Conference Committees

The success and impact of the Canadian Cancer Research Conference is driven in large part by our committees, representing advocates and leaders in cancer research from across Canada. Their time, thoughtfulness, and expertise are deeply appreciated.

Executive Planning Committee (EPC)

The Executive Planning Committee ensures the organization of a relevant and engaging conference. It is responsible for overseeing the development of support opportunities and logistical aspects of the conference.

Headshot of EPC Chair Patrick Sullivan Chair

Patrick Sullivan
Childhood Cancer Canada

Ruth Ackerman
Patient/Family Representative

Judy Bray
Canadian Cancer Society

Don Desserud
Patient/Family Representative

Stephen Herst
Terry Fox Research Institute

Anne-Marie Mes-Masson
Fonds de recherche Santé Québec

Paul O’Connell
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Canada

Dajan O’Donnell
Cancer Research Society

Martine Puts
University of Toronto

Stephen Robbins
Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Cancer

Paula Robson
Cancer Care Alberta

Rachel Syme
Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Cancer

Christine Williams
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Sara Urowitz
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer & Canadian Cancer Research Alliance

Franco Vizeacoumar
Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, University of Saskatchewan


Scientific Program Committee (SPC)

The Scientific Program Committee spearheads the development of scientific content by identifying novel session themes, chairs, and speakers, and overseeing abstract review and selection.

SPC co-chair Franco Vizeacoumar Co-chair

Franco Vizeacoumar Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, University of Saskatchewan

SPC co-chair Martine Puts Co-chair

Martine Puts
University of Toronto

Nathalie Baudais

Debi Lascelle

Christian Steidl

Catherine Cook

Madeline Li

Erin Strumpf

David Dawe

Paola Marcato

Nawaid Usmani

Carlo DeAngelis

Rachel Murphy

Peter Wang

Lynn Gauthier

Philipp Lange

Gareth Williams

Elena Kuzmin

Harminder Singh

Amina Zoubeidi