Chief Executive Officer
Since 2016, Michelle Capobianco has led the critical growth of Pancreatic Cancer Canada (PCC) to become a charity with national scope, international influence, and fundraising power dedicated to demanding survival, not sympathy, for Canadians facing this devastating disease. Under her visionary leadership, PCC has doubled its lifetime investment in pancreatic cancer research and overseen the creation of a first-of-its-kind collaborative network connecting top researchers across North America. Over the last two years while the charitable sector has grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, Michelle has kept her eyes on the future, spearheading the development of the PancONE Network, a sister organization to PCC based in the United States that takes a bold approach to improving pancreatic cancer treatment options and care through unexpected partnerships and collaborations. Prior to being with PCC, Michelle was a senior staff member of the MS Society of Canada, preceded by a long-term tenure with the Easter Seals Research Institute. At these organizations, she provided leadership on numerous national new business development ventures, resulting in revenues in excess of $1M per year and a clear increase in brand recognition, employee engagement and a positive charity affiliation for corporate partners.
Chief Operating Officer
Amanda joined the dream team at Pancreatic Cancer Canada in December 2017. Having spent 20+ 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.
Vice President, Partnerships and Development
As the Director of Partnerships and Development, Amy is responsible for growing and developing PCC’s corporate partnerships and relationships, while overseeing all revenue development. 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.
Jordanna is a passionate fundraiser with over nine years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining PCC at the beginning of 2021, Jordanna gained experience and fundraising expertise from roles at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre Foundation, Baycrest Health Science Foundation and WE Charity, where she led initiatives that built capacity, cultivated strong donor relationships and delivered results that surpassed her targets. Jordanna is highly accomplished at managing and coaching a team of fundraising professionals toward reaching – and exceeding – their individual and team goals and is keenly interested in getting to know the remarkable people who are part of the pancreatic cancer community of volunteers, advocates and donors.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Ali brings experience in communications, major gifts, legacy giving, direct mail and annual giving to the team at PCC, from over nine 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 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 advance research and support for those impacted by 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.
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).
Ali Hodgins is currently on maternity leave. In her absence please reach out to Hannah Rolland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance and Database Specialist
Naheed comes to PCC with eight years of experience in gift processing, managing donor records, database maintenance and analytics, financial reporting, and reconciliation. Before joining PCC, Naheed worked at Special Olympic Ontario, LOFT Community Services, Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation, and Children Cancer Foundation. She has a Diploma in Accounting and Payroll from CDI College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Karachi, and a Blackbaud Certification in Raiser’s Edge (bCRE). Naheed joined PCC in early 2021 as our Finance and Database Specialist and is responsible for processing donations, tax receipting, Raiser’s Edge NXT administration, reconciliation, and reporting.
Mehroze Pal Singh
Donor Engagement Coordinator
Mehroze began his career in the not-for-profit sector as a Research and Development Coordinator at Hospice Northwest. He is a graduate of the Fundraising Management Program at Humber College. Previously, he worked as Assistant Manager, Customer Retention at Prudential Life Insurance India, and has a MBA-International Business Degree. Mehroze is interested in major gifts, donor retention and stewardship, and is looking forward to getting to know the many members of our community. In his spare time he loves being outdoors, playing different sports, and listening to music.
Digital Content Coordinator
Karmveer is fascinated, driven, and inspired by digital media and its latest trends. He is deeply passionate about creating meaningful content, improving brand awareness, and fostering community engagement through social and digital media. Karmveer brings experience from working in a similar role at LetsStopAIDS, where he garnered knowledge and insight that will help elevate our social media, marketing, and web strategies. In his spare time, Karmveer enjoys being outdoors by the water, watching the latest Hollywood movies, and supporting his two favourite sports teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Rams.
Operations Manager and Executive Assistant
After 22 years of working for Toronto’s NOW magazine as Office Manager, Executive Assistant and occasional contributor, Scott wanted to explore a meaningful opportunity in a new industry. Scott comes to Pancreatic Cancer Canada having witnessed the disease firsthand, when a close friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Scott’s personal experience is one of the many reasons he is proud to be part of an amazing team that is driven to make a difference for pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones. Fun time for Scott usually involves family, friends, movies, wine and napping (often in that order) or working on his next piece for the horror film interest website he shares with two friends.
Laurie co-founded the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation in 2006. A decade earlier her mother had tragically passed away from pancreatic cancer only four shorts weeks after being diagnosed. Laurie currently works as a volunteer on special projects for PCC. 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.
316-4211 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2P 2A9
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