Jocelyn Mackie, MSc, JD
Prior to being appointed Co-CEO, Ms. Mackie was Vice President of Operations & General Counsel at GCC where she led the Finance, Operations, Legal, and Communications teams, leading the organization’s operations, funder relations, deal structuring and negotiations (on grant and non-grant financing deals), financial accountability and risk mitigation management, as well as providing legal and compliance oversight.
Karlee Silver, DPhil
Prior to being appointed Co-CEO, Dr. Silver was Vice President of Programs where she set strategy for development and humanitarian innovation initiatives, and enabled the programs, investments and knowledge management teams to source, support and transition to scale promising innovations for social impact in low- and middle-income countries. She represents Grand Challenges Canada in the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) and in the Grand Challenges network, and advises on a range of global initiatives aligned with women’s and children’s health and development, and global mental health. She is the Chair of the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace Steering Committee.
In 2008, the Canadian government announced the creation of the Development Innovation Fund in the Federal Budget, which led to the creation of Grand Challenges Canada in 2010. Together with the innovators with whom we have had the great privilege of working, Grand Challenges Canada has come a long way in 10 years. None of this would have been possible without the support of our many partners, funders, board and committee members, advisors—and people like you.