Our Team

Michelle Capobianco

Executive Director

Michelle has an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector and specializes in bringing together corporate and not-for-profit interests. She was previously a senior staff member of the MS Society of Canada, a consultant for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, and worked at Easter Seals Ontario for a number of years. Since joining the PCCF team Michelle has really enjoyed using her 20+ years of experience in the charitable sector to help change the survival rates for a disease that desperately needs it.

Laurie Ellies

Co-Founder

Laurie co-founded the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation in 2006. A decade earlier her mother had tragically passed away from pancreatic cancer only 4 shorts weeks after being diagnosed. Since then Laurie has used her Communications/Marketing degree and experience to build and expand the organization. Laurie currently works on special projects that are vital to the organization. She is passionate about and inspired by meeting pancreatic cancer patients and their families. She is particularliy excited about our PancOne™ research project.

Amy Lewis

Director, Strategic Partnerships

As the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Amy is responsible for growing and developing PCCF’s corporate partnerships and relationships. Amy has 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, with a focus on corporate partnerships, sponsorship, marketing and communications. Since joining the PCCF team Amy has come to love working on a small team that is making a big impact in research funding and awareness for pancreatic cancer.

Joy Wagner

Director, Philanthropy and Donor Engagement

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Courtney Jolliffe

Events Manager

Courtney manages all of PCCF’s signature and large scale events across Canada. She also manages our Ambassadors of Hope and assists with media campaigns. Courtney originally began her career in recreation and outdoor education, but transitioned into the charitable sector when she moved to Kenya for 8 months to lead volunteer trips. Since then she has been working in event planning for charity events ranging in size from 100 to 20,000 people. Courtney enjoys working for PCCF as it allows her to make real change, while working within an environment that encourages her to continually grow and be challenged.

Jessica Stewart

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Jessica works as the Executive Assistant to our Executive Director, as the office manager, and as the coordinator to our PancOne(™) research group. She has been working in an administrative capacity for not-for-profits since graduating from university and was thrilled to join the PCCF team in 2017. Jessica enjoys working in a dynamic and nimble workplace that is looking beyond the traditional ways of fundraising for cancer research.

Amma Osei-Donkor

Database and Administrative Coordinator

Amma works as the database and administrative coordinator for PCCF and is in charge of managing and processing donations. She is also responsible for many daily office functions and customer service delivery. Her background and  previous work in non-profit organizations enables her to be effective at her current position with PCCF. Amma is affable, has good people skills and is a great team player.

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