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North West Regional Cancer Program

The North West Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the areas reaching from east of White River to the Manitoba border in the west, and from Hudson Bay in the north to the United States border in the south.

Service Partners

Regional Cancer Care Northwest

Regional Cancer Care Northwest is a full-service regional cancer program providing prevention and screening services, diagnostic services, cancer treatment, survivorship services and palliative care services. The regional cancer program serves approximately 250,000 residents of Northwestern Ontario.

Established in 1948, the program consists of a regional cancer centre, located at Thunder Bay

Regional Health Sciences Centre, 13 satellite chemotherapy clinics in partner hospitals, as well as many other diagnostic service partners throughout the North West LHIN. Regional Cancer Care Northwest is a leading champion of telemedicine, enabling patients in our vast region to receive care closer to home.

Partner Hospitals


Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice-President, North West Regional Cancer Program

Dr. Stewart Kennedy

Dr. Stewart Kennedy was appointed Regional Vice-President, Cancer Services for North West Regional Cancer Program on April 2, 2018. He is also Executive Vice-President, Medicine, Academics, and Regional Programs at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

He is a Board member for Health Quality Ontario and a Past President of the Ontario Medical Association.

He practices comprehensive family medicine with active hospital privileges in Thunder Bay. He is Associate Lead of the Family Health Team at Harbourview Medical Clinic. He is an Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is the recipient of the Community Teacher of the Year award from the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the CSPL Excellence in Medical Leadership Award.

He obtained his medical education at McMaster University. Following that, he was the chief resident at the Calgary General Hospital. He also earned a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Regional Clinical Leads

Regional Clinical Leads in the North West Regional Cancer Program

  • Surgical Oncology
    Dr. Kenneth Gehman
  • Systemic Treatment Quality
    Dr. Nicole Laferriere
  • Radiation Treatment
    Dr. Margaret Anthes
  • Palliative Care Multidisciplinary Clinical
    Dr. Kathleen Simpson
  • Primary Care, Screening & Clinical
    Dr. Nicole Zavagnin
  • Breast Imaging
    Dr. Richard Bitar
  • Pathology
    Dr. Meagan Kennedy
  • Cervical Screening/Colposcopy
    Dr. Naana Jumah
  • Cancer Imaging
    Dr. Jonathan Boekhoud
  • Colorectal Screening / GI (Gastrointestinal)
    Dr. William Harris
  • Patient Education
    Heather Neilson-Clayton
  • Psychosocial Oncology
    Susie Hamilton
  • Patient & Family Experience & Engagement
    David McConnell
  • Ontario Cancer Symptoms Management Collaborative (OCSMC)
    Susie Hamilton
  • Oncology Nursing
    Karen Roberts

Cancer Program Council

  • Andrea Docherty, Program Director, Regional Cancer Program
  • Cathy Paroschy-Harris, Director, Prevention and Screening Services
  • Chris McNaughton, Manager 1A Medicine/Oncology Unit
  • Dr. Claudette Chase, Regional Primary Care Lead
  • Dr. Colleen Valente, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Meagan Kennedy, Pathologist
  • David McConnell, Manager, Radiation Therapy & Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Nicole Zavagnin, Regional Primary Care Lead
  • Heather Neilson-Clayton, Outpatient Counsellor, Cancer Care, Supportive Care
  • Jeannie Faubert, Patient Family Advisor
  • Jacqueline Veneruz, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Karen Roberts, Manager, Outpatient Nursing and Clinic Operations
  • Dr. Kathy Simpson, Regional Palliative Care Lead
  • Kelly-Jo Gillis, Manager, Preventive Health Services
  • Dr. Kenneth Gehman, Surgical Oncology Lead
  • Dr. Jonathan Boekhoud, Cancer Imaging Lead
  • Dr. Mark Henderson, Regional Vice-President, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Sam McKnight, Director, Diagnostics
  • Dr. Nicole Laferriere, Systemic Treatment (Chemotherapy) Lead, Medical Director of Regional Cancer Program and Chief of Oncology
  • Pascal Rivest, Decision Support
  • Dr. Peter McGhee, Director, Medical Physics
  • Adam Vinet, Director, Surgical and Ambulatory Care Services
  • Dr. Margaret Anthes, Radiation Treatment Lead
  • Tarja Heiskanen, Manager, Prevention & Screening Services
  • Karen Roberts, Manager, of Outpatient Clinics, Supportive and Pallative Care