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.

Laurie Ellies


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.

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.

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 PCCF 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 93% of people die within 4 years of being diagnosed.  She is motivated by the PCCF 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

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 Foundation, 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 (Agatha Christie is a fave), 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.)

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 Macdonald

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

Donor  and Community Engagement Associate

Amma’s work at PCCF centres around database management.  Her desire to proactively ensure that the organization’s donor database is continuously refined has contributed to the great improvement in PCCF’s data collection. Her background and previous work in non-profit organizations enable 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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