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Inez Jabalpurwala

Brain Canada Foundation
President and Chief Executive Officer

Inez Jabalpurwala is the President and CEO of the Brain Canada Foundation, a position she has held since 2001. Brain Canada is a national non-profit organization that supports brain research. In 2011, the Government of Canada committed $100 million in matched funding to establish a public-private partnership with Brain Canada, the Canada Brain Research Fund. In 2016, Government committed an additional $20 million in matched funding, bringing the total Fund to $240 million. 

Active in her community, Inez is currently the President of the board of the McGill University Alumni Association. She is on the board of Equitas—International Centre for Human Rights Education. She is a mentor through the Loran Scholars Program.

She is a member of the US National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group; and previously a member of the Institute of Medicine (of the National Academies) Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders. She is on the Board of BrainsCAN (Brain Health for Life), a $66-million investment by the Government of Canada through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund based at the University of Western Ontario.

Inez is a member of the Economic Development and Public Finance committee of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal; a member of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance; a member of the International Women’s Forum; and a member of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative. 

Inez holds a BA (First Class Honours and Faculty Scholar) and MA in English Literature, and an MBA from McGill University.  She has also completed the McGill-McConnell Master’s Program (Master’s of Management) for National Voluntary Sector Leaders.

In 2007, Inez was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network, in the “Trailblazers and Trendsetters Category”.  She received this recognition again in 2016.