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

Laura Di Paolo

Director of Operations

Chad Hartnell

Director of Operations

Dr. Lauryn Conway

Senior Lead, Behavioural Science for Emerging Programs

David Donovan

Senior Lead, Research Integration & Strategic Initiatives

Julie Greene

Senior Lead, Impact Canada Challenges

Dr. Michael Haber

Senior Lead, Platform, Engagement, & Knowledge Translation

Saskia Jarvis

Manager, People and Talent

Jessica Leifer

Senior Lead, Behavioural Science for Established Programs

Rosanne MacKay

Manger, Behavioural Science Operations

Executive Support

Jessica Ly

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Trevor Nugent

Executive Assistant

Behavioural Science

Dr. Daniel Almeida

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Matthew Blackshaw

Behavioural Science Fellow, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Emily Britton

Behavioural Science Fellow, Natural Resources Canada

Kulpreet Cheema

Behavioural Science Fellow, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Nathan Collett

Research and Policy Analyst

Meghan Corbett

Policy Analyst

Dr. Amanda Desnoyers

Senior Behavioural Scientist, Community and Capacity

Dr. Nicholas Diamond

Senior Behavioural Scientist, Trust and Stressors

Dr. Maral Yeganeh Doost

Senior Behavioural Scientist, Health

Dr. Kaitlyn Fallow

Behavioural Science Fellow, Natural Resources Canada

Dr. Kieran Findlater

Lead (Acting), Behavioural Science

Dr. Caitlyn Gallant

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Jacob Graham

Behavioural Science Fellow, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Annamarie Grant

Research and Policy Analyst

Dr. Katie Harper

Behavioural Science Fellow, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Dr. Kyle Hubbard

Senior Behavioural Scientist, Climate and Environmental

Arvin Jagayat

Behavioural Science Fellow

Erik Jansen

Behavioural Science Fellow, Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada

Dr. Christine Kormos

Lead (Acting), Behavioural Science

Dr. Vivian Li

Senior Behavioural Scientist, Climate and Environment

Dr. Elliot MacDonell

Behavioural Science Fellow, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Harry MacKay

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. Angela Mastroianni

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. Jay Olson

Behavioural Science Fellow, Natural Resources Canada

Brian Pereira

Behavioural Science Fellow

Klajdi Puka

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Justin Savoie

Behavioural Science Fellow

Colin Scott

Behavioural Science Fellow, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Dhawal Selerka

Senior Behavioural Scientist, Quantitative Method

Dr. Paniz Tavakoli

Behavioural Science Fellow, Public Health Agency of Canada

Kaian Unwalla

Behavioural Science Fellow, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Dr. Sarah Wall

Senior Behavioural Scientist, Climate Change and Environmental Protection

Dr. Michael Weiss

Behavioural Science Fellow

Alyssa Whalen

Senior Advisor

Challenges

Nolan D'Souza

Challenge Prize Fellow, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Vivian Harbers

Challenge Prize Fellow, Canadian Space Agency

Meghan MacDonald

Challenge Prize Fellow, Canadian Space Agency

Deena Newaz

Challenge Prize Fellow, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Kiran Toor

Policy Advisor, Impact Measurement

Dr. Ademir-Paolo Vrolijk

Senior Policy Advisor

Jon Yazer

Challenge Prize Fellow, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

People & Talent

Maxime Yelle

People & Talent Advisor

Platform, Engagement, & Knowledge Translation

Laura Portal Avelar

Senior Advisor

Laurie Bennett

Senior Multimedia Designer

Chris Soueidan

Senior Visual Designer

Elysabeth Breton

Graphic Designer

Tarab Hussain

Communications Officer

Research Integration & Strategic Initiatives

Nathan Collett

Research and Policy Analyst

Darren McKee

Senior Policy Advisor