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David Allison, MD, FRCPC

David Allison

Dr. Allison is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and has served as Medical Officer of Health for Eastern Health Region in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador since 2000. He is also a clinical associate professor in the Division of Community Health and Humanities of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2013.

A graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1976, he completed residency training in Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa and became a fellow of the Royal College in 1988. He has served in public health roles across the country in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick since 1982. He has also worked in New Zealand, Australia, Sierra Leone and Nepal for periods of time.

His interests in national and international public health include immunization, environmental health and emergency planning and response. He is an active member of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) roster of the Canadian Red Cross, and was deployed to Haiti in July 2010 following the earthquake and to Sierra Leone in September 2012 as part of the response to that country’s cholera epidemic.

In his home community of St. John’s, he is actively involved with the Rotary Club of St. John’s East and the St. Andrews Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and he is a piper with the City of St. John’s Pipe Band.


Carrie Bourassa, Ph.D.

Carrie Bourassa

Dr. Carrie Bourassa is the scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH). Through IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. First housed in the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ont., the institute is now operating from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Sask.

Dr. Bourassa spent over 15 years serving Indigenous communities as a professor of Indigenous health studies in the Department of Indigenous Health, Education and Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) in Regina, Sask. She is an Indigenous community-based researcher and is proud to be the principal investigator on two Canada Foundation for Innovation grants that funded the Indigenous Community-Based Health Research Lab in 2010 (re-named Morning Star Lodge) and most recently, in April 2016, the Cultural Safety Evaluation, Training and Research Lab.

Dr. Bourassa is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and a public member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She also serves on the Royal College’s Indigenous Health Advisory Committee and Health and Public Policy Committee.

In 2012, Dr. Bourassa won the Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation Inc.’s Métis Award in Health and Science. Dr. Bourassa is Métis and belongs to the Riel Métis Council of Regina Inc. (RMCR, Local #34). She earned her Master of Arts degree in political science and PhD in social studies at the University of Regina.


Gaétan Brochu, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Gaétan Brochu

Dr. Gaétan Brochu is a native of Inverness, Que. He is a general surgeon at the CHU de Québec-Université Laval. He is the current director of Surgical Foundations at Université Laval, where he is also an associate professor of surgery.

Dr. Brochu received his BSc in chemistry from Université Laval in 1983 and completed graduate studies in physical chemistry at McGill University in 1987. He received his medical degree from Université Laval in 1991. He subsequently completed his surgery training, with rotations in Boston and Montreal, at Université Laval in 1997. In 2005, he did a travelling scholarship in Gastric Surgery at the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Brochu became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1997. He is active in the Royal College as the current chair of Regional Advisory Committee 4. He is also a member of the Surgical Foundations Advisory Committee. Dr. Brochu was elected to Royal College Council in 2015 and served on the Strategic Planning Working Group of Council from 2017-2018. He currently sits on Council’s Governance Committee and Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee. He previously served as chair of the General Surgery Examination Board from 2005-2009 and as a member of the Specialty Committee in General Surgery from 2010-2016. Since 2017, he has served as a member of the Principles of Surgery Examination Board (a Royal College collaborative) of the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specializations (KIMS).

Dr. Brochu has a strong interest in medical education. In 2012, he was awarded the Canadian Association for Medical Education’s CAME Certificate of Merit Award for outstanding contributions to medical education. He is a founder and first president of the Canadian Hernia Society (2013). His research interests include minimally invasive abdominal reconstruction for hernias. He serves as a section editor for Hernia: The World Journal of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery. Dr. Brochu is a member of many scholarly associations and is a member of the board of directors of the James IV Association of Surgeons.


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

Françoise P. Chagnon

Françoise P. Chagnon, MDCM, FRCSC, FACS, CHE, 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).

M. Ian Bowmer, MD CM, FRCPC, FRCP (Lon)

M. Ian Bowmer, MD CM, FRCPC, FRCP (Lon)

Dr. Michael Ian Bowmer 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.


Brian Clapson, MD, FRCSC

Brian Clapson

Dr. Brian Clapson earned his Bachelor of Science and medical degree, with honors, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alta. After graduation, he completed his family medicine training at the University of Calgary in 1982. Following this, he entered the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program at the University of Saskatchewan – proceeding to a Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of San Francisco, USA. He has been a practising plastic surgeon in Saskatoon, Sask., and a very active faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan since 1988.

Dr. Clapson’s involvement with the Royal College has been long standing, becoming a strong and identifiable characteristic as a physician and surgeon. He has been extensively involved with survey work and has visited most centres in Canada on more than one occasion. He also has served a term on the Accreditation Committee, as well as two terms on the Specialty Committee in Plastic Surgery. At the postgraduate level within his institution, he is frequently called upon to assist with both undergraduate and postgraduate issues and to chair upcoming review preparations. Accreditation is a fundamental aspect of our health care systems and he has participated with(on?) the Canadian Council on Health Care Accreditation.

Dr. Clapson has also spent considerable time with the Canadian Forces as both a flight surgeon and a general medical officer. He has held command positions and served on a number of overseas and continental missions. During this time – training, education and assessment– was a priority for him.

Administratively, Dr. Clapson has been Division Head at the University of Saskatchewan on two occasions – the last completed in 2014. He remains very active within the medical school and the department of surgery – with responsibilities for curriculum design and education within the department of surgery. In the past he has completed all levels of work for the school and the department including the running of the microsurgical research lab.

Dr. Clapson’s greatest satisfaction, outside of his family, continues to be that of medical education and the mentoring of young (and not so young) physicians. He looks forward to the opportunity to continue this work within a new role and capacity at the Royal College.


Marcia Clark, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Marcia Clark

Marcia is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. She is also the Medical Director for the Advance Technical Skill Simulation Laboratory (ATSSL) at the University of Calgary. This lab delivers simulation experiences to diverse learners in the health professions. From animal models, to task trainers to theatre -based simulation, the ATSSL offers a dynamic learning space with six staff and 2 million dollars of equipment.

Nationally, she is the Vice-Chair of the Surgical Foundations Advisory Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, helping to frame and implement Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) in Surgery across Canada. Marcia travels with the Royal College extensively to deliver medical education topic to international faculty. Her most recent trips include China, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Clinically, she is an orthopaedic surgeon with a practice focused on surgical arthritis care and sport medicine. Marcia also provides medical care to several athletic teams including Calgary Wolfpack Rugby, University of Calgary Dinos, Formula One Car Racing (Montreal) and the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.

For leisurely pursuits, she has goals that include: being outside in daylight, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and biking. All activities that get her off concrete.


Marianne Coutu, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Marianne Coutu, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Doctor Marianne Coutu is an Assistant Professor at The Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke since 2005. She completed her undergraduate medical studies and her residency in cardiac surgery at the University of Montreal. She later completed a fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in mitral valve repair and thoracic aorta reconstruction.

Since the beginning of her career, she became actively engaged in medical education for undergraduate students, residents and doctors in practice.

She has been the ATLS Scientific Director at the Continuous Professional Development Center, University of Sherbrooke, from 2010 to 2015. She is actually the Surgical Foundations Program Director since July 2014 and participates actively at the incoming Competence by Design. She also acts as the associate coordinator of the MD program assessment at her Faculty.

She is married and proud to be the mother of a beautiful 8-year old dancer girl and of a handsome 7-year-old hockey player boy. She is a marathoner and tries to improve her meditation competencies during her spare time.


Elizabeth Cowden, MD, FRCPC

Elizabeth Cowden

Dr. Cowden graduated with an MBChB and M.D. with Honours from Glasgow University. She was the recipient of a Research Fellowship, National Kidney Disease Research Foundation (U.K.) and Canadian Medical Research Council Fellowship Award in the Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba. Dr. Cowden was on the faculty of the University of Manitoba 1981 -1996. She was Head-Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism at St. Boniface General Hospital, Acting Head-University Section of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Head - Department of Medicine at St. Boniface General Hospital and Associate Head- Department of Medicine, University of Manitoba.

In July 1996, she moved to Halifax to become Head of the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University and District Chief of the Department of Medicine at Capital Health. Dr. Cowden served as joint Academic and Clinical Head of the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie and QE II/Capital Health for some 10 years and continued active clinical practice in Endocrinology and on the Medicine Teaching Units, during this time.

Dr. Cowden returned to Winnipeg in February 2006 and has undertaken various administrative roles such as Chief Medical Officer, Site Medical Director for the Medicine Program and Chief of the Clinical Teaching Unit at the Grace Hospital, Section Head of Endocrinology & Metabolism and Co-chair of the Manitoba Privileges Advisory Committee, in the province of Manitoba. Dr. Cowden continues an active academic and clinical practice and continues to be privileged to work with a superb group of collaborators in the care of patients with diabetes.


Robin Cox, MD, FRCPC

Pediatric anesthesiologist, Alberta Children’s Hospital
Professor of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

Robin Cox

Dr. Cox obtained his medical degree from the University of London, England, before receiving subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesia at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. In 1985, Dr. Cox completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and in 1987 was appointed to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, as a pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist. He later served as director of the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit and as division head for pediatric anesthesia. Today, he remains in active practice as a pediatric anesthesiologist and is a tenured professor of anesthesia at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Cox is enthusiastic about education at all levels. He has participated in the clinical skills course for medical students in Calgary since 1997. His involvement in continuing professional development (CPD) includes serving on the CPD committees of the Cumming School of Medicine and the Association of Canadian University Departments of Anesthesiology. Dr. Cox regularly publishes educational and research articles pertaining to pediatric anesthesia, and is a frequently invited guest speaker.

At the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Cox has sat on the Specialty Committee for Anesthesiology, and he has been a member of Council since 2010. He is currently Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Royal College.

Dr. Cox has served on many other local and national committees, a few examples being Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, Board of the Alberta Medical Association, Admissions Committee of the Cumming School of Medicine, General Faculties Council of the University of Calgary, Board of the Health Quality Council of Alberta, and Ethics Committee of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society.

Dr. Cox is a medical volunteer with Resurge International, which provides free reconstructive plastic surgery in developing countries, and has provided anesthesia care for cleft palate and other reconstructive surgery in Vietnam and Peru.


Paul Kenneth Bronson Dagg, MD, FRCPC

Paul Kenneth Bronson Dagg

Dr. Paul Dagg is currently the medical director for the Mental Health and Substance Use Program for the Interior Health Authority of British Columbia (Interior Health). He moved to B.C. in 2005 to establish the Tertiary Mental Health Services for Interior Health, which were being developed as a result of the regionalization of services from the Riverview Hospital. He opened the Hillside Centre in Kamloops, B.C., and led Tertiary Mental Health Services until 2016. Prior to his arrival at Interior Health, he was the director of clinical services at the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Dr. Dagg provides psychiatric and neuropsychiatric care for people with refractory illness who are admitted to Hillside Centre — a tertiary acute inpatient facility that provides services to clients from throughout B.C. He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. In 2013, he was inducted as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Dr. Dagg has been heavily involved in postgraduate training in medicine and Psychiatry. In 2016, he was awarded the Duncan Graham Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He was the first person whose professional work is outside of an urban university centre to receive this award. He currently serves as chair of the Royal College’s Accreditation Committee. He also serves as a member of the Committee on Specialty Education — the committee that oversees all educational activities of the Royal College. He previously served as chair of the Specialty Committee in Psychiatry (2010-2016) and on the Psychiatry Examination Board as a member (1994-2003) and as vice-chair (2001-2003). Until 2005, he was assistant dean of Postgraduate Medical Education for the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine. He was also an associate professor and vice chair in the Department of Psychiatry. In 1996, he and a colleague were awarded the American College of Psychiatrists’ Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education.

In addition to his administrative and educational responsibilities, Dr. Dagg is on the editorial board for the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health and has written on this topic. He has an interest in service delivery models in mental health, cognition in schizophrenia, psychotherapy and the role of evidence in its practice, and in the treatment of adults with pervasive developmental disorders and Asperger’s syndrome. He has led the development of an alternative competency-based assessment system for psychiatrists trained outside of Canada. He has consulted on psychiatric service delivery in inpatient, outpatient and community settings in cities across Canada. He recently completed his term as chair of the Board of Governors of Thompson Rivers University and is a member of the board of the British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission.


Eleanor Elstein, MD, FRCPC

Eleanor Elstein, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Elstein received her MD from the Université de Montréal and trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at McGill University. She completed a research fellowship in molecular cardiology at the University of Toronto Center for Cardiovascular Research. While in Toronto she also completed clinical fellowships in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and in echocardiography. Dr. Elstein is an associate physician at the McGill University Health Centre. She is actively involved in general cardiology and is Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic for Inherited Cardiomyopathies. Her clinical research is primarily in the area of familial cardiomyopathies.

Dr. Elstein is actively involved in medical education and was recently an Osler fellow at McGill University. She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is a member of the Residency Training Committee in Cardiology at McGill University and Director of the Cardiology Consult Service. She serves as a member of the McGill University Senate and was recently elected to the McGill University Nominating Committee. Dr. Elstein is actively involved at the Royal College as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for the Quebec region.


John Finley, MSc, MDCM, FRCPC

John Finley

After completing studies in physics at Dalhousie University in 1968 and a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford’s Magdalen College the following year, Dr. John Finley completed his MDCM at McGill University in 1973. This was followed by residencies in Pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (1975), in Pediatric Cardiology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (1977) and in Cardiology Research at the Toronto General Hospital (1978). He was a pediatric cardiologist at the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre in Halifax from 1978 to 2014, where he was head of the Division of Cardiology from 1986 to 2007. He is a cardiologist at Halifax Infirmary (QEII HSC) at the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, a position he has held since 1990. He holds a post-retirement position as a professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Finley has extensive experience in the clinical practice and teaching of pediatric and adult congenital Cardiology. He has pioneered applications for remote diagnosis of heart disease in children through his research in Cardiology and telemedicine. New teaching methods of the auscultation of heart sounds have been a longstanding research interest and the subject of his recent book. Dr. Finley is a member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Canadian Pediatric Cardiology Association. He was president of Doctors Nova Scotia from 2012-2013 and chair of its board the following year.

Dr. Finley was program director for the Pediatric Cardiology program at Dalhousie University (1987-1999). He was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2015 and served on the Strategic Planning Working Group of Council from 2017-2018. He also served as an examiner in Pediatric Cardiology from 1985-1999.


Justin Hall, MD

Justin Hall

Justin Hall is a third year resident in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his medical school training. Prior to his medical studies, he earned his Bachelors in Biochemistry and a Masters in Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University before pursuing his Masters of Public Health from the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Hall’s scholarly interests include competency-based medical education, curriculum development, leadership training, and quality improvement. He is a leader in his residency training program sitting on the Residency Training Committee, Competence by Design Sub-Committee, and Postgraduate Medical Education Board of Examiners. He serves on the planning committees for the Canadian Conference on Physician Health (CCPH) and the Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP). Dr. Hall also sits on the CMA Code of Ethics Revision Task Force.

He is the Social Accountability Lead for Resident Doctors of Canada Practice Committee and is a Royal College Accreditation Resident Reviewer. Dr. Hall aims to become a physician leader committed to improving the efficiency of our healthcare system through enhanced training opportunities in leadership, quality improvement, and resource stewardship.


BJ Hancock, MD, FRCSC

BJ Hancock

Dr. Hancock is a Pediatric Surgeon and Pediatric Intensivist at Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg. She completed Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Manitoba (1980–1984), a rotating Internship at Dalhousie University (1984–5), General Surgery Residency training, including a Master of Science, at the University of Manitoba (1985–1990) and Fellowship training in Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Montreal (1990–1992 and 1992–93, respectively). She then returned to Winnipeg to assume a faculty position in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba.

Currently, Dr. Hancock is Director of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health and has been Section Head for Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery since 2005. She was appointed to the Board of Regents, American College of Surgeons in October 2011 and is Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons. She is a member of a number of committees, patient care teams and professional associations. She administers the Advanced Trauma Life Support Program in Manitoba and is actively involved in several Postgraduate Medical Education resident and fellowship training programs.

Brian Hodges, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Brian Hodges


Dr. Brian Hodges graduated from Queen’s University Medical School in 1989. He subsequently completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 1994, and a Master’s of Higher Education the following year. In 2007, he completed a PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto.

In 2003, Dr. Hodges spent a year at the University of Paris, earning a diploma in Health Economics and Social Sciences. He established collaborations with the University of Paris and the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP) where he served as a member of the education board from 2007-2012.

From 2003 until 2011, Dr. Hodges served as director of the University of Toronto’s Donald R. Wilson Centre for Research in Education — one of the largest centres for health professional education research in the world. He currently serves as the Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre.

Dr. Hodges is the executive vice-president of education and chief medical officer at the University Health Network, consisting of the Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals, and the Michener Institute. He is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto and in the Department of Leadership, Adult and Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Dr. Hodges is a practising psychiatrist and teacher. His research focuses on assessment, competence, compassion and the future of the health profession. From 2010-2015, he was the project lead of the Associated Medical Services (AMS) Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring — an initiative to rebalance the technical and compassionate dimensions of health care. His work has been recognized with the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Flexner Award (2015) and the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (2016).

Dr. Hodges has worked internationally with medical schools and licensure organizations in New Zealand, Switzerland, Poland, Japan, Jordan, Israel, France, China, Australia and Ethiopia.

Dr. Hodges was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2015 and sits on Council’s Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee. From 2004-2008, he served as chair of the Examination Committee, overseeing assessment in the 62 specialty programs in Canada, and as a member of the Committee on Specialty Education.


Alika Lafontaine, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Alika Lafontaine

Dr. Alika Lafontaine is an award-winning physician, speaker and alignment consultant. He is the first Indigenous physician to be listed as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors by the Medical Post. He is a recognized expert on Indigenous health systems and health policy, institutional bias, racism and reflective practice. For three years, he led the Indigenous Health Alliance project whose mission was to establish health transformation within Indigenous health systems. This group was politically led by Indigenous leadership representing more than 150 First Nations across three provinces. In 2018, 68 million dollars of federal funding was committed towards health transformation within these Indigenous territorial regions.

Dr. Lafontaine has been a northern representative to the Alberta Medical Association since 2011. He has held various leadership positions within the Alberta Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association. He currently chairs the Governance Committee of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and is a board member of HealthCareCAN. He was president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada from 2015-2016.

Dr. Lafontaine has served as a Fellow-at-large on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2016. He also served on the Strategic Planning Working Group of Council from 2017-2018. He is currently the chair of Regional Advisory Committee 1 and sits on the Fellowship Affairs Committee. He is a past member of the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee.

Dr. Lafontaine holds operational roles with Alberta Health Services and is medical director for the Indigenous Health Program in AHS North Zone, as well as a past interim head of Anesthesia.

He lives in Grande Prairie, Alta., with his family and continues to practice full time as an anesthesiologist.


Robert LaRoche, MD, FRCSC

Robert LaRoche

Dr. Robert LaRoche studied for his MD in 1975. Between 1976 and 1979, he did a residency in Ophthalmology at Laval University in Quebec City, where he was born and raised. Over the next four years, he did fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and in adult strabismus surgery at McGill University and at the Baylor College of Medicine. This led to a clinical teaching career in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. The dynamic environment of Halifax, both at Dalhousie and the IWK Health Centre, helped Dr. LaRoche develop what is now a comprehensive pediatric ophthalmology academic tertiary care centre for the Canadian Atlantic provinces.

For three decades, Dr. LaRoche has been involved in the development of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus care, as well as public health policies devoted to children’s vision in Canada. Dr. LaRoche is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (1992-present). He has been board member of both the International Strabismological Association (2010-2014) and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (2004-2007), as well as a long-term director of the Canadian Orthoptic Council and its American counterpart. He was also the representative of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society on the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

Dr. LaRoche oversaw the evolution of an orthoptic training centre in Halifax, which has become the first university-based graduate and masters’ studies program in that field in North America. The program has graduated over 100 students from practically every province and continent, and now provides educational expertise to both onsite and distance students. Within this program, new research opportunities have allowed Dr. LaRoche to pursue granted supervisory roles on the increasingly topical issues of binocular vision in the workplace, involving the development of virtual reality tools.

Dr. LaRoche was a program director for the Ophthalmology residency at Dalhousie for more than a decade. He now continues as post-residency fellowship director in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He also continues to be involved in teaching and clinical research, with a regular output of peer-reviewed publications, graduate students’ theses, as well as chapters and various other communications. He is a frequent lecturer at Canadian and foreign universities, and at national and international meetings. For the last 14 years, Dr. LaRoche has been the co-organizer of a unique national symposium for ethics teaching that is aimed specifically at Ophthalmology residents.

Since his early career, Dr. LaRoche has participated in various activities of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. These include its Ophthalmology Examination Board and its Regional Advisory Committee 5 (for the Maritimes). Presently, Dr. LaRoche is part of Royal College Council (since 2015). He is also chair of Regional Advisory Committee 5 (since 2017) and a member of both the Fellowship Affairs Committee (since 2017) and the Health and Public Policy Committee (since 2018). He has also participated in the activities of Royal College International as an examiner and as a program accreditation assessment advisor.


Pierre Leblanc, MD, FRCPC

Pierre Leblanc, MD, FRCPC

I completed my medical studies in 1979 and my specialty in Respirology in 1983 both in Université Laval. After two years in research in exercise physiology at McMaster University, I came back to Université Laval in as respirologist in 1985 where I am still practicing. I spend ten years doing research and progressively moved to administrative responsibilities. I have been the Respirology program director from 1992 to 1999.

From 2002 to 2010, I was Post-graduate Dean at Université Laval. Since 2011, I am Chair of the Department of medicine at Université Laval. From 2002 to 2010, I was Board member at the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) and from 2006 to 2011, member of the Accreditation committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). During this period, I participated in many survey visits for the RCPSC and the CMQ. From 2010 to 2013, I was also an Executive committee member on the national project on « Future of Post-Graduate Education in Canada » (Joint project of AFMC, CMFC, CRMCC and CMQ).

Since 2012, I have been a member of the Royal College Education Committee (Committee on Specialty Education).


Sophia Leong, MBA

Sophia Leong

Ms. Sophia Leong is currently executive director of Development and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, responsible for executive leadership and management training for local, national and global markets. She was previously executive director of the Telfer Executive MBA Program. She progressively grew the “global, practical, relevant” executive learning platform. The program was ranked the top Global Executive MBA by CEO Magazine for two years running (2017 and 2018). It was also included in the Financial Times’ top 100 (FT 100) in 2018.

Ms. Leong sits on both local and national boards. Her roles include being an advisory board member of Startup Canada and executive-in-residence of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. She is a recurring judge for Start-Up Chile and for the Verizon Powerful Answers Award. She co‐founded three companies and was previously vice‐president of Business Development of Klocwork Solutions — a software solution company she commercialized from Nortel Networks. She has successfully exited from two of the three companies.

Ms. Leong has served as a public member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2016. She also sits on Council’s Governance Committee. She is currently active on the board of directors of Royal College International (RCI) and was a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group of RCI from 2017-2018. Ms. Leong chairs the RCI Financial Operations Committee and is the RCI board representative on Council’s Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee. She is also a member of the Royal College’s CEO Evaluation and Compensation Committee.

Ms. Leong has extensive strategic and general management experience working with technology companies and on executive leadership education. She has advised over 200 companies and worked with business leaders selected by Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 (co-presented by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce) on “self -leadership and self-branding.” While she was with Nortel Networks, she was directly engaged in commercializing business ventures by leveraging angel and venture capital markets. Ms. Leong was involved with the management of seven business ventures, three of which were global, involving technologies such as neural technology, speech recognition, e‐commerce payment, digital content management/protection and mission-critical assessment applications for software assets. She represented the interests of Nortel Networks when working with respective general managers and its board of directors.

Ms. Leong is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding contributions. She was a patent recipient on the software business process for Mergers and Acquisition during her time at Nortel Networks and Nortel Technology. She is often tapped to speak on local, national and international platforms.


Sarkis Meterissian, MD, FRCSC

Sarkis Meterissian

Dr. Meterissian is a Professor of Surgery and Oncology (tenured), Director of the Cedars Breast Center of the MUHC and Member of the Centre for Medical Education. He is also Head of the MUHC Breast Tumor Site Group. He was a Teaching Scholar at McGill from 1998-1999 and was named to the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence in 2005. He was Program Director of General Surgical Oncology from 1997 to 2001, then General Surgery from 2001 to 2007. Subsequently he became Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education and Professional Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine from 2007 to 2014.

In 2007, he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Surgical Education at its annual meeting. From 2007-2009 he was President of the Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology and from 2013 to 2015 he was President of Breast Surgery International. In 2014 he was President of the Canadian Association of University Surgeons.

Dr. Meterissian has served for 6 years on the Royal College Accreditation Committee and for 3 years on the International Program Review and Accreditation Committee of the College. In the past he has also served as an Oral Examiner for the Royal College General Surgery Examination.


Amy Nakajima, MD, FRCSC

Obstetrician-gynecologist, The Ottawa Hospital

Amy Nakajima

Dr. Nakajima completed her residency training at the University of Saskatchewan and received her Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (ROYAL COLLEGE) certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2000. She provides obstetrics and gynecology consultation services at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and at Bruyère Continuing Care, including the Saint-Vincent Hospital site for patients with complex care needs, in Ottawa.

Dr. Nakajima is an active clinician-teacher at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, providing formal patient safety teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in addition to teaching related to obstetrics and gynecology, and has a particular interest in using simulation modalities. She has contributed to The Good Practices Guide, the Canadian Medical Protective Association’s online patient safety curriculum for medical students and faculty. She regularly provides faculty development workshops at national medical education conferences, including the Canadian Conference on Medical Education, the ROYAL COLLEGE International Conference on Residency Education and the Simulation Summit, on the topic of teaching patient safety.

Dr. Nakajima was a member of the working groups authoring the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s Canadian Disclosure Guidelines: Being Open with patient and families and the Canadian Framework for Teamwork and Communication. She has served as an advisory member on the Royal College CanMEDS 2015 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Expert Working Group, whose aim is to enhance patient safety and quality improvement competencies in this next iteration of the CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework. She is the lead author on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Competence by Design white paper on patient safety, “Just Culture of Patient Safety.” Dr. Nakajima has actively been involved with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2003, having been a member of the Regional Advisory Committees for Region 1 and 3, and of Fellowship Affairs Committee. She is currently serving on Council, and is a member of the Governance Committee and Committee on Specialties. She welcomes the opportunity to serve a second term on Council.


James O’Brien, MD, FRCSC

Associate Professor Plastic Surgery, Dalhousie University

James O’Brien

Born in St. John’s, NL, Dr. O’Brien received his medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and received his Plastic Surgery certification from the Royal College in 1985 having completed residency at the University of Toronto. He completed a peripheral nerve fellowship and joined the staff at the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation one year later, moving on to become Head of Plastic Surgery, then Director of Surgical Services. In 2001 he was appointed Chief of Staff and later Vice President of Medical Affairs.

In 2009 Dr. O’Brien was appointed special advisor for Medical Research with New Brunswick’s Horizon Health Network and in 2010 was appointed as Vice President Health Research and Innovation. He has taken part in numerous regional and national health care and health safety panels. Over the past decade Dr. O’Brien was a founding member of the New Brunswick Provincial Medical Education Steering Committee and also served as an advisor to the Deputy Minister post-secondary education on the management committee of the Dalhousie Medical Education Program project. These activities eventually led to the establishment of the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick Campus in 2010. Dr. O’Brien has completed an extra fellowship under the auspices of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and in the past has also served as a plastic surgery examiner for the Royal College.

At the present time Dr. O’Brien holds faculty appointments at Dalhousie University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. O’Brien has served on the council of the Royal College since 2010 and has served on many committees at the Royal College. These include Governance Committee, CEO Evaluation Committee, Fellowship Affairs Committee and the Chairmanship of the Regional Advisory Committee 5. Most recently he has assumed the chairmanship of the Corporate Affairs Committee and sits on the Executive Committee of Council for the Royal College.


Donald Palisaitis, MD, FRCPC

Donald Palisaitis

Degrees, certificates and diplomas
Université de Sherbrooke, MD, 1982; RCPSC Certification and Fellowship, Internal Medicine at McGill University, 1986, Cardiology at the University of Toronto, 1986-1987; Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine,1986; Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology, Montreal Heart Institute, Université de Montréal 1987-1988.

Associate Professor of Medicine. Cardiologist at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal since 1988. Member of the Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal since 1988; Director of the Coronary Care Unit 1994-1996; Chief of Cardiology Division at Hôpital Sacré-Coeur de Mtl 2000-2006; Director of the Adult Cardiology Training Program, Université de Montréal (2006–present); Member of the Specialty Committee in Cardiology at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2006-present.

Medical society memberships
Association des Cardiologues du Québec ; Collège des Médecins du Québec, American Board of Internal Medicine, Fédération des Médecins Spécialistes du Québec, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, member of the Quebec Heart Failure Society. Member of the Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology.

Honours, grants, and awards
Prix d’excellence en enseignement (best professor) at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal in 1994; Prix d’excellence en enseignement (best professor) for the Department of Medicine at the Université de Montréal.

Scientific activities
Dr. Palisaitis’s CV lists 16 peer reviewed articles. His main scientific interests include teaching to medical students and residents. He is an experienced clinician and interventional cardiologist. His expertise is the management of acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarction.


Kaif Pardhan, MD, FRCPC

Kaif Pardhan, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Kaif Pardhan studied medicine at the University of Manitoba and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is currently a Staff Emergency Physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and McMaster Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pardhan has an enduring interest in medical education, fatigue management in residency training and healthcare administration. During his training, he served as President of the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) and the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) and Vice President of Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC, formerly CAIR). He has also been a Board member for the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and a Board observer at the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). In these roles he represented his colleagues at the local, provincial and national levels.

Dr. Pardhan’s interests in medical education include assessments of teachers and trainees, CQI, leadership training and career transitions. His research is focused on: improving the number of assessments received by clinical teachers; and supervision and assessment of senior trainees by physicians new to practice. He believes mentoring leaders throughout their training and early in independent practice will build physician leadership capacity in the Canadian healthcare system. He has demonstrated this belief through his mentorship of trainees and organizational leaders.

Dr. Pardhan’s previous leadership roles have provided him with experience in organizational governance, strategic planning and change management. He has nine years of experience on Boards of Directors and executives. During this time, he has participated in the development and roll out of strategic plans at both RDoC and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). He also has experience with search and selection processes for executives as well as consultant firms and legal counsel.

Finally, as a new in practice physician, Dr. Pardhan will bring a strong history of representing his colleagues to the Royal College. This perspective will bring value as we seek to engage with new fellows and continue to build on our success as an organization.


Bill Pope, MD, FRCPC

Bill Pope

Bill is Winnipeg born and took his medical school and Anesthesiology training at the University of Manitoba. He has been Section Head of Adult Anesthesia at the HSC, Program Director in Anesthesiology and Undergraduate Associate Dean at the University of Manitoba as well as Chief Oral Examiner in Anesthesia for the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. He took a law degree in ‘late youth’ and was Executive Vice-President, Medical Services for St. Joseph’s Hospital Hamilton, returning to Winnipeg to be Assistant Registrar [Complaints] at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba. For fifteen years he was Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba and has been President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada. He retired from the CPSM in January, 2015. At that time he was made an Honorary Fellow of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba and was presented with the Administrative Award in 2015 by Doctors Manitoba. In 2016, he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba.

In the past he has been a member of the Credentials and Accreditation Committees of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada as well as a member of the Written Examination Committee and Chief Oral Examiner for Anesthesia.

He has been very involved in community social and artistic organization including the Boards of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Opera, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Music Barock, Opera Hamilton, the Board of PLAN Canada [formerly Foster Parents Plan] and the United Way of both Greater Winnipeg and Hamilton-Wentworth. In 2016, he completed ten years on the selection committee for the Rhodes Scholarship awards for the Canadian Prairies.

At present, he sits on the Council of St. John’s College (Anglican) of the University of Manitoba and the Boards of Manitoba Opera and Camerata Nova. As well he is a member of the Selection Committees for the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award and the Winnipeg Walk of Fame as well as the University of Manitoba Board of Governors selection committee for Honorary degree recipients.

To supplement his Royal Conservatory of Toronto piano associate diploma he is presently studying voice with Professor Mel Braun of the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.


Trudy Reid, MHA

Trudy Reid

As Principal of treidconsulting Trudy was engaged with National Organizations, Universities and others to help craft planning initiatives and sustainable solutions within system wide frameworks. She is an innovative thinker, as well as an experienced and skilled facilitator.

She held a broad range of senior administrative and executive positions over forty years in health care. She has proven to be a visionary leader and continues to advocate for improvements to our integrated health care and education systems. She is the former Chief Executive Officer for the Winchester District Memorial Hospital where she led the development of the Centre for Rural Health and Education. Over her career, she held other positions such as Chief Operating Officer for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre and Senior Project Officer, Acute Care, for Accreditation Canada.

She has worked successfully with academic leaders to plan and implement clinical and educational system improvements. This included her roles as Manager, Medical Affairs, Ottawa Civic Hospital and Integrated Manager, Medical and Academic Affairs, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. She was the recipient of the Joint Medical Advisory Committee Chair’s Award for outstanding contributions to the London Hospitals. She was also nominated for the provincial PAIRO Award for outstanding contributions to residents at the London Hospitals.

She acquired a deep grassroots knowledge of health care through her early clinical experiences in specialized nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Alberta.

Trudy is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Master’s Degree in Health Administration.


Richard Reznick, MD, FRCSC

Richard Reznick

In July 2010, Dr. Richard Reznick assumed the position of dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University, and chief executive officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO). He is currently serving his second five-year appointment in these roles. Under his leadership, Queen’s has become the first school in Canada to launch competency-based medical education in all postgraduate specialty training programs.

Since his first faculty appointment at the University of Toronto in 1987, Dr. Reznick has been active in both colorectal surgery and research in medical education. He was instrumental in developing a performance-based examination, which is now used for medical licensure in Canada. He ran a research program on assessment of technical competence for surgeons and supervised a fellowship program in surgical education.

At the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, he was the inaugural director of the Centre for Research in Education at the University Health Network (The Wilson Centre) from 1997 to 2002. In 1999, he was appointed vice-president of education at University Health Network. He served eight years, from 2002-2010, as the R. S. McLaughlin professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Reznick is still active in research and teaching activities. He lectures widely, and has given invited presentations at over 300 universities and learned societies.

Dr. Reznick has received numerous awards and honours for his work in surgery and medical education. These include the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (2010), the Medicine Alumni Global Award for Lifetime Achievement from McGill University (2015) and the Medical Council of Canada’s Outstanding Achievement Award in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence (2017). He has also been recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with the Annual Medal Award in Surgery (1993) and the James H. Graham Award of Merit (2013). In 2011, he received honourary fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; in 2018, he received honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

Dr. Reznick has been involved with several Royal College activities, spanning many years. He was a member of the Royal College’s Colorectal Surgery Nucleus Committee from 1991-1998, and a member of the Educational Research and Development Committee from 2002-2004. From 2004-2010, he served on Council as a RAC 3 representative in the Division of Surgery. Dr. Reznick also served as the Royal College’s vice president, Education, and as chair of the Education Committee from 2009-2010. He served on several committees related to the latter appointment: the Executive Committee of Council (2009-2011), the Residency-Accreditation Committee, Committee on Specialties and Examination Committee (2009-2010). More recently, Dr. Reznick has served on Council as a Fellow-at-large (since 2013).

Dr. Reznick has also been a member of the board of directors of Royal College International (RCI) since 2011, and currently serves as its first vice-chair. He has been a member of RCI’s Financial Operations Committee since 2015.

In 2018, Dr. Reznick served as the Royal College’s inaugural Professor-in-Residence. In this role, he engaged staff across all levels to inform and advance corporate activities, programs and scholarship. Dr. Reznick also delivered the inaugural Professor-in-Residence lecture titled “CBME: a strong value proposition and a necessary direction for our changing times.”


David Ross, MD, FRCSC

David Ross

Born in Southern Ontario, Dr. David Ross graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto. Following internship and a year of anesthesia training at McGill University, he was a GP-anesthetist in Northern Ontario for two years. He then undertook training in General Surgery, followed by Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. This was followed by two years of fellowship training in congenital Cardiac Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and at the Royal Brompton National Heart Hospital in London, UK.

After eight years in practice as a pediatric and adult cardiac surgeon in Halifax, he relocated to Edmonton, Alta., in 2001 to assist with the expansion occurring in the Congenital Cardiac Surgery program at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Ross is the author or co-author of 147 peer-reviewed publications. From 2010 to 2016, he was director of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Alberta and the head of Cardiac Surgery for the Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services. During this period, the division increased its surgical volume by 17 per cent to over 2,000 open cases. The division also hired five new cardiac surgeons (three with PhDs), initiated an aggressive minimally invasive Cardiac Surgery program and doubled its financial resources to over five million to support its academic mission. The Edmonton Pediatric Cardiac Surgery program is the 8th largest in the STS Congenital Database with results in the top 10 per cent for the most complex lesions.

Dr. Ross was president of the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons from 2012-2014.

Dr. Ross has been active in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as the first Residency Program Committee (RPC) director for the six-year integrated Cardiac Surgery program at Dalhousie University (1997-2001). He has served as a nucleus committee member (1995-2000) and chair of the Specialty Committee in Cardiac Surgery (2000-2006), as well as vice-chair of the Cardiac Surgery Examination Board (1999-2001) and as a member of Regional Advisory Committee 1 (2009-2015). Dr. Ross was elected to Council in 2015 and sits on Council’s Nominating Committee, Governance Committee and Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee. He has been a member of the board of directors of Royal College International since 2015, and was recently appointed its chair.

Dr. Ross retired from surgical practice in 2018 but hopes to volunteer his extra free time and energy to various organizations including the Royal College.


Trevor Young, MD, FRCPC

Trevor Young, MD, FRCPC

Professor L. Trevor Young is Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions. He graduated from the medical school at the University of Manitoba in 1983. He completed his postgraduate training in psychiatry in 1987, and then his PhD at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto in 1995 and was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University; Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia; and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He was also Physician-in-Chief, Executive Vice President Programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Prof. Young is a clinician-scientist who studies the molecular basis of bipolar disorder and its treatment. His awards include the 2015 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research from the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation, the Douglas Utting Award for outstanding contributions in the field of mood disorders, and the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology Heinz Lehmann Award. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


Taryn Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Taryn Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Dr. Taryn Taylor completed medical school and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Western University in 2016. During her residency training, she completed a PhD in Health Professions Education through Maastricht University as a Clinical Investigator Program trainee. Her doctoral thesis was recognized in 2017 by the largest international conference in medical education, the Association of Medical Education of Europe, with the PhD prize for best doctoral research. Dr. Taylor subsequently completed a Senior Fellowship in Simulation Education through the Department of Innovation in Medical Education and the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre.

Presently, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, London Health Sciences Centre, and a scientist at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI), Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. In her CERI Scientist role, Dr. Taylor will continue to develop her research program exploring the nature and implications of fatigue in the clinical performance of physicians and trainees.

Dr. Taylor is active in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is a current member of the Fatigue Risk Management Task Force and Fatigue Risk Management Accreditation Standards Working Group, led by the Royal College’s Resident Duty Hours Project Secretariat. She was appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy on Royal College Council in 2018.

As a generalist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Taylor enjoys finding new ways of engaging trainees and optimizing the clinical learning environment. Her commitment and dedication to teaching was acknowledged when she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching within her clinical department.


Bill Tholl M.A., ICD.D

Bill Tholl

Mr. Bill Tholl currently serves as a senior executive consultant and thought-leader in health policy and leadership development. Until July 2017, he served as the founding president and CEO of HealthCareCAN: the voice of Canada’s health care organizations and hospitals. Prior to that appointment in March 2014, Mr. Tholl served as founding executive director of the Canadian Health Leadership Network (2009-2014). From 2001-2008, he was CEO and secretary general of the Canadian Medical Association and, before that, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (1995-2001).

The Globe and Mail has described Mr. Tholl as “Medicare’s Mr. Fix-it.” He is a sought-after speaker, and was recently billed by CHLNet (Canadian Health Leadership Network) as a “leader of leaders” on the Canadian health scene.

Mr. Tholl holds a graduate degree in health economics. He has written on many topics. Most recently, he was the co-author of “Bringing Leadership to Life in Health: LEADS in a Caring Environment” (Dickson and Tholl: Springer, 2014). He is also the lead author of “Twenty Tips for Surviving and Prospering in the Association World” (Tholl, Weber and Robertson, Canadian Society of Association Executives, 2010). He is the recipient of numerous national awards and is a Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D, 2009).

Mr. Tholl is currently an active member on the board of directors of Royal College International, the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Council’s Nominating Committee. From 2017-2018, he served as a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group of Council and as a member of the Committee on Specialties.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Mr. Tholl and his wife, Paula, live in Ottawa and have three children and four grandchildren.


Mark Walton, MD, FRCSC

Mark Walton, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Mark Walton has been involved in medical education since 1993 when he came on Faculty as a Pediatric Surgeon at McMaster University. He is Professor of Surgery (since 2007) and was Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education (2004- 16). Prior to this he was the General Surgery Program Director (1999-2004) at McMaster University.

He is the past Chair of the Postgraduate Management Committee for the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (PGM:COFM) and the past Chair of the AFMC Standing Committee on PG Education. He was a member of the Accreditation Committee (and its Steering committee) of the Royal College from 2004- 2010 and has participated in numerous Accreditation visits over the last 10 years as a Surveyor, Deputy Chair and Chair. He is involved in the Future of Medical Education Postgraduate project, as well as the redesign of the CanMEDS framework for the 2015 launch. In addition Dr. Walton is Vice Chair of the Committee on Specialties at the Royal College as well as Vice Chair of the Specialty Committee for Pediatic Surgery.

Dr. Walton’s professional interests include mentoring Medical Educators and Residents, developing systems for human health resource (HHR) planning (Chair of CAPER) and the costing of PG education. He sits on numerous committees related to HHR. In addition he has an active clinical practice in Pediatric Surgery.

In his spare time Dr. Walton enjoys traveling with his family and participates in a number of sports including triathlons, marathons, and hockey.


Irit Weiser, LL.B

Irit Weiser

Ms. Irit Weiser is a retired lawyer. She is currently an active member of several boards. These include the board of directors of Royal College International, the Royal College’s Health and Public Policy Committee and the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is a new member of Council’s Governance Committee. She also sits on the Strategic Governance Committee of the Royal Ottawa Hospital and is a member of the Research Ethics Board of the Ottawa Health Science Network. Ms. Weiser is also on the editorial board of the Philippe Kirsch Institute (PKI) Global Justice Journal.

Prior to retiring, Ms. Weiser was senior general counsel and head of Legal Services for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada — a unit of approximately 100 counsel, paralegals and support staff. In addition to her management responsibilities, she provided legal, policy and strategic advice to senior levels of government regarding such health-related matters as the Canada Health Act, health delivery on First Nations reserves, food and drug regulation, quarantine and tobacco.

Other positions previously held by Ms. Weiser include general counsel and director of the Human Rights Law Section from 1998-2003. During that time, she provided legal and policy advice, and litigation support on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Human Rights Act and international human rights law.

Ms. Weiser has taught International Human Rights Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and has written articles and presented papers on international human rights matters, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and health law. She continues to write on international law matters for the PKI Global Justice Journal. As well, she provides pro bono legal services through the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program to persons seeking to privately sponsor refugees.