Peter A. Singer OC, MD, MPH, FRSC
Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada
Dr. Peter Singer has dedicated the last decade to bringing science and innovation to tackle the health challenges of the world’s poorest people. He is well known around the world for his creative solutions to some of the most pressing global health problems. more
Dr. Singer is Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada. He is also Director at the Sandra Rotman Centre at University Health Network, Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto, and the Foreign Secretary of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr. Singer chaired the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ assessment on Canada’s Strategic Role in Global Health. He has advised the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary General’s office, the Government of Canada, Pepsico, BioVeda China Venture Capital Fund, and several African Governments on global health.
Dr. Singer was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011 for his contributions to health research and bioethics, and for his dedication to improving the health of people in developing countries. In 2007, Dr. Singer received the Michael Smith Prize as Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year in Population Health and Health Services. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the U.S. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).
Dr. Singer has published over 300 research articles, received over $50 million in research grants, and mentored hundreds of university students. He co-authored, along with Dr. Abdallah Daar, The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village. He studied internal medicine at University of Toronto, medical ethics at University of Chicago, public health at Yale University, and management at Harvard Business School. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Dr Heather Gilley, and his family, and has served his community as Board Chair of Branksome Hall, an acclaimed and internationally-minded school for girls.
Abdallah S. Daar D.Phil (Oxon), FRSC, FRCP (Lon), FRCS, FRCSEd
Chief Science and Ethics Officer of Grand Challenges Canada
Dr. Abdallah Daar is Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health, University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment in the department of Surgery. He is Senior Scientist at University Health/Toronto General Research Institute, and is Director of Ethics and Commercialization at the Sandra Rotman Centre, University Health Network and University of Toronto. more
At Grand Challenges Canada, in addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, he is the Chief Science and Ethics Officer and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Professor Daar was the founding Chair of the Board of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (2009–2011) and is Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Genome Canada and a Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board.
After medical schools in Uganda and London, England, he went to the University of Oxford where he did postgraduate clinical training in surgery and also in internal medicine, a doctorate in transplant immunology, and a fellowship in organ transplantation. He was a clinical lecturer in the Nuffield Dept. of Surgery at Oxford for several years before going to the Middle East to help start two medical schools. He was the foundation chair of surgery at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman for a decade before moving to the University of Toronto in 2001.
Professor Daar’s academic career has spanned biomedical sciences, organ transplantation, surgery, global health and bioethics. He works in various advisory or consulting capacities with the UN, the World Health Organization and UNESCO; he was a member of the African Union High-Level Panel on Modern Biotechnology, and chaired the 4th External Review of the WHO/World Bank/UNDP/UNICEF Special Program on Tropical Diseases Research and Training.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, The Islamic World Academy of Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto. He is a member of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee and was, for many years, a member of the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization.
His international awards include the Patey Prize of the Surgical Society of Great Britain, the Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science, and the Anthony Miller Prize for Research Excellence at the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health, University of Toronto. He holds the official world record for performing the youngest cadaver kidney transplant. His major research focus is on the use of life sciences to ameliorate global health inequities, with a particular focus on building scientific capacity and increasing innovation in developing countries, in addition to studying how life sciences technologies can be rapidly taken from “lab to village”. He has published over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and as chapters in various books. He has also published six books, including the latest co-authored with Dr. Peter Singer, The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village. He is currently working on his seventh book titled Garment of Destiny.
Andrew D. Taylor M.Sc.
Executive Vice-President of Grand Challenges Canada
Andrew D. Taylor is Executive Vice President of Grand Challenges Canada, currently managing a staff of 18 employees. In his role at Grand Challenges Canada, Mr. Taylor is responsible for maximizing the organization’s operating performance and achieving its strategic goals. This includes working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Peter A. Singer, to develop strategic directions and to ensure the strategy is translated into practice. more
In addition to directing the operational aspects of the organization, Mr. Taylor is also the lead of Grand Challenges Canada’s focus on scaling innovations. This involves working closely with the Chairman, Mr. Joseph L. Rotman, and Dr. Singer to develop the strategy, forge the necessary partnerships and to set a path forward in translating the pipeline of Grand Challenges Canada, through Integrated Innovation, into commercial products.
Mr. Taylor is also Managing Director at the Sandra Rotman Centre (University Health Network and University of Toronto). In this role, Mr. Taylor is responsible for the strategy, development, implementation and operations of the Centre.
Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he completed his MSc degree in 2005. Before joining the Sandra Rotman Centre, Mr. Taylor worked for a biotechnology company in London, England, in their sales, marketing and business development departments, and finished his undergraduate studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he studied Mandarin, Chinese culture and China’s biotechnology industry.
Executive Assistant to Dr. Singer, Dr. Daar and Mr. Taylor
Our Programs / Grand Challenges
- Pamela Kanellis, Program Officer
- Rebecca Lackman, Program Officer
- Dominique McMahon, Associate Program Officer
- Athena Madan, Associate Program Officer
- Raymond Shih, Program Manager – Financial Innovations
- Karlee Silver, Director of Targeted Challenges
- Ken Simiyu, Program Officer
- Kristen Yee, Associate Program Officer
Program and Strategic Support
- David Brook, Senior Advisor
- Omer Imtiazuddin, Senior Advisor – Financial Innovations
- Jocelyn Mackie, General Counsel & Director of Business Strategy
- Astrid Escrig, Project Coordinator
- Andrea Lesperance, Project Coordinator
- Winnie Luong, Project Coordinator
- Claude Briand, Director of Finance and Administration
- Abong Pie, Financial Analyst and Grant Administrator