Chris Dendys has more than 20 years of experience in social justice and social development and has expertise in building and strengthening effective coalitions, advantageous partnerships and grassroots movements.
As Director of External Relations at the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), Chris leads efforts to secure, steward, cultivate, increase and diversify MI’s resource base. She forges new strategic partnerships with global and Canadian partners in the private, civil society and government spheres for all of MI’s programs. Chris also oversees MI’s ongoing relationship with the Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and MI’s relationships with other funding partners.
In leading the External Relations Unit, she works closely with Headquarters, regional, national and program staff at MI to deliver successful global advocacy and marketing campaigns that have impact. Chris also works with these staff to identify strategic opportunities to advance MI’s mission, brand and impact and to ensure that MI’s global fundraising and donor cultivation efforts are coordinated, effective and successful. Her work helps increase awareness of MI’s work and impact, supports collaboration among institutes aligned with MI’s mission, and engages influencers and the public.
Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Prior to joining the Micronutrient Initiative in 2011, Chris was the Executive Director of RESULTS Canada, a leading Canadian grassroots advocacy organization committed to creating the political will to end poverty. She’s also held positions with literacy and policy organizations and with Canadian elected officials.