About the Melanoma Network of Canada

The Melanoma Network of Canada (MNC) was founded in 2009 by Annette Cyr, a patient and three-time survivor of melanoma, in conjunction with support and assistance from Jo Anne Adams, a patient survivor, and Terra Deeth, caregiver to a husband with melanoma.

The network was founded to respond to the need for patients in Canada to have a nationally-based organization to coordinate educational and prevention efforts, provide a strong voice for advocacy, and assist in efforts to target funding for melanoma research.

This website is devoted to educational and informational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. Information provided by the MNC or its volunteers should not be used for diagnosing or treating a skin problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect you have a skin problem you should consult a dermatologist or other professional healthcare provider.


We support individuals whose lives have been changed by melanoma. We are advancing the prevention of melanoma through advocacy and education.


  • To increase Canadians’ awareness of melanoma, a potentially life-threatening skin cancer, and its prevention through education, advocacy and research;
  • To support melanoma patients, caregivers and medical professionals through current and coordinated information and services;
  • To create a national network advocating for additional treatment options and a united voice for patients with melanoma.


We believe in the strength of our collective patient voices. We believe that patients should:

  • Have equal access to the best available treatment and therapies for melanoma
  • Not be burdened by issues of cost or availability
  • Have readily available and consistent information and treatment standards and protocols to ease the stress and confusion when receiving a diagnosis
  • Have open, empathic and honest dialogue with their doctors

Ethical Standards

At MNC, we believe in operating our charitable organization using best practices of corporate governance and ethical standards. We are committed to organizational growth balanced with fiscal responsibility to ensure funds entrusted to us reach established goals. MNC subscribes to Imagine Canada’s Ethical Code of Fundraising.

Board of Directors


  • Mark McLean 2021 – 2022
  • Allison McManus 2018-2022
  • Elaine Yan 2021 – 2022
  • Simon Kent 2015 – 2021
  • Stephanie Campbell 2018-2021
  • Stephanie Frisina 2015-2020
  • Marcel Wieder 2015 – 2021
  • Don Fernald 2015-2019
  • Maura Cowan 2017-2019
  • Christian Schniering 2017-2019
  • Joseph Mele 2017-2019      
  • Steven Lewis 2015-2017
  • George Small 2015-2017 
  • Jonathan Harty 2011-2017
  • Dr. David Goldstein 2011-2017
  • Corey Norman 2011-2017 
  • Robert Trewartha 2012-2016
  • Dr. Anthony Joshua 2009-2016
  • Alexa Cain 2015-2016
  • Cheryl Robinson 2011-2016
  • Dr. Danny Ghazarian 2009-2015
  • Sean Jackson 2009 -2014
  • Dr. Teresa Petrella 2010-2012


For more information on our Board & Committees please contact
Falyn Katz – Executive Director
Phone 1-877-560-8035, Ext 102