- Cynthia Morton, CEO
Cynthia Morton, CEO
Cindy Morton joined the Partnership as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in July 2017. She brings diverse experience from senior leadership roles in the health and public sector, and expertise in fiscal planning, strategic thinking and partnership promotion.
In her previous role, Ms. Morton served as CEO at eHealth Ontario, an agency of the government of Ontario, working across the health care sector to implement an electronic health record system for the province. She has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and partnership development at both the provincial and national levels as well as stewarding the delivery of complex systems initiatives.
Ms. Morton has an extensive background in public service leadership holding numerous deputy minister portfolios in Ontario as the Deputy Minister of the ministries of Labour and Health Promotion, and in British Columbia as Deputy Minister of the ministries of the Attorney General, Education and Labour. She also served as the Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and was on the board of directors at the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada in 2014.
Ms. Morton is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and practiced administrative law before joining the public service. She is a graduate of York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.
- Craig Earle, MD, VP, Cancer Control
- David Lynch, VP, Finance & Corporate Services
- Rami Rahal, VP, Cancer Systems, Performance & Innovation
- Andrea Reed, VP, Strategic Partnerships
Craig Earle, MD, VP, Cancer Control
Dr. Craig Earle joined the Partnership as Vice-President, Cancer Control in 2017. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in patient-centred care and system design having worked in both the Canadian and American cancer systems throughout his career.
Dr. Earle is a medical oncologist, specializing in gastrointestinal oncology. He came to the Partnership from his clinical practice at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre. He is a former Director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research’s Health Services Research and Clinical Trials Programs and he is the Cancer Program Leader, and Senior Scientist, at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. His personal research focuses on evaluating and improving the quality of care received by advanced cancer patients and cancer survivors, the effects of financial incentives on care delivery, and making linked, de-identified administrative data more available for health research. Dr. Earle is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, he chairs the Ontario Steering Committee for Cancer Drug Programs, and he is a member of the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review Expert Review Committee both with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health.
He received his medical degree and Masters in Science (epidemiology) from the University of Ottawa, and completed a research fellowship at Harvard, after which he spent 10 years from 1998 to 2008 on faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. While there, he was the founding Director of the Lance Armstrong Foundation Adult Survivorship Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Prior to this role as Vice-President, Cancer Control, Dr. Earle worked with the Partnership on several initiatives over the past decade including: system performance reporting, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, Oncosim and the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network.
David Lynch, VP, Finance & Corporate Services
David Lynch joined the Partnership as Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services in 2016. He brings a breadth of executive leadership experience in finance, human resources, change management and operations.
Previously, Mr. Lynch was Associate Deputy Minister, Tax and Benefits Administration with Ontario’s Ministry of Finance. Overseeing an annual budget of almost $500 million, he led the strategy development aimed at tackling contraband tobacco and the ‘underground economy.’ Mr. Lynch has led province-wide service delivery initiatives including the implementation of more collaborative, client-focused finance and corporate service models with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. He is also credited with establishing the organization design and set-up of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in 2006 when he first was appointed to the role of Chief Administrative Officer.
Mr. Lynch also provided leadership across the Ontario Government as Chair of the Chief Administrative Officers Forum, Co-Chair of the Ontario Public Service Human Resources Council and as a member of the OPS Corporate Audit Committee. Outside of the Ontario Government, he has been active with the United Way and with the Conference Board of Canada on the Executive Committee of their Strategic HR Management Council.
Mr. Lynch is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies in geography and economics, and has completed the Ivey School of Business Executive Program.
Rami Rahal, VP, Cancer Systems, Performance & Innovation
Rami Rahal joined the Partnership in 2011 and is currently Vice-President, Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation. In this role, he leads the integration of regional perspectives from across Canada into the Partnership’s work and is responsible for ensuring the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control achieves its goals through data, research, technology and information.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Rahal has helped health-care organizations and governments across Canada make informed decisions in policy, planning and service delivery. He combines his expertise in health-care management information, quality measurement and evidence-based decision support with a broad knowledge of the Canadian health-care system and more specifically, the cancer system.
Mr. Rahal has published on a range of topics, including more than 30 peer-reviewed articles on cancer system performance measurement and its use in evidence-based practice and policy. He has presented on the topic at a number of international conferences and has led workshops and courses on system performance measurement and knowledge mobilization in Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
Mr. Rahal holds a Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto.
Andrea Reed, VP, Strategic Partnerships
Andrea Reed joined the Partnership in 2011 and is currently Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships. In this role, she leads complex, strategic initiatives for the Partnership and works directly with partners – cancer agencies, health organizations and health professionals – across Canada to affect changes in the cancer system.
In fall 2018, Ms. Reed led the Partnership’s largest-ever public engagement to update the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control at the request of the federal government. The Partnership engaged more than 7,500 Canadians, health care providers, health organizations and Indigenous leaders and communities, to better understand the diverse needs, values and priorities of Canadians when it comes to cancer prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship and end-of-life care. This feedback led to the development of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, which includes five priorities and actions for improving cancer care in Canada, and priorities and actions specific to improving cancer care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
Ms. Reed also leads stakeholder engagement for the Partnership, which includes working alongside key partners at provincial cancer agencies and territorial health authorities to drive forward the priorities of the Strategy. She is accountable for driving collaboration across internal divisions and portfolios, partner and stakeholder engagement strategy as well as reporting the outcomes and impact of the Partnership’s initiatives to Health Canada, partners and other stakeholders.
Ms. Reed has over 20 years of experience in communications, stakeholder relations and business planning and development, in the public and private sectors, with a focus on health organizations. Previous roles have included Vice President, Health at Hill & Knowlton Canada, where she is credited with helping to build its health practice into one of the leading practices in Canada and Director, Campaign Communications at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Ms. Reed has also been a consultant to top-tier pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other health sector clients. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from the University of Toronto.