President's Message

Garey Mazowita, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Governance changes : A watershed moment for our College

Our Executive Committee (your elected Officers) at our August meeting reviewed in detail the myriad of proposed governance changes that will come to the Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) at Family Medicine Forum, in Toronto in November. An incredible amount of work has preceded the governance change motions that you will see and be asked to vote on at the AMM. Regardless of outcome, the vote will be a watershed moment for our College.

If the motions are approved, our Board will be smaller and “skills-based” and will offer enhanced opportunities for engagement and communication to entrench member, Chapter, section, and university department influence. We are confident that enacting these recommendations will support the College in remaining a responsive and effective organization, reflecting and representing member interests in this challenging era of system evolution.

As you will already have heard, our Chapters support the proposed changes, and in fact several have already embarked on similar changes to their respective Board structures and governance. As well, the proposed changes to be voted on have been widely endorsed by our university departments, Past Presidents, and at our web-based information sessions. We remain eager to answer any questions from members, or to hear your concerns.

On behalf of our Executive Committee, we sincerely urge you to attend the AMM on November 12th to participate in the dialogue and to exercise your member voice on this important matter.

Garey Mazowita, MD, CCFP, FCFP
President, CFPC

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