Egon Zehnder Places CEO for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation  

June 8, 2021 – The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation has announced the appointment of Miyo Yamashita as president and chief executive officer. Egon Zehnder led the search assignment. “Miyo will make an incredible contribution to our foundation and we are so pleased to have her on board,” said Janice Fukakusa, board chair of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. “She accepts the appointment at an exciting time for the foundation, which has done tremendous work supporting ground-breaking cancer research, education, and clinical care. I want to thank our entire team for their efforts over the past year, with special thanks to our COO Meaghan Stovel McKnight, who has ensured that we have not missed a beat. Cancer has not stopped, so neither have we.”

Dr. Yamashita brings over 20 years of leadership to the foundation, having helped a wide range of organizations inside and outside the health sector scale and grow to meet their potential. Most recently, she was director, strategy and operations for the University of Toronto’s Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society.

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Dr. Yamashita has held various leadership roles in healthcare, banking, and technology. She spent six years at Deloitte Canada, where she served as managing partner, talent and workplace, and chief transformation officer. In 2017, the Women’s Executive Network recognized her as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

“I am thrilled to join the team at the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation,” said Dr. Yamashita. “Like so many Canadians, I have seen the toll that cancer can take on individuals and families, including my own, and am proud to be part of a movement to conquer cancer in our lifetime. With the right people, vision, and growth strategy, I believe that the foundation can have exponential impact in the years ahead, and I’m excited to hit the ground running.”

Throughout the past year, the foundation has achieved its highest ever gross revenue and met all commitments to Princess Margaret Cancer Center, despite the suspension of most in-person events. “Dr. Yamashita’s ability to dream big and plan strategically will help the foundation as it prepares for a landmark campaign,” the organization said.

Canada’s Largest Cancer Charity

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is Canada’s largest cancer charity, dedicated to raising funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Center, one of world’s top five cancer research centers known for its game-changing scientific achievements and exceptional patient treatment and care. Through philanthropy, events, our world-leading home lottery program, and commercialization initiatives, we make possible the critical funding required to accelerate cancer research, education, and clinical care.

Egon Zehnder’s public and social sector practice works in partnership with its clients to advise governmental, NGO, non-profit, civic and academic institutions on finding top leadership. Each client and mandate is bespoke, with its engagements covering executive search, leadership assessment and development, team effectiveness, succession planning as well as organizational change management consulting. Egon Zehnder is the fourth largest search firm globally as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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