Sapna Mahajan
Director, Genomics & Society, Genome Canada

Sapna Mahajan is a fully bilingual executive leader with more than 15 years of national and international experience in the health field.  In April 2021, she joined Genome Canada as the Director of Genomics in Society leading the work on public policy, knowledge exchange and translation, government relations and implementation. 

 Prior to this, for more than a decade, she was Director of Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada leading and directly accountable for the Commission’s priorities in the areas of workplace mental health, peer support, post-secondary student mental health, e-mental health and cannabis. She helped lead the development of the first in the world National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, and since then has been working with organizations globally to drive widespread adoption and implementation. She is currently part of the Canadian mirror committee to develop an international Standard based on Canada’s psychological health and safety Standard, co-chairs the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Workplace Wellness and Resilience Focus Area Work Group and is a member of the World Health Organisation’s Guidelines Development Group for Mental Health and Work. For the last two years, Ms. Mahajan was on secondment at Treasury Board Secretariat with the Government of Canada leading the Centre of Expertise for Workplace Mental Health, leading government-wide efforts in the areas of diversity, inclusion, mental health, and wellness. Prior to joining the Commission, Sapna worked at the Queen’s Center for Health Services and Policy Research. She has also worked with the William J Clinton Foundation and the Centre for International Health and Development.  

 Sapna holds a Masters in International Public Health – Health Policy and Management from Boston University. She is a Canadian Healthcare Executive and a Project Management Professional. In 2015, she was chosen to participate in the Governor General Canadian Leadership Conference. 

She is an active community member volunteering with several charities and not for profit organisations, including as a Board member of the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Mindful Employer.