As the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Cathy Adair is responsible for the daily operations of the Canadian Cancer Society. In 2014 Cathy transitioned to her role as COO from Vice President, Cancer Control where she was responsible for a broad portfolio comprising prevention; support services; research and policy, planning and evaluation.
She has made a significant contribution in enhancing the Society’s reputation and extending its influence on cancer issues that affect the population in BC and the Yukon. She leads and manages the Society’s cancer prevention strategy that includes health promotion, community action, and advocacy. Cathy has been instrumental in the establishment of a Cancer Prevention Centre with UBC.
Cathy worked for the Canadian Cancer Society from 1995 through 2001, initially as Director, Program Services and later as Director, Program Services & Regions. Her commitment to cancer control, the strong leadership of Barbara Kaminksy and the passion of the people at the Society drew her back to the organization in 2006.
Her broad experience in social services and health services over 37 years was gained in developing and managing community based services in municipal, provincial, and not for profit organizations. She has a Master Degree in Social Work and a certificate in Executive Development from UBC.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.