Regional Lead, Ontario


The Partnership’s Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation Division drives improvements in Canada’s cancer system through data, research, economic modelling, and innovations such as digital healthcare. This division engages in opportunities that bridges the space between cancer control and cancer research through its support of research platforms, networks and by supporting cancer health services and policy research initiatives,  monitors emerging evidence and health technologies and leverages data systems to determine gaps and opportunities for improvements in cancer care and informs internal partners on innovative approaches, international best practice and compelling evidence to support key partnership decision making. The division enhances regional integration, with leads located across the country with the mandate of increasing responsiveness to local cancer care needs and opportunities. This division also leads data collection, analysis and reporting to Canadians on the performance of the cancer system and progress of the Partnership and its partners in delivering on the eight priorities of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.

The Ontario Regional Lead will be reporting to the Vice President, Cancer Systems, Performance, and Innovation.  Working with Regional Leads covering British Columbia and the Yukon, the Prairies and Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada, the Ontario Lead will be part of the Regional Integration team, working in a coordinated way with partners across Canada, and specifically with cancer program, government and Indigenous partners, to accelerate action and delivery of the Partnership’s refreshed strategy and 2022 outcomes.

Core responsibilities and activities

  • Establish and cultivate relationships and engage in ongoing communication with the high priority stakeholders in Ontario’s recently re-organized cancer and health care systems. This includes identification of key partner organizations, departments, associations, and individuals (within and outside the cancer care system) that the Partnership’s needs to engage and establishing a relationship foundation with them that opens up opportunities for collaboration on cancer strategy work. This includes working with the Partner Engagement team to developing strategic connections with regional/national offices of pan-Canadian charitable organization partners (e.g. CCS, Lung Association) to help advance goals in the Strategy
  • Continuously scan the Ontario region’s/jurisdiction’s government and health care system landscapes to identify emerging issues and opportunities and report to the Partnership to inform strategic and operational planning
  • Work with Cancer Program/Agency leads in the Ontario region to help advance local level priorities (and potential role for the Partnership and other partners) as they pertain to the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control
  • Working with the Partner Engagement team to develop strategic connections with regional/national offices of pan-Canadian charitable organization partners (e.g. CCS, Lung Association) to help advance goals in the Strategy
  • Contribute to a stakeholder map for the jurisdiction/Ontario region and maintain and update on a regular basis and feed into the pan-Canadian stakeholder map
  • Work with the Partnership team to inform the development of the Cancer Strategy Implementation Plan and the Partnership Business Plan to the requirements and specificities of the region
  • Liaise with Ontario regional Pan-Canadian Health Organization and NGO leads to identify emergent opportunities and enhance connections that may have relevance to the aims of the Ontario regional or other Cancer systems
  • Work in collaboration with First Nations, Inuit and Metis Cancer Strategy Team at the Partnership to embed peoples’ specific priorities into the work of cancer and related health and wellness programs in Ontario
  • As appropriate, participate in jurisdictional cancer/health system meetings and forums to provide Pan-Canadian perspective on strategic initiatives (e.g. Prevention, Screening), as well as to foster local connections, and identify opportunities for emergent, leading practices that, in consultation with the local cancer program could be further supported for spread/scale.
  • Represent the Partnership on Provincial/Territorial and Ontario regional forums: e.g. participate in Provincial/Territorial large scale meetings
  • Support the Partnership leads for funded projects to help ensure the appropriate local connections and context to help ensure the success of the initiative.
  • Make connections across teams at the Partnership and with other Regional Leads to help address priorities articulated (or emergent) within the region.
  • Facilitate Ontario regional partner meetings as appropriate to build connections between regional partners
  • Work with regional partners to ensure strong participation in Partnership meetings (e.g. board, Partnership Council, Network meetings etc.)
  • Represent Ontario regional perspectives at the Partnership Strategic Management Committee (Directors and Executive) table and joint Regional Leads Table
  • Collaborate and coordinate fully with the Partnership Regional Integration Team including other Regional Leads; the Manager, Regional Integration; and other staff


The Partnership’s core competencies are a key element to reviewing performance. While the duties and responsibilities of a position tell you the “what,” the competencies tell you the “how.”  We have developed five universal competencies which we expect to be exhibited by all employees regardless of level or position, as well as five leadership competencies which we expect to be exhibited by staff in people management positions.

Universal competencies

  • Inclusive – values diversity and applies an equity lens; consciously thinks about who needs to be included
  • Agile – is constantly adapting to partners, priorities and outcomes; is committed to continuous learning and improvement; promotes new ways of doing things
  • Collaborative – partners and builds strong relationships; works effectively with team members, focusing on delivering individual contributions to meet collective outcomes
  • Outcomes-focused – focuses on the ultimate impact, priorities work with a focus on underserved groups
  • Systems-thinking – connects the dots between their work and the broader system, has political acuity

Leadership competencies

  • Inspiring – cultivates a common purpose, building energy for change
  • Empowering – builds capability and removes barriers to success
  • Influential – builds and leverages strong relationships, driving action without authority
  • Results-oriented – delivers value from budgets and resources
  • Strategic – thinks ahead; focuses on what’s important; knows when to act

Experience and qualifications

  • 10+ years experience working at a senior leadership level in the Ontario health sector
  • Possess strong insights into the province’s recently re-structured health care system and experience with the cancer control areas within it
  • Proven record of successfully building strategic relationships (including positive relationships with key leaders in the current Ontario health organizational structure)
  • Strong communication and relationship management skills
  • Familiarity with Canada’s cancer control system
  • Bilingual in both English and French is an asset
  • Training and/or experience with First Nations, Inuit and Métis is an asset

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:

Vice President, Cancer Systems, Performance, and Innovation


Downtown Toronto (work from home until the expected return to the office in 2022)

Employment category:


Posting date:

June 7, 2021

Closing date:

July 7, 2021