Bladder Cancer Canada

Bladder Cancer Canada (BCC) is seeking an Executive Director for our national charity. Leading with a passion for BCC’s mission and vision that motivates and engages others, the new Executive Director will take our near $1M charity to the next level by building and diversifying our fundraising revenue, allowing us to expand our vital programs and services.

Bladder Cancer Canada is the first and only Canadian patient advocacy organization dedicated to bladder cancer issues; providing patient support, education and awareness and funding for research. BCC is one of Charity Intelligence’s top 10 charities, delivering returns of 6 times for every dollar donated, compared to the average of 1-2 times on the dollar.

Reporting to a highly motivated and progressive Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead and coach a highly committed staff team of three. This position will work remotely and can be located anywhere in Canada. Since its inception, BCC has been a 100% virtual organization.

About Bladder Cancer Canada

The story of Bladder Cancer Canada (BCC) began with two people—David Guttman and Jack Moon. Their medical teams tended to the disease in their bodies, but they realized nourishment for their inner beings was missing – and was just as critical to their recovery.
They needed other bladder cancer patients to talk to about their fears and uncertainty. Someone to help them find up-to-date information about diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis. At that time, there was no one to turn to. So, in 2009, they formed Bladder Cancer Canada to fill the void.
Although they were ordinary bladder cancer patients, what they accomplished is extraordinary. Today, BCC is a national, registered charity that has helped thousands of bladder cancer patients and their caregivers to cope with this disease. Our founders’ vision was to improve patient support – and it remains the cornerstone of BCC’s mission.

What Is Our Vision for The Future?

In short: awareness, support and research to create a world where bladder cancer is just a memory.

We’re working to achieve this vision through the efforts of volunteers across Canada and with the support of distinguished, leading medical professionals on our Medical Advisory Board and our Research Advisory Board, and in partnership with numerous key stakeholder agencies and private industry. Bladder Cancer Canada’s Mission is three-fold:

Patient Support and Education

Our support programming is offered through trained volunteers in a variety of formats. For example, through our online Discussion Forum on our website, our virtual support groups via Zoom, and our 1-1 peer support program by phone/virtual meetings. We are literally just a phone call or a click away for patients and/or caregivers at any time.

We’ve also created our website as a central information source for bladder cancer patients and their caregivers. Here you will find a wealth of information and education materials about bladder cancer, including Patient Guidebooks written by bladder cancer patients and their caregivers alongside medical experts. There are also excellent webinars and blogs that help to unravel the mysteries of bladder cancer so patients and caregivers can feel more confident and comfortable coping with this disease.

BCC also typically hosts (in a non-COVID environment) several in-person Patient Education Meetings, held several times a year in different cities across Canada. At these meetings patients can meet with each other and hear first-hand stories from other bladder cancer patients and valuable information and insights from medical professionals.


BCC Funded Research

Our Commitment to Research

One of the three pillars of Bladder Cancer Canada’s mission is to “fund research which pursues the diagnosis, treatment and elimination of bladder cancer.” Although bladder cancer is the 5th most common cancer in Canada, it ranks only 21st in terms of research funding out of the 24 most common cancers. Our research commitments endeavour to minimize that disparity, with the long-term vision to create a world where bladder cancer is just a memory.

Our Research Funding

In 2019, Bladder Cancer Canada funded over $275,000 in bladder cancer research. Since BCC supported its very first $25,000 grant in 2012, we have funded over $1.1 million in research, with an additional $434,500 in matched funds for a total of more than $1.5 million. By the end of 2020, we expect to have funded nearly $1.9 million in bladder cancer research. This incredible milestone has been made possible because of BCC’s supportive donors and valued research funding partners.

Where Does BCC Get Its Funding?

Our funding comes from our annual Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk which is hosted in 20 cities across Canada (virtually last year). We also receive funding through sponsorships and donations from individuals, businesses and community groups along with other donations such as planned gifts and securities.

As a charity, we are keenly aware of the need to keep our expenses low so that we can focus our financial resources on our mission-related activities. We are truly thankful to our generous donors for their support making a difference in the lives of people living with Bladder Cancer.


Additional Information

2019 Financial Statement
2018 – 2023 Strategic Plan
2019 Annual Review Impact Report
Awareness Activities & Events
BCC Research Grants
Sponsors & Partners
BCC News & Stories
Canadian Bladder Cancer Information System
Canadian Patient Guidebooks
BCC Research Partner Grants


Key Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and Operational Management

Fund Development

Community, Stakeholder and Public Relations

Governance and Board Relations



Qualifications and Competencies


For More Information

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Bladder Cancer Canada. For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Samantha David, Senior Search Consultant, KCI Search + Talent by email at 

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by March 18, 2021.

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:

At Bladder Cancer Canada (BCC) we are committed to an equitable and inclusive approach, providing equal opportunity for employment and volunteer opportunities within the organization. As an organization, we see diversity, equity and inclusion as connected to our mission and critical to ensuring the well-being and health of our staff, volunteers, clients, and the community we serve.

Please note that the salary range for this position is $90,000 to $100,000 working in a flexible, 100% virtual environment.