The Partnership’s Board of Directors reflects the broad range of stakeholders in the cancer control domain. The board is made up of representatives from cancer and health organizations; federal, provincial and territorial government agencies and departments; patient organizations; individuals and families affected by cancer; clinicians and health-care providers; researchers and the Indigenous community.
Members of the Board
- Dr. Graham Sher
- Helen Mallovy Hicks
- Julien Billot
- Ruby Brown
- Ewan Clark
- Dr. André Corriveau
- Dr. Michael Crump
- Linda Dempster
- Darren Dick
- Melanie Fraser
- Dr. Desirée Hao
- Karen Herd
- Abby Hoffman
- Dr. Eshwar Kumar
- Dr. Darren Larsen
- Dr. Jean Latreille
- Mary O’Neill
- Dr. Ian Rongve
- Dr. David Sabapathy
- Andrea Seale
- Cheryl Smith
- Jeff Zweig
Dr. Graham Sher
June 1, 2012
Chair, Executive Committee;
Dr. Graham Sher joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2012 and was elected Chair in 2016. He serves as Chair of the Executive Committee.
Dr. Sher is the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Services, the agency charged with managing Canada’s national blood, plasma and stem cell programs in all provinces and territories across Canada, excluding Quebec, as well as coordinating inter-provincial services for organ and tissue donation and transplantation across the country.
Dr. Sher sits on a number of blood system and health-care related advisory bodies, and has provided consulting support to other countries in the transformation of their blood systems. Dr. Sher is a founding member of the Alliance of Blood Operators and was the first international director on the board of the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), serving as its president in 2013-2014. Beyond blood system governance, he is passionate about health system design and management, and is active in a number of areas of health system performance improvement and policy development.
Helen Mallovy Hicks
Vice-Chair, Executive Committee; Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Helen Mallovy Hicks joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Board, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Ms. Mallovy Hicks is the Global Valuation Leader for PwC. She is a partner of the PwC Canadian Deals practice, the GTA Deals leader and former National Leader of PwC’s Valuations, Modelling and Disputes practice. She is a Chartered Business Valuator with over 25 years of independent expert business valuation, litigation support, and related financial advisory experience.
Ms. Mallovy Hicks received her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. She subsequently earned her Chartered Accountant (CA, now CPA, Canada) and subsequently her Fellowship (FCA, FCPA) designation (2009) and her Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators and subsequently her Fellowship (FCBV) designation (2014).
Ms. Mallovy Hicks is a Member of the Partnership Board at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is also a past Member of the Board of Directors and past Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a former Member of the Board of Trustees of the Toronto Symphony Foundation.
In May 2007, her husband Bob Hicks was diagnosed with lymphoma. After a courageous battle, Bob passed away in February 2012. In overcoming her personal loss, Ms. Mallovy Hicks founded Team Hicksfire in 2012 for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Together with her team which has grown from 2 to over 100 cyclists, she has to-date raised over $1 million in support of cancer research for Princess Margaret Hospital. She is also a Vice Chair of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Ride to Conquer Cancer.
June 1, 2012
Governance and Nominating Committee; Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Julien Billot joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and serves on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Mr. Billot is an independent consultant operating in the media and telecommunication industry. He also serves on a number of Boards for a variety of companies and non-profit organizations. He has extensive experience in the marketing, media and mobile industries, with a track record of successfully executing print to digital business transformations.
Until recently, Mr. Billot was President and Chief Executive Officer of Yellow Pages Group Corporation in Montreal, Quebec. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Head of Media and Member of the Executive Committee of Solocal Group (formerly PagesJaunes Groupe), the publicly traded and incumbent local search business in France. Earlier experience includes serving as CEO of the digital and new business group of Lagardère Active, a multimedia branch of Lagardère Group and 13 years in senior management positions at France Telecom, notably as Chief Marketing Officer for Orange, the company’s mobile subsidiary.
Mr. Billot has served on the boards of leading media groups including Sporever Group, Telekom Polska, Newsweb, Doctissimo, Le Monde Interactif, Lagardère Active, Relaxnews and Turf Editions. He was president of the board of News Republic, a global news provider for mobile and a director for digital industry associations in France such as Mobile Marketing Association France, Fondation Télécom, Conséil Stratégique des TICs, and Prix des Technologies de l’Information.
Mr. Billot is a graduate of École Polytechnique (Paris) and from Telecom Paris Tech. He holds a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Industrial Economics from the University of Paris-Dauphine.
October 24, 2019
Ms. Ruby Brown joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019.
Ms. Brown was appointed Deputy Minister of Health for the Government of Nunavut in March 2019, a role that encompasses the ministry and the operations of the health services. She has served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer across several jurisdictions, including Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Ms. Brown has also worked with the Alberta Government; Alberta Mental Health Board; Capital Health Authority, Edmonton; Vancouver Coastal Health Authority; North Okanagan Health Region; Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga; St. Joseph’s Health System, Toronto; Markham Stouffville Hospital, Markham; and Stanton Hospital, Yellowknife.
Ms. Brown has led the renewal of health systems, including holding the position of Chief Transition Officer during the restructuring of the Alberta Mental Health Board, and served in executive positions following the creation of new Health Authorities. She has also served in expert advisory roles that include board member and chair of the governance committee for Booth Linen Services; board member of National Quality Institute; board member and chair of Shared Services West (Ontario).
Ms. Brown has an MBA, BScN, and ICD.D designation.
Executive Committee; Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee
Ewan Clark joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013 and serves as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Clark carries on a private legal practice with Cox & Palmer on Prince Edward Island and is an active member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island and the Canadian Bar Association. He is also actively engaged as a coach, volunteer, and in other roles with schools, sports teams and other initiatives in his community.
Mr. Clark received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick. He was called to the Bar and has practiced both in New Brunswick and on Prince Edward Island.
Mr. Clark has a longstanding personal commitment to fighting cancer arising from family members experiencing the disease. He has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society for many years, having held numerous advocacy and leadership roles in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and serving as Chair of the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative. Mr. Clark also served on the Canadian Cancer Society’s National Board of Directors and was named an Honorary Life Member.
Dr. André Corriveau
October 24, 2019
Dr. André Corriveau joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Performance Committee.
Dr. Corriveau is a health services delivery and public health consultant who served as the Chief Public Health Officer with the Department of Health and Social Services, Government of the Northwest Territories from October 1997 to February 2009 and from June 2012 to August 2018. From 2009-12, Dr. Corriveau was Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services. Prior to that, he was a family physician and Director of Professional Services for the Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Nunavik, Quebec as well as regional medical officer of health in Nova Scotia.
Dr. Corriveau is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, has a Master’s in Business Administration from Laval University and a Fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is also an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Calgary.
Dr. Michael Crump
October 24, 2019
Dr. Michael Crump joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019.
Dr. Crump is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where his current practice is focused on lymphomas and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Dr. Crump is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and completed post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Hematology. Dr. Crump completed fellowships in Medical Oncology and Autologous Stem Cell transplantation before being appointed to the Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology at The Toronto Hospital in 1992. He assumed the role of Director of the Autologous Stem Cell Transplant service at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre from 1999 to 2013 and served as Lymphoma Site Leader at Princess Margaret Hospital from 2000 to 2016.
Dr. Crump’s commitment to clinical trials through the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group (now the Canadian Cancer Trials Group) led to his appointment as Co-chair of the Hematology Site Group of CCTG and to chair of the Lymphoma Working Group.
Dr. Crump is a past member and co-chair of the Oncology Research Ethics Board at the University Health Network and the University of Toronto. He actively participated in the Breast Cancer and Hematology Committees of the Cancer Care Ontario Practice Guideline Initiative and has been involved in the Pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review since its inception.
October 24, 2019
Ms. Linda Dempster joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019.
Ms. Dempster is Vice President, Patient Experience at Fraser Health, where she provides strategic leadership for the Patient Experience portfolio, ensuring the health care journey is both high quality and seamless for patients, clients, residents and their families.
The portfolio spans Quality and Patient Safety and includes the Patient Care Quality Office, Accreditation and the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, Professional Practice, Infection Prevention and Control, and Innovation, Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Ms. Dempster has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of health care settings and was the winner of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) Award of Distinction in Nursing in 2014. Previously, she led the Professional Practice Department within Alberta Health Services, with responsibility for provincial staffing services and all aspects of professional practice such as specialty education, student placement, new graduate transition and collaborative practice. Prior to that, Ms. Dempster led the Quality and Patient Safety portfolio for Vancouver Coastal Health.
Ms. Dempster is a registered nurse and holds a Master’s degree in Leadership.
Executive Committee; Chair, Performance Committee
Darren Dick joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2012. He serves as Chair of the Performance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Dick is Director of External Relations at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and is also the President of DLD Management Ltd. Prior to this, he spent 20 years as a Senior Financial Advisor with Assante Wealth Management Limited.
Mr. Dick is a Commerce graduate from New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University.
Mr. Dick first became involved in cancer control shortly after his own diagnosis with malignant melanoma in 1988 at the age of 21. His volunteer commitment has primarily been with the Canadian Cancer Society where he has been awarded an Honorary Life Membership. He has served as Chair of the Nova Scotia Division Board of Directors, as a Director at Large on the National Board and as the Director of Major Gifts for the Society’s Daffodil Place Capital Campaign in Nova Scotia. In 2012, Mr. Dick completed a two-year term on the Board of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance.
Mr. Dick is called upon frequently to speak about his cancer experience and delivers a message of hope and call to action for all Canadians touched by cancer.
October 24, 2019
Ms. Melanie Fraser joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019.
Since 2018, Ms. Fraser has served as Ontario’s Associate Deputy Minister, Health Services at Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care, where she is driving health system transformation while focusing on the patient, quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the system.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Fraser was the Corporate Chief Information Officer for the government of Ontario with a special focus on cyber security and digital. Ms. Fraser has also held several other senior positions in Ontario including: Chief Administrative Officer/Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services Division with Treasury Board Secretariat; Director of Operational Services for the Death Investigation System supporting the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service; and Chief Financial Officer and Director of Executive Support to the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Ms. Fraser is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Dr. Desirée Hao
October 24, 2019
Dr. Desirée Hao joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019.
Dr. Hao is a medical oncologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC) and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine.
Dr. Hao completed her Medical Doctorate at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, her Internal Medicine residency in Calgary, her Medical Oncology training at the University of Ottawa, and a Clinical Research Fellowship in cancer drug development at the Institute for Drug Development, Cancer Therapy & Research Centre in San Antonio, Texas.
She returned to Canada to join Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC) / University of Calgary in December 2001 where she is involved in both the Thoracic as well as Head and Neck Tumour Groups. She shares her passion for oncology by teaching at all levels from undergraduate to post-graduate. Her research interests include both clinical and translational work as well as a longstanding commitment serving on the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta – Cancer Committee. Dr. Hao has served on the executive of the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists (CAMO) for over three years, currently in the role of Vice-President and chair of the Human Resources subcommittee.
Vice-Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Karen Herd joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013 and serves as Vice-Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Ms. Herd assumed the role of Deputy Minister of Health for Manitoba in July, 2013. She joined Manitoba Health as Executive Director, Finance in 2005 and became the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer in 2008. In April 2012, Ms. Herd was appointed the Associate Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer for Manitoba Health—a position she held until her appointment as Deputy Minister. Ms. Herd has worked in the provincial health sector since 1998.
Ms. Herd holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 20 years.
Ms. Herd is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, recently completing the Not-For-Profit governance course. She has taught Finance for Non-Financial Managers in the Management Development for Women Program at the University of Manitoba and the Health Services Finance course at Red River College.
Observer (Not a member of any Committee)
Abby Hoffman was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada, October 3, 2011, after acting in the position since January 2011. Prior to this, Ms. Hoffman served as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Branch. In this capacity, she was responsible for the major files related to the health-care system, pharmaceuticals management and regulatory affairs.
Since joining the department in 1993, Ms. Hoffman has held a number of positions at the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Director General and senior advisor levels in the areas of women’s health, health system renewal, aging, pharmaceuticals management and therapeutic product regulation. Prior to joining Health Canada, Ms. Hoffman was the Executive Director of the federally-mandated Canadian Panel on Violence against Women. She first joined the federal government in 1981 for a ten year stint as the Director General of Sport Canada.
Ms. Hoffman was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University in 1998. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Economy from the University of Toronto. She was an Assistant Professor of Political Studies at the University of Guelph and a senior manager in the Government of Ontario before joining the federal public service.
Dr. Eshwar Kumar
Vice-Chair, Performance Committee; Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Dr. Eshwar Kumar joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Performance Committee.
Dr. Kumar is the Co-CEO of the New Brunswick Cancer Network Department of Health, a position he has held since 2005. He has been practicing as a Radiation Oncologist in Saint John, New Brunswick since 1984 with a special interest in the management of breast cancer, lymphomas, GU cancer and thyroid cancer.
A graduate of St John’s Medical College at Bangalore University in India, Dr. Kumar obtained his Fellowship in Radiotherapy and Oncology from the Royal College of Radiologists in London, UK in 1982.
Dr. Kumar is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies, the Co-Chair of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer/Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies Partnership Council, and he serves on the advisory and steering committees of several Partnership initiatives. He has also been a surveyor for Accreditation Canada.
Dr. Kumar has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society for over sixteen years and was the President of the New Brunswick division from 2007 to 2009. He has served on the National Board of the Canadian Cancer Society for six years and continues to serve on the New Brunswick divisional board.
Dr. Darren Larsen
October 24, 2019
Dr. Darren Larsen joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Performance Committee.
Dr. Larsen is Chief Medical Officer for OntarioMD and teaches in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. In addition, he is Vice Chair of the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and currently works as and a senior fellow at WIHV (Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care). His digital health interest includes data analytics, measurement for quality improvement and accountability, physician change and issues of scale and spread.
During his 26 years as a family physician, Dr. Larsen has been involved in many provincial and national health IT, quality and leadership initiatives in Canada. He serves on multiple digital health, primary care and quality committees for Health Quality Ontario, eHealth Ontario, Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Dr. Larsen obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta, Medical Doctorate at the University of Calgary and holds a Master’s Certificate in Physician Leadership from York University’s Schulich School of Executive Management.
Dr. Jean Latreille
Dr. Jean Latreille joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2012 as an observer and serves on the Performance Committee.
Dr. Latreille is the Director of the Programme québécois de cancérologie. He is also a professor and the Director of the Medical Oncology Program at the Faculty of Medicine at Sherbrooke University and a hemato-oncologist at Charles LeMoyne Hospital.
Dr. Latreille went to medical school at McGill University, completed his residencies at Montreal General Hospital and Sacré Coeur Hospital, and was a Clinical Fellow at M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumour Institute in Houston, Texas. He also finished 4 years of post-graduate studies in psychotherapy at the Institut de Formation Humaine Intégrale de Montréal in 1992.
Dr. Latreille has authored or co-authored more than 90 articles and 150 slide presentations or posters at various scientific meetings. He has also been the principal investigator and/or collaborator for over 300 protocols of clinical research at Hotel Dieu de Montreal and Charles LeMoyne Hospital since 1984.
Vice-Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee
Mary O’Neill joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2015 and serves as Vice-Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Ms. O’Neill is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP), having enrolled as a participant in the Alberta Tomorrow Project, a CPTP regional cohort. She also serves as a public member on the Alberta College of Pharmacists council.
In 2010 Ms. O’Neill retired from her role as Executive Director of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. In this role she was involved in successful awareness and fundraising campaigns which resulted in the creation of the Building Trades of Alberta Courage Centre and the Courage in Motion Centre. Both centres house leading-edge rehabilitation technologies.
Ms. O’Neill served two terms as a Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly representing the constituency of St. Albert from 1997-2004, during which time she was Chairperson of the Government’s Standing Policy Committee on Health and Community Living.
A former high school teacher by profession and a real estate salesperson in business, Ms. O’Neill has played an active leadership role within the volunteer sector. She has served as Trustee and Chairperson of the St. Albert School District, and as a member on the University of Alberta’s Board of Governors and Senate, Edmonton Community Foundation, Alberta Cancer Board, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Board of Governors.
Ms. O’Neill is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Education.
Dr. Ian Rongve
October 24, 2019
Dr. Ian Rongve joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019.
Dr. Ian Rongve joined the British Columbia Ministry of Health in June 2016 as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Hospital, Diagnostic and Clinical Services Division. Under Dr. Rongve’s leadership, the Division works with providers and stakeholders to provide strategic oversight, policy development and evaluation for laboratory services and diagnostic services, blood services, genomic/genetic testing and related services, acute care services, virtual care services, home health monitoring and HealthLink BC.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Health, Dr. Rongve was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Knowledge Management and Accountability, at the Ministry of Education and, from March 2012 to November 2013 he was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Sector Strategy and Quality Assurance Division, at the Ministry of Advanced Education.
Dr. Rongve holds a Ph.D. in economics and spent eight years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina before moving back to British Columbia and joining the public service. He has worked in senior roles in the Ministries of Finance, Health, Advanced Education and Education.
Dr. David Sabapathy
December 1, 2017
Dr. David Sabapathy joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in December 2017 and serves on the Performance Committee.
Dr. Sabapathy is the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer for the province of Prince Edward Island. Within the Ministry of Health, Chief Public Health Office, he is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of all Islanders. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds an academic appointment with Dalhousie University in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology.
Dr. Sabapathy has 23 years of integrated public and private sector experience. He has held roles in public health, health care delivery and health systems administration with the Calgary Health Region and Alberta Health Services. From 1995 to 2004, he worked as a professional engineer with Imperial Oil in the areas of risk assessment, quality improvement and strategic management.
Dr. Sabapathy is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and completed his medical degree and specialist training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Calgary. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Health Services Research and a Clinical Fellowship in Applied Public Health Research.
June 1, 2019
Andrea Seale joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019. She serves on the Performance Committee.
Ms. Seale is Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). Prior to this appointment, she held the position of Executive Director, British Columbia Yukon with CCS.
She is dedicated to increasing the impact of non-profit organizations, empowering people to build and support causes that make our world more compassionate, healthy and just.
Before joining the Canadian Cancer Society, Ms. Seale was the head of the David Suzuki Foundation, Canada’s most trusted and influential advocate for environmental conservation. Under her leadership, the Foundation built one of the largest online communities of any Canadian non-government organization. This community dramatically increased its support from philanthropists and launched important initiatives in climate change policy, biodiversity protection, and the establishment of environmental rights.
Ms. Seale is the founder of Blueprint Fundraising and Communications, a consultancy specializing in building capacity for non-profit organizations in Canada and the US. Prior to founding Blueprint, she held leadership roles with Ecojustice and The Banff Centre for the Arts.
Ms. Seale has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English from McGill University and a Diploma in Public Relations from Mount Royal University. As a volunteer, she served on the boards of Vancity Community Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Story Money Impact, and Modo Car Share.
June 1, 2018
Governance and Nominating Committee; Performance Committee
Ms. Smith is a Métis of Manitoba with over 15 years of experience in relationship building with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. She joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2018 and serves on the Performance Committee.
Ms. Smith is the Reeve (Mayor) of the Rural Municipality of St. Laurent, Manitoba. The community of St. Laurent is the largest Métis community in Canada and was featured in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for over 10 years. In addition, she is a Director for the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.
She is a former Senior Analyst with the Community Engagement Branch of Manitoba Indigenous & Northern Relations. The branch is responsible for strategic development and implementation of engagement processes with Indigenous peoples in the province, as well as leadership in cultural awareness and competency, and overseeing funding of support projects in Indigenous communities.
Ms. Smith served as a Director in the Human Resource Development & Training department with the Manitoba Métis Federation. She was part of a team, involved in regular negotiations between the Federation and the federal government.
She also served as a Human Rights Investigator with Manitoba Justice and was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. After the Manitoba flood of 2011, Ms. Smith was appointed to the Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee.
Ms. Smith attended Red River Community College where she received a certificate in Child Care. She also completed courses at Harvard University in Negotiations and Nation Building. She speaks English, French and Michif French, one of the languages of the Métis peoples of Canada.
June 1, 2016
Jeff Zweig joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and serves on the Performance Committee.
Mr. Zweig is CEO of Mosaic Forest Management headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. He returned to Canada in 2014 after a decade abroad in a variety of executive roles at BHP Billiton and Vale residing in Perth (Western Australia), London, Paris, and New Caledonia.
Mr. Zweig is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia. He has served on a number of Boards in the past including the Canadian Mental Health Association in Lambton County, Canico Resource Corporation, and a variety of joint ventures in the resource industry.
Mr. Zweig holds an honours Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.