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 2014 as Senior Business Development Associate. She is passionate about working with and supporting volunteers across the country. Kelly’s collaborative style and multi-tasking abilities enable her to thrive on developing community engagement initiatives for the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope and other local community events which are pivotal to increasing fundraising and awareness.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University. Prior to joining Ovarian Cancer Canada, she developed her skills in the non-profit sector at St. John’s Rehab Foundation and Kids Help Phone. Kelly is an energetic, highly organized fundraiser with strong relationship building and project management skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Faiza joined Ovarian Cancer Canada as the Administrative Coordinator in 2014, bringing with her extensive experience in administration and customer service. Her prior work experience included working as a Team Leader/Medical Assistant at Appletree Medical Group and as a Laboratory Manager at the University of Toronto. She holds a B.Sc. in Human Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto.
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.
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.
Hilary comes to Ovarian Cancer Canada with a background in marketing and corporate sponsorships. She has worked at several top tier advertising agencies in Toronto, with experience ranging from internal resource management to external client services. Her most recent role was servicing a Big Five Canadian bank’s sponsorship portfolio. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from York University. When faced with challenges, Hilary draws on her passion for both the arts and business, creating a unique fusion of left and right brain problem solving.
Hilary is most enthusiastic about nurturing and growing sponsor relationships, and using marketing as a vehicle to engage and inform the greater public on this fatal disease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley joined Ovarian Cancer Canada in 2014 as the Administrative Coordinator. Recently she has assumed the role of Regional Coordinator for the Ontario Region. With several years of experience in community outreach and engagement 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 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 an active volunteer with the Canadian Ski Patrol, and is enthusiastic about working with Ovarian Cancer Canada volunteers to help expand the outreach of our programs throughout the province.