Rebecca Finlay

Vice-president, CIFAR

Rebecca leads CIFAR’s Knowledge Outreach Group. Their goal is to connect CIFAR fellows with leaders in business, government and civil society in order to create technological, social and sustainable innovation. CIFAR fellows have transformed the fields of population health, early brain development, machine learning, the effect of institutions on prosperity, and much more. Founded in 1982, CIFAR has 14 research programs today. Interdisciplinary and highly diverse, CIFAR’s research programs are comprised of approximately 400 internationally respected fellows and advisors from 130 institutions in 17 countries worldwide.

Prior to joining CIFAR, Rebecca was senior advisor to the Toronto Region Research Alliance and group director, public affairs and cancer control for the Canadian Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute of Canada. Before moving to the non‐profit sector, she built strategic partnerships as first vice-president, financial institution and partnership marketing at Bank One International and vice-president, member business management with MasterCard International. She holds an M.Phil. in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an Honours BA from McGill.