Grand Challenges Canada is a not-for-profit organization created, in part, with funding from the Government of Canada. We adhere to strict controls and oversight. We fund and provide support to not-for-profit and charitable organizations, academic institutions and socially-minded small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada and low- and middle-income countries.

Guylaine Saucier CM, FCPA

Board Chair, Grand Challenges Canada

Guylaine Saucier, a Corporate Director, is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a former director of the Bank of Canada, a former Chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), a former director of the International Federation of Accountants, and was Chair of the Joint Committee on Corporate Governance established by the CICA, the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Canadian Venture Exchange. She has been an Independent Director of AXA Assurances and serves as a Director at Bank of Montreal, Fondation du Musée des Beaux Arts of Montreal, AREVA, Danone and Wendel. Mme Saucier was also the first woman to serve as President of the Quebec Chamber of Commerce. Mme Saucier obtained a B.A. from Collège Marguerite-Bourgeois and a B.Comm. from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Université de Montréal. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2004, she received the Fellowship Award from the Institute of Corporate Directors; in 2007, she obtained the Institute Certified Designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and, in 2010, Administrateur de Société Emérite from Collège des Administrateurs de sociétés. Guylaine Saucier has served as a member of Grand Challenges Canada’s Board of Directors since the organization’s inception in May 2010. She was appointed Chair in February 2015.

  • Alain Beaudet MD, PhD

    Former President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Cédric Bisson MD

    Partner, Teralys Capital
  • Marine Buissonnière

    Independent Researcher and Adviser in Humanitarian Action, Global Health and Health-Related Human Rights
  • Daniel Carucci MD, PhD

    Global Chief Medical Officer, McCann Health & Global Scientific Council
  • Johanne Charbonneau FCPA, FCGA, MBA, C.Dir

    Former Vice President and CFO, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Awa Marie Coll Seck MD, PhD

    Minister of State to the President of Senegal
  • Mohamed H.A. Hassan PhD

    Co-Chair, IAP, The Global Network of Science Academies
  • Nathalie Pambrun RM

    Board member, Canadian Association of Midwives
  • Gerhard Pries

    Chair of Grand Challenges Canada’s Investment Committee; Managing Partner and CEO, Sarona Asset Management Inc.
  • Morris Rosenberg LL.L., LL.D.

  • Peter A. Singer OC, MD, MPH, FRSC


    Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization
  • Jocelyn Mackie MSc, JD

    Co-Chief Executive Officer
    Ex-Officio Board Member
  • Karlee Silver DPhil

    Co-Chief Executive Officer
    Ex-Officio Board Member

Former Board Members

Grand Challenges Canada would like to acknowledge the guidance and leadership provided by the former members of our Board of Directors.

  • Joseph L. Rotman OC, LL.D

    Founding Chairman
  • Robert Bell MD

  • Abdallah Daar FRS, DPhil, FRCS, FRCP, FRCSC

  • Elizabeth Dowdeswell OC

  • Charles Field-Marsham

  • Allan Gotlieb CC, OM

  • Jean Lebel PhD

  • Mwelecele Malecela PhD

  • David M. Malone

  • Allan R. Ronald OC, MD