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Institute Leadership

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute at the University of Calgary is dedicated to meeting today’s growing cancer challenge. Individual members of the Institute are engaged in many aspects of discovery and applied cancer research with emphasis on: the biological basis of cancer, cancer clinical trials, novel models of cancer care delivery, the psychosocial impact of cancer, and cancer risk in populations. The Institute also takes great pride in creating the future of cancer research through outstanding educational programs.

Dr. Gregory Cairncross
Institute Director

Dr. Jennifer Chan
Deputy Director

Donna Wray
Director - Business Operations

Aaron Goodarzi
Director, Research Education and Microscopy

Savraj Grewal
Leader, Research and Mentorship

Carmen Coelho
Communications and Events Coordinator

Dr. Gregory Cairncross

Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute Director, Gregory Cairncross, obtained his MD at the University of Western Ontario and pursued postgraduate training in medicine at the University of Toronto and neurology at Cornell in New York City. He joined the Dept. of Oncology at Western in 1982, and served as Department head and director of the Cancer Centre there until 2002, when he became Head of the Dept. of Clinical Neurosciences the University of Calgary. He was appointed Director of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute in 2013.


Dr. Jennifer Chan

Deputy Director, Dr. Jennifer Chan obtained her MD from McGill University and completed a residency in anatomic pathology and a fellowship in neuropathology at Harvard University. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Dr. Chan pursued research training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and held clinical appointments in pathology at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston; and was the Pathology Leader of the Biological Samples Platform at the Broad Institute. Dr. Chan was introduced as the new holder of the Kids Cancer Care Chair in Pediatric Oncology, September 2015.


Donna Wray

Donna Wray, Director, Business and Operations is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of all business, operational and financial programs that have been developed to support cancer research in Calgary, as well as the management of all aspects of Institute resources


Aaron Goodarzi

Aaron Goodarzi, Director, Research Education and Microscopy is the Canada Research Chair for Genome Damage and Instability Disease. He obtained his PhD from University of Calgary in 2005 and trained as a post doctoral scholar at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the University of Sussex (UK) until 2010. In 2011, he opened his own laboratory at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine.


Savraj Grewal

Savraj Grewal, Leader, Research and Mentorship obtained his PhD from Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon in 2001 and trained as a post doctoral scholar at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle until 2007. He opened his own laboratory at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine in 2007.


Carmen Coelho

Carmen Coelho, Communications and Events Coordinator is responsible for the coordination, administration and planning of all communication strategies, public relations an donor stewardship strategies and all events strategies, programming and services for the Institute


Strategic Advisory Board

The Strategic Advisory Board will help the Institute to achieve its vision and mission. The Board will be advisory to the Cumming School of Medicine and the University of Calgary and guide the Director and Leadership Team of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute.

Strategic Advisory Board Members:

  • Ms. Gail O’Brien, Chair
  • Mr. Allan Ross
  • Mr. Marvin Romanow
  • Ms. Sharon Siebens
  • Mr. Patrick Daniel
  • Mr. Dave Robson
  • Mr. Tony Smith
  • Ms. Heather Culbert
  • Mr. Keith MacPhail
  • Dr. Chen Fong
  • Dr. Sunil Verma
  • Dr. Gerald Zamponi

Executive Committee

Executive Committee – provides oversight and decision making for Institute’s overall operations.

Executive Committee Members:

  • Dr. Greg Cairncross, Chair
    Director, Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute
  • Dr. Jennifer Chan
    Deputy Director, Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute
  • Dr. Sunil Verma
    Head, Department of Oncology & Medical Director, Tom Baker Cancer Centre
  • Dr. Sean Grondin
    Head, Department of Surgery
  • Dr. Christopher Naugler
    Department Head, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Dr. Jonathan Lytton
    Head, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Dr. Francois Bernier
    Head, Department of Medical Genetics
  • Dr. Joseph Dort
    Senior Medical Director-Cancer Strategic Clinical Network
  • Dr. John Kortbeek
    Head, Department of Surgery
  • Dr. Barry Bultz
    Director, Division of Psychosocial Oncology
  • Ms. Donna Wray
    Director, Business and Operations
  • Ms. Carmen Coelho
    Communications & Events Coordinator