President and Scientific Director - Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking an exceptional scientific leader to become its President and Scientific Director. For an internationally recognized scientist with a passion for achieving impact, OICR provides an opportunity to move research results forward to the clinic and adoption by the health system.

OICR, a provincially funded not-for-profit organization, was established in 2005 as a strategic investment by the province of Ontario to mobilize the province’s cancer research strengths and to accelerate the translation of scientific discovery to achieve health and economic benefit.

Headquartered at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto (, OICR is a collaborative translational research organization. The Institute brings together and supports leading-edge research programs based on strengths across the province in key areas of unmet medical need for cancer patients. OICR partners with Ontario’s oncology research and clinical community and the private sector to tackle projects that are large and complex in scope, facilitating transfer of knowledge, and sharing risks and costs to drive the adoption and/or commercialization of cancer innovations. The Institute is an important catalyst in the development of research collaborations, not only within the province but also nationally and internationally.

OICR has invested in provincial research programs in areas in which Ontario scientists are internationally renowned and addressing gaps in translational research capacity in the province. These include cancer stem cells, immunotherapies, bio-informatics, genomics, imaging, health services/population research, medicinal chemistry and diagnostic development. OICR has also provided leadership in foundational global research initiatives such as the International Cancer Genome Consortium and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.

The Institute has just renewed its funding agreement with Ontario, which provides for $360 million over five years. The Board looks forward to working with the new leader to hone the implementation of the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan and to optimize the Institute’s impact as OICR moves to the next stage in its development.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in a senior leadership capacity in a sizeable research organization. He/she must bring expertise in cancer research and an understanding of and preferably experience in translational research. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to build and implement a strategic vision and cascading plan. He/she will be a connector and a builder, and through an ability to see the big picture, will be able to see, pursue and act upon opportunities. The candidate must have strong communication and influencing skills and a reputation for being a catalyst, collaborator, enabler and integrator of ideas. The individual will have a demonstrated aptitude for alliance building and stakeholder engagement.

OICR offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with abilities and experience. OICR is offering a full-time contract position located in Toronto. Requests for further information and resumes should be submitted to oicrategonzehnder [dot] com by October 21, 2016.