Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Fields
Dr. Fields, Professor Emeritus, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, has had a long and distinguished career as a medical oncologist and health administrator. He held senior appointments in Alberta’s cancer system included Director of the Cross Cancer Institute (1988 – 2000) and Vice President, Cancer Care, Alberta Health Services (AHS) (2008 – 2011); in the latter role, he was responsible for AlHS’ tertiary and regional cancer centres, community oncology programs and cancer research activities.
Dr. Fields is a past chair of the Health Quality Council of Alberta and of the Provincial Advisory Council on Cancer of AHS. On the inter-provincial scene, he is the Chair of the Strategic Executive Advisory Council of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group. He was the inaugural Chair (2011-2016) of the Expert Review Committee of the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review, and a past board member of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies. He was also previously involved at the governance level of several voluntary and professional organizations, including the former National Cancer Institute of Canada (board member, President), the Canadian Cancer Society (national board member), the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists (President) and the American College of Physicians (Governor, Alberta Region).
Dr. Fields has been recognized for his work by several awards, including honorary degrees from Athabasca University and the University of Alberta, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Alberta, the R.M. Taylor Medal and Award of the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and the Jill M. Sanders Award of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health. In Alberta’s centennial year he was named one of Alberta’s 100 Physicians of the Century. In 2012, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
Dr Peter Watson
Dr Peter Watson is a Canadian pathologist with recognized leadership roles nationally and internationally.
He is currently Senior Scientist and Staff Pathologist at the Deeley Research Center of BC Cancer, Professor of Pathology at the University of British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Victoria. His research laboratory program focuses on biomarkers of progression and response to treatment in breast cancer.
He currently leads the BC Cancer Biobanking & Biospecimen Research Services platform, the Canadian Tissue Repository Network, and chairs the Biosamples standing committee for the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project. He serves as Deputy Editor for the journal Biopreservation and Biobanking.
Dr Watson has served as member and chair on many provincial, national, and international research review panels, and has authored over 200 cancer research and biobanking publications.
He obtained his medical degree from Cambridge University UK, and then pursued specialty training in anatomic pathology and cancer research training at the University of Manitoba with awards from the Medical Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the US Army Research & Development Command.