News Release

Board of Directors of Grand Challenges Canada Announces
Dr. Karlee Silver and Ms. Jocelyn Mackie as Interim Co-CEOs

Toronto, Canada, 5 July 2018 – On behalf of the Board of Directors of Grand Challenges Canada, Guylaine Saucier (Chair) announced today that as of July 1, 2018, Jocelyn Mackie, JD, and Karlee Silver, DPhil, will serve as interim co-Chief Executive Officers until a permanent Chief Executive Officer is appointed. Dr. Silver was formerly Vice President Programs, and Ms. Mackie was formerly Vice President Operations & General Counsel at Grand Challenges Canada.

Ms. Saucier thanked Dr. Peter Singer for his dedicated service to Grand Challenges Canada as founding Chief Executive Officer.



“On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Singer for his visionary leadership as founding CEO of Grand Challenges Canada, and his passion to enable innovators, particularly those in low- and middle-income countries, to save and improve lives.  I look forward to working with Dr. Silver and Ms. Mackie as they continue their strong leadership as interim co-CEOs.”

– Ms. Guylaine Saucier, Chair, Board of Directors.



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About Grand Challenges Canada:

Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. Funded by the Government of Canada and by other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas Grand Challenges Canada supports integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – known as Integrated Innovation®. One of the largest impact-first investors in Canada, and with a feminist investment approach, Grand Challenges Canada has supported a pipeline of over 1000 innovations in more than 80 countries. Grand Challenges Canada estimates that these innovations have the potential to save up to 1 million lives and improve up to 28 million lives by 2030. Grand Challenges Canada is hosted in Toronto at the Sandra Rotman Centre at the University Health Network.