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.
Director, 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.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Amanda joined the dream team at Pancreatic Cancer Canada as Director of Marketing and Communications 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 93% 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.
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
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.
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).
Senior Manager, Major Gifts
Over the past several years, Sonia has worked in development for a variety of organizations such as Havergal College, the Textile Museum of Canada, and the University of Toronto, and is excited to join Pancreatic Cancer Canada as the Senior Manager, Major Gifts. Sonia’s role is responsible for cultivating and stewarding new and present donors, from foundations and corporations to individuals and planned giving opportunities. Sonia is enthusiastic about working within a small, but mighty team to increase revenue and resources that will help battle this devastating disease. In her spare time she enjoys movie trivia, checking out the Toronto arts scene and travelling.
Manager, Event and Community Development
Hannah is a strong, community driven leader with a passion for supporting, managing and executing events. Hannah comes to us from Lululemon, where her managerial role brings a vast skill-set in event strategy, stewardship, and community development. In her role at Pancreatic Cancer Canada, Hannah works on PCC’s national events portfolio growing relationships with volunteers from across the country and helping them execute their events to raise awareness and funds for Pancreatic Cancer Canada. When she is not in the office or at one of our events, Hannah enjoys a good Netflix binge, exploring the city by foot and trying new restaurants, sometimes all in one day.
Finance and Database Specialist
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.
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.
Office 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.
Pancreatic Cancer Canada
316-4211 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2P 2A9
Charitable Registration Number 84870 1967 RR0001