Team Members

Irene Nicoll, MBA

Irene Nicoll has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and over 25 years of experience in health care administration most recently in the area of psychosocial oncology and supportive care in cancer with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. As Director, Cancer Journey Portfolio and Specialist, Person-Centred Perspective she was responsible for the planning, oversight and financial management of multiple pan-Canadian projects focused on improving the experience for people and their families dealing with cancer. The work involved significant engagement and collaboration with cancer care leadership, cancer care and primary care health care professionals, academics, patient, survivor, and caregiver stakeholders in the areas of patient-reported outcomes, patient navigation, survivorship and palliative care. This resulted in partnerships with national and provincial health and cancer treatment, information and support organizations to leverage resources, evaluate results and maximize program reach and efficiency. Previously she coordinated a province-wide breast cancer organization where she managed multiple projects focused on the experiences of health care professionals, patients and families dealing with breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment care. Her work in public research included data collection, analysis and reporting results from surveys, focus groups and key stakeholder interviews and program evaluation. In these roles she was responsible for budgeting, forecasting and budget monitoring for both organization and externally funded initiatives. Currently she sits on Cancer Care Ontario’s Toxicity Advisory Committee charged with the development of tools and implementation of a systematic approach for patient symptom management control.

Fay Bennie, MSc, MBA

Fay Bennie has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management University of Toronto and an M.Sc. in Consumer Behaviour from the University of Guelph  She is an experienced project manager with 30 years of research experience including the collection, documentation, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, literature reviews, environmental scans, industry trends, market/company profiles, products/service comparisons, and fact sheets. In addition, she has managed large projects in healthcare and non healthcare environments.  These projects required effective communication flow with key stakeholders, industry professionals, content experts, and senior managers.  Existing business practices were examined to identify strengths and weaknesses with the ultimate aim of delivering quality recommendations with the best potential options and solutions.  While working at CPAC in the Cancer Journey Portfolio she supported the National Survivorship Working Group, Guidelines National Advisory Group, and Education initiatives. Internal and external stakeholders were actively engaged in the work of the Advisory Groups.  These pan-Canadian and multi-province initiatives required coordinating and maintaining information flow and exchange with healthcare practitioners and professionals, community organization representatives, advocates, and volunteers. Reporting mechanisms were established to monitor overall project status, processes and procedures and ensure effective communications exchange within the working groups.

Sara Farid, BSc

Sara Farid, is a graduate of Health Sciences program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Sara has executed numerous literature reviews and program reviews for clients such as the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Brant Community Health System, Joseph Brant Hospital, Laval Cancer Centre, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, and Elekta.  Her work has focused on stakeholder engagement with interprofessional health care practitioners, implementation review, health services and program review and delivery models.  She has identified and summarized important peer-reviewed literature. Sara also specializes in research methods and applications, as well as statistical analysis. 

Alisha Cork, B.Psyc (Hon)/B.Com, PhD 

Alisha graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of Wollongong, Australia (UOW). Since graduating she has worked for 2.5 years as a Workplace Rehabilitation Consultant before returning to UOW to undertake a Doctorate in Philosopy (Psychology) in 2012. Her doctoral research is in the area of Applied Psychology and is focused on the influence of individual and organisational factors on workplace presenteeism, a concept known to impact work productivity and well-being.  In addition to studying for her PhD degree, she works as a Research Assistant for Intelligence Improvement Consultants.  Alisha also teaches at UOW.  She has significant skills in workplace health and quantitative data analysis.