Canadian Cancer Society Appoints New President and CEO



    TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to
announce the appointment of a new chief executive to lead the organization.
    Peter Goodhand becomes President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society
effective May 4, 2009.
    "Peter is a passionate champion of the cancer cause," says Jimm Simon,
Chair, Canadian Cancer Society Board of Directors. "He brings a determination
to shape an organization that makes the greatest impact on the lives of
Canadians and people living with cancer."
    Since 2004, Goodhand has served as CEO of the Society's Ontario Division.
In addition to his duties at the division, he has been instrumental in leading
initiatives in organizational change that have benefited the organization
across the country.
    "I'm deeply honoured to be embarking on this new chapter with the
Canadian Cancer Society," says Goodhand. "Like so many Canadians, I know how a
diagnosis can profoundly affect both patients and families. My own family
experience motivated me to contribute to the cancer fight by joining the
Society in 2004. I look forward to continuing to make an impact through my new
role."
    Goodhand has decades of experience in Canada and internationally in the
health field. He is currently the volunteer Chair of the Health Technology
Exchange. Prior to joining the Society's Ontario Division, Goodhand was
President and CEO of MEDEC. In the private sector, his career included roles
as vice president of sales and marketing and vice president of global
marketing with leading healthcare companies.
    Goodhand says his first priority will be to work closely with volunteers
and staff to identify the best ways to enhance the work of the Society.
    "To make a difference in the cancer fight in Canada, we need to mobilize
Canadians as advocates, volunteers and donors," says Goodhand. "Canadians
concerned about cancer who want to make a difference are a powerful force.
Together with Canadians, we're working hard to make cancer history."
    Goodhand takes over from Dr Barbara Whylie, who is retiring after 13
years with the Society.
    "We will miss Barb. Her legacy is the impact of the Society on the health
of Canadians during her tenure," says Simon.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer.

    The Society achieves its mission by:

    
    -   promoting lifestyle and prevention strategies for reducing cancer
        risk
    -   advocating for healthy public policy
    -   funding excellence in research on all types of cancer
    -   providing information about cancer
    -   supporting people living with cancer

    When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at
www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1
888 939-3333.


                              President and CEO
                               Peter Goodhand
    

    Peter Goodhand joined the Canadian Cancer Society in 2004 as the chief
executive officer of the Society's Ontario Division. During that time, Mr
Goodhand was instrumental in leading initiatives in organizational change that
have benefited the Society across the country.
    Mr Goodhand brings with him more than 20 years of international
experience in the healthcare industry. Before joining the Society, he was the
President and CEO of MEDEC, a national association of Canada's medical
technology industry. In this role, he represented the industry to the Senate
Committee and Romanow Commission on healthcare reform and at Canada's
Innovation Summit.
    In the private sector, his career included roles as vice president of
sales and marketing and vice president of global marketing with leading
healthcare companies.
    Mr Goodhand has also worked with several not-for-profit organizations
towards the goal of enhancing the overall performance of the healthcare system
and ultimately improving the quality of patient care. Currently, he is the
volunteer Chair of the Health Technology Exchange.
    He became a patient advocate and caregiver as the result of his personal
experience with cancer and its impact on his family.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more
about cancer, visit our website at www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free,
bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

    
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