Canadian Medical Association

The CMA is governed by a board of directors made up of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, chair, a member from each province and territory with at least 50 CMA members, a medical student, a medical resident and a non-physician. The board meets regularly to provide direction to the senior management team and set the CMA strategic direction. We identify priorities for health care system improvements at our Health Summit, as well as through member health policy proposals, member forums and member e-panels.

Highlights from past Board of Directors meetings

Dr. Suzanne Strasberg, Chair

Dr. Strasberg works in Toronto as a member of the Jane Finch Family Health Team, where she’s the lead physician responsible for submission of budgets to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and for development of the business and operational plan for the corporation. She has worked closely with the CMA as a board member, as co-chair of the CMA committee on public/private interface, as a member of a committee dedicated to health care and education and as a General Council delegate.

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Dr. Ann Collins, President, 2020–21

For three decades, Dr. Collins ran a full-time family practice in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She has served as president of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) and spent five years as chair of the NBMS Board of Directors. Prior to taking on the role of CMA president, she spent seven years serving as the New Brunswick representative on the CMA Board of Directors.

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Dr. Katharine Smart, President-Elect, 2020–21

Dr. Smart is a pediatrician in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her work is centred on developing collaborative partnerships with community and government services to serve vulnerable children using a model of social pediatrics. She is currently the president of the Yukon Medical Association.

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Dr. Sandy Buchman, Past President, 2020–21

Dr. Buchman is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and from 2005–2019, provided home-based palliative and end-of-life care through the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Sinai Health System, in Toronto. He now serves as the Freeman Family Chair in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director of Palliative Care at the North York General Hospital in Toronto as well as the medical lead of a new residential hospice in Toronto.

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Dr. Clare Kozroski, Saskatchewan

Dr. Kozroski is a rural family physician practising in southwest Saskatchewan. She has worked in several provinces and was an active member of the Canadian Forces Health Services reserves for over 20 years. She has served as a Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) regional delegate since 2006, on the board of directors for eight years and as SMA president in 2013.

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Dr. Alexander Poole, Yukon

Dr. Poole is a rural and remote multidisciplinary general surgeon. He has practised general surgery in the Yukon for 18 years. His background in engineering and rural and remote surgery has fostered an interest in virtual care. He served five years on the board of the Yukon Medical Association, two as president and CEO.

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Dr. Courtney Howard, Northwest Territories

Dr. Howard is an emergency physician in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Dr. Howard was first author on the 2017 briefing for Canadian policymakers on behalf of the Lancet Countdown on Climate Change and Health and the Canadian Public Health Association. She is president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and sits on the board of directors of the Global Climate and Health Alliance.

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Dr. Charles Webb, British Columbia

Dr. Webb started general practice at St. Vincent's Hospital in 1992. He has since served as an examiner for the Medical Council of Canada. In 2008, he was elected to the Doctors of BC Board of Directors and became its president in 2015.

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Dr. Carl Nohr, Vice-Chair, Alberta

Dr. Nohr is a community general surgeon in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He co-chaired the development of the Alberta Provincial Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules. Dr. Nohr has also served on the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and as speaker and president of the Alberta Medical Association.

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Dr. David Cram, Manitoba

Dr. Cram has been a strong advocate for rural medicine. He organized the region’s doctors into the Manitoba Southwest Association of Rural Physicians, then later joined and became president of Doctors Manitoba. Dr. Cram is currently Chair of the Manitoba College of Physicians Westman Standards and the Regional Medical Advisory Committee.

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Dr. Rachel Forman, Ontario

Dr. Forman is a Toronto-based specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and sub-specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She is the pharmacology lead (clerkship) for U of T’s MD program and is a representative on the University Governing Council. Dr. Forman has been an Ontario Medical Association (OMA) director since 2014 and is a member of the OMA’s Governance and Nominations Committee.

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Dr. Abdo Shabah, Quebec

Dr. Shabah is an emergency physician, innovator and public health specialist. He has taken part in numerous humanitarian missions, conducts research in information technology in disaster settings and continues to serve in the International Emergency Response Unit with the Canadian Red Cross. In 2013, Dr. Shabah founded HUMANITAS to generate technological solutions to assist emergency responders and other groups.

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Dr. Allison Kennedy, New Brunswick

Dr. Kennedy is a family physician in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. He has has served on the board of the New Brunswick Medical Society, as treasurer and chair of the society’s finance committee and as its president (2010–11). He has been active in multiple attempts at primary care reform over the past 10 years, eventually leading to a new provincial delivery model.

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Dr. Gerard MacDonald, Nova Scotia

Having graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1979, Dr. MacDonald first practised rural family medicine in Cape Breton. Since the early 1990s he has been an otolaryngologist, currently located in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and he has done locums in Yellowknife. He has chaired and participated in several committees over the years and is currently on the board of Doctors Nova Scotia.

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Dr. Larry Pan, Prince Edward Island

Dr. Pan is a radiation oncologist and head of Prince Edward Island’s provincial radiation oncology service. He served as president of the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island in 2017–18 and as chair of its board of directors in 2018–19.

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Dr. Yordan Karaivanov, Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Karaivanov’s practice includes office-based care, obstetrics, emergency medicine and in-patient care. He works as chief of staff at the Labrador Health Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and is a clinical assistant professor in family medicine with Memorial University.

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Dr. Michael Arget, Resident

Dr. Arget is currently completing his subspecialty training in palliative medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has previously sat on several boards, including those of Resident Doctors of Canada, Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan and the Pacific Youth and Family Services Society.

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Dr. Victor Do, Student

Dr. Do is currently a PGY-1 resident physician in pediatrics at the University of Toronto. He serves as the 2019–2020 president of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), having served previously on the CFMS board as western regional director, director student affairs and executive vice-president.

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Janet Ecker, Non-physician

Ms. Ecker is the former president and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, a concept she turned into a growing and influential public–private partnership dedicated to building Toronto as an international financial services centre. She was formerly the minister of finance for Ontario, and during her political career, also served as minister of education, as minister of community and social services and as government house leader.

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