2012). He completed his tertianship in Ghana, Africa, in the first half of 2013. He is awaiting for final vows and since July 2013 he has been appointed a teaching post at Campion College (Regina, SK) where he teaches Islam, Catholic Studies and Arabic. In his spare time, Sami enjoys reading about spirituality, historical novels, biographies, cooking, hiking and doing stained glass projects.

Vice-Chair of the Board

Evanne recently completed a 6 year term as Provincial of the IBVM (Loretto Sisters) in Canada. Prior to that she spent 3 years in New York establishing the IBVM presence as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with Associative Status with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. She has for 25 years been working with SalvAide, an Ottawa based NGO, as coordinator of the Loretto/La Bermuda Project, a twinned relationship with a rural re-population in El Salvador.

After many years as teacher and high school principal at Loretto Abbey in Toronto, Evanne remains involved in many aspects of education for justice, promoting learning experiences for students with Loretto sisters in India, at the UN in New York and at the Mary Ward Centre in Toronto.


Jean-Marc was born in Edmundston NB and spent his early youth in Sackville NB. The family moved to Montreal, and Jean-Marc went to Loyola High School and College. He entered the Jesuits in English Canada in 1958, was ordained in 1967, and spent many years teaching theology at Regis College, the Jesuit faculty of theology at the University of Toronto. Jean-Marc was its president from 1975 to 1982 and the director of the ecumenical federation of schools of theology in the U of T, known as the Toronto School of Theology, from 1992 to 1999.

From 2002 to 2008 Jean-Marc served as provincial superior of the Jesuits in English Canada. Currently, he is the director of the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the priest-in-charge of the neighbouring parish of St. Patrick's.