Our People

Peter A. Singer OC, MD, MPH, FRSC

Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada

Peter Singer has dedicated the last decade to bringing innovation to tackling the health challenges of the world’s poorest people. He is well known around the…

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Programs Team

Investments Team

  • Natasha Cassinath

    Investment Manager Read More
  • Abdul Mohamed

    Investment Manager Read More
  • Megan Takeda-Tully

    Investment Manager Read More
  • Leeat Weinstock

    Leeat Weinstock

    Investment Manager Read More
  • Syeda Zaki

    Investment Associate Read More

Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Innovation Marketplace Team

  • Teesta Soman

    Director of the Innovation Marketplace Read More

Program and Strategic Support

  • David Brook

    David Brook

    Chief Strategy Officer Read More

Finance Team

  • Claude Briand

    Claude Briand

    Director of Finance and Administration Read More
  • Thanh Tran

    Senior Financial Analyst Read More
  • Kaitlin Strachan

    Financial Analyst Read More

Operations and Communications Team

  • Deirdra Brown

    Deirdra Brown

    Executive Assistant Read More
  • Liam Brown

    Liam Brown

    Press Officer Read More
  • Zina Nelku

    Zina Nelku

    Communications Coordinator Read More
  • Andre Lewis

    Andre Lewis

    IT Support Analyst Read More
  • Chithra Rajaratnam

    Chithra Rajaratnam

    Administrative Coordinator Read More

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 of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Cédric Bisson MD

    Partner, Teralys Capital
  • Daniel Carucci MD, MSc, PhD

    President, Global Health Consulting
  • Johanne Charbonneau FCPA, FCGA, MBA, C.Dir

    Former Vice President and CFO, 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 of Grand Challenges Canada

Former Board Members

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

  • Joseph L. Rotman OC, LL.D

    Founding Chairman
  • Robert Bell MD

  • Abdallah Daar FRS, DPhil, FRCS, FRCP, FRCSC

    Chair of Scientific Advisory Board
    Professor of Clinical Public Health and Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto; Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board
  • Elizabeth Dowdeswell OC

  • Charles Field-Marsham

  • Allan Gotlieb CC, OM

  • Jean Lebel PhD

    President, International Development Research Centre
  • David M. Malone

  • Allan R. Ronald OC, MD

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba