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Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact® in global health. We are funded by the Government of Canada and we fund innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas we support integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – we call this Integrated Innovation®. We focus on bringing successful innovation to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact. We have a determined focus on results, and on saving and improving lives.

GCC focuses on innovator-defined challenges through our Stars in Global Health program and on Targeted Challenges through the Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs. We help transition ... READ MORE

Company Name

Grand Challenges Canada




Non Profit


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Producing Results

To date, we have supported almost 700 projects totaling $174 million implemented in more than 80 countries and have leveraged $224 million in additional funding from outside the Government of Canada, including significant private sector investment.
Our investments are producing ... READ MORE

Over 2 million beneficiaries have already accessed our innovative products or services (based on about a quarter of our supported projects reporting to date). Thousands of lives have been saved and over ten thousands lives have been improved.
Thousands of jobs created and significant capacity built among the science, technology and business sectors in Canada and in low- and middle-income countries, including for young entrepreneurs and innovators.
New partnerships catalyzed and networks forged that will foster and advance global health, including the Mental Health Innovation Network, the Saving Brains Partnership (a landmark partnership for Early Child Development) and an ecosystem of private investors with new and reaffirmed interest in the global health sector as a viable use of their energy and dollars.

Meaningful Work

GCC's ultimate goal is to enable the innovators we support to save and improve lives. Many of our 30 member team work directly with these innovators to provide funding and/or technical assistance and advisory support to improve sustainability, scalability and health outcomes. As a result, each member of our team is ... READ MORE

Words That Describe Our Culture

Dedicated: GCC attracts people who are passionate about global health, international development, and/or impact investing. Our colleagues are driven by a desire to do work that is meaningful and that has sustainable wide-spread ... READ MORE

Unique Traditions and Perks

GCC provides employees with flexible working hours, the ability to work remotely, and opportunities to work closely with individuals across the organization, including Senior Management. Monthly breakfast meetings, and bi-annual 'home weeks' allow the entire team to come together to reflect on achievements, lessons ... READ MORE

Career Development Opportunities

GCC provides personal and professional development opportunities to learn from innovators and industry experts via seminars and workshops and attendance at industry events and conferences, in addition to the daily access staff members have to international experts as part of their core work. Summer students can also take part in a 4-month mentorship program during their internship in which they will be paired up with a different employee each month.

Meet Ammara Niyaz

Investment Analyst
The best part of working here is that everyday is different, theres no typical day. I love interarcting with the innovators ... READ MORE

Qualities We Look For

1. Flexibility: The ability to adapt rapidly and effectively to changing needs and priorities.
2. Leadership: Demonstrating focus, taking on responsibility, showing initiative, and being proactive
3. Entrepreneurial/Innovative: Using creative thinking and problem-solving ... READ MORE

A Learning Curve

Given the tremendous breadth and scope of GCC's initiatives, there is typically a large learning curve for new employees. This is amplified when individuals join the team for short-term periods, such as summer internships. New recruits must be up to facing their own, as well as the team's challenges, as we all come together to ... READ MORE
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Team Structure

A key element of what makes GCC tick is that each deal in the TTS program has a Program Officer (health content expert) and an individual from the Investment team (investment expert) that work together to evaluate the merits of the deal and prepare an investment thesis. Through its investments, GCC TTS is truly targeting both ... READ MORE
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We Invest in a Wide Range of Initiatives

Our vision is to make the world a better place through global health. The breadth of initiatives we fund, whether it's sanitation, maternal newborn, or point of care diagnostics, is all about saving and improving lives. Further, there's a strong focus on results and impact which influences our investment decisions. As a startup ourselves, its important we deliver results, so were measuring, tracking and monitoring. We're not just a think tank- we're doing.

Meet Jonathan Hera

Senior Portfolio Manager, Transition to Scale Team
The best part of working here is the people. Everyone here could be doing exactly what they are doing in other organizations, ... READ MORE

Meet Leeat Weinstock

Investment Associate, Transition to Scale Team
The best part of working here is the opportunity to guide and invest in some of the most inspiring and innovative ... READ MORE
Did you know

We're located at MaRS

Our offices are located at one of the worlds largest innovation hubs, MaRS, at Bay and College.

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