Canadian Medical Association

Join host Dr. Johanne Blais for a conversations with extraordinary people, with unique experiences to share. 

From an NFL football field to the battlefield in Rwanda, speakers will address the hurdles they’ve faced, drawing parallels to the current challenges facing the medical community. Each talk will also feature a Q&A session for participants. During this challenging period, this series provides a space to connect with colleagues, take a breath and reflect on what brings us together. These talks are offered by the CMA at no cost.

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Please note: this series is available in French only.


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About the series host

Dr. Johanne Blais

Dr. Johanne Blais is a family physician, clinical professor and a former president for the Quebec College of Family Physicians. She is a recipient of the Reg L. Perkin Family Physician of the Year Award from the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine.


Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Time out with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

January 27, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

As a McGill University graduate and professional football player with the Kansas City Chiefs, Laurent has spent years juggling two career paths that demand excellence in skill and performance.

After he and his team won the Super Bowl in February 2020, he put his football career on hold to work in the long-term care to help in the fight against COVID-19.

In this talk, Laurent will share what motivates him, how he manages the pressure of juggling two careers and his aspirations for the future.

Romeo Dallaire

From shock to strength with General Roméo Dallaire

February 24, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

General Roméo Dallaire served as Force Commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, and has since been celebrated for his courage and leadership during the mass atrocity.

In 1997, he was again recognized for his courage when he went public about his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Today, he is an advocate for people living with PTSD and works to destigmatize the condition.

In this talk, General Dallaire will share his experience surviving a crisis and what happens once the crisis is over.

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The path to healing with Dr. Stanley Vollant

March 31, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Growing up in Pessamit, an Indigenous village in Quebec, Dr. Stanley Vollant credits his grandfather for teaching him strong community values through traditional Innu knowledge. Inspired by his grandmother’s gifts as a healer, he studied medicine, and in 1994 he became the first Indigenous surgeon trained in Quebec.

Although everything seemed to be going well in his professional life, Dr. Vollant was struggling with his mental health. This dark time in his life marked the beginning of a personal and spiritual journey, leading him on a path towards better well-being by reconnecting to his roots. He embarked on a 6,000 km trek through Quebec, following traditional trails as much as possible – all to rediscover a sense of purpose and to bring people closer together.

Join us for a talk with Dr. Vollant, where he will share his story and experience finding hope in a dark time.


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Dr. Véronique Morin
April 28
More details to come

Véronique Rivest
May 26
More details to come

Sophie Prégent
June 16
More details to come

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