Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is an accredited Christian university that offers recognized degrees in the arts, music, music therapy, theology and church ministries.
Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CMU has over 1,600 students at three campuses: The
Assistant Professor of International Development Studies; Director of Redekop School of Business
Ray Vander Zaag
Ray has been teaching at CMU since 2000, primarily at the Shaftesbury campus but also at Menno Simons College (at the University of Winnipeg campus).Ray was raised on a potato farm in south-central Ontario.
After graduating from Calvin College (B.Sc. - Biology) and Michigan State University (M.Sc. - Crop and Soil Sciences), he went to work in Haiti with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (now World Renew).During the first five years in Haiti, he worked in a rural community development program, supporting local staff and community groups involved in agriculture, reforestation, cooperative, literacy, water, and leadership activities.
The next three years he was located in Port-au-Prince as Country Director for CRWRC programs in Haiti.
Returning to Canada, he earned an M.A. in International Affairs (Development Studies) and a Ph.D. (Geography) at Carleton University.His dissertation involved 11 months of field research on NGO/local community relations in rural Haiti.
Ray then worked for a year for the Canadian International Development Agency as a project officer in the Southeast Asia Regional Program before joining CMU's faculty in 2000.
Ray's applied development experiences have been focused in Haiti, where he has lead or participated in a number of evaluations, planning workshops and fact-finding missions.
Ray is the volunteer representative of World Renew to the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC).In 2011, he was elected to MCIC's board, and serves on its Executive Committee.Ray is the Finance Team leader and occasional lay preacher at his church, Good News Fellowship CRC.He is also an active participant in the Saturday morning pick-up hockey games when the outdoor rinks are open.