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Message from the President August 2016

Summertime in Canada, although fleeting, is a time to take a break and recharge.  No one is more deserving than our hard-working examinations committee (led by Kathy Chun) as well as the able Edmonton organizing team (steered by Stacey Hume) who flawlessly managed the complex logistics of administering the combined exam.  In addition to being the inaugural cycle with the new exam format, this was a record year with 31 examinees in total over the two day written and objective structured laboratory examinations (OSLE).  A 2016 Examination technical report will be posted on the CCMG-CCGM web site later this fall.  

Due to the earlier timing of the examinations in June (prior to several candidates completing their training) we were unable to welcome, at the AGM, the candidates who passed as members, pending final credentialing.   It is with great pleasure that I announce 15 future CCMG-CCGM members who passed their examinations: 

  • Seham Al Ameer (Bio Clin)
  • Raveen Basran (Mol)
  • Karine Bedard (Mol)
  • Flechere Fortin (Cyt)
  • Daria Grafodatskaya (Mol)
  • Lijia Huang (Mol)
  • Michal Inbar-Feigenberg (Bio Clin)
  • Karine Jacob (Mol)
  • Alina Levtova (Cli, Bio Clin)
  • Hanxin Lin (Mol)
  • Abdul Noor (Cyt)
  • Bojana Rakic (Bio Lab)
  • Peter Sabatini (Cyt)
  • Florin Sasarman (Bio Lab)
  • Amanda Smith (Mol)

We also welcome into the College, new members who have successfully passed the Royal College - Medical Genetics and Genomics Specialty examinations this spring: 

  • P.Y. Billie Au
  • Soghra Joughen Doust
  • Anne-Marie Laberge
  • Joanna Lazier

We look forward to having these talented people actively involved in the CCMG-CCGM and as colleagues in the Canadian genetics community. 

Congratulations also go out to our members who successfully certified in a second specialty this exam cycle.  Way to go! 

  • Hamoud Al Khallaf (Cli, Mol)
  • Lindsay Brown (Cyt, Mol)
  • Alina Levtova (Bio Clin)
  • Jing Liu (Cyt, Mol)
  • Dimitri James Stavropoulos (Cyt, Mol)
  • Yannis Trakadis (Clin/Bio Clin)

Our heart-felt thanks go to our outgoing President, Gail Graham; Secretary, Hilary Vallance; and Treasurer, Sean Young.  What a terrific executive team to work with – they will be missed!  Coming onto the Board, we welcome Linlea Armstrong, Marjan Nezarati, and Murray Potter.  I am grateful to Tanya Nelson for taking over as secretary and Jean McGowan-Jordan for taking on the role of treasurer…as they say: give a job to a busy person...  For a full list of Board members and their committee responsibilities, click here

Feel free to contact any member of the BOD for specific committee matters, or send any general concerns or questions to me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We are endeavouring to keep the CCMG-CCGM web site current and accurate, so please notify the secretary, Tanya Nelson, about any required updates. 

One of the goals for the current Board is to ensure that the CCMG-CCGM engages all our members from newly minted to well-seasoned.  We will be looking at ways to ensure value for membership dues and to provide a relevant scientific program at our AGM.  A special meeting of the BOD (opportunistically in conjunction with the ASHG Meeting in Vancouver this October) will focus on this initiative.  We welcome suggestions and encourage you to share your ideas with the Board This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please mark your calendars for the 2017 AGM/Scientific Program, April 30 to May 3 in Montreal.  It is the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal and the 50th Anniversary of Expo ’67 (for those old enough to remember this event!).  Festivities going on in the city will make this a great choice for our 41st AGM.  http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1041099&_ga=1.60078701.1570887469.1465243965

The Scientific Program Committee, under the new chair, Margaret Nowaczyk, is planning some format changes to enhance the content relevancy for our members and trainees.  Watch for program updates this Fall. 

For those planning to be in Vancouver for the ASHG meeting in October, don’t miss the Canadian genetics mixer on Friday, October 21 at 7:15 p.m., co-sponsored by the CCMG-CCGM, CIHR Institute of Genetics, SickKids Centre for Genetic Medicine and Genome BC.  It always promises to be a fun and popular event and a great way to top off our 40th Anniversary year. 

Enjoy the remaining days of summer,

Judy Chernos