The Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (ACPLF) was created in 2006 with the legislated mandate, “to support and encourage cancer prevention initiatives, including research, education, public policy development, and social marketing initiatives.” The ACPLF was established to stem the anticipated tide of new cancer cases related to population growth and aging. Reducing the risk of cancer in Alberta underlies everything we do. The Medical Director provides public health and preventive medicine expertise and leadership across multiple (AHS) divisions to ensure the most strategic innovations in cancer prevention and screening are implemented through the roughly $9 million annual ACPLF grant. This position works with an Executive Director dyad with joint responsibility and accountability for providing strategic direction and developing processes to identify, plan, oversee and evaluate promising approaches in accordance with the ACPLF Strategic Framework and principles, and in alignment with Changing Our Future: Alberta’s Cancer Plan to 2030. Together the dyad works closely and cooperatively with stakeholders within and outside AHS and leads the development of an evidence-driven, coordinated, and sustainable approach to preventing cancer in Alberta and reducing related inequities.
The Medical Director co-leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of a strategic, evidence-informed collaborative plan for focused investment of the ACPLF. This includes mentoring and supervising staff to develop the functional and operational plans and processes for implementing these cancer prevention and screening initiatives. This requires translating complex scientific information and solving organizational and feasibility issues. The incumbent works closely with teams across Population, Public and Indigenous Health, AHS Zones, Cancer Control Alberta, and applicable Strategic Clinical Networks, as well as with population health researchers and communities, workplaces and health service providers across Alberta. A major responsibility is leading advisory committees, identifying synergies and leveraging the fund to maximize the strategic investment and help ensure successful projects are translated into scalable and sustainable programs that align with the Alberta’s Cancer Plan. The position builds networks, balances stakeholder input and relationships and ensures effective communication at multiple levels.