our people

Our executive leadership team

Andrea Seale, Chief Executive Officer
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Andrea Seale

Andrea joined the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in 2018 as Executive Director for the British Columbia and Yukon region and served as Interim CEO for 6 months in 2019. As CEO, she oversees all aspects of the organization including strategic planning, fundraising and development, and the delivery of an extensive suite of cancer information and support programs.

Prior to joining CCS, Andrea has held leadership roles at several not-for-profit organizations and founded the consulting firm Blueprint Fundraising and Communications. Andrea holds a Diploma in Public Relations from Mount Royal University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from McGill University.
Andrea Seale, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Executive Vice President, Mission, Research and Advocacy
Executive Vice President, Mission, Research and Advocacy

Dr Stuart Edmonds

Stuart joined the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in February 2020 following the amalgamation with Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC). As Executive Vice President of Mission, he oversees the Research and Advocacy teams.

Prior to the amalgamation, Stuart spent 8 years at PCC as Vice President of Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship. He has held leadership roles at several national cancer research institutes and government agencies. Stuart holds a Doctorate in pharmacology from Oxford University.
Dr. Stuart Edmonds, Executive Vice President, Mission, Research and Advocacy
Dr Stuart Edmonds
Executive Vice President, Mission, Information and Services

Dr Sandra Krueckl

Sandra is the Executive Vice President, Mission, Information and Services at the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). In this role, she leads a nationwide team of staff and volunteers focused on delivering a support system to help Canadians prevent cancer and better manage life with cancer, find community and connection and build wellness and resilience.
Sandra joined CCS in 2005 and has held several positions with the organization, including her previous role of Vice President, Cancer Control.

Prior to CCS, her training and work experience was in the cancer research field. She holds a PhD in Molecular Endocrinology from the University of Victoria and has completed post-doctoral training at the Prostate Centre in Vancouver.
Dr Stuart Edmonds
Sara Oates, Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations
Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations

Sara Oates

Sara is Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations at the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). She joined CCS after the merger with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in 2017, where she was Chief Finance and Operations Officer. In her current role, she leads the organization's finance, information technology, people, culture and inclusion, facilities and administration teams.

Prior to CCS, Sara held leadership roles at international not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and History from the University of Leeds and has earned her Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA, CA) and Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA UK) designations.
Sara Oates, Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations
Jane Parsons, Executive Vice President, Community and Leadership Giving
Executive Vice President, Revenue Development

Jane Parsons

As Executive Vice President, Revenue Development for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), Jane leads teams of relationship-based fundraisers working in communities across the country on a variety of fundraising, philanthropic and supporter engagement activities. Jane’s portfolio includes the Leadership Giving team, the Mass Marketing team and our CCS signature events including Relay for Life Community, Relay for Life Youth, Cops for Cancer, CIBC Run for the Cure and a variety of community-led fundraising initiatives nationwide. Jane joined CCS in 2017 following the merger with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and served as CCS’s Regional Executive Director, Atlantic Canada until 2020. While at CBCF from 2007 to 2016, Jane held leadership positions in operations and fundraising.

Prior to her career in the not-for-profit sector, Jane worked in the cable television industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Acadia University.

Jane Parsons, Executive Vice President, Community and Leadership Giving
Paula Roberts, Executive Vice President, Brand Marketing, Communications and Digital
Executive Vice President, Brand Marketing, Communications and Digital

Paula Roberts

Paula is Executive Vice President of Brand Marketing, Communications and Digital at the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). In addition to overseeing CCS’s brand, Paula’s accountabilities include advertising and promotion, corporate communications, media and public relations, as well as digital engagement and solutions.

Prior to CCS, Paula held executive roles at leading Canadian healthcare and humanitarian organizations. She holds two degrees from the University of Oklahoma including a Master of Arts in Communications and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Business Directors Education Program.
Paula Roberts, Executive Vice President, Brand Marketing, Communications and Digital