Michelle McDonald is an accomplished non-profit professional with two decades of experience working in the sector in both Toronto and Ottawa. For over a decade, she has dedicated her work to leading organizations in their missions of ensuring those living with the effects of acquired brain injury are valued, supported and engaged in their communities. As Executive Director of Brain Injury Canada (BIC), she has led the organization in a new strategic direction, securing a 3-year federal grant to enable BIC to better meet the needs of individuals, families and health care/service providers through the development of a comprehensive resource website, enabling easier access to credible and evidence-based information related to brain injury. Her demonstrated focus on collaboration and partnerships gives her the ability to look at the big picture, and how all stakeholders can work together to amplify the voices and needs of this resilient community.
As the only national charitable organization dedicated to brain injury, the mission of BIC is to advance awareness, education, opportunities, and support by: advocating at a national level on issues important to the brain injury community; establishing meaningful connections and collaborations with stakeholders; and educating and empowering people living with acquired brain injury, families/caregivers, healthcare workers, researchers, and the general public.
Under Michelle’s leadership, BIC is solidifying its position as a credible information source, knowledge mobilizer and ally for those with lived experience, families, the healthcare/service provider community, as well as the medical and research community.
She currently sits on the Disability Tax Credit Alliance, Every Canadian Counts Working Group, BC Concussion Advisory Network and is Chair of the Governing Council for Neurological Health Charities Canada. Past roles include Executive Director at the Brain Injury Society of Toronto and in Health Promotion at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.