Canadian Cancer Society appoints new president and CEO

Pamela Fralick is the new president and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society. (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (National Office))

TORONTO, Jan. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela Fralick as president and CEO, effective today, January 7, 2013.

"Pamela brings great energy and passion to this key leadership position," says Marc Genéréux, Chair, Canadian Cancer Society Board of Directors. "She has a wealth of leadership experience in the healthcare sector, combined with top-notch creative and strategic skills that will help shape the future of Canada's leading national cancer-fighting organization."

"The Canadian Cancer Society has achieved so much in its 75-year history, and it's an honour to join the Society team as we embark on the next chapter," says Fralick. "I'm looking forward to working with the Society's dedicated volunteers and staff to make a meaningful impact in the fight against this disease that affects so many Canadians."

Since 2008, Fralick has been president and CEO of the Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA), which is a federation of provincial and territorial hospitals and health organizations across Canada. She has also been chair of the Quality Worklife Quality Healthcare Collaborative and co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century.

Before joining the CHA, Fralick was CEO at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for almost seven years. Prior to this, she held executive positions with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Health Canada's Alcohol and Other Drugs Unit. She has been active in many organizations as a senior volunteer, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Triathlon Canada and the International Triathlon Union. She is also on the board of Outward Bound Canada and is chair of the Canada Dance Festival.

Fralick is trilingual - English, French and German. She is an accomplished athlete and has competed in numerous triathlons.

Fralick takes over from Anne Vézina, who has been acting president and CEO of the Society since Peter Goodhand stepped down in mid-2012.

For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

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SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (National Office)

For further information:

Christine Harminc
Canadian Cancer Society, National Office
416-934-5340