Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation To Pass The Torch

TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2017 /CNW/ - Glenn Ives, Chair of the Board of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (The PMCF) announced today that Paul Alofs, the long-serving President and CEO of  The PMCF will step down in April 2018.  This notice period will ensure time for a thorough search for his successor and continuity with donors, staff, volunteers and the cancer centre team.

"The Board is very grateful for the wonderful leadership Paul has provided to The Foundation and his very significant personal contribution to conquering cancer in our lifetime," said Mr. Ives.  "We are also very happy that Paul will remain with us until the Board has selected the next President and CEO so that we have a smooth transition to a new leader – a passing of the torch which will allow us to continue the fundraising momentum as we build for the future." 

Mr. Alofs joined The PMCF in 2003 after spending a month as a volunteer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  His passion for the cancer cause is a constant, inspired by his own family story as a caregiver for his mother Patricia, who died of cancer in November 2002.  Through his 13 years at The PMCF he has built an amazing team, been at the helm while $1.056 Billion in net fundraising revenue has been raised, and led the early completion of the five-year Billion Dollar Challenge – a combination of $532 million secured in philanthropic support and another $520 million in research grants.  Paul's passion, dedication and fundraising success have had a profound impact on research and patient care at The Princess Margaret that will endure for many years.  Under Paul's tenure, The Princess Margaret brand has strengthened, new fundraising programs such as The Ride to Conquer Cancer have been created, and unprecedented growth has been achieved in the lottery program with these events raising undesignated funds to support the priorities of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

"The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation has a remarkable track record and an excellent team in place," says Dr. Peter Pisters, President and CEO University Health Network. "Under Paul's leadership, The PMCF has made an amazing contribution to cancer research, patient care innovation and putting patients first at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre".

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation 
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network is raising funds to lead the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. For more information -- www.thepmcf.ca

About Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network 
The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has achieved an international reputation as a global leader in the fight against cancer and delivering personalized cancer medicine. It is one of the top five international cancer research centres and part of the University Health Network, which encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute for Education at UHN which is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. For more information -- www.uhn.ca.

SOURCE Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

For further information: Media Contact: Christine Lasky, Chief Brand Officer/VP Strategic Initiatives, 416-946-4515, christine.lasky@thepmcf.ca

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