Who We Are

Manager, Aboriginal Tobacco Program: Richard Steiner

Richard Steiner

Richard holds a Master’s in Public Policy from King’s College London and has been working with Cancer Care Ontario’s Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit since the beginning of 2013. Over the past four years, Richard has had the honour of visiting and working closely with many First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Ontario to help make the cancer system more accessible and effective.

When not listening and learning from the communities he works with, Richard can be found entertaining his newborn son, and attempting (with little success so far) to train him to become a world-class soccer player.

Email: richard.steiner@cancercare.on.ca
Tel: 416-971-9800 ext. 2501

Tobacco-Wise Lead (South): Lisa Beedie

Lisa Beedie (Aisance-Kwe) is a proud Ojibway Kwe from Beausoleil First Nation, and has been working for the Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit for over 5 years. Prior to Cancer Care Ontario’s Aboriginal Tobacco Wise Lead position, Lisa served as the health promotions coordinator, primarily in smoking cessation, at a healing lodge in southern Ontario for a number of years. She holds an Honours diploma from Georgian College’s Native Community and Social Development program, and a B.A. in Political Science.

Lisa was recognized for her efforts in promoting smoking cessation with the Robin Chapchuck Award for outstanding contributions to the TEACH Project as an advocate, teacher, mentor, content expert and champion of engaging communities across Ontario.

Email: lisa.beedie@cancercare.on.ca
Tel: 416-971-9800 ext. 2662

Tobacco Wise Lead (North): Nicole Carnochan

Nicole Carnochan

Nicole Carnochan is based in Sioux Lookout. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master’s of Health Studies from Athabasca University.

She has spent the past 15 years travelling to the Sioux Lookout Zone northern communities through the Meno Ya Win Diabetes Program and has helped to support and manage diabetes and health promotion in many of the remote communities. Nicole has also worked on research projects like the Canadian Normoglycemia Outcomes Evaluation (CANOE) and the Northern Ontario Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes Project to help prevent and manage diabetes care in the area.

When not at the airport, she is usually found teaching fitness classes, playing sports or coaching her daughter and son’s gymnastics, soccer or baseball teams.

Email: nicole.carnochan@cancercare.on.ca
Tel: 416-971-9800 ext. 2755

Tobacco-Wise Lead (North): Cole Anderson

Cole Anderson

Cole was raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science in Applied Bio-Molecular Science. In 2014, he graduated from the Masters of Public Health program at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

He remains committed to pursuing initiatives that aim to reduce health inequalities and promote health and well-being in a holistic manner. In a previous position as a Health Promotion Specialist and Community Health Worker, Cole planned, implemented and evaluated health promotion programs and community engagement initiatives designed to reinforce positive health attitudes and behaviours within First Nation communities. These program activities include the establishment of community-based wellness and health education programs targeting chronic diseases including: cancer screening and awareness education, tobacco cessation programs, diabetes prevention and the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices.

Cole has also donated his free time to work with a number of charitable organizations. Some his volunteer work has been with organizations like Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Thunder Bay, Canadian Cancer Society, P.R.O. Kids Thunder Bay, Shelter House and TBRHSC Cancer Care.

Email: cole.anderson@cancercare.on.ca
Tel: 416-971-9800 ext. 2242

Tobacco-Wise Lead (South): Alicia Topp

Alicia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in English and a Bachelor of Education degree in the junior/intermediate division. She continued her professional development by obtaining additional qualifications in senior history, senior English and special education. Throughout her career in the Rainbow District School Board in Sudbury, she taught every academic level from life skills to international baccalaureate programs, developed English programming for applied secondary summer students, implemented specialized assessment for exceptional students and worked in customized environments such as N’Swakamok Native Alternative School and schools designed for students with developmental disabilities. She transferred into the health field where she prescreened patients, administered ophthalmological testing, prepared referrals and travel grants and liaised with hospitals and health professionals. Through this experience, she observed the various inequities that exist within the healthcare system. It is within this capacity that she is honoured to work in the communities that are served through the Aboriginal Tobacco Program. In her spare time, Alicia can be found in the dance studio, rereading the classics.

Email: alicia.topp@cancercare.on.ca
Tel: 416-971-9800 ext. 2985

Project Coordinator: Vidya Holder

Vidya Holder

Vidya brings a wealth of experience through working at CCO, supporting the CIO Leadership Council and more recently Cancer Screening. Prior to joining CCO, she worked in the private sector supporting senior leadership in coordination and core operational activities.





Project Coordinator: Robyn Leonard

Robyn Leonard

Robyn graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2015 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and a minor in Management Studies. She developed a passion for cancer prevention after completing breast cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver to track and reduce chemotherapy wait times. Upon graduating, she worked to develop oncology e-learning materials for physicians and is now ecstatic to be a new addition to the Aboriginal Tobacco Program team.

Robyn has also enjoyed giving back to the community through volunteering. She has participated in a number of events such as CIBC Run for the Cure, Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the HELP Program, where she provided weekly hospital visits to elderly patients to prevent bone density loss and delirium. In her spare time, she loves spending time with friends and family, travelling and hot yoga.