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Our Vision for the Cancer System

An effective, comprehensive, evidence-based cancer system that offers Canadians the best chances for preventing and treating this disease, and addresses the emotional, physical and financial needs of patients and survivors.


Our goals, to benefit cancer survivors and all Canadians

System: Human:
Consistent adherence to best practices in cancer care and prevention, making best use of financial and human resources.

Accountability to patients, survivors and taxpayers.

Transparency of decision-making, priority-setting and performance measurement.

Reduction of the emotional, physical and financial distress associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Access to best practices in disease prevention and timely effective treatment options.

Increased awareness of prevention choices.

Our Vision for CACC

To be an influential national, independent, objective advocacy organization
publishing authoritative assessments of the cancer system to help shape
constructive change.



Our Board of Directors

Linda Jalbert
On August 6, 2010 cancer took Linda Jalbert from her loving husband and from all of us. Linda was known to the cancer community as the Montreal patient whose advocacy caused Quebec, and then all provinces in quick succession, to cover the cost of Herceptin. She volunteered for breast cancer groups in Montreal and became a Director of CACC, sharing her own experience so that we would learn how to make a difference. In her work as a hotel manager and consultant, she was successful and highly regarded; the kind of manager everybody wants to work for. The remarkable gift of Linda was the grace and humour she brought to her ordeal with cancer. She never wanted her friends to suffer with her, she wanted to enjoy her friends and for them to enjoy her company. Linda need never have worried about it; for lively fun and laughs there was nobody more delightful than our dear Linda. Our deepest sympathies go to her beloved husband, Renaud, as her many friends feel this terrible loss. Now she makes the angels giggle. Read Linda’s obituary (en Français).

James L. Connors, Q.C.
On April 3, 2008 we lost our dear friend Jim Connors, whose last years were spent as a spirited and compassionate advocate trying to improve access to better cancer care. In spite of his deteriorating health, he wrote and lobbied and spoke passionately about the needs of cancer patients, including access to the drug that his province would not cover for him. He paid for his own treatments and fought the province to help other patients in the same predicament. After repeated refusals, the Nova Scotia government started funding the drug after Jim’s death. Jim would not have complained about the irony, he would have cheered that a hundred other patients would now have a better chance for survival. We were lucky to have the benefit of his wisdom and kindness – two sterling qualities that had driven Jim to a life of civic duty and community service. But the beaming smile we came to love was never for his own, many accomplishments, it was always about his family. We share their grief and hold his memory close to our hearts. Read Jim's obituary.

Dr. Dauna Crooks,
RN, DNSc, Chair of the Board, is the former Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba as well as the former Associate Professor at both the University of Toronto and McMaster University (retired). Dauna is also a member of seven professional organizations and has numerous grants and publications.

Larry Broadfield, BScPharm, MHSc, Vice-Chair of the Board, is Manager of the Systemic Therapy Program Cancer Care Nova Scotia. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Hospital Pharmacists and a member of numerous professional associations. He has been a member of the Standards Working Group of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and has authored many publications on systemic therapy guidelines.

James Gowing, BA, MB, BS, FRCPC, Past co-Chair, graduated in 1966. He started a community cancer clinic in 1974 in Cambridge Ontario. He has promoted community cancer clinics across Canada and established the National Conference on Community Cancer Clinics. He is a former medical oncologist and hematologist from the Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Ontario (retired). He was a consultant for the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre. Dr. Gowing has chaired the National Conference on Community Cancer Programs, and was a member a variety of hospital and Cancer Care Ontario, Ministry of Health, Ontario committees. He is an Emeritus member of The American Society of Hematology (ASH), The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO). He represents CACC on the Canadian Cancer Action Network CCAN and the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC).


Darwin Kealey, BA, MA, Past co-Chair, is an international and entrepreneurial manager with 30 years experience in public policy, public affairs and communications as well as extensive advocacy experience. He provided executive leadership and vision in building Canada’s leading and largest public affairs and communications company, with offices across Canada, Europe, and the U.S. Previously, he was Vice President and Senior Counselor with the world’s largest public relations company, Principal Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition (Ontario), ADM for Community and Public Health with the Ontario Ministry of Health, Assistant Secretary to Cabinet for Federal-Provincial Relations (Federal) and Assistant Secretary to Cabinet in the Ontario government.   

Darwin recently retired from his position as founding President and CEO of Ontario’s Trillium Gift of Life Foundation, and has been an active volunteer on the boards of hospice associations, public policy institutes and community service organizations.


Kong Khoo, BSc MD FRCP(C), is a Medical Oncologist based in Kelowna, British Columbia and clinical assistant professor, University of British Columbia. He has an undergraduate degree from University of Toronto and medical degree from McMaster University. He underwent post-doctoral training in Internal Medicine and Hematology (Dalhousie University) and Medical Oncology (University of British Columbia / BC Cancer Agency). He was Head, Clinical Investigations Office at Cancer Care Manitoba and oncologist at St. Boniface General Hospital from 1992-1997, and on faculty at University if Manitoba. He was Head, Medical Oncology, Centre for the Southern Interior, BC Cancer Agency from 1997-2004 where he helped establish a regional medical oncology department based in 5 centres to serve the most dispersed regional population in British Columbia. He has interests in new drug development, clinical trials, telemedicine, and Community Oncology Network models.

Jaime McDonald, PharmD, is a pharmacist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. She also sits on the Research Ethics Committee at the Montfort Hospital. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and is currently completing a Master of Science degree at Laval University.

Joseph Ragaz, MD, FRCP, is presently a Senior Medical Oncologist, Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor, Medicine & Oncology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. He is the past Director, Oncology Program, McGill University Health Center (2003 – 2007); prior to this, he spent 27 years as a senior Medical Oncologist and an internationally recognized Breast Cancer Researcher at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, British Columbia (1977 – 2003).

Elizabeth (Liz) Whamond, Secretary and Treasurer, has a long and distinguished history in the Canadian cancer community.  In 2001, Ms. Whamond was one of the founding members and is currently the Past Chair of the Canadian Cancer Action Network. She is also the CCAN representative on the Cancer Journey Advisory Group of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. 

In addition to a variety of key leadership roles with various organizations, Ms. Whamond was a Co-Founder of the New Brunswick Breast Cancer Network and served as its first president from 1995 to 1997.  As the first president of the Canadian Breast Cancer Network, Ms. Whamond has been actively involved in cancer advocacy activities at the national level and – at present - is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. 

Ms. Whamond lives in New Brunswick.


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