About the Elders
The Princess Margaret Elders harness the experiences 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 (PM) to advance cancer care locally and globally. Our network of PM Elders provide guidance on strategic initiatives, support partnerships, provide mentorship to young leaders, and serve as ambassadors of the Princess Margaret's vision to enable
Future Care Now.
Launched in 2017, the PM 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' consisting of a small group of individuals using their collective experience and knowledge to provide guidance and help tackle world issues.
The purpose of the PM Elders is to help build the Princess Margaret brand and advance its mission by accomplishing the following objectives:
- Support internal and external partnerships, networking and connectivity
- Contribute to a culture of innovation by providing guidance and advising on initiatives
- Enhance leadership capacity by mentoring, coaching and imparting knowledge and wisdom
The PM Elders network is formally housed within the PM Cancer Education Program and has linkages to the PM Executive team and the Program Medical Director/VP of Cancer.
Meetings are held on a quarterly basis either virtually or in person. The PM Elders have dedicated space on the 7th floor of 700 University Avenue, Room 7-221 that is accessible to all members.
Meet the Princess Margaret Elders
The Princess Margaret Elders is stewarded by the Elders Council. PM Elders are a diverse group of former PM staff, faculty and Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (PMCF) staff and Board Members who are no longer engaged in active work at PM. Member requirements include a longstanding contribution to PM of approximately 10 years or more and a willingness and desire to actively contribute to PM as an Elder. Membership is by invitation only and members serve a three-year renewable term. PM Elders elect their own leader for a rotating 1-year term. The current Chair is Ms. Karen Maidment (September 2020 - present) and the previous chair was Dr. Ian Tannock (April 2017 - September 2020). The current members of the Elders Council are: