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.
2018 Council Executive
President – Ms. Kate Wood
Vice President – Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti
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
Dr. Carrie Kollias is a community orthopedic surgeon who has worked in Lethbridge since 2012.
Originally from New Brunswick, she 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 pediatric orthopedics and adult/pediatric limb deformity correction through Royal Children’s Hospital and various adult centres in Melbourne, Australia.
Recognizing the complexities of health care, she strives to be a strong health advocate for Albertan and Canadian patients. Dr. Kollias joined the CPSA council with the goals of increasing physician engagement and improving transparency. She is a proponent of fair policy for both patients and physicians.
She currently sits on the western regional advisory committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and enjoys teaching residents as a clinical lecturer within the University Of Calgary Department Of Surgery.
Dr. Kollias highly values close working relationships with all members of the healthcare team and has interests in healthcare culture and physician health. Outside of medicine, Dr. Kollias is the mother of two young children who enjoys travelling with her husband.
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
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. 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
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. Luke Savage is a rural doctor in Three Hills, Alberta. His focus is full spectrum general practice and includes low risk obstetrics, rural emergency care and palliative care.
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 bring 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.
Kate Wood is a recently retired lawyer. 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.
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.
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.
Levonne is an oil and gas professional with over thirty-seven years of experience in the energy industry. She brings considerable leadership experience to her role as a public member on CPSA Council. In her role as an oil and gas executive, Levonne has been responsible for leading strategy, negotiations, dispute resolution and mediation, collaboration amongst groups and stakeholder engagement.
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 and is a published author.
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 American Association of Professional Landmen and 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.
University Representatives & Observers
Dr. Richard N. Fedorak
Dr. Richard N. Fedorak is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & 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 Hospital and Cross Cancer Institute. Dr. Fedorak is a Consulting Physician at the Stollery Hospital 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 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’s expertise is in inflammatory bowel disease. He runs a gastrointestinal research lab, leads a clinical research group, and serves on several national and international scientific advisory boards. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed works, lectured around the world and provides editorial support for several leading medical journals. Further to that, he has led several committees, associations, congresses and research centres.
Dr. Fedorak is a fellow at the Royal College of Physicians (London), the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh)
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. 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.