Alberta Health Services: Provincial Advisory Council on Cancer

The Advisory Council will provide advice to the Alberta Health Services Official Administrator and management on service delivery and program design for a province-wide cancer system.

The primary functions of the Advisory Council include:

  • To seek evidence and information from Albertans when advising on cancer planning, delivery and evaluation of cancer services; and
  • To provide advice regarding potential challenges, gaps, opportunities and strategic investment within cancer services provided by Alberta Health Services.

The Advisory Council membership will include a range of 15 to 18 individuals and will be comprised of industry experts and public members.

Public Members:

Up to eight members of the general public (including consumers and families with experience in the area of cancer).

Public members must be at least 18 years of age and have a demonstrated interest in the health of the community and in cancer issues.

Public members have either been a patient or have a relative or close friend who had a cancer-related experience.

What is a Council member expected to do?

The expert members on the Advisory Council will consider and provide evidence-based suggestions on the following services, specifically as it relates to cancer:

  • Prevention and screening;
  • Diagnosis, treatment and care; and
  • Research.

The public members, in addition to attending and participating in Advisory Council meetings, will share their views and opinions and represent those of their families, neighbours and communities. The local knowledge of public members and their insight is important as they receive information and input from the community regarding cancer services. Public members will also help to inform and educate the public about cancer care and help identify opportunities within the community where cancer care services can be improved.

The positions are voluntary, however, out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of Advisory Council activities will be reimbursed at prevailing Government of Alberta rates.

Meetings are open to the public unless the Advisory Council determines that part or all of a meeting should be private.

Members are expected to attend meetings in person where possible. Use of phone and video conference links will be available when needed to support attendance by all members.

The location of each Advisory Council meeting will alternate between Calgary and Edmonton unless other locations are deemed necessary by the Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will meet three times per year, or more often if deemed necessary.

For more information, please visit their website.

For inquiries, please contact the Council Secretary, LauraLee Clarke at 780-643-4482 or

Updated August 8th, 2018