Leadership Team

Sarah Roth, BC Cancer Foundation

Born and raised in New Jersey, Sarah holds a bachelors and master degrees in history and French from Washington University in St Louis and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. She and her family moved to Vancouver in 2008 for lifestyle and professional reasons.

Sarah has an impressive 25 year career as a fundraising professional. In her present role, Sarah has elevated the BC Cancer Foundation’s revenue to record heights in all lines of business during her four and half year tenure to date. To achieve such success, she has implemented a donor-centric strategy across the organization and championed a brand revitalization that saw the Foundation and its partner BC Cancer align toward a culture of one that embraces the opportunity for the community to give back and drive progress in cancer research and care across the province.

Throughout her career, Sarah has brought exceptional results in leading teams through large-scale fundraising campaigns in both the United States and Canada. She previously worked for Boston Children’s Hospital and New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she was a part of two multi-billion dollar campaigns. Before arriving at the BC Cancer Foundation, she spent eight years as the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, where she launched and completed a $437.6 million campaign, which included the Faculty’s largest ever donation, as part of UBC’s start an evolution campaign.

Sarah is proud to call Vancouver and Canada her permanent home, where she resides with her two children, Juliette (age 17) and Jeffrey (age 13), husband Brian and their sweet 15 year old dog Ally, a proud SPCA rescue.

Sarah also volunteers as a board member and Chair of the Governance and HR Committee for KidSafe, a nonprofit organization providing meals and programming for school aged children in our community.

Lou Del Gobbo, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, BC Cancer Foundation

Lou brings a strong background in both financial leadership and operations management to the BC Cancer Foundation. He is a Chartered Accountant who, prior to joining the Foundation in 2009, held senior financial and management positions at various private sector organizations.

Lou's responsibilities include finance, information technology, legal, investment and risk management, and providing support to the CEO on governance and strategic issues.

Anne Donohoe

Anne has over 25 years of experience in marketing communications working with global and local organizations, in North America and Asia, across many industries. Most recently, Anne was the Chief Marketing Officer at MEC where she led the repositioning of the iconic brand, the development of best-in-class digital capabilities, and the transformation of MEC’s community program, designed to get more Canadians outside and active. This led to MEC being consistently recognized as Canada’s Best and Most Trusted Brand. Over the past two years, Anne has also been a Director on the Board of the Take a Hike Foundation, supporting their development and marketing teams. Anne’s personal passions are travel (during non-covid times!), and being active outdoors with her husband and two daughters.

Fatima Hassam, BC Cancer Foundation

An accomplished fundraising professional, Fatima brings more than 15 years of extensive experience within the provincial healthcare sector to the BC Cancer Foundation. A genuine passion for inspiring and stewarding donors who wish to realize their philanthropic intentions, Fatima builds meaningful relationships, thinks strategically while anticipating challenges and develops creative solutions.  

As Vice President of Development, Fatima is responsible for leading the Foundation’s Development Team and province-wide fundraising initiatives, and an organization-wide stewardship program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Fatima successfully led fundraising and major gift affairs for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and significantly contributed to the $1.5 billion start an evolution campaign.

Lisa has an extensive career in human resources spanning two decades in both national and international private sector organizations. She enjoys partnering with leadership teams to achieve business priorities through a focus on leadership and employee development. She has also played a critical role as an agent of change for companies undergoing reorganizations. Lisa has considerable experience coaching managers and implementing programs to drive employee engagement. 

Lisa’s role at the Foundation is to help create and implement the People & Organizational Potential vision and strategy which supports the overall vision and plans of the Foundation.  

Elissa Morrissette

As Associate Vice President, Development at BC Cancer Foundation, Elissa brings over 12 years of experience and leadership within the charitable healthcare field in B.C. and internationally.  She oversees the Foundation’s Leadership Giving and Gift & Estate Planning activities across the province, which raise over $20 million annually to advance research and care at BC Cancer.

Elissa is passionate about introducing new donors to BC Cancer Foundation, deepening connections with existing supporters, and helping families create meaningful legacies. Prior to joining BC Cancer Foundation, Elissa was based in London, England, leading an expert team at Cancer Research UK raising funds and awareness for cancer research and programs.

Robyn Jones-Murrell, BC Cancer Foundation

Robyn Jones-Murrell is the Associate Vice President, Development at BC Cancer Foundation. She provides leadership for the BC Cancer Foundation events programs across British Columbia that raise $12.5 million each year to advance research and care at BC Cancer.

Prior to joining the BC Cancer Foundation, Robyn worked for Pace Group Communications as the Director of Conferences and Special Events where she provided strategic counsel to clients both in the public, private and non-profit sectors. In the past Robyn led a number of key projects including the TELUS Tour for the Cure, the Provincial Government’s Torch Relay Activation during the 2010 Olympics, the Canada Day Parade, the Rogers Santa Claus Parade and the 2011 Surrey Regional Economic Summit featuring Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.

Robyn, who previously worked in marketing and development roles for the BC Cancer Foundation from 2004 to 2007, is responsible for all province-wide special event and sponsorship initiatives for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Board of Directors

Board Chair

John is Vice President of W.P.J. McCarthy and Company Ltd. where he is responsible for all leasing and management of the firm’s privately held real estate portfolio. He also represents selected third-party clients as a broker and consultant and is active and experienced in all real estate asset classes.

John currently sits on the Burnaby Hospital Fundraising Cabinet Committee and was appointed to the BC Cancer Foundation Board of Directors in 2018.

John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (with distinction) and a Diploma of Technology in Marketing Management, both from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). John holds Fellow of the Real Estate Institute and Certified Leasing Officer designations through the Real Estate Institute of Canada, holds the RI designation as a fellow of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia, and is a Real Estate Trading Services Licensee through the Sauder School of Business at UBC.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys several sports, most notably basketball, and is passionate about reading and traveling. John lives in Burnaby with his wife Alaiza.

Kirsten Tisdale, Immediate Past Chair

Kirsten is the Managing Partner of EY’s Canadian Government and Public Sector practice. Prior to this appointment she served as the firm’s Global Government and Public Sector Advisory leader where she sat on the global sector executive team and drove solution development and investment strategy in the public sector in over 100 countries. Her personal passion and specialist expertise is in supporting governments and public entities through complex public policy change and transformation.

She has nearly 25 years of experience in advising clients around the world on designing and executing complex transformation programs. She brings a combination of strategy, hands-on complex program execution experience, and a deep understanding in the role of human capital in driving change.

Previous experience includes serving the Province of British Columbia as a Deputy Minister reporting to the Premier’s Office responsible for driving public sector modernization. She led a portfolio of over $2.4B worth of projects which delivered over $500M in savings as well as service transformation to the Province.  Prior to that she was the Vancouver Managing Partner for Korn/Ferry and recognized thought leader and frequent speaker on trends in executive talent management and leadership, board diversity, and public sector governance and transformation. Kirsten also serves on the board of Smart Prosperity, a national think tank and research centre dedicated to accelerating Canada’s clean innovation and growth.  

Alex Blodgett operates BK Capital, a Vancouver-based investment banking boutique that sources growth capital and advises companies on mergers and acquisitions.  His capital markets exposure has been augmented by experience operating a number of both public and private manufacturing, technology and service companies.

Alex has been a long term supporter of BC Cancer. In the midst of that support tenure, he, his wife and his five sons became intimately familiar with BC Cancer when he was diagnosed with Stage IV non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.  With a very poor prognosis, the Blodgett’s developed a very deep and personal appreciation for the thoroughness, thoughtfulness and professionalism of everyone at BC Cancer, and understand the value, first-hand, how research saves lives.

Alex has participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in each of the last seven years, the most recent two of which were with Daryl’s Heidelberg Hope team to bring radioligand therapy to North America and Harbour Air Cancer Derailleurs to fund research on liquid biopsies.  Alex is currently embarking on a project to row the entire coast of BC to raise $1 million to breakdown childhood cancers.

Michael retired in April 2020.  He served as Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd (PH&N) having joined PH&N’s Fixed Income team in 1994. At PH&N Michael oversaw a $7.0B mortgage investment program. Michael began his career in Toronto as a financial analyst within the investment department of Canada Life. Subsequently, he spent nine years in the pension investment department of Shell Canada; the last five of which were as the Senior Fixed Income Specialist. He has been a Director of CMLS Financial Ltd since 2004. Michael is a Chartered Financial Analyst and obtained a B.Comm degree with Honours from the Queens University. 

Michael is an ardent supporter of the Foundation having participated in the Vancouver Ride to Conquer Cancer for the past decade and having attended numerous special events in support of the work being done at BC Cancer. In 2008 Michael’s mother passed away from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and when the Ride for 2009 was announced it was his three daughters that convinced him to do the Ride with them. Michael has ridden each year since with at least one, if not all, of his daughters riding as well.

Neil Burns

Neil is a geologist with 25 years of extensive international experience in exploration, mining and resource evaluation. He is currently the Vice President of Technical Services at Wheaton Precious Metals where he is responsible for the technical review of potential precious metals stream financing opportunities. He has been with the company since 2008 and prior to Wheaton, Neil held numerous positions with mining and consulting firms.

Neil holds a master’s degree in mineral exploration from Queen’s University and is a registered Professional Geologist with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.

Neil is an avid cyclist and has participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer every year since 2010 and is a founding member of the Silver Bullets team.

Dr. David Byers

David Byres is currently the Interim President and CEO of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). PHSA provides a provincial network of specialized hospitals and services across BC such as BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital, the BC Cancer Agency, the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and BC Emergency Health Services. David has over 25 years of experience in the health sector, most recently as the Associate Deputy Minister, Clinical Leadership for the B.C. Ministry of Health where he held responsibility for a number of clinical areas including the Office of Indigenous Health.

Previously, David has served as the Executive Vice President for Providence Health Care and as the Chief Nurse Executive for the Ministry of Health. His health career began in community mental health and as a registered nurse in medicine, mental health, community, and emergency settings.

David is actively involved in research and is currently a co-principal investigator examining a health equity intervention framework to promote the provision of equity oriented care for Indigenous people in B.C.’s emergency departments.

David holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor and Masters of Science degree in Nursing. He is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Nursing at UBC and Adjunct Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. He is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, recipient of the Deans Medal of Distinction from the UBC Faculty of Applied Science and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing.

Jessica is Portfolio Manager at CIBC Wood Gundy who holds her Chartered Investment Manager and Personal Financial Planner designations. As a portfolio manager, Jessica focuses on the wealth management needs for individual, foundation and business clients. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Royal Roads University and a Business diploma from Camosun College.

Jessica has been an active volunteer in her community since a young age. As a child she spent weekends visiting seniors in Long Term Care and during college she volunteered at the Victoria Women’s Transition House. Jessica also spent four years as a Police Reserve Constable with the Victoria Police Department. Jessica and her family are passionate longtime supporters of BC Cancer. Both of Jessica’s parents are cancer survivors and, in an effort to give back and give thanks, she became involved with the Foundation in 2018, serving on the advisory council.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hiking, cycling, the occasional family kitchen dance, and spending quality time with her family and friends. Jessica lives in Victoria with her husband Ian and two young children, Charlie and Ophelia.

Dr. Kim Nguyen Chi

Dr. Kim Nguyen Chi is Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at BC Cancer. As a medical oncologist and clinical researcher, his research is in the area of genitourinary cancers with a focus on prostate cancer and investigational new drugs, including outcomes, Phase I-III clinical trials, neoadjuvant studies and mechanisms of treatment resistance. He has had peer-reviewed grant funding from the Canada Institutes of Health Research, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, the US Department of Defense, Movember and the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada.

Described as an extraordinary philanthropist and volunteer, Lynda has worked professionally in the public service, and has considerable experience in the private and non-profit sectors. A Victoria resident, Lynda has recently been co-chair of two significant fundraising campaigns on Vancouver Island and has also worked with the Ministry of Health. 

Lynda has been recognized in her community with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and she and her husband were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce in 2016. Lynda and her family have been longtime supporters of the BC Cancer Foundation.   

Neil is the Vice President of Operations at A & W Food Services of Canada, the second largest quick service hamburger chain in Canada.  Neil began his career at A & W while in high school and over the past 40 plus years has worked in various roles and cities before settling in Vernon, B.C. in 1998. 

Neil has worked in marketing analysis and operating system creation prior to assuming his current role where he leads a team of 50 people providing operations support to 900+ restaurants across Canada.  Since 2014, Neil has served on the business advisory board at The Centre for Services Leadership, a part of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Shannon Gall

Shannon started her career at Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management (PH&N) in 1994, while completing her bachelor of arts degree at the University of British Columbia. After relocating to Toronto, she eventually became a partner at Burgundy Asset Management Ltd., working mainly with their private client group. While in Toronto, Shannon continued her education at the University of Toronto and completed the requirements of the Canadian Investment Manager program at CSI. 

Shannon's tenure at PH&N left a mark on her and she has been involved with numerous volunteer initiatives over the years including the Vancouver Family Court/Youth Justice Committee, the United Way, the Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto, the Kelowna Art Gallery and many others.

In 2014, after Shannon's father passed away from pancreatic cancer, she began to devote time to raising funds and awareness about cancer research in BC. Her motivation became even more personal in 2018 after Shannon was diagnosed with stage IV non small cell lung cancer. She knows first hand how invaluable the POG (Personalized Onco Genomics) program at BC Cancer is as this research has extended Shannon's prognosis well beyond statistical averages. This determination led Shannon to become involved with the BC Cancer Foundation in 2019. Shannon, along with her husband Clayton, raised over one million dollars in 2020 to help establish a province-wide lung cancer screening program. 

When Shannon isn't busy fighting cancer personally, you will find her raising her two children in beautiful Kelowna, where she lives with her cancer support person and husband, Clayton. 

Geoffrey Glotman, Managing Principal of Glotman•Simpson, is a senior engineer with more than 30 years of experience in structural engineering and business administration. Since 1984, Geoffrey has provided strategic planning, direction and leadership for the firm.  He has worked on many of British Columbia’s largest projects including the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver Olympic Village, our own BC Cancer Research Facility, The Gordon + Leslie Diamond Health Centre at VGH, Electronic Arts (Canada) Inc.’s Canadian Headquarters, One Wall Centre and numerous West Coast Reduction projects.

Geoffrey’s expertise, dedication and commitment to quality extends well beyond business and into community. He is the founding sponsor of the Glotman•Simpson Cycling Club, whose vision is dedicated to supporting research in finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. The annual fundraising event, The Cypress Challenge, a hill climb up Cypress Mountain, has raised more than $2.5M since its inception in 2007 and is the largest community event in BC for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Lana is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is currently an assurance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she has been since 2000.  In her role, she works with companies to complete annual financial statements audits, as well as assisting with debt and equity financings, acquisitions, securities filings, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and IFRS application. 

Lana has been a director for the Mining Suppliers Association of B.C. since 2013. 

In 2015, Lana was honoured by the Association for Women in Finance with a PEAK Rising Star award.

Alice Laberge is currently a corporate director of Mercer International Inc., Nutrien Ltd, Russel Metals and the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB). She previously was chair of SilverBirch Holdings Inc. and a director of the Royal Bank of Canada, Delta Hotels, BC Hydro, Catalyst Paper and Fincentric Corporation.

In addition to her role as director with the Foundation, Alice is currently also on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Corporate Directors (BC Chapter).

Alice was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fincentric Corporation until 2005 and prior to this appointment she was its Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Fincentric in 2000, Alice was Senior Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer at MacMillan Bloedel Limited and was with MacMillan Bloedel for more than 18 years. 

Alice has been honoured with the PEAK Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association of Women in Finance, received the Influential Women in Business Award and presented with the Institute of Corporate Directors 2015 ICD Fellowship Award.

Murray is Executive Vice President and Director at Odlum Brown, a full-service investment management firm headquartered in Vancouver. As a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 30 years of investment industry experience, Murray formulates the firm's economic outlook and equity investment strategy, in addition to running the Research Department. Murray serves as Chair of Simon Fraser University’s Investment Advisory Committee, and is a member of SFU’s Responsible Investment Committee. He is an external advisor to the Vancouver School of Theology Foundation and is on the Board of Cloverdale Paint.

Rachel was most recently Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for O’Neill Hotels & Resorts and was responsible for investments, acquisitions, dispositions and corporate development for the company and its portfolio of companies. Prior to joining O’Neill Hotels & Resorts,  Rachel was the Senior Director Business Development and Asset Management with Vancouver Airport Services, and prior to that, Director of Acquisitions for Intrawest. Rachel qualified as a Barrister (England and Wales) and was an Investment Banking Associate with KPMG Corporate Finance, and then Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in London, prior to moving to Canada in 2004. She is the immediate past chair of the Vancouver Club. Rachel has been involved with the Foundation since 2014, serving on the Inspiration Gala Committee.