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Carl Cadogan, Director, Fund Development

Emanuel Da Costa

Carl Cadogan brings almost thirty years of experience in the Not-for-Profit sector, working with youth in counselling, training, and employment in ‘underserved communities’ in Ottawa, Edmonton, and Toronto. He has lent his expertise to being part of important community and government initiatives, such as the Premiers’ Council on the Voluntary Sector, the Provincial Work Group on Gaming, and the creation and development of Pillar Non-Profit Network and Eva’s Place Youth Shelter.

In his professional life, Carl has been the Executive Director and CEO of small and medium-sized organizations and has worked with Indigenous communities in Ontario and BC. Carl believes in the axiom, ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person.’ He is the volunteer Treasurer of the Aya Afrika Foundation, which provides support to children and youth in Ghana, and is the Chair and Treasurer of the London Black History Coordinating Committee.

In his spare time, Carl loves to travel and has been to every province and one territory and to thirty US states. He is an avid biker and kite flier. Carl has been a mentor and has assisted others to transition to find their career fit. He is excited at being part of the Iron + Earth team, and shares in its principles and core values.

Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.