Jessie Thomson is currently the Director of CARE Canada’s Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team. Jessie joined CARE as an Emergency Response Program Manager in March 2011 and since joining CARE, has been deployed or has visited CARE programming in Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Haiti, Chad, Mali, Kenya, Djibouti, and Turkey.
Prior to joining CARE, Jessie worked as a protection delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Pakistan; as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Response Group at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, leading the development of Canadian policy related to refugees, IDPs and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and, as a Senior Policy Advisor and Manager in the Resettlement Division in Refugees Branch at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
As a 2008 Walter and Gordon Duncan Foundation Global Youth Fellow, Jessie co-produced and co-directed Home Free, a short film about the 1972 Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Jessie began her career with the UNHCR in London and as a volunteer with World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program at the University of Toronto. Jessie lives in Ottawa and speaks both French and English