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CMA’s centennial president dies

Dr. Normand Belliveau – one of the physicians who helped found MD Financial Management in 1958 and who served as president of the Canadian Medical Association during its centennial year has passed away at age 92.

Belliveau was one of the seven physician founders of the Canadian Medical RSP Fund in 1958. This fund later evolved to become MD Financial Management.

Following a year as president of the Quebec Medical Association (QMA) in 1965-66, Belliveau became the 100th president of the CMA in 1967. During his term in office, Belliveau was delegated as the Queen’s second surgeon during her visit to Expo ’67 in Montreal and accompanied Prince Philip (an honorary CMA president) as his deputy to inaugurate the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.

Belliveau was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in 1967 at the same time as the Queen Mother and then Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson were present for the naming of the Sir Charles Tupper Building at the university.

Belliveau was also president when the CMA moved from Toronto to its current headquarters at 1867 Alta Vista Dr., in Ottawa.

“Dr. Belliveau’s dedication to the CMA and the medical profession was well-known and he was highly respected by his colleagues,” said CMA President Chris Simpson.

In extending their condolences to the Belliveau family, the board of directors and executive team at the QMA also noted Belliveau’s long-standing commitment to the medical profession.

Belliveau received his medical degree from Laval University while serving in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. He was the first francophone to practice at the Royal Victoria Hospital where he was a senior surgeon for 50 years. Belliveau was also associate professor of surgery at McGill University.

In addition to his close association with the CMA, Belliveau served as president of the Canadian Medical Protective Association between 1988 and 1995. Belliveau leaves eight sons, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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