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Board

The Canadian Cancer Society’s national office and each of its provincial offices are accountable to a volunteer board of directors. The board’s responsibilities include governance, leadership, public accountability, establishing the Society’s nation-wide and provincial priorities and acting as a trustee on behalf of Canadians.

  • Board of Directors

    Robert Lawrie (Chair)
    Toronto, ON

    Shachi Kurl
    Vancouver, BC

    Rob Assimakopoulos
    Toronto, ON

    Rex Lee
    Toronto, ON
    Dr Robert Bell
    Toronto, ON
    Bretta Maloff
    Calgary, AB

    John Boynton
    Toronto, ON

    Christine McCourt-Reid
    Edmonton, AB
    Philippe Couillard
    Saint-Félicien, QC
    Nancy McKay
    Fredericton, NB
    Dr Chen Fong
    Calgary, AB
    Susan McPeak
    Verdun, QC
    Chan Hon Goh 
    West Vancouver, BC 
    James Moore
    Port Moody, BC
    Diane Gosselin
    Laval, QC
    Hilary Pearson
    Westmount, QC
    Dr David Huntsman
    Vancouver, BC
    Valerie Steele
    Toronto, ON
    Yolande James
    Beaconsfield, QC
    Christopher Wein
    Toronto, ON
      David Woollcombe
    Toronto, ON
  • A message from the Chair of our Board of Directors
    Robert Lawrie

    Last year the Canadian Cancer Society again improved its financial efficiency. We will announce our third consecutive surplus, while maintaining our level of research investment (~$40 million a year) and other mission support – education, lodges, rides to treatment, wig and prosthesis loans, support and government advocacy. Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. We now know 40% of cancers are preventable, so we are launching a new initiative investing in research to discover and inform Canadians about living healthier lifestyles and we are advocating for government participation. And for those who are diagnosed, the Society will continue to provide support to make their journey less hard.

    We also achieved two new strategic initiatives:

    • amalgamation with Prostate Cancer Canada, continuing our commitment to consolidate the sector to reduce expense and to dedicate more donor dollars to mission, all to help bring us closer to realizing our vision of a world where no Canadian fears cancer; and
    • CDL Cancer from our soon-to-be-opened new Centre for Cancer Prevention and Support in Vancouver. It will be the first venture incubator- accelerator discovering and supporting early-stage science and technology startup ventures focusing on cancer prevention and support and accelerating early-stage ventures’ commercialization in Canada and beyond.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you to our new CEO, Andrea Seale, and our staff; to our donors and volunteers, our work simply would not happen without your support; and to researchers and clinical professionals, you are on the front line giving us strength as you make discoveries and bring comfort as you offer compassionate care. None of this progress would be possible without all of you. Together, we are all a force-for-life in the face of cancer.

    Robert Lawrie

  • Alberta and NWT Provincial Board
    Christine McCourt-Reid (Chair)
    Edmonton, AB
    Tracy Knight
    Cochrane, AB

    Joanne Dial
    Calgary, AB

    Bretta Maloff (Past Chair)
    Calgary, AB
    Ron Deyholos
    Calgary, AB
    Cameron McDonald
    Calgary, AB
    Brady Fletcher
    Vancouver, BC
    John Mercer
    Edmonton, AB
    Patrick Heinsen
    Calgary, AB
    Michael Thomson
    Calgary, AB
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