A wonderful week in Montréal

Mr Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, UICC - It is with great pleasure that I introduce the member newsletter so quickly after a wonderful week in Montréal. It was fantastic to see so many members attend the Assembly, the World

Mr Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, UICC - I am delighted to introduce the member newsletter so quickly after a wonderful week in Montréal. It was great to see so many members attend the Assembly, the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and the World Cancer Congress. For me, to put faces to many email names was itself a pleasure!

The week started with the General Assembly and the excitement of having to vote for the new UICC Board of Directors. The Assembly chose 14 individuals from a candidate list of 19 and as the tension built up, we were all waiting to see how the vote had gone. Of course, all 19 candidates are extraordinary individuals, and the choice was a remarkably difficult one, but we now have a new board to support Mary Gospodarowicz in her role as President. We also welcome Tezer Kutluk as the new President Elect.

The World Cancer Leaders' Summit brought together leaders in the cancer world with 15 Ministers of Health and representatives from the private sector and academia. UICC launched its new toolkit for national cancer control planning and we had a lively day of debate around the theme of planning for cancer.

The Congress was attended by nearly 2,000 people from 115 countries. It was a great joy to see delegates mingle in the Global Village and attend many of the outstanding sessions across a broad range of topics. Our sincere thanks to the programme Committee who constructed a wonderful programme which started every day with a breathtaking group of plenary speakers.

So now we start the planning for the Summit in Cape Town in 2013 and the Congress in Melbourne in 2014. Our thanks to the many people involved in making Montréal happen – the Congress Task Force, the Host Committee, the Programme Committee and the numerous sponsors and willing volunteers.  It was great to see teamwork at its very best.