Board of Directors

Guylaine Saucier

Guylaine Saucier CM, FCPA

Chair of Grand Challenges Canada

Guylaine Saucier, a Corporate Director, is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a former director of the Bank of Canada, a former Chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), a former director of the International Federation of Accountants, and was Chair of the Joint Committee on Corporate Governance established by the CICA, the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Canadian Venture Exchange. She has been an Independent Director of AXA Assurances and serves as a Director at Bank of Montreal, Fondation du Musée des Beaux Arts of Montreal, AREVA, Danone and Wendel. Mme Saucier was also the first woman to serve as President of the Quebec Chamber of Commerce. Mme Saucier obtained a B.A. from Collège Marguerite-Bourgeois and a B.Comm. from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Université de Montréal. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2004, she received the Fellowship Award from the Institute of Corporate Directors; in 2007, she obtained the Institute Certified Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and, in 2010, Administrateur de Société Emérite from Collège des Administrateurs de sociétés. Guylaine Saucier has served as a member of Grand Challenges Canada’s Board of Directors since inception in May 2010. She was appointed Chair in February 2015.


Alain Beaudet MD, PhD

President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Cédric Bisson LLB, MD

Partner, Teralys Capital

Daniel Carucci MD, MSc, PhD

President, Global Health Consulting

Johanne Charbonneau FCPA, FCGA, MBA, C.Dir

Former Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, CBC/Radio Canada

Mohamed H.A. Hassan PhD

Co-Chair of IAP, the global network of science academies

Mwelecele Malecela PhD

Director General, National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania

Gerhard Pries

Founder, Managing Partner and CEO, Sarona Asset Management Inc. / Founding Director and Vice Chairman, MicroVest General Partner Holdings

Morris Rosenberg LL.L., LL.D.

President and CEO, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Peter A. Singer OC, MD, MPH, FRSC

Chief Executive Officer, Grand Challenges Canada



Grand Challenges Canada would like to acknowledge the guidance and leadership provided by the former members of our Board of Directors. Listed below are the names of former Board Members.

Joseph L. Rotman OC, LL.D

Founding Chairman


Robert Bell MD


Abdallah Daar FRS, DPhil, FRCS, FRCP, FRCSC


Elizabeth Dowdeswell OC


Charles Field-Marsham


Allan Gotlieb CC, OM


Jean Lebel PhD


David M. Malone


Allan R. Ronald OC, MD