Board Nominations

Electronic Election

Have your say from September 12 to November 1, 2017
Please participate in the 2017 electronic election of Board Directors

Candidate recommendations announced September 12, 2017
Electronic election open October 11 to November 1, 2017

2017 Nominating Committee Recommendations

the members of the CFPC elect the following individuals to the CFPC’s Board of Directors in November 2017:

Rationale for recommendations

President-Elect position 2017:

Dr. Paul Sawchuk of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the current Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. Sawchuk achieved his CCFP in 1994. He provides comprehensive care and has practice experience in British Columbia and Manitoba, rural and underserviced populations, inner-city settings and urban/suburban settings, and clinic and hospital practice. He has extensive leadership and governance experience and served as President of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians in 2012 to 2014.
Dr. Sawchuk’s complete bio is available here.

Secretary-Treasurer position 2017:

Dr. Shirley Schipper of Edmonton, Alberta, is a current Director-at-Large. Dr. Schipper achieved her CCFP in 2001. She has a breadth and depth of experience and involvement in College activities, including key academic family medicine initiatives, that are core to the CFPC mandate. She has many leadership experiences to draw from and has proven herself to be capable in challenging situations. She is thoughtful, well respected by her peers, and dedicated to ongoing enhancement of her skills.
Dr. Schipper’s complete bio is available here.

Director-at-Large 2017 Nominees:

Braden Bouchard, MD, CCFP
Dr. Bouchard’s complete bio is available here.

What will you bring to the CFPC Board of Directors?

“Being in my first five years of practice, I’ll try my best to represent the diversity of opinions and positions of those College members early in their careers. I also hope to influence the College to improve member engagement through the addition of shorter, more frequent and two-way communiqués.”
Braden Bouchard, MD, CCFP

View Dr. Bouchard’s self-made video

David May, MD, CCFP (FPA) (PC), FCFP
Dr. May’s complete bio is available here.

What will you bring to the CFPC Board of Directors?

“I believe that in order for the CFPC to meet its mission and truly represent the 35,000 members across Canada, there needs to be a wider diversity of representation on the Board. I will push for policy that will ensure sustainable future diversity.”
David May, MD, CCFP (FPA) (PC), FCFP

View Dr. May’s self-made video

Rationale for selections:

The two individuals being recommended for Director-at-Large positions address the Board’s three priority areas as they: bring the frontline, community-based physician voice; are located outside Central Canada; have experience with comprehensive full-scope practice in addition to areas of focus. They also bring leadership experience.

Dr. May has governance experience and much rural clinical experience.

Dr. Bouchard earned his CCFP in 2015 so is early in practice. He is well connected with his peers and has demonstrated impressive leadership and engagement roles to date. He is collaborative and we anticipate that he and Dr. Satpal Dhillon, who is also in his first five years of practice, will encourage the Board and the CFPC to focus on our future.

We acknowledge that having two male nominees creates a gender imbalance on the Board. Of the 15 applicants for these positions, only two were women and both were interviewed and regarded as strong candidates. The Nominating Committee recommended the two final candidates based on their skills and attributes that collectively result in the strongest Board. The CFPC Board supported the recommendations.

Confirm your support for the nominees

CFPC members will receive a personalized email inviting them to support the election of the nominees electronically between October 11 and November 1, 2017. The results will be announced at the CFPC’s Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec, on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

If they are dissatisfied with the recommendations, members may identify themselves or another CFPC member to be added to the list of candidates for a Director-at-Large position, as outlined in the nomination process. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 4, 2017. If there are no additional names put forward, there will be one nominee for each position and members will be asked to confirm electronically that they support the nominees. If additional names are received, members will vote electronically and the two nominees for the Director-at-Large vacancies receiving the most votes will be elected.

Feedback for the CFPC Nominating Committee and any requests to add other candidates for a Director-at-Large position may be sent to Sarah Scott, Director, Governance and Strategic Planning, at [email protected] by October 4, 2017.


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