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 three 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."
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.
Marilyn Sapsford has been with Ovarian Cancer Canada for 9 years and is currently the Manager of National Programs. In this role, Marilyn is responsible for all national support programs, ensuring that women and their families have the information and resources they need to manage their journey with ovarian cancer. Prior to this role, Marilyn was the Regional Director for Ontario responsible for all aspects of ovarian cancer support and education in the Province. Marilyn’s commitment to the disease is not only professional, but personal, as she is an ovarian cancer survivor and has been cancer free for 12 years.
Marilyn’s background is in social services and business management and she has been on the board of several non-profit organizations. She is also a trained Compassion Fatigue Educator and offers presentations and workshops on this topic.
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.
Cailey Crawford joined Ovarian Cancer Canada as the Ontario Regional Director in 2014. She is responsible for building awareness among key stakeholder groups, promoting and implementing Ovarian Cancer Canada’s support and education programs and connecting with the oncology, health, ovarian and cancer communities in Ontario. Cailey’s education and work experience combines her love for both education and health care sectors and she strives to raise awareness about important health issues in ways that are engaging and motivating. Cailey’s previous roles have included positions at the Canadian Education Association, Trillium Gift of Life Network, and Roots of Empathy.
Stephanie joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2014 as the Regional Manager for Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Stephanie has a background in Marketing and Communications and has worked as a leader in the not-for-profit industry for over 10 years. She is a passionate and loyal person and is committed to informing and creating awareness of Ovarian Cancer in her region.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, and brings with her expertise in communications, project management and client/volunteer relations. "I truly believe that open, honest communication is the key to success in all we accomplish and overcome in our lives.”
Tracy joined Ovarian Cancer Canada as Regional Manager for BC, Alberta and the Territories. She directs all aspects of the delivery of ovarian cancer education, awareness and support initiatives in the West and North.
A part of her health promotion responsibilities has included the development of innovative partnerships with health authorities, educators and stakeholders. 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.
Jennifer joined Ovarian Cancer Canada as the Regional Director for Quebec in 2016. Her mission is to build a community of support for ovarian cancer survivors in the region and those who care for them.
Jennifer brings over ten years of experience in health education and promotion, advocacy, data collection and research. Most recently at the World Federation of Hemophilia, she was responsible for the delivery of educational programs, ensuring access to medications, and promoting standards of care. “I am passionate about empowering patients —either directly, by providing them with information and support, or indirectly, by bringing people together to address the gaps in knowledge and awareness. We all have to work together to make a real difference in patients’ lives.”
Ashley joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2014 as the Regional Coordinator for the Ontario Region and has recently assumed the role of Community Engagement Associate. With several years of experience in community outreach and engagement in the non-profit sector, she joined the Ovarian Cancer Canada team to raise awareness throughout the region, work closely with volunteers, and support community events in Ontario.
Ashley has an academic background in International Studies and Political Science and has experience in a variety of roles including programming focused on HIV and AIDS education and awareness and, more recently, wish coordination for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Ashley is enthusiastic about working with Ovarian Cancer Canada volunteers to help expand the outreach of our programs and fundraising initiatives throughout the province.
Troy Cross is the Vice President of Marketing and Development for Ovarian Cancer Canada, the only registered Canadian charity solely dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer. He is a certified fundraising professional with nearly 15 years of experience both regionally and nationally in the health and cultural sectors.
Troy launched his career at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa where he began his specialization in community marketing initiatives. That eventually led to five years of ever increasing national project support in Marketing and Development in both official languages. It was in this capacity that he learned the importance of fostering relationships, connecting donors to a cause, and celebrating the uniqueness among geographical regions across the country. Soon afterward, his expanding expertise and desire to improve the quality of life for others led him to health care. Troy is himself a cancer survivor and understands the need for greater investment in cancer support services, education, advocacy and research.
His commitment to serving the community in a volunteer capacity has included time as a board member for the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, the world’s largest chamber music festival; a committee member for the Red Carpet Gala in support of youth education initiatives at the Grand Theatre Kingston; and a member of Business for the Arts.
Hilary joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2014, bringing a rich range of experience from working in several top tier advertising agencies in Toronto. She was tasked with supporting the development of the organization’s first ever national awareness campaign, as well as enriching relationships with corporate partners. She is incredibly proud that the “Ladyballs” awareness campaign has reached millions of Canadians, prompting a powerful conversation that has spread disease knowledge, and armed women with the information they need to advocate for their own health.
Hilary also contributes to a variety of other marketing and sponsorship initiatives for the organization. Above all, she finds fulfillment through helping women and families affected by this unjust disease.
Kathryn comes to Ovarian Cancer Canada after many years developing her skills in fundraising with TELUS Spark Science Centre and more recently, Calgary Meals on Wheels. Her experience includes both operational and capital fundraising. Kathryn is passionate about building long lasting relationships with volunteers, donors and stakeholders and has a strong commitment to her community.
At OCC, Kathryn encourages and helps raise funds for the many community engagement initiatives including LOVE HER and Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope events. She is a passionate, highly-organized fundraiser with strong relationship management skills.
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.
Jenny joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2016 with a background in fundraising, sponsorship and marketing. As the Marketing and Sponsorship Associate, Jenny works to support the organization’s mandate by creating engaging marketing materials and fostering strong relationships with external partners.
Prior to joining Ovarian Cancer Canada, Jenny worked extensively with UNICEF Canada (University of Toronto Chapter) and Raising the Roof, where she found her passion for digital marketing and working in the non-profit sector. Through her work at Ovarian Cancer Canada, she is committed to raising awareness around the disease by creating strong and impactful marketing and sponsorship campaigns.
Carrie began working with Ovarian Cancer Canada in September 2015 as an intern to assist with the Walk. She re-joined the team in 2016, assuming the role of Walk of Hope Coordinator. Carrie has her Specialized Honours- Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology focusing on poverty and health from York University, and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Fundraising Management from Humber College. Carrie was previously at Breakfast for Learning, working as Marketing and Development Coordinator. She is honoured to be back and involved in the Walk once again at Ovarian Cancer Canada.
Having started her career at Ovarian Cancer Canada, many moons ago, Janice rejoined the organization in 2014. As Director of Communications, she strategizes and delivers messaging that is focussed on the impact of work underway across the country to overcome ovarian cancer. Bringing previous experience from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Janice has been rooted in the community for many years and is deeply committed to making a difference. Importantly, she aims to honour the journeys and legacies of women and families who have been touched by this disease by sharing their stories with the wider public, working with media and our mighty volunteers to reach as many people as possible.
Laure joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2014. As Communication Associate – Regional and Events, she supports regional offices and event organizers in their communication strategies. Across the years, she built an academic background in communication and health sociology; she wrote a thesis on the role that social connections play on older women health perception. She has also a various working experience in non-profit organizations, in English and French, from Quebec to Yukon, from human right and environment advocacy to community engagement.
Arden joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2015. With a public relations degree and experience working in various industries, she now supports the organization’s corporate communication and social media efforts.
A graduate of Humber College’s inaugural bachelor of public relations program, Arden has a great deal of experience working for non-profits, sitting as a board member for the Canadian Public Relations Society Toronto chapter. Her social media expertise include experience in sectors including oil & gas, food, non-profit and news.
Sheila Smith is a Certified Professional Accountant (CGA), with almost 20 years of progressive Accounting/Finance experience in the not for profit and healthcare sectors. She has recently obtained her Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certificate.
As VP of Finance and Administration at Ovarian Cancer Canada, she has the responsibility for overseeing the financial stewardship of the assets and resources of the organization. She is highly motivated, result driven and brings strong analytical and technical skills to Ovarian Cancer Canada, as well as leadership and mentoring skills to the Ovarian Cancer Canada Finance and Administration team.
She has been the Treasurer of Boards at her local condo and the Business Women’s Executive at the Burlington Curling Club.
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.
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.