The College’s Council includes physician members, public members and representatives from Alberta’s medical schools. Physician members are elected annually by Alberta doctors, while public members and medical school representatives are appointed. Council meets four times each year to discuss College activities and vote on policy matters.
2017 Council Executive
President – Ms. Kate Wood
Vice President – Dr. Pauline Alakija
Member-at-Large – Dr. John Bradley
- The Executive Committee of the Council consists of a president, a vice-president and one other appointed member of the Council.
- The Executive Committee meets regularly with the Registrar and reports its actions and recommendations to Council.
- The Executive Committee deals with
- all matters that are delegated to it by Council,
- all matters that require attention between meetings of Council, and
- the duties assigned to the Executive Committee by the Health Professions Act and the Bylaws of the College.
- Two members of the Executive Committee constitute a quorum.
- The Executive Committee has no power to alter, repeal or suspend any Council bylaw.
- The Executive Committee initiates and conducts a formal job performance appraisal of the Registrar and receives annual reports from the Registrar on the performance appraisals of the senior secretariat.
Dr. Carrie Kollias
Originally from Fredericton, Dr. Carrie Kollias attended the University of Alberta for her undergraduate degree and received her medical degree from the University of Calgary in 2005. She subsequently completed an orthopedic residency in Calgary in 2010, followed by fellowships in adult/pediatric limb deformity and in pediatric orthopedics through Royal Children’s Hospital and various adult centres in Melbourne, Australia.
Her clinical practice started in 2012 in Lethbridge, where she is a community orthopedic surgeon with practice interests in limb deformity and pediatric orthopedics. An advocate for health in southern Alberta, she enjoys being a part of the community. She currently sits on the western regional advisory committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Kollias also enjoys teaching residents.
Dr. Kollias is a champion of fair policy for both patients and physicians. She joined the CPSA council with the goals of increasing physician engagement and transparency.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Kollias is the mother of two young children and enjoys travelling. She and her husband look forward to more involvement in international health once her kids are school-age.
Dr. Norman Yee
Dr. Norman Yee has been a family physician for the past twenty years, currently practising at the Ryley Primary Care Centre in Calgary.
In 1995, he started his academic career as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Yee had the opportunity and honor of working with many organizations and institutions in Calgary and throughout Alberta. He served on different committees such as the CPSA Medical Informatics Committee and took the lead on various projects like the Calgary Foothills PCN, where he was one of the founding members. Dr. Yee was also the EMR work group leader and consultant for the Alberta Medical Association’s Physician Office System Program (POSP).
Dr. Yee supports self-regulation of the medical profession, especially as the College is periodically faced with challenges to that capacity. He believes it is imperative to preserve the autonomy of the profession while serving the different communities across the province.
Dr. Yee likes to spend his spare time travelling around the world with his family, cooking, reading action novels and being an avid gadget guy.
171, 1402 8 Avenue NW
Dr. John Bradley
Originally from Calgary, Dr. Bradley completed his medical degree from Queen’s University in 1999 and subsequently finished residencies at the University of Alberta in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in 2004. Married to a proud Edmontonian, he has remained in Edmonton ever since.
His clinical practice involves rotations on the Internal Medicine Clinical Teaching Units at the Grey Nuns Hospital and a busy inpatient and outpatient general Nephrology practice in South Edmonton. In these roles he also supervises learners at all levels. He has been an associate clinical professor in the University of Alberta’s Division of Nephrology since 2011. Previously, he enjoyed being a visiting specialist at the Hinton General Hospital.
From an administrative/ professional standpoint, he was the Facility Chief for the Grey Nuns Hospital’s Department of Medicine from 2009 to 2015. Since 2013 he has been the president of the AMA’s Section of Nephrology as well as their delegate for the Representative Forum. From 2010 to 2015 he was a member of the CPSA’s Complaint Review Committee and Hearings Tribunal.
Outside of medicine he enjoys spending time with his wife Sea and their 4 young children, West, Eden, Sky and Tate. His interests include world travel, politics and trying to play tennis. Finally, he is a devote fan of the Edmonton Oilers and accepts responsibility for their prolonged futility as the onset coincided with the year he switched his allegiances from the Calgary Flames.
Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti
Dr. Francescutti received his combined Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology) in 1985 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1987 from the University of Alberta. In 1994, he completed his further studies in injury control while working toward a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
He is currently an emergency physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. As a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, he teaches graduate courses in leadership and advocacy.
Louis has published research on topics including emergency medicine, health promotion and leadership. His outstanding research and initiatives have earned him prestigious grants from a variety of funding agencies. He holds seven fellowships and four honorary fellowships from colleges around the world.
In 2005, Dr. Francescutti was recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 100 Physicians of the Century by the College and Alberta Medical Association and awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal from the Government of Alberta. He was also selected by Alberta Venture as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people in 2011 and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012.
He served as President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada from 2010-2013 of Canada and as President of the Canadian Medical Association from 2013-2014
He is the Honorary Colonel of 1 Field Ambulance in Edmonton and in 2016 was awarded the Military Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General.
Dr. John O’Connor
Dr. Maeve O’Beirne
Dr. Maeve O’Beirne was born and raised in Toronto. In 1984, she moved to Alberta and obtained a PhD in Neurophysiology, an MD and her designation as a Family Physician.
Dr O’Beirne’s has served many roles throughout her career including the Director of the Alberta Family Practice Research Network, the Chair of the Community Research Ethics Board of Alberta, and the Director of Research for the University of Calgary’s Department of Family Medicine. She also served on the Alberta Medical Association’s Board of Directors. She is currently an Associate Professor for the University of Calgary’s Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences.
Her research interests include patient safety in community settings and the effects of prenatal nutrition on maternal and fetal outcomes.
Her interests outside medicine include hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing and travel
130, 1402 8th Avenue NW
Dr. PJ White
Born and raised in Ireland, Dr. PJ White received his medical degree from the National University of Ireland. He began his career as a psychiatrist in Dublin where he ran a community based psychiatric service before moving to Melbourne, Australia to practice community based psychiatry.
In 1989, Dr. White arrived in Edmonton to practice as a psychiatrist at Alberta Hospital Edmonton (AHE). His current practice focuses significantly on community care. He provides inpatient care at AHE and outpatient care at the Edmonton Mental Health clinic and two primary care networks.
Dr. White also dedicates his time to teaching undergraduates through the University of Alberta’s teaching program. He is a Medical Director at AHE, a Mental Health Foundation board member and volunteers on a CPA sub-committee exploring stigma and the barriers preventing people from seeking mental health treatment.
He is an avid music collector and has journeyed to many places to attend concerts and operas. A year ago, Dr. White and his wife Patty joyfully welcomed their first grandchild.
PO Box 307
Dr. Richard Martin
Richard Martin graduated from the University of Alberta in 1991, completing a Family Medicine Residency at the Misericordia Hospital in 1993. He began practice in rural Alberta and since 1996 has been in Grande Prairie, performing comprehensive Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
Education remains a cornerstone of Dr. Martin’s professional commitments, actively teaching and mentoring students, residents and practicing physicians, previously leading the Rural Alberta North Grande Prairie residency site. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Martin has previously served as Chief of Emergency Medicine at the QE II Hospital in Grande Prairie and on the Board of the Alberta College of Family Physicians, receiving an honorary Fellowship designation in 2002. He has been actively engaged with the CPSA since 2010 in numerous capacities including Physician Prescribing, Accreditation, Competence and Council.
His hobbies are season-specific, including Domestic Artisanal Lawn and Weed Management as well as Advanced Communal Snow Removal. With the on-going support of his family, he one day hopes to amp his personality ‘up to eleven’.
206, 11601 101Ave
Grande Prairie, AB
Dr. Pauline Alakija
Dr. Pauline Alakija graduated with her medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 1990. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Canada in Anatomical Pathology and American Board Certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology. In 2009, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a Master of Science degree in Medical Education. Since then, she has completed multiple Physician Learning Institute courses through the Canadian Medical Association.
Dr. Alakija’s career has included positions in academic cardiac pathology, medical education, and forensic pathology. In 1999, her role as a forensic pathologist brought her to Kosovo where she served for the United Nations and received the NATO medal for Peace and Freedom. From 2007-2013, she served on the board of directors for the Alberta Medical Association (AMA). She was the President of the Section of Laboratory Physicians from 2006-2008. In 2013, she received an AMA Long-Service award for her contribution to the advancement of the medical profession.
Dr. Alakija currently practises anatomical pathology at DynaLifeDx in Edmonton. She is also a Clinical Professor at University of Alberta and President of the Misericordia Hospital Medical Staff Association.
200 10150 102 St
Dr. Graham Campbell
Dr. Graham Campbell is a Calgary-based radiologist with Canada Diagnostic Centres. He received his medical degree from the University of Calgary and also holds a B.C.L./LL.B. from McGill University’s Faculty of Law.
In 2010, he completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York which led to his keen interest in imaging-guided pain management techniques. His current practice group of community clinics provides general diagnostic imaging services including: ultrasound, x-ray, mammography, fluoroscopy, bone densitometry, CT and MRI. Dr. Campbell and his colleagues have been instrumental in expanding the availability of these services to Calgary and area patients.
Dr. Campbell represents Calgary Zone physicians and surgeons in the Alberta Medical Association Representative Forum and is a member of the AMA’s Nominating Committee and Government Affairs Committee.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Campbell enjoys spending time with family, skiing, golf, swimming and racquet sports.
Dr. Tarek Motan
Dr. Tarek Motan completed his medical degree and three years of vocational training in family medicine at the University of Cape Town. He completed his CCFP in 1998 and FRCSC in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2003 at the University of Alberta followed by a FRCSC in Gynaecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Toronto in 2005. In 2011, he completed an MPH in clinical epidemiology at the University of Alberta.
He began his career as a rural family physician in Vermilion in 1996. He now works as an Associate Professor in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Motan helped establish a successful academic in vitro fertilisation program serving Northern Alberta and started the Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology clinic at the Royal Alexandra and Stollery Hospitals. This academic subspecialty clinic trains residents from a multitude of specialties.
His clinical and research interests focus on assisted reproduction technology and reproductive endocrinology. He particularly enjoys teaching residents and students and influencing them to achieve success in their chosen fields. Outside of medicine, he enjoys physical activities and sports.
Kate Wood is a lawyer with over 20 years of legal experience, primarily in family law with a focus on mediation and collaboration. Kate graduated from law at the University of Calgary in 1990 and in 2008, she was honoured with a Queen’s Counsel designation.
Community service is an integral part of Kate’s life. Highlights have included serving on Calgary’s United Way board and chairing U.N.I.C.E.F.’s Halloween campaign for Calgary and Alberta. In 2004, Kate was elected national President of the Canadian Red Cross Society. In 2007, Kate was appointed to the Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority Board. She has been active with that Board’s Aboriginal Committee and chaired its Governance and its Sustainable Resources /Audit Committees.
In 2012, the Minister of Health of Alberta recommended Kate for appointment as a public member of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. She is married with three children and a grandchild.
Public councillor Cathy MacDonald is currently the Vice President of PCML Consulting Inc., a position she has held since 2009.
She holds an MBA and Applied Management diploma from Athabasca University and received a Certified Fund Raising Designation.
Throughout her career, Cathy has held a variety of executive roles, specializing in technology management, executive sales and the non-profit sector.
In the past 14 years, Cathy has also been actively involved in the health care field.
As the CEO of the Wood Buffalo YMCA, she was responsible for operations and ensuring high quality health and fitness programs were in place for families in the Fort McMurray area. Cathy also spent four years working as a senior administrator in the region and five years as a board member with the Northern Lights Health Authority.
In addition to her corporate and health care activities, Cathy also works with local community organizations and boards, including a role as Chair for the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation’s Governance Committee.
Her most recent accomplishment is a fundraising campaign for the Royal Alex where 37 individuals, including Cathy and several physicians, travelled to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
More than one million dollars was raised to be used for a new orthopedic centre on the Royal Alex campus.
As a public member on College Council, Cathy brings expertise in board governance, human resources, operational finance and stakeholder relations, including government relations.
Ms Margaret Munsch was appointed to College council as a public member in January 2013. She is an executive with an extensive background in building strategies to effectively manage Human Resources, Information Management, Corporate Services and Communication and Community Investment functions.
Ms Munsch holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alberta, along with certificates in finance and advanced human resources. From 2004-2008, she was named the senior vice president for the Calgary Health region advising on Human Resources practices and initiatives.
Throughout her career, Ms Munsch has a record of meeting and exceeding corporate objectives by building appropriate strategies and developing multi-functional teams, evident in her work with the Calgary Health Region, the Government of Alberta, PanCanadian Energy, Encana Corporation, Canada Post and others.
Ms Munsch was a member of the United Way Leaders Committee, and served as a director for the Career Edge board, Centre for Outsourcing Research & Education, and the Talent Pool Development Society. She is currently a member of the International Women’s Forum.
University Representatives & Observers
Dr. Richard N. Fedorak
Dr. Richard N. Fedorak is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.
He is also Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta,
the President of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) and a member of the Medical Staff at both the University of Alberta Hospitals and the Cross Cancer Institute. Dr. Fedorak is a Consulting Physician at the Stollery Children’s Health Centre of Northern Alberta and the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
In 1978, Dr. Fedorak received his medical degree with First Class Honours from the University of Alberta. His postdoctoral training included an internship at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, and residency training in General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto. His Gastroenterology Clinical and Research Fellowship training was carried out at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. In 1987, Dr. Fedorak returned to the University of Alberta as a Clinical Investigator for the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.
Dr, Fedorak has an active basic gastrointestinal research laboratory and leads a large gastrointestinal disease clinical research group while serving on national and international scientific advisory boards.
He has served as President of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, President of the University of Alberta Hospital Medical Staff, President of the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology, President of the World Congress of Gastroenterology Bid Federation, General Secretary of the Pan American Congress of Gastroenterology and President of the World Congress of Gastroenterology.
At home Dr. Fedorak enjoys life to its fullest with his wife, Karen, and their two children, Kristin and Bryan.
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta,
2J2.01 WCM Centre,
Dr. Jon Meddings
Dr. Meddings is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He has held significant leadership positions at the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta and the Calgary Health Region, and has a deep understanding of medical policy, issues and players in the province.
After receiving his B.M.Sc. and M.D. from the University of Alberta, Dr. Meddings completed his internship in Dunedin, New Zealand at Wakari Hospital, his residency in Edmonton at the University of Alberta Hospital, and two fellowships in Dallas at the University of Texas Health Science Centre. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1983.
Dr. Meddings began his academic career in 1987 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Calgary. In 2000, he was appointed Head of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology at the Calgary Health Region. From 2004 – 2009 he was Chair, Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He returned to the University of Calgary in 2009 as Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine and served as Interim Vice-President (Research) in 2010-11.
Dr. Meddings has a distinguished record of research, peer-reviewed publication, and graduate supervision in the areas of celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal permeability. Over the years he has been an active chair and member of numerous academic and administrative committees within the university, and externally with many professional organizations and societies. He has been a grant reviewer with the Medical Research Council of Canada, the National Institutes of Health, the Alberta Heritage Foundation of Medical Research, and the United States National Academy of Sciences, amongst others. In 2010 he was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.