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BC Cancer is led by the executive team, comprised of senior staff in leadership positions across the organization.
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BC Cancera provincial government-funded treatment and research organization, is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). PHSA is responsible for governing, managing and funding BC Cancer, along with 10 other provincially mandated health care agencies. 

PHSA – one of six health authorities in British Columbia – is mandated to ensure the planning, coordination, accessibility, quality, efficiency and effectiveness of selected province-wide health care programs and services. It is the overall governing body of BC Cancer.

Provincial Executive
Provincial Executive Team

Dr. Malcolm Moore, President
Dr. Malcolm Moore, President, BC Cancer
Dr. Malcolm Moore is the President of BC Cancer. He oversees a comprehensive Cancer Control Program including prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care for the five million citizens of British Columbia.

Dr. Moore is also a practicing medical oncologist and researcher and clinical pharmacologist involved in drug development work for cancer therapy. He continues to have a clinical practice in gastrointestinal (GI) oncology in addition to his administrative duties. Prior to his appointment as President of BC Cancer, Dr. Moore was Director of the Drug Development Program and Co-Director of the McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. He is also the past President of the International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology. Over the past two decades, Dr. Moore has been involved in the development of new cancer therapies, has been a principal investigator in a number of practice changing clinical studies, has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications and has given more than 200 invited lectures worldwide.
Dr. François Bénard, Vice President, Research
Dr. François Bénard, Vice President, Research, BC Cancer
Dr. François Bénard is Vice President of Research at BC Cancer. He is responsible for setting and facilitating a comprehensive cancer research strategy and agenda for British Columbia in collaboration with research leadership provincially, nationally and internationally

Dr. Bénard is an international leader in molecular imaging as well as an important part of the research community in British Columbia. His interests combine state-of-the art clinical care with a thriving translational research program in imaging and radionuclide therapy. After leading a highly successful molecular imaging program in Sherbrooke, Québec, he relocated to British Columbia in 2008, where he was awarded the BC Leadership Chair in Functional Cancer Imaging. He became Head of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Scientific Director of Functional Imaging at BC Cancer. Under his leadership, his team designed and built a new cyclotron and imaging facility, implemented a comprehensive preclinical imaging platform, set up research radiochemistry and radiopharmacology laboratories and expanded the clinical program. Dr. Bénard has also been highly successful in raising peer-reviewed funding to support the program, recently receiving a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundation Scheme grant totaling $1.4 million for the development of new radiopharmaceuticals for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Dr. Bénard has earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including most recently the 2015 Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering.
Dr. John Spinelli, Vice President, Population Oncology
Dr. John Spinelli, Vice President, Population Oncology, BC Cancer
Dr. John Spinelli is Vice President of Population Oncology at BC Cancer. He leads and manages population health services and research to support province-wide cancer control, including the three provincial screening programs, surveillance, prevention, research informatics, indigenous cancer care and cancer control research.

Dr. Spinelli is also a Distinguished Scientist and Head of Cancer Control Research at BC Cancer, Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University. Until recently he was the Principal Investigator for the BC Generations Project, part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project — the largest health study ever undertaken in Canada; he now serves as the BC Cancer Representative on the Strategic Advisory Council. He is a member of the Data Stewards Working Group at Population Data BC and has served on the University of British Columbia/BC Cancer Research Ethics Board since its inception in 2004. He is a past Chair of both the International Lymphoma Epidemiology Consortium (Interlymph) and the International Multiple Myeloma Consortium and has served on the Board of Directors of the Statistical Society of Canada and the Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is currently the Canadian Representative on the Scientific Council of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and is the author of over 250 peer reviewed publications.
Nicholas Schnee, Executive Director, Provincial Clinical Programs
Nicholas Schnee, Executive Director, Provincial Clinical Programs, BC Cancer
Nicholas Schnee is the Executive Director, Provincial Clinical Programs at BC Cancer. In this broad role, he offers strategic oversight and direction to a diverse portfolio which is collectively charged with setting provincial clinical policy and standards across the core medical disciplines of cancer care; for managing extensive provincial resources, including the BC Cancer chemotherapy drug budget and external funding programs; and for developing and implementing forward focused plans that will transition and advance cancer care.  

Mr. Schnee comes to BC Cancer with diverse strategic and operational experience in acute health care.  Prior to starting with BC Cancer, he was the Corporate Director, Finance and Healthcare Analytics at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, where he engaged in diverse strategic initiatives across his organization and the Lower Mainland Health Authorities. As a separate pursuit, he has pursued an interest in teaching and continues to provide lectures within the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Mr. Schnee received both his BScH in Nutritional Sciences and MHA from UBC and also holds a CMA-CPA designation as a chartered accountant.
Dr. Michael McKenzie, Vice President, Quality
Dr. Michael McKenzie, Vice President, Quality, BC Cancer
Dr. Michael McKenzie is Vice President of Quality at BC Cancer. He is responsible and accountable for the development, delivery and ongoing management of the overall quality-first vision for BC Cancer, including accreditation, quality and performance and risk management. This will also include the development and implementation of an organization quality strategy aligned with PHSA and the Provincial Cancer Strategic Plan.

Dr. McKenzie received his MD at Queen’s University in Kingston in 1985, completed his internship at Montreal General Hospital and a year of internal medicine residency at St. Paul's Hospital. Following that he completed his radiation oncology residency at BC Cancer and received fellowship in the specialty in 1990. After completing his fellowship training in Montreal and Boston, he assumed a staff position at BC Cancer — Vancouver in 1991.
Stephanie Aldridge, Executive Director, Cancer Strategy & Capital Redevelopment 
Stephanie Aldridge, Executive Director, Cancer Strategy & Capital Redevelopment, BC Cancer
Stephanie Aldridge is Executive Director, Cancer Strategy and Capital Redevelopment at BC Cancer. She enables and facilitates the development, delivery and ongoing management of the organization’s overall strategic, capital and business plans to provide timely, appropriate, equitable and cost-effective health care for people living with or affected by cancer throughout the province. 

Ms. Aldridge completed her Radiation Therapy training in 1996 at the Vancouver Centre and has since practiced in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and New Zealand. During this time she pursued her passion for teaching, working as an Instructor at BC Cancer and British Columbia Institute of Technology and completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University. Ms. Aldridge has worked at BC Cancer Fraser Valley Centre as Regional Professional Practice Leader, Radiation Therapy, Director of Clinical Operations, Radiation Therapy, and eventually assumed responsibility for Systemic Therapy and Regional Operations. She is Lean Leader certified and in 2015 was honoured with the Innovative Leadership award from the BC Association of Medical Radiation Technologists.
Bernice Budz, Vice President, Patient Experience & Interprofessional Practice
Bernice Budz, Vice President, Patient Experience & Interprofessional Practice, BC Cancer
Bernice Budz is Vice President of Patient Experience and Interprofessional Practice at BC Cancer. She leads interprofessional practice, patient engagement and education and survivorship programs, and is also responsible for professional practice leadership for nurses, psychological services, nutrition, rehabilitation and spiritual care.

Ms. Budz has an extensive background in both the healthcare and education sectors. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing Science from the University of British Columbia and a Post Master Degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from the University of Washington. She has experience in clinical practice, education and leadership roles in both Canada and the United States in large tertiary centers, community hospitals and ambulatory clinics in the areas of cardiovascular sciences, general surgery and critical care. Her career has allowed her to gain considerable experience working with interprofessional teams in the clinical setting and with research teams. Most recently, Ms. Budz has worked at the British Columbia Institute of Technology as the Associate Dean for the Bachelor of Nursing Program, and more recently as the interim Dean for the School of Health Sciences at BCIT and well as a member of the BCIT senior leadership team. Throughout her career, she has had a focus on serving others, quality of care, patient engagement and leadership.
Dr. Frances Wong, Vice President, Medical Affairs & Medical Information
Dr. Frances Wong, Vice President, Medical Affairs & Medical Information, BC Cancer
Dr. Frances Wong is Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Information at BC Cancer. She is involved in matters relating to the professional practice of physicians and is responsible for many technology related projects, such as the Clinical Systems Transformation (CST) project. 

Dr. Wong is also a practising radiation oncologist, specializing in the field of breast cancers. She has specific interests in Health Service Delivery research and has engaged in various projects relating to patient navigation and survivorship care planning. Dr. Wong has worked at the BC Cancer Vancouver Centre as a staff radiation oncologist since 1985. In 1994, she was appointed as Department Head of Radiation Oncology and was part of the team that started the BC Cancer Fraser Valley Centre in 1995. She held that position while also serving as the Chief of Department of Oncology at Surrey Memorial Hospital until 2008. Dr. Wong was appointed as the Chief Physician for the Fraser Valley Centre in 2007 and participated in opening the BC Cancer Abbotsford Centre in 2008. She was the Chief Physician for both the BC Cancer Fraser Valley Centre and Abbotsford Centre until 2013 when she was then appointed as Vice President of Medical Affairs for BC Cancer.
Dr. Shallen Letwin, Vice President, Regional Operations
Dr. Shallen Letwin, Vice President, Regional Operations, BC Cancer
Dr. Shallen Letwin is Vice President of Regional Operations at BC Cancer. He is responsible for overseeing all regional operations of BC Cancer to enable cancer care for the province of British Columbia to be planned provincially and delivered regionally.  

Dr. Letwin graduated from the University of Alberta and University of British Columbia with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Pharmacy and has held various positions with pharmacy including working as the Regional Director for Fraser Health. He led a team as the Executive Director, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services and next as Executive Director, Clinical Operations (Medicine), Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital within Fraser Health. Most recently, he was the Vice President, Community Hospitals and Programs for Fraser Health where he was responsible for the overall clinical operations of acute and community based services in several communities.

Regional Leadership
The Regional Medical Director and Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations roles act in partnership for the management of BC Cancer’s services and programs within each of its six regional centres. This dyad partnership requires collaboration, flexibility, innovation and efficient and effective decision making to meet the changing needs of multiple stakeholders, including patients, families, staff and agency partners.

Senior Directors, Regional Clinical Operations oversee management and administration of operations for respective regional centres, and for the development, implementation and assessment of strategies, programs and services. They develop priorities that support the integration of community, regional and provincial patient-centred care and ensure that standards of care and quality are maintained across services. They also oversee resource requirements such as equipment, space, staff and supplies and plan, monitor and report on specific aspects of administrative and clinical services budgets.

Regional Medical Directors are responsible for comprehensive delivery and management of medical programs for BC Cancer’s regional centres, including quality, safety, professional practice, medical staff development and support. They establish a framework and infrastructure for program delivery and planning and allocate and manage medical resources in the region, anticipating future changes that will affect service delivery. They drive the planning and delivery of medical services, and develop effective partnerships that enable the best patient outcomes and experiences.

For details about the leadership team in your area, click the location below or call the appropriate administration office:


Abbotsford
Tammy Currie, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – Abbotsford
Tammy Currie, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – AbbotsfordTammy Currie completed her Radiation Therapy training at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and has practiced in Ontario and British Columbia. Starting at BC Cancer as a radiation therapist in 1995, she has since been in numerous leadership roles including Regional Professional Practice Leader, Radiation Therapy at BC Cancer – Surrey and Abbotsford, Director of Clinical Operations, Radiation Therapy at BC Cancer – Abbotsford and eventually assumed provincial responsibility for Regional Operations and Systemic Therapy. She has been active in the radiation therapy profession, obtaining advanced certification, including a Bachelor’s of Science in Therapeutic Radiography and a Computed Tomography Imaging Certification in Radiation Therapy. She is an active volunteer and course author for the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Most recently, Ms. Currie completed the Risk Management and Safety in Health Services program through the Canadian Healthcare Association, and a Lean Leader Certification and Fellowship through the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Executive Training Program.

Ruby Gidda, Acting Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – Abbotsford

Dr. Muhammad Zulfiqar, Regional Medical Director, BC Cancer – Abbotsford
Dr. Muhammad Zulfiqar, Regional Medical Director, BC Cancer – AbbotsfordDr. Muhammad Zulfiqar has served as a Medical Oncologist as well as the Medical Director for clinical trials at BC Cancer – Abbotsford since 2010. He was also a member of its Medical Advisory Committee for two years. Dr. Zulfiqar was trained in Internal Medicine at the affiliated hospitals of University of Michigan and completed his Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. During his Fellowship, he was awarded a National Institutes of Health scholarship for academic development, completing formal training in epidemiology, biostatistics and clinical trial design.
Kelowna
John Larmet, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Aluwahlia Hawkins Centre)
John Larmet, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Aluwahlia Hawkins Centre)John Larmet holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including child, adolescent, adult and forensic psychiatry, trauma and plastics surgery and burn units. He has broad operational leadership experience spanning almost 15 years leading various departments, including clinical, surgical, emergency and ambulatory care units in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. His areas of interest are operational planning and delivery, emergency management, quality improvement, process design, clinical research and patient and family experience.  Mr. Larmet has participated in various collaborative research projects through the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, Operations Research, Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan – Provincial Breast Health initiative and the Saskatchewan Provincial Emergency Department Patient Experience survey, Mercuri Research group, with the School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan.  He is also a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, currently completing his Certified Health Executive designation.  

Dr. Ross Halperin, Regional Medical Director, BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Aluwahlia Hawkins Centre)
Dr. Ross Halperin, Regional Medical Director, BC Cancer – Kelowna (Sindi Aluwahlia Hawkins Centre)Dr. Ross Halperin, FRCPC, obtained his MD at the University of Alberta, completing his Radiation Oncology residency at the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton, Alberta. After residency, he did a fellowship in lung cancer three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) at Washington University Mallinckrodt institute. Post fellowship, he joined the Radiation Oncology department at CCI in Edmonton, subsequently moving to Kelowna in 2003 to join BC Cancer – Kelowna’s Radiation Oncology department where he commenced its prostate brachytherapy program. Dr. Halperin has served as Regional Professional Practice leader of Radiation Oncology at BC Cancer – Kelowna as well as Interim Vice President for Radiation Therapy, Functional Imaging, Surgical and Oral Oncology at BC Cancer. He is a past president of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology and is a board member of the Canadian Radiation Oncology Foundation. 
Prince George
Kathy Giene, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – Prince George (Centre for the North)
Kathy Giene, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – Prince George (Centre for the North)Kathy Giene obtained her Registered Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing degrees from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and has held a variety of bedside and health leadership roles throughout British Columbia and Saskatchewan for the past 35 years. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care, mental health, long term care, home and community care, aboriginal care and cancer care. She has held senior leadership roles, including Vice President of Operations, General Manager, Administrator, Director of Nursing and Director of Care. Ms. Giene has her Project Management Certification and has been a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada since 2008. She is also a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the Health Care Leaders Association of British Columbia.

Dr. Stacy Miller, Regional Medical Director – Prince George (Centre for the North)
Dr. Stacy Miller, Regional Medical Director – Prince George (Centre for the North)Dr. Stacy Miller is a Radiation Oncologist and former Physician Leader at BC Cancer – Prince George (Centre for the North). As a physician leader in the North, she has focused on the BC Cancer's vision to bring cancer care closer to home, including development of Telehealth systems to support this work. Dr. Miller is originally from the west coast and moved to Prince George in 2012 for the opening of BC Cancer – Prince George (Centre for the North). She trained at the University of British Columbia with a residency at BC Cancer and a subsequent international fellowship in Sydney, Australia. Clinically, She is involved in the treatment of several types of cancer with a special interest in genitourinary and lymphoid malignancies as well as brachytherapy and rapid access to palliative radiotherapy.  
Surrey
Cherie Taylor, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – Surrey
Cherie Taylor, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – SurreyCherie Taylor holds a Masters of Social Work and an undergraduate degree from University of Victoria. She came to BC Cancer from Fraser Health with a strong background in clinical operations, including inpatient and outpatient oncology with many years of leadership experience helping to advance clinical care, service development, redevelopment opportunities and quality improvement. Ms. Taylor has more than 27 years of combined acute and community experience leading many successful operational and project initiatives. She held several leadership roles at Fraser Health, including Director of Surrey Memorial Hospital Medicine Program, Director of Ambulatory Medicine Outpatient Clinics at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgical Centre and Director of Clinical Operations for Ridge Meadows Hospital and Community. She takes pride in building strong, collaborative partnerships and linkages between teams and stakeholders with resulting improvements for patient and family-centered care. 

Dr. Ursula Lee, Regional Medical Director, BC Cancer – Surrey
Dr. Ursula Lee is a medical oncologist at BC Cancer – Surrey and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She obtained her medical degree from the University of British Columbia and completed her training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer. Dr. Lee has a Masters of Education and has held a number of leadership positions, including Department Head for Medical Oncology at BC Cancer – Surrey, and has co-chaired the annual BC Cancer conference for many years. Currently, Dr. Lee is Division Head of Oncology at Fraser Health. Her clinical and research interests include gastrointestinal and gynecologic malignancies, sarcomas and quality improvement.
Vancouver
Heather Findlay, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – Vancouver
Heather Findlay, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – VancouverHeather Findlay holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Road University and has credentials in Biomedical Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has more than 16 years of experience in a number of health care leadership roles including Clinical Manager, Clinical Director and Site Director. She has held leadership positions within Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and most recently as Executive Director, TriCities Health Services and Eagle Ridge Hospital. Ms. Findlay is a highly collaborative leader, who demonstrates system thinking, encourages and supports others and is strongly committed to exceptional patient care and a culture of caring. 

Dr. Kim Chi, Regional Medical Director, BC Cancer – Vancouver
Dr. Kim Chi, Regional Medical Director, BC Cancer – VancouverDr. Kim Chi is a Medical Oncologist and Director of Clinical Research for BC Cancer. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, medical director for Clinical Trials at BC Cancer – Vancouver, and the Co-Director of Clinical Research at the Vancouver Prostate Centre. Dr. Chi is the Chair of the Genitourinary Disease Site Committee for the Canadian Cancer Trials Group and the co-Chair for the Canadian Uro-Oncology Group. His research is in the area of genitourinary cancers with a focus on prostate cancer and investigational new drugs, including outcomes, Phase I-III clinical trials, neoadjuvant studies and mechanisms of treatment resistance. He has had peer-reviewed grant funding from the Canada Institutes of Health Research, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, the US Department of Defense, Movember and the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada.
Victoria
Kelly Nystedt, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – Victoria
Kelly Nystedt, Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations, BC Cancer – VictoriaKelly Nystedt has an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and completed Radiation Therapy training at Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre. She is the recipient of the L.J. Cartwright Award and Joan Beaverstock Radiation Therapy Student Essay Award, Certificate of Merit, for her graduating class. She also holds a post graduate Certification in Adult and Continuing Education at University of Victoria. Kelly moved to BC as a new graduate in 1992 and has practiced her entire career within BC Cancer – Victoria. Starting as a clinical Radiation Therapist, she transitioned through progressive leadership positions including Dosimetrist, Radiation Therapy Educator, Clinical Instructor, Director of Clinical Operations for Radiation Therapy, Regional Director and now Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations. She has been an active advocate for her provincial and national professional associations: British Columbia Association of Medical Radiation Technologists and Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT), respectively serving two full terms (six years) as Director for BC and two years as Finance Director for CAMRT. She is currently participating in the Canadian College of Health Leaders Mentorship Program.  

Dr. Jason Hart, Regional Medical Director, BC Cancer – Victoria 
Dr. Jason Hart, Regional Medical Director, BC Cancer – VictoriaDr. Jason Hart is a medical oncologist at BC Cancer – Victoria. He trained in Hematology and Medical Oncology in Edmonton, Alberta, before joining the Medical Oncology team at BC Cancer – Victoria in 2005. He was also appointed the Department Head of Medical Oncology in Victoria, in January 2016. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and at the University of Victoria. Areas of clinical practice and research interests include benign and malignant hematology, as well as sarcoma. He has an interest in pharmacoeconomics, and he currently serves with the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR), as a clinical guidance panel member and review leader.

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