Elisabeth was Executive Director of the National Ovarian Cancer Association before initiating a merge with Canada’s only other national ovarian cancer organization, based in Vancouver, BC. In 2007, in recognition of her change leadership, Elisabeth was appointed CEO of the new Ovarian Cancer Canada.
Elisabeth’s previous roles include Regional Director of the Neonatal Follow-up Program for the Hospital for Sick Children, Mount Sinai and North York General Hospital and founder and Executive Director of AboutFace International. Born in Montreal, she has a solid background in program development, public awareness, and fundraising. She holds an Honours undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master's of Science in Health Administration.
Elisabeth has been honoured with several awards including WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (honoured on two occasions), the Order of Ontario, Parent/Patient Leadership Award from the Cleft Palate Foundation, the Harold Livergant Award and the Robert Wood Johnson Award, both from the Department of Health Administration, University of Toronto.
Elisabeth comments, "My role at Ovarian Cancer Canada is compelling – and a challenge which I welcome. Each day I am meeting women my own age who are battling this dreadful disease – and I am determined to contribute to the cause so that Ovarian Cancer Canada can make a difference in the fight against it. As a much-neglected issue, there is a limitless scope of opportunity for awareness, which will lead to both increased education for women, and increased allocation of dollars to research. Building partnerships to make our vision a reality is an important stepping stone."
Roxana joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in January 2005. With extensive experience and talent in operations management, organizational effectiveness and budget development she ensures the organization’s infrastructure is in alignment with its mandate and able to sustain the organizational growth.
A CHRP professional, she provides support in recruiting and staffing and oversees the performance management, policy development, compensation and benefits administration.
She loves to learn and believes “the solution is hidden in the problem – you just need to look at it the right way”.
Megan joined the Ovarian Cancer Canada team in June 2012. She is the friendly voice that greets callers at our national office in Toronto. Megan is a recent graduate from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She has over 4 years experience in administration, working at RZCD Law Firm, MCSS/MCYS and also the Department of Engineering at Queen’s University.
Dianne joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2012 as Vice President, Community Engagement. A seasoned fundraiser with over 20 years of experience, she began her career at United Way then Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kids Help Phone and most recently Dianne was with Artez Interactive, working with organizations across the country on web/mobile-based fundraising campaigns. Her knowledge and network is an asset to helping an already strong committed team at Ovarian Cancer Canada to continue to build and develop diverse fundraising campaigns.
Dianne worked with Ovarian Cancer Canada in her role at Artez for years and is very familiar with the growth and incredible commitment to community volunteers and staff growth. As VP, Community Engagement Dianne will lead a team responsible for national signature events, community fundraising and new emerging online initiatives.
Ally first joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2002 and has proudly watched the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope grow from 1 Walk to over 45 locations. After a year of maternity leave with her son, Vedder, Ally returns to Ovarian Cancer Canada as Director, Community Engagement. In her new role she drives excellence in fundraising volunteer engagement.
She looks forward to connecting with our many dedicated fundraising volunteers across Canada to find out what motivates them, and how Ovarian Cancer Canada can best be supporting their incredible fundraising initiatives. Engaging with new and experienced fundraising volunteers, Ally will ensure a rewarding and rewarding experience.
John joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in November 2013. As Director, Development Services he is responsible for directing and managing the electronic and hard copy information support services necessary for successful fundraising, friend‐raising, stewardship and communications programs at OCC.
John brings with him 12 years’ experience using fundraising databases in Health Care, Higher Education, and Independent School Organizations. John has a passion for technology and loves leveraging that technology to simplify and streamline the processes of all the organizations he works with. He holds a Diploma, with distinction, in Computer Engineering Technology.
Catherine joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2011 in the position of Donor Development Manager, working on exciting initiatives and campaigns to increase support for OCC. Prior to joining us, Catherine developed skills in fund development and donor relations in positions at Osteoporosis Canada and Sunnybrook Foundation. She holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Culture. At OCC, Catherine encourages and helps donors across the country raise funds for ovarian cancer. She is eager to discuss any fundraising ideas with you.
Claudia first came to Ovarian Cancer Canada as a volunteer for the Toronto Walk committee in 2008. With over 10 years of working in advertising and radio, she left the media world and joined the Walk team full-time as the National Walk Coordinator in January 2010. With the mandate to steward and grow the then ‘mini’ walk program, she fostered new relationships with volunteers by bringing on new walk locations from coast to coast, almost doubling the number walks within a year.
After a year of parental leave, Claudia returns to the Walk team as the Community Development Manager. In her new role, she will steward, grow and connect with top walk fundraisers, corporate and family teams. She will also support local sponsorship initiatives and matching gift program opportunities. Claudia is an ovarian cancer survivor and is passionate about working with volunteers and connecting with survivors.
Sophie joined the Ovarian Cancer Canada team in early 2012 assisting in the day to day operations of organizing the Walk of Hope. Sophie received a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Buying for Retail from Manchester Metropolitan University – England.
Sophie has changed disciplines from buying to join our team and brings many transferrable skills to compliment the Community Engagement Team. Sophie has volunteered with many English charities and spent 6 years fundraising for the St Joseph’s Hospice in Liverpool.
Erin joined the Ovarian Cancer Canada team in June 2013 to assist with the Walk and third party events. Erin has her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Sociology with Honours from York University and her post-graduate diploma in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College. She has extensive customer service experience and comes to us with a diverse background in non-profit event management and marketing communications.
Karen brings extensive experience in the corporate sector as a senior executive in several communications and marketing firms, including her own, of which she was Principal and Managing Director from 1996 to 2002. Her recent role as a senior consultant with OCG Strategy & Organization Consulting provided her with extensive experience in the non-profit world, and an in-depth knowledge of the issues facing highly competitive industry sectors.
Karen’s creativity, business and entrepreneurial acumen enables her to successfully nurture solid stakeholder relationships while aligning goals with short and long term strategic objectives. Karen embraces her role as VP Marketing and Business Innovation to bring stronger disease and cause awareness to the issues of ovarian cancer - ensuring that every woman is aware of its signs and symptoms.
Cécile joined the team at Ovarian Cancer Canada early 2012. She is managing the corporate and Walk websites, donation and registration forms and online communications tools. She is in charge of graphic production and ensures the respect of brand standards.
Cécile brings her professional experience in digital communications, graphic design, and customer service. She holds a French Bachelor’s degree in Web Communications as well as a Diploma in Marketing and Corporate Communications.
Jessica joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2013. As Communications Associate she is responsible for the implementing the organization’s communication strategy and managing social media channels.
With a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and History from University of Toronto, Jessica has over 10 years’ experience working and volunteering in non-profit agencies, including St. Stephen’s Community Centre, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In addition to communications, Jessica has experience in corporate recruiting and as Executive Assistant to CEOs.
Kelly joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2012 as the National Program Director. Kelly has over 15 years of experience in a variety of health-based organizations in the charitable, public and research sectors. Kelly’s previous roles have included leadership positions with Planned Parenthood, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Cancer Care Ontario and Breakfast for Learning. Her work has been focused primarily in the areas of program development, education and knowledge transfer.
As the National Program Director, Kelly will lead the organization’s supportive care and clinical education programs helping to ensure that Canadian women, families and health care providers have the knowledge and tools they need to manage ovarian cancer.
Emilie joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2011 as the Regional Manager for Atlantic Canada. She is looking forward to spreading knowledge and awareness of ovarian cancer in her region. Emilie will be working with volunteers, community groups, healthcare professionals and corporations throughout Atlantic Canada. “When more people are aware of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer it is more likely that lives will be saved,” she says.
Emilie holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. Her background is in the biotechnology sector, and she also has experience in marketing, health promotion and fundraising.
Monique joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2009 as Quebec Regional Manager; however, she has been involved with our organization for many years. As an intern at Université de Montréal, Monique wrote and produced a media guide for Ovarian Cancer Canada volunteers, while providing consulting services for the organization. She has also served as a volunteer media relations coordinator for the Winners Walk of Hope in Montreal for the past two years.
Monique has a background in science, and enjoyed a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. More recently, her studies in the public relations field have provided opportunities to explore new horizons, namely in her current role with Ovarian Cancer Canada where she is committed to informing and engaging Quebecers in overcoming ovarian cancer.
Formerly the Executive Director of an inner city mission, Marilyn joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2006 bringing a wealth of experience in health and social services, outreach, counselling, and business management. She has been a volunteer and board member for several other not-for-profit organizations. In her role as Ontario Regional Manager, Marilyn advocates for Ovarian Cancer Canada support and awareness programs in Ontario, the province with the highest incidence of ovarian cancer.
Drawing on an extremely successful career with the Canadian Cancer Society, Michelle is dedicated to informing, involving and inspiring Western Canadians about ovarian cancer. Her diverse experience in the medical and non-profit community gives her the platform to develop programming and support of Ovarian Cancer Canada in Western Canada. She has a passion for people and volunteerism and enjoys the interaction with both clients and volunteers.
Tracy joined Ovarian Cancer Canada as Pacific Regional Manager for BC and the Yukon and directs all aspects of the delivery of ovarian cancer education, awareness and support initiatives in the West.
A part of her health promotion responsibilities has included the development of innovative partnerships with health authorities, educators and stakeholders throughout BC. Her collaborative approach has extended valuable information on ovarian cancer to remote and rural communities in the region and facilitated the support of women and their families who have been touched by the disease.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. She brings expertise in resource and policy development as well as program implementation, having lead diverse work teams within both the non-profit and corporate sectors.
Coralie Desjardins joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in early 2013. She spent the prior six years with Roots of Empathy, a national organization acting in schools to foster Empathy in children and adult. As Provincial Coordinator and Resources Person for francophone Ontario, she established a number of successful partnerships with school boards, community organizations, funders as well as healthcare authorities. Finally, as a mentor and trainer, she took part in improving the teaching curriculum as well as continuous training and professional development workshops. With a background in education as well as in psychology, Coralie is passionate of improving the global wellbeing of people and helping them to develop their capacities.
She is happy to join a dynamic team to help women affected by ovarian cancer and their relative to find the support they need as well as raising the awareness of this disease in the general public and in the health sector.
Rochelle joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in early 2013 as the Awareness Coordinator for the Ontario Region. She has over five years of experience working in Canada and internationally in the non-profit sector. Rochelle has worked in a variety of national and community based organizations to help serve marginalized populations, and has turned her focus to supporting the only national charity dedicated to ovarian cancer.
She has an academic background in Psychology and has experience in a variety of roles including volunteer and community engagement, learning and development well as health education. Rochelle has grown up volunteering and enjoys working with the amazing volunteers at Ovarian Cancer Canada to aid in the dissemination of knowledge, awareness and support for women and families affected by the disease.
Marlena joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2013 as the Awareness Coordinator for the Pacific Region. With several years of experience in marketing and communications in both the private and in the non-profit sector, she has joined the Ovarian Cancer Canada team to raise awareness throughout the region and work closely with volunteers in British Columbia and the Yukon.
She has an academic background in public relations and has experience in a variety of roles including health education. Marlena has lived from Newfoundland to the BC coast and loves to meet new people and is never shy to get in front of a crowd – she enjoys presenting the Knowledge is Power program.
Together with of a great team of volunteers, Marlena’s role supports the mission of Ovarian Cancer Canada in the dissemination of knowledge, awareness and support for women and families affected by the disease.
Hoda began working with Ovarian Cancer Canada in 1999 as an independent business owner offering data and financial analysis services to charitable and for-profit organizations. Hoda's understanding and experience in the non-profit sector was a key asset to the organization and in 2006 Hoda took on a full time position with Ovarian Cancer Canada. Her previous work experience includes a 16-year career with the Royal Bank of Canada in senior-level assignments in branch banking, human resources, and commercial/corporate lending. She has also taught grades 9 and 10 math & science.
In addition to her primary role in finance, Hoda puts her analytical and teaching skills to work in the areas of database management and staff training, and is keen to share her practical and technical knowledge.
Victoria joined the Ovarian Cancer Canada team in May 2010 as the E-Philanthropy Coordinator. She brings 20+ years of experience working within the non-profit sector with various organizations including United Way of Greater Toronto, The Canadian National Institute for the Blind and The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. “Being part of a non-profit organization has increased my awareness of how great the need is to fulfilling its mission," she says.
Her relevant credentials comprised of many years associated with communicating with internal and external clients, with an emphasis on customer service satisfaction. Throughout her career Victoria has had the opportunity to develop and demonstrate her organizational, planning and communication skills. Her goal at Ovarian Cancer Canada is to integrate and apply my expertise within the organization where she can further develop professionally.
Delphin has worked with a number of non-profit organizations in Congo, publishing French materials on HIV/AIDS, cholera and other diseases. Delphin brings five years of experience in administration and customer service. He speaks English, French, Swahili and Lingala. He holds a Master's degree in Techniques and Information.
Jessie Benjamin received her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Human Rights and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations at Carleton University. She attended university on the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award. Also, Jessie has volunteered for Epilepsy Ontario at their Toronto and Ottawa locations for the past six years. She is honoured to be part of the outstanding organization that is Ovarian Cancer Canada.
Kumari joined Ovarian Cancer Canada on April 2013 as Accounting Assistant. She has over 5 years of accounting experience in both the non-for-profit and private sectors. She is a Centennial College accounting graduate and is currently working on her Honour Bachelor of Commerce and CGA designation. Her education, experience and continuing learning skills will be of great benefit to OCC. Kumari is a hardworking and goal driven individual with a strong desire to continue learning. She likes to think that we can learn something from everyone if we give them a chance and listen. “Never give-up” is her motivation.