Sara Oates, Treasurer

Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations, Canadian Cancer Society

Sara Oates PicSara has been the EVP, Finance and Operations of the Canadian Cancer Society since its amalgamation with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in February 2017. In this role, she is responsible for finance, information technology, operations, human resources and legal functions of this national organization. Prior to that, she was the Chief Finance and Operations Officer of the Foundation where, as well as her finance and operational responsibilities, she had significant involvement in the mergers of the Foundation with both the Canadian Cancer Society and Willow Breast and Hereditary Cancer Support.

Before to joining the Foundation, she was responsible for finance and operations at World Wildlife Fund Canada for four years and prior to this, was an Associate Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she led the PwC not-for-profit assurance practice in Toronto.

Sara is currently a board member and chair of the audit and finance committee of the Change Foundation. She was a board member and treasurer of Yorktown Child and Family Centre/Yorktown Women’s Shelter for many years and has also served as a member of the Administration and Audit Committee of United Way Toronto and on the Audit Committee of the Terry Fox Foundation.

Additionally, Sara was a member of PwC Canada Foundation’s Advisory Board and the chair of PwC’s National Not-for-Profit Committee.  Sara has chaired the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountant’s Working Group on Not-For-Profit Business Reporting and was previously a member of the Accounting Standard Board/Public Sector Accounting Board’s Joint Not-for-profit Task Force, as well as member of CPA Canada’s Not-For-Profit Organizations Committee.


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