Presenters


Education Session presenters

English in-person session

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Eileen Bridges, MD, CCFP, MSc, Dip Sport Med.
Physician Advisor, CMPA

Dr. Eileen Bridges completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa. She gained her certification in family medicine, and earned a fellowship in sports medicine and a Masters in exercise physiology at McGill University.

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Robert S. Johnston, MD
Physician Advisor, CMPA

Lieutenant-Colonel (ret’d) Dr. Rob Johnston spent 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces prior to joining the CMPA as a physician advisor in 2017. Having graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1999, Dr. Johnston completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Ottawa.

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Kim Jakeman, Q.C.
Partner, Harper Grey

Kim Jakeman is a partner with Harper Grey, Chair of the Harper Grey Health Law Group, and an elected member of the Harper Grey Practice Management Committee.

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English virtual session

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Shirley Lee, MD, MHSc (Ed), CCFP, CAC-EM, FCFP
Physician Advisor, CMPA

Dr. Shirley Lee completed medical school at Western University and her postgraduate training at the University of Ottawa, followed by a Master of Health Science (Education) at the University of Toronto.

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Janet Nuth, MD, CCFP (EM)
Physician Advisor, CMPA

Prior to joining the CMPA in 2008 as a physician advisor in Practice Improvement, Dr. Janet Nuth worked in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital for over 20 years. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Ottawa.

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Martin Lapner
Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Martin Lapner is a partner in the Ottawa office of Gowling WLG. His practice focuses on health law and medical defence, with an emphasis on privacy and eHealth matters, including acting as counsel to the CMPA and physicians.

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French virtual session

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Katherine Larivière, MSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Physician Advisor, CMPA

Dr. Katherine Larivière obtained a BSc and MSc from the University of Ottawa before obtaining her MD and completing a family medicine residency at the University of Ottawa. Her family practice included home visits, palliative care, inpatient care, and had a focus on geriatrics.

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Catherine Pound, MD, FRCPC
Physician Advisor, CMPA

Dr. Catherine Pound is a Physician Advisor in Safe Medical Care Learning at the CMPA. She is also a pediatrician at CHEO and an associate professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa.

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Daniel Boivin
Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Daniel Boivin is a problem solver. A partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, Daniel is a key member of the firm's Advocacy Group. His practice focuses on health law and medical defence, including acting as counsel to the CMPA and the physicians.

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Annual Meeting presenters

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Michael T. Cohen, MD
President, CMPA

Dr. Michael T. Cohen is a family physician who practises medicine in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences in 1977 and a Doctor of Medicine in 1979. In 1975, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University.

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Lisa Calder, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Chief Executive Officer, CMPA

Dr. Calder completed her Medical Degree at the University of Western Ontario. She has a Master of Science in epidemiology from the University of Ottawa, where she also completed her Royal College Emergency Medicine residency and an emergency medicine research fellowship.

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Jean-Hugues Brossard, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC
Incoming President, CMPA

Dr. Jean-Hugues Brossard graduated from Université de Montréal’s medical school in 1986. After a residency in internal medicine and endocrinology, he completed a fellowship in bone and mineral metabolism. Since 1994, Dr. Brossard has taught and practiced endocrinology at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) as associate professor of clinical medicine.

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Cory Garbolinsky, CPA, CA
Executive Director, Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer, CMPA

Mr. Cory Garbolinsky is the CMPA’s Executive Director of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer. His responsibilities encompass the Association’s finance, investment, and actuarial functions.

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Darcy Johnson, BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Council Member and Chair, Audit Committee, CMPA

Dr. Darcy Johnson provides medical care at several rural Manitoba family practices, the Stony Mountain Institution, and at the Canadian Forces Base 17 Wing. He is also on active medical staff at Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg.

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Information Session presenters

Panellists

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Ewan Affleck, CM, MDCM, CCFP
Senior Medical Advisor–Health Informatics, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta

A graduate of the McGill School of Medicine and Dalhousie University where he studied history, Dr. Ewan Affleck has worked and lived in northern Canada since 1992. He is currently serving as the senior medical advisor in health informatics at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.

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Heather Ross, CM, MD, DSc, MHSc, FRCP (C), FACC
Head, Division of Cardiology, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network

Dr. Heather Ross is a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and head of the Division of Cardiology at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. She received the Order of Canada in 2020 (CM), and an Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) from Queen’s University in 2021.

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Katharine Smart, MD, FRCPC
President, Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Katharine Smart is a pediatrician in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her work is centred on developing collaborative partnerships with community and government services to serve marginalized children using a model of social pediatrics.

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Nancy Whitmore, MD, FRCSC, MBA
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Dr. Nancy Whitmore joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) as registrar and CEO in June 2018 and embarked on a transformational journey. With a strategic focus on the corporate vision of “Trusted Doctors Providing Great Care,” Dr. Whitmore implemented Right-Touch Regulation enabled by Lean principles across all core regulatory functions at the CPSO.

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Pamela Eisener-Parsche, MD, CCFP (COE), FCFP, CCPE
Executive Director, Member Experience, CMPA

Dr. Pamela Eisener-Parsche is a family physician, with a Certificate of Added Competence in Care of the Elderly. Dr. Eisener-Parsche has held several hospital leadership roles at Bruyère Continuing Care in Ottawa, including as chief of staff.

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Domenic A. Crolla
Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Domenic Crolla is a senior partner of Gowling WLG. His practice focuses on professional and product liability, health law, and medical liability matters. He counsels clients in litigious and non-litigious settings. The application of technology to the practice of law and medicine is of special interest.

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