October 15, 2022
Program runs from 5-7 p.m.
Vandusen Botanical Garden,
BMO Great Hall & Peggy Gunn Woodland Hall,
5251 Oak Street Vancouver, BC
Right now, we are closer to a world free from cancer than ever before.
Join us as we celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments that brought us here, and the launch of our historic Beyond Belief campaign which will help us go further than we ever thought possible.
Cancer care in British Columbia has come so far, with so much to be proud of — and so much more we can do. Learn about our Beyond Belief campaign and engage with the remarkable community making it all happen in this exclusive, invite-only Evening of Inspiration presented by Cressey.
Vancouver community leaders and invited guests will gather at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver, B.C. to go deeper on Beyond Belief, the most ambitious and comprehensive health fundraising campaign in the history of the province. We are raising $500 million to elevate cancer care and research for all British Columbians. The generosity of our donors has empowered BC Cancer’s world-leading experts to make this moment possible — a moment where all of us, together, can help change the cancer story.
The evening will showcase BC Cancer successes, and experts who will discuss why now is the time to empower BC Cancer innovation across the province and bring cutting-edge, precision treatments to every person in B.C.
This campaign will change the future of cancer care in British Columbia for years to come. Attendees will have the opportunity to be a part of something extraordinary, and meet the leaders who are making it possible.
Highlights of the Evening
The event will feature a live performance from internationally renowned pianist Libby Yu, conversations with BC Cancer experts, and a special presentation from BC Cancer Foundation President and CEO Sarah Roth on the Beyond Belief campaign priorities, the possibilities for tomorrow, and the exciting research projects and programs currently in progress.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of donors, scientists and partners across healthcare, our province has already achieved what once seemed impossible. The Beyond Belief campaign is our chance to go further.
Join us to connect with BC Cancer excellence in An Evening of Inspiration, presented by Cressey on October 15 at 5 p.m.
Dr. Sharlene Gill
Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer – Vancouver
Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Dr. Sharlene Gill is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies at BC Cancer – Vancouver. She received a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy and an MD from the University of British Columbia in 1996 followed by residencies in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Gill subsequently completed a fellowship in Gl Oncology at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2017, she completed an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina. She is actively engaged in education and research, with over 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters to her credit. Dr. Gill serves as the Chair of the Canadian Clinical Trials Group (CCTG) GI Disease Site Committee and Chair of the UBC Department of Medicine Mentoring Committee. She is the Editor-in-Chief for Current Oncology and is the President of the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists. Her TEDx talk in 2022 on ‘How to Flip the Script on Cancer’ delivered her passion for patient advocacy and empowerment.
President and CEO
BC Cancer Foundation
Born and raised in New Jersey, Sarah holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and French from Washington University in St Louis and a MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. She and her family moved to Vancouver in 2008 for lifestyle and professional reasons.
Sarah has an impressive 26-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 over six-year term. 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 and Jeffrey, husband Brian and their sweet dog Snickers, a proud SPCA rescue.
Sarah is also Vice Chair of KidSafe’s Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization providing meals and programming for school-aged children in our community.