“As I reflect on my time at GCC, I think about the things that have touched and inspired me the most. Without question, I’ve been most influenced by and found motivation in the people I have met, primarily women and children, who are living better, safer and healthier lives because of the innovations that we have nurtured.”
Earlier this year I announced that after a decade with Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), I will be leaving my role as CEO. In order to ensure that GCC is sustainable, I wanted to leave my role as CEO with GCC stronger than it has ever been, with great leadership in the organization and with an incredible team. As a co-founder, I am just as committed to the success of this remarkable organization as ever. It has been a great privilege to be able to launch and help to build a high-performing innovation platform. Over the past eight years, $450M has been committed to fund our programs, which has enabled us to support 1,000 innovations and thousands of innovators in more than 90 countries. I feel proud of what we have accomplished and believe all Canadians can also feel proud of GCC as well.
One woman, in particular, stands out for me. She lived in rural Haiti and had suffered for her entire life from untreated epilepsy. Through the innovative work of Zanmi Lasante, her condition was diagnosed and she received affordable and effective treatment. The transformation in her life was incredible – when we met, she was joyful and full of life, and had developed her own small business (a stall in the local market).
As my time comes to a close as CEO I know that our team at GCC has changed the trajectory of her life, and the lives of so many other people and their families, and will continue to do so in the future…