Our Team

Michelle Capobianco

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to being with Pancreatic Cancer Canada, Michelle was a senior staff member of the MS Society of Canada, preceded by a long-term tenure with Easter Seals Ontario. At these organizations, she provided leadership on numerous national new business development ventures, resulting in revenues in excess of $1M per year for the charities and a clear increase in brand recognition, increased employee engagement and a positive charity affiliation for the corporate partners.

Amy Lewis

Director, Strategic Partnerships

As the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Amy is responsible for growing and developing PCC’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 PCC 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.

Amanda Jodoin

Director, Marketing and Communications

Amanda joined the dream team at Pancreatic Cancer Canada as Director of Marketing and Communications in December 2017.  Having spent 17 years in the not-for-profit sector with incredible organizations like the MS Society of Canada and Three to Be, she brings knowledge, experience and insights that will help PCC elevate our outreach efforts and the achievement of our mission.  Amanda is particularly committed to changing the outcomes for people affected by pancreatic cancer because she does not accept that this deadly disease receives a mere 2% of funding while 92% of people die within 5 years of being diagnosed.  She is motivated by the PCC team and the people we serve who have been touched by pancreatic cancer to educate, advocate and raise much-needed funding for vital research.  Amanda is the proud mom of Madelyn and wife of Chris who inspire her dedication to this work.

Julie Brown

Director of Philanthropy

Julie is a highly motivated leader with over 19 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She is a  Post-Graduate of The Volunteer and Fundraising Management Program at Humber College. She is innovative and resourceful and has the ability to build strong internal and external relationships.  She looks forward to engaging and connecting with stakeholders to support the Research, Education and Support of the patients and families that are affected by pancreatic cancer. Julie has spent the bulk of her fundraising career dedicated to the health and wellbeing of families and children. She has had the pleasure and privilege to serve organizations such as Holland Bloorview, SickKids, Easter Seals and various Hospitals across the province. Julie has a track record of success in Major Gift fundraising and Legacy Gifts and places the highest priority on the Stewardship of these very important contributions.

Ali Schofield

Senior Manager, Donor and Community Engagement

Ali brings experience in major gifts, legacy giving, direct mail and annual giving to the team at PCCF, from over 6 years in fundraising at organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, UNICEF Canada, and Geneva Centre for Autism. At Pancreatic Cancer Canada , Ali is responsible for oversight of strategic fundraising initiatives and crafting communications to members of our community that tell the stories of donors, caregivers, researchers, patients and families of those affected by pancreatic cancer. Ali is enthusiastic about rallying others to progress research and support for those with pancreatic cancer and their families. In her spare time, Ali is pursuing a Creative Writing Certificate at the University of Toronto, reading, and making annual trips back to Malawi, where she lived in 2011 while working for Journalists for Human Rights.

Ali Hodgins

Senior Manager, Event and Community Development

Ali joined the PCCF team in August 2018, bringing six years of experience managing every kind of major fundraiser: from galas and golf tournaments to cultivation events and community walks, Ali has planned it all. While in earlier roles at the Canadian Cancer Society and the MS Society of Canada, Ali became inspired by how events can bring together a whole community to create positive change. In her role as Senior Manager, Events and Community Development, Ali strives to create those same experiences for Canadians affected by pancreatic cancer by overseeing PCCF’s national event portfolio and fostering relationships with fundraisers from coast to coast. When she’s not cheering on participants at a community run or strategizing for the next big event, Ali enjoys trying new cuisine, knitting and playing soccer (but not all at the same time.)

Victoria Bisnauth

Finance & Database Coordinator

A graduate student of Carleton University, Victoria comes to Pancreatic Cancer Canada with experience in finance, gift processing, data management and customer service, primarily from her time at The Scott Mission and The Canadian Red Cross. In her role at Pancreatic Cancer Canada, Victoria is responsible for maintaining our donor database, processing donations and issuing tax receipts. She is instrumental in keeping the wheels turning at PCC, and is quick to find ways to improve the experience of making a gift. When she isn’t busy ensuring our database is in peak condition, she loves to read, bake and swim at her local pool.

Leah Fearman

Philanthropy Coordinator

A novice in the fundraising field, Leah began her career in the non-profit sector with the Barrie Public Library as the Development Office Assistant. Leah was inspired to pursue work in the field by various volunteer experiences she’d had with charities throughout her life. Ever eager to learn, she received a post-graduate in Fundraising and Resource Development from Georgian College, following her degree in International Development from Trent University. She now excitedly joins the team at Pancreatic Cancer Canada as the Philanthropy Coordinator. In her spare time, Leah enjoys writing creatively, reading, and sipping a tea in a little café with friends.

Jessica Macdonald

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Jessica works as the Executive Assistant to our CEO and is our invaluable office manager. She has been working in an administrative capacity for not-for-profits since graduating from university and was thrilled to join the Pancreatic Cancer Canada team in 2017. Jessica has immense organizational capacity, and enjoys working with a dynamic and inspiring team of women to change the outcome of pancreatic cancer. Outside of her role at PCC, Jess enjoys spending time at the cottage, playing intramural sports and exploring craft breweries around Toronto.

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. Laurie currently works as a volunteer on special projects for PCCF. She is passionate about and inspired by meeting pancreatic cancer patients and their families. She is particularly excited about our PancOne™ research project and the hope it holds for the future.

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