Dr. Christine Williams serves as the Deputy Director of OICR.
After completing her PhD in Immunology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Williams pursued postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University where she studied the molecular pathways involved in the development of leukemia and lymphoma in children.
Prior to joining OICR, Dr. Williams held several leadership positions within the Canada’s cancer research community, most recently as the Canadian Cancer Society’s Chief Mission Officer & Scientific Director, responsible for program delivery, information, policy, advocacy and research activities nationwide.
As OICR’s Deputy Director, Dr. Williams works with OICR’s executive team and scientific leaders to evaluate, develop and lead strategic initiatives across the Institute’s priority areas. She acts as a liaison between OICR researchers and management while developing and maintaining productive relationships with a broad range of provincial, national and international stakeholders including academic, industry and government partners.
Dr. Williams has served on several boards and advisory committees, including as the former chair of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance.