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Our leadership

To keep our administrative and operating costs low and to ensure that donor dollars are used efficiently and have the greatest impact possible, CCS is run on a nationwide model. Our Executive Leadership team and staff across the country are held accountable to a national volunteer board of directors. The board’s responsibilities include governance, leadership, public accountability, establishing our nation-wide priorities and acting as trustees on behalf of Canadians.

We also have regional offices that represent British Columbia/Yukon, the Prairies and the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Each regional office is led by an executive director, who is held accountable to a regional advisory board.

  • National Board of Directors

    Robert Lawrie (Chair)
    Toronto, ON

    Wayne McDonald
    Riverview, NB

    Rob Assimakopoulos
    Toronto, ON

    Nancy McKay
    Fredericton, NB

    John Boynton
    Toronto, ON

    Dr John Mercer
    Edmonton, AB

    Susan Ewanick
    West Kelowna, BC

    James Moore
    Port Moody, BC

    Dr David Huntsman
    Vancouver, BC

    Patricia North
    Toronto, ON

    Dr Michael Jewett
    Toronto, ON

    Bruce Rothney
    Toronto, ON

    Shachi Kurl
    Vancouver, BC

    Gail Rudderham Chernin
    Sydney, NS

    Dr David Malkin
    Toronto, ON

    Yves A Sicard
    Saint-Lambert, QC

    Bretta Maloff
    Calgary, AB

    Dr Michael Woods
    St. John's, NL

  • A message from the Chair of our National Board of Directors
    Robert Lawrie

    2017-18 was historic for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Our merger with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation brought together 2 of the largest health charities in Canada in a bold move which provided resources more efficiently to deliver on our combined mission.

    Knowing nearly half of Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetimes and forecasting the incidence of the disease to rise dramatically by 2030, CCS needed to address this surge with new strategies. While we will continue to be the largest charitable underwriter of cancer research and to offer trusted and compassionate information and support to patients and their clinical and personal supporters, we are also embarking on several new initiatives seeking to prevent cancer by conducting research into healthier living and advocating those choices directly and through public policies.

    More than ever, CCS is contributing to the eradication of cancer through research and prevention. Until then, we will make every effort to assist those of us whose lives are impacted – patients, families, supporting caregivers, clinicians and researchers.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you to our leadership, donors and volunteers. This transformative year could not have happened without your support.

    Robert Lawrie

  • Executive Leadership Team

    Lynne Hudson
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Paula Roberts
    Executive Vice-President, Marketing and Communications

    Sara Oates
    Executive Vice-President, Finance and Operations

    Debbie Singh
    Executive Vice-President, People and Culture

    Jeff Cornett
    Executive Director, Ontario

    Sandra Krueckl
    Vice President, Cancer Control, Chair of Mission

    Suzanne Dubois
    Executive Director, Quebec

    Jane Parsons
    Regional Executive Director, Atlantic

    Dan Holinda
    Regional Executive Director, Prairies

    Andrea Seale
    Regional Executive Director, BC/Yukon

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  • Nova Scotia Advisory Board

    David Landrigan (Chair)
    Halifax, NS

    Martina Munden
    Halifax, NS

    Jeff Aucoin
    Halifax, NS

    Elizabeth Newman
    Halifax, NS

    Carey Blair
    Halifax, NS

    Chris Nolan
    Halifax, NS

    David Boyd
    Halifax, NS

    Jane Parsons (Regional Executive Director, Atlantic Canada)
    Halifax, NS

    Jeff Forbes
    Halifax, NS

    Susan Payne
    Halifax, NS

    Cathy Keating
    Halifax, NS

    Jeff Stockhausen (Past Chair)
    Halifax, NS

    Richie Mann
    Halifax, NS



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