October 13, 2022
Program runs from 5-7 p.m.
Victoria International Marina,
1 Cooperage Pl.
Victoria, BC V9A 7J9
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 Island community leaders and invited guests will gather in Victoria 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 and amazing cabinet members 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 13 at 5 p.m.
Dr. Brad Nelson
Distinguished Scientist and Director, Deeley Research Centre
Scientific Co-Director, Immunotherapy Program, BC Cancer — Victoria
Dr. Nelson started his undergrad studies at Camosun College and the University of Victoria and then transferred to UBC where he received his BSc in Zoology in 1987. He entered the Neurosciences graduate school program at the University of California at Berkeley and completed his PhD. in 1991. He then switched his research focus to cancer immunotherapy and undertook postdoctoral training with Dr. Phil Greenberg at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington in Seattle, where he later served as a faculty member.
In 2003, he became the Founding Director of BC Cancer’s Deeley Research Centre in Victoria, B.C. He is a Professor of Medical Genetics at UBC and a Professor of Biochemistry/Microbiology at the University of Victoria. Dr. Nelson’s lab uses genomic and molecular approaches to study the immune response to cancer. As scientific co-director of BC Cancer’s Immunotherapy Program, he is leading a clinical trials program focused on CAR-T cell therapy for lymphoid cancers and novel T cell engineering strategies for gynecological cancers and other malignancies. With Dr. Martin Boulanger, Dr. Nelson is a co-founder of Innovakine Therapeutics, which is using innovative protein and cell engineering approaches to improve the efficacy and safety of cell-based therapies.
Director, BC Cancer Foundation Board
Chief Legal Officer & Senior Director, Business Development
Acuitas Therapeutics, Inc.
Miranda is the Chief Legal Officer & Senior Director, Business Development at Acuitas Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company that works with partners to advance nucleic acid therapeutics to address unmet clinical needs based on its internationally recognized capabilities in delivery technology.
Formerly an equity partner in the litigation group at the national law firm, McCarthy Tetrault, Miranda has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the area of General Commercial Litigation in independent publications such as Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, and Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. In 2019, market research firm Acritas identified Miranda as a “Stand-out Lawyer”. In 2018, she was named to Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 List of the City’s Most Influential People. She has been identified as a Leading Lawyer under 40 by Lexpert (2017), “Best 40 Under 40” Lawyer by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2015), and the recipient of the Association of Women in Finance 2014 PEAK Women in Finance “Rising Star” Award. In 2013, she was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s “Forty Under 40”.
Miranda is a frequent speaker on corporate governance issues, investigations, and dispute resolution processes, as well as diversity and inclusion and served as McCarthy Tetrault’s first National Chair of its Gender Equality Action Group. She has also served as faculty for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, The Directors’ College and for The Advocates Society, and as an adjunct professor on corporate law topics at the University of British Columbia Allard School of Law.
A passionate community leader, Miranda currently serves on the University of British Columbia Board of Governors. She has previously served on a number of community boards, including as chair of the boards of the Vancouver Foundation, the largest community foundation in Canada, the UBC Alumni Association and Vantage Point. She has also served on the boards of the United Way of the Lower Mainland and Imagine Canada.
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.