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Executives & Officers

The 2015/2016 CFMS Executive


 Congratulations to the new 2015/2016 Executive!  We look forward to the year ahead!

President: Anthea Lafreniere (University of Ottawa)

The CFMS president chairs the Executive Group and is responsible for the general supervision and direction of the business of the CFMS. Overall goal-setting and vision fall under the President’s responsibilities. The CFMS President also serves as the spokesperson for the organization to the public, the media, government and the national medical organizations.


Past-President: Bryce Durafourt (Queen's University) 

The Past-President advises the President and the Executive Group in addition to serving as Chief Returning Officer and Parliamentarian.


Vice-President Education: Nebras Warsi (McGill University) 

The Vice-President Education a cornerstone of the organization responsible for directing the representation, analysis and policy of the CFMS on educational issues. He or she represents the Federation at such forums where concerns of a primarily educational nature are discussed. His or her responsibility is to undertake endeavours to enhance the educational experience of members of the Federation.


Executive Vice-President and Vice-President Communications: Carl White Ulysse (McGill University) 

The Vice President Communication is responsible for internal and external communication, including communications strategy and policy, the website and the publications of the CFMS. The VP Communication actively moderates the representative email listserve and other servers. She or he is responsible for maintaining regular contact with individual representatives and medical society presidents, welcoming and orienting new representatives, and communication with external organizations when this responsibility falls outside of the duties of the President.


Vice-President Finance: Franco Rizzuti (University of Calgary) 

The Vice President Finance has overall fiscal management responsibility for the CFMS and acts as the Chief Financial Officer. He or she is responsible for managing the CFMS bank accounts, investments, expenses, revenue, and payroll. The VP Finance is responsible for long-term strategic planning together with the President. He or she actively works to broaden the financial resource base of the CFMS by seeking alternative sources of revenue through grants, advertising, donations and sponsorship. He or she is responsible for the development of policy relating to finances (including travel, sponsorship, and long-term strategic planning).


Vice-President Government Affairs: Jessica Harris (University of Saskatchewan) 

The Vice President Government Affairs (formerly the VP Advocacy) is the executive position adopted to address the organization's commitment to representation through political advocacy initiatives at a local and national level. The VP Government Affairs serves as the Government Affairs & Advocacy Committee (GAAC) Chair (formerly the Political Advocacy Committee (PAC) Chair), Federal Lobby Day lead organizer, position paper coordinator, and representative for the CFMS on all issues of a political nature. This VP coordinates all ongoing lobbying efforts that are not covered by other portfolios and reports all grassroots initiative progress to the rest of the executive.


Vice-President Student Affairs: Marie-Pier Bastrash (McGill University) 

The Vice President Student Affairs takes responsibility for co-ordinating the CFMS member affairs. Major undertakings include billeting, interview and electives databases in addition to promotion of the following: travel deals, disability insurance program, and others. The VP-Student Affairs is mandated to develop and acquire new services based on membership feedback and plays an integral role in the development of web-based services.


Vice-President Global Health: Golden Gao (University of British Columbia)

The Vice President Global Health is responsible for coordinating the CFMS Global Health Program. The VP GH takes the lead in forming and maintaining dynamic partnerships with Canadian and international organizations which support the work and interests of medical students studying in Canada with respect to global health, international development, and public health. The Vice-President Global Health oversees a network of school-appointed resource people/liaison officers on global health and works with this network to support medical student initiatives, identify priorities, provide resources, and support medical students’ involvement in global health advocacy and education.


Regional Representatives

Regional Representatives are fully functioning and voting members of the Executive and have the specialized role of ensuring that the Executive is kept abreast of up-to-the-moment developments at all of the member schools. Regional representatives serve as liaisons between the Executive and the medical society representatives and presidents. They work closely with all VPs under the direction of the President to ensure communication between the Executive and medical societies. They are also expected to take on national projects and responsibilities on behalf of the Executive which contribute to the overall priorities of the CFMS.


Western Regional Representatives: Fatemeh Ramazani (University of Alberta), Emily Macphail (University of Calgary)



Ontario Regional Representatives: Han Yan (University of Western Ontario), Yousif Atwan (University of Western Ontario)



Quebec Regional Representative: Emily Hodgson (McGill University)


Atlantic Regional Representative: Anthony Maher (Memorial University)



The 2014/2015 CFMS National Officers (2015/2016 to be selected)

  • Health Policy - Justin Neves (McMaster University)
  • Blood - Salima Abdulla (University of British Columbia)
  • Information Technology (Sr.) - Franco Dattilo (University of Ottawa)
  • Information Technology (Jr.) - Kevan Lu (Western University)
  • Wellness - Marie-Pier Bastrash (McGill University)
  • Alumni - Cait Champion (University of Toronto)


The 2014/2015 CFMS Global Health National Officers

  • Partnerships (NOP): Scott Hodgson (University of Manitoba)
  • Exchange (NEO): Kelly Ma (University of Alberta) and J. Antonio Lee (University of Toronto)
  • Global Health Education (NOGHE): Kelita Singh (McGill University) and Marguerite Heyns (University of Calgary)
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health (NORSH): Jenna Webber (Northern Ontario School of Medicine)
  • Human Rights and Peace (NORP): Koray Demir (McGill University)
  • Indigenous Health (NOIH): Ryan Giroux (University of Toronto)