About the CCAC > History
The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) is Canada’s best-known and largest non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients and increasing awareness and educating the public about prevention and treatment of this deadly disease.
The CCAC was founded in 1998 as a federally-chartered national non-profit association when a group of dedicated medical professionals joined colorectal cancer survivors to create a national organization.
CCAC was conceived by Dr. Tony Fields and Dr. Jean Maroun and initial support and guidance was provided through grants from the founding sponsor, Astra Zeneca Corporation.
David Fasano served as Chairman of the initial Board of Directors and was instrumental in the development of a national Medical Advisory Board consisting of medical professionals having specific expertise in colorectal cancer. This team of medical experts provides the CCAC Board with advice and guidance on medical and other scientific matters related to prevention, screening, treatment research and other issues related to colorectal cancer.
Barry Stein became President of CCAC in 1999. Dave Fasano was chairman of the Board from 1999 until 2002. Robert Matalis was chairman between 2002 and 2005. Alain Gourd was chairman of the board from 2005 to 2008. Garry Sears is now Chairman since october 2008.