Sara Oates, CPA, CA

Sara has been the EVP, Finance and Operations, of the Canadian Cancer Society since its amalgamation with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in February 2017. In this role, she is responsible for finance, information technology, operations and legal functions of this national organization. Prior to that, she was the chief finance and operations officer of the Foundation where, as well as her finance and operational responsibilities, she had significant involvement in the merger of the Foundation with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Before joining the Foundation, she was responsible for finance and operations at World Wildlife Fund Canada for four years and prior to this, was an associate partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she led the PwC not-for-profit assurance practice in Toronto.

Sara is currently a member of the audit and finance committee of the Change Foundation. She was a board member and treasurer of Yorktown Child and Family Centre/Yorktown Women’s Shelter for many years and has also served as a member of the Administration and Audit Committee of United Way Toronto and on the Audit Committee of the Terry Fox Foundation.

Additionally, Sara was a member of PwC Canada Foundation’s Advisory Board and the chair of PwC’s National Not-for-Profit Committee. Sara has chaired the CPA Canada Working Group on Not-For-Profit Business Reporting and was previously a member of the Accounting Standards Board/Public Sector Accounting Board’s Joint Not-for-profit Task Force, as well as a member of CPA Canada’s Not-For-Profit Organizations Committee.