Bob Rafos came to ICA in 1967, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
When did you first encounter the ICA?
I first encountered the ICA in 1967 when I was encouraged to attend a course. It really addressed me as I was very involved with the Civil Rights movement. I saw a way at that time to become more deeply involved in social justice. In 1969 our family joined the staff of The Ecumenical Institute (EI)/ICA and continued for the next 20 years.
What is your current role with the ICA? Also, what do you plan to do after leaving the board?
At the end of December of this year I will retire after six years as a Director. I have played a key role in financial matters and fund raising. I hope to continue working on the GreenRise development project with ICA. I will continue to be involved on Boards or as an advisor for several Canadian non-profit organizations. I am looking forward to our first great grandchildren and more time with my extended family.
What are your favorite things about the ICA?
What I like about ICA is the rich history of pioneering in social justice and spiritual renewal. ICA is not afraid to be engaged in the critical issues of our time, especially today’s involvement with climate change and the environment. Of course, along the journey with ICA I have been deeply impacted by wonderful colleagues who have inspired, nurtured, and supported me. For all of you, I am forever grateful.
An interesting fact about you?
I have had four very rich and diverse careers. After post-graduate work I spent ten years as a research chemist for an oil company, Standard Oil of Ohio. The next 20 years as a community development practitioner working in over 20 countries. The next 15 years as a partner and managing director of Northwater Capital Management, an investment management company. Finally, since retiring from Northwater, as a volunteer and Board member for a number of non-profit charitable organizations in Canada. The photo is me presenting a check for $25,000 from Northwater to the CEO of Save the Children Canada, while I was Vice-Chair of the Save Board.