Our Leadership

Dynamic Leadership to Fight a Devastating Disease

Pancreatic Cancer North America is led by a dedicated group of professionals and thought leaders, with the collective aim of raising the rate of survival for those facing pancreatic cancer. Together, they steer our research investments, fundraising endeavors, and champion the thousands of North Americans that will face a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

Meet Our Leaders

Michelle Capobianco

President & CEO

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 Pancreatic Cancer North America and championing a bold approach to improving pancreatic cancer treatment options and care through unexpected partnerships and collaborations. Prior to being with Pancreatic Cancer North America and our sister organization Pancreatic Cancer Canada, 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 for the charities and a clear increase in brand recognition, employee engagement and a positive charity affiliation for corporate partners.

Amanda Jodoin

Chief Operating Officer

Amanda has been aligned with the pancreatic cancer movement since 2017.  Having spent 20+ years in the not-for-profit sector with incredible organizations like the MS Society of Canada, Three to Be and Pancreatic Cancer Canada, she brings knowledge, experience and insights that will help PCNA 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 has seen little to no meaningful progress over the span of decades.  She is passionate about sharpening our focus on raising survival rates through novel and multi-sector approaches while not turning our backs on those who face the likely outcomes of this disease as it stands today.  This means a call for greater access to palliative care and more humane interventions for those at the end of life stage.  Amanda is a very proud mom, wife and friend which inspires her dedication to this work.


Christina Halladay
VP, Mission and Innovation

Christina joined Pancreatic Cancer Canada in May 2024. With over 20 years in the not-for-profit sector, and 10 years in leadership roles in community-based health services, she brings knowledge and vast experience to the role. Christina is passionate about creating and developing innovative programs and services that meet the needs of the client population. Her goal is to ensure that the programs and supports are efficient and innovative, changing and evolving with the times and the populations we serve. Christina has a deep-rooted and personal passion for improving the cancer care experience for both patients and caregivers.


Leigh Godbold
VP, Philanthopy and Business Development

Leigh joined Pancreatic Cancer Canada in March 2024. Over the course of her 20+ year career, Leigh has held leadership roles across the healthcare and social service sectors. Raising funds and awareness at the community and national levels has taught Leigh that real change comes when people are inspired to work together toward a shared vision.  Driven to build relevant, financially sustainable, and impactful organizations, Leigh is excited to be a part of the leadership team at PCC – an organization whose goal is to boldly change the outcome for the world’s toughest cancer while ensuring that those affected by this disease are supported to live with agency and dignity.


Our Board of Directors

Jonathan Paul


Mr. Paul is a Vice-President, Client Wealth Management at Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., a member of the Firm’s Asset Mix team and a registered Portfolio Manager. Mr. Paul received an Honours Business Administration degree, with distinction, from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. He has also earned his Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) designation and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) designation. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 2009, Mr. Paul was a Senior Associate with Deloitte & Touche, Corporate Finance Canada Inc. Mr. Paul is a member of the Toronto Hebrew Memorial Parks Investment Committee.

Michael Gilbert
Vice Chair

Michael is a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, Canada with responsibility for leading the management and technology consulting businesses in Central Canada. He has over 25 years of experience managing, designing, implementing, and supporting complex process and technology solutions, providing senior executive oversight on some the largest transformation projects in North America.

Christopher Andrews

As President & CEO of BBDO in Canada, Chris is responsible for setting the strategic vision and growth of the business in the Canadian market, serving clients including Ford, RBC, PepsiCo, Sobeys and more.

He has experience that spans Canada, the US and Europe. Before joining BBDO he spent five years running The&Partnership’s operations in Toronto and Vancouver, which doubled in size during his tenure. Prior to that, he was based at Leo Burnett’s global headquarters in Chicago, where he served as Executive Vice-President, Global Account Head for Coca-Cola Brands, covering disciplines including brand advertising, digital, shopper marketing and activation in markets including the US, Western Europe, LATAM and Asia-Pacific. Before that, he spent a decade with TAXI in roles of increasing responsibility, from being part of the launch team of TAXI 2 to running the Amsterdam office, where he led operations and held pan-European client responsibility for businesses including Unilever and Heineken.

Chris has significant experience navigating complex client businesses with multiple senior stakeholders and thrives on helping his clients work within their organizations to drive desired results. He has a deep love of the balance of art and commerce and is a passionate believer in the power of creativity to drive business and better the world.

His spare time is spent with his wife, nurturing their 11-year-old daughter’s love of art, music and travel. And he may well be the only person running a Canadian agency to have had a record deal.

Elfreda Lau

Elfreda joined Google in 2008 after graduating from her MBA at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She started at Google Canada as the Head of Sales Strategy & Operations for the Canadian market and has held several Strategy, Operations, Go-to-Market and Product Commercialization leadership roles at Google since then. She is now the Director of Global Strategic Programs and Operations for ChromeOS. Prior to Google and her MBA, Elfreda spent several years in the management consulting and financial services industries in Toronto, Canada after completing her Bachelor of Applied Science Industrial Engineering degree at the University of Toronto in 2000. In her spare time, she enjoys golf, yoga and chasing after her 9 year old son.

Lauren Israel 

Lauren Israel is Executive Director, Business Management at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in New York City. Her current responsibilities include coordinating employee giving, sponsorships and donations for the US Capital Markets team.  Prior to her role with CIBC, Lauren held several positions at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she served as Director in several Technology departments over her 12 year tenure, including Global Markets and Risk Technologies, Legal and Compliance Technology and Finance Technology in New York and London. She obtained her Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science at the University at Buffalo, with concentrations in finance and international business. Lauren has also been a dedicated volunteer on the United Way of New York City Campaign Council since 2017.

Linda Shick 

In 1995, Linda decided to change careers from the commercial bank world to personal wealth management in order to make a material difference in people’s personal lives. Over the many years of her journey, she has been managing clients’ wealth, developing lasting relationships with them, their families, their colleagues and their friends. What became apparent to Linda from the beginning was people of all ages face many expected and unexpected transitions, and require her assistance and support to ensure they navigate these transitions with financial success while feeling comfortable and in control. She has witnessed almost all, and personally experienced some, of life’s exciting and tragic events. Linda developed specific strategies and expertise in not only guiding clients through these journeys but also helping them to navigate successfully the complexities of their financial life so they can be assured their plan is on track and their goals will be met. She found the difference she sought when changing careers: the rewarding opportunity of working with all generations of different families, as well as senior executives, business owners and US citizens.

In addition to being a Portfolio Manager with the Chartered Investment Manager designation, Linda is also certified to offer cross-border investment solutions. Her wealth process focuses on clients’ individual goals, creating a plan in a holistic manner, and using an active portfolio management process to identify opportunities while managing the risks associated with them.

At Raymond James, Linda co-founded the Family Wealth Counsel Advisory Group. She and her partners provide comprehensive financial planning and wealth management services while acting as custodians and stewards of their clients’ generational family wealth.

Linda is an active swimmer, cyclist, recreational runner and paddle boarder. She loves to travel and immerse herself in local communities in different areas of the world. She enjoys the solitude and activity of country life and spends as much time as possible at her cottage on Kawagama Lake in the Algonquin Highlands. One of Linda’s life philosophies is to pay it forward; therefore, she endeavors as much as possible to give back to the people and animals in her communities. She is involved in and contributes to many community projects and serves as a Board Member on two charitable boards in Toronto.

Richard Weldon 

Richard Weldon is a Managing Partner at Romspen and is responsible for special projects, including the restructuring of development strategies and asset enhancement. Richard has over 30 years of experience in real estate planning, construction and leasing. He has built, owned and managed over 1,000 commercial and residential projects across North America. Prior to joining Romspen in 2011, Richard was Vice President of Sotheby’s International Realty focusing on the successful restructuring, marketing and sale of major residential and commercial projects for many of Canada’s largest financial institutions. 

Richard was trained as a Chartered Accountant and received his Commerce degree from Concordia University in Montreal.

Russell Browne

Russell Browne is a Managing Director Sales and Structuring, Metals Trading FICC, providing metals risk management solutions and structures to clients in the Mining, Energy, Chemical and Institutional Investor sectors. Russell recently joined BMO in November 2018, having previously worked at Scotiabank (ScotiaMocatta) for 10 years, as a Director in Precious Metals Sales and Trading. Prior to working in metals, Russell worked 7 years in Currency Sales and Structuring. Russell began his career in Montreal, working as an open-outcry Pit Trader at the Montreal Exchange, trading futures on 5 and 10 year Canadian Bonds and 3 month Bankers Acceptances. Russell has a B.A. in Economics from Concordia University (Canada).

Our Board Advisory Committee

Hilen Wong

Hilen leads the TELUS Stores and Koodo Shops teams. In this role, he supports over 2,700 team members across Canada delivering technology solutions backed by an exceptional customer experience. Hilen and his team also proudly support TELUS’ commitment to Give Where We Live by actively volunteering and fundraising in the local community. The TELUS team is proud to support PCC with an annual fundraising drive in memory of a beloved colleague who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Hilen was a member of the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Board of Directors from 2019 through 2023, before shifting to the Advisory Committee in 2024.

In over 15 years at TELUS, Hilen has held various leadership roles at TELUS including positions in Business Intelligence, Product Development, Pricing and National Retail. Trained as an electrical engineer, Hilen worked as a management consultant supporting clients primarily in the communications sector prior to joining TELUS.

Hilen and his wife Karen have two wonderful children. In his spare time, Hilen enjoys spending time with his family

Jason Roberts

Jason is a commercial litigation lawyer with McEwan Partners in Vancouver, where his practice focuses on securities law matters. He holds a law degree from the University of Manitoba and has completed all of the requirements for his Master of Laws in securities law from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), from which he will formally graduate in June, 2024. In 2012 and 2013, Jason lived in Ottawa while working as a Law Clerk for the Honourable Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada. Jason joined the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Board of Directors in 2019 (a position he held through 2023 before shifting to the Advisory Committee in 2024), shortly after he lost his mother to pancreatic cancer. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his young family and is also an avid amateur golfer.

Marc St-Onge

Marc St-Onge is currently consulting with Element Fleet Management in their finance area. Prior to joining Element in 2023, he was employed by CIBC for nearly 25 years and held various progressively senior positions within CIBC Capital Markets, including most recently as Managing Director and Global Head of DCM where he was responsible for the origination and syndication of investment grade, high yield and government fixed income products globally.

Prior to this, Mr. St-Onge was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking Canada, where he was responsible for the bank’s Canadian corporate loan portfolio and oversaw the bank’s lending activities with corporate, government and financial sponsor clients across all major industries.

Mr. St-Onge holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) from l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1998. Mr. St-Onge chairs the Shaw Festival Boxing Evening, a fundraising event for The Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-lake.

Ricky Ray Butler

Ricky Ray Butler is a 15 year digital veteran who has been at the forefront of reimagining the advertising landscape in a world of ever growing digital content.  He found Plaid Social Labs in 2009 which was later acquired by BEN. Today BEN is leading the way in connecting brands to the right audiences in non-ad supported media across social, streaming and traditional platforms, and with the recent acquisition of TubeBuddy, has expanded that mission to help the 6M+ creators on the platform. 

Butler serves as an advisor and investor for entrepreneurs and charities who share his relentless quest for disruption and deep learning, including applications of natural language generation in gaming with AI Dungeon and powering automated machine learning using unstructured data with Zeff (acquired by DataRobot). As one of AdAge’s 40 Under 40, and a member of Forbes Agency Council, Butler is serving as the catalyst for the next generation of data driven entertainment and advertising. Like any true digital nerd, Ricky spends his free time creating art no one should see and reading about the myriad of ways data has and can improve the 21st century.

Our Chief Medical Advisor

Anish Kirpalani

Dr. Kirpalani is a radiologist, medical educator, and healthcare entrepreneur with over 15 years of broad practice experience in both academic and private/community settings in Canada and the USA. He has been a staff radiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto since 2009, where he is also the Head of Abdominal Radiology, Chair of Medical Imaging Research at St. Michael’s, and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. In addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice, Anish has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has given over 40 invited lectures in radiology, focused mostly in MRI. Anish has a background in both engineering and medicine. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two young children.

Pancreatic Cancer North America

442 5th Avenue #2873
Manhattan, NY

Toll Free: 1-844-274-3640

Pancreatic Cancer North America is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS. Tax ID #84-5185853. Any contributions to Pancreatic Cancer North America are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

Pancreatic Cancer North America is proud to work in partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Canada.