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Sunday sessions

Sunday offers a full day of sessions for those attending General Council (GC) this year, with a focus on personal and financial health and learning how to be a more effective political advocate.

The day starts at 8 am in the Ontario Room at the Westin Ottawa hotel with an insider’s look at the world of politics — and how you can make an impact. CMA public affairs staff will be on hand to walk you through the steps required to become an effective advocate.

For more information and to RSVP, contact grassroots@cma.ca. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

At 9, the Canadian Medical Foundation hosts an education session dealing with burnout and fatigue conducted by Françoise Mathieu, a certified mental health counsellor and compassion fatigue specialist and director of WHP-Workshops, a Kingston-based organization that offers consulting and training on topics related to self care, wellness, burnout and compassion fatigue.

In the afternoon, following the workshop on defining the physician unique value proposition, all physicians are invited to attend (and bring a guest) to a special MD Physician Services information session at the Ottawa Convention Centre on the financial and investing needs of physicians.

The session (3:15-4:15 pm) will be moderated by CBC senior business reporter Scott Peterson and features Brian Peters, MD President and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Horton, Chief Investment Officer, and Mike Gassewitz, Executive Vice-President, Member Solutions. The panellists will discuss how MD has grown to become Canada’s most trusted money manager for physicians, and how you can build a better financial future for yourself and your family. Prizes will be available to be won.

The panel discussion will be followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception (4:30-6 pm), an opportunity to speak directly with panelists. Sunday learning activities conclude with an orientation session (4:30-5:15 pm) on General Council. This is an opportunity to learn how GC works and how you can function more effectively as a delegate or observer.