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CFPC Membership Approves New National Governance Structure

(Toronto, ON, November 12, 2015) – At the Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), members voted to approve a new governance structure for the College that will see a transition to a smaller skills-based Board of Directors.

“We are very excited to have the new governance structure approved by our members,” says CFPC President, Garey Mazowita, MD, CCFP, FCFP. “Commitments to follow best governance practices created the opportunity for change in order to ensure continued accountability as well as timely and effective governance, enhance responsiveness, and increase opportunities for member engagement.”

“We want to thank the members of the CFPC’s Governance Advisory Committee for their tremendous work to research and develop a proposal to best meet the governance requirements of our College,” adds Executive Director and CEO, Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE. “We also appreciate the insightful contributions received from CFPC members, Chapters and stakeholders through the extensive communications that were held over the past year. We are moving to a structure and process that will both result in effective governance, and maximize the rich input from our volunteers by engaging them strategically.”

The new Board membership will reflect the breadth of experiences of Canadian physicians based on:
geographic differences; health system differences; practice models; stages of practice (there is a requirement is for an individual in his/her early years of practice or residency); and demographics.

The new governance structure will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to assess its effectiveness with input from a variety of stakeholders.

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors:

Tom Bailey, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large
Guillaume Charbonneau, MD, CCFP, Secretary-Treasurer
Cathy Faulds, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large
Jennifer Hall, MD, CCFP, FCFP, President
Stephen Hawrylyshyn, MD, CCFP, Director-at-Large
Yordan Karaivanov, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large
Nadia Knarr, MD, CCFP, Director-at-Large
John Maxted, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large
Garey Mazowita, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Past-President
Paul Sawchuk, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Director-at-Large
David White, MD, CCFP, FCFP, President-Elect
Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (non-voting)

Brief biographies of the new CFPC Board members are available on the CFPC website.
To view the governance proposal that was approved please see this page.

The AMM was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as part the CFPC’s annual Family Medicine Forum held November 11-15, 2015.

The CFPC represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licencing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.

If further information is required about the new CFPC Board, please contact Sarah Scott, Director, Governance and Strategic Planning at [email protected]

Jayne Johnston,
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
[email protected]