CASW Executive Director

Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW, CAE | he/him

In 2009, Fred began working for the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) in the role of Social Worker with focus on government relations and social policy.

Fred assumed the role of CASW Executive Director in 2011.

He is thankful for the opportunity to apply his direct social work, international relations and government experience to the role. He is proud to call himself a social worker and proud to be in a position to promote and strengthen the profession. 

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Director of Policy and Strategy

Maria Wallis, MSW, RSW, MA, PhD | she/her

Maria is a first-generation Pakistani Canadian who lives in Mississauga, the Treaty lands and Territory of the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation, direct descendants of the Mississaugas of the Credit. She acknowledges this land and the history of Indigenous people from across Turtle Island including Canada’s history of colonialism and injustice.

Maria works to promote and strengthen the profession of social work with an intersectional feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppression, and social justice lens. Her role at CASW touches on government relations, policy research and analysis, and communications.

Maria holds a BA (McGill), MA (McMaster), MSW (York) and PhD (York). She is a registered Social Worker continuing her training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.


Administrative Coordinator

Kate Hudson, BSc | she/her


Kate coordinates and oversees CASW's day to day operations, and manages CASW Individual Memberships.

She is accountable for coordinating the overall administrative operations of the office in support of the goals, objectives, vision, and mission of CASW. 

Kate holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. 

Kate lives and works on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabeg territory (Ottawa/Gatineau). She is grateful to the traditional caretakers of this land and believes it is important to honor that work with respect for the land and redress of ongoing harms perpetuated as a result of systems of settler colonialism and white supremacy. Kate is committed to ongoing personal & professional learning and advocacy including decolonizing & anti-racist work and mutual aid.


Program Coordinator - Assessment of International Credentials

Heather Hallett, BSc | she/her


Heather coordinates and manages the assessment of internationally educated credentials and is the key point of contact for the office.

She is responsible for ensuring that the overall administrative operations of the office are met, in support of the goals, objectives, vision, and mission of CASW. 

Heather holds a BSc in Environmental Studies from Carleton University and a Diploma in Water and Wastewater Management from Algonquin College.



Education and Communications Coordinator

Lauren Pragg B.A. (Hons.), M.A.  | they/them



Lauren is a second-generation Indo-Trinidadian settler who lives on Williams Treaty territory in Scarborough, Ontario - the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. They acknowledge the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the Indigenous nations of the land they live on. They also acknowledge the commitments and principles of the Two Row Wampum and the Dish With One Spoon covenant. They hope to live in such a way to honour the land and peoples whose land they are a guest upon.

Lauren holds an MA degree in Social and Political Thought from York University, and an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. They are currently an MSW student at Wilfrid Laurier University. They are committed to supporting social workers through continuing education, with a focus on intersectional equity-based programming.



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Director of Policy and Strategy

Sally Guy, BSW, MA, RSW | she/her

Sally works to promote and strengthen the profession of social work and advance issues of social justice. Her role at CASW touches on government relations, policy research and analysis, and communications. 

She holds a BSW from St. Thomas University, a BAH in Literature and Linguistics from Queen's University, and a MA in English Language and Literature from Queen's University. 

She is a proud registered social worker and is honoured to speak on behalf of the profession.