Executive Team

Peter Coleridge
President and Chief Executive Officer

Peter Coleridge, MHSc, has over 20 years of experience at the provincial, national and international levels in health and social services including population health, leadership and transformational change, business development, fundraising, social marketing, strategic communication, branding, public policy, education, research, and partnership development. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Memorial University in Newfoundland, and received his Master’s Degree in Health Science (Health Promotion) from the University of Toronto.  He has also completed an Executive Health Leadership program, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, in partnership with the Change Foundation and the Kings Fund in England, and served on several not-for-profit Boards.

Formerly the national President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Peter has held other leadership positions including: National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association; Vice President, Education and Population Health, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Senior Advisor, Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia; Vice-President, Communications, Education and Health Promotion, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario; and senior management positions with the former Addiction Research Foundation, and the Health Promotion Branch and Substance Abuse Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health.

Dr. Stuart Edmonds
Vice President, Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship

Dr. Stuart Edmonds joined Prostate Cancer Canada in February 2012. During his time at the organization he has spearheaded the launch of the Research Strategic Plan, providing the direction for research and survivorship activities for 2012-2015. From this plan, PCC has launched numerous new research programs based on the key pillars: Collaboration, Innovation and Talented People. Dr. Edmonds has also instituted a fair and transparent peer review process to steward and safeguard funds raised in support of prostate cancer research and to ensure that only the most promising, high quality research is funded.

Prior to joining PCC Dr. Edmonds held leadership roles at the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Stuart holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Oxford University.

Tom Fischer
Vice President, Finance & Regulatory Affairs

Tom is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario with an honors degree in Business Administration. Tom has held various senior financial management roles in the for profit sector. Prior to joining PCC Tom was Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Development with Siemens in Canada where his role was to acquire within Canada and the US small to medium sized operations to fill strategic gaps within the building automation, fire and life safety and security business sectors.
Mark Mahl
Executive Director, Western Region

Mark Mahl joins Prostate Cancer Canada after assisting UBC Kinesiology and finishing a successful maternity leave contract with the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation as the Associate Director of Events.  He moved to Vancouver five years ago to take a position with the Rick Hansen Institute for Spinal Cord Injury from Alberta where he was a Director with the MS Society of Alberta. Prior to joining the non-profit world Mark is a former Teacher, College Volleyball Coach, Pro Beach Volleyball Player and Athletic Director. He has a seven year old rescue dog with no eyes from Tijuana, Mexico, named Furgel D. Mark enjoys heading to the beach, travelling, anything active, hockey, football and the arts.

Ellen Townshend
Executive Director, Atlantic Region

Ellen joined Prostate Cancer Canada in 2013 and currently leads the Atlantic region.

Prior to joining PCC, she held senior leadership positions with regional and national organizations including CIBC, Junior Achievement, and Tourism Charlottetown. She has a broad experience base to draw from, having led teams in various roles including public relations, community investment and business development.

Ellen holds a Bachelor degree from Mount Saint Vincent University and has continued her professional advancement at the Boston College Centre for Corporate Citizenship and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is the Atlantic Canada representative for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Canadian Council and Vice President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Nova Scotia.

Jamie Howe
Director, Direct Marketing

Jamie is a specialist in direct response fundraising and marketing. He has more than 20 years of experience providing strategic leadership to a large number of charitable organizations from both the agency and the client perspectives in the planning and management of integrated marketing programs. Jamie is directing the development and management of direct marketing fundraising solutions for Prostate Cancer Canada, using his multi-channel direct marketing experience and communications skills to fundraise and help to build the Prostate Cancer Canada brand.

Andrew Johnston
Director, Accounting

Andrew joined Prostate Cancer Canada in 2010 following a move from Scotland.  Since completing his chartered accountancy training with KPMG, Andrew has spent 25 years in the not for profit and further education sectors, holding managerial and senior accounting roles.  Achievements included developing financial models which improved financial and management decision making.  At Prostate Cancer Canada, Andrew is responsible for the day to day operations of the Finance department.  This includes reporting on the financial status of the organization to our Audit & Finance Committee and Board, and developing and managing our annual budget.   

Falyn Katz
National Director, Corporate and Community Development

Falyn is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, QC. With nearly seventeen years of business development, management, marketing and sponsorship experience; Falyn has a track record of success fundraising millions of corporate dollars from some of North America’s largest businesses. Falyn joins us following a successful career at Solutions with Impact and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation where she was responsible for National and Ontario Region new business development across all programs and events in addition she stewarded a portfolio of existing partners. She provides expertise, passion, persistence, and professionalism to Prostate Cancer Canada in her role of National Director, Corporate and Community Development.

Yaz Maziar
Director, Digital Marketing

Yaz Maziar joined Prostate Cancer Canada in June 2013 as Director, Digital Marketing, after spending six years as Digital Lead with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. During the course of his non-profit career, he has been passionate about creating innovative marketing programs and digital strategies to maximize fundraising and mission impact.
Yaz has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. He currently serves as Chair of the Marketing Program Advisory Committee at Seneca College and is also a member of the Not-for-Profit Council at the Canadian Marketing Association.


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PCC Spotlight
Honouring dad this Father’s Day the Canadian way: In plaid

TORONTO, ON – (May 8, 2018) – Plaid replaces business-casual on Friday, June 15 as hundreds of thousands of Canadians don the iconic Canadian attire all to honour dad and end prostate cancer.

The Finger – A tried and true method to save lives

TORONTO, CANADA (May 8, 2018) – Every day, more and more methods to detect prostate cancer are being explored, but the tried and true methods of a digital rectal examination (DRE) – where a healthcare professional inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to check for abnormalities, paired with a blood test known as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test – which you can get through your family doctor, are still the long-standing proven ways to save a life.

Landmark study links tumour evolution to prostate cancer severity

Toronto (April 19, 2018) – Findings from Canadian Prostate Cancer Genome Network (CPC-GENE) researchers and their collaborators, published today in Cell, show that the aggressiveness of an individual prostate cancer can be accurately assessed by looking at how that tumour has evolved.

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