The Partnership announces new Vice-President, Cancer Control

Erika Nicholson steps into this role effective November 1, 2021

The Partnership is pleased to announce the appointment of Erika Nicholson as Vice-President, Cancer Control effective November 1, 2021. In this role, Ms. Nicholson is responsible for ensuring the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control achieves its goals across the cancer continuum – prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, clinical care, survivorship and palliative care.

“Since 2018, Erika has demonstrated outstanding leadership and strategic vision, spearheading several initiatives that improved the delivery of and access to cancer screening programs across Canada,” said Dr. Craig Earle, incoming CEO of the Partnership (effective November 1, 2021). “With her extensive public health background and leadership skills, Erika is well-positioned to lead our Cancer Control division as the Partnership continues to advance the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control and improve cancer experiences and outcomes for all people in Canada.”

Ms. Nicholson joined the Partnership in 2018 as Director of the Screening program where she led the team responsible for improving the delivery of organized screening programs for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer in Canada and advancing equitable access to high-quality cancer screening in the provinces and territories. Based in Halifax, she also served as the Partnership’s Atlantic Regional Lead, advancing the Partnership’s pan-Canadian mission and forming strong relationships with system leaders and supporting connections with Indigenous organizations and communities throughout Atlantic Canada.

It has been an honour to be at the Partnership over the past few years alongside such talented and passionate people and partners.

I look forward to furthering our work together as we continue to transform cancer care across the continuum and ensure accessible and equitable cancer care for all people in Canada.

-Erika Nicholson, incoming Vice-President, Cancer Control at the Partnership

Ms. Nicholson previously held senior positions in the Nova Scotia cancer care system as Senior Director, Provincial Program of Care for Cancer with Nova Scotia Health and as Director, Cancer Prevention and Early Detection with Cancer Care Nova Scotia. In these roles, she was responsible for the overall transformation and management of cancer care services and led the development and introduction of the Nova Scotia’s colorectal cancer screening program. In addition to her experience in health care, Erika has also held leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector in Canada, and in financial services in Bermuda.