About Us

McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill

The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill are Canada’s first leadership-driven scholarship for master’s and professional degree students. They represent an investment in students who are developing expertise in their respective fields, have a track record of taking initiative, and seek to collaborate with others to understand and address important problems and challenges.

John McCall MacBain and Marcy McCall MacBain announced the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill in February 2019 through a landmark gift of $200 million, the single largest gift in Canadian history.

John and Marcy McCall MacBain’s vision for the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill is rooted in a belief that an outstanding, well-rounded education can lay a foundation that supports lifelong success and community engagement. As graduates of Canada’s publicly funded higher education system, John and Marcy McCall MacBain know firsthand how universities like McGill can reduce social barriers and foster talent at the highest of levels.

Based on their work over the years through the McCall MacBain Foundation with some of the top scholarships around the world, such as the Rhodes Scholarships in Oxford, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships in Cape Town, and the Kupe Scholarships in New Zealand, they felt it was crucial that Canada have a comprehensive scholarship at this level – one that builds on but is not limited to academic excellence.

Building A Global Community

The McCall MacBain Scholarships will create a global community of innovators, creative leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and others with a lifelong commitment to working with others to make real change.

In the third year (2023), the McCall MacBain Scholars cohort will grow to include international students. The number of scholarships will increase from 20 to 30 per year, with international students expected to make up one-third of each incoming cohort.

McCall MacBain Scholars will pursue their graduate studies at one of the most international universities in the world. McGill faculty members hail from over 70 countries and drive research that has global impact. More than a quarter of McGill students are from outside of Canada, representing almost 150 different countries.

“We are looking forward to welcoming promising leaders with entrepreneurial spirit, who foster opportunities not only for themselves – but for those living in the world around them.”

 – Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain

Our Team

Board of Directors

John McCall MacBain
John McCall MacBain
Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain
Suzanne Fortier
Suzanne Fortier
Board Director; Principal & Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Robert Fetherstonhaugh
Robert Fetherstonhaugh
Secretary & Treasurer
Marc Weinstein
Marc Weinstein
Board Director; Vice-Principal of University Advancement, McGill University


Franca Gucciardi
Chief Executive Officer
Natasha Sawh, Dean of Scholarships
Natasha Sawh
Dean of Scholarships
Julia Lo
Julia Lo
Director of Marketing and Communications
Sebastian Muermann
Sebastian Muermann
Program Officer and Executive Assistant