Call for applications: Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Board member vacancies


The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) is currently seeking four qualified candidates to fill Regional Director (3) and Director at Large (1) positions on its Board of Directors.  These positions are intended to contribute regional and unique perspectives to a pan-Canadian focus on driving impactful outcomes in cancer control to benefit all Canadians.  Reflecting the perspectives of patients with cancer and the diversity of stakeholders in the cancer community, the nineteen-member Board includes federal and provincial representatives, national and regional cancer organization representatives, individuals who have perspectives and insights from their personal experience with cancer as a patient, survivor or family member, Indigenous peoples and representatives from the fields of health and business.

At this time, the vacancies are:

  • Three (3) Regional Directors with one representing the Western region (British Columbia/Yukon), one representing the Prairie region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba Northwest Territories/Nunavut), and one representing the region of Ontario.
  • One (1) Director at Large residing in any region across Canada.

About the Partnership and its Board

As the steward of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (the Strategy), the Partnership works with Canada’s cancer community to take action to ensure fewer people get cancer, more people survive cancer and those living with the disease have a better quality of life. Our partner network – cancer agencies, health system leaders and experts, and people affected by cancer – brings a wide variety of expertise to every aspect of our work.  After more than 10 years of collaboration, we are accelerating work that improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the cancer control system, aligning shared priorities and mobilizing positive change across the cancer continuum. The Partnership’s work is guided by the Strategy, which was refreshed for 2019 to 2029 and will help drive measurable change for all Canadians affected by cancer.

The Strategy includes five priorities which will tackle the most pressing challenges in cancer control as well as distinct First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples-specific priorities and actions reflecting Canada’s commitment to reconciliation. In addition to delivering on its 2017-22 strategic plan, the Partnership will oversee the implementation of the Strategy’s priorities in collaboration with organizations and individuals on the front lines of cancer care – the provinces and territories, health-care professionals, people living with cancer and those who care for them, First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, governments and organizations, and its funder Health Canada.

The Partnership is a non-profit organization created by the federal government in 2006 to move the Strategy into action and receives ongoing funding from Health Canada to continue leading the Strategy with partners from across Canada. Learn more about the Partnership and the refreshed Strategy at

The Partnership’s Board of Directors is a key for overseeing the Partnership’s accountability to Canadians.

General responsibilities of Board members

Successful candidates are expected to attend Board meetings (at least four meetings per year including an annual Board Retreat) in cities across Canada as well as participate on one of the Committees reporting to the Board.  Committee meetings are normally held by teleconference three weeks prior to a Board meeting.

Members will be initially appointed for a term of three years and may be extended for a successive term at the discretion of the Partnership.


Candidates interested in serving as one of the Director positions outlined above should have a working knowledge of health care administration and/or health policy (at a federal/provincial and/or territorial level) and health services. Ideally, the Partnership is seeking candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Expertise in cancer at the clinical and/or health systems level.
  • Expertise in health research. Cancer specific research may be considered an asset.
  • Expertise in digital health technology, healthcare informatics, data and analytics and navigating new and emerging technologies.

Past experience on a board and knowledge of the workings of a board from a good governance perspective will be considered assets.

The Partnership will be assessing all candidates based on skills and experience and will also be looking to balance the Board’s diversity and geographic presence, including northern regions of Canada.

Apply now

A completed letter of interest along with a resume should be forwarded by email to Victoria Faric, Board Liaison, by August 16, 2019 at  Please include your contact information.

Submitted letters of interest and a resume for these vacancies will be screened with the intention to proceed with preliminary interviews and present a short-list of candidates to the Board’s Governance and Nominating Committee in October 2019.  The Committee will then make its recommendation to the full Board later in October to proceed with final interviews.  Successful candidates will be presented to the Board for election prior to its December meeting.

Only applicants proceeding to interviews will be contacted. In addition, all applications will remain confidential and only the names of the individuals appointed to the Board will be made public.

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

Position Details

Posting Date:

July 19, 2019

Closing Date:

August 16, 2019