The Northern Cancer Foundation is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors who are united in their mission to maintain a world-class cancer treatment centre for the people of Northeastern Ontario.  Their role is to set the Foundation’s strategic direction, uphold its values and governance, and support the Executive Director who leads the administrative team towards achieving the NCFs vision and purpose.  Each member brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and strong community resources to the Foundation.

For more information on the governance and operations of the NCF Board, please contact Tannys Laughren, Executive Director at (705) 523- 4673 x. 2623 or email

Shayne Smith

Board Chair

Shayne Smith is the General Manger of BM Metals Services Inc., one of Northern Ontario’s fastest growing industrial service providers and a member of the Milman Industries group of companies.  Shayne is a graduate of Laurentian University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Law and Justice and Psychology, an Honors Diploma In Law and Justice, as well as, a Master’s in Business Administration. Shayne is a long-time supporter of the NCF and was one of the principals in the development of the Scrap Cancer campaign which has raised over $100,000 within the first three years since its inception. Shayne is an active member of the community and supporter of many local groups and organizations.

Jim Marchbank


Jim Marchbank has a long history of leadership in the City of Greater Sudbury.  The former long-time CEO of Science North, his strong work ethic has earned him a Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Bell Business Excellence Award for Professional Achievement as well as a Laurentian University “50 years of Alumni Achievement“ award.  As an active volunteer, Jim serves as a Board member of the Sudbury Food Bank as well as the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership.

Maureen Lacroix


Maureen Lacroix has a long history of leadership in establishing health services in the community. Maureen not only assisted with the development of the Cancer Centre, she also co-chaired the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Sudbury, the Heart and Soul Campaign raising money for the Health Sciences North (HSN). Additionally, Maureen was instrumental in the development of the Chair in Cancer Research, in partnership with HSN, the Cancer Centre and Laurentian University. Maureen is the past chair of the Laurentian University Board of Governors and past member of the Board of Directors for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Dr. Kristy Côté


Kristy Côté is the Postgraduate Education Manager for the Family Medicine, FM-PGY3 Emergency Medicine & Enhanced Skills, Pediatrics and Public Health Preventive Medicine programs at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Having completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree through Laurentian University, her Masters of Arts – Integrated Studies degree through Athabasca University and her doctorate in Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University, Dr. Côté is a strong advocate for health research in the North. Her doctoral thesis focused on the lived experiences of Francophone prostate cancer patients from Northeastern Ontario and her ongoing work with NOSM centers on postgraduate medical education and francophone health research. Kristy is a member of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine – Family Medicine (COFM – FM) Committee; the Family Medicine National Education Administrators (FMNEA) Committee and the Regroupement de professionnels francophones en santé et en services sociaux en Ontario (RIFSSSO).  Dr. Côté is actively engaged in national interdisciplinary research collaborations within the postgraduate medical education domain in areas including, but not limited to, remote First Nations Family Medicine program curriculum development, Family Medicine Triple-C curriculum evaluation and needs assessment projects related to the training of educational leaders in Family Medicine. Kristy’s research expertise is in qualitative research methodology and francophone health issues.

Mac Sinclair


Mac is a local Sudbury lawyer who is with the firm Sinclair and Sinclair.  Mac has been the secretary of the NCF Board of Directors since 1996 and is also a member of the Executive Committee.  Mac is a strong community advocate for local cancer care.

Ron Chrysler

Treasurer & Chair of Finance

Ronald Chrysler is a chartered accountant who is actively involved in the local community.  He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Northern Cancer Foundation.  Previously, he was the Vice-President, Administration at Laurentian University, Secretary of the Board of Governors of Laurentian University as well as member of Board of Directors with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Dr. Hermann Falter

Chair of Research & Grants

Hermann Falter is a retired full professor of Chemistry at Laurentian University.  He received his BSc from Laurentian University in 1964 and went on to complete his PhD at the University of Cincinnati in 1968.  Hermann has been a member of the NCF Board of Directors since 1998 and continues to serve as an important liaison between the University’s scientific community and the Cancer Centre’s career scientists.

Christine Harvey

Chair of Marketing

Christine Harvey is the contract manager for BM Metals Services and the Milman Industries Group of Companies. In addition, she manages the marketing activities for the Group. Christine has successfully completed the Business Administration program at Cambrian College and has received her Honours Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration from Laurentian University. Christine is an advocate of supporting local organizations and initiatives. She believes that great accomplishments and advanced research doesn’t just come from big cities. She believes it also comes from deep rooted cities like Sudbury where all of its community members strive together to reach a common goal of community advancement and national recognition by supporting its local organizations.

Gregg Snyder

General Executive

Ben Demianiuk

Ben Demianiuk is the Director of Housing and Food Services at Laurentian University. He graduated from Laurentian with both a Bachelor of Commerce (SPAD) and a Masters of Business Administration. Ben volunteers with the Terry Fox Run, the Arthritis Society and also sits as Treasurer on the Board of Directors with Meals on Wheels (Sudbury).

Wayne Tonelli

Wayne Tonelli is the co-founder of the Miners for Cancer fundraising group in Sudbury.  Since its inception in 1996, he and his team of volunteers have raised over half a million dollars for local cancer research.  A retired general foreman from Vale’s Garson Mine, Wayne is a proud advocate of the Northern Cancer Foundation and a committed community partner.

Bev Brisco

Coming Soon

Suzanne Lapointe

Suzanne Lapointe graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours B.A. in Arts with a major in French as well as a B.A. in Education.  She is currently the Vice-Principal of École Secondaire Catholique Champlain in Sudbury.  Mrs. Lapointe is a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Advisory Committee at Collège Boréal and a member of the advisory committee for the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury.

Debbie Korzeniecki

Coming Soon

Len Leclair

Coming Soon

Helene Joly

Coming Soon

Darryl Lake

Darryl is the founder and former CEO of the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. (NORCAT). He has served on a number of committees and boards relating to technology. He was a member of the Premier’s Ontario Science and Innovation Council (OISC) and is presently a member of The Leaders’ Roundtable on Commercialization of The Conference Board of Canada and the Ontario Minerals Industry Cluster-Commercialization Working Groups.

Having worked with government agencies such as the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, as well as over 80 private sector companies, NORCAT has developed or adapted over 200 technologies and assisted over 30 small company starts.

Anthony Keating


Anthony Keating is an award-winning Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) who has served in fundraising leadership roles over the past 14 years with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Kids Help Phone, Seneca College and the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Most recently, he served as Campaign Director, Major Gifts, at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in Toronto where he successfully co-led a $50 million research campaign to completion a year ahead of schedule, and was also responsible for raising millions of dollars for Malignant Hematology priorities.  In 2010, he received the “New to Fundraising Professional of the Year” award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Anthony is an active community member who has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John’s, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and is currently a Director with the Roberta Bondar Foundation.

In Anthony’s role he will oversee each of the three Foundations, and the Volunteer Association.  He will also supervise HSN’s Volunteer Services and serve on the senior leadership teams of HSN and HSNRI, ensuring a strong alignment with health care needs in Northeastern Ontario.

Tannys Laughren


Tannys Laughren is the current Executive Director of the NCF.  A graduate of Laurentian University, she has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce.  She served as Executive Director of the Students’ General Association at Laurentian University, and is a member of the teaching staff within the school’s commerce program.  Laughren was named one of Northern Life’s 30 Sudburians to Watch in 2003, and continues to be an active volunteer within the community.

Maureen McLelland