Who We Are
Manager, Aboriginal Tobacco Program: Richard Steiner
Richard holds a Master of Public Policy from King’s College London. He joined Cancer Care Ontario’s Indigenous Cancer Control Unit at the beginning of 2013. Since then, 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.
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 Indigenous Cancer Control Unit for over 5 years. Before joining Cancer Care Ontario, 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 Bachelor of Political Science.
Lisa was recognized in May 2016 for her efforts in promoting smoking cessation with the Robin Chapchuck Award for outstanding contributions to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH) Project as an advocate, teacher, mentor, content expert and champion of engaging communities across Ontario.
Tobacco-Wise Lead (North): Nicole Carnochan
Nicole Carnochan is based in Sioux Lookout. She is a registered dietitian and holds a Master 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 also has 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 usually is found teaching fitness classes, playing sports or coaching her daughter’s and son’s gymnastics, soccer or baseball teams.
Tobacco-Wise Lead (South): Alicia Topp
Alicia Topp is Métis and a proud member of Mattawa North Bay Algonquin First Nation. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in English and a Bachelor of Education 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, Alicia taught all academic levels, from life skills to international baccalaureate programs. She also developed English programming for applied secondary students, implemented specialized assessment for exceptional students, and worked in customized environments. These include N’Swakamok Native Alternative School and schools designed for students with developmental disabilities.
After transferring into the health field, she observed inequities within the healthcare system. It is within this capacity that she is honoured to work with the First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous communities served through the Indigenous Tobacco Program.
Project Coordinator: Vidya Holder
Vidya brings a wealth of experience through working at CCO, supporting the Chief Information Office (CIO) Leadership Council and, more recently, Cancer Screening. Before joining CCO, she worked in the private sector supporting senior leadership in coordination and core operational activities.