News Release

The Board of Directors of Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) announced today that GCC’s founding Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Peter A. Singer, has decided to step down from his role by June 30, 2018, or as soon as his successor is selected

Toronto, Canada – On behalf of the Board of Directors, Guylaine Saucier (Chair) today released this statement:

“For more than a decade, Peter Singer has provided visionary leadership as CEO of Grand Challenges Canada, helping turn bold ideas into big impact in Canada and around the world. Throughout his tenure, Peter nurtured a deep well of talent and an exceptional group of next-generation leaders. We are enormously grateful to Peter for all his efforts and his many successes on behalf of GCC. While saddened to see Peter leave his executive leadership role, we are pleased that he has agreed to remain as a Board member to help guide the organization through this transition and well into the future.

Under Peter’s leadership, GCC has funded 1,000 innovations championed by innovators in more than 90 countries. These projects are expected to save more than one million lives and improve more than 25 million lives by 2030. To date, GCC has raised CAN $435M in funding.

As a board, we have already initiated a process to identify Peter’s successor. We look forward to working with the leadership team and staff, as well as our partners, to ensure an orderly transition. We also wish to express our appreciation to the Government of Canada for their ongoing support.

Looking forward, we wish to thank Peter once more for helping to guide GCC to this vital stage in its history, confident in the knowledge that even greater accomplishments for GCC lie ahead.”

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