Canadian Global Cancer Network

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About the Network

Health equity is a key pillar of Canada’s health care system and is a cornerstone of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, which identifies the importance of international partnerships in advancing cancer control both in Canada and internationally. Organizations and institution across Canada are dedicated to addressing global cancer control in access and disparities. However, awareness and understanding of the scope and breadth of these activities across the country has, to-date, been limited.

The development of Canadian Global Cancer Network is the first step to develop a collaborative national approach to global cancer control, to learn from each other, and to maximize the impact of our collective efforts.

Canadian Global Cancer Network Strategy



To improve equity and reduce disparities in cancer control globally through pan-Canadian collaboration


To develop a pan-Canadian approach to global cancer control that facilitates effective and ethical partnerships, strengthens capacity in cancer control systems, and positions cancer within the Canadian global health agenda.

The vision and mission are guided by 5 pillars:



  • Convene cancer professionals from all areas of cancer control to motivate collaboration, share learnings, and scale-up Canadian participation in global cancer control.
  • Exchange information on ongoing Canadian initiatives focused on global cancer control.
  • Create a point of contact within Canada for engagement with major international organizations or entities.

Network development:

  • Cultivate a philosophy of effective partnerships to address inequity in global cancer control.
  • Foster development of partnerships in related fields within Canada and globally for individuals or institutions working in global cancer to synergize and learn from others.
  • Catalyze partnerships with other networks, agencies, and organizations in related fields.

Education & training:

  • Promote research in global cancer control.
  • Leverage research infrastructure to expand partnerships, joint research endeavors, and bi-directional learning.
  • Explore research opportunities that are uniquely suited for a Canadian collaborative effort.


  • Foster academic career pathways in global cancer control within Canadian institutions.
  • Building collaboration in education to expand capacity to cancer care in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Share expertise in developing and evaluating educational policies, materials, curricula, and standards to meet the needs of local health systems.
  • Facilitate opportunities for virtual mentorship within Canada and internationally, for individuals and organizations working in global cancer.


  • Promote global cancer control within Canada’s global health agenda.
  • Champion funding opportunities to strengthen global cancer control.


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Canadian Global Oncology Workshops

In November 2020, the initial Canadian Global Oncology Workshop was held to facilitate a multisectoral discussion among Canadian leaders in global cancer control. The workshop was envisaged as a first step to realizing a Canadian collaborative network in global oncology and developing a pan-Canadian strategy for global cancer control.

Annual workshops are held to continue to connect Canadians with interest in global oncology, facilitate bi-directional engagement. and discuss initiatives in research, education, advocacy, and policy.

Workshop Dates

The 2022 Canadian Global Oncology Workshop dates:  December 1-2, 2022

Past Workshops


In 2021, the Queen’s Global Oncology Program was proud to host the Canadian Global Oncology Workshop. Over 150 participants from around the world attended a dynamic two-day virtual workshop.


The Princess Margaret Global Cancer Program and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer hosted the first annual Canadian Global Oncology Workshop. This event brought together 112 participants.

View recordings, lancet publication, and the event report.

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