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Officers of the Royal College

President M. Ian Bowmer


Dr. M. Ian Bowmer, MDCM, FRCPC, FRCP, FCAHS became the Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) in January 2007. He is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Bowmer joined Memorial in 1975, and practiced internal medicine and infectious diseases from 1984 to 2010. A former member of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Dr. Bowmer chaired a number of advisory committees in Newfoundland and Labrador. He also chaired the CFPC-Health Canada Committee on the treatment of HIV in Adults and Adolescents and is widely recognized as a leader in HIV care and research.

In 1991, Dr. Bowmer was elected President of the MCC. He was also appointed to the Council of the RCPSC, where he sat as Chair of the Accreditation and Credential Committees. In 1994, he became the first Chair of the Board of the new regional Community Health St. John’s Region. As one of the original non-government members of the Health Council of Canada, he became its Vice-Chair from 2007 until July 2010.

Dr. Bowmer is the recipient of a number of honours. He received Canada’s 125th Confederation Medal. In 2003, he was elected to the Royal College of Physicians, London. That same year, he also received the MCC’s Dr. Louis Levasseur Award for outstanding contributions to the mission and vision of the MCC. He was also recipient of the Ronald V. Christie Award from the Canadian Association of Professors of Medicine for outstanding contribution to academic medicine in Canada. In 2012, the Royal College awarded him the James H. Graham Award for merit, in recognition of achievements reflecting the aims and objectives of the College.

Past President Françoise Chagnon

Françoise P. Chagnon, MDCM, FRCSC, FACS, CHE, C.Dir

Françoise P. Chagnon, MDCM, FRCSC, FACS, C.Dir, is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal and completed specialty training in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at McGill teaching hospitals. Following a fellowship in Laryngology, Voice Science and Care of the Professional Voice at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., she was named founding director of the Montreal General Hospital Voice Clinic.

Dr. Chagnon received a master’s degree in health administration and a certificate in insurance medicine and medico-legal expertise from the Université de Montreal. She is a former director of Professional Services at the McGill University Health Centre and at l’Institut de réadaptation Gingras Lindsay de Montréal. She has served on the board of directors of l’Association des cadres supérieurs, the Montreal General Hospital Corporation and the Canadian College of Health Service Executives. She is also a former member of the Canadian Medical Association’s Committee on Health Policy and Economics.

Dr. Chagnon currently holds appointments at the McGill University Health Centre, St. Mary’s Hospital Center, l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She is a consultant at Medisys-Plexo and the Queen Elisabeth Health Complex, and director of l’Association d’Hospitalisation Canassurance (Blue Cross) and McGill Montreal International. Dr. Chagnon is secretary of the board of directors of Lallemand Inc. and president of Vocalex Inc. She completed certification at Université Laval’s director’s college (Collège des administrateurs de sociétés).

CEO Andrew Padmos

Dr. Andrew Padmos

Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FRCP joined the Royal College as the new CEO on September 1, 2006. He comes to the Royal College from Halifax, N.S., where from 1998 he was commissioner of Cancer Care Nova Scotia, head of the Cancer Care Program at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, associate dean for cancer programs in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and vice-president of research, academic affairs and quality for Capital District Health Authority. Prior to working for Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Dr. Padmos was the director and CEO of the Kingston Regional Cancer Centre in Kingston, Ont., and professor and head of oncology at Queen’s University, Kingston General and Hotel Dieu hospitals.

International reputation

Educated in political science and economics at the University of Toronto and in medicine at McMaster University, Dr. Padmos completed specialty training in internal medicine and hematology and was certified by the Royal College in 1976. A hematologist by profession, Dr. Padmos practised medicine in Calgary, Alta., for two years before a 15-year term at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During this time, he introduced a bone marrow transplant program, developed a large clinical program in hematology/oncology and served in many administrative capacities.

Experienced leader

Not only does Dr. Padmos have extensive experience in clinical practice in Canada and the Middle East, he also brings a background in leadership that began during his residency. He has served as the president of both the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO) and the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents (CAIR).