Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services and Corporate Secretary

Anywhere in Canada
Level 10 salary range: $181,405 - $256,101 per year.
September 21, 2023
October 9, 2023
Job Sectors
Healthcare, Not for Profit
Job Type
Full-time, Permanent
CPA status
CPA Member

Who we are
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (“the Partnership” or “CPAC”) is the steward of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control. We partner with Canada’s cancer community and people affected by cancer to accelerate work that improves the effectiveness and efficiency of cancer control in our country. The Partnership supports the work of the collective cancer community in achieving a future in which fewer people in Canada develop cancer, more people survive cancer, those living with the disease have a better quality of life, and all people in Canada have equitable access to quality cancer care.

Our values
At the Partnership we are committed to TransparencyRespectAccountabilityCollaboration and Innovation. Our values guide our decision-making, daily actions and interactions with our partners, our stakeholders and with each other.

Role overview
The Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services and Corporate Secretary, reporting to the CEO, plays a critical role by providing strategic financial and operational leadership to the organization.

As a solution-focused, essential business partner and strategic advisor to the CEO and Executive Team, the Vice President expertly navigates evolving governance landscapes by leveraging their experience and building effective working relationships with a wide range of professionals and internal and external stakeholders.

The Vice President is accountable for developing and implementing financial and operational strategies to ensure the Partnership has the financial foundation, and right sized and aligned systems, structures, and services in place to enable the Partnership to maximize investments and deliver impact.

As the Corporate Secretary, the Vice President provides strategic guidance and support to the Partnership’s Board of Directors in fulfilling its governance obligations while fostering a productive relationship between management and the board.

Key responsibilities

  • Directs CPAC’s strategy and resources to achieve financial and operational efficiencies, effectiveness, sustainability, and improved outcomes, ensuring CPAC funding is maximized and effectively utilized.
  • Holds leadership accountability and oversight of the following functional areas: Finance, Partner and Vendor Services (Procurement), Information Technology, Risk Management and Delivery Management to execute and deliver priorities as outlined in the corporate plan, which is derived from the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.
  • Acts as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors, with the primary responsibility for organizing and supporting the processes of the Board cycle. Manages the relationship and liaises with the Chair of the Board and the CEO to ensure efficient and effective meetings of the Board and its sub-committees. Is the Vice President lead for the Finance Audit and Risk Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committees of the Board.
  • Together with the CEO, leads discussions with Health Canada to secure the Partnership’s Contribution Agreement for the next and subsequent Contribution Agreement cycles. Ensures compliance with its terms and conditions throughout the organization in conjunction with members of the Partnership’s executive team, as appropriate.
  • Builds and sustains a strong network among government, healthcare, and other stakeholders across Canada. Participates and contributes to a variety of committees and councils, both internally and with external partners.
  • Acts as Chief Privacy and Security Officer to provide oversight of the organization’s privacy and security frameworks, including cyber security, and holds accountability for stewardship of information and organizational assets and all compliance and implementation matters.
  • Holds accountability for CPAC’s Information Technology infrastructure and service delivery. Manages and oversees all corporate IT requirements including capital-intensive IT initiatives (e.g., portal and corporate finance services systems).
  • Manages the Enterprise Risk and Reporting framework that identifies and evaluates risks, and outlines mitigation strategies for CPAC programs, including Finance, IT, People, Facilities (property/premises), Legal and Procurement.
  • Leads the development and communication of the financial strategy for CPAC, including funding and forecasting frameworks and tools, and oversees their development and use.
  • Ensures a focus on measuring the impact and progress and return on economic impact of the strategy throughout the organization.
  • Oversees financial and compliance functions such as financial reporting, accounting, controllership and audit including the annual audit and partner-based audits.
  • Works closely with the Strategy Division in the development of key planning documents including the 5-year business plan and the annual Corporate Plan. Leads the development of the annual operating plan which matches workplans with outcomes and funding strategies outlined in the Corporate Plan.

General accountabilities

  • Develops division strategy, goals, and budget. Works with others to ensure adequate and appropriate resources (financial and talent) are available to achieve results. Ensures that board approved priorities are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Models a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and reconciliation. Fosters high levels of mutual trust and respect through honesty and integrity.
  • Drives innovations throughout the financial and corporate service functions to achieve cost savings and increased efficiencies.
  • Ensures and enhances alignment, synergy and transparency of policies, processes and service delivery across the organization.
  • Continuously fosters a collaborative work culture and champions organizational values and competencies as a mentor to others throughout the organization.
  • Leads, coaches and develops staff. Holds responsibility for the engagement, development, and performance management of division staff.
  • Supports CEO accountabilities, strategic priorities and core enabling functions.

Our ideal candidate

CPAC is seeking a strategic, accountable leader who is able to effectively align organizational priorities to long-term strategic goals ensuring gaps and risks are identified and managed. The successful candidate will be a collaborative, influential communicator who has successfully led an organization in finance and corporate service matters; ensuring sound policies, practices and programs are in place.

The competencies required to be successful in this role would have been obtained through:

  • Post graduate degree in Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration or other relevant discipline, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive leadership experience, preferably in the non-profit, government or healthcare sector.
  • Governance experience, education, certification, previous experience as board secretary an asset.
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) or other recognized accounting designation is an asset.
  • Bilingual in both English and French is an asset.

What we offer

  • Flexible hybrid work model, allowing the ability to work from your home office anywhere in Canada the majority of the time. Occasional travel to the Head Office in Toronto and Board meetings across Canada will be required.
  • A comprehensive total rewards package that includes a competitive salary ($181,405 – $256,101 annual); employer paid premiums health and dental plan (SunLife); a defined contribution pension plan (HOOPP) and other rewards and allowances.
  • Generous vacation and wellness leave entitlements.
  • Annual monetary incentives based on performance.
  • A detailed Total Rewards Overview statement for the role will be provided to qualified candidates during the assessment stage.


Apply now

Interested candidates are invited to email their cover letter and resume to by October 9, 2023. We thank all those who are interested; however, only those chosen for further assessment will be contacted.


Should you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Heather Wood, Talent Acquisition at

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