About us

Brain Injury Canada (formerly The Brain Injury Association of Canada) was formed in 2002 after a groundswell of advocacy and national activity by local brain injury associations, survivors and caregivers across the country. Everyone agreed that Canadians living with the effects of acquired brain injury, their families and caregivers, required national representation to connect and advocate for needs and services.

Mission, Vision & Values


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
  • Educating and empowering people living with acquired brain injury, families/caregivers, healthcare workers, researchers, and the general public


A better quality of life for all people affected by acquired brain injury in Canada.


At Brain Injury Canada, we firmly stand behind our values.

  • Accountability
  • Compassion
  • Connection/collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship

Strategic Plan

Board of Directors
Brain Injury Canada’s Board of Directors are committed to the mission and values of our organization and are accountable for competent, conscientious and effective management of the organization, as well as responsible for governing the affairs of the organization within relevant legislation and regulations.

Our current Board of Directors includes:

  • Mario Longo – Chair
  • Kristen Bailey – Vice chair
  • Usman Yusaf – Treasurer
  • Heather Watkins – Secretary
  • James Cohen
  • Tamiko (Tami) Hynes
  • Pia Lindemann Kristensen
  • Xavier Linker
  • John McGowan
  • Annette Simms
  • Graham Todd
executive-director-brain-injury-canada Michelle McDonald
 Executive Director

Michelle 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, 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.Under Michelle’s leadership, Brain Injury Canada 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 Steering Committee for the Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium, 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.


content coordinator brain injury canadaRachel Newcombe
Associate Project Manager & Content Coordinator

Rachel is our content coordinator in charge of website content, and has been a part of the Brain Injury Canada staff since September 2019. In her role as associate project manager, she helps implement strategic planning and execution of ongoing projects. She also manages our social media and marketing. She has several years of writing experience in journalism, marketing, and for non-profit organizations. She graduated with honours from Bishop’s University with a degree in culture/media studies and journalism. Multiple members of her family have experienced a brain injury, and she is excited to be actively contributing to furthering education and advocacy for our organization.

Annual reports & financial statements
Brain Injury Canada puts out an annual report each year.

Brain Injury Canada financial statements:

Honourary Patron
Profile picture of Dan AndreaeDan Andreae is an award winning professor, executive director, community leader  and advocate, volunteer and citizen. He has been recognized in Canada and Marquis Whos Who has named him as Whos Who in the World.

Dan has a compelling interest in the brain and as the first Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society and later Chair of it’s Patrons Council he has played a key role in building up the society’s profile and by instituting innovative programs. For his many contributions he was awarded the Trailblazer Award by the Alzheimer Society and recognized with a special award by the International Alzheimer Society presented by Chair Princess Yasmin Khan.

He has had the honour of having a neuroscience laboratory named in his honour at the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s top research and educational institutions. Dr. Andreae represents Canada on the Weizmann International Board and in 2018 was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award by Weizmann Canada. He is proud to be Honourary Patron of Brain Injury Canada and one 2016 was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Brain Injury Canada.

For Dan life long learning is a passion and he had taught forty five subjects at university and college. He has been the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Waterloo, made a Fellow of Renison University College at the university and has been Faculty of the Year twice at the University of Guelph Humber as well as being chosen for the Faculty Mentoring Award. In 2018 he was selected as Professor of the Decade by the International Association of Top Professionals and in 2020 was named Intellectual of the Year by the Top 100 Registry in New York City. Dan was awarded with an Honourary Doctorate of Laws for contributions to health care in 2008 from Assumption University in Windsor and in 2020 from Laurentian University in Sudbury.

Dr. Andreae has received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and the Ontario Medal of Citizenship by the Lieutenant Governor. His other community involvements include serving on the Board of Governors of the Michener Institute, University Health Network, Health Advisor to the Psychology Foundation of Canada and Advisor to the Weizmann Institute as well as the National Eating Disorder Information Centre at Toronto General Hospital where he is Past Chair of their Advisory Committee as well as Past Chairs of the Canadian Abilities Foundation and Neuchâtel Junior College Advisory Committee, a Canadian school in Switzerland.

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Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC)

Brain Injury Canada is a proud member of NHCC. Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) is a coalition of organizations that represent people with brain diseases, disorders and injuries in Canada. We work collaboratively to increase awareness, education and research and improve diagnosis, treatment and supports to benefit people affected by brain conditions. Michelle McDonald, ED of Brain Injury Canada is the new Chair of the Governing Council.

Website: mybrainmatters.ca

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Every Canadian Counts (ECC)

Brain Injury Canada is a partner with Every Canadian Counts, a coalition committed to improving services for the over 1.9 million Canadians living with long-term, chronic disabilities. ECC recognizes the urgent need to provide for these Canadians, and their families, as many do not have access to even the most basic supports and services.

Website: everycanadiancounts.com

Disability Tax Fairness Alliance

The purpose of this alliance is to obtain change by raising awareness among elected officials and policy-makers of the urgent need to ensure that the administration of the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and other disability/infirmity measures reflects the intent of Parliament, the interpretation of the Income Tax Act by the Tax Court of Canada and the values of our society.

The Brain Injury Canada Conference
The 2022 conference has concluded. You can access the recordings for only $60. Next year’s conference will be May 17-18, 2023. Visit braininjurycanadaconference.ca for event details