Advisory structures

Review the Partnership’s advisory structure, and discover how you can help.

Cancer is a complex health challenge that no single organization can address on its own. Together with Canada’s cancer community, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is enabling a coordinated approach to reducing the cancer burden on Canadians, with a focus on achieving measurable and concrete outcomes by. The advice, input and expertise from individuals and groups serving in the Partnership’s advisory capacities are critical to ensuring the ongoing relevance and ultimate success of the cancer community’s collective efforts. Bringing a range of perspectives, members of the Partnership’s advisory bodies – the Partnership Cancer Control Council and various Advisory Groups – provide crucial strategic and operational leadership, guiding the Partnership in its work.

Partnership Cancer Control Council

The Partnership Cancer Control Council, chaired by the Vice-President, Cancer Control, meets quarterly, drawing together the experience and knowledge of the organization’s Vice-Presidents, Senior Scientific Leads and Expert Leads. Senior Scientific Leaders, recognized authorities in their respective areas and affiliated with other organizations active in cancer control, offer vision and oversight, working with staff and partners to leverage expertise, synthesize efforts and identify synergies across initiatives within their portfolios. Expert Leads bring a depth of knowledge in their particular area of expertise, enabling them to spearhead efforts on the Partnership’s key initiatives. As a collective body, this group provides advice and counsel across the organization, supporting the implementation of strategic initiatives and driving the work forward.

Chief Scientific Officer

Heather Bryant
Heather Bryant, MD, PhD, CCFP, FRCPC

Senior Scientific Leaders

Senior Scientific Leaders work with the Partnership by providing their thought leadership to an entire portfolio.

Deborah Dudgeon
Deborah Dudgeon, MD

Expert Leads

Experts Leads offers their thought leadership and expertise to the Partnership within a particular program area in a portfolio.

Geoff Porter
Geoff Porter, MD
Christian Finley
Christian Finley, MD
Paul Grundy
Paul Grundy, MD
Claire de Oliveira
Claire de Oliveira, PhD

Expert Advisors

Expert Advisors work with the Partnership by providing their core areas of expertise and advice on certain projects the Partnership is engaged in.

  • David Armstrong, MD
  • Andrew Coldman, PhD
  • Kathleen Decker, PhD
  • Gregory Doyle, MBA
  • William Evans, MD
  • Jon Kerner, PhD
  • Anthony Miller, MD
  • Michael Milosevic, MD
  • Stephen Lam, MD
  • Catherine Popadiuk, MD
  • John Srigley, MD
  • Terrence Sullivan, PhD
  • Michael Wolfson, PhD
  • Steven Gribble, PhD
  • James Brierley, MD

Advisory Committees

A foundational piece for the Partnership has been its reliance on advisory bodies to foster collaboration and deepen the involvement of a cross-section of cancer and health system experts, clinicians, health care providers, patients and families across the organization.  Advisory groups and committees have existed since 2007 as a collaborative network of volunteer experts, patients, and public representatives established to advise the Partnership in each of its cancer control priority areas; traditionally aligned with the cancer control domains; population health, research, person-centred perspective and diagnosis and clinical care. Building on our learnings, progress, and successes in the first decade of the Strategy, the strategic plan is grounded in five themes; quality, equity, seamless patient experience, maximize data impact and sustainable system.


Harvey Max Chochinov (Chair), MD, OC, OM, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC, FCAHS

Senior Scientist, Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology, Cancercare Manitoba
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

Winson Cheung, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Calgary
Director of Health Services Research
Calgary, AB

Don Desserud, BA, MA, PhD

Patient/ Family Representative
Professor of Political Science, University of Prince Edward Island
Senior Administrator and former Dean of Faculty
Cornwall, PEI

Roslyn Doctorow, EdD

Patient/ Family Representative
Retired, Educational Consultant, Professor Nova Southeastern University, Florida
Former PFA for Cancer Care Ontario: Colorectal Cancer Guideline, Cancer Screening Engagement, Sedation for Routine Colonoscopy Expert Panel
Toronto, ON

Bill Evans, MD, FRCPC

Cancer Care Ontario (Clinical Advisor Smoking Cessation)/ President, Oncosynthesis Consulting Inc.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Oncology, McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Eshwar Kumar, MBBS, FRCR

Medical Officer, New Brunswick Cancer Network
Fredericton, NB

Greg McKinnon, MD, FRCSC

Professor Departments of Surgery and Oncology, University of Calgary and Division Head, Surgical Oncology, University of Calgary and Tom Baker Cancer Center
Calgary, AB

Carolyn Tayler, RN, BN, MSA, CON (C)

Director of Strategic Initiatives, BC Centre for Palliative Care
Scotch Creek, BC

Eduardo Vides, MPH (candidate), MHA, MD (IMG)

Senior Health Policy Advisor, Métis National Council
Ottawa, ON

Nancy Wadden, MD, BSc, BMSc, FRCPC

Medical Director, Breast Screening Program for Newfoundland and Labrador/ Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL

Erica Di Ruggiero (Chair), MHSc, PhD, RD

Director, Office of Global Public Health Education & Training; Director, Collaborative Specialization in Global Health; Assistant Professor, Social & Behavioural Health Sciences
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

Aamir Bharmal, MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC

Medical Health Officer and Medical Director for Communicable Disease and Harm Reduction, Fraser Health Authority
Surrey, BC

Kathy Brooks

Patient/ Family Representative
Retired. Formerly Director of Provincial Services Branch; Public Sector Management training, University of Manitoba.
Winnipeg, MB

Doreen Edward

Patient/ Family Representative
Founder and Executive Director, Partnership and Development, The VOBOC Foundation; Active with Partnership since 2013; former Chair of the Person-Centred-Perspective Advisory Group and a Committee Member of Cancer Control Council.
Montreal, QC

Patrick Fafard, BA, MA, PhD

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
Associate Director, Global Strategy Lab, York University/University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Kelly Metcalfe, RN, PhD, FANN

Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto;
Adjunct Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Toronto, ON

Larry Pan, MD, FRCPC

Head, Provincial Radiation Oncology Service; Radiation Oncologist, PEI Cancer Treatment Centre; Chair, PEI Provincial Cancer Coordination Steering Committee.
Charlottetown, PEI

Stuart Peacock, BA, MSc, DPhil

Head of Cancer Control Research and Distinguished Scientist, BC Cancer Agency; Professor and Leslie Diamond Chair in Cancer Survivorship, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University; Co-Director, Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC).
Vancouver, BC

Tallal Younis, MBBCh, FACP, FRCP (UK)

Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University; Medical Oncologist, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (Halifax, NS).
Halifax, NS

Monika Krzyzanowska (Chair), MD, MPH, FRCPC

Medical Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre/ Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto/ Clinical Lead, Quality Care and Access, Systemic Treatment Program, Cancer Care Ontario/ Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Toronto, ON

Kelvin Chan, MD FRCPC, MSc, PhD

Medical Oncologist, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre/ Clinical Lead, Provincial Drug Reimbursement Programs, Cancer Care Ontario/ Co-Director, Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control, Canada
Toronto, ON

Lindsey Crawford, BSc, (PT), MHSc, CHE

Senior Director, Ambulatory Care, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital
Toronto, ON

Sandra Dudych

Patient and Family Representative
Retired marketing and communications professional. Partnership Patient and Family Advisor since 2014. Committees include: Maximize Data Impact Advisory Committee, June 2017-present: System Performance Steering Committee / Cancer Control Council / “Cancer and Work” resources project /Breast Cancer Screening Network; October 2014-present: Expert Panel, “Experiences of Cancer Patients in Transitions Study”
Winnipeg, MB

Penelope Hedges, CPA, CA.IT

Semi-retired/IT consultant. Professional experience in: litigation support, database development and IT project management. Partnership Patient and Family Advisor since 2014. Partnership committees: Palliative and End of Life Care National Network (since 2014), Cancer Control Council (since 2016); Palliative Care Matters: Lay Panel (2016)
Vancouver, BC

Vance Lockton, MSc, MPP

Strategic Policy and Research Analyst, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Toronto, ON

Michelle Parker, PMP, MBA

Patient/ Family Representative
Manager, Portfolio and Project Management Office, Health Quality Ontario. Past Patient/Family advisor to Partnership’s Person Centred Perspective Advisory Committee
Toronto, ON

Hsien Seow, BSc, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, McMaster University/ Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation
Hamilton, ON

Gary Groot (Chair), MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS

Director of Surgical Oncology, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK

Geetanjali Datta, ScD, MPH

Associate Professor, University of Montreal/ Researcher, CHUM Research Centre
Montreal, QC

Tanya Davoren

Director of Health, Métis Nation British Columbia
Surrey, BC

Derrick Henderson, BEd

Patient/ Family Representative
Chief, Sagkeeng First Nation. Previous Sagkeeng Band Council member. Former Educational Administrator in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Graduate Diploma in Education Administration.
Sagkeeng Anicinabe, MB

Loraine Marrett, PhD

Scientist Emeritus, Cancer Care Ontario/ Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

Veronica Marsman-Murphy, MSW, RSW

Field Advisory – Akoma Family Centre & Association of Black Social Workers/ Executive Director – Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children-Akoma Family Centre/ Property Manager, Akoma Holdings Incorporated (part-time)
Dartmouth, NS

Ambreen Sayani, MD, MSc, PhD Candidate

Physician, Specialist Cancer Research, PhD Candidate Health Policy and Equity, York University
Toronto, ON

Zeba Tayabee, BSW, MSW

Patient/ Family Representative
Community Employment Specialist, East Scarborough Storefront. Post-Graduate Certificate in Community Organizing and Advocacy.
Markham, ON

Kasisomayajula "Vish" Viswanath, BSc, BCJ, MCJ, MA, PhD

Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Division of Population Sciences, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Mel Cappe (Chair), BA, MA, PhD

Patient/ Family Representative
Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. Former President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Officer of the Order of Canada.
Toronto, ON

Sandra Broughton, BA (Econ), MSc (Retired)

Provincial Director, Clinical Trials Operations and Pain and Symptom Management Palliative Care, BC Cancer Agency
Kelowna, BC

Genevieve Chaput, BA, MD, MA Health Professions Education, CAC CFPC

Attending Physician, Assistant Professor, Cancer Survivorship Program
Cedars Cancer Centre, McGill University Health Centre,
Montreal, QC

Lena Cuthbertson, BHSc, MEd, PMP

Provincial Executive Director, British Columbia Ministry of Health/ Providence Health Care
Vancouver, BC

Tom Hack, PhD

Professor, College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Director, Psychosocial Oncology & Cancer Nursing Research, I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute
Senior Scientist, Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology at CancerCare Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

Anne Newman

Patient/ Family Representative
Adaptive Technologist, Adaptive Technology Centre, Stauffer Library, Queen’s University. Past Cancer Care Ontario PFA, member of the South East Regional Palliative Care Steering Committee, and South East LHIN Patient and Family Advisory Council.
Kingston, ON

Christine Power, RN (Retired)

Manager, Cancer Care Program, Eastern Health
St. Johns, NL

Carole Mayer, PhD, RSW

Director of Research and Regional Psychosocial Oncology
Person-Centred Care and Symptom Management Lead
Scientist, Health Sciences North Research Institute
Supportive Care Program, Northeast Cancer Centre
President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology
Sudbury, ON

Andrew Pipe, CM, MD, LLD, DSc

Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Vinesha Ramasamy, BComm

Patient/ Family Representative
Risk Analyst, Structured Equity Derivatives, TD Securities; Community Relations, TD Bank Group; community advocate and speaker, peer mentor
Mississauga, ON