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Executive Director, Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board - Toronto, Ontario

Position: Executive Director, Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB)
Site: MaRS Centre, Toronto
Department: Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB)
Reports To: Deputy Director, OICR
Salary: Commensurate with level of experience
Hours: 35 hours/week
Status: Permanent / Full-time

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is seeking a full-time Executive Director (ED) to lead the operations of its Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB). Reporting to the Deputy Director of OICR with a dotted line to the OCREB Advisory Committee, the OCREB Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership, administration and management of OCREB operations. The Executive Director works with the OCREB Chair, the OCREB Advisory Committee and the Senior OICR Executive to establish the strategic direction and the annual goals of the program. In collaboration with the OCREB Chair, the Executive Director also is responsible for communications, stakeholder relations and quality management activities to ensure conformity with the applicable standards, policies and regulations associated with human research participant protections.


  • Provides leadership in developing, planning and implementing the strategic direction and operations of the program;
  • Responsible for the implementation of a quality assurance framework to ensure ongoing conformity with applicable policies, regulations, guidelines and standards applicable to research ethics boards and human research participant protections programs;
  • Builds strategic relationships and partnerships locally, provincially and nationally;
  • Participates in or leads local, provincial or national initiatives to promote Research Ethics Board (REB) harmonization efforts and the streamlining of REB reviews across jurisdictions;
  • Represents OICR/OCREB on relevant local, provincial and national research ethics initiatives;
  • Contributes to corporate efforts and initiatives to enhance OICR's mission, values and goals;
  • Develops and implements efficient and effective policies, systems and procedures to support the day-to-day operations of the REB, including overall management of OCREB office personnel;
  • Ensures compliance with OICR HR policies, as well as with the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations;
  • Assists in the recruitment of the OCREB Chair;
  • Assists the OCREB Chair in recruiting new OCREB members to ensure compliance with regulatory and specialized expertise requirements;
  • Keeps up-to-date on the relevant provincial, national and international practices, policies, regulations, guidelines and standards governing clinical research and research ethics and identifies the implication of any changes;
  • Develops and manages the program’s annual operating budget and finances;
  • Communicates and collaborates effectively with OCREB stakeholders, including OCREB members and staff, investigators and study staff, and study sponsors and CROs, as well as relevant provincial, national and international groups;
  • Fosters a culture of transparency, collaboration, communication and customer service excellence;
  • Acts as an ambassador and public relations representative to promote the work of OCREB.



  • Master’s degree in business or health administration or health sciences or recognized equivalent;
  • Advanced leadership development credentials preferred.


  • Highly respected individual in the oncology or oncology research environment;
  • Strong leadership and communication skills;
  • Strong knowledge of the role, mandate and challenges of REBs and human research protection programs;
  • Strong knowledge of cancer clinical trials environment;
  • Strong knowledge of the relevant provincial, national and international regulations, guidelines and standards associated with clinical research, research ethics and human research participant protections;
  • Strong knowledge of quality assurance and risk management;
  • Masterful organizational, communication and leadership skills, demonstrated by previous professional success;
  • Superior knowledge of multiple operational functions and principles, including finance, customer service, and employee recruitment and management;
  • Exceptional inter-personal skills;
  • Strong aptitude for oral and written communication, presentation, and relationship development;
  • Excellent organizational, time management , change management and project management skills;
  • Knowledge of the relevant provincial, national and international cancer organizations including funding agencies and pharmaceutical and biotech sponsors;
  • Ability to resolve conflict in a constructive manner;
  • Experience with solving complex problems;
  • Self-directed with ability to motivate others;
  • Assertive and tactful;
  • Proven ability to develop innovative solutions for increased productivity;
  • Ability to simultaneously manage a diverse range of complex projects and activities;
  • Ability to interact and form strong relations with senior clinicians and other professionals, Industry, government, institutional administration, other REBs and the many key stakeholders of a provincial cancer REB;
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office, Excel, Word, PPT).


  • Minimum of eight (8) years practical and related experience;
  • Experience in a senior leadership and management roles in a related field, including strategic planning and human resources management;
  • Experience with developing and managing business plans and budgets;
  • Experience in research ethics;
  • Experience in oncology and clinical trials;
  • Experience establishing a startup initiative of similar size and complexity;
  • Experience interacting with senior professionals of varied backgrounds.

OICR is an innovative cancer research institute located in the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District in downtown Toronto. OICR is addressing significant challenges in cancer research with multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams. New discoveries to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be moved from the bench to practical applications in patients. The OICR team is growing quickly. We are innovative, dedicated professionals who bring expertise to each of our roles. We are looking for individuals interested in being part of a culture of excellence that will result in Ontario being recognized internationally as a leading jurisdiction for cancer research.

Launched in December 2005, OICR is an independent institute funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

For more information about OICR, please visit the website at www.oicr.on.ca.

OCREB, a program of OICR, is an innovative, oncology-specialized Research Ethics Board (REB) serving hospitals in Ontario that conduct cancer clinical trials. OCREB was a pioneer in establishing a centralized model of ethics review for multi-centre cancer trials in Ontario. Since its first meeting in January 2004, OCREB has been working with researchers, institutions and sponsors to safeguard the rights and welfare of research participants, while advancing ethically sound cancer research. OCREB is a respected and consulted leader in research ethics and was the first REB to be qualified through the Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) REB Qualification program. Although it is independent in its decisions and operates at arm’s length from programmatic and research structures within OICR, OCREB is accountable to the OICR Board of Directors through the OICR Governance Committee and the OCREB Advisory Committee.

For more information about OCREB, please visit https://ocreb.ca.

CLOSING DATE: Until filled

OICR is an inclusive employer dedicated to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Recruiter to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated throughout this process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research thanks all applicants. However, only those under consideration will be contacted.

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