World Federation of
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Message from the President: The World Federation of Science Journalists is growing!

March 26, 2012 posted in WFSJ Affairs
As you may know, the WFSJ was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2004, when Jean-Marc Fleury was named its Executive Director following the World Conference of Science Journalists in Montreal. With Jean-Marc at the helm, offices were established in Gatineau, Quebec (Canada) and staff was hired to manage a growing number of projects. Thanks to his leadership and enthusiasm, the Federation has solidified its reputation as a leader in promoting excellence in science journalism. Far from resting or showing signs of slowing down, Jean-Marc continues to pursue opportunities on behalf of science journalists worldwide, and is now embarking in Phase 3 of the SjCOOP project, opening doors for mentoring opportunities in Asia and Latin America. As a result, management within the Federation is evolving and a new Executive Director has been appointed, starting in July 2012. The good news is that Jean-Marc will be staying on, but will concentrate his efforts on project development and fundraising.

The new Executive Director-in-training, Danielle Vinette, started at the Federation this month. She will spend the next few months learning about the Federation and its wide network of associations prior to officially taking over the administration and operations of the Federation following the WFSJ Board meeting in July.

Danielle Vinette
Most of Danielle’s career has been dedicated to international development. For the first twelve years of her career, she served in a number of successively more senior posts at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. She also spent three years with the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture, based in Costa Rica, and as Director of the Summit of the Americas Secretariat with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

More recently, Danielle was the founding Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council. In that position, she led a growing team in developing and implementing projects related to employment and training in Canadian primary agriculture.

Over the years, Danielle has developed extensive national and international experience in human and financial resource management, policy development, government and public relations, as well as program management. She is multilingual, with oral and written fluency in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Italian.

We are delighted to welcome Danielle on the team, and wish her the best in her endeavours. She can be reached at

Vesa Niinikangas


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