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The BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. BC Cancer Agency provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia in partnership with regional health authorities to deliver a range of cancer services, which include prevention, screening and early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. It operates six regional cancer centres in Surrey, Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford and Prince George, along with two research centres that conduct research into the causes and cures for cancer.


BCCA is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC.  PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.


Provincial Lead – Surgical Oncology
BC Cancer Agency
Regular Part Time (0.50 FTE)
Vancouver, BC


The Provincial Lead – Surgical Oncology (PL-SO) is responsible for overall provincial leadership of the BC-Surgical Oncology program. The position is responsible for the establishment of the provincial standards, goals, strategies, policies and processes to best ensure coordinated and seamless quality care for cancer patients throughout the cancer care journey.  This individual will lead the integration of cancer surgery within the BC Cancer control system. The position encompasses programmatic responsibility for Surgical Oncology Network (SON). This position reports to the Vice-President Clinical Programs, BC Cancer Agency.


Key accountabilities:


Leadership, Planning and Administration

  • Provides overall leadership within BC Cancer for the Surgical Oncology program.
  • Advocates changes in surgical practices that have the potential to benefit patient care and service delivery.
  • In alignment with the BCCA executive team and the Agency’s leadership teams, develops long-term strategic plans regarding Surgical Oncology Program.
  • Ensures that the Surgical Oncology Program is represented and/or provides input on appropriate internal and external committees or projects as required. Leads the development of structures for representation at provincial, regional and community levels.
  • In partnership with regional Health Authorities, identifies the surgical cancer care delivery needs in the community and sponsors initiatives to address these needs.
  • Participates in and makes recommendations regarding strategic and planning activities, when and as requested by the VP Clinical Programs & Quality.

Quality and Performance

  • Leads the development of provincial quality programs for improvements in Surgical Oncology.
  • Establishes a framework for the evaluation of the Surgical Oncology Program performance including the identification of appropriate outcomes, their measurement and interpretation, in alignment with BCCA’s overall performance management approach.
  • Responsible for the integration of surgical oncology as part of high quality, patient centred interdisciplinary cancer care, working in collaboration with other BCCA clinical program leaders.
  • Acts as a resource and advisor to surgical leaders across the province regarding Cancer Control.
  • Responsible for accreditation standards performance of the areas relating to Surgical Oncology Program.

Provincial Professional Practice Leadership for Surgical Oncology

  • Develops standards of clinical practice for the Surgical Oncology Program.
  • Provides overall provincial leadership in Cancer Control for the professional practice of surgeons.
  • Develops and fosters effective relationships with external agencies and professional and licensing associations that positively influence professional practice.
  • Collaborates with the appropriate BCCA/UBC medical faculty to support research and education within and beyond the Surgical Oncology Program.
  • Oversees the existing SON educational and knowledge dissemination services.

Workforce Planning

  • Participates in the development of long-term workforce and human resource plans for Surgical Oncology across the province.
  • Participates in the identification, recruitment and selection Regional Department Heads for the Surgical Oncology Program, in collaboration with the relevant Regional Medical Director.
  • Responsible for leadership development and succession planning within the Surgical Oncology program.


  • Eligibility for or registered with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia.
  • A surgical oncologist or a surgeon with strong oncology knowledge and experience, and a strong understanding of surgical practice. It is expected that the successful candidate will be working as a surgeon in BC in addition to taking on this leadership role.
  • Preferably the ability to attain a clinical faculty appointment through UBC.
  • Demonstrated leadership attributes including a broad understanding of health care systems, credibility, motivation, collaboration and consensus building skills.

To apply in strictest confidence, please submit your application letter accompanies by a detailed curriculum vitae to: 


Akosua Tomash

Talent Acquisition Advisor


We will be reviewing applications upon receipt.


Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified.


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PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


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