Our People

  • David Brook

    David Brook

    Chief Strategy Officer Read More

Development Innovation Programs

  • Tina Assi

    Senior Program Officer Read More
  • Anne-Isabelle Cameron

    Program Associate Read More
  • Natasha Cassinath

    Acting Senior Investment Manager Read More
  • Michelle Cruickshank

    Program Officer Read More
  • Janne Dingemans

    Janne Dingemans

    Program Associate Read More
  • Leeat Weinstock

    Leeat Gellis

    Senior Portfolio Manager Read More
  • Shane K. Green

    Director General, Development Innovation Read More
  • Molly Grove

    Peer Review Coordinator Read More
  • Carolina Kwok

    Program Officer Read More
  • Dominique Laforest

    Program Associate Read More
  • Maximillian Seunik

    Investment Associate Read More
  • Megan Takeda-Tully

    Acting Senior Investment Manager Read More
  • Kimberley Watkins

    Kimberley Watkins

    Program Associate Read More
  • Syeda Zaki

    Investment Manager Read More

Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace

  • Cyriac Alappat

    Investment Manager Read More
  • Deepika Devadas

    Program Officer Read More
  • Megan Dover

    Investment Manager Read More
  • Tasha Noronha

    Administrative Coordinator Read More
  • Kimberly Quach

    Program Coordinator Read More
  • Annie Theriault

    Chief Investment Officer Read More


  • Adiam Abraham

    Program Coordinator Read More
  • Patrick Coburn

    Patrick Coburn

    Program Associate Read More
  • Chris Houston

    Director, Humanitarian Innovation Read More
  • Chrispin Mwizero

    Knowledge Management Associate Read More
  • Zeba Tasci

    Associate Communications Officer Read More

Indigenous Innovation Initiatives

  • Sara Wolfe

    Director of Indigenous Innovation Initiatives Read More

Knowledge Management & Translation

  • Samiya Anjum Bhuiya

    Knowledge Management Data Coordinator Read More
  • Marin MacLeod

    Knowledge Management & Translation Associate Read More
  • Zina Nelku

    Zina Nelku

    Senior Data Associate Read More
  • Kristin Neudorf

    Senior Manager, Knowledge Management & Translation Read More
  • Becca Smith

    Senior Manager, Knowledge Management and Translation Read More

Operations, Communications, Finance & Legal

  • Yna Billanes

    Financial Analyst Read More
  • Catherine Bravo-Judah

    Senior Financial Analyst Read More
  • Claude Briand

    Claude Briand

    Chief Financial Officer Read More
  • Deirdra Hill

    Executive Assistant Read More
  • Meagan Foreman

    Associate Communications Officer Read More
  • Andre Lewis

    Andre Lewis

    IT Technical Specialist Read More
  • Barbara Malecki

    Senior Financial Analyst Read More
  • Elizabeth Odza

    Administrative Coordinator Read More
  • Chithra Rajaratnam

    Chithra Rajaratnam

    Operations Coordinator Read More
  • Niha Shamim

    Financial Analyst Read More
  • Angel So

    Financial Analyst Read More
  • Kaitlin Strachan

    Financial Analyst Read More
  • Maddy Toca

    Legal Counsel Read More
  • Joe Torres

    Director General, Operations & Administration Read More
  • Thanh Tran

    Acting Director of Finance Read More

Guylaine Saucier CM, FCPA

Chair of 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 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 Advisor, Global Health and Humanitarian Action
  • Daniel Carucci MD, MSc, PhD

    President, Global Health Consulting
  • Johanne Charbonneau FCPA, FCGA, MBA, C.Dir

    Former Vice President and CFO, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Mohamed H.A. Hassan PhD

    Co-Chair of IAP, the global network of science academies
  • Gerhard Pries

    Founder, Managing Partner and CEO, Sarona Asset Management Inc.; Founding Director and Vice Chairman, MicroVest General Partner Holdings
  • Morris Rosenberg LL.L., LL.D.

    President and CEO, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
  • 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


    Director in the Office of the Regional Director, World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO)
  • David M. Malone

  • Allan R. Ronald OC, MD