Jocelyn E. Mackie is VP Operations & General Counsel at Grand Challenges Canada where she oversees the Finance, Operations, Legal, and Communications teams. While providing operations, legal and strategic advice, Ms. Mackie is focused on maintaining efficient and effective operations and mitigating risks facing the organization.
As part of the senior leadership team, Ms. Mackie also helps shape the strategic direction of Grand Challenges Canada and supports the Programs team in enabling innovators who are focused on Bold Ideas with Big Impact. She also works with partners to leverage the investments Grand Challenges Canada is making. Ms. Mackie is Secretary of the Grand Challenges Canada Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, Ms. Mackie provided legal and strategic advice to pharmaceutical and technology companies at a boutique law firm with offices in Toronto, Washington and New York. She specialized in intellectual property law and litigation, as well as lobbying for legislative change in Washington, Ottawa and Toronto. Ms. Mackie also consulted to the Health Impact Fund, and previously worked for a multi-national pharmaceutical company. Ms. Mackie started her academic pursuits studying languages and international development and spent a summer digging latrines and helping to set up a self-sustaining micro-enterprise for rural women in Honduras.
Ms. Mackie has a MSc from the University of Toronto, where she jointly authored a book on ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility in the bioscience industry. She has a JD from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and an honours business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. She is called to the Ontario Bar and the New York State Bar.