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 world for his creative solutions to some of the most pressing global health challenges. Dr. Singer is Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada. He is also Director at the Sandra Rotman Centre at University Health Network and Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto. more
Dr. Singer is Foreign Secretary of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and chaired the Academy’s assessment on Canada’s Strategic Role in Global Health. In 2014, he was named Co-Chair of Every Woman Every Child’s Innovation Working Group, which is aimed at harnessing the power of innovation to accelerate progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. 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. Along with Dr. Abdallah Daar, he co-authored 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 has served his community as Board Chair of Branksome Hall, an acclaimed and internationally-minded school for girls.
Jocelyn Mackie MSc, JD
VP Operations & General Counsel
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.more
As part of the senior leadership team, Ms. Mackie also helps support the Stars/Scaling and Targeted Challenges teams in enabling innovators who are focused on Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health, as well as working with partners to leverage the investments Grand Challenges Canada is making. Ms. Mackie is also 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 provided advice to the USPTO on its Patents for Humanity program. She has also worked for a multi-national pharmaceutical company.
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 a 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.
Karlee Silver DPhil
Karlee Silver is VP Programs for Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Silver leads the Stars in Global Health, Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs.more
Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, Dr. Silver trained in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Kain at the Sandra Rotman Centre in Toronto, first as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research postdoctoral fellow, then as a MITACS Elevate postdoctoral fellow, where she helped to identify host responses of malaria infection in pregnant women to harness for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
Dr. Silver received her doctorate in 2006 from the University of Oxford, where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar and trained in genetics and immunology under the supervision of Professor Richard Cornall and Professor Sir John Bell. An accumulation of inspirations, including traveling through southern Africa after Oxford, led to a refocus towards global health. Witnessing both the strength of women to sustain their families and communities, and the vulnerability of these same women to the consequences of poverty inspired Karlee to apply herself to health issues of women in developing countries.
Andrew D. Taylor M.Sc.
Andrew D. Taylor is VP Investments of Grand Challenges Canada and oversees the Investment/Transition to Scale program. Leading a team of investment and scaling experts, Mr. Taylor is focused on developing and implementing a scaling strategy to translate Bold Ideas into Big Impact. more
The focus of the strategy is to catalyze “smart partnerships”, and to leverage private capital and know-how to transition bold ideas along the path to scale towards sustainable impact. As part of the senior leadership team, Mr. Taylor is also involved with developing and implementing the overall strategy of the organization.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Taylor was Executive Vice President of Grand Challenges Canada (since 2008) and a key member of the start-up phase of the organization. In this role, he led the operations of the organization and supported the development and implementation of Grand Challenges Canada programs. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he studied Mandarin, Chinese culture and China’s biotechnology industry.
To learn more about how social finance can accelerate health and economic outcomes in developing countries, read a collection of blog posts authored by Mr. Taylor and follow him on Twitter @TaylorAndrew1 and LinkedIn: Andrew Taylor.
Executive Assistant to Peter Singer, Jocelyn Mackie, Karlee Silver and Andrew Taylor
Our Programs / Grand Challenges
- Shane K. Green, Director of Programs
- Dominique McMahon, Program Officer
- Ellen Morgan, Program Officer
- Ken Simiyu, Program Officer
- Kristen Yee, Program Officer
Investment / Portfolio Managers
- Jonathan Hera, Senior Portfolio Manager
- Lauren L. Elliott, Investment Manager
- Leeat Weinstock, Investment Associate
- Ammara Niyaz, Investment Analyst
Program and Strategic Support
- David Brook, Senior Advisor
- Monica Cainer, Manager of Strategic Initiatives
- Cara McGonegal, Operations Manager
- Max Morgan, Legal Counsel
- Patrick Coburn, Program Coordinator
- Janne Dingemans, Program Coordinator
- Kimberley Watkins, Program Coordinator
- Claude Briand, Director of Finance and Administration
- Abong Pie, Senior Financial Analyst / Grant Administrator
- Shannon Jin, Financial Analyst