​About the Elders Program

The Princess Margaret Elders Program was established to harness the experience of past leaders and facilitate the transfer of knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next. Members include individuals who have made significant contributions to furthering the aims of the Princess Margaret to advance cancer care locally and globally. Members provide guidance on strategic initiatives, support partnerships, mentor young leaders, and serve as ambassadors of the Princess Margaret's vision to enable Future Care Now. Membership is by invitation.

The concept of The Princess Margaret Elders is adapted from The Elders, an independent group of global leaders established by Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu. The Elders established a 'global village' of individuals to provide guidance on tackling world issues.


Program Contact: Meena Merali


Meet the Princess Margaret Elders

The Princess Margaret Elders is stewarded by the Elders Council. This is a diverse group of former Princess Margaret staff, faculty and Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (PMCF) Board Members who serve three- to five-year terms with a rotating chair. The current members of the Elders Council are:



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Ms. Karen Maidment

Chair, Elders Council

Ms. Maidment is a Corporate Director. She is a member of the Board of Directors of TD Bank, where she chairs the Human Resource and Compensation committee and is a member of the Risk committee and Corporate Governance committees. Karen is also a member of the TD Ameritrade Board of Directors, where she chairs the Audit Committee. She previously served on the Princess Margaret Foundation Board, University of Waterloo Board of Governors and TransAlta. Karen has spent over 30 years in financial services, and is former Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of BMO Financial Group. Prior to that, Karen held several executive positions with Mutual Life Insurance company, including CFO. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA).

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Mr. Stephen Bear

Mr. Bear served as a board member of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation for nine years including as Chair of the Board for two years. During his 26 years at McKinsey & Company, Mr. Bear led the Firm’s practices in Korea and Canada and focused primarily on serving clients in the financial services and energy sectors. Since his retirement from McKinsey as a Senior Partner in 2013, he has served as a senior advisor on key topics and as a faculty member for various partner training programs. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Robert Bell

Dr. Bell served as Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network for nine years. He was previously Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Chair of both Cancer Care Ontario's Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario. As an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, health system executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell has more than 40 years of health care experience.

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Mr. Tom Ehrlich

Mr. Ehrlich is the President of TRAM Developments Inc. as well as Tanurb Developments Inc., two real estate development and management companies based in Toronto. Mr. Ehrlich has been involved with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation for over 20 years including serving as a board member for nine years and as Chair of the Board for two years. During his 20 years involvement with the Foundation Mr. Ehrlich has been involved in the development and implementation of many important programs including Invest in Research, The Incubator Accelerator Fund and most recently the Space Transformation Campaign. Tom is a strong advocate for both Clinical and Basic Research as well as continually improving patient care and the patient experience. Currently Tom is a member of the UHN Research Committee, Co Chair of the Princess Margaret Space Transformation Capital Campaign and a member of the Space Transformation Steering Committee.

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Ms. Jane Finlayson

Ms. Finlayson was Senior Public Affairs Advisor and member of the senior management team for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre for 13 years. In that role, she provided strategic project management and communications advice and counsel to executive leadership, while managing a robust media relations program, leading science communications workshops and mentoring staff. Previously, she was Director, Strategic Initiatives and Communications at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Foundation, managing media relations, corporate publications, and marketing communications.

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Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz

Dr. Gospodarowicz is Professor at the University of Toronto, Past Chair of Radiation Oncology and Past Medical Director of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Her current interests include staging and prognosis in cancer, global cancer control, quality cancer care, and mentorship. She is a Past President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Under the auspices of UICC and Lancet Oncology, she led the Global Task Force on Radiotherapy that produced a seminal report on "Expanding global access to radiotherapy". She received numerous awards including the Gold Medal of the American Society in Radiation Oncology and appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the City Cancer Challenge Foundation.

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Ms. Marianne Harris

Ms. Harris is a Corporate Director, sitting on private, public and non-profit sector boards. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Sun Life Financial Inc. and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, Loblaw Companies Limited and President’s Choice Bank. In the non-profit sector Ms. Harris is Chair of the Toronto Club, a member of the Investment Committee for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, a Director of the Dean's Advisory Council for the Schulich School of Business and a Director of the Advisory Council for The Hennick Centre for Business and Law. Ms. Harris has over three decades of investment banking, leadership and management experience in Canada and the United States. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business, a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queen’s University.

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Dr. David Hedley

Dr. Hedley completed his higher specialist training in medical oncology, combined with a graduate program in tumour immunology, at the Royal Marsden Hospital, University of London. Since 1990 he has been Senior Scientist/Senior Staff Physician at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada, with a major clinical and research focus on pancreatic cancer. His laboratory develops flow cytometry techniques to study complex biological processes linked to experimental treatment development and early phase clinical trials. Dr. Hedley directs the Imaging Mass Cytometry (IMC) Core Facility at the Princess Margaret. He plays a major role in international flow cytometry education, having taught numerous courses over more than 20 years. In 2015, Dr. Hedley received the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry’s Fulwyler Award for innovative excellence in flow cytometry.

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Dr. Richard Hill

Dr. Hill is Emeritus Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hill was awarded the Robert L. Noble award by the Canadian Cancer Society for Excellence in Cancer Research, he was the Failla Award Lecturer of the Radiation Research Society, and received the HS Kaplan Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Association of Radiation Research.

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Dr. Michael Jewett

Dr. Jewett is Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the University of Toronto. He served as Chairman and Program Director of the Division of Urology at the University of Toronto and Head of Urology at the University Health Network. He is the founding and immediate past Chair of the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada and is Past President of the Canadian Urology Association. He has received multiple awards including the Canadian Urological Association Award, the American Urological Association Distinguished Service Award, the Society of Urologic Oncology Medal and the Société Internationale d'Urologie Distinguished Career Award.

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Ms. Pamela Savage

Ms. Savage is the former Director of Professional Practice at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (2014-2019). She held the role of Nursing Lead for Toronto Central South at Cancer Care Ontario, was an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and was previously Co-Chair of the Canadian Nurses Association Examination Committee. Ms. Savage's international experience has included oversight for Nursing and Health Professions with the University Health Network's international oncology partners in Qatar and Kuwait, and leading the Nursing Philanthropic work to build capacity in Kenya.

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Dr. Ian Tannock

Dr. Tannock is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Medical Biophysics at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the University of Toronto. Dr. Tannock was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) from 2001-2004. He is the recipient of the Warwick Prize from the National Cancer Institute of Canada (2003), the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) award (2012), and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013.

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Dr. David Warr

Dr. Warr was Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and past Head of Breast Cancer Medical Oncology and Solid Tumour Ward Chief at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada where he worked from 1984 to 2020. He is Past President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and received their Distinguished Service Award in 2017. A clinician-teacher with research interests in supportive care and antiemetics, Dr. Warr has lectured on supportive care in over 40 countries; published peer-reviewed articles on antiemetics, bisphosphonates, group support, anticoagulation, hot flashes and pain control; and has contributed to evidence-based guidelines for MASCC-ESMO and Cancer Care Ontario.

Last reviewed: 10/18/2020
Last modified: 10/19/2020 7:19 AM