Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario appoints a new CEO

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division is
pleased to announce the appointment of the Honourable Susan Whelan as the
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario
effective June 1, 2009.
    "We are thrilled to have Susan Whelan join the Canadian Cancer Society as
our new leader," says Marion Kirsh, Chair, Ontario Division Board of
Directors. "Her passion for our mission and her long standing commitment to
public service and community leadership will continue to drive us towards our
vision of creating a world where no Canadian fears cancer."
    Susan Whelan takes over from Peter Goodhand, who became national
President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society on May 4, 2009.
    "I'm truly excited about joining the Society and look forward to the
privilege of leading the organization in its mission to eradicate cancer and
enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer," says Susan Whelan.
"As a firm and passionate believer in the importance of research, I'm
particularly excited about championing for progress in cancer research."
    Susan brings with her more than 20 years of experience in both the public
and private sectors. Outside of her formal legal training and success in
commercial, environmental and administrative law, Susan held public office for
more than a decade as the federal Member of Parliament (MP) for Essex. In
2002, Susan was appointed as Canada's Minister for International Cooperation
where she oversaw a budget of $2.4 billion annually. As part of her
responsibilities as Minister, she managed the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA), leading the organization through a process that
resulted in the adoption of a new strategic plan for the agency. She
re-directed the agency's focus to support private sector development and
sustainable agriculture initiatives in less-developed countries and helped
implement Canada's assistance plan for Africa.
    During her terms as MP, Susan also held a number of key parliamentary
roles, such as Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and
Technology. As chair, she led a comprehensive study on the Canadian research
sector, with a focus on opportunities for strengthening innovation capacity,
competitiveness and productivity. Her leadership resulted in increased funding
for Canadian research. Most recently, Susan has run a private law practice
where she provided strategic legal advice to international clients on local,
provincial and national government issues as well as serving as a sessional
lecturer at the University of Windsor.
    Susan Whelan has been an avid supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society
for a number of years, as well as holding a number of senior volunteer
positions in other local foundations and charities. Her passion for the
Society's mission and values is also motivated by the fact that she has been
personally touched by cancer through experiencing her parents and a close
relative battle the disease.

    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 or call our toll-free, bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

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For further information:

For further information: Christine Koserski, Media Relations, Ontario
Division, Canadian Cancer Society: (416) 323-7030,

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