Prof. Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo

Adjunct Lecturer in International Development


Programs: Politics – International Development


CAE (2009) , Certified Association Executive with CSAE (Canadian Society of Association Executives)

M.M. (2002), Masters in Management for Non-Profit, McGill University, Montreal, QC

CVM (1998), Certificate in Voluntary Management, Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON

B.Sc. (1985), Crop Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

B.A. (1982), Agriculture and Biology, Dordt College, Sioux Centre, IA.


  • Introduction to International Development (POL-201)
  • Conflict Transformation (REL-452)


Ida has worked in international development, non-profit management, and volunteer management for over 35 years.  She is the first female director to be appointed to the role of international Director of World Renew in Canada, a role that she has filled since 2006.  She has served in various roles within World Renew for over 35 years: as an Uganda Program Consultant, Uganda Country Director, East, and Southern Africa Regional Team Leader, and ServiceLink Coordinator for CRCNA. 

In addition to living out her calling and passion for justice and mercy in these roles, Ida is a part-time professor at Redeemer University where she has been teaching two evening courses at Redeemer: Introduction to International Development since 2014 and Conflict Transformation since 2021

Ida has served in several volunteer roles as a member of Classis Hamilton Interim Committee, as a pastoral elder (two terms), and chair of the council (four years) for Immanuel CRC in Hamilton.  She also represents World Renew and serves as a board member in two major international networks: ACT Alliance and Integral Alliance. Ida was married to James (deceased in 2021) and has three young adult children, Violet, Bryant, and Angela.

Research Interests

  • Non-profit organizational development, leadership, and management
  • Community development
  • Social justice – including gender justice and anti-racism
  • Voluntary sector issues and opportunities

Research Funding

Research has been largely funded by World Renew in its ongoing international development work focusing on overcoming poverty, injustice and disasters.

Research Publications

Kaastra-Mutoigo, Ida (August 2015) “Changing Stories Through Christ” for Canadian Centre for Christian Charities.

Contributed one chapter in “Voices from the Voluntary Sector: Perspectives on Leadership Challenges”, by Frederick Bird and Frances Westley, January 2011.

Kaastra-Mutoigo, Ida and Sejjaaka, Samuel (2004) Seeking a Better Connection:  Mobile Telecommunications Network and Social Responsibility in Uganda in “International Businesses and Challenges of Poverty in the Developing World” by Frederick Bird and Steward W. Herman, pp. 124-138.

Professional Designations

CVM – Certified Volunteer Manager
CAE – Certified Association Executive with CSAE (Canadian Society of Association Executives)