Marianne Jane Taylor

Marianne Taylor


Kelowna, British Columbia
Medical Oncology

Area 1, Division B

Candidate statement

I am very interested and excited to submit my application for the CMPA council. I think the CMPA performs a vital function for Canadian physicians both in protecting them from legal actions; but more importantly in proactively promoting safe practice and care. It is this proactive approach that I find most enticing about the work of the CMPA.

I would bring years of medical practice and leadership experience to this role. I have experience making hard decisions and weighing multiple competing interests; and I work well on committees. I have additional education which could be of benefit on the council.

I have been a medical oncologist for 29 years and began my practice in London Ontario, and then moved to BC. Since arriving in Kelowna, I have held progressive leadership roles and recently completed a term as the VP of Systemic Therapy at the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA). In this position close to 150 physicians reported up through me at the BCCA. I dealt with credentialing matters, complaints against physicians, disciplinary issues, and leadership recruiting. I was also the VP of Quality for a short time; in that role, I was responsible for the safety and quality of all care at the Cancer Agency. I worked closely with all the programs and MAC to not only address safety issues, but also to proactively improve quality.

At the BCCA, as the VP Systemic Therapy, I managed the $250 million cancer drug budget which funds all cancer drugs. As the executive in charge of this budget, I made the final decisions about what new cancer drug programs were launched in BC each year. Decisions I made had to be centred around getting the most value for all the patients of BC and managing this budget involved weighing trade-offs between strong patient/physician demand with affordability and value for money. I think this work, and my ongoing role in cancer drug reviews has taught me how to balance multiple interests and still make difficult decisions.

I value life-long learning and in the last 10 years have completed both an MBA and a master’s in health care quality, I think this training would be valuable on council. I have experience working on National committees and can work well and respectfully with others. If I am the successful applicant I would come prepared to meetings and be ready to express my point of view, but would consider other perspectives with an open mind. I pledge to work hard and strive to be a good colleague and member of council.

Relevant skills and experience

Practice Appointments

BC Cancer

Medical Oncologist
Head of Medical Oncology - Kelowna site
VP - Systemic Therapy
VP - Quality

London Regional Cancer Clinic

Medical Oncologist

University of British Columbia

Associate Professor, Assistant Professor

University of Western Ontario

Assistant Professor

Professional Appointments


Chair of the provincial advisory group for the pan Canadian Oncology Drug review
Cancer drug review committee member - pERC

Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies

Drug funding sustainability project - medical oncologist

Election contact information

Phone: 604-831-8601