Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Appoints First Chief Executive Officer

    TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Canadian Partnership Against Cancer chair Jeff
Lozon is pleased to announce, on behalf of the Board of Directors, the
appointment of Jessica Hill as the organization's first chief executive
    Ms. Hill is a recognized public service leader with more than 20 years of
senior leadership experience in health care, community and social services,
post-secondary education and children's services with Health Canada and the
Ontario Public Service.
    "Ms. Hill possesses a solid track record of innovation and impact in the
establishment of healthcare and related programs", said Mr. Lozon. "She has
demonstrated the ability to deliver results working collaboratively with
stakeholders on some extremely challenging and complex policy and program
administration changes."
    A former Ontario Deputy Minister for Children and Youth Services, Ms.
Hill's educational background includes a Masters Degree in Education and
Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and the Ivey
Executive Program, University of Western Ontario.
    The Canadian Mental Health Association honored Ms. Hill with the first CM
Hincks Award, ever awarded to a public servant in 1995 for her contribution to
the advancement of mental health in Canada. In 2004 and 2005 Jessica was
recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of the Top 100 Most
Powerful Women in Canada.
    Ms. Hill takes up her duties October 1, 2007.

    The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is a new independent corporation
funded by the federal government. It 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 was announced in late 2006 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It
will oversee implementation of initiatives that will ensure Canadians share a
population-based cancer control program that will improve outcomes coast to
coast. The Partnership is eligible to receive $250 million in funding from the
federal government over the next five years.
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