who we are

The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is a provincially funded, not-for-profit organization that accelerates discovery and innovation, benefiting both patients and the economy. Looking forward to the next ten years, we will keep our vision to position Ontario as a world leader in brain research, commercialization, and care as our top driver. And we promise to improve everyday life for the one in three individuals in the province impacted by a brain disorder.

OBI’s collaborative approach to research aims to enhance the neuroscience system, grow the province’s neurotechnology cluster, and improve brain health for Ontarians. Read on to see real-life examples of how we realize this through our ‘team science’ approach, where researchers, clinicians, industry, patients, and their advocates are brought together to foster discovery and develop innovative products and services.

impact at a glance

OBI strives to have a positive impact on the abilities and performance of its partners and stakeholders to make Ontario a world leader in brain research, commercialization, and care.


what’s our impact?

Attendees at Events




Jobs Supported




Open Data Access Requests


Intern Follow-On Employment


Follow-On Investment Into Companies


ROI Of Portfolio Companies


Audience Reached


who are we?



Highly Qualified Personnel




Brain-CODE users






Portfolio Companies


Community Partners


what do we do?

Events Supported


Clinical Trials


Participants with data in Brain-CODE


Projects with Companies


Intellectual Property Granted


Patient Partnership Activities


Knowledge Products Produced


Partnerships with Community and Frontline Care


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culture at OBI

Work life balance has a whole new meaning now and looking ahead, as the hybrid life is here to stay. Working from home and at the office has given us the best of both worlds: providing more efficient use of our time, increased productivity, and the flexibility in how and where we work.

At OBI, we have made the most of this new reality by engaging staff virtually and in person, as we adjust to a new normal. Social experiences were enjoyed live, both together and through our computer screens.

Here is how our OBI staff spent time over the course of 2021 and 2022.

- Step Challenge 2021. Once again, over the course of 5 weeks, we had staff teams walk their way to a total of 1,875,186 steps - that's like walking from the OBI office to Kenora, Ontario!

- Halloween 2021. Costume optional! We gathered Zoom-style, with Halloween virtual backgrounds, carved pumpkins, and shared past stories.

- Virtual Holiday Celebration 2021. Staff joined in with their winter name, played Kahoot Trivia, participated in a home scavenger hunt and won OBI Staff Awards (the OBIEs).

- Minutes of Meditation, calm and relaxation is the name of the game! Guided through original meditations online, set to soothing music, staff were able to destress. Try a session via the OBI blog!

- Board Reception 2022, where we acknowledged and thanked retiring Board members as well as welcomed new ones! A light reception at the OBI office included staff and leadership.

- In-Person Social Potluck 2022. Good food and fun games were on the agenda for the first potluck at the OBI office since 2019. We enjoyed Pictionary and a ruthless Cornhole competition!

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reflections on the past year

2022 Message from the Chair of the Board of Directors

Read what inspired Todd Vienneau >

2022 Message from the President & Scientific Director

See what Dr. Mikkelsen is looking forward to at OBI >


board of directors

Motivated by a goal of improving the lives of the one in three Canadians living with a brain disorder, OBI’s Board of Directors and advisory committees supported an integrated and collaborative approach to scientific discovery that harnesses Ontario’s expertise in neuroscience research. We are grateful for their leadership.

Marcia Moffat

Retired Board Member
Managing Director
Head of Canada for Blackrock

Diane Kazarian

Retired Board Member
Managing Partner, GTA & National Banking Leader
PwC Management Services LLP

Todd Vienneau

Board Chair
Senior Director – Global Medical Affairs
Insulet Corporation

Michelle Khalili

Acting Vice-Chair
Managing Director and Head - Global Equity Capital Markets

Tom Mikkelsen

President and Scientific Director
Ontario Brain Institute

Joyce Barretto

Board Member
Senior Adviser, Corporate Projects
Home and Community Care Support Services

Heather Chalmers

Board Member

President and Chief Executive Officer
GE Canada

Maryann Feldman

Board Member

Heninger Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Policy
University of North Carolina

Susan M. Fitzpatrick

Board Member

The James S. McDonnell Foundation

Michael Horgan

Board Member

Senior Advisor
Bennett Jones LLP

Dominique Hussey

Board Member
Vice Chair & Toronto Managing Partner
Bennett Jones

Mike Kessel

Board Member

President & CEO
Cleveland Clinic Canada

Kyle MacDonald

Board Member

Portfolio Manager, Gallant MacDonald – CIBC
Co-Founder Capitalize for Kids

J.W. (James) McGuire

Board Member

Former SVP, Global Operations & Procurement

Steve Orsini

Board Member

President and CEO
Council of Ontario Universities

David Sharma

Board Member

President & CEO
Hathahalo Inc.

Mike Van Soelen

Board Member

Managing Principal

OBI outreach advisory committee members

Dr. Martin Buxton

Brunel University

Dr. Anas El Turabi

McKinsey & Company

Dr. Kathryn Graham

Alberta Innovates

Brenda Flaherty

Healthcare Consultant

Dr. Cara Altimus

Milken Institute