The Partnership’s Board of Directors bring regional, professional and personal perspectives to our work and help drive measurable change that will benefit all Canadians with cancer. The Board is made up of representatives from cancer and health organizations; federal, provincial and territorial government agencies and departments; Indigenous representatives; patient organizations; individuals and families affected by cancer; clinicians and health-care providers; and researchers.
Members of the Board
- Dr. Graham Sher
- Jeff Zweig
- Julien Billot
- Dr. Katherine Chubbs
- Ewan Clark
- Teri Collins
- Bruce Cooper
- Dr. André Corriveau
- Dr. Michael Crump
- Linda Dempster
- Melanie Fraser
- Dr. Desirée Hao
- Karen Herd
- Dr. Eshwar Kumar
- Dr. Darren Larsen
- Dr. Jean Latreille
- Helen Mallovy Hicks
- Mary O’Neill
- Dr. David Sabapathy
- Andrea Seale
- Cheryl Smith
- Kendal Weber
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.
Board Chair-Elect; Board Vice-Chair
June 1, 2016
Vice-Chair, Executive Committee
Jeff Zweig joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and serves as Board Chair-Elect and Vice-Chair as well as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Zweig is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic Forest Management headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mosaic is the largest private timberland producer in Canada.
Mr. Zweig is Chair of the Business Council of British Columbia, and sits on the Board of the B.C. Council of Forest Industries. He has served on a number of for-profit and not-for-profit Boards in the past.
Mr. Zweig holds an honours Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
June 1, 2016
Vice-Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Julien Billot joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2016 and serves as Vice-Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Mr. Billot is CEO of Scale Ai, Canada’s artificial intelligence supercluster dedicated to building the next-generation supply chain and boosting industry performance by leveraging Ai technologies. He is also an adjunct professor of HEC Montreal and the Montreal lead for two transformational programs aiming to launch and grow startups in artificial intelligence leveraging Montreal tech and business ecosystem, NextAI and the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL).
He also serves as a director in various 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 is also Chairman of Montreal-based company DistrictM.
Mr. Billot is a graduate of École Polytechnique (Paris) and from Telecom ParisTech. He holds a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Industrial Economics from the University of Paris-Dauphine.
Dr. Katherine Chubbs
June 23, 2021
Katherine Chubbs joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2021.
Dr. Chubbs is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Good Samaritan Society, Good Samaritan Canada and Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre Ltd.
Dr. Chubbs is a registered nurse by profession and has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings as a frontline nurse and manager. She holds a diploma and bachelor of nursing degree, a certificate program in Northern Nursing, a master’s degree in health studies-leadership and is a Certified Health Executive. Dr. Chubbs holds an executive doctoral degree in business administration.
Before joining Good Samaritan, Dr. Chubbs’ extensive career in the health care included serving as the Chief Zone Officer in the south zone for Alberta Health Services, as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for the Eastern Health Region in Newfoundland and Labrador, and as the Director of Professional Practice, Infection Prevention and Control, and Rural Services for Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Chubbs is the former president of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses and the former chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She has extensive experience in board directorship including as a board member for the Canadian Nurses Protective Society and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies.
June 1, 2013
Executive Committee; Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee
Ewan Clark joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2013. He is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Mr. Clark carries on a private legal practice with Cox & Palmer on Prince Edward Island and is a member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island and the Canadian Bar Association. He is also actively engaged as a volunteer with various civic and community initiatives.
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 in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Mr. Clark has a longstanding personal commitment to fighting cancer derived from family members experiencing the disease. He is a former Chair of the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative and has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society for many years, having held numerous advocacy and leadership roles in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Mr. Clark also served on the Canadian Cancer Society’s National Board of Directors and, in recognition of his significant contributions to the Society, was awarded an Honorary Life Membership.
June 23, 2021
Teri Collins joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2021.
Ms. Collins is currently Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health Services Division (HSD), a large and diverse portfolio. As part of her accountabilities, Ms. Collins also holds Ministerial appointments as the Provincial Director of Community Care Licensing and the Assisted Living Registrar. Ms. Collins previously served as the ADM of Health Sector Information, Analysis and Reporting Division in the BC Ministry of Health (2015-2018).
The Health Services Division is responsible for strategic policy and implementation oversight of community, specialized and acute care services delivered by Health Authorities and does so through bilateral engagements between the Division and the Health Authorities. Currently, HSD brings together key mandated initiatives such as increasing access and reducing wait times to surgical and diagnostic care, specialized services for priority populations (including seniors, those complex medically frail, mental health, substance use), provincial specialized service programs (e.g., renal, cancer, emergency health services) along with the development of standardized, centralized approaches to managing patient and client access to a suite of high quality and timely services.
For the past 15 years, Ms. Collins has been a key member of the health team, holding several executive positions within the Ministry. Previous accountabilities included: executive leadership and oversight of health services quality assurance, clinical guidelines and regulatory standards, and the patient safety and patient care quality programs. In her previous ADM role, she led transformative change in health data management, stewardship and analytics operations within the Ministry of Health and championed citizen-centered services within the Vital Statistics Agency.
Ms. Collins’ background is in public administration, and she holds a master’s degree in leadership (Health Specialty) from Royal Roads University. She is a committed public servant who, over the past 26 years, has proudly built her public service career gaining experience in several ministries, including natural resource and social sectors, where she led and championed many initiatives focused on public policy improvements. As a result, she and her teams have been finalists in several Premier’s Award Nominations in the categories of organizational excellence; and partnerships and innovation. Ms. Collins is passionately committed to engagement and enhancing patient-centred care.
June 23, 2021
Bruce Cooper joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2021.
Mr. Cooper was appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services for the Government of the Northwest Territories in October 2017. He began his public service career in 1990 in Newfoundland and Labrador in the area of social work, and moved on to serve in senior level positions of Deputy Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development; Deputy Minister of Health and Community Services; and Deputy Minister of the Human Resources Secretariat with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mr. Cooper has a solid track record of conceptualizing and leading successful and innovative change within complex organizations by building and collaborating with high performance teams. He demonstrates a continued commitment to excellence in public service by maintaining a clear focus on outcomes that lead to improving health and social services and the policies that form a foundation for service delivery.
Mr. Cooper holds both a bachelor and master’s degree of social work from Memorial University and has training in labour relations through Queens University. Over his career, Mr. Cooper has been involved as a volunteer in the governance of a variety of voluntary and not for profit organizations.
Dr. André Corriveau
October 24, 2019
Vice-Chair, Performance Committee
Dr. André Corriveau joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves as Vice-Chair of 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 and serves on the Performance Committee.
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
Governance and Nominating Committee
Ms. Linda Dempster joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Ms. Dempster is Vice President, Patient Experience and Pandemic Response 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.
She has recently taken on responsibility for the Pandemic Response and is leading the response and planning for Fraser Health, including chairing the Regional Emergency Operations Centre.
The portfolio includes the Patient Care Quality Office, 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.
October 24, 2019
Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Ms. Melanie Fraser joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Since 2018, Ms. Fraser has served as Ontario’s Associate Deputy Minister, Health Services, at Ontario’s Ministry of Health 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 held several senior positions in Ontario Public Service, including Corporate Chief Information Officer, Chief Administrative Officer/Assistant Deputy Minister with Treasury Board Secretariat; and senior executive positions with the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service and in the 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. She currently serves on the Ryerson MBA’s Advisory Council, sharing insights and vision for the future of business and business education.
Dr. Desirée Hao
October 24, 2019
Dr. Desirée Hao joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Performance Committee.
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 four years, currently in the role of President and chair of the Human Resources subcommittee.
October 1, 2013
Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Karen Herd joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013 and serves on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Ms. Herd has been Deputy Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living since 2013. She has worked in the provincial health sector since 1998. From 1998 to 2005, Ms. Herd was with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and its predecessor organizations – the Winnipeg Hospital Authority and the Winnipeg Community and Long-Term Care Authority. During this time, she worked in Finance as Controller and later as Administrative Director for the WRHA Surgery Program. Ms. Herd joined Manitoba Health in 2005 as Executive Director of Finance, and moved into progressively more senior roles, including Assistant Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister.
Prior to work in the health sector, Ms. Herd worked in the provincial government from 1992 to 1998, starting her civil service career with Internal Audit in Manitoba Education and Training. Ms. Herd worked as a Chartered Accountant in private industry before her move to the public service.
Ms. Herd holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 25 years. 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. Ms. Herd’s area of academic interest is board governance. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), completing the not-for-profit governance course in 2013 and completing the ICD’s Director Education Program, leading to her ICD.D designation in Fall 2015.
Dr. Eshwar Kumar
June 1, 2013
Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Dr. Eshwar Kumar joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013 and serves on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Dr. Kumar is a Medical Officer with the New Brunswick Cancer Network, a division of NB Department of Health. He was practicing as a Radiation Oncologist in Saint John, New Brunswick since 1984, retiring from clinical practice in October 2018.
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
Chair, Performance Committee
Dr. Darren Larsen joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves as Chair of 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 Chair of the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and 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 27 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 Ontario Health (Quality, Digital and Cancer Care) and the Ontario Ministry of Health.
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
March 1, 2012
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 full professor 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 was assistant professor for two years at this institution. He also finished four 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 96 articles and 155 slide presentations and posters at various scientific meetings. He has also been the principal investigator and/or collaborator for over 355 protocols of clinical research at Hotel-Dieu de Montréal and Charles-Lemoyne Hospital since 1984.
Helen Mallovy Hicks
June 1, 2013
Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Helen Mallovy Hicks joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2013. She serves as 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 30 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.
April 1, 2015
Governance and Nominating Committee
Mary O’Neill joined the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2015 and serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Ms. O’Neill has been 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 served as a public member on the Alberta College of Pharmacy 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. 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. In the Chief Public Health Office, within the Ministry of Health, 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 25 years of integrated public and private sector experience. Over the past 16 years, he has held roles in public health, health service delivery and health systems administration. 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
Governance and Nominating Committee
Andrea Seale joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in 2019 and serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Ms. Seale is 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
Vice-Chair, Governance and Nominating 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 as Vice-Chair of the Governance and Nominating 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, 2020
Kendal Weber joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Board of Directors in June 2020 as the Health Canada Observer.
Ms. Weber was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Branch, Health Canada in January 2020. In this role, Ms. Weber is responsible for health-care system strategic policy, including policy for home and palliative care, primary care, mental health and strategic pharmaceutical management; federal-provincial/territorial relations; and Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs. She is also working closely with health portfolio partners in the COVID-19 response.
Prior to joining the Strategic Policy Branch, Ms. Weber spent eight years in the Health Products and Food Branch, as the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister from 2017-2020 and the Director General of Policy, Planning and International Affairs from 2010-2015. In both positions, she played a key role in advancing legislative and regulatory policy for health products and food and establishing partnerships for international cooperation.
Prior to joining Health Canada, Ms. Weber worked at the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the former Human Resources Development Canada in various policy roles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western University and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.