Dominique Laforest is the Saving Brains Program Coordinator with Grand Challenges Canada, in which capacity she supports the implementation and coordination of Saving Brains, ensures efficient negotiation and execution of investment agreements, supports contract management, monitors implementation progress, and coordinates with the Saving Brains Partnership and Platform.
Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, Dominique lived and worked in Haiti for several years. As an IYIP intern, she conducted research on local agroforestry systems and the impact of urban sprawl on coastal environments. As the Agriculture Programs Coordinator for Meds & Food for Kids, Dominique managed the research, farmer extension, and local procurement initiatives of the organization, acting as the implementing partner lead for a Feed the Future Innovation Lab project. She has also spent time in Ghana with the Osu Children’s Library and the Play and Learn Foundation, supporting their work in education and youth leadership. Following her most recent role with the Play and Learn Foundation, Dominique joined GCC wishing to leverage this experience to best support innovators in a different coordination capacity.
Dominique has a BA in International Development Studies from the University of Guelph and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Program Management for International Development from the Humber Business School.