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Recognizing our volunteers

Our amazing volunteers dedicate their time and expertise to improve health care

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the almost 3,000 volunteers who contribute to the community of specialty medicine each year by participating in the work of the Royal College. We couldn’t do this work without all of you!

Meet a handful of our dedicated volunteers who generously give their time and expertise. They are an integral part of the work we are able to do together.

Meet Rob Anderson, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Rob Anderson is an Associate Professor and Program Director – Anesthesiology at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). He has led the creation of a number of new educational initiatives including redesigning NOSM’s Anesthesiology program for Competence by Design (CBD). He is also an active clinician and maintains an anesthesia and critical care practice.

At the College, Rob is a member of the CBD committee working to develop effective Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Anesthesiology, one of the first disciplines to transition to CBD. As a CBD champion, he notes that the long and challenging process of transition was only possible through amazing leadership from the specialty committee chairs and the clinician educators. “It became clear to me that our inputs were not only valued as content experts, but also that the lessons learnt in the process of creating EPAs will impact the future experiences of other cohorts in line”, says Rob.

We thank Rob along with all the CBD volunteers who give their time and expertise to help transform Canada’s 100 year-old physician training model to prepare specialists to better meet future patient needs.


Meet Lucie Brazeau-Lamontagne, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Lucie Brazeau-Lamontagne is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Sherbrooke, and Founder and President of SPES Haiti. She has been involved with international medical education since 2001 and her contributions include signing the Montreal Declaration on behalf of the Royal College to strengthen medical education in Haiti as part of a multi-lateral effort following the major earthquake in 2010.

In addition to her clinical offerings, she saw an opportunity for the Royal College to help with restoration efforts in the way of training standards and program development and went on to play a seminal role. “Volunteering in low-income francophone countries reconnects me to the heart of my profession. When I come back from Haiti each time, I realise that it makes me a better teacher and model for residents in Sherbrooke because of the deep, enriching experiences of camaraderie,” reflects Lucie.

We thank Lucie along with all the international volunteers who make the time to share Canadian expertise with global partners to help them build capacity for improved and quality local care.


Meet Alison Fox-Robichaud, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud is a professor in the Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. She is also an Intensivist and Director of Medical Education at Hamilton Health Sciences. She is the current President of the Canadian Critical Care Society and inaugural President of the Canadian Sepsis Foundation.

In addition to her clinical and research responsibilities, Alison is an educator. She is the past chair of the Critical Care Medicine Examination Board for 7 years and a member of the Examination Committee for 15 years at the Royal College. Alison says, “A tangible moment of impact for me was the use of RCeds for exam development. Being an early user myself, I was familiar with the system and knew the value of having a standardized and secure database for all examination committees. I met and collaborated with a number of exam boards who were struggling with this through my volunteer role at the College.”

We thank Alison along with all the exam volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to develop and administer our Royal College exams and that help certify about 2,000 new specialists each year.


Meet Siavash Jafari, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Siavash Jafari is a clinical faculty member in the Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia. He practises in multiple mental health and addiction clinics of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and is the physician lead for the Managed Alcohol Program.

Siavash has been volunteering with the Regional Advisory Committee 1 (RAC 1) for the past two years. He believes the committee has provided an opportunity to use his expertise to help the Royal College meet short and long-term objectives, raise awareness and assist with developing action plans. One such example is the identification of public health and wellness issues, such as the opioids crisis, that are of interest both regionally and across Canada.

We thank Siavash along with all the RAC volunteers who help identify important issues for the profession, our patients and our community. We could not do this without your expertise and commitment.


Meet Lisa Richardson, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Lisa Richardson is a clinician-educator in the University of Toronto's Division of General Internal Medicine, and practises at the University Health Network. Her academic interest lies in the integration of critical and Indigenous perspectives into medical education. She is also a faculty co-Lead in Indigenous Medical Education for the University of Toronto's MD program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine.

Lisa co-chairs the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee (IHAC) at the College and in 2017, she was honoured with the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award, along with her colleague Dr. Jason Pennington, FRCSC. Lisa is hopeful that Indigenous medical education will change significantly in Canada after the Council recently passed IHAC’s recommendation to make Indigenous health a mandatory component of all specialty training programs across the country. “I am passionate about mentorship and teaching. Volunteering with the College seems like a concrete way to guide the future of medical education and, hopefully, health care in Canada,” believes Lisa.

We thank Lisa along with all volunteers who work to champion and implement Indigenous health principles in specialty medical training to support the unique needs of Indigenous peoples.

A special thanks to our 25+ year volunteers:

We are deeply honoured to acknowledge current Royal College volunteers, who have served the Royal College for 25 years or more.

  • Dr. Jose Aquino
  • Dr. Simon Paul Avis
  • Dr. Richard Bazin
  • Dr. Lorne David Bellan
  • Dr. Hallgrimur Benediktsson
  • Dr. Michael Ian Bowmer
  • Dr. Timothy Patrick Carey
  • Dr. William James Coke
  • Dr. Peter William Collingwood
  • Dr. Ghislaine Couture
  • Dr. Catherine Ann Farrell
  • Dr. Anne Fournier
  • Dr. Prafull Ghatage
  • Dr. Steven Matthew Gilberg
  • Dr. Ronald David Gottesman
  • Dr. David James M. Haldane
  • Dr. John Tyson Harvey
  • Dr. Gary Stephen Gordon Hnatko
  • Dr. James George Jarvis
  • Dr. Barry Orville Kassen
  • Dr. Kathryn Leone Keely
  • Dr. Vladimir Kratky
  • Dr. Robert LaRoche
  • Dr. Robert Gordon McCormack
  • Dr. David James McKnight
  • Dr. Iain Duncan Fyfe Mackie
  • Dr. Paul Harold Murphy
  • Dr. James A. Nishikawa
  • Dr. Michael John Rieder
  • Dr. Richard (Sam) Caerhayes Rowe
  • Dr. Ruth Claire Russell
  • Dr. Louise Marie Samson
  • Dr. Robert James Sevick
  • Dr. Linda Sara Snell
  • Dr. Roger William Turnell
  • Dr. Donald Brock Vair
  • Dr. John Hugh Ward
  • Dr. Richard John Warrington
  • Dr. Lucinda Anne Whitman
  • Dr. James William L. Wilson
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gordon Wiseman

Questions/comments: volunteers@royalcollege.ca.