CFPC Announces New Interim Executive Director, Academic Family Medicine

January 19, 2016

(January 19, 2016, Mississauga, ON) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard Almond to the role of Interim Executive Director, Academic Family Medicine effective March 1 to August 31, 2016. He will take on this important position following the departure of Dr. Pamela Eisener-Parsche at the end of February.

Dr. Almond brings to the position extensive expertise from his 37 years as a comprehensive family physician in Thunder Bay, Ontario and numerous leadership roles in family medicine academics. While teaching community-based family medicine for 36 years, Dr. Almond also served as Site Director for McMaster University’s Family Medicine Program in Thunder Bay from 2005-2006 and as a Board member for McMaster’s Northwestern Ontario Medical Program for several terms. As Founding Director of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Dr. Almond continued as its Program Director from 2006 to 2015. From 2013, he has been the Primary Care Physician Lead for the Northwest LHIN, and has acted as a physician consultant to the Lakehead Nurse Practitioner Clinic since 2012. In 2006, Dr. Almond was recognized as the Northern Ontario Family Physician of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

Dr. Almond’s experience with the CFPC includes participation as a member of the Accreditation Committee from 2007 to 2015 and a survey chair since 2011. Since August 2015, he has served as Interim Accreditation Director. He also served as a member of the Working Group on Maternity Care Training.

After completing his undergraduate degree in 1976 at Western University, Dr. Almond completed his family medicine residency at the University of Calgary. In 1992, he earned a Diploma in Sports Medicine, integrated Sports Medicine into his practice and served as Lakehead University’s team physician from 1993 to 2012.

In his new role, Dr. Almond will continue the important work and positive momentum generated by the Academic Family Medicine Division in recent years. His responsibilities will include the implementation of Certificates of Added Competence, maintaining the quality of the certification examination process, overseeing the progress on the Triple C implementation and evaluation, and moving forward with the newly established Family Medicine Specialty Committee. Key to all activities will be the continued dedication to working relationships and communications between the CFPC and the academic community across Canada. Dr. Almond will work to advance the collaboration on the accreditation standard review and other major initiatives under way.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Almond on his appointment and extending a warm welcome to him as a key member of the CFPC’s leadership team.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada

The CFPC represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licencing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.


Jayne Johnston
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
905-629-0900 ext 303


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