One of the largest comprehensive cancer centres in North America is coming to life in Calgary this very second. Concrete walls rising to the big prairie sky will shelter 1.3 million square feet of world-leading cancer care, research and education.
We will OWN.CANCER with will, by reducing the number of people receiving a cancer diagnosis in the first place.
By gathering the right people with the right tools under one roof, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform cancer care and treatment.
It’s our chance to OWN.CANCER once and for all.
We will OWN.CANCER with research, by developing new diagnostic tools and precision medicine to identify, target and weaken cancer before it can take hold.
We will OWN.CANCER with determination, by improving the patient experience through customized support programs that lift up the whole family throughout a cancer journey.
We are calling on champions in all of our communities to make this possible by donating online, purchasing OWN merchandise or making gifts that have the impact to change and save lives.
It’s time to shine a light on this devastating disease and take back some of the power cancer has taken from us. To make cancer a memory, we need everyone in Alberta to stand together.
OWN.CANCER with us.
A big thank you to this group of passionate volunteers who are dedicating so much time and energy to ensuring this campaign is a success.
Independent Board Member, Calgary, AB, Canada
With over 27 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Ms. Culbert has held senior positions in the oil and gas sector and was formerly the Senior Vice President of Corporate Services at Enerplus, a mid-sized oil and gas company.
Heather serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Export Development Canada (EDC) and Chairs the HR Committee. She was recently appointed the to the Board of The Fraser Institute. She is a director on the Board of Whitecap Resources Inc., Chair of the United Way World Leadership Council, a member of the She Leads Economic Council of Alberta and is past Chair of Alberta Research and Innovation Council (ARIAC). She recently completed two terms as Chair of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Heather has been an active volunteer and philanthropist for many years and has co-founded the Board Ready Women and Axis Connects initiatives in Alberta. She has served as Board Chair of United Way of Calgary and Area, as a trustee of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, as a founder of C5 (Concerned Citizens for the Calgary Cancer Centre), Board Chair of the Alliance to End Violence, and Campaign Chair of the SAIT Promising Futures Campaign (phase II).
Ms. Culbert has been recognized for her leadership and community service and on March 26th, 2019, was awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign Volunteerism Medal to recognize her exemplary philanthropic efforts in Canada. Heather has received numerous other awards and include; the BMO Celebrating Women 2016 Community and Charitable Giving award, a SAIT Honorary Bachelor of Science Degree in 2014, the Doc Seaman Generosity of Spirit Award as an individual philanthropist in 2013, the Alberta Centennial Medal for Community Service in 2005, and in 2003 she was recognized as SAIT’s Distinguished Alumna.
Heather recently completed her ICD.D certification through the Haskayne School of Business ICD program.
John S. Osler, Q.C.
Born and mostly raised in Calgary, John has been active in the business and volunteer sectors of our city and province for over 30 years.
A cancer survivor, in 2007 John committed himself to making the lives of cancer patients and their families better. He is a past chair of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, was the inaugural Chair of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer/Tour of Alberta and recently chaired Wellspring Calgary’s successful capital campaign to support, with the O’Dell family, the construction of Randy O’Dell House in Calgary. John is a co-founder of C5 (Concerned Citizens for the Calgary Cancer Centre) which is widely regarded as primarily responsible for the decision to proceed with construction of the new Calgary Cancer Centre.
John is a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, working with various community organizations including Axis Connects where he serves as a director. In 2019, he received the Calgary Influential Women in Business “Male Champion Award” in recognition of his efforts to reduce barriers in the workplace. He is also a member of the board of directors of Calgary Economic Development.
John is a partner in the law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP, practising corporate law. He sits on the firm’s national Board of Directors and has held various leadership roles in Calgary and nationally including Chief Community Officer and chair of the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation.
President and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Deborah Yedlin joins the Calgary Chamber of Commerce with a background that includes experience on Wall Street and Bay Street, and more than two decades as a business columnist for various media outlets, commenting on the nexus of business and politics since 1996.
Since moving to Calgary in 1992, Yedlin has been very active in the Calgary community – as a board member on a number of not-for-profit organizations and including serving as the co-chair of the 2016 United Way Campaign. Yedlin is currently serving as the 14th Chancellor of the University of Calgary and is one of three co-chairs of the $250 million Calgary Cancer Centre fundraising campaign.
A first-generation Canadian, born and raised in Edmonton, Deborah is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Queen’s University. She also completed her ICD.D designation through the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.
Campaign Cabinet Members & Volunteers
CEO, Alberta Cancer Foundation
Community Advocate/Retired Executive
Continuing a family legacy advocating for health, innovation and philanthropy in the greater local and global communities
Dr. Jennifer Chan
Scientific Director, Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute
Community health advocate
Recent cancer survivor and community advocate
Dr. Chris Eagle
Chair, Board of Trustees, Alberta Cancer Foundation
Executive Director, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cancer Care Alberta
Community and philanthropic advocate/President, Shaw Communications, Consumer (Retired)
Daina Kvisle (in memory of)
Cancer warrior/lawyer and pro bono legal counsel/kick ass cancer fundraiser
Community advocate/cancer survivor/Managing Director, AltaML
Dr. Jon Meddings
Dean, University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine
Dr. Donald Morris
Medical Director, Calgary Cancer Project
Interim Vice-President, Advancement, University of Calgary
Corporate Director; Trustee, Alberta Cancer Foundation
Trustee, Alberta Cancer Foundation/community advocate
Community advocate/cancer survivor/Industry Diversification, Spartan Controls
Community & Retail Banking, ESG Financial