Canadian Cancer Society saddened by loss of former CEO

27 June 2014


The Canadian Cancer Society was saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Alexander (Bob) Macbeth on June 17. Mr Macbeth was appointed chief executive officer of the Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada in 1977, a position he held until 1985. During this period, the Society supported Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, and Mr Macbeth greatly admired the remarkable young man.

“Through his leadership and passion to improve the lives of those with cancer, Mr Macbeth played a key role in directing the Society through a period of transformative and progressive change,” said Pamela Fralick, president and CEO of the Society. “In doing so, he positively affected the lives of countless Canadians while also directly influencing the cancer research community in a meaningful and lasting way. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family at this time of loss.”

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information, visit or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, please contact:

Brooke Kelly

Communications Coordinator

Canadian Cancer Society

National office

Phone: 416-934-5321