Advisory structures

Meet the experts and advisors who guide our work.

Cancer is a complex health challenge that no single organization can address on its own. Together with Canada’s cancer community, the Partnership is working on a coordinated approach to reducing the cancer burden on Canadians. The approach focuses on achieving measurable and concrete outcomes.

The Partnership’s advisory structure includes an advisory council, First Nations, Inuit and Metis Advisors, Expert Advisors as well as advisory committees.

Advisory council

Our advisory council, the Cancer Control Council, is chaired by our Vice-President of Cancer Control. The council meets quarterly, bringing together the experience and knowledge of our Vice President and Expert Advisors. This council provides advice and counsel across our organization, supporting the implementation of strategic initiatives and driving the work forward.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Advisors

The First Nation, Inuit and Métis Advisors provide advice and guidance regarding the Partnership’s work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

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    Lea Bill
  • Lea Bill
    First Nations Advisor

    Lea Bill is Cree and originates from the Pelican Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. Lea is a Registered Nurse and the Research and Oversight Engagement Project Manager at Alberta First Nations Information Governance Center. Lea is also the President of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (C.I.N.A.). She has served as a Board Director for Aboriginal Nurses Association from 1990 -1994 and as President from 1994-1999.

    As a Traditional practitioner, Lea applies an integrated approach to her practice combining her Indigenous knowledge with her nursing knowledge, bio-energy sciences and the research field.

    Lea has been leading people in native spiritual discovery processes for more than 25 years through ceremony, vision quests and teaching the beauty and the wisdom of indigenous technology, specifically the use and application of circle knowledge and natures wisdom. With more than 30 years of experience working in the health field in Community Health and Home Care, Lea continues to advocate for health equity for First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples.

    Her nursing career has provided the opportunity to work in many First Nation communities, including the Northwest Territories at the local and the national level.

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    Gail Turner
  • Gail Turner
    Inuit Advisor

    Gail Turner is Inuit, and a beneficiary of the Labrador Inuit Land Claim. She retired in 2012 from the position of Director of Health Services for the Nunatsiavut Government, Northern Labrador. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Master’s of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, and many additional certificates in health and administration through distance programs.

    Her early career was spent in acute care nursing in Ontario and the United Kingdom. For the last twenty- six years she has been working in Labrador with Inuit, Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut, settlers, First Nations, and since 2004 exclusively with the Inuit. She has presented on Inuit health at provincial, regional, national and international meetings and symposiums, including the World Cancer Congress in 2011.

    Her work has been focused in public health but she has also managed remote community clinics and continuing care. She is passionate about the North and the need for First Nations, Inuit and Métis to be heard and truly engaged in the planning of their health care and the promotion of optimal health. Her growing interest is in health equity and the pressing need for innovative and community-based solutions for bringing health care service to the people.

    Gail has served as the Indigenous Director on the Board of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. She is a recent recipient of the Labradorians of Distinction Award for services to health and community. As a senior she has a growing interest in senior wellness, access to appropriate home care and long- term care when needed and ageing in place.

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    Susie Hooper
  • Susie Hooper
    Métis Advisor

    Susie is a proud Métis Citizen of Métis Nation British Columbia and a dedicated representative of her region and communities.  Susie has been serving her region and Métis communities as the Métis Nation British Columbia Northwest Regional Director since 2012. She also serves as the Minister of Health and Minister of Employment & Training with the Métis Nation British Columbia. Prior to this, Susie held the position of the Métis Women’s Regional Representative.

    Susie’s tireless support and efforts through her volunteer work with and for her communities has been recognized by the Mayor of Smithers, BC, His Worship, Taylor Bachrach when she received the Citizen/Volunteer of the year award in 2016, at the Smithers Chamber of Commerce Community and Business Awards 2016.

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.

  • Scott Antle
  • David Armstrong, MD FRCPC, FRCP(UK)
  • Angel Arnaout, MD
  • Monique A. Bertrand, MD
  • Jamie Brehaut, PhD
  • Darren Brenner, PhD
  • Heather Bryant, MD, PhD, CCFP, FRCPC
  • Andy Coldman, PhD
  • Claire de Oliveira, PhD
  • Greg Doyle
  • Deborah Dudgeon, MD
  • William Evans, MD
  • Christian Finley, MD, FRCSC
  • Michael Fung Kee Fung, MBBS, FRCSC, MBA
  • John Goffin, MD, FRCPC
  • Chris Hillis, MD
  • Stephen Lam, MD
  • Michael Milosevic, MD, FRCPC
  • Cathy Popadiuk, MD, FRCSC
  • Geoff Porter, MD
  • John Srigley, MD
  • Terry Sullivan, PhD
  • Graham Warren, MD, PhD

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

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