Chief Medical Officer - CancerCare Manitoba

  • MNP
  • Nov 21, 2022
Full time Physician

Job Description

CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) is the provincially mandated cancer authority and is responsible for setting strategic priorities and long-term planning for cancer and blood disorders. CCMB provides clinical services to both children and adults. The cancer services the organization provides to Manitobans include prevention, early detection, multidisciplinary cancer treatment, as well as supportive and end-of-life care. CCMB is also responsible for radiation protection throughout the province. In addition, the Research Institute at CCMB investigates all aspects of cancer and blood disorders, including research to improve the patient’s experience while at CCMB.

CancerCare Manitoba relies on the ongoing support of Manitoba Health and a close working relationships with regional health authorities to deliver quality cancer services to Manitobans. The financial assistance provided by donations to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation is vital to undertaking research and providing quality care to Manitobans.

The organization’s multidisciplinary approach to patient care attracts experts in medical, radiation, and surgical oncology, hematology, the best and brightest scientists, passionate nursing staff, and other dedicated healthcare professionals.

CCMB has four locations in Winnipeg. The main site at 675 McDermot Avenue provides chemotherapy and radiation treatments, patient support services and houses the Research Institute. In Brandon, in partnership with Prairie Mountain Health, the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre offers residents of western Manitoba access to radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and patient support services.

About the Chief Medical Officer

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is a key member of the CCMB’s executive leadership team and provides strategic leadership and operational oversight for all of the clinical oncology and hematology programs, departments, and associated clinical services provided province-wide by CCMB. The CMO closely works with the Chief of Clinical Operations and other members of the executive team to communicate key care standards and goals and to best align physician activities in support of patient services, partnerships, and ancillary services. In collaboration with department and program leaders and the executive team, the CMO has overall responsibility for planning, developing, coordinating, and evaluating clinical programs to ensure equitable and culturally-responsive, patient- and community-centered high-quality care and improved access to care and improved outcomes in cancer and blood disorders throughout Manitoba.  

The CMO will provide leadership to medical directors and department heads and create and sustain a high-performance organization, based on a commitment to high-quality care, the needs of the patient, continuous improvement, and accountability.

Key Leadership Accountabilities

Accountability 1: Strategic and Operational Planning

  • In collaboration with the executive team, develop a practical, comprehensive strategic plan clearly defining and describing the vision and mandate of CCMB, its strategic directions, and operational priorities for all oncology and hematology programs and services in the province of Manitoba
  • Participate in the development of the provincial clinical and preventative services plan, the provincial health human resources plan, and the provincial health capital plan through joint planning and coordination with Shared Health and the Service Delivery Organizations
  • Working closely with the executive team, develop and approve organization-wide policies and procedures and ensure integration with standards of best practice
  • Promote health equity and respect the diversity of communities in the planning, design, delivery, and evaluation of services
  • Establish, review and update clinical standards for the delivery of health services related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer
  • Coordinate and direct the clinical programs and services of CCMB
  • Participate in and provide leadership for the establishment of key performance indicators to continually evaluate the quality and effectiveness of these programs
  • Participate in provincial standards committees, as required
  • Collaborate with regional and provincial partners to optimize access and improve the quality of care for patients and outcomes in cancer and complex blood disorders
  • Advance and support the continued development of a research and academic culture at CCMB
  • Support and encourage innovations in cancer care
  • Facilitate and advocate major strategic initiatives to ensure success
  • Participate in five-year reviews of clinical and other Department Heads and relatable search committees
  • Support and assist in the implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines and Transitions of Care initiatives
  • Establish and maintain a Medical Quality Assurance Program to ensure that professional standards are maintained and that clinical departments/programs, wherever possible, rapidly adopt best practices
  • Ensure compliance with statutory regulations relating to medical practice
  • Facilitate implementation of, and ensure adherence to, the CCMB Medical Staff By-law consistent with provincial regulations
  • Support and participate in the CCMB Accreditation process

Accountability 2: Financial, Human Resource, and Performance Leadership

  • Establish tactical and operational goals for each area of responsibility, including budgetary, quality, patient care, and safety, employee engagement, and service excellence goals
  • Report on the operational performance of services delivery using indicators, metrics, and targets aligned with system and organizational key performance indicators and measuring the effectiveness of the services and achievement of quality and service targets
  • Establish, implement and ensure compliance with all provincial and organizational policies, standards of practice guidelines, protocols, collective agreements, accreditation, and applicable professional requirements
  • Establish effective and efficient financial management practices that ensure an accurate, current understanding of drivers of expense, budgets, revenues, and expenditures and focus on long-term financial sustainability, based on strong forecasting practices
  • Support, coordinate, and direct the activity of Disease Site Group Chairs, Medical Directors and Department Heads, and patient representatives
  • Develop and integrate key medical leadership roles and responsibilities into the clinical operating structure to ensure alignment with clinical standards and best practices
  • Recommend financial and human resource allocation for clinical programs and services and facilitate efficient, effective, and fiscally sustainable deployment of resources
  • Develop an organizational structure based on your vision and strategic direction as well as best practice organizational design principles and lead the implementation of restructuring initiatives
  • Gather, interpret, and disseminate information on organization-wide policies, new programs, and other pertinent information to managers and staff
  • Lead the execution of a progressive workforce/talent strategy based on well-defined position requirements and desired competencies, that ensure high-quality staff are recruited and selected, succession is continuously addressed, resources are deployed to meet all operational requirements, performance is enabled and managed and workplace safety is maintained

Accountability 3: Quality of Care

  • Collaborate with the executive team in the development of standards for professional practice, patient care, and innovative programs designed to facilitate high-quality patient care and operations
  • Foster the development of a work environment conducive to the delivery of superior patient care and appropriate staff retention/recruitment
  • Responsible for the performance of physicians and clinical staff for adherence to established cancer standards of care, standards of practice, policies, procedures, and protocols
  • Develop and implement strategies for ensuring compliance with patient care protocols, laws, regulations, collective bargaining agreements, and the standards and requirements of the various professional organizations and regulatory agencies
  • Provide leadership for and participate in the development of continuous multidisciplinary quality improvement for assigned areas, in collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary team

Accountability 4: Stakeholder, Partner, And Public Relations

  • Establish and maintain collaborative, ongoing relationships with executives and senior leaders/partners internal and external to the CCMB organization
  • Strengthen CCMB’s relationships with stakeholders including legislators, public servants, service delivery partners, compliance and accreditation bodies, funders, vendors, diverse communities of interest, and the public
  • Nurture knowledge sharing with CCMB partners and foster continuous improvement in cancer care delivery
  • Establish successful partnerships with educational and research partners, integrating research into strategic directions for the organization and respective portfolio areas and ensuring educational and research goals are met
  • Collaborate with the University of Manitoba and Faculty of Medicine leaders to assess the resources required for undergraduate and postgraduate oncology and hematology medical teaching at the University
  • Provide guidance, direction, and support to the Patient Relations Office
  • Represent CCMB in the community

Education, Experience and Competency Requirements

The Chief Medical Officer requires strong leadership skills and the ability to develop and maintain a high-performance environment and has demonstrated experience in medical program management in a multidisciplinary environment and administration within a complex health care organization. The candidate is a systems-thinker who will have broad strategic planning abilities, and the skills and vision to respond in an innovative way to the evolving issues and challenges in cancer care delivery. The ideal candidate will have the ability to motivate and engage physicians and collaborate with community partners to move CCMB forward. They will inspire teamwork and develop and achieve shared objectives in a consultative management style combined with the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary.


  • Post-secondary degree in medicine with post-graduate training in clinical oncology (medical, radiation, or surgical) and/or hematology
  • Minimum of 10 years of clinical experience
  • Must be registered or eligible for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
  • Demonstrated experience in medical program management in a multidisciplinary environment and administration within a complex health care organization
  • Experience in engaging, influencing, and soliciting buy-in from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership, success, and adaptability
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in building and leading high-performance, cross-functional and interdisciplinary teams and leading strategic change


  • Certification in Hematology, Medical Oncology, Pediatric Oncology, Radiation Oncology, or Surgical Oncology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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Winnipeg, Manitoba