Health Equity Expert Advisor, Priority Initiatives


An equitable cancer system is fundamental to improving cancer care in Canada and around the world.  Equity is embedded in the ultimate outcomes of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control and improving health equity in cancer care is a high priority for the Partnership.

The Partnership is undertaking foundational work to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion into all internal functions and culture at the organization, and the broader commitment of supporting reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis.  We are also working to advance health equity with partners through priority initiatives including the implementation of models of care that support people experiencing inequities.

The Partnership’s Cancer Control Division implements programs and initiatives related to these priorities.  The division is comprised of program teams that specialize in all parts of the cancer continuum – prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, clinical care, survivorship and palliative care. The program teams work in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, cancer agencies, health organizations, health-care professionals, people living with cancer and those who care for them, to drive practice and policy changes that improve the cancer experience for all people in Canada.

To achieve the work of the Strategy, the Partnership engages with experts across the country as part of our advisory structure. These structures 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 structures include individual contributing Expert Advisors who supply expertise to the Partnership in a specific area across the cancer control continuum in addition to the full spectrum of its work with several committees, networks, and other advisory structures. Expert advisors are recognized leaders in their respective areas who offer vision and oversight, working with staff and partners to leverage expertise, synthesize efforts and identify synergies within the Partnership’s broad portfolios. Together, our work is enriched through the involvement of those who devote their time, knowledge, expertise and points of view to further the Partnership’s mandate.

The Health Equity Expert Advisor, Priority Initiatives will draw on their experience and expertise to help advance the Partnership’s approach to embedding health equity into our work and to inform our approach to supporting partners initiatives that will help make high-quality care more equitable across the cancer system.  They will report to the Director, Person-Centred Perspective.  A key component of the role will include supporting the Partnership’s work with partners to implement models of care that support the delivery of high quality and efficient care to people experiencing inequities in Canada.

Responsibilities and activities

General accountabilities

  • Advising on the Partnership’s approach to advancing health equity in cancer care including helping team members “think differently” about program design and collaboration with equity-deserving groups.
  • Providing feedback to the Partnership on the model of care initiative and its ability to support partners in prioritizing health equity through the implementation of models of care.
  • Working with staff and partners to develop models of care projects including:
    • Participating in the assessment of projects identified by cancer programs against a set of assessment criteria including evidence that the project can support health equity and the delivery of high quality and efficient care.
    • Providing expert guidance to cancer programs and their community partners to support proposal development. This is expected to vary depending on the need of each cancer program but may range from providing feedback or resources electronically to preparing for and attending meetings in person or virtually.
    • Reviewing final partner proposals submitted by cancer programs and advising the Partnership and cancer programs.
  • Advising on the development of the Partnership’s health equity framework including engagement plan and scope, and participating on the advisory committee.
  • Assisting in the identification of organizational needs for future health equity advisory supports for Partnership initiatives and partners.

Experience and qualifications

  • Credible leader with expertise in health equity. This includes direct experience and expertise designing, implementing and/or evaluating equity-focused initiatives in the Canadian health system and knowledge of best practices.  Cancer system experience is an asset.
  • A PhD, MD and/or relevant experience in leadership and strategic roles in health care. Experience in cancer care is considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated commitment towards improving equitable access to cancer services for those who historically experienced disparities in cancer care in Canada.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Partnership’s commitment to Reconciliation, through professional experience working with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and/or related professional development (i.e., cultural competency training).
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and achievements including excellent interpersonal skills and strong group facilitation skills to foster dialogue, sharing, and problem-solving amongst multidisciplinary stakeholders, health and clinical experts.
  • Experience leading or chairing provincial, territorial or national forums and associated skills including excellent oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Bilingual in both English and French is an asset.

Term of the contract

  • The successful candidate will be hired on a contract basis for a 12-month term from June 2022 – June 2023.
  • The incumbent will be able to commit on average 8 hours per week, with an understanding that workload will vary depending on the phase of the work. The incumbent must be able to attend meetings with the Partnership, the Assessment Panel and partners during business hours at a time mutually agreed upon.
  • Travel may be required as per project requirements. The Partnership shall reimburse the Contractor for pre-approved travel and expenses according to the Partnership’s Travel Policy.

Apply now

To apply, please forward your CV and cover letter combined in one file in Word or PDF format to:

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Details

Reports to:

Director, Person-Centred Perspective


Hybrid/Remote. The Partnership’s head office is in downtown Toronto. Candidates can work anywhere in Canada with the expectation to travel to the head office on occasion.

Employment category:

12-month term (June 2022 – June 2023)

Job level:

$145 - $220 per hour; Compensation offered will be based on an assessment of the candidate’s knowledge, skills, competencies and experience while ensuring internal equity.

Posting date:

May 16, 2022

Closing date:

May 30, 2022


Competition is closed; screening and interviewing is underway