Distinguished Advocacy Award

Recognizes advocates and/or advocacy organizations that provide active, dedicated service to patients/survivors, families, and caregivers—on a local, regional, or international level—and persistently engage in the fight against gynecologic and other cancers

Elisabeth Baugh and Ovarian Cancer Canada      
Canada

The IGCS Distinguished Advocacy Award is being presented to Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC) and the organization’s CEO, Elisabeth Baugh. Elisabeth has dedicated nearly 25 years to helping women with this disease live fuller, better, longer lives. Notably, she launched an award-winning awareness campaign and secured millions in government funding for ovarian cancer research. Together with her colleagues, Elisabeth initiated World Ovarian Cancer Day and subsequently led establishment of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, which recently completed the largest-ever survey of the patient experience and developed the Global Ovarian Cancer Charter, a call to action to improve survival and quality of life for all women with ovarian cancer. 

About Elisabeth Baugh

Ms. Baugh is the CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Chair of World Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

Elisabeth Baugh successfully initiated the merger of the only two national ovarian cancer organizations in Canada, amplifying the patient voice and profile of the cause. As CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada she has dedicated nearly 25 years to helping women with this disease live fuller, better, longer lives. Notably, she launched an award-winning awareness campaign and secured millions in government funding for ovarian cancer research.

Together with her colleagues, Elisabeth initiated World Ovarian Cancer Day and subsequently led establishment of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, which recently completed the largest-ever survey of the patient experience and developed the Global Ovarian Cancer Charter, a call to action to improve survival and quality of life for all women with ovarian cancer.

Elisabeth’s previous roles include founder and Executive Director of AboutFace. She is recipient of numerous awards including WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award and the Order of Ontario.