Our people


The Impact Canada Initiative is led by a Centre of Expertise housed within the Impact and Innovation Unit of the Privy Council Office, which also manages this platform in partnership with Government of Canada departments.

Since its launch in 2017, the Impact and Innovation Unit (IIU) has remained focused on working with federal departments, other levels of government, and external partners to support the implementation of inventive programs and services designed to improve social, economic, and environmental outcomes for citizens. In particular, the IIU focuses on improving outcomes for citizens by using a set of innovative approaches designed to achieve greater public value in program and service delivery.

Our leadership team

Rodney Ghali

Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet

Chad Hartnell

Director of Operations

Julie Greene

Senior Lead, Capacity and Partnerships

David Donovan

Senior Lead, Policy and Innovative Finance

Jessica Leifer

Senior Lead, Behavioural Science

Dr. Michael Haber

Senior Lead, Public Engagement

Valérie Anglehart

Lead, Fellowship Program

Dr. Lauryn Conway

Lead, Behavioural Science

Executive Support

Jessica Ly

Executive Assistant

Anke Shi

Executive Assistant

Saskia Jarvis

Senior Advisor, Operations

Behavioural Science

Dr. Andrew Abela

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. Amanda Desnoyers

Behavioural Science Fellow, Employment and Social Development Canada

Dr. Tyler Good

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. Kyle Hubbard

Behavioural Science Fellow

Dr. Mark Morrissey

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Brian Pereira

Behavioural Science Fellow

Dhawal Selerka

Behavioural Science Fellow

Nick Thompson

Research Associate

Sarah Wall

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Alyssa Whalen

Advisor

Wook Yang

Behavioural Science Fellow

Challenges

Brad Andrews

Challenge Prize Fellow, Canadian Space Agency

Andrea Colasanti

Junior Research and Policy Analyst

Clélia Cothier

Challenge Prize Fellow, Canadian Space Agency

Annamarie Grant

Junior Research and Policy Analyst

Mohamed Yassine

Challenge Prize Fellow, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Public Engagement

Laura Portal Avelar

Advisor

Laurie Bennett

Multimedia Communications Officer

Chris Soueidan

Visual Designer