Elaine Larsen, DIRECTOR
Senior Consultant (Regulated Health Industries), Global Public Affairs
As a health policy professional and advocate for community-based care, Elaine Larsen draws her inspiration from the many Canadian women throughout history who have directly applied their personal values, work ethic, time, and unique skills in order to create meaningful change. In Elaine’s words, “a sense of service is part of a life worth living.”
Elaine is a Senior Consultant in regulated health industries for Global Public Affairs, and has significant experience in government, diplomacy, public policy, and political advocacy. Having worked with not-for-profit organizations in healthcare and various other sectors, she believes community-based organizations are critically important to supporting health and wellbeing of those facing an illness like cancer.
Elaine began volunteering with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation as a government relations advisor. She was interested in the quality of services the Cancer Foundation provides to local families who are facing cancer; over the years many of Elaine’s loved ones have faced a cancer diagnosis, and she knows how important it is for patients to have access to quality care close to home. Elaine believes the Foundation is doing something truly unique in Canada when it comes to cancer care, so she was excited to be approached to join the Board of Directors in 2019.
Elaine is looking forward to contributing to the Cancer Foundation’s future projects to grow the Foundation’s impact in the community. She hopes she will be able to help the Cancer Foundation establish a deeper footprint in the Ottawa region, and to support the organization in increasing its sustainability. Ultimately, she hopes to to inspire similar work in communities across Canada, believing there are great things ahead!
In her spare time, Elaine enjoys staying active through hobbies like weight training, swimming, running, and biking, and has even trained for a triathlon. She is also quite happy to spend as much time as she possibly can at her cottage!