Jennifer McManus

Vice President, Alberta and Northwest Territories

Jennifer is the Vice President, Canadian Red Cross, for Alberta and Northwest Territories. Her current role includes supporting the provincial and territorial operations, including external partnership management, media and government relations. She is providing leadership on the Alberta Fires 2016 and Southern Alberta Floods 2013 emergency responses and recovery efforts, and decommissioned the Slake Lake recovery operation in 2014. 

Jennifer McManus’ travels to over 40 countries bring a unique perspective to her position as Vice President. Her first meaningful exposure to the Canadian Red Cross was as a youth in water safety leadership. She also spent time in Nepal and Iceland volunteering with their national societies. Jennifer also volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Issues Program in Alberta.  Additionally, her experience also includes creating and evaluating programs for indigenous youth for the Canadian Red Cross in Treaty 7 of Southern Alberta. 

During her undergrad studies in Political Science at Simon Fraser University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she took a course on the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, after which she specialized in International Relations with a focus Public International Law. She spent part of her degree overseas in Hong Kong researching the handover of Hong Kong from British Administration to the People’s Republic of China. Jennifer has volunteered and studied overseas and feels very fortunate to be able to continue her work in the humanitarian field in Canada. 

In addition to all of her amazing contributions to the Canadian Red Cross, she also adds being a wife and mother of two young boys who want to explore the world to the top of her long list of personal achievements. Born and raised in Southern Ontario, Jennifer is an avid downhill skier and loves being close to the Rockies. Recent personal trips to Iceland and Myanmar have allowed her to see the impact of the humanitarian work of the National Societies in those countries