Executive Team

Peter Coleridge
President and Chief Executive Officer

Peter Coleridge, MHSc, has over 20 years of experience at the provincial, national and international levels in health and social services including population health, leadership and transformational change, business development, fundraising, social marketing, strategic communication, branding, public policy, education, research, and partnership development. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Memorial University in Newfoundland, and received his Master’s Degree in Health Science (Health Promotion) from the University of Toronto.  He has also completed an Executive Health Leadership program, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, in partnership with the Change Foundation and the Kings Fund in England, and served on several not-for-profit Boards.

Formerly the national President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Peter has held other leadership positions including: National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association; Vice President, Education and Population Health, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Senior Advisor, Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia; Vice-President, Communications, Education and Health Promotion, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario; and senior management positions with the former Addiction Research Foundation, and the Health Promotion Branch and Substance Abuse Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health.

Dr. Stuart Edmonds
Vice President, Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship

Dr. Stuart Edmonds joined Prostate Cancer Canada in February 2012. During his time at the organization he has spearheaded the launch of the Research Strategic Plan, providing the direction for research and survivorship activities for 2012-2015. From this plan, PCC has launched numerous new research programs based on the key pillars: Collaboration, Innovation and Talented People. Dr. Edmonds has also instituted a fair and transparent peer review process to steward and safeguard funds raised in support of prostate cancer research and to ensure that only the most promising, high quality research is funded.

Prior to joining PCC Dr. Edmonds held leadership roles at the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Stuart holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Oxford University.

Tom Fischer
Vice President, Finance & Regulatory Affairs

Tom is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario with an honors degree in Business Administration. Tom has held various senior financial management roles in the for profit sector. Prior to joining PCC Tom was Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Development with Siemens in Canada where his role was to acquire within Canada and the US small to medium sized operations to fill strategic gaps within the building automation, fire and life safety and security business sectors.

Yaz Maziar
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

Yaz Maziar joined Prostate Cancer Canada in 2013. As the thought and practice leader in marketing and communications, Yaz brings both proven and new strategies to engage in and promote Prostate Cancer Canada’s mission. Under Yaz’s leadership, the organization’s in-house team develops and executes integrated marketing and communications programs that staff partners can successfully implement to generate revenue, increase education and awareness around prostate cancer, and enhance the Prostate Cancer Canada mission as an urgent and important “brand cause”.
Prior to his current role, Yaz spent six years leading the digital marketing team at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, where he created innovative marketing programs and digital strategies to maximize fundraising and mission impact. Yaz has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. He currently serves as Chair of the Marketing Program Advisory Committee at Seneca College and is also a member of the Not-for-Profit Council at the Canadian Marketing Association.

Falyn Katz
Senior Director, Philanthropy

Falyn is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, QC. With nearly eighteen years of business development, management, marketing and sponsorship experience; Falyn has a track record of success fundraising millions of dollars from some of North America’s largest businesses.

Falyn has moved into the role of Senior Director, Philanthropy after nearly three years with Prostate Cancer Canada overseeing National Corporate and Community Development. Prior to joining Prostate Cancer Canada, Falyn had a successful career at Solutions with Impact and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation where she was responsible for National and Ontario Region new business development across all programs and events in addition she stewarded a portfolio of existing partners. She provides expertise, passion, persistence, and professionalism to Prostate Cancer Canada.
Mark Mahl
Executive Director, Western Region

Mark Mahl joins Prostate Cancer Canada after assisting UBC Kinesiology and finishing a successful maternity leave contract with the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation as the Associate Director of Events.  He moved to Vancouver five years ago to take a position with the Rick Hansen Institute for Spinal Cord Injury from Alberta where he was a Director with the MS Society of Alberta. Prior to joining the non-profit world Mark is a former Teacher, College Volleyball Coach, Pro Beach Volleyball Player and Athletic Director. He has a seven year old rescue dog with no eyes from Tijuana, Mexico, named Furgel D. Mark enjoys heading to the beach, travelling, anything active, hockey, football and the arts.

Dennis Potharst
Interim Executive Director, Atlantic Region

Dennis has more than 10 years of experience working in marketing and corporate communications roles in various sectors. Prior to joining Prostate Cancer Canada, Dennis managed all marketing and communications initiatives for a large building-trades union with nearly 10,000 members across Atlantic Canada.

A graduate of the University of Calgary, Dennis holds a Bachelor of Communications Studies degree as well as a journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Having previously served on the board of directors of the International Association of Business Communicators (Maritime Canada Chapter), he has been a committee member with the PCC Atlantic Region Advisory Council since May 2016.

Jamie Howe
Director, Direct Marketing

Jamie is a specialist in direct response fundraising and marketing. He has more than 20 years of experience providing strategic leadership to a large number of charitable organizations from both the agency and the client perspectives in the planning and management of integrated marketing programs. Jamie is directing the development and management of direct marketing fundraising solutions for Prostate Cancer Canada, using his multi-channel direct marketing experience and communications skills to fundraise and help to build the Prostate Cancer Canada brand.

Andrew Johnston
Director, Accounting

Andrew joined Prostate Cancer Canada in 2010 following a move from Scotland.  Since completing his chartered accountancy training with KPMG, Andrew has spent 25 years in the not for profit and further education sectors, holding managerial and senior accounting roles.  Achievements included developing financial models which improved financial and management decision making.  At Prostate Cancer Canada, Andrew is responsible for the day to day operations of the Finance department.  This includes reporting on the financial status of the organization to our Audit & Finance Committee and Board, and developing and managing our annual budget.   

Dr. Larissa Moniz
Director, Evidence and Knowledge Translation

Larissa Moniz joined Prostate Cancer Canada in 2017. She has a notable track record of working in cancer research for over 15 years, both in Canada and the UK. After finishing her PhD at the University of Toronto, Larissa moved to England where she continued her research into the molecular mechanisms of cancer and then worked in evaluation and knowledge translation at Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer UK. In her current role at Prostate Cancer Canada, Larissa is focused on moving data and evidence into practice through health education, awareness and advocacy.   

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