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 Indigenous community.

Members of the Board

  • Graham Sher
    Dr. Graham Sher
  • Dr. Graham Sher
    Board Chair

    Member since

    June 1, 2012

    Committees

    Chair, Executive Committee

    Dr. Graham Sher joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2012 and was elected Chair in 2016 and serves as Chair of the Executive 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.

  • Helen Mallovy Hicks
    Helen Mallovy Hicks
  • Helen Mallovy Hicks
    Board Vice-Chair

    Committees

    Vice-Chair, Executive Committee; Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

    Helen Mallovy Hicks joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Board, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk 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 30 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.

  • Julien Billot
    Julien Billot
  • Julien Billot

    Member since

    June 1, 2012

    Committees

    Governance and Nominating Committee; Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

    Julien Billot joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and serves on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

    Mr. Billot is CEO of Scale Ai, Canada’s artificial intelligence supercluster dedicated to building the next-generation supply chain and boosting industry performance by leveraging Ai technologies. He is also an adjunct professor of HEC Montreal and the Montreal lead for two transformational programs aiming to launch and grow startups in artificial intelligence leveraging Montreal tech and business ecosystem, NextAI and the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL).

    He also serves as a director in various 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 is also Chairman of a Montreal based company Jogogo Media and a Board member for both DistrictM and a French media group, Groupe Paris Turf.

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

  • Ewan Clark
    Ewan Clark
  • Ewan Clark

    Committees

    Executive Committee; Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee

    Ewan Clark joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2013, is a member of the Executive Committee 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 a member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island and the Canadian Bar Association. He is also actively engaged as a volunteer with various civic and community initiatives.

    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 in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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

  • Darren Dick
    Darren Dick
  • Darren Dick

    Committees

    Executive Committee; Chair, Performance Committee

    Darren Dick joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2012. He serves as Chair of the Performance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.

    Mr. Dick is Director of External Relations at the Schulich School of Law 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.

    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

    Vice-Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

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

    Ms. Herd has been Deputy Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living since 2013. She has worked in the provincial health sector since 1998. From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Herd was with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and its predecessor organizations – the Winnipeg Hospital Authority and the Winnipeg Community and Long-Term Care Authority. During this time, she worked in Finance as Controller and later as Administrative Director for the WRHA Surgery Program. Ms. Herd joined Manitoba Health in 2005 as Executive Director of Finance, and moved into progressively more senior roles, including Assistant Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister.

    Prior to work in the health sector, Ms. Herd worked in the provincial government from 1992 to 1998, starting her civil service career with Internal Audit in Manitoba Education and Training. Ms. Herd worked as a Chartered Accountant in private industry before her move to the public service.

    Ms. Herd holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 25 years. 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. Ms. Herd’s area of academic interest is board governance. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), completing the not-for-profit governance course in 2013 and completing the ICD’s Director Education Program, leading to her ICD.D designation in Fall 2015.

  • Abby Hoffman
    Abby Hoffman
  • Abby Hoffman

    Committees

    Observer

    Abby Hoffman was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada in October 2011. In this capacity, she is responsible for a wide range of federal policy files and programs related to the health system.

    Since joining the department in 1993, Ms. Hoffman has held a number of positions at the 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 Canadian Panel on Violence against Women. She first joined the federal government in 1981 for a 10-year stint as the Director General of Sport Canada.

    Ms. Hoffman was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from York University, Acadia University and the University of Toronto. 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.

  • Eshwar Kumar
    Dr. Eshwar Kumar
  • Dr. Eshwar Kumar

    Committees

    Vice-Chair, Performance Committee; Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

    Dr. Eshwar Kumar joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Performance Committee and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

    Dr. Kumar is a Medical Officer with the New Brunswick Cancer Network, a division of NB Department of Health. He was practicing as a Radiation Oncologist in Saint John, New Brunswick since 1984, retiring from clinical practice in October 2018.

    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.

  • photo Dr Jean Latreille
    Dr. Jean Latreille
  • Dr. Jean Latreille

    Committees

    Observer

    Performance Committee

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

    Dr. Latreille is the Director of the Programme québécois de cancérologie. 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 and posters at various scientific meetings. He has also been the principal investigator and/or collaborator for over 355 protocols of clinical research at Hotel-Dieu de Montréal and Charles-Lemoyne Hospital since 1984.

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

    Committees

    Vice-Chair, 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 has been 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 served as a public member on the Alberta College of Pharmacy 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
    Dr. David Sabapathy
  • Dr. David Sabapathy

    Member since

    December 1, 2017

    Committees

    Performance Committee

    Dr. David Sabapathy joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in December 2017 and serves on the Performance Committee.

    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 24 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 also 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.

  • Andrea Seale
    Andrea Seale
  • Andrea Seale

    Member since

    June 1, 2019

    Committees

    Performance Committee

    Andrea Seale joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019. She serves on the Performance Committee.

    Ms. Seale is Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Prior to this appointment, she held the position of Executive Director, British Columbia Yukon with CCS.

    She is dedicated to increasing the impact of non-profit organizations, empowering people to build and support causes that make our world more compassionate, healthy and just.

    Before joining the Canadian Cancer Society, Ms. Seale was the head of the David Suzuki Foundation, Canada’s most trusted and influential advocate for environmental conservation. Under her leadership, the Foundation built one of the largest online communities of any Canadian non-government organization. This community dramatically increased its support from philanthropists and launched important initiatives in climate change policy, biodiversity protection, and the establishment of environmental rights.

    Ms. Seale is the founder of Blueprint Fundraising and Communications, a consultancy specializing in building capacity for non-profit organizations in Canada and the US.  Prior to founding Blueprint, she held leadership roles with Ecojustice and The Banff Centre for the Arts.

    Ms. Seale has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English from McGill University and a Diploma in Public Relations from Mount Royal University.  As a volunteer, she served on the boards of Vancity Community Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Story Money Impact, and Modo Car Share.


  • Cheryl Smith
  • Cheryl Smith

    Member since

    June 1, 2018

    Committees

    Governance and Nominating Committee; Performance Committee

    Ms. Smith is a Métis of Manitoba with over 15 years of experience in relationship building with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. She joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2018 and serves on the Performance Committee.

    Ms. Smith is 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. In addition, she is a Director for the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.

    She is a former 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.

    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.

  • 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 the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic Forest Management headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mosaic is the largest private timberland producer in Canada.

    Mr. Zweig is currently a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Business Council of British Columbia, and sits on the Board of the Council of Forest Industries.  He has served on a number of for-profit and not-for-profit Boards in the past.

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