Joseph L. Rotman - Grand Challenges Canada

News Release
January 27, 2015
Toronto, Canada - Grand Challenges Canada has learned with deep regret and great sadness
that its legendary Chairman, Mr. Joseph L. Rotman, O.C., has passed away.
Mr. Rotman was appointed Chair of Grand Challenges Canada in 2009 and has been
instrumental in the success of the organization.
He was a strong proponent of the power of
integrating science, technology, social and
business innovation to generate long-lasting
impact in global health, and to save and improve
the lives of the world’s poorest. Mr. Rotman
believed in nurturing local leadership and
involvement to effectively and sustainably
address health challenges in the developing
world, and advocated for strong partnerships
with public and private partners.
Mr. Rotman, together with his wife Sandra, made long-term commitments in the fields of arts,
education and healthcare, while promoting and developing internationally-renowned Canadian
institutions. They have supported the creation of new knowledge in science and technology,
business practices, and public policy.
“Everyone at Grand Challenges Canada is devastated by the news. Canada has lost a visionary
leader,” said Dr. Peter A. Singer, O.C., Chief Executive Officer at Grand Challenges Canada.
“The thoughts of our entire Board of Directors and team, and our community of global health
innovators, go out to Mr. Rotman’s family.”
“We have been proud and privileged to work with Mr. Rotman as the Chair of Grand Challenges
Canada and we will remember him. A successful businessman an entrepreneur, Joe Rotman
moved away from business 20 years ago to apply the business principles he had learned to
philanthropy and as a trusted advisor to Governments. Joe Rotman loved Canada. An Officer of
the Order of Canada, no one better personified – and acted upon – the motto of the Order: ‘They
desire a better country’.”
“For me personally, Joe has been an inspiration and mentor for more than 15 years,” Singer
continues. “Joe Rotman was a great Canadian who transformed Canada’s role in the field of
global health and international development. I mourn his passing and will never forget what he
taught me. May his memory be a blessing.”
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About Grand Challenges Canada
Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact® in global
health. We are funded by the Government of Canada and we support innovators in low- and
middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas we support integrate science and
technology, social and business innovation to find sustainable solutions to health challenges –
we call this Integrated Innovation®. Grand Challenges Canada focuses on innovator-defined
challenges through its Stars in Global Health program and on targeted challenges in its Saving
Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs. Grand Challenges Canada
works closely with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and
Development (DFATD) to catalyze scale, sustainability and impact. We have a determined focus
on results, and on saving and improving lives.
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Grand Challenges Canada
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