Regional Advisory Committee 3

Ontario and Nunavut.

Roy Kirkpatrick, MD, FRCSC
Message from the Chair


It is a great honour for me to have recently been appointed chair of the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 3 for Ontario and Nunavut.

I'm a General Surgeon in Huntsville, Ontario and have been a Fellow of the Royal College since 1982. Although my practice is in Huntsville, I have worked in Nunavut, as a locum, many times since 2004.

I answered an email in 2014 that was soliciting volunteers to join the RAC, and have been fascinated by all that I have seen and learned about our College ever since. I've had the opportunity to serve on the Specialty Education Committee and have recently been elected to Council. I am one of the Royal College representatives on the Implementation Committee for the Rural Roadmap for Medicine in Canada.

I hope to advocate for you within the Royal College and would encourage your participation in any of the numerous endeavours that the College undertakes.

The purpose of the Regional Advisory Committee is to

  • identify regional issues relevant to the practice of specialty medicine, medical education, and health policy for action by the Royal College;
  • promote effective communication with regional members;
  • facilitate regional members’ ability to share their perspectives, strategies or solutions within areas of common interest;
  • support the continuing professional development of members through collaboration with regional CPD Educators and other regional partner organizations; and
  • identify and support the development of regional members with the experience, skills and expertise to serve in various volunteer roles within the Royal College.

Each RAC serves an important role in developing strategies to engage all members in our region in a dialogue concerning issues that are important to the profession and the core mission of the Royal College. We value your involvement and participation in contributing your perspectives and experiences on a wide range of issues or initiatives.

If you have any questions or issues that you would like to raise, you can contact me at Note: RAC Chair email inboxes are monitored by Royal College staff.

Roy Kirkpatrick, MD, FRCSC