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.
2020 Council Executive
President – Dr. John Bradley
Vice President – Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti
Member-at-Large – Ms. Levonne Louie
- 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. 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. Richard Buckley
Dr. Buckley is a founding member of the Canadian Orthopedic Trauma Society, has given hundreds of national and internal guest lectureships and has taught medical students and residents for more than 30 years. he has contributed to numerous orthopedic trauma textbooks and co-authored hundred of papers for peer-reviewed journals.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Buckley is an avid skier, golfer and runner. He and his wife Lois (a recently-retired family physician) have two children.
Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti
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 Health Services Group in Edmonton and in 2016 was awarded the Military Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General.
Dr. Kirsten Jones
Dr. Kirsten Jones is a General Surgeon and has been serving Lethbridge, Alberta since 2012.
She received her MD and completed a residency in general surgery at Queen’s University, followed by a fellowship in Upper GI and Laparoscopic Surgery at the University of Calgary.
She feels lucky to be supported by many excellent, dedicated physicians in Lethbridge. As a practicing surgeon in the community, Dr. Jones also enjoys being a preceptor and guiding residents from both Alberta medical schools.
As a College Councillor, she looks forward to promoting policies that facilitate excellence in community and rural care in Alberta. She also hopes to help optimize rural patient outcomes and improve rural physician engagement with the CPSA.
Originally from Nelson, British Columbia, Dr. Jones enjoys hiking, camping and snowboarding in
The Rocky Mountains. When she’s not spending time with her two young children and husband, she also enjoys practicing and performing in a local band, and working (slowly) on her Spanish.
Dr. Christopher Fung
Dr. Fung graduated from the University of Alberta with his MD in 2010 and completed his radiology residency, also at the University of Alberta, in 2015. He then received further fellowship training in cross-sectional imaging at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
The education of physicians at all levels is a defining feature of Dr. Fung. He serves as the main preceptor for medical students on radiology elective in Edmonton, is currently the Assistant Program Director for the University of Alberta Radiology residency program, and is actively involved in teaching in the University of Alberta Body Imaging Fellowship program. In addition, Dr. Fung gives regular lectures at national and international radiology conferences on both clinical ultrasound and hepatobiliary imaging.
Clinical and imaging guidelines, with a focus on cost-effectiveness, is also one of Dr. Fung’s interests. He currently serves on the American College of Radiology Committee on Practice Parameters – Ultrasound reviewing international guidelines, on the Canadian Association of Radiologists Incidental Findings Working Group, and is combining the expertise of local surgeons and clinicians to create relevant practice guidelines for Albertans.
When not focused on improving patient care, Dr. Fung enjoys spending time with his equally active family physician wife, Daisy, and their four children, often out on the hockey or curling rink.
Dr. Daisy Fung
Beyond her full scope clinic practice, Dr. Fung also cares for patients at several Long-Term Care and Supportive Living facilities in Edmonton and Spruce Grove. She has a unique passion in seeing patients in their own homes within the community; Dr. Fung offers home visits to any housebound patient with common indications including spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, mental health, and global developmental delay along with the more typical palliative and geriatric populations.
Dr. Fung is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Family Medicine and regularly supervises medical students and residents at both the bedside and through didactic teaching. She was a driving force in the creation of the Radiology Update for Family Physicians, a multidisciplinary conference she organizes annually in conjunction with the academic radiologists in the Edmonton.
When not busy with her medical practice, Dr. Fung is a mother to four small children under six years old. Separating the two all-encompassing roles is at times not possible – often they tag along on her home visits and rounds! When not holding her doctor bag (or a child), Dr. Fung stays active by learning badminton; curling in the Edmonton Doctors’ Curling League or playing rec hockey with her physician husband; and playing piano at home for the few minutes before the children notice her absence and begin to protest.
Dr. Graham Campbell
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.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Campbell enjoys spending time with family, skiing, golf, swimming and racquet sports.
Dr. Luke Savage
Dr. Savage obtained his Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) from the University of Calgary, followed by an MD and family medicine residency at the University of Alberta. He is heavily involved in primary care improvement and has chaired Big Country PCN for the last 5 years. Before successfully merging with a neighbouring clinic, Dr. Savage helped increase patient access to care by leading his clinic through a quality improvement program called AIM Alberta.
Dr. Savage is also an educator. As a clinical assistant professor with the University of Calgary, he regularly takes both residents and students for elective and core rural family medicine rotations.
Dr. Savage looks forward to advocating for optimal patient care by bringing his unique experiences and rural perspective to College Council. He believes primary care should be well-represented on governing bodies and the rural voice should be engaged in policy matters.
When he’s not working, Dr. Savage enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, beating them at board games (sometimes!), exploring the badlands, sailing and cycling.
She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Master of Business Administration, all from the University of Calgary. A graduate of the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Ms. Louie was granted the ICD.D designation in 2011. She has published three books based on her experiences in the oil and gas industry.
Levonne is deeply involved in her community. In addition to serving as a CPSA Councillor, she is a board member for the Calgary Convention Centre Authority. Levonne is also a member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL), where she was granted the Professional Landman (P.Land) designation in 1990. She served three terms on the board and received a CAPL Special Recognition Award in 2016. In addition, she is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
As a public member on the CPSA Council, she brings an external perspective to the table. She looks forward to applying her skillset to help the CPSA guide the medical profession.
Ms. McFarlane has extensive career experience in the not-for-profit and advanced education sectors. Working with faculty, students and employers, she helped establish and coordinate the University of Calgary Cooperative Education and Internship program. Earlier in her career, she promoted and supported the hiring of people with developmental disabilities through the Job Options program and coordinated the volunteer program for a 24-hour crisis line.
In her volunteer work, Linda is passionate about: improved accessibility, quality of life and quality of care in continuing care, poverty reduction and social justice. She is a patient/family advisor with Alberta Health Services Continuing Care Quality Committee and working groups. With social work research colleagues, she recently completed two projects, which heard from Albertans about their experiences and recommendations to support caregivers and to improve continuing care. Currently, she is engaging others in discussion of the results and is encouraging community involvement. She was a founding member of a social work group which advocates for a poverty reduction strategy and supports social workers to speak out on social justice. A adventure-oriented person, Linda enjoys cycling, hiking and has climbed Kilimanjaro and to Everest base camp.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and a Bachelor and Master of Social Work from the University of Calgary.
Presently, Stacey has the privilege of serving as Executive Director for the Camrose Primary Care Network, collaborating and working with patients, community stakeholders, health care professionals, and physicians to provide enhanced, team-based primary care to a rural catchment area of over 34,000.
Prior to commencing her post-secondary studies and career, Stacey represented Rotary International as part of the Youth Exchange Program in Sweden. She continues to travel, be a strong advocate for the Rotary International Exchange Program, as well as volunteers for Special Olympics Camrose.
Stacey is thankful for the continued support of her husband Dan, a proud Alberta farmer, and their black lab retriever Bhodi (A.K.A. Coordinator of Evening Walks). She is also grateful for her parents and brother for the work ethic and humility they live by and impart on her on daily basis.
As a public member serving on Council, Stacey is very much looking forward to contributing to the College’s Vision, Mission and Values while seeking every opportunity to include a rich and robust discussion regarding patient-centered care.
University Representatives & Observers
Dr. Jon Meddings
Dr. John Meddings is the Dean of the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. He has interests in medical leadership and medical policy in Alberta.
Dr. Meddings began his academic career in 1987 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Calgary. By 2000, he headed the Division of Gastroenterology at the University and was Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Calgary Health Region. He also chaired the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta from 2004 – 2009, after which he returned to the University of Calgary in 2009 as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. He 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.
Dr. Meddings is also a grant reviewer. He has worked with the Medical Research Council of Canada, the National Institutes of Health, the Alberta Heritage Foundation of Medical Research, the United States National Academy of Sciences and others.
He was recognized for his contributions and elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Science in 2010.
Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn
Originally trained as a nurse, Dr Hemmelgarn went on to obtain a PhD in Epidemiology from McGill University, followed by a medical degree from McMaster University and subspecialty training in internal medicine and nephrology from the University of Calgary. She began her academic career at the University of Calgary in 2003, where she practiced clinically as a nephrologist and developed a highly successful health services research program in chronic kidney disease.
A highly regarded leader nationally and internationally in the field of nephrology and kidney research Dr Hemmelgarn has over 500 peer-reviewed publications with a highly successful program or research funded through CIHR. She has received numerous awards over her career including Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2012).
Dr Hemmelgarn has also held a variety of leadership roles including Director and founder of the Alberta Kidney Disease Network (www.AKDN.info), and co-lead of the Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration (ICDC; www.icdc.ca). She has also served as Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine (2014-2019). Dr Hemmelgarn also has significant Board experience, and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Alberta Health Services in 2015, and continues to serve in that role.
Dr. Lauren Bilinsky
Michelle is appreciative of the opportunity to sit on the CPSA Council, and is looking forward to representing her fellow medical students and bringing a student perspective to the table.
Past Council President
Kate Wood is a retired lawyer who recently served as President of the CPSA Council.
She graduated in law from the University of Calgary in 1990, practiced family law for several decades and was honoured with a Queen’s Counsel designation in 2008. She is currently a Senator of the University of Calgary.
Community service has always played a part in Kate’s life. She has served on Calgary’s United Way board, Chaired U.N.I.C.E.F.’s Halloween campaigns in Alberta and after many years on the Red Cross Board, served as national President/Board Chair of the Governors of the Canadian Red Cross Society.
In 2007, Kate was appointed to the Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority Board. There, she served on the Aboriginal Committee and chaired the Governance and Sustainable Resources/Audit Committees. Kate has received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the 125th Anniversary Medals from the Government of Canada.
In 2012, Alberta’s Minister of Health recommended Kate be appointed as a public member to the CPSA Council. It is her pleasure to serve on Council and to help drive the CPSA mission “to protect the public and ensure trust by guiding the medical profession”.
Kate lives in Calgary. She loves spending her free time with her husband and their children, and playing with their three grandchildren.
Attend a Council Meeting
To reserve a seat for the next Council meeting, please call Reception at 780-423-4764, 1-800-561-3899 or email email@example.com. Seating is limited and reservations are required.