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This week’s conversation is a real treat and with a good friend of mine. My advice is to listen closely. Pay attention as Dave talks about his deep passion for the two-thirds world, why he does what he does and why he thinks that we’re all able to give. He’ll tell you why he’s preoccupied with hope, about opportunities for peace and why gender justice is essential to building a better world.


As president and chief executive officer of World Vision Canada, Dave Toycen heads the country’s largest humanitarian relief and development agency. In his 26 years as a leader with World Vision Canada – 18 as president – donations have increased and the number of children sponsored through World Vision Canada has risen.

Dave has led the agency into significant advocacy and public policy work, with an emphasis on issues that affect children. He has spoken before the World Bank, and has met with heads of state, key global executives and development leaders to discuss the well being of the world’s children.

Dave’s career with World Vision internationally has spanned more than 40 years. His recent book, The Power of Generosity (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2004), draws from his experiences and calls readers to become more engaged in the world and to develop a more generous way of life.

A Canadian citizen, Toycen holds degrees in philosophy and divinity and has received three honorary doctorates—from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California and Wycliffe College in Toronto.