From Canada - Dr Francine Lemire: is announced as CEO of College

November, 2012


Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr Francine Lemire will officially assume the role of Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) as of January 1, 2013. In keeping with the Bylaws of the CFPC and its Research and Education Foundation (REF), Dr Lemire's responsibilities will also include her role as Chief Executive Officer of the REF.

Dr Lemire obtained her medical degreefrom McGill University and completed her family medicine residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She obtained Certification in Family Medicine from the CFPC in 1979 and Fellowship in 1993. Dr Lemire practiced comprehensive family medicine for 23 years in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Since joining the CFPC as a staff member in 2003, she continues to practice on a part-time basis at the Toronto Western Family Health Team at Toronto Western Hospital. Dr Lemire has academic appointments at the University of Toronto and Memorial University of Newfoundland. She represents the College well as its representative on the World Organization of National Colleges and Academies (WONCA) and until recently, on the Service Systems Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Dr Lemire has served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the CFPC and was National President of the College in 1998-1999. During the late 80’s she was proud to be the President of the Newfoundland & Labrador College of Family Physicians. In 2003 she became Director of Membership with the CFPC, and in 2006 was promoted to Associate Executive Director, Professional Affairs. Her responsibilities at the College include Membership, the Honors and Awards Program, the Section of Medical Students, the Membership Advisory Committee and the First Five Years in Family Practice Committee. She is the senior staff support for numerous program committees under the new Section of Special Interests or Focused Practices.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Lemire as the new Executive Director and CEO of the College. We have every confidence that she brings the required experience, insight, dedication and personal style that will benefit the CFPC, its staff, Chapters and all its external stakeholders with whom we continue to work and create positive collaborative working relationships for the benefit of family medicine in Canada.

We congratulate Dr Lemire on her success and look forward to working with her in her new leadership role.
With best regards,
Sandy Buchman, MD, CCFP, FCFP
College of Family Physicians of Canada