Passing the Torch at The Princess Margaret

2017-01-24  |  Guest Bloggers |  Posted by: Larry Rosen, Member of The PMCF Board of Directors

I have been a Board Member of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation for the past 7 years and a great admirer of Paul Alofs and the Foundation. Within great organizations, smooth transitions can be accomplished – I myself took over the reins from a retail legend, my father Harry Rosen. We all know he could not be replaced.  Great leaders like Paul build teams that transcend their leadership. Paul’s efforts over the past 14 years have transformed The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation into one of the most powerful and important cancer charitable foundations in the country. The Princess Margaret Home Lottery, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer and OneWalk to Conquer Cancer are just a few of the major initiatives developed under Paul’s watch.

Most impressive, was the early completion of the five-year Billion Dollar Challenge – securing $532 million in philanthropic support in addition to $520 million in research grants. Paul’s impact has made a momentous difference in countless people’s lives by improving cancer research and the treatment of cancer patients.
Working with Paul has been an inspiration and we are so grateful that he will be ensuring that we transition to a new leader by April 2018. Our search begins to find Paul’s successor. Rest assured, we will find a strong and motivated candidate, capable of continuing Paul’s legacy and the incredible efforts to conquer cancer in our lifetime.

I am honoured to be a member of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation board, honoured to be participating in the search committee to find our next President and CEO but most of all I am honoured to know Paul and call him my friend.
I am in awe of what Paul has achieved during his tenure at the Foundation and know that continuing his tradition of excellence is of the upmost importance.