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Chief Executive Officer, Breast Cancer Society of Canada

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline July 24, 2015

The Breast Cancer Society of Canada is a national organization with family focused roots. It was established by Lawrence and Kay Greenaway, in memory of their daughter Pam who died of breast cancer at 38 years old. She left behind two small children and a loving husband. The Greenaway and Kohlmeier families positively transformed their deep loss into a mission to raise money to fund the research that could ultimately cure this devastating disease.

From its heartfelt beginnings in small town Ontario 25 years ago, BCSC has grown to become a national organization supporting patient-focused breast cancer research across Canada. In the past few years, BCSC has increased its profile in the community, expanded its donor base, developed a strong Board from coast to coast, grown its brand awareness, and enhanced its revenues. Its signature events – Dress for the Cause and the Mother’s Day Walk – continue to build its national presence, generating funds for breast cancer research, and connecting BCSC to the pulse of its organization: breast cancer survivors, family members, volunteers, donors, researchers, partners, corporate sponsors, and local organizers who work in the fight to end breast cancer.

BCSC is poised to grow into an even more impactful national organization. It is driven by its vision to end breast cancer, and its mission to save lives through breast cancer research.

To support this vision, the Breast Cancer Society of Canada is conducting a search for a new:

Chief Executive Officer

Reporting to the Board of Directors, The CEO will be a visionary and strategic leader with proven experience leading and building success within a fundraising organization. This executive position is accountable for financial management ($2 million in revenue), significant fundraising growth and inspirational leadership of staff and partners. BCSC is embracing an exciting opportunity for growth and change. The CEO will be an entrepreneurial leader who is comfortable with change and confident in their ability to take the organization to the next level.

Experience & Professional Attributes

  • A Strong leader with a minimum of 10 years management experience in a relevant role in a non-profit organization
  • Excellent executive presence presentation/public speaking skills
  • Strong communication skills: written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrates and promotes a clear understanding and passion for mission, vision and strategic priorities
  • Able to promote cooperation and collaboration within all levels in the organization
  • Professional demeanour under pressure
  • Flexible and open to changing priorities
  • Proven track record in relationship building
  • A minimum of 10 years of management experience in a relevant role in a non-profit organization

This search is being conducted on behalf of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada by crawfordconnect, a search firm specializing in recruiting leaders for Canada’s non-profit sector. Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume and letter of interest online only, in confidence, prior to July 24, 2015 at and cite position #40 in the subject line.

For additional information please reach out to Liz Latimer at or at 416.690.5377. We thank all applicants for applying, however, only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.