Board of directors

Meet the Partnership board members, and find out about our governance structure and policies.

The Partnership’s Board of Directors reflects the broad range of stakeholders in the cancer control domain. The board is made up of representatives from cancer and health organizations; federal, provincial and territorial government agencies and departments; patient organizations; individuals and families affected by cancer; clinicians and health-care providers; researchers and the Aboriginal community.

Members of the Board

  • Graham Sher
    Graham Sher
  • Graham Sher
    Chair, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

    Member since

    June 1, 2012

    Committees

    Performance Committee

    Dr. Graham Sher joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2012 and was elected Chair in 2016. He also served as Chair of the Performance Committee.

    Dr. Sher is the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Services, the agency charged with managing Canada’s national blood, plasma and stem cell programs in all provinces and territories across Canada, excluding Quebec, as well as coordinating inter-provincial services for organ and tissue donation and transplantation across the country.

    Dr. Sher sits on a number of blood system and health-care related advisory bodies, and has provided consulting support to other countries in the transformation of their blood systems. Dr. Sher is a founding member of the Alliance of Blood Operators and was the first international director on the board of the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), serving as its president in 2013-2014. Beyond blood system governance, he is passionate about health system design and management, and is active in a number of areas of health system performance improvement and policy development.

  • Julien Billot
    Julien Billot
  • Julien Billot

    Member since

    June 1, 2016

    Committees

    Human Capital Committee

    Julien Billot joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and serves on the Human Capital Committee.

    Mr. Billot is an independent consultant operating in the media and telecommunication industry. He also serves on a number of Boards for a variety of companies and non-profit organizations. He has extensive experience in the marketing, media and mobile industries, with a track record of successfully executing print to digital business transformations.

    Until recently, Mr. Billot was President and Chief Executive Officer of Yellow Pages Group Corporation in Montreal, Quebec. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Head of Media and Member of the Executive Committee of Solocal Group (formerly PagesJaunes Groupe), the publicly traded and incumbent local search business in France. Earlier experience includes serving as CEO of the digital and new business group of Lagardère Active, a multimedia branch of Lagardère Group and 13 years in senior management positions at France Telecom, notably as Chief Marketing Officer for Orange, the company’s mobile subsidiary.

    Mr. Billot has served on the boards of leading media groups including Sporever Group, Telekom Polska, Newsweb, Doctissimo, Le Monde Interactif, Lagardère Active, Relaxnews and Turf Editions. He was president of the board of News Republic, a global news provider for mobile and a director for digital industry associations in France such as Mobile Marketing Association France, Fondation Télécom, Conséil Stratégique des TICs, and Prix des Technologies de l’Information.

    Mr. Billot is a graduate of École Polytechnique (Paris) and from Telecom Paris Tech. He holds a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Industrial Economics from the University of Paris-Dauphine.

  • Ewan Clark
    Ewan Clark
  • Ewan Clark

    Committees

    Governance and Nominating Committee

    Ewan Clark joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2013 and serves as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

    Mr. Clark carries on a private legal practice with Cox & Palmer on Prince Edward Island and is an active member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island and the Canadian Bar Association. He is also actively engaged as a coach, volunteer, and in other roles with schools, sports teams and other initiatives in his community.

    Mr. Clark received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick. He was called to the Bar and has practiced both in New Brunswick and on Prince Edward Island.

    Mr. Clark has a longstanding personal commitment to fighting cancer arising from family members experiencing the disease. He has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society for many years, having held numerous advocacy and leadership roles in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and serving as Chair of the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative. Mr. Clark also served on the Canadian Cancer Society’s National Board of Directors and was named an Honorary Life Member.

  • Darren Dick
    Darren Dick
  • Darren Dick

    Committees

    Performance Committee

    Darren Dick joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2012 and serves as Chair of the Performance Committee.

    Mr. Dick is the Development Officer for the Faculty of Management and Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University and is also the President of DLD Management Ltd.  Prior to this, he spent 20 years as a Senior Financial Advisor with Assante Wealth Management Limited. He also serves as a member of the Canadian Cancer Society’s National Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

    Mr. Dick is a Commerce graduate from New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University.

    Mr. Dick first became involved in cancer control shortly after his own diagnosis with malignant melanoma in 1988 at the age of 21. His volunteer commitment has primarily been with the Canadian Cancer Society where he has been awarded an Honorary Life Membership. He has served as Chair of the Nova Scotia Division Board of Directors, as a Director at Large on the National Board and as the Director of Major Gifts for the Society’s Daffodil Place Capital Campaign in Nova Scotia.  In 2012, Mr. Dick completed a two-year term on the Board of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance.

    Mr. Dick is called upon frequently to speak about his cancer experience and delivers a message of hope and call to action for all Canadians touched by cancer.

  • Karen Herd
    Karen Herd
  • Karen Herd

    Committees

    Finance and Audit Committee

    Karen Herd joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013 and serves as Vice-Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

    Ms. Herd assumed the role of Deputy Minister of Health for Manitoba in July, 2013. She joined Manitoba Health as Executive Director, Finance in 2005 and became the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer in 2008. In April 2012, Ms. Herd was appointed the Associate Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer for Manitoba Health—a position she held until her appointment as Deputy Minister. Ms. Herd has worked in the provincial health sector since 1998.

    Ms. Herd holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 20 years.

    Ms. Herd is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, recently completing the Not-For-Profit governance course. She has taught Finance for Non-Financial Managers in the Management Development for Women Program at the University of Manitoba and the Health Services Finance course at Red River College.

  • Helen Mallovy Hicks
    Helen Mallovy Hicks
  • Helen Mallovy Hicks

    Committees

    Finance and Audit Committee

    Helen Mallovy Hicks joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2013 and serves as Vice-Chair. She also serves as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

    Ms. Mallovy Hicks is the Global Valuation Leader for PwC. She is a partner of the PwC Canadian Deals practice, the GTA Deals leader and former National Leader of PwC’s Valuations, Modelling and Disputes practice. She is a Chartered Business Valuator with over 25 years of independent expert business valuation, litigation support, and related financial advisory experience.

    Ms. Mallovy Hicks received her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. She subsequently earned her Chartered Accountant (CA, now CPA, Canada) and subsequently her Fellowship (FCA, FCPA) designation (2009) and her Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators and subsequently her Fellowship (FCBV) designation (2014).

    Ms. Mallovy Hicks is a Member of the Partnership Board at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is also a past Member of the Board of Directors and past Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a former Member of the Board of Trustees of the Toronto Symphony Foundation.

    In May 2007, her husband Bob Hicks was diagnosed with lymphoma. After a courageous battle, Bob passed away in February 2012. In overcoming her personal loss, Ms. Mallovy Hicks founded Team Hicksfire in 2012 for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Together with her team which has grown from 2 to over 100 cyclists, she has to-date raised over $1 million in support of cancer research for Princess Margaret Hospital. She is also a Vice Chair of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Ride to Conquer Cancer.

  • Abby Hoffman
    Abby Hoffman
  • Abby Hoffman

    Abby Hoffman was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada, October 3, 2011, after acting in the position since January 2011. Prior to this, Ms. Hoffman served as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Branch. In this capacity, she was responsible for the major files related to the health-care system, pharmaceuticals management and regulatory affairs.

    Since joining the department in 1993, Ms. Hoffman has held a number of positions at the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Director General and senior advisor levels in the areas of women’s health, health system renewal, aging, pharmaceuticals management and therapeutic product regulation. Prior to joining Health Canada, Ms. Hoffman was the Executive Director of the federally-mandated Canadian Panel on Violence against Women. She first joined the federal government in 1981 for a ten year stint as the Director General of Sport Canada.

    Ms. Hoffman was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University in 1998. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Economy from the University of Toronto. She was an Assistant Professor of Political Studies at the University of Guelph and a senior manager in the Government of Ontario before joining the federal public service.

  • Lynne Hudson
    Lynne Hudson
  • Lynne Hudson

    Member since

    December 1, 2016

    Committees

    Governance and Nominating Committee

    Lynne Hudson joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in December 2016 and serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee.

    Ms. Hudson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), a national organization whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer.

    An accomplished leader with extensive experience in change management, strategic planning, fundraising and development, Ms. Hudson has worked in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors both domestically and internationally. In her role as Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), she was instrumental in facilitating the merger between CBCF and CCS under the CCS banner. As a member of the executive management team at Plan International Canada, her results-oriented approach to fundraising and donor management helped drive revenues from $75 million to over $200 million during her time at Plan. She has also worked with Ernst & Young in their Financial Management Group and with Nortel Networks in a variety of roles in Toronto and Miami.

    Ms. Hudson is a member of the Governing Council of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Miami.

  • Eshwar Kumar
    Eshwar Kumar, MBBS
  • Eshwar Kumar, MBBS

    Committees

    Performance Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee

    Dr. Eshwar Kumar joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2013. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Performance Committee and is a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

    Dr. Kumar is the Co-CEO of the New Brunswick Cancer Network Department of Health, a position he has held since 2005. He has been practicing as a Radiation Oncologist in Saint John, New Brunswick since 1984 with a special interest in the management of breast cancer, lymphomas, GU cancer and thyroid cancer.

    A graduate of St John’s Medical College at Bangalore University in India, Dr. Kumar obtained his Fellowship in Radiotherapy and Oncology from the Royal College of Radiologists in London, UK in 1982.

    Dr. Kumar is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies, the Co-Chair of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer/Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies Partnership Council, and he serves on the advisory and steering committees of several Partnership initiatives. He has also been a surveyor for Accreditation Canada.

    Dr. Kumar has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society for over sixteen years and was the President of the New Brunswick division from 2007 to 2009. He has served on the National Board of the Canadian Cancer Society for six years and continues to serve on the New Brunswick divisional board.

  • Jean-Latreille
    Jean Latreille, MD
  • Jean Latreille, MD

    Committees

    Performance Committee

    Dr. Jean Latreille joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2012 and serves on the Performance Committee.

    Dr. Latreille is the Director of the Direction Québécoise de Cancérologie at the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services. He is also a professor and the Director of the Medical Oncology Program at the Faculty of Medicine at Sherbrooke University and a hemato-oncologist at Charles LeMoyne Hospital.

    Dr. Latreille went to medical school at McGill University, completed his residencies at Montreal General Hospital and Sacré Coeur Hospital, and was a Clinical Fellow at M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumour Institute in Houston, Texas. He also finished 4 years of post-graduate studies in psychotherapy at the Institut de Formation Humaine Intégrale de Montréal in 1992.

    Dr. Latreille has authored or co-authored more than 90 articles and 150 slide presentations or posters at various scientific meetings. He has also been the principal investigator and/or collaborator for over 300 protocols of clinical research at Hotel Dieu de Montreal and Charles LeMoyne Hospital since 1984.

  • Victoria Lee
    Victoria Lee, MD
  • Victoria Lee, MD

    Committees

    Performance Committee

    Dr. Victoria Lee joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2012 and serves on the Performance Committee.

    Dr. Lee currently serves as Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice-President, Population Health in the Fraser Health Region of British Columbia. As the Chief Medical Health Officer, her primary mandate is to prevent disease, protect health and promote wellness in populations and communities in the Fraser region. She also provides executive leadership and strategic oversight in the areas of population health, prevention of noncommunicable diseases, communicable disease prevention and control, environmental health, licensing of community care facilities and population health surveillance.

    Dr. Lee joined Fraser Health in 2010 as a Medical Health Officer and has served as the Executive Medical Director for Population and Public Health since 2012. Prior to joining Fraser Health, she worked in collaboration with national and international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank in the areas of comparative health systems, health policy, health financing and ecohealth. Dr. Lee also worked as a travel physician in rural communities in Chile and Brazil. Her research activities include health equity, community-based primary health system, public health performance and clinical prevention.

    Dr. Lee obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, her royal college fellowship in Community Medicine from the University of Toronto and postgraduate degrees in Public Health, Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins University.

  • Mary Catherine Lindberg
    Mary Catherine Lindberg
  • Mary Catherine Lindberg

    Committees

    Human Capital Committee

    Mary Catherine Lindberg joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2013 and serves as Chair of the Human Capital Committee.

    Ms. Lindberg is the Chair of both the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board and the Board of the Ontario Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority. She also serves as a Director on the Green Shield of Canada Board and on the Hamilton Health Sciences Board.

    From 2002 to 2009, Ms. Lindberg was Executive Director of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario. Before that, she was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Services with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, where her responsibilities included the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), the Ontario Drug Programs and Private Labs.

    Ms. Lindberg has a degree in pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan and holds a pharmacist license in both Saskatchewan and Ontario.

  • Crystal Nett
    Crystal Nett
  • Crystal Nett

    Member since

    June 1, 2013

    Committees

    Human Capital Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee

    Crystal Nett joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2013. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Human Capital Committee and is a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

    Ms. Nett is the Associate Vice President Strategy at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She was previously Chief Financial Officer and Vice President (Finance, Safety & Risk Division) at the Saskatchewan Research Council.

    Ms. Nett is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA), a Certified Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and a Professional Coach.

    Ms. Nett has extensive experience in corporate governance and has served on many executive committees and boards of directors.

    Ms. Nett is a grateful breast cancer survivor. She hopes to contribute to the fight against the disease that prematurely took her mother and grandmother.

  • Mary O'Neil
    Mary O’Neill
  • Mary O’Neill

    Committees

    Governance and Nominating Committee

    Mary O’Neill joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2015 and serves as Vice-Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

    Ms. O’Neill is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP), having enrolled as a participant in the Alberta Tomorrow Project, a CPTP regional cohort. She also serves as a public member on the Alberta College of Pharmacists council.

    In 2010 Ms. O’Neill retired from her role as Executive Director of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. In this role she was involved in successful awareness and fundraising campaigns which resulted in the creation of the Building Trades of Alberta Courage Centre and the Courage in Motion Centre. Both centres house leading-edge rehabilitation technologies.

    Ms. O’Neill served two terms as a Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly representing the constituency of St. Albert from 1997-2004, during which time she was Chairperson of the Government’s Standing Policy Committee on Health and Community Living.

    A former high school teacher by profession and a real estate salesperson in business, Ms. O’Neill has played an active leadership role within the volunteer sector. She has served as Trustee and Chairperson of the St. Albert School District, and as a member on the University of Alberta’s Board of Governors and Senate, Edmonton Community Foundation, Alberta Cancer Board, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Board of Governors.

    Ms. O’Neill is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Education.

  • Dr. David Sabapathy
    David Sabapathy, MD
  • David Sabapathy, MD

    Dr. David Sabapathy joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in December 2017.

    Dr. Sabapathy is the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer for the province of Prince Edward Island. Within the Ministry of Health, Chief Public Health Office, he is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of all Islanders. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds an academic appointment with Dalhousie University in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology.

    Dr. Sabapathy has 23 years of integrated public and private sector experience. He has held roles in public health, health care delivery and health systems administration with the Calgary Health Region and Alberta Health Services. From 1995 to 2004, he worked as a professional engineer with Imperial Oil in the areas of risk assessment, quality improvement and strategic management.

    Dr. Sabapathy is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and completed his medical degree and specialist training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Calgary. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Health Services Research and a Clinical Fellowship in Applied Public Health Research.


  • Cheryl Smith
  • Cheryl Smith

    Committees

    Performance Committee

    Ms. Smith is a Métis of Manitoba with over 15 years of experience in relationship building with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. She is a Senior Analyst with the Community Engagement Branch of Manitoba Indigenous & Northern Relations.  The branch is responsible for strategic development and implementation of engagement processes with Indigenous peoples in the province, as well as leadership in cultural awareness and competency, and overseeing funding of support projects in Indigenous communities.

    Ms. Smith served as a Director in the Human Resource Development & Training department with the Manitoba Métis Federation. She was part of a team, involved in regular negotiations between the Federation and the federal government. Ms. Smith also serves as the Reeve (Mayor) of the Rural Municipality of St. Laurent, Manitoba. The community of St. Laurent is the largest Métis community in Canada and was featured in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for over 10 years.

    She also served as a Human Rights Investigator with Manitoba Justice and was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.  After the Manitoba flood of 2011, Ms. Smith was appointed to the Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee.

    Ms. Smith attended Red River Community College where she received a certificate in Child Care. She also completed courses at Harvard University in Negotiations and Nation Building. She speaks English, French and Michif French, one of the languages of the Métis peoples of Canada.

  • William Young
    William Young
  • William Young

    Member since

    June 1, 2016

    Committees

    Finance and Audit Committee

    William Young joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee.

    Mr. Young is a founder and partner of Monitor Clipper Partners in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is responsible for the firm’s Canadian investment efforts. Previously he was a founding partner of Westbourne Management Group in Toronto, where he provided management services to companies requiring significant restructuring. He was also a partner at Bain and Company in London, England. Mr. Young is a Certified Professional Engineer and was previously a design engineer with Imperial Oil.

    Mr. Young holds an honours Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master of Business with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

    Mr. Young serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University, Chair of Magna International and on the board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He previously served on the boards of Castor and Pollux, Monitor Company, Filogix and Codere SA.

  • Jeff Zweig
    Jeff Zweig
  • Jeff Zweig

    Member since

    June 1, 2016

    Committees

    Performance Committee

    Jeff Zweig joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and serves on the Performance Committee.

    Mr. Zweig is President and Chief Executive Officer of TimberWest Forest Corporation headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. He returned to Canada in 2014 after a decade abroad in a variety of executive roles at BHP Billiton and Vale residing in Perth (Western Australia), London, Paris, and New Caledonia.

    Mr. Zweig is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia. He has served on a number of Boards in the past including the Canadian Mental Health Association in Lambton County, Canico Resource Corporation, and a variety of joint ventures in the resource industry.

    Mr. Zweig holds an honours Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.