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Nova Scotia CEO

Barbara Stead-Coyle

Barbara Stead-Coyle joined the Canadian Cancer Society in May 2012 as Chief Executive Officer of the Nova Scotia Division. The Society is currently in the midst of a $15M capital campaign to expand services for cancer patients in Nova Scotia.

Previous to joining the CCS, Barbara held several positions in Public Relations and Communications. In 2001, she Barbara moved to Sydney, Nova Scotia where she worked as Director of Marketing with Techlink Entertainment; the Director of Communications for the Cape Breton Growth Fund Corporation; was the founding General Manager of the Cape Breton Partnership; and was the Economic Benefits Officer at the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. In 2006, she accepted the position of CEO at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, during which time she led a $5.5M capital campaign, increased annual revenues, and positioned the organization as the charity of choice in Cape Breton.

Barbara holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree from McGill University and has continued her professional advancement at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Business, Institute of Philanthropy, St Mary’s University (Conflict Resolution, Mediation & Negotiation), and Queen’s University (Leadership Program). As well, she holds a professional designation from CAGP. Barbara is a strong supporter of creating a culture of giving – in her life, her family and her community.



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