Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Announces Inaugural Board

    TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - The first Board of Directors for the Canadian
Partnership Against Cancer was announced today by Board Chair Jeff Lozon. The
Partnership, funded by the federal government, is the first body to bring
together patient survivors, cancer experts and government representatives from
across the country to lead the implementation of a national cancer strategy.
    The Partnership represents years of work by a coalition with
representatives from cancer organizations, the research community, patients
and families, aboriginal organizations and government who developed the
Canadian Strategy to Control Cancer.
    In late 2006, the independent corporation was announced by Prime Minister
Stephen Harper with Jeff Lozon, President and CEO of St. Michael's Hospital of
Toronto appointed as chair. Noted cancer specialist Dr. Simon Sutcliffe,
President and CEO of BC Cancer Care, Vancouver, was announced as vice-chair.
    "Last year, Prime Minister Harper delivered on a commitment to establish
Canada's first-ever national organization to implement a cancer control
strategy, which is predicted to pre-empt 1.2 million new cases of cancer and
prevent 423,000 cancer deaths over the next 30 years," said Health Canada
Minister Tony Clement who championed the strategy within the federal
government. "This initiative is the first complete and well co-ordinated
approach to control cancer in Canada, and with the Board of Directors for this
organization now selected their important work can begin."


    The Board of Directors comprises representatives from the country's five
regions, cancer patient/survivors as well as a cross section of the cancer
care community from across the country.
    "Everyone who has ownership of the results of the cancer control strategy
will be at the table - from patients and survivors to government policy
makers, doctors, specialists and researchers," said Mr. Lozon. "We have an
outstanding inaugural board ready to take on the task."
    They are Chris Clark, Toronto, Ontario; Peter Crossgrove, Toronto,
Ontario; Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe, Piikani Nation, Alberta; Dr. Louis Dionne,
Quebec City, Que., René Gallant, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia; Dr. Perry
Kendall, Victoria, BC; Joy Maddigan, St. John's , NFLD, Paddy Meade, Edmonton,
Alta; Gary Semenchuck, Regina, Sask.; Dr. Marla Shapiro, Toronto, Ontario;
Terry Sullivan, PhD, Toronto, Ont.; Laura M. Talbot, Kingston, Ontario; Sally
Thorne, Vancouver, BC, Elizabeth Whamond, New Brunswick; Barbara Whylie,
Toronto; Arlene Wilgosh, Winnipeg, Man.
    The Partnership is finalizing arrangements with Quebec for observer
    "I'm honored to join the Board of Directors," said Dr. Barbara Whylie,
CEO, Canadian Cancer Society. "Together we will work to implement the Strategy
and make a real difference in the lives of Canadians and people living with
    The first meeting of the Board of Directors will be held in May.
    The federal government is investing $260 million in funding over five
years to implement the cancer strategy.

    Full Text of Mr. Lozon's speech to Canadian Club April 25, 2007 available

    Biographies of Board Members attached


                              Board Biographies

    Mr. Chris Clark is the Chief Executive Officer and Canadian Senior
Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He was elected to this position in July
2005. He leads a firm of more than 4700 partners and staff who provide
industry-focused assurance, advisory and tax services and he is the senior
relationship partner for some of the firm's largest Canadian clients. He also
serves on a variety of not-for-profit boards. He was born in Toronto and
received his Honours degree in Commerce from Queen's University and a Masters
of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. An avid runner,
skier and hockey player, he was diagnosed with tongue cancer in May 2006. In
overcoming this personal crisis, he has become a front-line advocate for
openness in discussing health issues and providing networks of support both
within PwC and the communities served by the firm.
    Toronto, Ontario

    Peter Crossgrove, chair of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer
Agencies and past chairman of Cancer Care Ontario. Mr. Crossgrove is former
Chairman of Masonite International Corporation (formerly Premdor Inc., a door
and industrial products manufacturing company. He is a director of QLT Inc., a
global biopharmaceutical company; as well a director of a number of Canadian
and U.S. publicly listed companies, including Barrick Gold Corporation, West
Timmins Mining Inc., Excellon Resources Inc., and is a trustee of Dundee Real
Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Crossgrove is a former Chairman of Cancer Care
Ontario and Princess Margaret Hospital Board. He is a recipient of the Queen's
Golden Jubilee medal and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2004. Mr.
Crossgrove holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and Concordia
University, an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and was a Sloan
Fellow in the Doctoral Program at Harvard Business School.
    Toronto, Ontario

    Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe, primary care physician and full-time faculty member
teaching Aboriginal health research at the University of Calgary. Dr. Crowshoe
has been instrumental in Aboriginal health care reform in Alberta and he has
focused on the relationship between doctors and other service providers
essential for patients' well-being. He practices primary care on the reserve
and is also helping to establish the medical component of an urban Aboriginal
health centre in Calgary. Dr. Lindsay was awarded the prestigious National
Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2001.
    Piikani Nation, Alberta

    Dr. Louis Dionne, oncologist surgeon and pioneer in the area of
    palliative care.
    He founded the first free-standing hospice in Canada, La Maison Michel
Sarrazin, in Québec city in 1985. Dr. Dionne has served for 10 years on the
National Board of Directors for the Canadian Cancer Society and was the
founding President of the Association Québécoise de soins palliatifs. He has
served as a member of an international consultative committee on palliative
care since 1996 and was also a member of the governing council for the
Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. He also served as a professor on the
Faculty of Medicine, Laval University for more than 30 years and was named
professor emeritus in 2000. He is a member of the Order of Canada and also a
member of l'Ordre national du Québec.
    Québec City, Quebec

    René Gallant is past national president of the Canadian Cancer Society
and a member of the National Board of directors since 2001. His participation
in advocacy has contributed to changes in legislation in Nova Scotia such as
the adoption and improvement of legislation banning sale of tobacco products
to minors and sale of tobacco in pharmacies, and creation of smoke free public
spaces. He has led numerous committees and working groups including the
regionalization working group that extensively consulted with volunteers and
staff members on the regionalization and service delivery model for the Nova
Scotia Division of the Canadian Cancer society. Professionally René is
regulatory counsel with Emera Inc., the holding company for Nova Scotia Power,
a vertically integrated electric utility. He is a graduate of Mount Allison
University and Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Nova Scotia
Barristers Society in 1995.
    Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

    Dr. Perry Kendall , Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia since
1999. In this role, he is responsible for monitoring the health of the people
of the province, providing information and analysis on health issues and
reporting to the public on health issues, the need for legislation, a change
of policy or practice concerning health in B.C. His appointment to this
position follows an almost 40 year medical career that began following
graduation from University College Hospital Medical School and continued to
Seaman's Hospital in Greenwich, England, to Kingston, Jamaica, and later
Toronto, Canada. In the late 80s he was appointed Chief Medical Officer of
Health for the Capital Regional District, in B.C. and later the Medical
Officer of Health for the City of Toronto where he pioneered programs in
AIDS/HIV and drug abuse prevention and was involved in developing and
implementing the city's comprehensive tobacco control by-laws. He served as
President and CEO of the Addiction and Research Foundation of Ontario prior to
moving to the position of Vice President Senior's health with Capital Health
Region in Victoria.
    Victoria, British Columbia

    Jeff Lozon, Chair. President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Michael's
Hospital, a $485-million research, education and health-care institution for
the past 16 years. His more than 30-year career has included a year-long
secondment (1999/2000) as Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for the
Province of Ontario. Well respected in the industry, Jeff served on several
national advisory and evaluation panels. He has been Vice Chair of Canada
Health Infoway since 2000 and was a member of the provincial committee,
appointed by the Premier, on the Future Role of Government (2002-2004). He is
Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and
Evaluation at the University of Toronto and is an active Board Member at the
University of Guelph. He has also held faculty positions at the University of
Alberta and University of Saskatchewan and is the former Chair of the
Association of Canadian Academic Health Care Organizations. An Ontario native,
Jeff was born in St. Thomas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
from the University of Guelph, a Masters in Health Administration from the
University of Alberta and an Honourary Doctor of Civil Laws from Bishops
    Toronto, Ontario

    Joy Maddigan, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Health and
Community Services for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She joined
the provincial government in 1990 as a psychiatric mental health nursing
consultant with the Department of Health and Community Services. Since 1999,
she has served as director of policy development where she was instrumental in
the development of provincial policy framework for mental health and
addictions. Ms. Maddigan has been actively participating with a stakeholder
group to develop a provincial cancer control strategy for NL which will be
released in the fall of 2007. Prior to her tenure in the government, Ms.
Maddigan, a registered nurse, enjoyed a 20-year career in nursing and for five
years was also an adjunct professor with Memorial's School of Nursing. She
holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters Degree in Nursing from Memorial
University and is currently completing a PhD in nursing from the University of
    St. John's, Newfoundland

    Paddy Meade, Deputy Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness, since in
November 2004. Ms. Meade came to Health and Wellness after three years as
Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, where she was
a strong advocate for Aboriginal self-sufficiency and well-being and the
development of Alberta's north. Her passion for Aboriginal advancement
afforded her the opportunity to visit many Aboriginal communities in Alberta.
Prior to serving as Deputy Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Development, Ms. Meade served as Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC). Ms. Meade's experience also
includes six years as Executive Director of the Young Offender Branch,
Correctional Services Division, Alberta Justice. Prior to that, she spent
several years working with youth in conflict with the law as Director of the
Calgary Young Offender Centre, Program Director of the Strathmore Youth
Development Centre, and Program Director at the Enviros Wilderness School in
southern Alberta. In November 2006, Ms. Meade received Canada's Top 100 Most
Powerful Women Award. She brings 30 years experience in public service and a
strong belief in collaboration and partnership to her role as Deputy Minister
of Alberta Health and Wellness.
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Gary Semenchuck, QC, Chair of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency's Board of
Directors. He was the National President for the Canadian Cancer Society from
2000-2002, as well as the President for the Saskatchewan division of the
Society from 1996-1998. He is a member of the K40 Club of Regina, the Past
Governor of Kinsmen Clubs in Saskatchewan, and a former member of the
University of Regina Senate. Professionally, Mr. Semenchuck has 40 years'
experience as a lawyer, representing insurers, corporate and commercial
clients and individuals with respect to a variety of legal problems and is a
seasoned civil litigator in all court levels, from trial through appeal, and
the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Semenchuck has also served on numerous
arbitration boards as a single arbitrator, as a member and as Chair of the
arbitration board. Mr. Semenchuck was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1983.
    Regina, Saskatchewan

    Dr. Marla Shapiro is recognized by many Canadians as the Health and
Medical contributor for CTVs Canada AM and medical consultant for CTV National
News. She is also host of her own show Balance. Television for Living Well.
Doctor Shapiro can be read in the Globe and Mail. She is the author of the
national bestseller Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer. Dr.
Shapiro received her medical degree from McGill University, her certification
in Family Medicine from the college of Family Physicians of Canada and her
masters of Health Science in community Health and Epidemiology from the
University of Toronto. She is currently an Associate Professor in the
Department of Family and Community Medicine at the U of T. Dr. Shapiro has
been recognized with international awards for her work in the media to expand
understanding of women's health issues. Dr. Shapiro is in private practice in
Toronto, is a member of many boards and lectures regularly on her broad
experience in women's Health Care.
    Toronto, Ontario

    Terry Sullivan, PhD,  President and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario.
    A behavioral scientist with research and practice interests in prevention
and health systems performance, he has served as an assistant deputy minister
of Constitutional Affairs and Federal Provincial Relations during the
Charlottetown negotiations and has served two successive First Ministers of
Ontario as the Executive Director of Premier's council on Health Strategy
including a period as Deputy Minister. Prior to his work at Cancer Care
Ontario he was President of the Institute for Work & Health. He holds faculty
positions at the University of Toronto in the Departments of Health Policy
Management and Evaluation and Public Health Sciences. He is the
author/editor/coeditor of six recent books and numerous papers on health
system management and prevention issues. Dr. Sullivan sits on several boards
including the National Cancer Institute of Canada, Ontario Hospital
Association, Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies, the Ontario
Institute for Cancer Research and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative
    Toronto, Ontario

    Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, Vice Chair, President of the BC Cancer Agency since
    2000. The Agency's mandate is to provide a population-based cancer
control program for the public of British Columbia. He has been responsible
for academic development in oncology with the University of British Columbia
and leadership of the Provincial Tumour Groups. Before moving to British
Columbia, Dr. Sutcliffe was President and CEO of Ontario Cancer
Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, and was Vice President Oncology
Programs at the University of Toronto. He completed his Doctoral thesis at
London University (1979). He obtained his Specialist certification in Medical
Oncology (UK) in 1978 and his Canadian Fellowship in Radiation Oncology in
1981, his UK Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1989 and the
Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists in 1997. Dr Sutcliffe was the
inaugural Chair of the Governing Council of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer
Control (CSCC), a joint initiative undertaken by Canadian Cancer
Society/National Cancer Institute Canada (CCS/NCIC), Canadian Association of
Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA) and Health Canada. In 1999/2000 Dr.
Sutcliffe was Chair of the Treatment Working Group - a sub-group of the CSCC.
Dr. Sutcliffe is the Past Chair of the CCS/NCIC Joint Advisory Committee on
Cancer Control, the CCS/NCIC National Medical Advisory Committee, and past
member of National Cancer Institute of Canada Board of Directors.
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Laura M. Talbot, president and senior partner Talbot-Allan Consulting.
Ms. Talbot is treasurer and member of the Ontario Health Quality Council,
vice-chair and board member for the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario
and participates on a number of volunteer boards including serving as Chair
for Information & Communication Standards Development Committee (Accessibility
Act Ontario). Previous professional positions include vice-president of
external relations at the University of Waterloo, senior vice-president and
chief financial officer at Bank One International (Canada) and senior
positions with the federal government. She holds an MBA from studies at
Universities of Ottawa and Manitoba, is a Certified Management Accountant and
recently completed the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation. She
is also a member of the - Fellows Council - Quebec Ordre.
    Kingston, Ontario

    Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, Professor and Director of the School of Nursing,
University of British Columbia. Her research and scholarly interests centre
around chronic illness and cancer experience, especially as they intersect
with the human components of health care service delivery and the ideological
orientation of the health care system. She maintains an active role in various
community initiatives related to cancer care, chronic illness advocacy, and
global health issues, forging linkages between the theoretical enterprise and
social action in the health and social sciences.
    She teaches graduate courses in the Philosophy of Nursing Science, and
has a longstanding interest in the refinement of qualitative methods so that
their products have application within the context of evidence based health
care practice.
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Elizabeth (Liz) Whamond, woman living with a diagnosis of breast cancer
since 1993 and co-founder of Breast Cancer Survivors Fredericton (a
community-based support group). Later she co-founded the New Brunswick Breast
Cancer Network and served as its first President from 1995-97. She was also
the first President of the Canadian Breast Cancer Network and has been
actively involved in cancer advocacy activities at the national level. Liz is
currently Vice-Chair of the Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN). In 1996,
the National Cancer Institute of Canada invited her to sit on their Peer
Review Panel on Immunology. Three Canadians living with cancer were asked to
participate in this pilot project and since that time, inclusion of the voice
of survivors on peer review has become a regular practice. Ms. Whamond
graduated from Project Lead, a science-based training course developed by the
National Breast Cancer Coalition (US) designed to help breast cancer activists
influence research and public policy processes. In addition to contributions
at the national level, Ms. Whamond has also been active at the international
level. She is Chair of the International Cochrane Consumer Network.
    Fredericton, New Brunswick

    Dr. Barbara Whylie, President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society.
    She joined the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute
of Canada in 1996 as Director of Cancer Control Policy. In that role, she
ensured that all Canadian Cancer Society health policies and information are
soundly grounded in scientific evidence and she worked closely with volunteer
committees composed of health care and cancer control experts to advise the
Society and the Institute on current and emerging health care and cancer
control issues. From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Whylie chaired the Canadian Coalition
on Cancer Surveillance, a collaboration of key national and provincial
agencies with a mandate for cancer surveillance. She also co-chaired the
Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control from 1999 to 2002, and was co-vice-chair
of the Council of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control from 2002 and 2006.
The Strategy identified priorities for mitigating the growing impact of cancer
on the health and quality of life of Canadians and is the basis for the work
of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. During her medical career Dr.
Whylie served as Vice-President Medical Affairs at the West Park Hospital in
Toronto and she was Chief Medical Officer of the Workers Compensation Board of
Ontario. She holds a medical degree from Queen's University in Belfast.
    Toronto, Ontario

    Arlene Wilgosh, Deputy Minister of Health and Healthy Living for the
Province of Manitoba since 2005, giving her the honour of being the first
female Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Health in the province. Prior to
her promotion, Ms. Wilgosh served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Health for
Regional Affairs. Her previous executive experience includes serving as
Executive Director of the Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba Inc. (RHAM)
and Chief Executive Officer of Red River Valley Health District. Ms. Wilgosh
has recently served as the Co-Chair of the Conference of Deputy Ministers of
Health Advisory Committee on Governance and Accountability, and as the Chair
of the Manitoba Nursing Advisory Council. Ms. Wilgosh began her career as a
nurse and has held a variety of senior patient care/senior nursing services
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

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