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
Amy joined Pancreatic Cancer Canada in 2017, after having spent over 12 years at the MS Society of Canada in various fundraising roles. She is responsible for revenue development across the organization, including corporate partnerships, events, and philanthropic giving. Amy is passionate about relationship building and finding unique and creative ways of working with partners and donors. She finds great value in putting her skills to work for such an underfunded form of cancer. In her spare time, Amy enjoys traveling and spending as much time as possible outdoors with friends and family.
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 ten 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, Events 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).
Manager, Events and Community Development
Julia joined PCC in 2022 with extensive experience in event management and a keen interest in further developing her career in fundraising. Prior to joining the organization, Julia worked at the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Toronto International Festival of Authors. As the Manager, Events and Community Development, Julia is dedicated to making a meaningful impact for those affected by pancreatic cancer and supporting the community of dedicated donors, advocates, and volunteers. Julia is a self-proclaimed foodie and can often be found either thinking about food, talking about food, or trying the latest restaurants.
Digital Communications Specialist
Victoria joined PCC in 2022, bringing a combined background of customer service and online content creation. She is dedicated to raising the voices of those affected by pancreatic cancer, and boldly educating others.
Having spent nearly 8 years at Sun Life Financial as a Customer Care Representative & Digital Services Specialist, Victoria developed a passion for relationship building and empathetic communication. Her diploma in Journalism from Conestoga College also assisted her in the creation of her own lifestyle blog, which she uses to connect with and support her community in Ottawa.
Victoria is a pop culture trivia buff, avid thrift shopper, and donut connoisseur. She loves to make memories with her husband, son, and two cats, Porkchop & Penny.
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.
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.
Lisa joined PCC in 2022, after five years of working in special events for public and nonprofit organizations such as Living Arts Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto International Film Festival, and Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival. She has provided exceptional customer service to patrons while working with these organizations as well as in the private sector. Lisa is excited to join PCC in the fight to raise the rate of pancreatic cancer survival and looks forward to doing her part in making a difference. In her spare time, she is working toward a certificate at George Brown College in Graphic Design. Lisa is a movie and TV show lover as well as a fan of all things geeky. She loves being creative and enjoys spending time with her fur-baby, Pippin.
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.
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