Ms. Sharon Colle
President and CEO, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Sharon was the recipient of the 2013 Health Charity Coalition of Canada (HCCC) Award of Distinction as an outstanding contributor to the charitable health sector.
As the President & CEO of the Foundation Fighting Blindness since 1992, Sharon has been leading the organization to raise money to fund vision research and build public awareness about retinal diseases such as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). On average over the past 10 years, the Foundation’s fundraising revenues have grown by almost 20% annually. The Foundation is Canada’s largest charitable funder of vision research.
The Foundation has invested more than $23 million in research, as well as leveraged an additional $9.6 million in partnership with major funding agencies. Last year alone, Foundation funded scientists published 39 scientific papers, applied for 5 patents on potential treatments, and trained 26 student scientists.