Call for applications: Board of Directors

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors. The vacancy is for the position of Director at Large.

Created in 2007 with an initial five-year mandate that has since been renewed for a second five-year term, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is an independent organization funded by the federal government to accelerate action on a national cancer control strategy. The Partnership works with partners across the country to harness the best of what is working well to control cancer and to effectively implement this strategy. With its partners, the Partnership shares the common goals of reducing the risk of cancer, lessening the likelihood of Canadians dying from cancer and enhancing quality of life for those affected by cancer. These goals drive the national cancer control strategy and are central to the work being advanced from coast to coast to coast. The successful execution and measurement of the Partnership’s strategic priorities for 2012-17 are critical to the strategy’s impact in reducing the burden of cancer on Canadians.

The Partnership’s Board of Directors is a key mechanism for overseeing the organization’s accountability to Canadians. Reflecting the diversity of stakeholders in the cancer community, it includes federal and provincial appointees as well as elected directors. Elected directors include five regional representatives*; representatives from the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies and Canadian Cancer Society;  individuals providing perspectives and insights from the aboriginal community and through personal experience with cancer as a patient, survivor or family member; and representatives from the fields of health and business.

General responsibilities

The successful candidate would be expected to attend Board meetings (at least four meetings per year) in cities across Canada as well as participate on one of the Committees reporting to the Board. Committee meetings are usually held via teleconference, and like the Board meetings, take place at least four times per year.


Candidates interested in serving as a Director at Large should have knowledge of provision of health services in the Canadian health system.

Applications are welcome from applicants with broad range of experiences, including finance, human resources and strategic development.

Past experience on a board and knowledge of the workings of a board from a good governance perspective are an asset. Experience/ knowledge of cancer control is an asset, but is not required.

Application process

A completed letter of interest along with a biographical profile should be forwarded to Victoria Faric, Board Liaison, by May 4, 2012.

Submitted letters of interest for this vacancy will be presented to the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Partnership’s Board for review. The Committee will then make its recommendation to the full Board, which will fill the vacancy.  Only the name of the individual appointed to the Board will be made public.

If you have any questions, please contact Victoria at 416- 619-5761 or

*The five regions represented on the Partnership’s board are:

  • British Columbia/Yukon
  • Alberta/Saskatchewan/Manitoba/Northwest Territories/Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador